Nation & World Glance
White House suspends CNN’s Acosta after Trump confrontation
NEW YORK — The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.
They began sparring after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”
The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he told her. Acosta tweeted that Sanders’ statement that he put his hands on the aide was “a lie.”
Motel 6: $7.6 million for guests reported to immigration
PHOENIX — The Motel 6 chain has agreed in a proposal to pay up to $7.6 million to Latino guests who say the company’s employees shared their private information with immigration officials.
A federal judge must still approve the settlement agreement filed last week in federal court in Arizona.
The agreement between Motel 6 and guests represented by the Los Angelesbased Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund springs from a class-action lawsuit filed in January.
Fund president and general counsel Thomas A. Saenz said Wednesday the agreement will launch a long process allowing potential class action members to have a say in the case.
Under the proposal, Motel 6 could pay a total of up to $8.9 million, including reimbursement of legal fees and administrative costs.
Police accuse 11-year-old of putting pins in Halloween candy
SALISBURY, N.C. — Police in North Carolina have accused an 11-year-old of placing straight pins inside Halloween candy.
The Salisbury Post quotes the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office as saying the child faces felony charges, and has been referred to juvenile court and recommended for a mental evaluation.
A father reported his 12-year-old son bit into a mini-Snickers bar from his Halloween candy and noticed something was stuck to the roof of his mouth. The father says it was a straight pin.
A second family also reported a mini-Snickers bar with a metal object inside.