Trump rushed off stage by se­cu­rity

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Repub­li­can can­di­date Don­ald Trump was briefly rushed off the stage by Se­cret Ser­vice agents at a rally in Reno, Ne­vada in a false alarm.

A man hold­ing a sign say­ing Repub­li­cans Against Trump was tack­led by se­cu­rity agents, after claims that he had a gun.

Mr Trump re­turned to the stage min­utes later.

The Repub­li­can can­di­date says he is go­ing to tar­get states seen as Demo­cratic strongholds ahead of Tues­day’s elec­tion.

He is set to visit Penn­syl­va­nia, Michi­gan and also Min­nesota, which has not voted Repub­li­can since 1972.

On Satur­day evening, Mr Trump had stopped speak­ing at the Reno rally after see­ing some­thing in the au­di­to­rium.

He was grabbed by two agents, who rushed him off stage, while the pro­tester was held down and searched.

When he re­sumed his speech, Mr Trump said: “No­body said it was go­ing to be easy for us... I want to thank the Se­cret Ser­vice.”

The Se­cret Ser­vice later con­firmed that some­one in front of the stage had shouted “gun”, but that “upon a thor­ough search of the sub­ject and the sur­round­ing area, no weapon was found”.

Austyn Crites, the man at the cen­tre of the dis­tur­bance, said he was at­tacked when he brought out his sign.

“I keep re­peat­ing - I’m down, some­one is try­ing to choke me and I’m say­ing to these peo­ple; ‘There is no gun, I just have a sign’,” Mr Crites ex­plained after the in­ci­dent.

Ear­lier, Mr Trump had started off a four-state swing in Florida, where ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton also cam­paigned.

She un­veiled an ad­vert to run in nearly a dozen states, set to the Katy Perry song, Roar.

Mrs Clin­ton later ap­peared with Perry at a rally in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia, where the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date urged the crowd to vote.

“When your kids and grand­kids ask you what you did in 2016,” Mrs Clin­ton said, “I want you to be able to say, I voted for a bet­ter, stronger, fairer Amer­ica.”

Perry, who took to the stage to sing the song Nasty, said she was look­ing for­ward to elec­tion day. “Tues­day’s go­ing to be fun,” she said, “but Wed­nes­day is go­ing to be bet­ter.”

Opin­ion polls sug­gest Mrs Clin­ton is still ahead in key states.

But she has seen her lead slip fol­low­ing last week’s FBI an­nounce­ment that it was look­ing into emails that may be con­nected to her use of a pri­vate email server while she was sec­re­tary of state.

A na­tion­wide McClatchyMarist opin­ion poll on Satur­day gave her a one point lead, com­pared to six in Septem­ber.

A YouGov polling es­ti­mate on Satur­day gave her a three-point lead.

More than 40 mil­lion early vot­ers have al­ready cast their bal­lots. Re­ports sug­gest many more Latino vot­ers are turn­ing out early in key states in­clud­ing Florida, Ari­zona and Ne­vada com­pared to past elec­tions.

An­a­lysts in Ne­vada say the Democrats ap­pear to have taken a sig­nif­i­cant lead there be­cause of the early bal­lots.

Don­ald Trump told a rally in Tampa, Florida: “We’re go­ing into what they used to call Demo­crat strongholds, where we’re now ei­ther tied or lead­ing. We’re go­ing to Min­nesota, which tra­di­tion­ally has not been Repub­li­can at all.”

Penn­syl­va­nia and Michi­gan are also both on his agenda and they too have been tough states for Repub­li­cans. They have not won them since 1988.

Florida is an im­por­tant state, par­tic­u­larly for Mr Trump, with many see­ing it as a must-win. Can­di­dates need 270 elec­toral col­lege votes to win the pres­i­dency. Florida is worth 29.

The con­test ap­pears to be tight. Real Clear Pol­i­tics’ poll average puts the Demo­cratic can­di­date ahead, but poll anal­y­sis web­site FiveThir­tyEight says Mr Trump has a slightly bet­ter chance of win­ning the state.

