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Bicyclist blames Waze for

directing him into tunnel


A New York City bicyclist delivering

Chinese food is blaming the Waze navigation app

for directing him into the busy Lincoln Tunnel, where

bikes are banned. A Port Authority of New York and

New Jersey spokesman says 19-year-old Bruce Lee

was stopped Tuesday evening after he pedaled

into the tunnel, which connects Manhattan and

New Jersey. The Staten Island man told police

that he was directed into the tunnel under the

Hudson River by the Waze app on his phone. He

was arrested on charges of trespass and criminal

possession of a weapon after a dagger was found

in his possession.

— AP

NY touts economic boom

with South African photo


A New York economic development

agency report meant to show the state’s growth

was illustrated with an 8-year-old photo showing

construction cranes in South Africa. The photo,

showing seven towering heavy-lift cranes being

used to build a stadium in Cape Town for the 2010

soccer World Cup, is a cropped version of one

owned by Getty Images, available for licensing on

its website for up to $575. The photo apparently was

used to give the impression of heavy construction

activity in the state. Empire State Development

said on Tuesday the photo was “a generic stock

image” and will be replaced with an image of

ongoing economic development in the state. The

gaffe comes as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic

development programs face questions over their


— AP

Police: Man’s target practice leaves

bulletholes in neighbor’s walls


Authorities say a Florida man who

was taking target practice in his home was arrested

after bullets went through the wall into his neighbors’

apartment. A Cape Coral police news release says

61-year-old Ivan Bakh was arrested Wednesday and

charged with firing a weapon in public and shooting

into a dwelling. Police say Bakh’s neighbors called

them after awaking to a loud bang and finding

holes in their bedroom and living room walls. When

officers went to Bakh’s apartment, they reported

seeing holes in the wall he shared with his neighbors,

as well as several books taped together with a red

target drawn on them. Police say they also found

a loaded 9mm handgun. Bakh was released on

$10,000 bail.

— AP

One of three newborn white tiger cubs sits with its

mother in their pen at the Amneville Zoo in Amneville,

northeastern France, on Wednesday. - AFP


first film

on Iraq


to make



Kuwaiti actor Daoud Hussein in a scene from “Swarm of Doves”.


Kuwaiti cinemas on

Thursday will launch public screenings of

“Swarm of Doves”, the Gulf state’s first fea-

ture-length film about the 1990 invasion of

the Gulf state by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

The film is “inspired by true events” that

occurred during the seven-month occupa-

tion, producer Sheikha Intisar Salem Al-Ali

Al-Sabah said during a screening for the


“These are stories of people who de-

fended Kuwait at that time,” Sabah said.

She said “the aim of the film is not to

create any grudge but to highlight the

brotherhood, tolerance and unity Kuwaitis

experienced during the invasion”.

The film, directed by Ramadan

Khasrouh and on the festival circuit since

2017, highlights moments of humanity that

transcended the conflict between Iraq and

its tiny, oil-rich neighbor.

In one scene, an Iraqi soldier is ordered

by his commander to kill a Kuwaiti but he

refuses after remembering words from his

father during childhood about the bonds

between the Kuwaiti and Iraqi peoples.

Another scene shows a Kuwaiti resis-

tance fighter who forgives an Iraqi soldier

during an armed confrontation, prompting

the soldier to offer the man an escape from

the army siege around his house.

“The film does not bear any ill will to the

Iraqi people,” said actor Daoud Hussein.

“The director and screenwriter made

sure this film doesn’t put salt on the wound,”

said Hussein, who plays the film’s protago-

nist resisting the invasion.

Kuwait earlier this month hosted an in-

ternational conference for the reconstruc-

tion of Iraq, which is reeling from a three-

year war to defeat Daesh (the so-called

Islamic State group).

The conference succeeded in raising

$30 billion in loans, investment and financ-

ing for Baghdad to begin the gargantuan

task of rebuilding.

Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister, Khaled

Al-Jarallah, said his country had overcome

“past wounds” and had a “moral, humani-

tarian and Arab” duty to support its neigh-




OprahWinfrey, George Cloo-

ney and Steven Spielberg said on Wednes-

day they would each donate $500,000 to the

“March for Our Lives” rally in Washington in

support of gun control following last week’s

shooting at a Florida high school that left 17


Clooney and his wife, human rights law-

yer Amal Clooney, were the first to make the

financial pledge and also said they will march

alongside the students behind the rally on

March 24.

