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Man City 0-1 Man Utd: Marcus Rashford claims Manchester derby spoils

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Marcus Rashford scored on his Manchester derby debut as United all but ended City’s title hopes with a 1-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium.

The United academy product’s 16th-minute strike proved to be the decisive goal as United ground out a much-needed victory courtesy of Rashford’s fifth goal on his eighth appearance for the club.

City’s cause was hampered by the loss of Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart in either half to injuries, and they failed to really test David de Gea, Sergio Aguero’s header against the post the closest they came to equalising.

White House officials would not tell NBC News Friday whether President Obama will raise the issue of 70 fugitives from U.S. justice — including convicted cop-killer JoAnne Chesimard — who are hiding in Cuba when he meets Cuban leaders during his upcoming historic visit to the island.

A White House official did say, however, that the “United States continued to seek the return from Cuba of fugitives from U.S. justice and has repeatedly raised those cases with the Cuban government.”

Chesimard, who fled to Cuba in 1984 after escaping from a New Jersey prison in 1979, was convicted of the 1973 execution-style murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster. She is on the FBI’s Most Wanted International Terrorists list, and is the most notorious of a group of criminals and violent radicals who have sought refuge in Cuba since Fidel Castro took power.

Other fugitives include Willie Morales, who blew off his own hands while making bombs for a Puerto Rican independence group, and Victor Manuel Gerena, the alleged “inside man” in a $7 million armored car robbery.

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New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster, who was killed during a stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Tim Larsen / AP, file

The New Jersey State Police and the FBI have offered a $2 million reward for the capture of Chesimard. The Foerster family declined to comment, but Col. Rick Fuentes, the superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said his agency feels Foerster’s murder and Chesimard’s escape on a “very personal level.”

“She flew from justice,” he said, “and that reopened a wound that was created by the original homicide. We can’t and we won’t create the impression that once you flee the country that we’re going to stop looking for you.”

Watch Part One and Part Two of a 1998 WNBC Piece About Chesimard

JoAnne Chesimard was born JoAnne Byron in New York in 1947. She grew up in New York City and North Carolina, and became involved in black nationalist politics in the late 1960s. She became a Black Panther, then left the Panthers, changed her name to Assata Shakur, and joined the Black Liberation Army.


Chesimard and another suspect were convicted of using Foerster’s service revolver (seen here) to finish off the wounded trooper. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

She was shot in the stomach in 1971 when she allegedly tried to rob a guest at a Manhattan hotel. She was sought for questioning after a bank robbery later that year, and named as a suspect in a grenade attack on police in December. She was also wanted for questioning after the wounding of a police officer, a bank robbery and a church robbery in 1972, and was suspected of links to the murders of several New York police officers. She was later acquitted of kidnaping and robbery charges, while other charges were dismissed.

Chesimard was sought in a nationwide manhunt. After midnight on May 2, 1973, New Jersey trooper James Harper pulled over two black males and a black female in a 1965 Pontiac with Vermont plates on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick. Harper called in backup, and was joined by Trooper Foerster.


The car in which Chesimard and two other suspects were traveling when stopped by New Jersey state troopers. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

According to the police reconstruction of the incident, Clark Squire, AKA Sundiata Acoli, was driving the car, and Chesimard was sitting in the front passenger seat. James Coston, AKA Zayd Shakur, was behind Chesimard in the rear seat. The battered white Pontiac was full of ammo, guns, fake ids and stolen license plates.

Squire got out of the car to show Harper license and registration — both fakes. Harper walked to the driver’s side to question Coston and Chesimard.

Trooper Foerster, 32, arrived on the scene in a second patrol car. He patted down Squire and found a loaded handgun. He shouted to Harper, who ordered Coston and Chesimard to put up their hands.

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JoAnne Chesimard in custody at a hospital after the turnpike shootout. Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office

Chesimard then fired a handgun through the roof of the car and hit Harper in the shoulder. Harper ducked behind his car.

Chesimard and Coston then jumped out of the Pontiac. Harper shot Chesimard in the right arm and left shoulder. Coston fired three times at Harper before Harper shot him once, mortally wounding him.

