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Body of Last Missing Construction Worker Recovered From Baltimore Bridge Collapse Site

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Explosives will be used to free Dali cargo ship from Baltimore Key Bridge wreckage: report

Baltimore salvage crews will detonate explosives to free cargo ship Dali from the wreckage of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge, according to a report. The explosion will separate a massive chunk of the bridge’s truss that’s currently lying on the bough of the ship, Unified Command’s Petty Officer Ronald Hodges told WBAL-TV. Officials determined that Dali’s crew — who have been living on the ship since the wreck — can remain safely on board and will not have to be evacuated during the blast. Hodges could not say exactly where on the ship the crew will hunker down. “What they’re doing are best practices and historic best practices, and the way that you remove large amounts of steel,” Maryland Gov. Wes Moore told reporters on Tuesday. “We know that as soon as that operation, that precision cutting is done, then we also have the tools to be able to remove that steel from the water, to safely refloat the Dali, and to reopen up the federal channel.” It will take several days to place the precision explosives on the truss, sources told WBAL-TV. Weather and tides can also impact the timing. Hodges said the media will be alerted 48 hours before the explosion. Unified Command has been using a giant hydraulic claw and precision-cutting tools to clear as much of the wreckage as possible. The Dali smashed into one of the main supports of the nearly 50-year-old bridge around 1:30 a.m. on March 30, killing six construction workers and blocking vital shipping traffic into the Port of Baltimore. The sixth victim’s body was finally recovered on Tuesday, officials announced. The body of 37-year-old Baltimore resident José Mynor López, was located by Unified Command salvage teams, who then contacted Maryland State Police and the FBI. “With heavy hearts, today marks a significant milestone in our recovery efforts and providing closure to the loved ones of the six workers who lost their lives in this tragic event,” said Colonel Roland L. Butler, Jr., Superintendent of the Maryland Department of State Police. “As we mourn with the families, we honor the memory of José Mynor López, Alejandro Hernandez Fuentes, Dorlian Ronial Castillo Cabrera, Maynor Yasir Suazo-Sandoval, Carlos Daniel Hernandez Estrella, and Miguel Angel Luna Gonzalez,” he added. Baltimore officials said last week they have targeted May 10 as the date to remove the truss, refloat the Dali and open a 45-foot deep channel to ship traffic. A permanent 700-foot wide, 50-foot deep channel would be open by the end of May, officials added.

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Transgender activists flood Utah tip line with hoax reports to block bathroom law enforcement

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports in an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could lead to an investigation. The onslaught has led the state official tasked by the law with managing the tip line, Utah Auditor John Dougall, to bemoan getting stuck with the cumbersome task of filtering through fake complaints while also facing backlash for enforcing a law he had no role in passing. “No auditor goes into auditing so they can be the bathroom monitors,” Dougall said Tuesday. “I think there were much better ways for the Legislature to go about addressing their concerns, rather than this ham-handed approach.” In the week since it launched, the online tip line already has received more than 10,000 submissions, none of which seem legitimate, he said. The form asks people to report public school employees who knowingly allow someone to use a facility designated for the opposite sex. Utah residents and visitors are required by law to use bathrooms and changing rooms in government-owned buildings that correspond with their birth sex. As of last Wednesday, schools and agencies found not enforcing the new restrictions can be fined up to $10,000 per day for each violation. Although their advocacy efforts failed to stop Republican lawmakers in many states from passing restrictions for trans people, the community has found success in interfering with the often ill-conceived enforcement plans attached to those laws. Within hours of its publication Wednesday night, trans activists and community members from across the U.S. already had spread the Utah tip line widely on social media. Many shared the spam they had submitted and encouraged others to follow suit. Their efforts mark the latest attempt by advocates to shut down or render unusable a government tip line that they argue sows division by encouraging residents to snitch on each other. Similar portals in at least five other states also have been inundated with hoax reports, leading state officials to shut some down. In Virginia, Indiana, Arizona and Louisiana, activists flooded tip lines created to field complaints about teachers, librarians and school administrators who may have spoken to students about race, LGBTQ+ identities or other topics lawmakers argued were inappropriate for children. The Virginia tip line was taken down within a year, as was a tip line introduced in Missouri to report gender-affirming health care clinics. Erin Reed, a prominent trans activist and legislative researcher, said there is a collective understanding in the trans community that submitting these hoax reports is an effective way of protesting the law and protecting trans people who might be targeted. “There will be people who are trans that go into bathrooms that are potentially reported by these sorts of forms, and so the community is taking on a protective role,” Reed said. “If there are 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 form responses that are entered in, it’s going to be much harder for the auditor’s office to sift through every one of them and find the one legitimate trans person who was caught using a bathroom.” The auditor’s office has encountered many reports that Dougall described as “total nonsense,” and others that he said appear credible at first glance and take much longer to filter out. His staff has spent the last week sorting through thousands of well-crafted complaints citing fake names or locations. Despite efforts to clog the enforcement tool they had outlined in the bill, the Republican sponsors, Rep. Kera Birkeland and Sen. Dan McCay, said they remain confident in the tip line and the auditor’s ability to filter out fake complaints. “It’s not surprising that activists are taking the time to send false reports,” Birkeland said. “But that isn’t a distraction from the importance of the legislation and the protection it provides women across Utah.” The Morgan Republican had pitched the policy as a safety measure to protect the privacy of women and girls without citing evidence of threats or assaults by trans people against them. McCay said he hadn’t realized activists were responsible for flooding the tip line. The Salt Lake City senator said he does not plan to change how the law is being enforced. LGBTQ+ rights advocates also have warned the law and the accompanying tip line give people license to question anyone’s gender in community spaces, which they argue could even affect people who are not trans. Their warnings were amplified earlier this year when a Utah school board member came under fire — and later lost her reelection bid — for publicly questioning the gender of a high school basketball player she wrongly assumed was transgender. Hannah Schoenbaum, The Associated Press

