The shooting occurred about 4:15 p.m. as officers were escorting a man from the Home Depot in northern Dallas. The two officers and the store loss-prevention officer underwent surgery for their injuries, Police Chief U. Renee Hall said late Tuesday night. She did not provide details of their conditions but asked for continued prayers for their recovery.
Police arrested Armando Luis Juarez, 29, on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and felony theft. He was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m. after a lengthy car chase involving officers of various law enforcement agencies.
“We got our man,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the late-night news conference.
The two police officers were called to the store to help an off-duty officer with removing the man from the store.
In a tweet about the shooting Tuesday evening, the Dallas Police Department said the officers were critically wounded, but Hall declined to go into detail about their conditions during two news conferences at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. She said surgery was completed on the police officers and store employee late Tuesday at the hospital.
We can confirm that two @DallasPD officers have been shot and critically wounded. We will provide updates as we get them. Please pray for our officers and their families.
Rawlings said he continues “to be upset at the lack of respect for our police in this city and in our country.”
In 2016, four Dallas police officers and a transit officer were shot dead by a sniper in an ambush that came toward the end of a peaceful protest over the police killings of black men that had occurred in other cities.
Hank Azaria told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday that he would be willing to “step aside” from voicing one of his characters following recent criticism.
Azaria voices Indian shopkeeper Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, who has been a character on the Fox television series since 1990. Controversy has brewed around the role since the release of a documentary last year called The Problem with Apu. Between the mannerisms and exaggerated accent, the documentary's writer Hari Kondabolu said the character embodies racial stereotypes.
The Simpsons showrunners were largely silent about the criticism until one of the main characters appeared to make a passive reference to it in an episode that aired earlier this month, Variety reports. In the episode, ‘No Good Read Goes Unpunished,' Lisa said, “something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect.”
The remark drew more criticism, with many saying The Simpsons insufficiently addressed the problem.
Azaria apologized on The Late Show to anyone who was “hurt and offended.”
“I had nothing to do with the writing or the voicing [in that episode]. I think if anyone came away from that segment thinking they need to lighten up … that’s definitely not the message that I want to send,” Azaria told Colbert, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Azaria added, “I think the most important thing is to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel and how they think about the character, and what their American experience of it has been.”
“I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers room … including how [Apu] is voiced or not voiced. I’m perfectly willing to step aside. It just feels like the right thing to do to me,” he said.
The parents of a terminally ill British toddler have been told they cannot take him to Rome for specialized treatment, a judge ruled Tuesday, in a divisive case that has seen the involvement of Pope Francis and the Italian government.
Alfie Evans is a 23-month-old baby who suffers from an unidentified degenerative neurological condition. His parents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, have been fighting a legal battle with doctors who say that the little boy is in a “semi-vegetative state,” and that further treatment would be futile, the Guardian reports.
A U.K. judge rejected the parent's appeal to allow Alfie to be transferred to the Bambino Gesu Pediatric Hospital in Rome, just outside the Vatican City. The judge encouraged Alfie's parents to take a “special opportunity” to spend time with Alfie “for his final days or hours” rather than renew legal efforts for a last-resort treatment. They plan to challenge the ruling and a hearing is set for Wednesday.
Doctors at the Liverpool hospital where Alfie is being treated switched off his life-support systems on Monday. The judge dismissed claims that the boy's condition was “significantly better” after he continued to breathe on his own after the support systems were switched off.
A representative of a Christian group lobbying for the infant's parents called Alfie's survival “miraculous,” according to the Guardian.
The divisive case has galvanized protestors in support of Alfie and on Monday, police stopped a crowd of protesters from attempting to enter the Alder Hey hospital.
Pope Francis met with Tom Evans last week and expressed hope that Alfie's needs would be “respected,” according to the BBC. In addition, the Italian Foreign Ministry has granted the infant Italian citizenship in an effort to expedite his transfer, the Associated Press reports, and the Bambino Gesu hospital said it has a plane ready to transport Alfie if the courts allowed it.
