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Aretha Franklin Blocks Premiere Of Concert Film ‘Amazing Grace’

By Bill Chappell on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Hours before it was scheduled to screen at the Telluride Film Festival, the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace has been pulled, after a federal court granted the singer an injunction. The film centers on footage shot by late director Sydney Pollack at a 1972 Franklin concert.

A trailer for Amazing Grace was released last month; the film depicts Franklin performing “Mary Don’t You Weep” and other gospel songs, backed by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir.

As a documentary about Franklin’s famous performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church that became the Grammy-winning live album Amazing Grace, the film has long suffered from technical and legal challenges.

Many of those issues had seemed settled before Friday, and the long-awaited premiere of the film was one of the most anticipated releases of the Telluride festival. But after Franklin sought an injunction, a judge in Colorado said the singer should have the right to approve a film that presents her work and likeness.

From The Denver Post:

“Tenth-district federal court Judge John L. Kane cited copyright law and a 1968 recording contract with Warner Bros. in deciding that the screenings would harm Franklin’s likeness and ability to control her image.”

The Telluride festival organizers had no statement about the legal battle, saying only that the screening had been blocked. Amazing Grace is also set to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, which begins next week.

Pollack died in 2008; over the years, explanations for the film’s shelving have touched on problems syncing the video to the audio, as well as disputed rights to the musical performance and footage.

From The Los Angeles Times:

“‎Alan Elliott, a former music producer who teaches at UCLA, had reclaimed the film seven years ago in the wake of Pollack’s passing, honoring a deathbed request from Pollack that Elliott finish the movie. He synced the audio quickly but was held up in legal limbo after initial studio Warner Bros. first contested Elliott’s rights to the material, then relented.

“Meanwhile, Franklin has been unhappy about the film for years, contending that the footage was taken for a particular aim at the time and that no one had the right to repurpose it all these years later. The singer sued Elliott about five years ago, seeking to stop him from finishing and distributing the film. In 2011, she and Elliott‎ reached a settlement that he would not use the material without her consent. But he says that agreement became moot when WB found a personal-services contract from 1972, suggesting that Franklin did not have any claim to the use of the material.”

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Deputy Goforth Is Mourned And Buried In Houston

By Bill Chappell on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 7:03 pm

It was a sad day in Houston, as the family, friends and colleagues of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth attended his funeral Friday. In an apparent attempt to ease their grief, a couple who were at the gas station where Goforth was killed came forward Friday to tell the family that after he was attacked, they had sat with the deputy to wait for help.

One of the most striking images of the day was of Gofoth’s son, Ryan, 5, wearing a Captain America T-shirt under his suit jacket, holding hands with his mother, Kathleen, and an officer as they headed into the church. It was taken by Cody Duty, of The Houston Chronicle.

Coming one week after Goforth was shot to death as he put gas in his patrol car, the funeral service brought a sequence of powerful moments, as the deputy’s friends and fellow law enforcement officers took turns speaking inside the immense (and packed) Second Baptist Church.

That’s when Goforth’s longtime friend, police Lt. Roland De Los Santos, told those in attendance that Ryan Goforth and his father had recently gotten matching Captain America T-shirts — and that while Ryan has his on today, “underneath his uniform, so does Darren.”

The audience broke into applause at the story, as video of the moment that was highlighted by Sally MacDonald of local news Fox 26 shows.

In a surprising development that was revealed later in the day, a handwritten note to the fallen deputy’s loved ones surfaced that is reportedly from two people who were at the gas station when Goforth was attacked. The Houston couple’s identities haven’t been made public, according to ABC 13, which reports that they came forward at the deputy’s funeral Friday.

“We are so sorry for your loss,” the note to the family begins. “We were at the gas station the night Deputy Goforth was killed.”

The couple then went on to say that they had been at the back of the gas station’s convenience store when the shooting occurred. Days after the shooting, police arrested Shannon J. Miles, who now faces capital murder charges.

Here’s the rest of the letter to Goforth’s family, as published by ABC 13, which agreed to keep the couple’s names private:

“(Name redacted at request) sat with Deputy Goforth until help arrived, and we wish there was more we could have done. Please, know that your husband, father, son, and friend was not alone. We will honor him and encourage people in our community to honor and support all law enforcement and first responders. Deputy Goforth’s service is greatly appreciated. We mourn his loss, and you and your family are in our prayers as you heal from this tragedy.”