Mrs Clin­ton’s cam­paign has re­vealed she will do a two-minute na­tional TV com­mer­cial on Mon­day night which they ex­pect will reach a com­bined au­di­ence of 20 mil­lion peo­ple.

She has been re­ly­ing heav­ily on A-list sup­port­ers - on Fri­day in Cleve­land it was singer Bey­once and rap­per hus­band Jay Z.

After Katy Perry, she will take the stage with bas­ket­ball star LeBron James in Cleve­land.

Gi­ant snow­balls ap­pear on Rus­sian beach in Siberia

A strange and beau­ti­ful sight greeted lo­cals in the Gulf of Ob, in north­west Siberia, after thou­sands of nat­u­ral snow­balls formed on the beach.

An 11-mile stretch of coast was cov­ered in the icy spheres.

The sculp­tural shapes range from the size of a ten­nis ball to al­most 1m across.

They re­sult from a rare en­vi­ron­men­tal process where small pieces of ice form, are rolled by wind and water, and end up as gi­ant snow­balls.

Lo­cals in the vil­lage of Nyda, which lies on the Ya­mal Penin­sula just above the Arc­tic Cir­cle, say they have never seen any­thing to com­pare to them.

Rus­sian TV quoted an ex­pla­na­tion from Sergei Lisenkov, press sec­re­tary of the Arc­tic and Antarc­tic Re­search In­sti­tute:

“As a rule, first there is a pri­mary nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non - sludge ice, slob ice. Then comes a com­bi­na­tion of the ef­fects of the wind, the lay of the coast­line, and the tem­per­a­ture and wind con­di­tions.

“It can be such an orig­i­nal com­bi­na­tion that it re­sults in the for­ma­tion of balls like these.”

A sim­i­lar phe­nom­e­non was wit­nessed in the Gulf of Fin­land in De­cem­ber 2014, and on Lake Michi­gan in De­cem­ber 2015, the web­site said.

Pictures of the snow­balls have charmed Rus­sians on­line. A reader of the TJour­nal news site call­ing him­self “An­ton Antonov” joked: “Soon the penin­sula will be in­vaded by hatched snowsaurs!”

Man confesses to seven killings

Todd Kohlhepp, the man ar­rested after a woman was found “chained like a dog” on his prop­erty in South Carolina, has con­fessed to seven killings, a sher­iff says.

Kohlhepp told po­lice on Satur­day that he was re­spon­si­ble for the deaths of four peo­ple in 2003.

He also showed law en­force­ment of­fi­cers where he said he had buried two other vic­tims on his prop­erty. This comes after the dis­cov­ery of a body at the 95-acre site on Fri­day. Reg­is­tered sex of­fender Kohlhepp, 45, was ar­rested on Thurs­day when po­lice found a woman on his prop­erty chained in a con­tainer. She had been miss­ing, along with her boyfriend, since late Au­gust. The woman was dis­cov­ered after po­lice heard bang­ing noises and screams from in­side a metal ship­ping con­tainer in Woodruff, 80 miles north­west of the state cap­i­tal of Columbia.

It was de­scribed by Spar­tan­burg County Sher­iff Chuck Wright as “a hellish place to be locked in hot weather. No lights, no win­dows, no air flow”.

Of­fi­cers had been led to the prop­erty thanks to a tip-off by a sex-crime in­ves­ti­ga­tor.

The woman told of­fi­cers that Kohlhepp had shot and killed her boyfriend in front of her.

Mr Wright con­firmed on Satur­day that the body found on the site a day ear­lier was that of her boyfriend Charles Carver, 32.

“They’re ob­vi­ously heart­bro­ken,” he said after talk­ing to the Carver fam­ily. “It’s ter­ri­ble.” Mr Carver died of mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds. Kohlhepp told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he was also the gun­man be­hind the fa­tal shoot­ing in 2003 of four peo­ple at a mo­tor­cy­cle shop in Ch­es­nee near Spar­tan­burg, South Carolina.

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