FRANCE GIRDS FOR WEEKEND PROTESTS
Anticipating a fourth straight weekend of violent protests, France on Friday mobilized armored vehicles and thousands of police, cordoned off Paris’ broad boulevards and made plans to shut down tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower and Louvre.
The heavy security will put central Paris in a virtual lockdown Saturday against what the interior minister called “radicalized and rebellious people,” who authorities believe will join members of the “yellow vest” movement that has been holding anti-government demonstrations. Nationwide, about 89,000 police will fan out in the streets, an increase from 65,000 last weekend.
12 dead in bank robbery attempts, police shootout.
JANEIRO» At least 12 people, including two children, were killed Friday when police engaged in a shootout with bank robbers, according to authorities in northeastern Brazil. News portal G1 reported that the robbers blocked off a road into the downtown and took hostages as they began entering two banks on the same street. When police responded, a firefight ensued, leading to several deaths.
Congressman reverses course, will support Pelosi.
WASHINGTON» Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, who had opposed Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker, reversed course and announced Friday that he will support her candidacy.
It was the latest boost to Pelosi’s bid to regain the speaker’s gavel after eight years in the minority and the latest blow to the small band of Democrats who are threatening to withhold their votes to force a shake-up in the party’s top ranks.
Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions.
SEATTLE» A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate.
State wildlife managers say sea lions are eating more salmon than ever, and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of investments to restore endangered fish runs. Senate Bill 3119, which passed Thursday by unanimous consent, would streamline the process for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and several American Indian tribes to capture and euthanize potentially hundreds of sea lions found in the river east of Portland, Ore.