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    The European Union says a sweeping new trade deal with Mexico is a signal to the rest of the world — including the Trump administration. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malstrom said Monday that the preliminary deal, agreed on Saturday and to be finalized this year, is a 'powerful signal to the whole world.' She said it shows that 'with increasing protectionism in certain parts of the world, many of us do believe good trade agreements can be made ... to the benefit of consumers and companies.' The deal comes as Trump's America-first policies have thrown U.S.-Mexico trade into uncertainty and stalled efforts for a U.S.-EU trade deal. The EU-Mexico deal removes tariffs on cheese, chocolate, pasta and other foods. It updates and expands a two-decade-old agreement to include financial services and online commerce, among other sectors.
  • A group of teens hitting the hoops near Baton Rouge are going viral for a simple gesture of respect. They stopped their basketball game in Franklinton, Louisiana, on Friday to take a knee, paying respects to the recently departed during a funeral procession, WAFB reported. >> Read more trending news  Lynn Bienvenu and Johannah Stroud attended the funeral for their cousin, Velma Kay Crowe. They were the ones who saw the teens stop their game and pause as the cars went past, WAFB reported.  Bienvenu posted the photo to Facebook where it is getting noticed. Bienvenu said of the teens, “They took a knee not out of respect but honor. There was not an adult in sight to tell them to stop playing. This meant a great deal to our family. May God bless each one as I feel they will achieve greatness.” >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  She told WAFB that one teen contacted her on social media to give his condolences for the loss of Crowe, whom the teens did not know personally. This is not the first time the teens have paused their game. Others have told Bienvenu that they have been seen doing the same thing for other funeral processions. Many residents told WAFB that coaches and teachers at Franklinton Junior High School have repeatedly told students that they should show respect when a funeral procession drives by.
  • The repercussions from the demise of Toys R Us have begun to ripple outward beginning with Hasbro, which reported a loss and plunging revenue Monday for its first quarter. Toys R Us, hammered by shifting consumer trends, is shuttering the 700 stores it has left, depriving Hasbro, Mattel and other toy makers of prime display space nationwide. 'We are working to put the near-term disruption from Toys R Us behind us,' Hasbro Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner said in a prepared statement. For the period ended April 1, Hasbro Inc.'s revenue dropped to $716.3 million, from $849.7 million. That's well below the $824.7 million that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research forecast. Shares tumbled more than 8 percent before the market opened and shares of Mattel Inc., which reports earnings Thursday, fell almost as much. Mattel's CEO Margo Georgiadis is stepping down, the company said last week. Hasbro, which makes toys like My Little Pony and Transformers — lost $112.5 million, or 90 cents per share. A year earlier the Pawtucket, Rhode Island, company made $68.6 million, or 54 cents per share. There was one less week in the current quarter than a year ago. Adjusted for one-time costs and pretax expenses, earnings were 10 cents per share, less than a third of the 31 cents that Wall Street had expected. _____ Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HAS at https://www.zacks.com/ap/HAS
  • Macaulay Culkin avoids watching his 'Home Alone' movie. Appearing Monday in a taped segment on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' the 37-year-old actor jokes fans often ask him to recreate his face from the 1990 film and he won't oblige. Culkin says he tries not to leave his house around Christmas because the movie plays throughout the holiday. He calls it 'background radiation at Christmastime.' He says he 'can't watch it the same way other people do' because he remembers what was happening behind the scene on the set. Culkin was promoting his Bunny Ears lifestyle brand and podcast.
  • A personal finance expert is suing Facebook at Britain's High Court, claiming the social media company is allowing the publication of scam ads featuring his name. Martin Lewis, who founded the MoneySavingExpert website, says his name has appeared on more than 50 advertisements in the last year, many of them get-rich-quick scams to con people. Lewis says 'it's affecting my reputation, but more importantly it is affecting real people who are handing over money in good faith while the scammers are raking in the cash.' Lewis's lawyer is lodging court papers for defamation Monday in a bid to make the social media company change its procedures. Facebook says it does not allow 'misleading or false' advertisements, and will remove any that are reported to the company.
  • Iranian media say American movie director Oliver Stone is in Tehran to attend an international film festival. Monday's report by the semi-official Tasnim news agency says Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day. According to the report, Stone will host a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and hold a news conference on Wednesday. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian Giovanni Spagnoletti are also attending. This is the Hollywood director's first visit to Iran. In 2007, Iran's then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a proposal by Stone to make a film about him. Ahmadinejad said at the time that Stone is part the 'Great Satan' cultural establishment, a reference to the United States. In 2012, Stone's son Sean Stone visited Iran and converted to Shiite Islam.
