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Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose around neck: 'We made a mistake'

Another fashion house has come under fire for a design many are calling racist. 

During its recent show at London Fashion Week, Burberry showcased a hoodie with a rope around the neck that resembled a noose. Now the company is apologizing.

>> On AJC.com: From Gucci to Prada, fashion fails evoke racist imagery

“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection” Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement to CNN. “Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake.”

The show's designer, Burberry Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci, added, “I am so deeply sorry for the distress that has been caused as a result of one of the pieces in my show on Sunday.”

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“While the design was inspired by a nautical theme, I realize that it was insensitive. It was never my intention to upset anyone,” he continued. “It does not reflect my values nor Burberry's and we have removed it from the collection. I will make sure that this does not happen again.”

Despite the apology, many criticized the piece online, calling it insensitive and ignorant.

One of Burberry’s models, Liz Kennedy, even slammed the brand on social media. Although she was featured in the show that debuted the controversial garment, she said her concerns about the noose were dismissed.

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“Suicide is not fashion,” she wrote on Instagram. “It is beyond me how you could let a look resembling a noose hanging from a neck out on the runway.”

She said the imagery was triggering, because she has dealt with suicide within her family. She also mentioned the “horrifying history of lynching.”

“A massive brand like Burberry who is typically considered commercial and classy should not have overlooked such an obvious resemblance,” Kennedy continued. “I am ashamed to have been apart of the show.”

>> On AJC.com: ‘Apology not accepted’: T.I. calls for Gucci boycott over ‘blackface’ sweater 

The controversy comes about two weeks after Gucci was condemned for a turtleneck sweater many said looked like blackface. While the company issued an apology, many celebrities, including T.I., Soulja Boy and Waka Flocka, called for a boycott.

2 day care workers accused of sexually assaulting multiple children

Police in Oklahoma arrested two Tulsa day care workers Tuesday in connection with a sexual assault investigation.

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Tulsa police told KOKI-TV on Tuesday that they arrested Charles Burts Jr. and Malcolm Burts, who are accused of sexually assaulting multiple children over three years. Both men were employees at Tiny Tots Learning Spot near 71st Street and Riverside Drive. It is not yet known if they were still employed at the time of their arrests.

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Police said the accusations date back to December 2015, but a child did not come forward until December 2018 – when police launched the investigation.

Reports state that each man is accused of touching several children at the day care inappropriately. Police said the day care is owned by the suspects' parents and is still in operation as their license has not been revoked.

– Visit Fox23.com for the latest on this developing story.

Father accused of stabbing, killing 2-year-old daughter

A Texas father has been charged with capital murder after police say he stabbed and killed his 2-year-old daughter.

According to KFDM, police arrested Yovahnis Roque, 26, at an Orange home Tuesday after responding to a report of a slain child. When officers arrived, they found the girl's body and her father, Roque, "covered in blood," KOGT reported

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Police said Roque believed that the girl "had a microchip in her head and he wanted to destroy it," KOGT reported.

The child's mother was killed in a car crash in 2017, according to KOGT. No other children lived in the house, child welfare officials told KFDM.

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US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. (AP) - Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine gun.

Nearly 8,000 feet up at a training center in the California mountains, the air is thin, the snow is chest high and the temperature is plunging. But other Marines just a few kilometers away are preparing to attack, and forces on both sides must be able to battle the enemy and the unforgiving environment.

The exercise is designed to train troops for the next war - one the U.S. believes will be against a more capable, high-tech enemy like Russia, North Korea or China. The weather conditions on the mountain mimic the kind of frigid fight that forces could face in one of those future hotspots.

"We haven't had to deal with these things. We've been very focused on Iraq and Afghanistan," said Maj. Gen. William F. Mullen, head of the Marines' Training and Education Command. "What we really have to do is wake folks up, expose them to things that they haven't had to think about for quite a while."

After 17 years of war against Taliban and al-Qaida-linked insurgents, the military is shifting its focus to better prepare for great-power competition with Russia and China, and against unpredictable foes such as North Korea and Iran. U.S. forces must be able to survive and fight while countering drones, sophisticated jamming equipment and other electronic and cyber warfare that can track them, disrupt communications and kill them - technology they didn't routinely face over the last decade.

