MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fifteen people are dead and 47 are being treated for their injuries after a bus carrying holiday season tourists flipped on a highway in Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Nayarit, authorities said Saturday.
Officials in the nearby state of Guanajuato said all the passengers were from the same city, Leon, in that state. It is not unusual for friends, relatives or neighbors in Mexico to pool their money to rent a bus for beach vacations.
Prosecutors in Nayarit said the accident occurred Friday, on a rural stretch of road. They said the dead included at least four children.
Local media said the travelers were returning from Guayabitos, a beach town north of Puerto Vallarta.
The causes of the crash were under investigation. Forty-five of the injured were being treated at local hospitals, and there was no immediate information on the condition of the wounded.
In the past, such crashes have often been caused by poor maintenance of rental buses, bad weather or highway conditions, or speeding.
The Ravens have signed practice squad quarterback Anthony Brown to their 53-man roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With starting quarterback Lamar Jackson still sidelined by a knee injury, the Ravens needed a backup for Tyler Huntley, who will make his fifth straight start. Brown had been promoted three times from the practice squad, the maximum allotment, meaning he needed to be added to the active roster to play Sunday.
Brown, an undrafted rookie from Oregon, played 23 offensive snaps in the Ravens’ Week 14 road win over the Steelers. He went 3-for-5 for 16 yards after coming on for Huntley, who was sidelined by the NFL’s concussion protocol.
The Ravens also elevated wide receiver Andy Isabella for the second straight week and defensive tackle Rayshad Nichols, who’ll make his NFL debut Sunday. Isabella played eight snaps (three on offense) in the Ravens’ win over the Atlanta Falcons, while Nichols helps the depth of a defensive line that could be without Calais Campbell (knee) against Pittsburgh.
After playing coy with her castmates as she attempted to come up with a phony story with Jen Shah, Heather explained why she was keeping the occurrence a secret as her co-stars weighed in, with cousin Whitney Rose claiming Heather’s story repeatedly changed throughout their girls trip to San Diego and Lisa Barlow accusing her of using the situation for attention.
“Obviously, I was surprised. We had all been up pretty late [and] I went to sleep,” Meredith Marks said of Heather’s injury on the December 21 episode of the RHOSLC: After Show.
“I just remember feeling nauseous, like real concerned for everyone. Like, ‘Are we safe? What happened?’” Whitney shared.
“As dumb as it sounds, I just wanted to minimize it,” she explained. “It had been a pretty rough girls trip. I truly felt a little bit broken, a little bit beat up, figuratively and physically and I just thought, just get through it… and try to salvage the trip for what it was. I didn’t want anymore feigned concern about me or my eye.”
According to Heather, nobody truly “gave a sh-t” so she wanted to “move on” — and do so with boundaries.
“I’m just having a boundary and I just wanted to see if people would respect it,” she added.
But while Heather insisted, “It’s privileged information,” Whitney suspected otherwise.
“Her story kept changing over and over,” Whitney noted. “She goes, ‘Well people know. There are witnesses.’ And then she looked at me and I go, ‘Heather, are you okay?’ And she goes, ‘Whatever you do, if you get a knock on your door at 4 am, don’t answer it.’ And then she started [saying] it could’ve been anyone and I didn’t like that because that puts a lot of people’s jobs and a lot of people’s futures at risk.”
“It kept changing,” Danna Bui-Negrete agreed. “It was almost like a game to her like, ‘Let’s guess what happened to her.’”
Continuing on with her suspicions, Whitney said that Heather’s injury didn’t appear to be from rough-housing.
“If I accidentally took an elbow, that’s like a shiner. This was like her whole eye was black, so it was like blunt force,” Whitney explained as Angie Katsanevas pointed out that Heather’s eye was “swollen shut,” and Danna said the last people seen with Heather were Jen and Meredith.
“I was shocked. I was like, ‘Who hit her?’” Lisa recalled of her response to Heather’s eye reveal. “The fact that Heather’s being so coy about this and not just flat out saying what happened to her, we would all stop talking about this. I’m like, ‘Heather do you need more attention? Is this a diversion from last night’s conversation?’”
Lisa went on to admit that her mind went a little dark as she wondered how it happened.
“I’m like, ‘Did you let someone in your room? Did you swipe left or right, and someone came to visit you?’ And she basically was like, ‘No,‘ so I believed her, and then as I thought about it a little more, I’m like, ‘Okay, they were pretty wasted.’ You know, Heather drinks all day pretty much every single day, so I’m like, ‘Maybe she tripped and fell and is like humiliated about it.’ Those are kind of the only two things. I’m like, ‘Someone hit you, or you fell and hurt yourself,’” Lisa reasoned.