  • The number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious threats, Cambodia's government and a major conservation group said Monday. A joint statement issued by the World Wide Fund for Nature and Cambodia's Fisheries Administration said a 2017 census pegged the population of the freshwater dolphins along a 190-kilometer (118-mile) stretch of river from Kratie in Cambodia to the Khone Falls in Laos at 92, a 15 percent increase over an estimate of 80 made in 2015. 'The Mekong dolphin is considered our country's living national treasure and the results of this census reflect our many years of continuous efforts to protect this species,' said Eng Cheasan, the director-general of the Fisheries Administration. 'We will continue our conservation efforts to rebuild its population by eliminating all threats to the survival of this species.' In addition to the Mekong, the dolphins can be found in only two other freshwater rivers: Myanmar's Irrawaddy and Indonesia's Mahakam, on the island of Borneo. Despite the increase during the latest count, the number of dolphins in the Mekong is still less than half of the 200 counted during the first official census in 1997. Surveys are carried out every two to three years. Seng Teak, the country director of WWF-Cambodia, warned at a news conference in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, that the dolphins still face many threats to their existence, including illegal fishing methods, increasing boat traffic and ongoing dam projects. The biggest threat to the dolphins has been getting caught up in gillnets, massive nets held in place vertically through the use of floats and weights, that trap marine life in their netting. Seng Teak said several thousand meters (yards) of illegal fishing net has been confiscated and dozens of fishermen arrested, some being released after being taught the error of their ways, and others sent to court. The survey found encouraging signs for the dolphins' long-term survival: an improvement in the survival rate of dolphins into adulthood, an increase in the number of calves and a drop in overall deaths. Two dolphins died in 2017 compared with nine in 2015, while nine new calves brought the number of dolphins born in the past three years to 32. 'After years of hard work, we finally have reason to believe that these iconic dolphins can be protected against extinction — thanks to the combined efforts of the government, WWF, the tourism industry and local communities,' said Seng Teak.
  • A mother said her 2-year-old was pelted nine times with paintballs while they were outside their west Charlotte home. >> Read more trending news The 2-year-old had marks all over her body after someone shot paint at her. Paintball wars have been gaining national traction since the beginning of the year. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it has received more than 150 calls since the beginning of the year involving complaints about paintball gun. The mother, who didn’t want to be identified, said it was a traumatizing moment for her and her daughter. 'She was screaming so bad. She said, 'Mommy, help me. Mommy, help me,’” she said. “That killed me. When I saw her with paint all over her shirt and her pants, my heart dropped.' The mother said she found welts on her daughter’s chest, back, knees and legs. The mother told Channel 9 that a group of men were shooting each other on her property earlier this past week. “I heard one of them say that's their way to, instead of attacking themselves with guns, they're going to do it like that because that's how they get the anger out of them,” the mother said. The mother said she's not against people using paintball guns to settle their differences, but it shouldn’t jeopardize anyone else's safety. She filed a police report and days later, she said her car was hit twice with paintballs. The police department investigated the incident and arrested 17-year-old Keon Jaquez Broughton, who is facing charges for causing a disturbance, assaulting a child and resisting an officer. The number of complaints the police department has received involving paintball guns is growing. Meanwhile, local paintball gun stores are seeing a rise in sales. David Veldof, who owns a paintball gun store, believes some people are having a good time at the wrong place. He's educating customers on smarter options, including regulated fields. 'Over the past three to four weeks, we've had a substantial increase in sales,” Veldof said. 'And believe it or not, a lot of people have been going to these fields and staying off these streets.' The mother said her 2-year-old has been seeing a counselor to get over the fear of being outside she developed since the paintball incident. The mother hopes a city ordinance is created to help curb the paintball incidents.
  • Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns. Major Japanese construction company Shimizu Corp. showed off several robots Monday, including one already in use at construction sites that picked up a big pile of boards and took them into an elevator. The Robo-Welder and Robo-Buddy, with twisting and turning mechanical arms, will be deployed at construction sites later this year, the company said. Japan's construction sector is booming but contractors are struggling to fill labor shortages — a problem playing out in other parts of the world, including the U.S. The robots demonstrated at a Shimizu test facility in Tokyo can reduce the number of workers needed for each of the tasks they carried out to about a third or a fourth of what's required today. But construction work is so varied, delicate and complex that the robots are able to handle just 1 percent of overall construction work, according to Masahiro Indo, Shimizu's managing executive officer, who oversees construction technology. Trying to raise that to even 10 percent is a major challenge and might be too costly, he said. Robotics are common in manufacturing sites, such as auto plants, but those machines are stationery and carrying out the same task over and over, often in sterile and enclosed environments. Robots used in construction sites have to move around. Although much of what they may do is repetitive, they still have to respond to uneven floors and zigzagging routes, depending on a building's design. Shimizu says it is developing its own artificial intelligence systems, using robots made by Kuka Robotics of Germany. If they work successfully, the robots could help reduce safety risks and long hours for construction workers. Shimizu showed that, in a typical task, a worker must use one arm — and his helmeted head — to hold up a board and hold bolts in his mouth while using his other arm to bolt a board in place using a hand-held machine. Robo-Buddy made that look easy. It used suction cups to pick up a board and sensors to place it exactly where it belonged as a mechanical arm swerved around and bolted the board in, moving from spot to spot. Using robots makes sense in urban construction, where buildings are high-rise and the same work is repeated on each floor. In Japan, where the birth rate has been declining for years, the workforce has also begun to shrink. Many construction workers are older, and contractors are having a hard time attracting young people, Indo said. There were about 3.4 million construction workers in Japan in 2014. That's expected to shrink to 2.2 million by 2025, according to Shimizu Corp. Most work on robotics has focused on entertainment and companion robots, such as SoftBank Corp.'s Pepper and Toyota Motor Corp.'s Kiribo Mini. But officials have made developing robots for other uses a national priority. Toyota also is working on robots that might be used for construction, such as the human-looking T-HR3 and a scooting human-support robot. In the U.S., Construction Robotics has developed a bricklaying robot. Shimizu, which is involved in a number of overseas projects, said it was looking into exporting the robotics technology, but no decision has been made yet. ____ Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama Her work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama
  • Quick Facts Temperatures closer to average for the end of April Some rain chances for the middle part of the week Weekend plans look to be SAFE, lots of sunshine   MONDAY After a cool weekend with a rainy Saturday and gloomy Sunday, there will be more sunshine and some warmer temperatures make an appearance to start out a new week. Back in the 70s for highs with relatively calm winds and no rain chances are a great way to start a new week. TUESDAY More sunshine and even warmer temperatures move in before some mid-week rain chances. High climb into the mid-to-upper 70s and winds remaining relatively calm. Enjoy the sunshine and the use of sunglasses, the umbrellas will be needed again on Wednesday. WEDNESDAY Thankfully, temperatures don't drop into the 50s again for the afternoon, but it is going to be cool. Clouds and rain chances will keep temperatures from really warming up like they did on Tuesday. A cold front will be moving through the area, increasing the northern winds and allowing for enough lift to get some more rain chances. Right now, it looks like showers, no chance of severe weather. THURSDAY Temperatures start to warm back up with more sunshine making an appearance and winds out of the south. The southern and southwestern winds will bring some warm air into Green Country and some moisture. Another little front will move through changing up winds and bringing a slight chance of rain late Thursday into Friday morning. FRIDAY Overnight rain chances move out leading to a cool start to the day. As the afternoon arrives, temperatures will be slightly below average, but still very pleasant.  Winds will be strong at times out of the north, making it feel a tad cooler than it actually is. WEEKEND It is going to be a GREAT weekend in Green Country! After so many weekends that have been spent with clouds, cool temperatures, and rainy conditions, this weekend will be the opposite of that! Sunny skies, warm temperatures and strong southern winds will make it one of the better weekends we have seen in some time. This will be a great weekend to actually get some yard work done.
  • A 14-year-old girl was transported in serious condition on Saturday following a stabbing in Owasso. The scene happened near 103rd and 92nd Street North. Officers at the scene report the victim and another juvenile female were fighting.  During this time, a knife was introduced into the equation. The victim was stabbed multiple times.  Her name hasn’t been released.   KRMG's told the suspect fled the scene. No word if that person has been found and arrested.
  • A lot like Saturday, the forecast could ruin your outdoor plans in Tulsa today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says conditions will be wet and cooler than normal. “We’re still expecting a pretty good chance of showers around during the day” McGavick said.  “The bigger story will probably be the continued cool conditions.” NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 60 degrees.  For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is 73 degrees.   The rain is expected to stop Sunday night and we’ll mainly see cloudy skies.  Temperatures will drop to a low close to 51 degrees.  
  • It was a busy and emotional day on Friday in the courtroom during the Michael Bever trial. The 911 call was played and jurors heard from the surviving sister. Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler says the sister was able to testify from a separate courtroom and the jurors heard the testimony through a television. “I was very grateful to the court for the arrangements she had made to try and it make it easier on this young lady,” Kunzweiler said.  “I’m just glad that she’s been able to get through it.” During her testimony, Michael was seen crying on several occasions and putting his hands over his face. KRMG will continue to update the story as more information comes into the newsroom.  
  • If you have outdoor plans for today, bring an umbrella and be prepared to get wet. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad McGavick says we'll see plenty of rain in Tulsa. “We’re expecting widespread showers, isolated thunderstorms,” McGavick said.  “The chance of rain is 100 percent.” It’s also going to be cooler than normal.  NWS is reporting the high will only reach around 57 degrees.   For reference, the normal high for this time of year in Tulsa is closer to 73 degrees.   Keep that umbrella handy Saturday night as well.  There is an 80 percent chance for rain and the low will be near 49 degrees.