2 thrown from motorcycle after crashing into vehicle in Pembroke Pines, police say

Two people on a motorcycle were thrown from the bike after slamming into a vehicle Tuesday night in Pembroke Pines, police said.

The Pembroke Pines Police Department said officers and fire departments were called to the scene of the crash at Pines Boulevard Northwest 168th Avenue at 8:33 p.m.

Police said Eugene Krug, 71, was driving a 2016 Lincoln west on Pines Boulevard when he turned into the path of a BMW motorcycle driven by Esteban Munoz Escobar, 32.

The motorcycle slammed into the Lincoln and threw Escobar and a passenger, Estefania Pulgarin Hoyos, 27, from the motorcycle, police said.

Escobar and Hoyos were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the department said.

Police said Krug was not injured.

The crash continues to be investigated.

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2 cruise passengers removed from ship, taken to Broward Health

A U.S. Coast Guard station in Fort Lauderdale sent out two boats Tuesday to remove two passengers from a cruise ship called “Coral Princess.”

The cruise ship called for help from Coast Guard Sector Miami Command Center watchstanders about 5:40 p.m., according to a news release.

Initial reports indicated a 73-year-old man had internal bleeding and a 79-year-old man had reportedly broken his arm, the Coast Guard said.

The incidents were not related.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat and a 33-foot response boat to an area near Port Everglades.

An emergency medical services crew from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue also arrived at the ship.

Both passengers were taken to Broward Health Medical Center about 7 p.m.

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Sen. Murkowski supports Obamacare mandate repeal

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she supports the repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate.

The Obamacare individual mandate requires nearly all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Republican Senators have considered adding a repeal to this mandate in their tax reform bill.

"Repealing the individual mandate simply restores to people the freedom to choose. Nothing else about the structure of the ACA would be changed," Murkowski said in an op-ed to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. "The only difference would be is (sic) if you choose to not buy health insurance, the government would not levy a tax on you."

A repeal of that penalty would give GOP lawmakers an additional $338 billion over 10 years to help pay for their proposed tax cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office. But the CBO also estimated some 4 million fewer people would be covered by insurance in 2019, the first year the change would take effect. That number would rise to 13 million by 2027, as compared to current law. Meanwhile, insurance premiums would rise by about 10% in most years of the decade.

Murkowski was a key swing vote in the GOP's efforts to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, ultimately voting against repeal, and she is a key vote for the party's efforts to pass tax reform later this year.

"While I support repealing the individual mandate, I strongly support enacting the bipartisan compromise Alexander/Murray legislation into law as fast as possible to stabilize our markets, provide more control to states and more choices to individuals," she wrote in the op-ed, signaling support for the health care measure.

While Murkowski has now said she supports the repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate, it isn't clear if she will support the tax reform bill as a whole.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving forward with a Senate process that only allows him to lose two votes and still pass his bill.

Already Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has announced he's opposed to the bill in its current form.

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NAFTA talks are in trouble

No meaningful progress is being made in NAFTA trade talks between the United States, Canada and Mexico, increasing the odds that President Trump could withdraw from a critical 23-year old agreement.

After Round 5 of NAFTA talks ended Tuesday — only two more are scheduled — no progress has been made on divisive issues.

"While we have made progress on some of our efforts to modernize NAFTA, I remain concerned about the lack of headway," U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.

"We have seen no evidence that Canada or Mexico are willing to seriously engage on provisions that will lead to a rebalanced agreement."

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the U.S. put forward "extreme proposals" that "we simply cannot agree to."

"Some of the proposals that we have heard would not only be harmful for Canada but would be harmful for the U.S. as well," Freeland added, citing concerns from U.S. and Canadian auto companies.

Mexico's Economy Ministry didn't immediately provide a comment at the end of talks on Tuesday, though Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo had criticized the Trump administration's proposals before.

Trump blames NAFTA for the loss of hundreds of thousands of American jobs, particularly manufacturing jobs, and a growing trade deficit with Mexico of about $60 billion last year. America has a small trade surplus with Canada.

Nonpartisan congressional research concluded this year that NAFTA did not trigger a mass exodus of Rust Belt jobs. Trade economists say automation and advanced technology have eliminated millions more jobs.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says 14 million American jobs depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, which has boomed since NAFTA became law in 1994.

All three sides can't agree on a few key issues. Top of the list: The manufacturing of cars.