It is my sincere hope that everything necessary may be done in order to continue compassionately accompanying little Alfie Evans, and that the deep suffering of his parents may be heard. I am praying for Alfie, for his family and for all who are involved.
It is not uncommon for British courts to intercede between parents and medical staff to decide the fate of critically ill children. In a similar case last year, judges rejected a petition from the parents of 10-month old Charlie Gard to seek experimental treatment in the U.S., despite offers of help from Pope Francis and President Donald Trump. In April, Britain's High Court ruled “with the heaviest of hearts” against additional treatment “to permit Charlie to die with dignity.” Gard died in July.
(WASHINGTON) — With exaggerated handshakes and a pair of kisses, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron professed a sunny, best-friends relationship Tuesday, even as the two allies strained to bridge differences over the Iran nuclear agreement, Syria and more.
Hosting Macron for the first state visit of his administration, culminating in a lavish dinner Tuesday night, Trump remained firm in his criticism of past and enduring American undertakings in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. But he appeared open to the French president's pleas to maintain U.S. involvement in Syria — and expressed openness to negotiating a new agreement with Iran.
As Trump weighs withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear accord, he issued a warning to Iran against restarting its nuclear program, saying, “They will have bigger problems than they've ever had before.”
At a joint White House news conference, he appeared to be more in line with Macron's push for a longer-term U.S. presence in Syria. Trump, who announced weeks ago that he would withdraw American troops, said Macron reinforced the idea of a potential Iranian takeover of territory liberated from the Islamic State group.
“We'll be coming home,” Trump said, “but we want to leave a strong and lasting footprint.”
Macron told Trump that together the U.S. and France would defeat terrorism, curtail weapons of mass destruction in North Korea and Iran, and act together on behalf of the planet. That last point was a reference to Macron's work to revive the U.S. role in the Paris climate accord to fight global warming, another international agreement Trump has spurned.
Differences aside, Trump and Macron lavished praise — and even a pair of kisses — on each other Tuesday.
“It's an honor to call you my friend,” Trump said, after predicting Macron would be a historic leader of France.
In one light moment, Trump sought to demonstrate some of the personal chemistry he claimed. The U.S. president brushed something off Macron's suit jacket, saying, “We have a very special relationship; in fact, I'll get that little piece of dandruff off. We have to make him perfect — he is perfect.”
The meetings followed a pomp-filled welcome ceremony on the South Lawn. Highlights included a 21-gun salute and Melania Trump's wide-brim white hat, which drew more comments than all the rest of the pageantry.
Trump said before an audience of U.S. soldiers and members of his Cabinet that the relationship he forged with Macron at the start of his presidency was a testament to the “enduring friendship that binds our two nations.” He thanked the French leader for his “steadfast partnership” in the recent missile strike in response to the chemical attack in Syria.
Macron said, “History is calling us. It is urging our people to find the fortitude that has guided us in the most difficult of times. France and with it, Europe, and the United States have an appointment with history.” Later he placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
The social highlight of Macron's visit was Tuesday night's formal state dinner at the White House. More than 130 guests dined on rack of lamb and nectarine tart and enjoyed an after-dinner performance by the Washington National Opera. The previous evening, the leaders and their wives took a helicopter tour of Washington landmarks and had dinner at the Potomac River home of George Washington in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
As he gave a toast at the dinner, Trump hailed the bonds between the U.S. and France, saying, “May our friendship grow even deeper, may our kinship grow even stronger and may our sacred liberty never die.”
As for substantive issues, one of Macron's main objectives during his three-day visit to Washington was to persuade Trump to stay in the Iran accord, which is aimed at restricting Iran's development of nuclear weapons. Trump is skeptical of the pact's effectiveness — “it's insane, it's ridiculous,” he said Tuesday — but he declined to say whether he would withdraw the U.S. by the May 12 deadline he has set.
He reminded his French counterpart of what he sees as flaws in the agreement, which he said fails to address ballistic missiles or Iran's activities in Yemen or Syria.
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that pulling out would undermine America's upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea by proving the U.S. reneges on its promises.