"If you were to draw a line from here to the DMZ between North and South Korea, both of these sites are on the 38th parallel. And so the weather here accurately replicates the weather that we would encounter in North and South Korea," said Col. Kevin Hutchison, the training center commander. "What you're seeing here is Marines fighting Marines, so we are replicating a near-peer threat."

As a snowstorm swirls around them, Mullen and Hutchison move through the woods, checking in with the young Marines designated as the adversary force of about 250 troops who must prevent more than 800 attackers from gaining control of nearby Wolf Creek Bridge. An Associated Press team was allowed to accompany them to the Marine Corps' Mountain Warfare Training Center south of Lake Tahoe and watch the training.

Lance Cpl. Reese Nichols, from Pensacola, Florida, and Lance Cpl. Chase Soltis of Bozeman, Montana, dug their defensive position a day ago, and they've been watching all night for enemy movement, while using a small burner to melt snow to stay hydrated.

The hardest part, said Nichols, is "boiling water 24/7. And the cold. It's cold."

The cold and wet conditions force the Marines to use snowshoes and cross-country skis to get around. They wrap white camouflage around their weapons, struggle to keep the ammunition dry and learn how to position their machine guns so they don't sink into the powdery snow.

"It's kind of overwhelming coming up here. Many of them have never been exposed to snow before," said Staff Sgt. Rian Lusk, chief instructor for the mountain sniper course. "You're constantly having to dig or move up the mountain range. So, it's physically taxing, but more than anything, I think, it's mentally taxing."

The Marine Corps has changed its training in the mountain course and at Twentynine Palms Marine base 400 miles south. Instead of scripted exercises, trainers map out general objectives and let the Marines make their own battle decisions, replicating a more unpredictable combat situation.

Rather than fighting from forward operating bases that stretched across Iraq and Afghanistan, complete with security forces and chow halls, troops now have to be more independent, commanders say, providing their own protection and support. And they must prepare for a more formidable, high-tech enemy.

Mullen recalled speaking to a commander in Ukraine in the aftermath of Russia's annexation of Crimea. "He said that within two minutes of keying his handset he had rockets coming in on his position," said Mullen, who spent two days at Twentynine Palms, watching a battlefield exercise, before flying to the Bridgeport base in California's Toiyabe National Forest.

The key in both places, said Mullen, is whether the Marines can stay undetected and adjust their battle plan quickly when faced with unexpected threats.

Back on the mountain, Mullen and Hutchison have seized on that issue. The attacking force, members of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment out of Camp Pendleton, California, spotted one of the adversary's fighting positions and fired on it. The simulated attack didn't hurt anyone, but the competition is real for the defending forces from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, out of Twentynine Palms.

"You took casualties today, and you didn't respond to it," Hutchison told the platoon leader, 2nd Lt. Brendan Dixon of Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Why, pressed Mullen, didn't Dixon move his Marines to a safer location?

In the face of questioning from senior leaders, Dixon held his ground, confident his forces were in the right place to defend the bridge.

It turns out, he was right.

Moving toward the bridge, the attacking forces became trapped on a ridgeline, exposed to the enemy and unable to move through a ravine filled with snow. Gunfire exploded across the ridge.

The final assessment by the trainers was that the attackers suffered 30-40 percent casualties, while Dixon's troops lost about 10 percent.

The attacking force, said Hutchison, made some decisions that would have resulted in Marine deaths in a real battle, but it's better to learn now, than in combat.

"In the Far East, whether it's in northern Europe, etc., we're replicating that here. And what we're finding is, it's an extremely challenging problem," said Hutchison. "And it's a problem that, frankly, if we don't train to, it's going to cost a lot of Marine lives."

223-pounds of chicken salad recalled over listeria contamination fears

A Florida company is recalling 223 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad over possible listeria contamination.

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Hollywood, Florida-based Lean Culinary Services confirmed that its RTE chicken salad tested positive for the presence of listeria during an inspection on Feb. 18., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Although there have been no reports of illness, the USDA is concerned consumers may have the salad in their refrigerators. 

