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Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am


Boy, 6, found slain in stolen car; 3 arrested

Associated Press

GLUCKSTADT, Miss. – Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead Thursday in his mother's stolen car, and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D'Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of the child.

Authorities found Kingston Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles north of the capital.

Frazier had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the state capital, according to authorities. About nine hours later, after a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Camry was beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.

Outrage over Turkish violence in DC

The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over U.S. strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.

The U.S. said it summoned Turkey's ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2 U.S. diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, after they were captured on video violently breaking up a protest. The government should “throw their ambassador the hell out” of the country, said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.

Brazilian leader defies calls to resign

Brazilian President Michel Temer on Thursday rejected calls for his resignation, saying he will fight allegations that he endorsed the paying of hush money to a former lawmaker jailed for corruption.

Temer remained defiant in a national address to respond to allegations he was recorded endorsing payments to former lower House Speaker Eduardo Cunha. The existence and the contents of the recording were reported Wednesday night by the Globo newspaper.

“At no time did I authorize the paying of anyone,” Temer said. “I did not buy anybody's silence.”

EPA preparing for worker buyouts

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to set aside $12 million for buyouts and early retirements in coming months as part of an effort to begin “reshaping” the agency's workforce under the Trump administration.

In a memo, the EPA's acting chief financial officer, David Bloom, said the move is how the agency plans to spend part of roughly $24 million in “carry-over funds” – money not spent in the previous fiscal year and is rolled over to the current one.

Beyond the looming buyouts, the memo details $800,000 allocated for travel expenses for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's security detail, $1.4 million for cloud-computing services and other data storage, and $2 million for consolidating the agency's physical footprint.