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More and faster: Electricity from clean sources reaches 30% of global total

Billions of people are using different kinds of energy each day and 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy sources — ones that don’t emit planet-warming pollutants like carbon dioxide and methane — according to a report published Wednesday by Ember, a think tank based in London. For the first time, 30% of electricity produced worldwide was from clean energy sources as the number of solar and wind farms continued to grow fast. Of the types of clean energy generated last year, hydroelectric dams produced the most. That’s the same as in most years. Yet droughts in India, China, North America and Mexico meant hydropower hit a five-year low. Research shows climate change is causing droughts to develop more quickly and be more severe. People used more electricity than ever last year, about 2% more, an increase of about as much as Canada uses in a year. Some of this new demand was for heat pumps, which are an efficient way to both heat and cool buildings, and for electric vehicles. It was also for electrolyzers, special machines used to get hydrogen out of water, for energy. These are all technologies that provide solutions to climate change. Other increased demand was for electricity to feed new data centers and for air conditioning as places around the world become hotter. Solar made up the biggest share of new clean energy last year. More than twice as much solar power was added as coal power. It was the 19th year in a row that solar was the fastest-growing source of electricity generation. A surge in solar installations happened at the end of the year and the report predicts 2024 will see an even larger jump. China added more renewable energy than any other country last year — 51% of the new solar power and 60% of the new wind power globally. China, the European Union, the United States and Brazil together accounted for 81% of new solar generation in 2023. Yet China was also responsible for 55% of coal generation globally and 60% of China’s electricity generation came from coal. The International Energy Agency says coal is the most carbon-intensive of the fossil fuels. Scientists say emissions from burning fuels like coal must ramp steeply down to protect Earth’s climate, yet there was an increase in electricity made from burning fossil fuels. China, India, Vietnam and Mexico were responsible for nearly all of the rise. The report said some countries burned coal to make up for the loss of hydroelectric power they experienced when drought caused their reservoirs to dry up. This is an example of a vicious cycle — when climate change prompts the use of more of the substances that cause climate change in the first place. Despite all the growth in clean energy, fossil fuels still made up the majority of global electricity generated last year, causing a 1% rise in global power sector emissions. Scientists say even if we slashed all greenhouse gas emissions today, the planet would continue to warm for years because of the amount of pollutants already added to the atmosphere. Analysts expect the world to use even more electricity in 2024. But renewable energy generation is forecast to grow even faster. That could mean a 2% drop (333 terawatt-hours) in energy generated from fossil fuels. ____ The Associated Press’ climate and environmental coverage receives financial support from multiple private foundations. AP is solely responsible for all content. Find AP’s standards for working with philanthropies, a list of supporters and funded coverage areas at AP.org. Isabella O’malley, The Associated Press

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Trans activists flood Utah tip line with thousands of hoax reports