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Attorneys For Kim Davis: Marriage Licenses Issued Friday Are ‘Void’

By Bill Chappell on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 6:03 pm

After spending the night in jail, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis tells her lawyers, “All is well,” adding that she slept well. She also says she is prepared to stay in jail. And her legal team says the marriage licenses that were issued by the clerk’s office today are invalid.

“She has a clean conscience, even though she’s incarcerated behind these bars,” attorney Mat Staver said Friday afternoon.

Davis was found in contempt of court and jailed Thursday; since then, several same-sex couples have received marriage licenses from her office. As Eyder reported Friday morning, those who can now marry include James Yates and William Smith, who had sought a license five times.

As for Davis’ future, Staver said, “she will remain the clerk of Rowan County as long as the people” want her to.

The attorney also reiterated that Davis “cannot affix her name or her title, under her authority, to a marriage license. … That is for Kim Davis a heaven or hell decision.”

In her absence, deputy clerks in the Rowan County clerk’s office have been issuing marriage licenses in a businesslike manner, Eyder says, a marked contrast to the celebrations, rallies and protests that have been going on outside this week.

After Yates and Smith submitted their paperwork and $35, they received the first license that was given out Friday, along with a simple “Congratulations” from Deputy Clerk Brian Mason.

But discussing that and other marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples today, Staver said they are “void,” because they did not come under Davis’ authority.

“They are not worth the paper that they are written on,” Staver said.

Exploring that idea, he said the county clerk has the authority to distribute marriage licenses — and Davis hasn’t ceded that authority to her deputies who issued licenses Friday.

Staver is the founder of the Liberty Counsel, which identifies itself as a nonprofit group advocating “religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.”

As for U.S. District Judge David Bunning’s decision to jail Davis, Staver called Thursday’s hearing “a charade,” saying that the judge had already set arrangements in motion to put Davis in jail before the hearing had begun.

The jailed clerk’s attorneys spoke to journalists Friday, after meeting with Davis at the Carter County Detention Center in Grayson, Ky.

Staver spoke of the strangeness of seeing an elected official wearing prison orange. But he also said, “Kim Davis is content with wherever she is. She has no remorse.”

A possible resolution to the conflict between Davis’ religious beliefs and her public responsibility could be reached, Staver said, if a Kentucky statute were to be changed to have a central group approve and distribute marriage licenses, rather than forcing clerks to act against their beliefs. He added that either the governor or the Legislature could make that happen.

In that, Staver seemed to disagree with Gov. Steve Beshear, who has repeatedly said that he has no authority to intervene because the statute gives sole authority over marriage licenses to county clerks. Beshear said that the Legislature would have to take up the issue when it reconvenes in January.

Earlier Friday, the Liberty Counsel released a statement from Staver which reads in part:

“Last night Kim Davis was incarcerated in a jail cell while the rest of us slept in our comfortable beds. While it is not new that some people are imprisoned, it is stunning to realize Kim is there because of her faith in God and her convictions about marriage.

“Not long ago 75 percent of Kentuckians passed the state’s marriage amendment. Today a Christian is imprisoned for believing what the voters affirmed: marriage is between a man and a woman. Five people on the Supreme Court imposed their will on 320 million Americans and unleashed a torrent of assaults against people of faith. Kim Davis is the first victim of this tragedy.”

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French Investigators Confirm Wing Fragment Came From Flight MH370

By Emma Bowman on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm

French authorities have formally confirmed that a piece of debris found on the French island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean in July belongs to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that the mystery surrounding the plane and the 239 people aboard is far from solved.

Cigainero reports:

“French investigators have identified the wing fragment as part of the missing plane by matching serial numbers with maintenance records.

“The French prosecutor’s office says that investigators now know ‘with certitude’ that the wing fragment came from the missing Boeing 777.

“What exactly happened to the plane still remains one of the greatest aviation mysteries that experts say won’t be solved without the black box recorders.”

French investigators have been examining the condition of the wing fragment, called a flaperon, for clues about the plane’s fate.

According to The Associated Press:

“Officials who scrutinized data exchanged between the plane’s engine and a satellite determined that the jetliner took a straight path across the ocean, leading them to believe that the plane flew on autopilot for hours before running out of fuel and crashing into the water.”