These are the salads produced on Feb. 12 that are under recall:

  • 9-ounce plastic tub packages containing “classic chicken salad made with Bell & Evans White Meat Chicken” with a use by date of 2-17-19.
  • 8-pound plastic bags containing “Classic Chicken Salad made with Bell & Evans White Meat Chicken” with a sell by date of 2-19-19 for use behind the deli counter. 
  • 8-ounce plastic tub packages containing “DeliverLean Classic Chicken Salad” with a use by date of 2-17-19.
  • 5-ounce plastic tub packages containing “DeliverLean Chicken Salas Bento Box” with a use by date of 2-17/19.

 

The recalled items were shipped to locations in Florida. Consumers are asked to return the salads to the stores where they bought them.

Foods contaminated with listeria can cause serious infections in older adults, those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and babies.

Related: Dollar General’s Baby Gripe Water for babies, adults recalled over possible choking hazard

Symptoms of infection include fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, among other ailments.

Winning numbers drawn in 'Jackpot Triple Play' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Jackpot Triple Play" game were:

07-08-18-25-43-46

(seven, eight, eighteen, twenty-five, forty-three, forty-six)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Fantasy 5' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Fantasy 5" game were:

02-09-10-16-20

(two, nine, ten, sixteen, twenty)

Covington Catholic student seen in viral video sues WaPo for $250 million

The family of 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann is suing the Washington Post in a defamation lawsuit and seeking $250 million in damages alleging that he was “targeted and bullied.”

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According to the Washington Post, the suit says that the paper “ignored basic journalist standards because it wanted to advance its well-known and easily documented, biased agenda against President Donald J. Trump by impugning individuals perceived to be supporters of the President.”

The Kentucky student drew wide criticism on social media for a perceived confrontation with Nathan Phillips, a Native American, on a viral video that surfaced Jan 19.

Washington Post spokeswoman, Kristine Coratti Kelly, said, “We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit, and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”

Both Sandmann and Phillips said they were trying to defuse tensions that were rising among three groups on a day Washington hosted both the March for Life and the Indigenous Peoples March. But video of Sandmann standing very close to Phillips, staring and at times smiling at him as Phillips sang and played a drum, gave many who watched it a different impression. Other students appeared to be laughing at the drummer, and at least one could be seen on video doing a tomahawk chop.

Both Phillips’ group and Sandmann’s, which had taken part in the anti-abortion rally, had been confronted by a third group that appeared to be affiliated with the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.

Other videos show members of the religious group yelling disparaging and profane insults at the students, who taunt them in return. Video also shows the Native Americans being insulted by the small religious group.

Though many commenting on the internet were taken back by Sandmann staring at Philipps, the teen said he was “not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation.” He said he had never encountered any kind of public protest before.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sabres-Panthers Sums

First Period_None. Penalties_Sobotka, BUF, (hooking), 5:52; Ristolainen, BUF, (slashing), 13:22; Trocheck, FLA, (slashing), 16:38.

Second Period_1, Buffalo, Eichel 19 (Skinner, Reinhart), 5:14 (pp). Penalties_Vatrano, FLA, (holding), 4:35; Dahlin, BUF, (tripping), 6:57.

Third Period_2, Florida, Huberdeau 14 (Barkov, Vatrano), 3:07. 3, Florida, Hawryluk 4 (Trocheck, Dadonov), 3:50. 4, Florida, Barkov 23 (Vatrano, Huberdeau), 5:42. 5, Florida, Huberdeau 15 (Barkov), 16:45. 6, Buffalo, Sobotka 4 (Girgensons, Larsson), 19:52. Penalties_Brown, FLA, (illegal check to head), 7:11; Eichel, BUF, (cross checking), 10:24; Yandle, FLA, (slashing), 12:38.

Shots on Goal_Buffalo 6-12-16_34. Florida 12-12-17_41.

Power-play opportunities_Buffalo 1 of 4; Florida 0 of 4.

Goalies_Buffalo, Ullmark 13-7-4 (41 shots-37 saves). Florida, Reimer 13-10-5 (34-32).

