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The Latest: Zimbabwe youth leader apologizes to army leaders

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 2:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 2:30 AM


            Soldier man their position with a military vehicle outside the office of President Robert Mugabe, in Harare, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Zimbabwe's military controls the capital and the state broadcaster, Wednesday, and is understood to be holding 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
Soldier man their position with a military vehicle outside the office of President Robert Mugabe, in Harare, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Zimbabwe's military controls the capital and the state broadcaster, Wednesday, and is understood to be holding 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The Latest on the military takeover in Zimbabwe (all times local):

10:45 p.m.

Zimbabwe's state broadcaster has interrupted its programming to air an apology by the ruling party's youth leader to army commanders for "denigrating" them.

Kudzanai Chipanga says the statement he made earlier this week attacking the military did not originate with him. He also said he was making his public apology without coercion.

He says that "by this big mistake we have learned a lot."

Zimbabwe's army early Wednesday announced that President Robert Mugabe and his family were under house arrest.

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10:20 p.m.

The State Department says the United States is "concerned by recent actions undertaken by Zimbabwe's military forces" and it calls on the country's leaders to exercise restraint as uncertainty continues.

Zimbabwe's army has announced that President Robert Mugabe and his family were under house arrest.

The State Department says the U.S. "does not take sides in matters of internal Zimbabwean politics and does not condone military intervention in political processes."

When asked whether the actions are considered a coup, the State Department said it continues to monitor the situation, "which remains fluid." The U.S. has been in contact with Zimbabwe's military and foreign affairs ministry.

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9:50 p.m.

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is appealing for "calm, non-violence and restraint" in Zimbabwe.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that Guterres stressed "the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means and dialogue, and in line with the country's constitution."

Haq wouldn't speculate on what's going to happen in Zimbabwe, saying "at this stage there's a bit of confusion on the ground."

Haq added that "we are aware that our colleagues in Harare have been able to go about their work."

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9:35 p.m.

The chairman of the African Union Commission has told reporters in Washington that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and his wife are "safe in the country."

The comments by Moussa Faki Mahamat at the National Press Club were shared on Twitter by a spokeswoman for the continental body. There had been questions over whether first lady Grace Mugabe had left Zimbabwe.

The AU leader also says a delegation from the 15-nation Southern African Development Community is already in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, as authorities seek to meet with Mugabe and the army.

The AU chair also says the continental body is against "any unlawful takeover of power anywhere on the continent."

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9:15 p.m.

The chairman of the African Union Commission says the crisis in Zimbabwe must be resolved "in a manner that promotes democracy and human rights."

Moussa Faki Mahamat in a statement Wednesday says the continental body aligns itself with the statement made by South African President Jacob Zuma on behalf of the 15-country southern African regional bloc.

Zuma's statement for the Southern African Development Community, called for restraint and expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe "would not lead to unconstitutional changes of government."

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5:40 p.m.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says it is not clear whether the dramatic events in Zimbabwe mark "the downfall of Mugabe."

Johnson told the House of Commons it's impossible to tell how events will play out in the southern African nation. Zimbabwe's military says President Robert Mugabe is in custody after the army commander warned of stepping in to calm political turmoil.

Johnson accused Mugabe of rigging elections, torturing opponents and "the worst hyper-inflation in recorded history."

Johnson says the country must not exchange one "unelected tyrant" for another.

He notes that Zimbabwe will hold elections next year and says the international community will work to "ensure this provides a genuine opportunity for all Zimbabweans to decide their future."

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2:55 p.m.

A former Zimbabwe finance minister and current activist says of President Robert Mugabe: "The old man should be allowed to rest."

Tendai Biti spoke to South African broadcaster eNCA as the 93-year-old Mugabe was said to be in army custody after an unprecedented public rift with the military.

Zimbabweans are hoping that whatever happens next will occur without bloodshed.

Biti says that Mugabe is a "very intelligent man who must know the die is cast."

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1:45 p.m.

South Africa's president says he hopes Zimbabwe's military will respect the constitution "so the situation will not go beyond the situation where it is now."

President Jacob Zuma addressed the nation on television not long after speaking with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. Zuma said Mugabe is "fine" but confined to his home after the army appeared to take control.

Zuma says he hopes the situation in the neighboring country "is going to be controlled." His office has said he is sending his defense and security ministers to meet with Mugabe and Zimbabwe's army.

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1:10 p.m.

The head of Zimbabwe's influential war veterans association says they stand with the army and that President Robert Mugabe should be recalled as president and ruling party leader.

Victor Matemadanda told reporters in the capital, Harare, that the country has been sliding into a "state of chaos."

He says the ruling party should establish a commission of inquiry into Mugabe and why he decided to let his wife insult veterans and the armed forces.

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12:55 p.m.

South Africa's president says he has spoken with Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and that the 93-year-old leader is confined to his home but is "fine."

A statement by President Jacob Zuma's office continues to refer to Mugabe as Zimbabwe's president.

Zuma is sending South Africa's ministers of defense and state security to Zimbabwe to meet with Mugabe and the military there.

Zuma is calling for calm.

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12:10 p.m.

South African President Jacob Zuma, as leader of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community, has "noted with great concern" the unfolding political situation in neighboring Zimbabwe.

Zuma, in a statement issued from his office Wednesday, called for "restraint and calm" and "expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of government as that would be contrary to both SADC and African Union positions."

