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In Mongolia, Kerry seeks closer ties with democracy ‘oasis’

BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Cultivating closer ties in this land of Genghis Khan lore and traditional yurts, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried his hand at archery, sampled curdled cheese and watched ancient wrestling, all while hailing Mongolia as a modern “oasis of democracy” in its neighborhood.

For Mongolia, sandwiched between undemocratic China and increasingly authoritarian Russia, the desire for deeper relations was mutual.

Kerry’s stop in this nation of 3 million people included heaps of praise for its unlikely democratic story. Parliamentary elections next month will be the seventh since 1990, when this vast territory of grassy steppe and nomadic herders shook off its status as a Soviet satellite state.

But the top American diplomat also pushed for greater transparency in Mongolia, a sensitive issue given the foreign scramble for its rich resource deposits and questions about how revenue is being shared among the country’s many impoverished citizens.

In March, hundreds of protesters gathered for a rare demonstration in the capital’s central square, demanding parliament be dissolved and a new government formed. Nevertheless, mining giant Rio Tinto announced last month the next stage of a multibillion-dollar gold and copper mine that had become a symbol of the tension.

The government is expected to finalize a transparency agreement with the U.S. in coming weeks, Kerry said. Doing so, he said, will help attract foreign investment and boost an economy expected to shrink slightly this year amid sinking commodity prices and weakened demand from China.

“Mongolia has made remarkable progress for a young democracy,” Kerry told reporters. He credited it for contributing troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, helping even younger democracies in Kyrgyzstan and Myanmar in their transitions, and being a “responsible global citizen.”

Kerry traveled later Sunday to Beijing for annual U.S.-China strategic and economic talks. And his comments about China in a question-and-answer session, just moments after praising Mongolia, stood in stark contrast.

With reports suggesting China may establish an air defense zone in the contested South China Sea, Kerry warned against what he said would be a “provocative and destabilizing act.” Such action would raise tension between China and its Asian neighbors, he said, and undermine China’s commitment to diplomatically resolve disputes over islands and maritime claims. The matter is likely to be a major focus of discussions in the next days.

Sunday also included fun and games. After lunching with Mongolia’s Harvard-educated president, Elbegdorj Tsakhia, Kerry attended a “naadam,” a competition with archery, horseback riding and wrestling.

The scene in the verdant fields outside Ulaanbaatar, accompanied by an orchestra playing triumphal music, illustrated Mongolia’s rich cultural heritage. The games come from the nomadic tribes which spread from this territory across Asia, the Middle East and Europe, at one point amassing the largest land empire in human history.

First came the wrestling: Men in slips, chest-less tunics and leather boots hurling each other to the ground, while spectators sipped sour-flavored, fermented mare’s milk.

Then, Kerry fired two arrows at a target 75 meters away. He missed, but acquitted himself decently. Moments later, horseback riders sprinted to the nearby finish line of their race. The festivals usually last several hours; Sunday’s version was condensed to 45 minutes.

Before Kerry, Hillary Clinton visited Mongolia as secretary of state in 2012. Vice President Joe Biden traveled here in 2011 and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped by three years later, all to support what the U.S. calls Asia’s “plucky democracy.”

Wanting to safeguard its sovereignty, Mongolia has been reaching out to Washington as part of its “third neighbor” policy.

The approach is somewhat similar to several southeast Asian nations developing friendlier relations with Washington because they feel threatened by China’s rising military and economic might.

Kerry, who announced a $2.5-million democracy program targeting Mongolia’s young leaders, said the two countries shouldn’t be defined by their geographical separation.

“When it comes to our hopes, our aspirations for our people,” Kerry said, “we really couldn’t be closer.”

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Barcelona, ahoy! World’s biggest cruise ship docks in Spain

 

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The world’s biggest cruise ship has arrived in Barcelona, which it will use as its summer base for Mediterranean journeys.

The $1 billion Harmony of the Seas docked in the Spanish port before dawn Sunday at the end of its inaugural voyage from Southampton in the United Kingdom.

The French-built ship is taller than the Eiffel Tower and is the widest cruise ship ever built. It can carry 6,360 passengers.