Cigainero also reports that Australian teams continue to search for more debris in an expanse of the Indian Ocean where the plane is believed to have gone down. That area is more than 2,000 miles from where the flaperon was found.

See more coverage on Flight MH370 here.

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#NPRreads: Senator In Prison, Pitchers Who Hit, Ice Cream, And Overwork

By Kitty Eisele on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 5:03 pm

NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. On Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you three items.

From Joe Palca, science correspondent:

I learned about this story when it showed up in my Facebook feed. I think I was drawn in by the headline: “The Senator Be Embezzling.” I guess for many people the notion of being incarcerated is unthinkable, and Jeff Smith was one of those people until he actually was incarcerated. I was interested to hear his take on the experience, and I think he’s a good writer.

“This is the story of what I learned — about my fellow prisoners, the guards and administrators, and the system in which we operated. It is a cautionary tale of friendship and betrayal. It is a story of how politics prepared me — and didn’t — for prison, and how prison prepared me for life. But more broadly, it is a scathing indictment of a system that teaches prisoners to be better criminals instead of better citizens, and a prescription for how America can begin to decarcerate and harness the untapped potential of 2.2 million incarcerated people through programs that will transform offenders’ lives, infuse our economy with entrepreneurial energy, increase public safety and save taxpayers billions by slashing sky-high recidivism rates.”

From Priska Neely, a producer at Weekend All Things Considered:

David Wolman is an incredible storyteller (he recently profiled a man who solves murder cases by painstakingly analyzing pollen), so I’m always anxious to dive into whatever he writes. The Cold War, which he co-authored with Julian Smith, tells the story of two feuding ice cream vendors in Salem, Ore. It unfolds like a war tale — starting at the height of the feud, with “Operation Dessert Storm.” One vendor is set up near a playground when the warring faction approaches.

“Then the kids on the play structure heard something strange. Across the park, a second ice cream truck turned off of River Road and started heading their way. The vehicle moved at a brisk pace, not the typical crawl of an ice cream truck. What’s more, its sound system blasted a repetitive, bubbly jingle, drowning out Joplin’s ragtime classic.

“The interloper wasn’t even a real ice cream truck. It was a 1997 Nissan Quest minivan, seafoam green, covered with neon ads for Bomb pops and Screwballs, and fronted by a shallow, stubby hood that made the whole thing look like a mechanical manatee in colorful disguise. Behind the wheel was a man who’d weathered more than his share of freezer burn and inane music: Efrain Escobar.

“Rick fumbled for his phone. “He’s here!” Rick said. ‘He’s heading right for me!’ ”

The piece cuts back and forth between battles in the cold war and the back story of how each vendor “arrived on the Salem ice cream scene.” The story draws you in — with drama, complex characters and illustrations that keep you engaged all the way to “Bloody Sundae.” I don’t want to give away the ending, but things do eventually cool down. (Yay! Ice cream puns!)

As the summer comes to the close, it’s a perfect, sweet tale.

From Miles Parks, an assistant producer with Here & Now:

Madison Bumgarner is in the midst of one of the best offensive seasons for a pitcher in the past 40 years. The San Francisco lefty has hit five home runs this season, and these aren’t cheap shots. Just watch this bomb, hit off of arguably the most dominant pitcher of this generation. Bumgarner has been the center of one of my favorite Twitter hashtags: #pitcherswhorake, dedicated to guys who throw hard and swat dingers.

But to say the Giants’ pitcher is an exception would be an understatement. In this article, Grantland’s Jonah Keri explains that pitchers have steadily gotten worse at hitting since the designated-hitter rule took effect in the American League in 1973, culminating in last season’s pathetic .122 combined batting average.

The hitting pitcher is dying and we’re all worse for it.

“Forty-two years ago, as part of an effort to inject more offense into a sport that was coming off one of the lowest-scoring periods in its history, the American League implemented the designated-hitter rule. Rather than watching pitchers flail away at blazing fastballs and nasty breaking balls, the AL decided that each team could instead choose one hitter from its roster to bat in place of the pitcher. Ron Blomberg played a modest 461 games in the big leagues, but he’ll always be remembered for becoming the first DH in MLB history, stepping to the plate on Opening Day of 1973 for the Yankees.