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas

High School in Florida, where a 19-year-old

former student is accused of going on a ram-

page with a semiautomatic AR-15-style assault

rifle on Feb. 14, are assisting in planning the


“Our family will be there on March 24 to

stand side by side with this incredible genera-

tion of young people from all over the country,

and in the name of our children Ella and Al-

exander, we’re donating $500,000 to help pay

for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s

lives depend on it,” Clooney said in a state-


— AP

George and Amal Clooney

Judge tosses

California law blocking

actors’ ages on IMDb


A California law

that sought to prevent age dis-

crimination in the entertainment

industry by blocking a popular

Hollywood website from posting

the ages of actors was struck down

Wednesday as unconstitutional.

US District Court Judge Vince

Chhabria in San Francisco said

the law passed in 2016 violated

the First Amendment rights of

by preventing it from

publishing factual information on

its website that provides infor-

mation about movies, television

shows and their casts and crews.

The law was a “direct restric-

tion on speech” and was flawed

because it was not narrowly tai-

lored and was “underinclusive”

by targeting IMDb, Chhabria


The ruling comes as sexual

misconduct scandals that erupt-

ed in Hollywood last fall and

spread more broadly have also

brought new attention to pay dis-

parity and other gender-related

discrimination in the entertain-

ment industry.

— AP


Guess Inc. says

that co-founder Paul Marcia-

no will give up his day-to-day

responsibilities at the cloth-

ing company until a sexual

misconduct investigation is


Model and actress Kate

Upton told Time magazine

earlier this month that Mar-

ciano forcibly grabbed her

breasts during a Guess photo

shoot nearly eight years ago.

She also says that he harassed

her by showing up at hotels

she was staying at and texting

her inappropriate comments.

Marciano has denied the


Guess, based in Los An-

geles, says that Marciano will

not be paid while he steps

aside. He is an executive

chairman of the company’s

board, and is its chief creative


Marciano, who co-found-

ed the brand with his brother

in 1981, also owns a 17 percent

stake in Guess.

— AP

Paul Marciano and Kate Upton


Folk-pop hit machine Ed

Sheeran will go head-to-head with

rising R’n’B star Dua Lipa at the Brit

Awards in London on Thursday, the

country’s showpiece pop-music cer-


The ceremony at the cavernous

O2 Arena is expected to have a politi-

cal edge, with many stars due to wear

small white roses to highlight sexual

harassment in the industry, and to

show solidarity with its victims.

Sheeran’s album “Divide”, a glob-

al chart-topper, is on the shortlist for

the “British Album of the Year”, along

with Dua Lipa, grime artist Stormzy,

singer Rag’n’Bone Man and hip-hop

artist J Hus.

In the “British Male Solo Artist”

category, Sheeran is also up against

Stormzy and Rag’n’Bone Man as

well as former Oasis frontman Liam

Gallagher and hip-hop singer Loyle


He is also running against Dua

Lipa for the best video award.

Singer-guitarist Sheeran, 27, has

already been honored in 2018, win-

ning the Grammy Awards for “Best

Pop Vocal Album” ahead of Lady

Gaga and Coldplay, and “Best Pop

Solo Performance” for single “Shape

of You”. His latest album “Divide” has

smashed many records, including on

streaming App Spotify, where it re-

ceived 57 million listens on the day of

its release.

Dua Lipa, 22, is the latest artist to

break through on YouTube, and her

single “New Rules” has surpassed

one billion views on the video-shar-

ing platform.

She is nominated in five catego-

ries, including “British Female Solo

artist”, along with Paloma Faith, who

won the award in 2015, Kate Tempest,

Jessie Ware and Laura Marling.


Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran

Clooney, Winfrey, Spielberg offer $500,000 each for gun control march

Canadian Prime Minister

Justin Trudeau

, his wife

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau




and son

Xavier James

pose for a photograph with Bollywood


Shahrukh Khan

in Mumbai Wednesday. — AFP

Guess co-founder steps aside amid misconduct investigation

Sheeran and rising

star Dua Lipa set to

shine at Brits