Briefs TRUMP SAYS PUTIN PRAISE NOT SE­RI­OUS

The Denver Post - - NEWS - — Denver Post wire re­ports

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump said he was not be­ing se­ri­ous when he thanked Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin for or­der­ing a dras­tic re­duc­tion in the num­ber of U.S. diplo­matic em­ploy­ees and sav­ing the U.S. sig­nif­i­cant cash.

“Ab­so­lutely, I think you know that,” Trump told re­porters Fri­day when asked about the com­ments he made a day ear­lier.

Trump had said he “greatly” ap­pre­ci­ated Putin’s help cutting down the State De­part­ment’s pay­roll. At the time, it was un­clear whether he was jok­ing.

Ear­lier Fri­day, press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said Trump “was be­ing sar­cas­tic” when he made the re­marks.

Trains col­lide in Egypt, 43 killed.

ALEXAN­DRIA, EGYPT-

» Two pas­sen­ger trains col­lided on Fri­day just out­side Egypt’s Mediter­ranean port city of Alexan­dria, killing 43 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the coun­try’s dead­li­est rail ac­ci­dent in more than a decade.

Magdy Hegazy, a top health of­fi­cial in Alexan­dria, said that along with the 43 killed, the crash also in­jured 122 peo­ple.

The Egyp­tian Rail­ways Au­thor­ity said ear­lier that a train com­ing from Cairo, Egypt’s cap­i­tal, crashed into the back of a train that was wait­ing at a small sta­tion in the district of Khor­shid, just east of Alexan­dria.

The sta­tion­ary train had just ar­rived from Port Said, a Mediter­ranean city on the north­ern tip of the Suez Canal, when it was hit.

Stolen paint­ing re­cov­ered af­ter 3 decades.

» More than three decades af­ter thieves made off with a valu­able paint­ing from the Univer­sity of Ari­zona Mu­seum of Art, of­fi­cials say they have re­cov­ered the long sought piece from an antique dealer in New Mex­ico.

Two peo­ple stole the Willem de Koon­ing “Woman-Ochre” paint­ing the day af­ter Thanks­giv­ing in 1985.

Fur­ni­ture and antique dealer David Van Auker bought the paint­ing at an es­tate sale and later be­gan re­search­ing it.

Chicago vic­tim stabbed more than 40 times.

A hair stylist suf­fered more than 40 stab wounds to his up­per body in a fa­tal at­tack last month in the high-rise Chicago condo of a North­west­ern Univer­sity pro­fes­sor, po­lice said Fri­day.

The since-fired pro­fes­sor, Wyn­d­ham Lathem, and Ox­ford Univer­sity fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer An­drew War­ren were ar­rested in the San Fran­cisco area eight days af­ter 26-yearold Tren­ton James Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau was found dead last month.

Au­thor­i­ties have said the at­tack on Cor­nell-Du­ran­leau, a Michi­gan na­tive who moved to Chicago last year, was so bru­tal that the blade of the knife in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve was used in the stab­bing was bro­ken.

Marines to pause flights for safety check.

The Ma­rine Corps com­man­dant has or­dered all of the Ma­rine avi­a­tion units to stop flight op­er­a­tions for a 24-hour pe­riod at some point in the next two weeks to fo­cus on safety and com­bat readi­ness.

Gen. Robert Neller’s or­der comes days af­ter three Marines were killed when their MV-22 Osprey air­craft crashed into the sea off the coast of Aus­tralia. The Osprey had launched from the USS Bon­homme Richard, and 23 of 26 per­son­nel on the air­craft were res­cued.

The fly­ing squadrons will review flight in­ci­dents and other crash in­ves­ti­ga­tions to make Marines bet­ter aware of pro­ce­dures and best prac­tices. The goal is to make sure units are ca­pa­ble, safe and ready.

Stray foot shocks mourn­ers.

N.J.» Mourn­ers BUT­LER, at a New Jersey ceme­tery re­ceived a hor­rific shock when a corpse’s rot­ting foot from an ad­join­ing grave was un­cov­ered dur­ing a New York City man’s burial.

Af­ter Cleveland But­ler died fol­low­ing a stroke at a Brook­lyn nurs­ing home, the 85-year-old man’s fam­ily gath­ered for his fu­neral last week at Mount Ho­li­ness Memo­rial Park in But­ler. The Daily News re­ported the burial un­cov­ered a molder­ing foot of a neigh­bor­ing corpse that fell on top of But­ler’s cof­fin dur­ing the eu­logy.

Care­taker Bill Plog said he is sur­prised this hasn’t hap­pened more of­ten, given that wood cas­kets de­te­ri­o­rate over time. Plog said it’s un­for­tu­nate, “but this is a grave­yard.”

Gun sign was prank, Wal­mart says.

LIT­TLE ROCK,

Wal­mart says an in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion shows it was the vic­tim of a prank when a pho­to­graph showed up on so­cial me­dia show­ing a sign read­ing “Own The School Year Like A Hero” atop a gun case in a store.

Com­pany spokesman Charles Crow­son told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day the com­pany had def­i­nitely de­ter­mined that the dis­play was not gen­uine.

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