He told The Associated Press in an interview in New York that if Trump withdraws, Iran would “most likely” abandon the deal as well and would no longer be bound by its international obligations. That would free Iran to resume enrichment activity beyond the limits imposed by the 2015 accord.
Macron told reporters that he and Trump would look at the Iran deal “in a wider regional context,” taking into account the situation in Syria. “We have a common objective, we want to make sure there's no escalation and no nuclear proliferation in the region. We now need to find the right path forward,” Macron said.
Trump suggested he was open to “doing something” beyond the current Iran agreement as long as it was done “strongly.”
On North Korea, Trump told Macron that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wanted to meet “as soon as possible.” The president, who once derided Kim as “Little Rocket Man,” said he has been “very open” and “very honorable” so far.
Macron, who calls Trump often, has emerged as something of a “Trump whisperer” at a time when the American president's relationships with other European leaders are more strained. Trump, who attaches great importance to the optics of pageantry and ceremony, chose to honor Macron with the first state visit of his administration as he woos the French president.
Trump ended his first year in office without receiving a foreign leader on a state visit, the first president in nearly 100 years to fail to do so. He was Macron's guest last July at the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, also took Trump and his wife on a tour of Napoleon's tomb and whisked them up in the Eiffel Tower for dinner overlooking the City of Light.
Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.
Janet Mock, Christopher Wylie, Gayle King, John Dickerson, Ben Platt, and Maxine Waters discussed what makes them optimistic about the world in 2018 during the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday night.
“What makes me optimistic, specifically this year, is of course the resistance movement, but specifically the creativity that's come out of that,” said activist and writer Janet Mock. “I think a lot of artists have seen the urgency of the times…just being around other artists who are creating stories, creating works, creating things in these tortured times is super inspiring.”
“What makes me optimistic this year are those kids from Parkland, and the fact that they're on this list,” said Dear Evan Hansen actor and singer Ben Platt. “Some people that are so sort of young and have had such sort of limited experience with the world already have such goodness within the them and are such fighters.”
(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Republican Debbie Lesko won the special election in Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday, keeping the U.S. House seat in GOP control but by a much narrower margin than expected.
The former state senator defeated Hiral Tipirneni, a former emergency room physician who had hoped to replicate surprising Democratic wins in Pennsylvania, Alabama and other states in a year where opposition to President Donald Trump's policies have boosted the party's chances in Republican strongholds.
Trump won the district by 21 percentage points in 2016, but early returns show Lesko winning by just 6 percentage points. Republican political consultant Chuck Coughlin called the margin “not good” for national Republicans looking at their chances in November.
“They should clean house in this election,” said Coughlin, longtime adviser to former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. “There's a drag on the midterms for Republican candidates that's being created by the national narrative. And it would be very hard to buck that trend if you're in swing districts, much less close districts, if you can't change that narrative between now and November.”
Lesko replaces former Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican who resigned in December amid sexual misconduct allegations.
At a victory party in her Glendale neighborhood, Lesko greeted supporters and looked back in wonder.
“I've really come a long way and this is really quite overwhelming, it's very surreal,” she said. “Twenty-five years ago I left an abusive husband and I sure as heck never would have dreamt in a million years that I would be running for Congress to be a congresswoman. I mean, that's right, now I'm actually running for Congress, I won!”
The district sprawls across western Phoenix suburbs, covering some of the most conservative areas of the red state, including the retirement community of Sun City.
Tipirneni worked the district hard, making inroads rarely seen in an area that hadn't elected a Democrat since the early 1980s. She was seen as a fresh Democratic face with relatively moderate views that could get support in the district. Making a push for older voters, she had said Lesko would vote to go after entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicaid to pay for tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy. She's pushed a plan to allow some people to buy into Medicare.
Tipirneni said she still plans to run again in November. She said she wasn't shocked to see her close to Lesko, despite the big GOP advantage in the district, saying people were ready for a change.
“We weren't surprised, we're not surprised,” Tipirneni said. “And we're still waiting to see the rest of the votes. We're not conceding. We're still waiting for votes to be counted — so this isn't over.”