“At that moment, the number of pitchers who’d need to learn how to hit was immediately cut in half. It’s no coincidence, then, that pitchers have grown progressively worse at hitting since Blomberg suited up for the Yankees. Since the advent of the DH, the best offensive season for pitchers was 1974 (the year after the DH began), when pitchers collectively hit .165/.208/.204. And nine of the 10 best offensive seasons for pitchers since ’73 came in that first decade after the DH was introduced, because there were still plenty of batting-trained pitchers making it to the majors.

“As all the pre-DH stalwarts were eventually filtered out, though, things have gotten much worse. Seven of the 10 worst offensive seasons for pitchers since 1973 have come in the past decade. And the worst of those seasons came last year, when pitchers combined to “hit” a terrible .122/.153/.153.”

From Domenico Montanaro, NPR’s lead editor for politics and digital audience:

Donald Trump has burst on the scene and shown more staying power as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination than most people who cover politics would have thought possible. He talks often about his schooling — well, one place in particular, The Wharton School, the business school at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person,” Trump has said.

The Boston Globe last week filled in an important part of his life for readers, taking us to Wharton to find out who he was, what kind of student he was — and gems like this:

“Trump was, however, around enough to take note, like most other men on campus, of one particular student: Candice Bergen, the homecoming queen who would soon trade campus life for Hollywood glamour, before later becoming famous as TV’s Murphy Brown.

” ‘I had seen him around campus,’ Bergen recalled in a 1992 address at Penn. ‘He was pretty hard to miss — he wore a two-piece burgundy suit with matching burgundy patent leather boots and, a particularly nice touch, a matching burgundy limousine.’

“The Donald asked Candice out. She turned him down.

” ‘It’s true,’ Trump said in an interview.

” ‘She was so beautiful,” he said. ‘She was dating guys from Paris, France, who were 35 years old, the whole thing. I did make the move. And I must say she had the good sense to say, ‘Absolutely not.’ ”

From Kitty Eisele, a supervising senior editor at Morning Edition:

Stories like these reflect a kind of narrative the author says Americans are internalizing — around high-octane, high-reward jobs — in which only the truly talented, the “elect,” can withstand the demands that reward their talents so richly. They show this through their drive and willingness to sacrifice everything for business. And this sets a bar for everyone that demands more than productivity from all of us who work. We’re supposed to be infused by passion and indifferent to other claims on or priorities for our time and energy — things that make for rounded, well-lived lives.

“In a workplace that has co-opted the accouterments of romance and religion, where CEOs have visions and passionate managers are work martyrs, productivity is not the only aim. Passion, after all, has no concern for efficiency and martyrdom has never been about getting things done. Both have always been about expressing virtue and devotion. And people have long endured pains and trials to claim a valued self, with the belonging and expression it affords. …

“Our conception of talent as a path to salvation and rapture in mobile labor markets makes more people embrace those cultures, anxious to prove that they are among the few to have the talent said to be so short. And those conceptions and cultures shape how we work, who we become, and the price we pay for it.”

You wouldn’t necessarily expect this language from a B-school professor. The author, Gianpiero Petriglieri, is associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD, where he directs the Management Acceleration Program.

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Drone Crash At U.S. Open; New York City Teacher Arrested

By Laura Wagner on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

A New York City teacher was arrested today after allegedly crashing a drone into the stands during the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday night.

Citing police, The Associated Press reports that 26-year-old Daniel Verley has been charged with “reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.”

During a second-round match between Italy’s Flavia Pennetta and Monica Niculescu of Romania, the black, shoebox-sized drone flew over the court at Louis Armstrong Stadium and then crashed into empty seats and broke apart. The match was stopped briefly while police officers examined the drone.

The No. 26-seeded Pennetta called the incident “a little bit scary,” saying she initially thought it might have been a bomb, according to the AP.

“With everything going on in the world … I thought, ‘OK, it’s over.’ That’s how things happen,” she said.

A New York City Department of Education spokesman told NPR that Verley has been a science teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn since 2013. The department will monitor the criminal case closely and take any disciplinary action based on the information from the case.

Aviation attorney Guy Haggard of the Florida law firm GrayRobinson said the drone crash could have been caused by a loss of control or a system failure.

“Anything mechanical can break,” he told NPR.

As drone use for commercial and recreational purposes becomes more prevalent, there have been calls for more stringent regulations to be put in place. Haggard, however, says the laws already on the books are sufficient.

“I think they are very reasonable right now. Stay away from airports, stay over property that you have permission to fly over,” he said. “The FAA already has a regulation that you cant fly an aircraft recklessly to endanger other people.”