Automobiles make up the vast majority of the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico, so the Trump administration wants to rewrite the rule book on how and where cars are made in North America. Canada and Mexico say the U.S. proposal on the so-called rules of origin is unacceptable.

Another key issue: The agreement's actual existence. The Trump administration has proposed a "sunset clause," which means the deal would end every five years unless all three sides agree to renew for another five. Mexico countered with a proposal that all sides be forced to examine the costs and benefits of NAFTA every five years, though leaving an automatic withdrawal off the table.

That's not all. The U.S. and Canada have renewed a decades long fight over Canadian lumber exported to the United States. The Trump administration slapped tariffs as high as 18% on Canadian lumber.

The two nations are also arguing over an aviation dispute involving American plane maker Boeing and its Canadian competitor, Bombardier.

The Trump administration recently defeated Mexico in a years-long battle over Mexican tuna exports to the United States.

If those disagreements and trade battles persist, Trump may resurface his threat to tear up NAFTA.

Economists, and even Guajardo, say it's unlikely Trump would actually withdraw in the coming weeks because many congressional Republicans support NAFTA. Trump needs them to pass tax reform.

All three sides say they will meet intermittently in Washington in December, but the next full round of negotiations isn't scheduled until January 23-28 in Montreal, Canada.

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What's next for American-born children of Haitians, considering TPS change?

Look no further than the children to see how people will be affected by the policy change triggering the end of "temporary protected status," or TPS, for Haitians.

Community leaders in South Florida’s Haitian community estimated that about 20,000 children were born on U.S. soil to the 50,000 or more Haitians protected under TPS.

South Florida’s community leaders and congressional representatives expressed their outrage Tuesday. Also taking the podium in protest were two American-born children who fear losing their parents.

LaGrande Jeune Elaine, 7, traveled to Washington, D.C., to ask leaders to help protect her family.

“My message to President Trump is to look deep down in his heart,” she said to a packed crowd of reporters.

Following her was 10-year-old Ronyde Cristina Ponthieux. Both her parents could be deported if they don’t get legal status before the July 2019 deadline.

Ronyde considers herself a youth community leader. Her words and passion bore through everyone present. Here are some excerpts from her message to the president:

“How can you deport these people who have been here for so long? They have been contributing to the economic and political fabric of this great nation. How can you do this to me? How can you do this to us?

“It will be difficult for my parents to put food on the table in Haiti — (and) find a shelter, food for me and a school. Understand how painful it must be to leave (your) children behind. (These are) thousands of children from Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua or El Salvador.”

“Think about what you are doing before you go to sleep at night. I love my dad. I love my parents (and) all these people. Our lives matter. How can you do this to us?”

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DOJ's AT&T suit could freeze media deals

At a time of rapid change and consolidation in the media industry, the Justice Department's lawsuit over the AT&T-Time Warner combination is likely to put a pause on media deals and raise questions about this DOJ's antitrust standards.

"This pauses everything," Rich Greenfield, a media and technology analyst, told CNN. "Nobody knows the rules of the road."

The DOJ filed suit Monday to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner on the grounds that AT&T's control of both distribution (DirecTV) and content (channels like CNN, TNT and HBO) would create competitive harm and hurt consumers.

That argument is a departure from the DOJ's handling of non-competitive mergers dating back decades and could cause other distributors like Comcast and Verizon to put a hold on potential content acquisitions.

"This should be a cause of concern to anyone who is considering a major transaction," Kevin Arquit, a top antitrust lawyer who previously served at the FTC and DOJ and also advised DirecTV in its sale to AT&T, told CNN. "There has been a floodgate opened by bringing a lawsuit that has no defined boundaries."

When the Justice Department approved Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal, in 2011, distributors believed there was a green light for vertical mergers with content companies. In addition to AT&T's Time Warner deal, both Comcast and Verizon have approached 21st Century Fox in recent weeks about acquiring most of that company's assets. Now, analysts believe those talks will be put on hold.

The DOJ's lawsuit also comes at a time when new tech players like Amazon, Google and Facebook already control both distribution and at least some content, causing executives at legacy organizations to complain about what they see as a double standard.

At a press conference about the lawsuit on Monday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson noted that "massive, large scale internet companies" like Amazon, Netflix, Facebook and Google are already creating original content and distributing it directly to the consumer.