The 16-deck ship is 362 meters (1,187 feet) long and boasts more than 2,500 staterooms, 20 dining venues, 23 swimming pools and a park with more than 10,000 plants and 50 trees.

Before arriving in Barcelona the Harmony of the Seas docked in Vigo in the northwest and at Malaga, dwarfing the small Mediterranean port.

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Iran rejects US charge of being leading terror sponsor

 

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Sunday rejected an annual U.S. State Department report that called it the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

State TV quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari as saying the report is “false” and further evidence of the “lack of credibility of reports by the U.S. State Department.”

As in many previous years, the report identified Iran as the world’s “foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015” through its financing, training and equipping of various armed groups, notably Lebanon’s Hezbollah, as well as the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Shiite-majority Iran is helping Iraqi and Syrian forces battle the Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, but Tehran has defended its support for Palestinian militant groups, saying they have the right to resist Israel’s occupation.

Ansari said the U.S. provides “unconditional” support for Israel as it deprives the Palestinians of basic rights and that Washington ignores the role of allies like Saudi Arabia in supporting extremist groups.

The report said that despite reaching a landmark agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, Iran continued to use the Quds Force of its Revolutionary Guard to create instability throughout the Middle East.

In addition to arming Hezbollah and the Assad government, Iran also provided weapons and other assistance to militants in Bahrain and remained active in supporting anti-Israel groups such as Hamas, the report said.

Iran is also widely suspected of helping Houthi rebels in Yemen, although the report did not mention the alleged connection. Iran denies backing the rebels, saying it has only provided humanitarian aid to Yemen.

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UCLA shooting renews concerns about classrooms with no locks

CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When an active shooter alert spread across the UCLA campus Wednesday, some students found themselves in a frightening predicament: They were told to go into lockdown but couldn’t lock their classroom doors.

Images of students piling tables, chairs and printers against doors on social media sparked alarm and raised questions — yet it was hardly the first time students at a university or school were unable to lock their doors during a shooting.

The same issue arose during other recent deadly attacks, including one at Virginia Tech in 2007 where students barricaded themselves inside rooms and at Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012 where teachers did the same.

Some schools have installed locks in recent years following attacks, but experts say wider adoption has been hindered by the cost to retrofit doors and local fire codes that require doors to open in one motion during emergencies.

Yet once an active shooter is in a building, most security experts agree getting into a locked room is one of the most effective deterrents against getting injured or shot.

“How many deaths would it have taken for us to address this issue more seriously?” said Jesus Villahermosa, president of Crisis Reality Training, noting that an assailant, knowing police are on the way, usually won’t bother trying to access a locked room.

The former deputy sheriff said UCLA was fortunate in that shooter Mainak Sarkar targeted professor William Klug and then committed suicide. If he’d gone on a rampage, he might have easily found students unable to defend themselves.

The university said Friday it was “assessing safety measures” across the campus and will make appropriate changes.

It’s unknown exactly how many school and university classrooms don’t have doors that can lock from the inside. Villahermosa said the issue is more prevalent on college campuses than K-12 schools.

There are a variety of reasons why a school may not have classroom locks.

Older buildings constructed at a time when classrooms typically contained just desks and a chalkboard — and not the expensive technology many have today — frequently did not include them.

Fire safety regulations for rooms with 50 or more students typically require that doors swing outward and be opened in one motion, meaning a bolt that has to be turned first would be a violation.

Others worry locking doors from the inside in itself could pose a threat. If an attacker walked inside and locked the door, students would be trapped. And the cost of installing new doors and locks can stretch into the millions.

Even when there is a lock, the shooter has often been a student with access to the classroom or building.

“We should be spending more time on prevention than door locks,” said Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist at the University of Virginia.

The National Fire Protection Association’s life safety code adopted in 38 states does not prohibit putting locks on doors, division manager Robert Solomon said. But there are certain types of locks schools must install.

Solomon said the types of locks found in many hotel rooms are an effective example. The door can be bolted from the inside but it opens in one motion when the handle is turned. Locks like those can cost up to $500 to install.

The price rises when the entire door has to be replaced, he said.