Squire then shot Foerster in the arm. Squire’s weapon jammed, and the two men began to wrestle. Chesimard walked around the car toward the fight and shot Foerster in the stomach. Harper, bleeding and unable to reload, began to walk or run to the state police station at New Brunswick, which was just 200 yards away.

Investors Book Profits After Oil’s 2016 High

Oil fell slightly on Friday as investors booked profits at the end of a fourth consecutive week of gains, but prices remained close to 2016 highs on expectations of a production freeze by major exporters.

U.S. crude was down 10 cents at $40.10 barrel, after rising to as high as $40.55 — higher than the previous peak of $40.36 reached on Thursday. The benchmark had surged 4.5 percent to close at $40.20 in the previous session.

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A car is filled at a petrol station in Egypt. Reuters

Oil prices have climbed by more than 50 percent from 12-year lows reached in December, bolstered as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) floated the idea of a production freeze, boosting Brent from about $27 and U.S. crude from around $26.

Many analysts think there is still steam in the rally.

“There is continuing jaw-boning about production cuts from OPEC members and inventories are now coming in at the lower end, rather than the higher end of expectations,” said Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC markets.

Crude inventories in the United States increased by 1.3 million barrels in the week to March 11, to a record high of 523.2 million barrels, though that was a much smaller build than the 3.4 million barrels expected by analysts, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.

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U.S. oil is heading for a fifth week of gains, while Brent is on course for a fourth weekly increase, the longest rising streak in about a year for both benchmarks.

Other analysts, however, urged caution after the strong gains.

“Global fundamentals are little changed and oil has instead been lifted by higher risk-appetite,” BNP Paribas said in a note. “A dialogue among key producing countries to address oil output will at best yield a decision to freeze output, but not the much-needed reduction required to rebalance the market.”

BNP estimates that there will be a 1 million barrel increase in global stocks by the end of the first half of 2016.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC producers led by Russia will meet on April 17 in the Qatar capital Doha in an effort to agree the first global supply deal in 15 years.

Iakopo: International Reggae Star Touches Down in the U.S.

At first glance, Iakopo doesn’t look like what you’d expect for a typical reggae music artist: He’s tall and white with dreadlocks.

But, with the launch of his first U.S. single “Touchdown,” featuring Shaggy, he could be reggae music’s next breakout star in America.

Born into a Mormon family in Southern California but raised in Samoa, the boy originally known as Jacob Scott Jones knew that music would be a special part of his life from an early age: “I remember when I was really young, like maybe 3 or 4 [years old], and listening to ‘Red Red Wine’ [by UB40] … I just loved that music.”

During his chat with NBC News, Iakopo — the Samoan version of his birth name — discussed his life and the multitude of adopted family members that took him in when he was ripped from his childhood home Orange County and sent to the South Pacific.

“I lived with the whole family, it was all in one small piece of land in the village … there must have been at least sixty or seventy of us,” he chuckles.

Finding humor in his circumstances is evidence that music has been both a method of expression and a remedy to heal emotional trauma from his childhood prior to being adopted by his Samoan family.

At the age of 13, while living with his birth family, Iakopo says he was snatched from his bed in the middle of the night and eventually taken over 4,000 miles away to American Samoa — something coordinated by his birth parents to correct what was viewed as deviant behavior in the Mormon community.

He spent a year at Paradise Cove, a behavioral modification facility in Samoa operated during the 1990s that was investigated by the U.S. State Department under allegations of mistreatment and abuse of students.

Knowing that his personal story can inspire his fans and draw a closer connection to the energy in his music, Iakopo is working on a movie about his life.

“That’s one of my biggest dreams…just something that I always thought would be really powerful to do.” He’s currently on a radio tour to promote “Touchdown.”


International Reggae artist, Iakopo, makes U.S. debut. http://www.iakopo.com/photos

He spoke to best News about his single, drawing inspiration from music, and establishing himself as an artist in the U.S.

: How has everything been going with you?

It’s been awesome. I’ve been doing a different city every night and we’ve been getting great response on the record and I’m just working the record. We’re just starting to see the traction now and it’s been great. We’ve gotten a lot of great response so far and I’m excited to put in the work.