“I think she was a little nervous about how much she drank,” Angie K. acknowledged. “Maybe she tripped over a shoe or something on the floor and fell.”
Although Lisa and Angie K. believe alcohol was a major factor leading up to Heather’s injury, Angie K. also wondered if something happened between her and Jen.
Then, after Whitney took note of Jen’s behavior during their discussion about Heather’s eye, saying she was “on her phone rapidly texting the entire time,” Angie K. said Jen was “very off.”
“She was very quiet,” Angie K. replied. “Her mind was elsewhere, and I just thought, ‘She knows something, and they are not coming clean.’”
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Planning to kick off 2023 with a feast of freshly caught crab?
Good luck finding some.
Wet weather and rough conditions kept many crabbers from hitting the water Saturday, the eagerly anticipated opening of the Bay Area’s commercial crab season after a month and a half of delays. That means local Dungeness will likely be hard to come by at grocery stores, seafood markets and restaurants this New Year’s weekend. And the crab that is available will be pricey.
At Monterey Fish Market in Berkeley, locally caught crab isn’t expected to arrive until next week.
“We weren’t able to get the local because of the weather,” said fishmonger Alex Cornejo. “It’s pretty crazy out there right now.”
The same is true for Sincere Seafood, a wholesaler in Oakland. Piedmont Grocery Store in Oakland, Zanotto’s Family Market in San Jose and Draeger’s Market in Los Altos also anticipate having to wait for deliveries.
“We do have Dungeness, but it’s not going to be local,” said Thomas Ligthart, a meat cutter with Draeger’s. “We’re expecting it won’t be until the first few days of January.”
Draeger’s was selling imported Dungeness from Washington for around $30 a pound, almost double the normal price. Supply chain problems and crabbing restrictions have sent retail prices soaring this holiday season.
Ligthart said that when he does receive local crab, it could go for around $15 a pound, about 30% more than usual. But the price depends on how many crustaceans crabbers can bring to market as rainy weather puts a damper on the season opening.
State officials had postponed crab season — normally starting on Nov. 15 — three times this year before finally giving crabbers the green light to hoist up crustaceans in their traps starting just after midnight Dec. 31. It’s the fourth consecutive year of delays to protect migrating whales from getting entangled in fishing gear.
At Pier 45 in San Francisco, the Chasin’ Crustacean was the lone boat offloading its catch midmorning Saturday. But the haul was good.
“Our boat brought in just over a couple thousand pounds,” said Kenny Belov, owner of the Two X Sea seafood company.
Belov said the wind died down enough Saturday morning for his crew to go out safely. He planned to sell his catch to local restaurants, hoping he and fellow crabbers find good deals on prices.
“They need it. They deserve it,” he said. “They went out and busted their butts in this weather to make sure we had crab on the 31st.”
Gina Larocca, an owner of Sabella and La Torre restaurant and seafood stand at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, was still waiting for her local Dungeness supplier to come through. She hoped to have the fresh-caught crab in time for New Year’s Day, but could only guarantee live Washington Dungeness.
“People do walk up and say I want your local crab,” Larocca said, “It’s just hard to know right now.”
An on-court altercation during the second quarter of the loss to the Pistons led to Orlando being without nine players Friday.
Moe Wagner was suspended for two games for his role in the incident, with the first game of the suspension being Friday and the second being the Wednesday home game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. Eight other Magic players were issued one-game suspensions for leaving the bench area during the altercation — a violation of the league’s rules.
Cole Anthony, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter Jr., R.J. Hampton, Gary Harris, Kevon Harris, Admiral Schofield and Franz Wagner were the Magic players suspended for one game — which were staggered over two games so the Magic would have enough available players.
Anthony, Bamba, Carter, Hampton and Gary Harris served their suspensions Friday, leaving Banchero, Schofield, Markelle Fultz, Caleb Houstan, Bol Bol, Terrence Ross, Kevon Harris and Franz Wagner as the eight available players. Jonathan Isaac (left knee injury recovery), Chuma Okeke (left knee surgery) and Jalen Suggs (right ankle soreness) were out with injuries.
“The Detroit situation happened and a bunch of guys knocked out for that,” Banchero said. “That kind of sets us back a little more. We kind of just going through a rough patch.”
Even with the context of having eight players in the most recent loss, the Magic haven’t executed on either end of the floor the last few days as well compared to the previous couple of weeks.
The Magic ranked seventh in offensive rating (115.5) and defensive rating (109) in those aforementioned 10 games. They range 30th in offensive rating (108.3) and 19th in defensive rating (117.6) over the last three.