“Schools usually don’t have a lot of extra capital money sitting around,” he said. “But it’s something that they’re thinking about now.”

After previous shootings, some universities have enacted some measures.

Lawmakers in Oregon recently approved $6 million for improvements at Umpqua Community College, including installing additional locks. In 2015, a 26-year-old man shot and killed nine people at the school.

This year, the University of Connecticut announced it was installing new locks on classroom doors. Purdue University, where a student killed one person in a classroom shooting in 2014, has installed locks for all classrooms, a spokeswoman said.

Students and faculty complained about not being able to look doors in both the Purdue and Umpqua shootings.

California State University Fullerton has also started installation of classroom locks.

“If we’re asking students and our faculty to shelter in place,” CSU Fullerton Police Department Capt. John Brockie said, “we feel that it’s important to give them the tools to effectively do that.”

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Warren slams Trump, calls him ‘fraudster-in-chief’

 

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again taking aim at Donald Trump, calling him a “fraudster-in-chief” whose top goal is lining his own pockets.

The Massachusetts Democrat and enthusiastic critic of the Republican presidential hopeful used a speech at the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s state convention Saturday to zero in on Trump University.

Warren says Trump put together an army of salespeople to focus on how much money prospective students could come up with before pushing them to max out their credit cards and fork over tens of thousands of dollars.

Trump University is the target of lawsuits that accuse the business of fleecing students with unfulfilled promises to teach them the secrets of real estate success.

Trump has said customers were overwhelmingly satisfied.

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McCain seeks sixth term in uncertain terrain

ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

PHOENIX (AP) — At age 79, running what may be his last campaign, Sen. John McCain finds himself on treacherous terrain.

A household name in Arizona and still beloved by many, the Republican is also confronting hostile and unpredictable forces this election year: The swirling voter anger that propelled Donald Trump to the brink of the GOP presidential nomination, and the resulting backlash from other groups, particularly Latinos, a growing force in his state.

The combination has left McCain to grasp for answers about his own political fortunes as he seeks a sixth term, and has set up what may be his toughest general election challenge in years. Three-term Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick is traveling the state arguing that McCain has been in Washington too long, and telling voters the incumbent has betrayed his reputation as an independent-minded maverick with his backing of Trump.

“There’s a degree of political turmoil that we have not seen before,” McCain said in assessing the challenges before him, as a blistering heat wave got underway in Phoenix on a recent morning. “I never take an election for granted, I’ve seen too many people that did and lost. But anyone who would take this election for granted, that is an incumbent is just out of touch with the frustration and even anger that is out there.”

McCain is a perennial target for conservatives in his state because of his deal-making with Democrats on issues like immigration, and many Republicans felt he dodged a bullet when he failed to draw a top-tier opponent in the GOP primary this year. He is expected to win the Aug. 30 contest, though his campaign is tamping down a challenge from state Sen. Kelli Ward, spending money on ads and websites linking her to conspiracy theories about aircraft spraying Americans with chemicals.

But the challenge from Kirkpatrick, combined with political upheaval around Trump, may prove especially formidable. It’s forcing McCain to perform a balancing act as he seeks to maintain support among Republicans while also cultivating independent voters and Latinos. He has performed versions of this same straddle time and again over the years, including as the GOP presidential nominee in 2008 and facing a strong primary challenge two years later. But this year his position looks particularly precarious, and the balance especially delicate.

“He’s changed,” Kirkpatrick said as she opened a campaign office in Tucson this past weekend. “He used to be a maverick, he used to be a straight talker, he used to stand for something. And people are just shocked that he’s supporting Trump.”

Every Republican senator in a competitive re-election race this year is in an uncomfortable predicament because of Trump, forced to support him or risk alienating his backers, yet compelled to create distance from the billionaire’s more outlandish pronouncements. For McCain, the situation is particularly sticky, partly because of the growing power of Latino voters in Arizona who may comprise more than 20 percent of the electorate this year and are horrified at Trump’s promises to build a giant wall along the southern border and deport millions.