A_10,340 (19,250). T_2:40.

Referees_Pierre Lambert, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen_Ryan Daisy, Scott Driscoll.

Kabengele leads No. 16 Florida State to 77-64 win at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Trent Forrest said Florida State entered the season hoping to make history. The 16th-ranked Seminoles certainly did that at Clemson.

Mfiondu Kabengele had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Florida State set a program record with its eighth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference victory in a 77-64 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night.

The Seminoles (21-5, 9-4 ACC) had not won this many consecutive league games since joining the conference before the 1991-92 season. They won 11 straight Metro Conference games in 1977-78.

"It shows how locked in we've been," said Forrest, a junior guard. "Our seniors came into the year wanting to make history and I feel like we're helping them with that."

Florida State used its size, strength and speed to keep the run going against the Tigers, holding on after seeing an 18-point edge cut to 59-52 with eight minutes left. That's as close as Clemson (15-11, 5-8) would get in dropping its third in a row and getting swept by Florida State for the second time in three seasons.

Kabengele led the way on both sides of the ball. He hit 9 of 13 from the field, blocked two shots, and his rebounds were a season high. Then again, Clemson had trouble stopping much of anything Florida State did around the basket. The Seminoles' starting center in 7-foot-4 Christ Koumadje went 4-of-6 shooting for 10 points with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.

"Our coaches emphasize us bigs being a major factor in games," said Kabengele, the 6-10 sophomore. "To have me and Christ to both have good parts to the game helps us get good wins."

That wasn't the case early on in ACC play as Florida State started 1-4 with losses at Pitt and Boston College. It got things in gear against Clemson with a 77-68 win on Jan. 22 and has not lost since.

"The streak continues," Kabengele said with a smile.

Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton is grateful for his team's successful run. He's even happier that his players are gelling so well and improving their play every time out. The streak? It won't help a bit, he said, in his team's next contest at No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday.

"In reality, it doesn't mean anything other than people are probably going to play us a little bit harder," he said.

The Seminoles took control after Clemson closed to 23-21 on Marcquise Reed's 3-pointer with 6:18 left in the half. Florida then went on a 15-2 surge the rest of the half with Kabengele hitting three buckets and Walker landing a 3-pointer.

When Trent Forrest got his off-balance push shot on a drive to the basket to go right before the buzzer sounded, Florida State went to the locker room ahead 38-23. The lead grew as large as 18.

Forrest finished with 14 points.

Reed had 20 points to lead Clemson, which was coming off two gut-wrenching, one point defeats at Miami (65-64) and at Louisville (56-55) before this. Tigers coach Brad Brownell said his team was deflated when it returned to campus Sunday after the Louisville loss, but thought they had rebounded enough that this game should have been more competitive.

"I thought our energy was good," Brownell said. "They were just better than us."

BIG PICTURE

Florida State: The Seminoles' offense was relentless with guard Trent Forrest and Terance Mann pushing the ball at the basket where their bigger teammates like Kabengele and Koumadje took control. It's a formula that works well in the postseason where Florida State reached the NCAA's round of eight last year.

Clemson: The Tigers came into the season ranked and with high expectations after their NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16 a year ago. But the team of four senior starters appeared way out of synch in this one. Clemson has had two three-game losing streaks in ACC play and may have to do something remarkable for make another appearance in the Big Dance.

TURNAROUND

Hamilton said his team's early ACC troubles were in part blending in newcomers along with injuries to mainstays like Phil Cofer, who missed the first win over Clemson last month. Hamilton was confident his team would recover and anyway, "there was a high probability we wouldn't go undefeated in ACC play," he said.

OLD SCHOOL

With all the focus on fabulous freshmen, Florida State and Clemson had a throwback game with a combined seven players in the two starting lineups as seniors. The Seminoles' senior starter were Cofer, Mann and Koumadje. Clemson had four starters in Elijah Thomas, David Skara, Reed and Shelton Mitchell.

UP NEXT

Florida State ends a three-game road swing at North Carolina on Saturday.

Clemson plays Boston College at home Saturday.

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More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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