The Federal Aviation Administration says drones meet the legal definition for aircraft. In 2011, it fined a man $10,000 for using a small drone to film a commercial at the University of Virginia.

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Father Of Drowned Syrian 3-Year-Old: ‘We Are Human Beings, Just Like Westerners’

By Scott Neuman on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

The image of the lifeless body of a boy on a Turkish beach has stunned the world and focused attention on the growing migrant crisis that has seen tens of thousands of refugees flee fighting in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia hoping for a better life in Europe.

The boy, 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was discovered on Wednesday after an overloaded refugee boat capsized in rough seas as it tried to make its way from Turkey to Greece, was buried Friday in Kobane, Syria, along with his 5-year-old brother and mother.

His father, Abdullah Kurdi, told reporters that he tried to save his family, “But there was nothing I could do. Nothing.”

Galip, 5, died first, he said.

“Then Aylan and then their mother. There you go; that’s my story. I hope the world will learn something from it,” Kurdi said.

“I hope this people will be helped, that these massacres are stopped. We are human beings, just like Westerners. Why are we trying to get to Europe when our country’s more beautiful? That’s just how it is,” he said.

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Kentucky Clerk’s Office Issues Same-Sex Marriage License

By Eyder Peralta on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 4:03 pm

Eyder is reporting today from Morehouse, Ky.

In what was an emotional and contentious scene at the Rowan County, Ky., Courthouse this morning, one dramatic legal standoff came to an end when a gay couple was issued a marriage license.

James Yates and William Smith, who had tried this five times before, arrived at the courthouse just as the sun started peeking out from under the mountains on the horizon.

They walked past protesters — some condemning them and some cheering them — and entered the clerk’s office.

Kim Davis, the county clerk who had stood in their way those five previous attempts, was in jail. She was held in contempt by a federal judge Thursday for refusing to hand out marriage licenses in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court. So early Friday, Yates and Smith walked up to Deputy Clerk Brian Mason.

Mason was all business. He checked their licenses, asked them if they were related, took their $35 and, in about five minutes, handed them an envelope and said, “Congratulations.”

Yates and Smith had become the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license from Rowan County.

They exited to chants of “Love has won. Love has won.”

“I don’t want her in jail,” Yates said of Davis. “No one wanted her in jail. We just wanted the licenses given out. This isn’t a blessing. It’s an official license.”

He grew emotional.

“This means, at least for this area, civil rights are civil rights and they’re not subject to beliefs.”

Davis’ husband, Joe Davis, was also outside the courthouse with a group of protesters who called this a moral fight.

“We don’t hate these people. That’s the furthest thing from our hearts,” he said. “We don’t hate nobody. We just want to have the same rights that they have. They’re saying, ‘Hey we’re gonna make you accept us.’ But they don’t want to accept our beliefs. But they want us to accept theirs.”

There is still some question about the legality of the marriage licenses handed out today, because they don’t bear Davis’ signature.

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Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.1 Percent Amid 173,000 New Jobs In August

By Scott Neuman on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 11:04 am

Updated at 9:50 a.m. ET

The Labor Department says the U.S. economy added 173,000 jobs in August, a figure that fell short of expectations but nonetheless appeared to shrug off turmoil in overseas markets, particularly China.

In a separate survey, the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate had dipped to 5.1 percent — a seven-year low.

Many economists had forecast 220,000 new jobs in August, an increase over the 215,000 jobs added the month before. July’s tally was revised upward to 245,000 jobs, while June’s figure was revised to 245,000 from 231,000.

The three-month average is 221,000. Historically, August’s payroll count tends to be revised upward in subsequent months by 75,000 to 100,000 jobs.

“Job growth in August was somewhat disappointing … but the upward revisions to June and July suggest it is too early to conclude that the U.S. economy is experiencing a moderation in job growth,” said Gad Levanon, director of macroeconomic and labor research at The Conference Board. “Given that the labor force is barely growing at all, current job growth rates will continue to rapidly lower the unemployment rate to below 5 percent by year’s end.”

The civilian labor force participation rate — essentially the pool of workers — remained at 62.6 percent for the third straight month.

The number of part-time workers was at 6.5 million last month, little changed from July. And the average workweek edged up 0.1 hour to 34.6 hours, an indication of more full-time positions.