: What is “Touchdown” about? Why did you write this song?

We got in the studio and we recorded about half the album and I just sat down with the producer and we talked about the different concepts of what we wanted to make the song about – and we kind of talked about the scenario of liking a girl and just the whole scenario of the song. We kind of made up the scenario just to kind of bring the feeling of what we’re trying to portray…the funny thing was that after the song was recorded the actual scenario that we made up started playing out in my real life.

: How did Shaggy get on the song?

We were in the studio and I laid down my vocals on the part and then we came back in and we were sitting down listening and I heard Shaggy’s voice [in the studio] and I was like wow, I really think Shaggy would sound great on the song…so the producer just reached out to him and sent him the track and he really loved the track and he just happened to be in Miami the same day I was in Miami and the next day he just came over and laid the track down in like thirty minutes.

: Was this your first time meeting Shaggy?

Yea it was my first time ever meeting him. The funny thing is I recorded the other half of my album at his studio in Jamaica but I never met him.

: Going back a little earlier in your career, I know you probably get asked this question a lot, but when did you discover your love for reggae music and music in general?

When I was in high school [in Samoa]…after lunch we would beat on the lunch table and make a drum beat with our hands and we would all freestyle and sing…and one day one of my classmates was like…”my uncle is the band leader for the band in this club where they play the top 40 music of whatever people like on the radio”…and it just evolved into me singing with them every weekend…we were performing pop music in a reggae style so I got introduced to the style and the vibe of it…so that’s how I started performing reggae and identifying with it.

: Did you always know that you would be an artist/performer?

I was playing music a little bit but it wasn’t my passion until I was about I would say 11 or 12 [years old], that’s when I really consciously knew I had a deep passion for it. At that point, that’s all I wanted to do…a very true thing about it too was I was going through a hard time as a child … I had difficulties and stuff with family … so I think it had always been from the beginning an escape for me.

: What was it like going from that Mormon lifestyle and then going to Samoa and having to adapt to a new culture? What was that like for you?

I always remember feeling from a child that I always felt that I wasn’t loved … before I left for Samoa I remember my parents would sit with the (school) principal and they’d ask me what I wanted to be as a child and I told them that I wanted to be a rock star… and they sat me down with the principal in school … my birth dad and the principal sat me down and said [to] come up with another plan for my life … and it was a one in a million chance that I would ever make it and that I needed to figure out something else that I could do with my life.

: How did you wind up in Samoa?

I was asleep at 3 o’clock in the morning and like… three, four men came in my room, woke me up and took me out of my bed, carried my shoes, hog tied me and took me in the back of their car and drove me to St. George, Utah … all through the desert … and they locked me in this room for two weeks and they told me ‘You’re going to Samoa’ I had no idea where I was going …I was locked in a room…I didn’t know what was going on, I was scared out of my mind … They got me to American Samoa … and they held me there for a week and a half…laying on a dirt floor in a locked room … then they smuggled me on a small Cessna from Pago Pago, American Samoa, to Upolu, Western Samoa … that whole process was very scary … then I got to Samoa and they drove me way out in the middle of the jungle …[to] a completely isolated and uninhabited area … to where they call Paradise Cove … and I lived for a year … they did behavior modification stuff on me … on all the kids down there … brainwashing techniques on us children and stuff like that for a year … I was there for a year and I was taken out of that program by one of the ladies that used to come … she was like a counselor who would come and check on the kids to see if they needed medical care and she would report back to the parents once a month … so the parents basically signed over parental control to these people … She [Charity, the counselor] brought me into the village life of Samoa and that’s when I started going to high school … and I started living in the culture … that’s when it became much more of a healthier living situation for me … I bloomed because all of a sudden I had people who loved me and who were excited that I was around … the family loved that I played music which was opposite from my Mormon family … the Samoan people … they are very open-minded … they are very loving … I felt like I really thrived around people that were just going with the energy … they loved the fact that I played music and they weren’t putting me down about whether I believed the same things that they did or that I was doing the same things that they did.

: It sounds like your music is something that helped you heal from that process?

It definitely did…as my life continued to unfold, my music did also.