McCain has also endured a stinging personal attack from Trump, who suggested that McCain was not really a war hero despite serving five years in captivity in Vietnam. Subsequently McCain suggested Trump should apologize not to him, but to other veterans, an apology that was never forthcoming. Questioned now about how he feels about Trump, McCain responded brusquely:

“Fine. He is what he is.”

And what is he?

“He’s a phenomenon,” McCain replied with little elaboration, reiterating that he said he would support the GOP nominee and intends to do so.

As for how Trump affects his race, McCain said: “I think Trump adds to the turmoil, but he’s a product of the turmoil, not the cause of it. And so I’m not sure how much he affects me because I have 100 percent name ID in Arizona.”

On Memorial Day, McCain spoke at a ceremony at the large veteran’s cemetery on the outskirts of town, delivering heartfelt remarks about unheralded bravery and warning that peace is always only temporary.

Afterward, as the sun radiated on tombstones and cactus plants, dozens of people lined up to shake McCain’s hand and take pictures.

One was a woman wearing a Trump T-shirt, but after posing with McCain she declared that she did not actually support the senator. The woman would not give her name, but her husband identified himself as Dennis Frank, 61, and said of McCain: “He’s a wonderful guy, he’s a war hero, we love the guy to death, he’s served his country so well, but he’s got to retire and take it easy now. He needs to relax, you know? We need new blood, not only here. We need it in the White House. It’s a disaster what’s going on.”

“There’s only one hope in this country,” Frank asserted. “Donald Trump.”

Still McCain soldiers on, campaigning energetically around the state, shaking countless hands and recounting the many benefits Arizona has derived from his years of service. He insists voters still value such traditional achievements in a political world turned upside down by Trump but acknowledges that this year, he can’t predict how anything will turn out.

“It’s impossible to predict what’s happening with what’s already happened,” McCain said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of surprises.”

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Residents return as Los Angeles-area wildfire tamed

 

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire sparked when a car accident brought down power lines near an upscale suburb of Los Angeles has been reduced to mostly embers, and thousands of people driven from their homes have all been cleared to return.

A weekend that arrived with blazing heat went out with milder temperatures. That allowed firefighters to get the blaze near the prosperous and semi-rural neighborhoods of Calabasas 80 percent contained by Sunday night up from 30 percent at daybreak.

Firefighters hiked up steep canyons to get to the fire, whose growth stopped at just over 500 acres, and used aircraft to make water drops along its edges, Los Angeles County Deputy Fire Chief John Tripp said.

At the height of the fire, about 3,000 homes were threatened and about 5,000 residents were under evacuation orders. The fire destroyed one commercial building, Tripp said.

To the southeast, a smoky wildfire burning in Riverside County was 65 percent contained Sunday. The blaze that broke out a day earlier along Interstate 15 in Temecula charred about 140 acres of dry brush.

To the north in Monterey County, a wildfire that has charred 3,500 acres of grass and brush in the Los Padres National Forest has prompted some evacuations and is threatening structures.

About 400 firefighters battled the blaze Sunday on land and by air with air tankers and helicopters. The fire started Saturday afternoon west of King City. It is 10 percent contained.

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US Muslims draw inspiration from Ali’s fight for his faith

JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Even in his final months, Muhammad Ali was speaking out on behalf of Islam, the religion he so famously embraced in the 1960s by changing his name and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.

In December, the boxing legend issued a statement criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Ali called on fellow Muslims to “stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”

Ali, who died Friday at 74, endured public scorn when he joined the Nation of Islam as a young athlete. Decades later, long after he had achieved worldwide renown, he kept advocating for Muslims in the U.S. who felt their religion made them political targets.

“American Muslims would be well-served to look at the challenges that Muslims such as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali had to deal with,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Ali’s lesson “from that difficult period is that although he was criticized and marginalized for his beliefs, there were many people who were not Muslim that came to his defense,” said Walid, who is black and Muslim.

“There are people in America today of goodwill who are not Muslim who are willing to stand with us. But we have to be the ones who have to be courageous and stand up for ourselves and be unapologetically Muslim and American.”

Ali’s persistence both inside and outside the ring won over many critics, according to Walid and other Muslims. While detractors didn’t always agree with him, many came to respect his principled stands.