"Netflix, they distribute their content to over 100 million customers. Amazon distributes its content to its Prime members… in excess of 60 million. Google and Facebook: They reach and distribute content to literally billions of customers," Stephenson said. "And the government contends that AT&T, with 25 million TV customers, and Turner, with a single digit share of all TV watched, will have unlawful market power? This defies logic, and it is unprecedented."

Of course, companies like Netflix and Amazon don't own the actual pipes that transmit the content. Nevertheless, they are able to profit from charging consumers for the platform on which their content is delivered.

Herbert Hovenkamp, an antitrust expert at the University of Pennsylvania, noted the discrepancy in the Justice Department's longstanding rules for companies that want to acquire content versus those that create content: "If AT&T had created HBO internally, there would be no way to prevent that because we don't have antitrust rules for that," he said.

Even so, tech giants are likely to take note of the Justice Department's stance on AT&T because of how it might affect their future acquisition plans.

There has long been a widespread belief that an Amazon or Apple will one day seek to acquire a legacy media company like 21st Century Fox or Time Warner. Now, it's not clear whether that would be permissible under the current Justice Department.

Media companies may not have full clarity on the DOJ's position until the AT&T-Time Warner case is decided in court next year. That means the potential freeze on mergers and acquisitions could last for several months.

"If you're saying distributors can't own content, could Facebook buy Fox, could Apple buy Fox? We just don't know," Greenfield said. "And if you're Fox, why would you go up for sale if you don't even know who the eligible bidders are?"

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Female SNL staffers, castmates stand up for Al Franken

Dozens of women who've worked on "Saturday Night Live" have come out in support of Al Franken.

"We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL)," the former and current staffers wrote in a statement.

Last week, Leeann Tweeden, a morning news anchor in Los Angeles, alleged that Franken groped and "forcibly kissed" her without her consent during an overseas USO tour in 2006.

"What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public," the note said. "In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant."

Altogether, 36 women who worked on the show signed the statement, including original cast members Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman. The signatories include performers, writers and production staff.

Three women say they are current employees of the show or of Broadway Video, "Saturday Night Live" executive producer Lorne Michaels' company.

The statement in support of Franken was obtained by several news outlets, including NBC and The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior," the women said.

Franken joined the comedy program at its inception as a writer in 1975 and worked there on and off until 1995.

"SNL" declined to comment for this story.

On Thursday, another woman told CNN that Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, while he was in office. Lindsay Menz said the incident happened while taking a photo.

Franken issued an apology to Tweeden, and told CNN that he did not remember taking the photo with Menz and that he felt "badly" that she felt disrespected.

Over the weekend, "SNL" took on the allegations during the program's "Weekend Update" segment.

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New York terror attack suspect faces 22 charges

The suspect in New York’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11 was indicted Tuesday on murder and terror-related charges, the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York said.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, 29, is charged with killing eight people and injuring a dozen others as he drove a pickup truck down a bicycle path near the World Trade Center on Halloween.

The 22-count indictment charges Saipov with eight counts of murder in aid of racketeering, 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS and one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.

The suspect was arrested after the truck hit a school bus, stopping it in its tracks. He exited the vehicle and an officer shot him.

Saipov came to the United States from Uzbekistan in 2010. Earlier this month, he was charged with providing material support to ISIS, and with violence and destruction of motor vehicles.

Saipov is scheduled to appear in federal court on November 28 on the charges.

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Disney's John Lasseter takes leave of absence, apologizes for unwanted gestures

John Lasseter, one of the biggest names in animation, is taking a leave of absence from Disney following what he called "missteps."

In an internal memo sent to Disney employees obtained by CNN, Lasseter, who is the chief creative officer of Pixar and Disney Animation, said that he recently had "a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me."

"It's never easy to face your missteps, but it's the only way to learn from them. As a result, I've been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It's been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable. That was never my intent," he wrote.

Lasseter added that he wanted apologize to "anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of an unwanted hug or any other gesture they felt crossed the line in any way, shape, or form."

"No matter how benign my intent, everyone has the right to set their own boundaries and have them respected," he added.

According to Lasseter, he and Disney have agreed to "take some time away to reflect on how to move forward from here."

"As hard as it is for me to step away from a job I am so passionate about and a team I hold in the highest regard, not just as artists but as people, I know it's the best thing for all of us right now," he wrote. "My hope is that a six-month sabbatical will give me the opportunity to start taking better care of myself, to recharge and be inspired, and ultimately return with the insight and perspective I need to be the leader you deserve."