The Associated Press called the race for Lesko after state officials released tallies of more than 155,000 mail-in ballots, which represent about 75 percent of the votes expected.
National Republican groups spent big to back Lesko, pouring in more than $500,000 in the suburban Phoenix district for television and mail ads and phone calls to voters. National Democratic groups didn't commit money to the race, a sign they didn't believe the seat was in play.
In the Feb. 27 primary, two out of every three ballots were cast for a Republican.
The seat became open when Franks stepped down after acknowledging that he had discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. A former aide told The Associated Press that he pressed her to carry his child as a surrogate and offered her $5 million.
Lesko slammed Tipirneni as being out of touch with voters who oppose government-run health care. She called the Democrat too liberal for the area, and pointed to Tipirneni's opposition to a wall on the Mexican border.
Several Republican voters who spoke with AP said they backed Lesko primarily because she supported Trump's border security plans.
David Hunt, a 64-year-old retired construction and warehouse worker from Glendale, said he cast his vote Tuesday for Lesko because he believed that immigrants in the country illegally are creating unfair competition for jobs for recent high school students in Arizona.
“She's the best candidate to deal with the porous border,” Hunt said.
His views were echoed by Larry Bettis, a retiree from Glendale.
“Immigration – the fence,” Bettis said. “That's all I really care about.”
Democrats said they wanted to send a message to Trump and supported Democratic health care plans.
“I don't like the president and felt it was time to take a stand,” said Nikole Allen, a 45-year-old medical assistant from New York now living in Glendale. “It's time for us to vote the Republicans out.”
The head of the Jewish community in Germany has urged Jews to not to wear kippahs — traditional skullcaps — due to heightened concern over recent anti-Semitic attacks.
“Defiantly showing your colors would in principle be the right way to go,” Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said on Berlin public radio, according to the BBC. “Nevertheless, I would advise individual people against openly wearing a kippah in big German cities.”
Last week, video footage surfaced that showed two men wearing kippahs being attacked with a belt. Jewish organizations have also voiced concern over other recent anti-Semitic incidents.
Over the weekend Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced what she characterized as “another form of anti-Semitism,” saying threats were coming from both right-wing groups and some Muslims refugees in the country, BBC reports.
Schuster added that “our democracy would be at risk” if Germany does not fight anti-Semitism. “This is not only about anti-Semitism — it goes along with racism, it goes along with xenophobia. You need a clear stop sign here.”
His remarks come ahead of the ‘Berlin Wears Kippah' march on Wednesday, which was organized in response to the assault.
Other Jewish organizations, however, advise a different approach.
“We must take up this fight and be visible again in public,” a spokesperson for the Berlin-based Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism said, according to the BBC.
The 2018 TIME 100 Gala in New York City was filled with global influencers at the forefronts of their fields. From Nicole Kidman to Carmen Yulín Cruz to Adam Rippon, the room was stocked with celebrities and luminaries from across the worlds of entertainment, sports, politics, the arts and business, all there to celebrate the annual list of 100 influential individuals.
They were all in for a treat, as memorable performances from Jennifer Lopez and Shawn Mendes got the party going, while actor Sterling K. Brown and Olympic skater Adam Rippon gave touching toasts.
Here are six of the night's most unforgettable moments.
“Mrs. Bull was that first adult who spoke to me about life,” said TIME 100 honoree, This Is Us star and Emmy award winner Sterling K. Brown of a teacher who inspired him throughout his life during the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night.