Muslims in particular praised his humanitarian work, which included lending his name and time to numerous relief campaigns and helping to secure the release of American hostages in Iraq.

Born Cassius Clay in a segregated Louisville, Kentucky, Ali angered many Americans when he refused to fight in Vietnam. But in 2005, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.

Lyndon Bilal, commander of the Muslim American Veterans Association, said through his “love, character and courage,” Ali had “always been a friend of soldiers and America.”

His long list of admirers includes many other athletes, especially other Muslims. Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah said Ali’s devotion to Islam “will always be an inspiration for me.”

“Ali was a true ambassador for the Islamic community for his courage and devotion to his faith through very trying times,” Abdullah said in a statement to The Associated Press. He “carried himself with absolute dignity when standing up for his faith in trying circumstances.”

Imam Abdullah El-Amin, founder and board chairman of the Muslim Center in Detroit, said Ali lost millions of dollars in potential earnings when, at the peak of his career, he was banned from boxing for 3½ years for “refusing to give up his religion” and declaring himself a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.

That episode, El-Amin said, “gave us a lot of courage.”

Like many African-Americans, Ali’s first foray into the faith was through the Nation of Islam, the black nationalist movement started in Detroit. He joined others in moving to a more integrated, traditional form of Islam in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, El-Amin said he and Ali attended many of the same meetings for humanitarian groups and events in Detroit and Chicago, including visits to Ali’s home. He remembers Ali for his “gentle spirit and generosity” but also as a merry magic prankster who would pretend to levitate but reveal to impressed guests how he did it, lest anyone think he was some type of “guru.”

Walid, who was to lead prayers for Ali on Sunday at a Detroit mosque Ali visited, remembers when Ali came into his home — in the form of an action figure. As a child in the 1970s, Walid said he was “just having fun playing with toys,” but the doll from his parents proved to be a “subtle” influence on his eventual journey to Islam.

“It not only made Muslims and Islam into something not threatening but actually … a type of nobility,” Walid said. “That continued with me.”

Ali “represented to me what it meant to be a Muslim man — at a very young age.”

One of Ali’s final messages was defending his faith. Trump’s comments, Ali said, “alienated many from learning about Islam.”

El-Amin described Trump’s rhetoric as contributing to “hatred in our society,” which Ali spent years battling against.

“People just wanted to look at him as a great fighter, but he was a great fighter for justice as well,” El-Amin said. “The best thing we can do for him is talking about his humanitarian work in the world. At the same time, we have to talk about his pushing … to enhance the human spirit. That’s what he should be known for.”

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Ali became world citizen but never forgot his hometown roots

BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali traveled the world as a fighter and humanitarian, but he always came home to Louisville.

His Kentucky hometown was where Ali, as a gangly teenager, began to develop his boxing skills — the dazzling footwork and rapid-fire punching prowess. The three-time world heavyweight boxing champion never forgot his roots, returning to his old West End neighborhood and visiting high school classmates even after becoming one of the world’s most recognizable men.

Now the focus shifts back to Ali’s hometown as the world says goodbye to the man who emerged from humble beginnings to rub elbows with heads of state.

Ali, slowed for years by Parkinson’s disease, died Friday at age 74 in an Arizona hospital. His funeral is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Louisville.

Ali chose his hometown as the place for one of his lasting legacies: the Muhammad Ali Center, which promotes his humanitarian ideals and showcases his remarkable career. Ali and his wife, Lonnie, had multiple residences around the U.S., but always maintained a Louisville home.

The city embraced its favorite son right back. A downtown street bears his name. A banner showcasing his face — and proclaiming him “Louisville’s Ali” — towers over motorists near the city’s riverfront.

Lifelong friend Victor Bender knew Ali ever since they were boyhood sparring partners. Bender remembered Ali — then known as Cassius Clay — as a dedicated athlete who worked tirelessly to hone his boxing skills.

He also remembered Ali’s human touch — his willingness to reach out to others.

“Only health changed him,” Bender said in a September 2014 interview. “When he was healthy enough, he could talk with anybody. He loved children. He’d reach out and touch anybody, because he loved people.