A Disney spokesperson told CNN the company is "committed to maintaining an environment in which all employees are respected and empowered to do their best work."

"We appreciate John's candor and sincere apology and fully support his sabbatical," the spokesperson said.

Lasseter's statement comes on the same day that The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported Lasseter's memo, published a story with the headline "John Lasseter's pattern of alleged misconduct detailed by Disney/Pixar insiders."

The report quotes an unnamed Pixar employee as saying Lasseter had a reputation among employees "for grabbing, kissing, making comments about physical attributes."

Lasseter is one of the founders of the highly successful Pixar animation studio that has been behind films, including "Toy Story," "Finding Nemo" and "Inside Out." Since its inception, Pixar has gone on to make more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office and win multiple Academy Awards.

Disney bought Pixar in 2006 in roughly a $7 billion deal that made Lasseter the chief creative officer for the company's two animation studios.

Lasseter is credited with a resurgence for Disney's Animation, which has seen recent hits like "Frozen" and "Moana."

A representative for Lasseter did not immediately respond for comment on this story.

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US airstrike in Somalia kills over 100 al-Shabaab militants

More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in a US airstrike on a camp in Somalia, US Africa Command said in a statement, the latest in a series of strikes against the al-Qaeda-affiliated group and ISIS fighters in the war-torn country.

The strike on an al-Shabaab training camp was carried out by a manned aircraft, according to a US defense official.

Africa Command, which oversees US troops on the continent, said it took place 125 miles northwest of the capital of Mogadishu.

US Defense officials told CNN about the strike earlier on Tuesday.

The Defense Department now has 500 personnel in Somalia including military, civilians and contractors, more than double the 200 personnel that had been reported to be in Somalia in March 2017, according to US Africa Command.

The personnel are part of the effort to support African forces fighting al-Shabaab as well as ISIS forces there. While estimates have fluctuated over time, the US now estimates there are between 3,000 and 6,000 al-Shabaab fighters and less than 250 ISIS operatives in Somalia.

US troops have primarily operated in Somalia to provide training and assistance for local forces. But US special operations forces also continue to rotate in and out of Somalia, conducting counter terrorism operations according to defense officials.

Early November saw a decided uptick in US airstrikes in Somalia. Africa Command and the Pentagon insist the series of airstrikes are simply due to the ability to identify targets and not as a direct result of a number of recent massive deadly suicide attacks in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, including a double truck bomb attack in October that killed hundreds.

"We've always stressed the importance of putting pressure on the network," said Samantha Reho, an Africa Command spokesperson. "The opportunities presented themselves with the right conditions and are purely coincidence."

The increase in strikes in Somalia as well as Libya and Yemen, is driven by the intelligence that is gathered, according to officials: "I think as we constantly assess the battle space, when targets present themselves that are actionable and within the law of armed conflict, we're going to strike those targets," Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff told reporters.

There have been 29 strikes acknowledged by the Pentagon so far this year. Seven of those strikes took place between November 9 and 14.

November 9, killing several militants, 100 miles west of the capital of Mogadishu. November 10 in the Lower Shabelle Region of Somalia, about 20 miles north of Mogadishu, killing several militants. November 11 near Gaduud, about 250 miles southwest of the capital, Mogadishu. Prior to the strike, US forces observed the al-Shabaab combatant participating in attacks on a U.S. and Somali convoy. US forces subsequently conducted the strike under collective self-defense authorities. November 12 there were two separate airstrikes against al-Shabaab and ISIS, killing several terrorists. The first was against al Shabaab in the Lower Shabelle region, the second against ISIS in Puntland. On November 13, there was another airstrike 250 miles southwest of Mogadishu when al Shabaab fighters posed a threat to a Somali led counterterrorism operation. November 14 strike against al Shabaab about 60 miles northwest of Mogadishu.

The strikes have been made possible by President Donald Trump's decision in April to grant new authorities to the commander of Africa Command.

The new authorities gave the Africa Command commander the ability to carry out "precision airstrikes" in support of African Union and Somali troops fighting terrorists in Somalia. Previously, strikes could only be conducted in self-defense of US forces.

The US military also carried out two drone strikes in Libya on Friday and Sunday, targeting ISIS fighters in near Fuqaha, Libya, multiple US officials told CNN.

This story has been updated to reflect a statement from US Africa Command.

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