: Do you feel like there is this extra pressure on you to prove yourself to people as a white reggae artist?

In some ways yes … I do feel a sense of obligation … since I am white … [and a] reggae artist [that is] not from Jamaica — and I’m going into mainstream … in some ways I feel like, yes, I gotta make sure that I got to do it justice … for me it’s just like music is music and what it stands for and what it represents is the energy and the roots of where it comes from.

: What do you want people to get from your music?

It’s always been kind of an underlying thing with me … I want to make people just feel good … the people that like the music, I just want them to feel good and enjoy it … I think to me that’s the most important thing.

: You spoke earlier about how music played a significant role in your life…which artists have influenced your music career so far?

I’ll try to pick a couple … there’s probably been so many that have influenced me consciously and unconsciously … John Lennon as a child, his music, just the way he writes and where he was writing from, the space … that was very influential for me. Kurt Cobain…his writing style was extremely abstract … Tupac, the way that he wrote and the way that he talked about the troubled situations and things that were going on in his life. I used to listen to that too, so all the stuff that I listened to I had to be inspired it…as far as singing style I would say it would have to be Ali Campbell who is the lead singer for UB40 … I would definitely say that’s probably the closest as far as direct influence on singing style … of course Bob Marley…I just think he was such a great leader, musician, singer…he was just so much more than a musician … and then dancehall music like Vybz Kartel, Mavado … that’s what I listen to on my time … I listen to so much music, but those are probably the key musicians.

: You’ve had international success. Now you’re embarking upon your U.S. career. What are your goals for establishing yourself as an artist here?

I came here to debut … and to share my music and to do the most with it. I definitely want to take it all the way. This song is just hitting the top 100 last week and we’re going to take “Touchdown” as far as it can go … and once it starts falling off the charts then we’ll hit them with the next one and hopefully we’ll take that one further.

Ancient Artifacts Collected for Grand Egyptian Museum’s Big Opening

CAIRO — How do you move a precious and ancient statue that weighs as much as a small elephant? Very carefully.

That’s how team of experts [last week] shipped a 4-ton, 3,500-year-old statue of King Amenhotep seated next to the falcon-headed Egyptian god Ra. The pink granite piece, which had lain hidden in the sands of southern Egypt until it was rediscovered in 2009, was packed in a purpose-built box and carried in a heavy truck on special air bags over 400 miles.

A small crowd waiting in Cairo gathered around the box and applauded after its wooden sides were removed, revealing Amenhotep’s delicately sculpted face.gem1_da23de37da4c9217256d872c0fad17d3.nbcnews-fp-840-320.jpg

The statue, which will welcome visitors to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) when it opens in 2018, traveled from the ancient pharaonic capital of Luxor with 780 other important artifacts. When all is said and done, some 50,000 pieces will be on display — 30,000 of which have never before been seen the public.

This major, and expensive, undertaking will help create what Egyptian experts and officials promise will be a world-class museum and center for the study of ancient Egypt. The museum’s general director, Tarek Tawfiq, is handpicking the antiquities to create displays that will showcase the objects in their original context, and so immerse visitors in the life and times of the ancient world.

“You will be transferred to ancient Egypt and you will have an enjoyable experience through real authentic pieces,” he said.

Tawfiq said each new shipment feels like a birthday. In just two years, the rest of us can join the party.

SEC: Amazon Should Take Vote on Gender Pay Gap…

Amazon should allow shareholders to vote on a proposal on gender pay equality, the U.S. securities regulator decided this week in rejecting the retailer’s request to omit the measure from its annual ballot.

Arjuna Capital, the activist arm of investment firm Baldwin Brothers Inc, said it submitted the proposal to Amazon and eight other technology companies, including eBay Inc and Intel.

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Only Amazon sought permission from the Securities and Exchange Commission to omit the proposal, Arjuna said.

Arjuna called for an October deadline for Amazon to report the difference between males’ and females’ pay and its plans to close the gap, according to a filing on the SEC’s website.

While such proposals generally face long odds, just getting one on the ballot of a high-profile company like Amazon can be a catalyst for change.

In a ruling on Tuesday, the SEC said it did not agree with Amazon that the proposal was “so inherently vague or indefinite” that it would impede implementation.