“It’s a little bit of effort,” said Franz Wagner. “A little bit of concentration. The games were a little bit different in terms of — [Friday] was an energy-level thing. Communication. And we didn’t make shots. They were out and running in the two games prior. We just didn’t stick to our gameplan as well as we wanted to. A lot of the stuff that happens is in transition and that’s when guys get in their rhythm. That’s when it’s really hard to guard.”
The Magic (13-24) will have time to get right, with their next game not coming until the matchup against the Thunder at Amway Center.
They didn’t train as a team Saturday and won’t Sunday but are scheduled to return to practice Monday.
“It’s a tricky balance,” coach Jamahl Mosley said. “You have a group of young guys that are working every single day but balancing how much they work vs. understanding their bodies need to get the rest. You don’t want to overdo it in practice to the point that in the game that their energy levels are lower. We’ll balance it out.”
Schofield, Kevon Harris, Franz Wagner and Moe Wagner will serve their suspensions against the Thunder.
“We’ve got one more game of dealing with the suspensions, then we get everybody back,” Banchero said. “You want to come out against OKC and try to get the win, but once that’s over with we’re back to regular.”
“I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year,” he said in a video posted to the platform. “I’m celebrating 47 years today of sobriety. But this is a message not meant to be heavy, but I hope helpful.”
Hopkins addressed “people struggling” and emphasized the importance of self-love and compassion in the video. “Be kind to yourself,” he said. “Be kind. Stay out of the circle of toxicity with people if they offend you. Live your life. Be proud of your life.”
The actor shared his own experiences with alcoholism. He stopped drinking in 1975. “Forty-seven years ago, I was in a desperate situation, in despair, and uh, probably not long to live,” he said in the video. “And I just had to realize there was something really wrong with me. But I didn’t realize it was a kind of condition — a mental, physical, emotional condition called alcoholism or addiction.”
He urged others experiencing addiction to seek help. “Talk to someone, talk to someone you respect, whether it’s a counselor or to go to a 12-step program,” he said.
“It doesn’t cost a thing. But it will give you a whole new life,” he said of 12-step programs. “I’m an old sinner like everyone, but all I can say is I have the best life I can even imagine, and I can’t even take credit for it. So wherever you are, get help, don’t be ashamed, be proud of yourself.”
Hopkins also expressed support for young people experiencing bullying and mental health challenges like depression.
“Be proud of yourself. Don’t listen to them,” he said. “Don’t let yourself be put down. Depression is part of being alive.”
The sale, finalized on Friday, was for land across from The Luxor hotel known as the Village property and does not include a plot of land where a memorial is slated to go, MGM Resorts International said in a letter that was distributed to employees announcing the sale and its details.
“In 2021, we were honored to commit to donating a portion of the land to Clark County to house the permanent memorial honoring the victims and heroes of 1 October,” MGM Resorts CEO & President Bill Hornbuckle said in the letter.
Hornbuckle acknowledged that having a permanent memorial “is essential to our community’s healing, and we’ll continue working with and supporting the county as they move forward in the development and construction process.
“We know the importance this location holds to so many and have always put tremendous thought into every consideration involving the site,” Hornbuckle said. “This is no exception.”
The remaining portion of the Village property has been sold to the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, according to the letter.
“The Three Affiliated Tribes have demonstrated that they care about our community, its future and, of course, its past. I’d like to thank them for their commitment to the community and wish them the best moving forward,” Hornbuckle said. “They will announce their plans for the space on a future date.”
MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a Florida school district’s policy of separating school bathrooms based on biological sex is constitutional.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced its 7-4 decision on Friday, ruling that the St. Johns County School Board did not discriminate against transgender students based on sex, or violate federal civil rights law by requiring transgender students to use gender-neutral bathrooms or bathrooms matching their biological sex.
The court’s decision was split down party lines, with seven justices appointed by Republican presidents siding with the school district and four justices appointed by Democratic presidents siding with Drew Adams, a former student who sued the district in 2017 because he wasn’t allowed to use the boys restroom.
A three-judge panel from the appeals court previously sided with Adams in 2020, but the full appeals court decided to take up the case. Though his assigned gender was female at birth, Adams began the transition to become male before he enrolled in Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, just southeast of Jacksonville.
Judge Barbara Lagoa wrote in the majority opinion that that the school board policy advances the important governmental objective of protecting students’ privacy in school bathrooms. She said the district’s policy does not violate the law because it’s based on biological sex, not gender identity.
Judge Jill Pryor wrote in a dissenting opinion that the interest of protecting privacy is not absolute and must coexist alongside fundamental principles of equality, specifically where exclusion implies inferiority.