Nonfarm payrolls rose by 8 cents, to an average of $25.09 per hour, following a 6-cent gain in July. Hourly earnings have increased 2.2 percent over the year, according to the BLS.

“Our economy has now added 8.0 million jobs over the past three years, a pace that has not been exceeded since 2000. And while the economy added jobs at a somewhat slower pace in August than in recent months, the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent — its lowest level since April 2008 — and the labor force participation rate remained stable,” Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said in a statement.

“Our businesses have now added 13.1 million jobs over 66 straight months, extending the longest streak on record,” Furman said.

It’s unclear how the latest report might impact a Federal Reserve meeting later this month, at which the possibility of raising interest rates is sure to be discussed.

Health care and social assistance accounted for 56,000 of the newly created jobs last month, while financial activities accounted for 19,000 positions. Food service and drinking establishments added 26,000 jobs.

By contrast, the manufacturing sector shed 17,000 jobs — despite a gain of 6,000 positions in auto and auto parts manufacturing and an additional 4,000 jobs in durable goods manufacturing. Mining lost 7,000 jobs.

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Austria, Germany Agree To Take Migrants Stopped In Hungary

By Scott Neuman on September 4th, 2015 | Last updated: September 4, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Updated at 7:41 p.m. ET

The refugees, some of whom had walked for hours in the direction of Austria after leaving a Budapest rail station, were provided buses by the government of Hungary late Friday after authorities in Austria and Germany agreed to accept them, the Associated Press reports.

Some of the migrants already had walked 30 miles, about a third of the way to the border, by the time of the agreement, the AP reports.

“Austrian police were making preparations at main border points, with reception areas and first aid facilities. Hans Peter Doskozil, police chief in easternmost Burgeland province, said those measures should be sufficient for the initial arrivals.”

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Here are the latest developments in the migrant crisis in Europe:

— Hundreds of refugees have set off from the Budapest railway station in Hungary and are vowing to walk to Germany after officials refused to allow them to board trains.

The Telegraph says the exodus took place “alongside commuter traffic, with a wailing escort of police, and a helicopter overhead.”

Meanwhile, some 2,300 migrants in a Hungarian refugee camp near the Serbian border are threatening also to break out, according to police. The news agency says that about 300 migrants have already escaped the camp near the town of Roszke, and police have called in a riot unit to secure the compound.

Eleanor Beardsley, reporting for NPR’s Morning Edition from Hungary, says: “At one point a desperate man got off the train holding his tiny daughter in his arms. A Hungarian health care worker checked her swollen eyes. Abdel Mounan, who’s from Iraq, says his daughter was afflicted with whatever she has after two days in a Hungarian refugee camp. And he’d rather die than go back.”

— The United Nations says the European Union must accept 200,000 refugees as part of a “common strategy” to replace its country-by-country response to the sudden surge of refugees from Syria, North Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq and Bangladesh — most of whom are trying to reach Germany.

— British Prime Minister David Cameron, who earlier had said that simply accepting more refugees was not the solution to the migrant crisis, has said the U.K. will resettle “thousands” more Syrians fleeing the fighting in their homeland. He said Britain would act with “head and heart,” but he did not give an exact figure for how many refugees would be resettled.

— Serbia has said that it is ready to discuss accepting a quota of refugees for settlement as per a tentative EU plan among the bloc’s 28 members.

“This is a defining moment for the EU, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said. “The only way to solve this problem is for the union and all member states to implement a common strategy, based on responsibility, solidarity and trust.”

— Abdullah Kurdi — the father of a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, focusing the world’s attention on the crisis — has reached his hometown of Kobane in Syria, where he buried his family. The toddler will be buried along with his 5-year-old brother and their mother, all of whom drowned in the Aegean Sea as they tried to flee Syria. More here.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says the EU shares “the sin of every refugee who loses their life” trying to escape the Middle East for Europe.

— Joanna Kakissis, reporting for NPR, says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban “has claimed that the refugees, many of them Muslims from Syria, will change the Christian character of Europe. He says he wants to police the EU’s borders. He says the refugees can only travel to Germany if they receive German visas.”

— Police in Austria say 71 refugees found dead in a truck last week along a major highway include Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who “probably suffocated.”

— German police are investigating a fire at a home for asylum-seekers in Hesse that injured five people, one of them seriously. Officials say it’s too early to say whether the cause was arson.

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