Amazon, which estimates that as of July women made up 39 percent of its global workforce and 24 percent of managers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would include the proposal on its ballot.

“We’re committed to fairly and equitably compensating all our employees, and we review all employee compensation on at least an annual basis to ensure that it meets that bar,” Amazon said in an emailed statement.

Amazon added that it was already working with organizations such as Code.org, the Anita Borg Institute and Girls Who Code to increase women’s and minorities’ involvement in the technology industry.

The SEC ruling comes as technology companies face scrutiny over diversity and compensation equity issues.

“It’s not simply a social justice issue,” said Natasha Lamb, director of shareholder engagement at Arjuna. “It’s an issue that affects performance, affects the company’s ability to attract and retain top talent.”

Lamb said Arjuna withdrew proposals at Apple Inc and Intel after they took action on the issue. Intel, for example, earmarked $300 million for diversity and said it found its male and female employees were equally paid.

EBay shareholders rejected Arjuna’s first proposal on gender pay equity last year after the board opposed it. Arjuna said it resubmitted the proposal at eBay this year and expanded its effort to a total of nine companies.

EBay declined to comment.

Lassa Fever Case Puzzles German Doctors

German doctors are puzzled by the first outbreak of Lassa fever outside Africa. They say three people are suspected of having been infected after having contact with an American who died of Lassa fever there last month.

“This is now the first documented outbreak of Lassa fever virus outside of Africa,” the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s federal disease control agency, said in a statement.

The patient who died had been medical director of a missionary hospital in Togo.

“Three contacts of the Lassa fever patient who died at the end of February 2016 at the Cologne University Hospital have been diagnosed with the disease. All are under observation,” the institute added. Later, on Saturday, Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf said it had withdrawn the positive diagnosos for two patients because the Lassa results could not be confirmed.

But it said they remained under observation and were still suspected of having Lassa.

Related: Worker With Lassa Fever Treated in Atlanta

One of those infected was a mortician who handled the body.

Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is treating another American infected with Lassa. A hospital spokeswoman said there were no updates on the patient, who was flown from Togo last week. The patient was also working for a missionary organization, although Emory would not confirm whether it was the same one as the American who died in Germany.

Lassa experts say there’s unusually widespread activity of the virus in West Africa now. It’s being seen in countries where it had not been common, including Togo and Benin. An outbreak is also ongoing in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a handful of Americans have ever been treated in the U.S. for Lassa. All were infected in West Africa.

Lassa is carried by rodents and people can catch it when rodent droppings or urine get onto food or into living areas. It’s not related to Ebola, but in severe cases it can look like Ebola, with symptoms including fever and sometimes bleeding.

Severe cases can also be just as deadly as Ebola, says Robert Garry, a Tulane University virologist who studies Lassa in Sierra Leone, where it’s common.

“When people come in very sick, we get mortality rates as high as 85 percent,” Garry told NBC News.

The patient who died of Lassa in Germany has been identified as Todd DeKryger by the Forest Hills Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Related: Health Workers Rush to Fight Fresh Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

“Todd DeKryger — faithful servant of Jesus Christ in Togo, West Africa — passed away after an intense struggle with an infection,” the church said in a statementon its website.

“He leaves behind a wife, 4 boys, and The Hospital of Hope where he was chief of staff and a surgical PA. He loved to share Jesus with everyone he interacted with and touched countless lives. He will be missed.”

The hospital is run by the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.

Garry says human to human transmission of Lassa is possible, although unusual. “We’ve seen it in families,” he said.

He says patients in Kenema, Sierra Leone, are reluctant to come into a special Lassa clinic there that was overwhelmed by Ebola patients during the epidemic there. Many wait until they are too ill to be helped to come in, he said.

There’s no specific treatment for Lassa, but supportive care, including giving patients saline to keep them hydrated, can help.

Medical missionaries have borne much of the burden of fighting outbreaks of disease in West Africa. Missionary doctors and volunteers were among the few Americans infected with Ebola in the epidemic there and several, including Nancy Writebol, Dr. Kent Brantly and Dr. Rick Sacra, were evacuated to the U.S.for treatment.

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