Zuma urged all members of the Zimbabwe government and the military to "resolve the political impasse amicably." The South African president said southern Africa's regional body will "closely monitor the situation and remains ready to assist where necessary."

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9:25 a.m.

In the wake of the military takeover in Zimbabwe, the national police force has recalled all officers on leave. A top police official who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press told The Associated Press that all police on leave have been ordered to return to their posts immediately.

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8:30 a.m.

Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and is securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

The night's action triggered speculation of a coup, but the military's supporters praised it as a "bloodless correction."

Overnight three explosions were heard in the capital, Harare, and military vehicles were seen in the streets.

The military actions appear to put the army in control of the country.

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AP journalist Farai Mutsaka in Harare, contributed to this report.

David Cassidy's daughter reveals what she learned from father’s last words

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:27 PM

Katie Cassidy  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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Katie Cassidy (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)(Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Days after “The Partridge Family’s” David Cassidy passed away from organ failure, his daughter Katie vowed to make the most out of time with her loved ones as she revealed her late father’s last words.

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“Words cant express the solace our family’s received from all the love & support during this trying time,” the actress tweeted on Saturday. “My father’s last words were ‘So much wasted time.’ This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute….thank you.”

The 30-year-old actress had a complicated relationship with her father for most of her life, having been raised by her mother and model Sherry Williams and her stepfather Richard Benedon.

“Because I didn’t raise her, I didn’t have to parent her,” David told PEOPLE in 2009. “I’m always here and totally nonjudgmental. To be able to go to someone I’m genetically linked to, tell them anything and know that they’re not going to judge me -- it’s unbelievable.”

“It’s nice when your dad can be your friend,” Katie echoed her father’s words at the time.

However, the pair drifted apart over the years, and were no longer on speaking terms as of February of this year.

“I wasn’t her father. I was her biological father but I didn’t raise her. She has a completely different life,” David explained. “[But] I’m proud of her. She’s very talented. It’s hard for me to even accept how old she is now.”

The star was hospitalized last weekend for liver and kidney failure. Following his tragic death on Tuesday, his family announced that sad news and thanked fans for their support via a touching statement:

“On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

Cassidy is survived by his daughter Katie Cassidy; son Beau Cassidy; brothers Shaun, Patrick and Ryan; stepmother Shirley Jones; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Ivanka Trump shares what she's thankful for 'each and every day'

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

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Ivanka Trump (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

After celebrating Thanksgiving with her family, Ivanka Trump shared an adorable family photo on Instagram and revealed what she’s thankful for “each and every day.”

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“Thankful for this crew, each and every day!” she captioned the picture, which includes the first daughter, her husband Jared Kushner and her children Arabella, 6, Joseph, 4, and Theodore, 1.

Thankful for this crew, each and every day! ♥️

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Prior to the holiday, the special assistant to the president was present at the annual White House tradition of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. She shared some photos on Instagram from the event, showing her, daughter Arabella and sister Tiffany petting the turkey, Drumstick, who received a pardon from President Trump on Tuesday. In the photos, Ivanka and Arabella sport matching red coats, while Tiffany dons a red dress.

The family is thought to have celebrated Thanksgiving at President Trump’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, along with the president, First Lady Melania Trump and their son, 11-year-old Barron.

Macy's credit card machines go down on Black Friday

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  People shop at Macy's department store on
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: People shop at Macy's department store on "Black Friday" on November 23, 2017 in New York City. Black Friday starts earlier in the season on Thanksgiving Day instead of the Friday after. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)(Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

When the credit card machines went down at Macy’s on Black Friday, chaos was inevitable. In recent years, the day after Thanksgiving has become known not for the deals, but for the fights that ensue when shoppers rush for those deals.

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The machines seemed to be down all over the nation, and angry shoppers flooded Twitter with their complaints as Macy’s worked to get its systems running again.

It’s a particularly tough break for Macy’s, which is almost the unofficial retail sponsor of the holidays. It’s Thanksgiving Day parade has been a staple for generations, and every American of a certain age remembers watching “Miracle on 34th Street” in which Kris Kringle fills in for a drunken Santa at a Macy’s in Manhattan.

In a statement to NBC, the company said, “It is taking longer than usual to process some credit and gift cards in our stores, but we had added additional associates to the floor who are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” The news outlet reported problems in Washington, D.C.; Reno, Nevada; Chicago; New York City, Richmond, Virginia; San Diego; and across New Jersey.

The company eventually took to social media in hopes of calming the tempers of some customers, asking them to send direct messages.

CNN Money notes that Macy’s stock could have really used the boost from a blockbuster Black Friday; their revenue dropped 6.1 percent in the last quarter, which marks the 11th straight quarter in which they’ve experienced declines. A lot of that decline is probably due to customers moving online for shopping, but unreliable credit card machines definitely won’t help their image.

This Black Friday has been no less eventful than those in previous years. Early in the morning, a brawl broke out in an Alabama store that caused the entire mall to shut down. Even more absurdly, four grown men were caught on video fighting over a toy car at Walmart.

But, like always, the holiday has been a success for retailers, with TechCrunch reporting $640 million in sales at 7 a.m. on the West Coast. Unsurprisingly, a lot of that money changed hands online, and a large portion of transactions even occurred via mobile devices. Which means that while shoppers may have hit the brick-and-mortar stores, they were still buying on the web. Early estimates showed that sales were up over 18 percent from 2016, so with any luck, retailers made out big -- even though a few Macy’s locations are probably very, very disappointed.