Read Sterling K. Brown's full remarks below:
I'm a man of faith.Essentially, I believe myself and all of these other bright lights in this room with me to be spiritual beings having a temporary human existence.I strive to live my life in a way in which the fruits of the spirit are readily apparent; those fruits being love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
Now, at one point in time I thought you had to be a Christian to have full access to the divine, but the woman I choose to toast today is a devout atheist and simultaneously more Christ‑like than most Christians I know.One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of your presence, and that's exactly what Barbara Bull gave to me.Mrs. B was my high school advisor and middle school algebra teacher.She wasn't just good at her job, she was passionate about it, and not just for the subject matter, but for the students that she taught as well.At her office hours, which she routinely held for about two hours every day after school, she loved to see her students go from their “huh” to that “ahhh” moment, and would patiently guide you along that path until you reached your destination.Mrs. Bull was an early riser.When she was 59 years young, she would swim a mile every day before school began.She was from San Francisco and walked the halls of St. Louis Country Day School with a swagger that no one else could even come close to.She wore beautiful scarves, dope‑ass glasses, and a slightly unsensible heel, and like a delighted Pavlovian dog a quiet smile would cross my countenance as I heard the clickety‑clack of my favorite teacher approach the room.
Mrs. Bull was that first adult who spoke to me about life.When most folks in my family didn't like to discuss finances ‑‑ I don't know if you know this, black folks don't like to talk about money ‑‑ Mrs. Bull would highlight your boy about the stock market and how she was able to double her income by playing it.Haven't quite been that successful as of yet.
While I was afraid to go anywhere where I couldn't speak the language, she shared with me her passion for travel both within these United States and internationally and how exposure to different cultures expanded her world view.And in a society where very few are authentic with young people about the complexity of adult life, Mrs. B would frankly discuss the difficulties of her marriage in a way that hopefully would help me avoid duplicating similar negative circumstances that she was then navigating with her husband at the time.
She came to every football game.She came to every basketball game, at least the ones that didn't conflict with her office hours.She came to every play.Hold on one second.I'm sorry.She gave me nothing but encouragement in anything that I chose to explore, and I was always so happy to see her, that she cared enough to be there, to be present.
The first time I dunked a basketball, I ran through the school until I found Mrs. Bull, and, “Mrs. Bull, I did it.I dunked, baby.”She was like, “Very good, Kelby.Good for you.”
When I got a hundred on my geometry test sophomore year or a hundred on my BC calculus test senior year, the first person I had to tell was Mrs. B.I like to keep it 100 for her.Mrs. Bull loved Apple computers, and outside of my brief initial relationship with my Dell Inspiron 6000, I was frugal, y'all, I rocked Apples.Mrs. Bull drove nothing but Audis.I drive a Volkswagen.I don't like the peacock quite so much, but it's the same family.Side note, please fix the diesel and bring it back to the United States.Trying to be green.Trying to be green.
I remember asking Mrs. B in the ninth grade where she went to school, and I remember thinking to myself, if I could kind of set myself on the same trajectory as this woman maybe I have the opportunity to live an extraordinary life as well.She said, “I want to Stanford.”I said, “I think I'm going to go there.”And she said, “Well, you have to work hard.”I said, “Okay.”I went to Stanford.
Mrs. B. is now 83 years young.She has been retired for some time now, but she still rises early every morning for her daily mile swim.It was never necessary for Mrs. Bull to tell me what she believed.She was never inclined to preach to me or mandate that I see the world through the same prism as herself.She simply led a life well lived.And in walking the walk, she influenced the trajectory of my life in ways she and I could never have imagined.She filled me up with so much love; I felt like I could run through a brick wall, and I wanted to do it for her.
To Barbara Jenkins Bull, now Kraus, thank you for sharing your divinity with me.
(WASHINGTON) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration’s decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security’s rationale against the program “arbitrary and capricious.”
U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote that the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, “was unlawful and must be set aside.”
Bates wrote that DHS’ decision “was predicated primarily on its legal judgment that the program was unlawful. That legal judgment was virtually unexplained, however, and so it cannot support the agency’s decision.”
Bates gave DHS 90 days to “better explain its view that DACA is unlawful.” If the department cannot come up with a better explanation, he wrote, it “must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.”
DACA allowed immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, to stay and work legally under renewable permits. President Donald Trump announced last year that he would end the program started by President Barack Obama. It was officially rescinded in March, but DHS is continuing to issue renewals because of previous court orders.
Bates’ ruling Tuesday night comes in a pair of cases whose lead plaintiffs are the NAACP and Princeton University. He is the third judge to rule against administration plans to end the program.