Lambda Legal, a LGBTQ rights group that has been providing aid to Adams, didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment from The Associated Press.
“I am in the midst of trying to figure out the basis of this tax bill with the assistance of my business manager, who is also an accountant,” she wrote in a June 14 court filing. “I do not have the ability to pay the [California Franchise Tax Board] tax bill.”
Also, on her Instagram Story this week, Erika spoke of getting revenge in the new year.
“For me, 2023 is going to be all about revenge,” read a second meme shared to her account.
While Erika’s tax debt is substantial, it’s minimal in comparison to the $25 million lawsuit she’s facing from Thomas’ bankruptcy trustee, who claims her company, EJ Global, received fraudulent transfers from Thomas’ now-defunct law firm, Girardi Keese, in the years leading up to the business being forced into bankruptcy.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast is expected to start filming season 13 sometime in the coming weeks.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who will miss Sunday’s game at New England, didn’t exhibit symptoms of a concussion during last week’s game against Green Bay, according to a joint review by the NFL and NFL Players Association a statement released by the two organizations said Saturday.
“The NFL and NFLPA concluded their joint review of the application of concussion protocol involving Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers,” the statement said.
“The joint review determined the protocol was not triggered. The protocol is initiated when a player receives an impact to the head and exhibits or reports signs or symptoms suggestive of a concussion. The review established that symptoms of a concussion were neither exhibited nor reported until the following day at which time the team medical personnel appropriately evaluated and placed Mr. Tagovailoa in the concussion protocol.”
The play during which Tagovailoa sustained the head injury hasn’t been determined but video of a second quarter tackle began circulating online after the Packers game. Tagovailoa’s head hits the ground violently during the tackle.
Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said the concussion was diagnosed after coaches watched film Monday morning, thought things were suspicious and then questioned Tagovailoa, leading them to suggest Tagovailoa see a doctor, who later diagnosed the concussion.
Tagovailoa sustained his second concussion of the season against Green Bay. His first concussion came in the Cincinnati game on Sept. 29. He was tackled by Cincinnati’s Josh Tupou and taken off the field on a stretcher and was briefly hospitalized but flew home with the team.
Tagovailoa missed the next two games and returned for the Oct. 23 game against Pittsburgh.
Cincinnati was Tagovailoa’s second head trauma incident. He was tackled against Buffalo by Bills linebacker Matt Milano and his head hit the ground violently. He stumbled after getting back to his feet and left the field and went into the locker room shortly before halftime but returned in the third quarter without missing a play.
The NFL and NFLPA changed their concussion protocol after that incident and said any player displaying concussion symptoms must sit out the rest of the game.
Dolphins quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got swept up in that net when he was forced to leave the New York Jets game after one play when a NFL-employed spotter in an upstairs booth said that Bridgewater stumbled when getting up after a hit by Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner on the Dolphins’ first offensive play of the game. Rookie quarterback Skylar Thompson finished that game.
The Dolphins signed offensive tackle Kendall Lamm from the practice squad to the active roster while placing defensive tackle Justin Zimmer on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday, before its game at the Patriots (7-8).
Additionally, the Dolphins (8-7) elevated defensive tackle Josiah Bronson and outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
Lamm, who signed to Miami’s practice squad on Nov. 28 and has been elevated two previous times, gives the Dolphins a veteran reserve tackle as the team deals with various injuries at the position.
Eric Fisher is doubtful for Sunday’s game with a calf injury. Starting left tackle Terron Armstead is questionable as he nurses toe, pectoral, knee and hip ailments. Greg Little popped up on the team’s Friday injury report as questionable due to a foot injury, and Austin Jackson landed on injured reserve after each of his two starts this season because of his ailing foot.
Lamm has played in 86 games with 28 career starts over seven seasons between the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns. He also spent this year’s training camp with the Detroit Lions.
Zimmer was not listed on this week’s injury report, but he was last noted as receiving treatment for a back injury before Miami’s Dec. 17 game against the Bills. Now on IR, the earliest he could return is if the Dolphins qualify for the AFC Championship Game.
With Zimmer now sidelined, it opens an opportunity for Bronson’s first game action with Miami this season in Foxborough. Bronson, who went undrafted in 2021, played in seven NFL games last year — six for the New Orleans Saints and one for Cleveland.
Scarlett, a member of the Dolphins’ active roster last year, could make his 2022 debut on the first day of 2023 with fellow outside linebacker Bradley Chubb questionable due to hand and ankle injuries.
Miami also has cornerback Xavien Howard (knee), fullback Alec Ingold (thumb) and wide receiver River Cracraft (calf) questionable for Sunday.