“Sometimes his handlers would say, ‘Look, we’ve got to go. We’ve got to meet the schedule.’ And he’d say, ‘The schedule will have to wait.'”

Ruby Hyde remembered the heavyweight champ cruising into her neighborhood in a Cadillac with the top down. “All the kids jumped in and he rode them around the block,” she remembered.

Ali’s boyhood home — a small, single-story frame house — still stands in the working-class neighborhood where he grew up. The bright pink home on Grand Avenue was renovated by its current owners and opened for Ali’s fans to get a glimpse into his life before the world came to know him.

Ali’s storybook boxing career — highlighted by epic bouts with Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Sonny Liston — began with a theft.

His bicycle was stolen when he was 12. Wanting to report the crime, the shaken boy was introduced to Joe Martin, a police officer who doubled as a boxing coach at a local gym. Ali told Martin he wanted to whip the culprit. The thief was never found, nor was the bike, but soon the feisty Ali was a regular in Martin’s gym.

“He always had a good left-hand punch,” Bender recalled. “He could follow up. The fundamentals were always there.”

Ali developed into a top amateur boxer. His early workouts included racing a school bus along the streets of Louisville, said Shirlee Smith, his classmate at Louisville Central High School.

“Every time the bus would stop to pick up kids, he would pass us up,” she recalled. “Then we’d pass him up. Everybody on the bus would be laughing and teasing him. He was training at that time, and we were just having fun. But he was focused on what he wanted.”

Ali’s boyhood neighbor, Lawrence Montgomery Sr., said he saw early glimpses of the bravado that earned Ali the “Louisville Lip” nickname.

“He told me then that he was going to be the heavyweight champion of the world, and I didn’t believe him,” Montgomery said. “I told him, ‘Man, you better get that out of your mind.’ But he succeeded. He followed through.”

Not long after graduating from high school, Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Smith remembered Ali as a happy-go-lucky classmate who wasn’t changed by fame. She recalled the class reunion when Ali performed magic tricks.

“He never had any airs or any pretense,” she said. “He was just Muhammad Ali.”

Ali announced his conversion to the Muslim faith soon after upsetting Liston in 1964 to win the heavyweight crown for the first time. Ali moved away in the early 1960s but never lost contact with Louisville.

The Ali Center includes exhibits recalling the turbulent 1960s that Ali came to personify. Ali was refused service at a Louisville restaurant after he returned home as an Olympic gold medal winner. Other exhibits recall Ali’s role as a civil rights supporter and opponent of the Vietnam War.

Louisvillians embraced him as their own again as they mourned his passing. They flocked to the Ali Center and to his boyhood home along with out-of-town visitors paying their respects.

Amid the flurry of activity by mourners outside the Ali Center, Frank Green, 73, had his own reflective moment about the champ. Green gingerly got down on his knees to say a prayer for Ali and his family. He brought along a photo showing him posing with Ali.

“It’s really hurtful and painful over the last few years to see him in the condition he was in,” said Green, whose wife was an Ali classmate. “His dynamic personality — he’d go in a dark room and you wouldn’t have to flip the light switch. The lights would automatically come on. He was that type of dynamic personality.”

At a memorial service outside Metro Hall Saturday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer summed up Ali’s deep ties to the city.

“Muhammad Ali belongs to the world, but he only has one hometown,” he said. “The ‘Louisville Lip’ spoke to everyone, but we heard him in a way no one else could.”

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Surprise Kanye West show turns to chaos in New York City

 

NEW YORK (AP) — What was supposed to be a surprise Kanye West show in New York City quickly turned to chaos as thousands of fans descended on the venue.

More than 4,000 people swarmed Webster Hall, which only holds 1,500, early Monday morning for the pop-up show. They climbed on top of cars, dumpsters and scaffolding and hung out of windows hoping to get a better view.

The New York Daily News (http://nydn.us/1PyVOUE ) reports West hinted on social media that he was going to do the show after the Governor’s Ball on Sunday was canceled due to the weather. West had been scheduled to perform.

The secret show was hinted to start at 2 a.m., and according to West’s Twitter page was sold out by 1 a.m.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Wester Hall tweeted that there would be no show. Police then worked to disperse the crowd.