By Hannah Schoenbaum | Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Transgender activists have flooded a Utah tip line created to alert state officials to possible violations of a new bathroom law with thousands of hoax reports in an effort to shield trans residents and their allies from any legitimate complaints that could threaten their safety. The onslaught has led the state official tasked by the law with managing the tip line, Utah Auditor John Dougall, to bemoan getting stuck with the cumbersome task of filtering through fake complaints while also facing backlash for enforcing a law he had no role in passing. “No auditor goes into auditing so they can be the bathroom monitors,” Dougall said Tuesday. “I think there were much better ways for the Legislature to go about addressing their concerns, rather than this ham-handed approach.” In the week since it launched, the online tip line already has received more than 10,000 submissions, none of which seem legitimate, he said. The form asks people to report public school employees who knowingly allow someone to use a gender-designated facility in the presence of the opposite sex. Utah residents and visitors are required by law to use bathrooms and changing rooms in government-owned buildings that correspond with their birth sex. As of last Wednesday, schools and agencies found not enforcing the new restrictions can be fined up to $10,000 per day for each violation. Although their advocacy efforts failed to stop Republican lawmakers in many states from passing restrictions for trans people, the community has found success in interfering with the often ill-conceived enforcement plans attached to those laws. Within hours of its publication Wednesday night, trans activists and community members from across the U.S. already had spread the Utah tip line widely on social media. Many shared the spam they had submitted and encouraged others to follow suit. Their efforts mark the latest attempt by advocates to shut down or render unusable a government tip line that they argue sows division by encouraging residents to snitch on each other. Similar portals in at least five other states also have been inundated with hoax reports, leading state officials to shut some down. In Virginia, Indiana, Arizona and Louisiana, activists flooded tip lines created to field complaints about teachers, librarians and school administrators who may have spoken to students about race, LGBTQ+ identities or other topics lawmakers argued were inappropriate for children. The Virginia tip line was taken down within a year, as was a tip line introduced in Missouri to report gender-affirming health care clinics. Erin Reed, a prominent trans activist and legislative researcher, said there is a collective understanding in the trans community that submitting these hoax reports is an effective way of protesting the law and protecting trans people who might be targeted. “There will be people who are trans that go into bathrooms that are potentially reported by these sorts of forms, and so the community is taking on a protective role,” Reed said. “If there are 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 form responses that are entered in, it’s going to be much harder for the auditor’s office to sift through every one of them and find the one legitimate trans person who was caught using a bathroom.” The auditor’s office has encountered many reports that Dougall described as “total nonsense,” and others that he said appear credible at first glance and take much longer to filter out. His staff has spent the last week sorting through thousands of well-crafted complaints citing fake names or locations. “It’s not surprising that activists are taking the time to send false reports,” Birkeland said. “But that isn’t a distraction from the importance of the legislation and the protection it provides women across Utah.” The Morgan Republican had pitched the policy as a safety measure to protect the privacy of women and girls without citing evidence of threats or assaults by trans people against them. McCay said he hadn’t realized activists were responsible for flooding the tip line. The Salt Lake City senator said he does not plan to change how the law is being enforced. LGBTQ+ rights advocates also have warned the law and the accompanying tip line give people license to question anyone’s gender in community spaces, which they argue could even affect people who are not trans. Their warnings were amplified earlier this year when a Utah school board member came under fire — and later lost her reelection bid — for publicly questioning the gender of a high school basketball player she wrongly assumed was transgender.

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Woolworths employees to get four-day work week after union fight

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Games Inbox: I’m giving up on Xbox after Tango Gameworks closure

Hi-Fi Rush is never getting a sequel now (Bethesda Softworks) The Wednesday letters page is upset at the news of Xbox’s studio closures, as a reader is confused as to why PSN isn’t available worldwide. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@metro.co.uk The final strawSo, I was just checking my phone before I finished work, when I read the news about the Tango Gameworks/Arkane Austin closure and it’s really made me feel bad. Obviously for the talented, hard-working developers, none of whom deserve to be treated this way, but also for the deck of cards failure of Microsoft’s strategy. I’ve loved many of the games that have come to Game Pass and it’s made trying out co-op games with family and friends so much more likely, when we can all get games for ‘free’. But here we are, three years after purchasing Bethesda, with only a holdover game from before the purchase and a well-reviewed game that couldn’t find an audience and Microsoft are slamming their doors shut. I always knew consolidation would lead to duplication of roles and redundancies, but to shutter two studios, and your only Japanese developer, causing anger and frustration for all your other game studios… I’m a day one OG Xbox owner, one of the first 10,000 people on Xbox Live with a catalogue of over 200 digital purchases and I think I’m done. Sony first party games don’t gel with me (it’s me, not you Sony) and I only really like Zelda and Metroid on Nintendo, so it’s looking like PC and Steam for the future. Well done Phil, well done.DarKerR (gamertag)… for now Irresistible forceOne thing that springs to mind following the latest raft of companies being shuttered, in the quest for slightly increased profits for a mega corporation: isn’t this the sort of thing the industry regulators are supposed to protect against? You know, prevent unfair business practices like buying a company for its IP then shutting it down… unfortunately money talks in all walks of life (just finished Dopesick, go big pharma!) and even when the regulators know it’s a bad idea it’ll go through eventually. There are examples of acquisitions that work well for all parties but when it’s one massive publisher buying another it just doesn’t seem right, as the only people it benefits are the already sickeningly rich. Our priorities as a species are just waaayyyy wrong. Hopefully all those affected can recover and come out of this stronger.Magnumstache GC: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) did try to stop Activision Blizzard, but you saw how that went. IP acquisitionI have no words for how disgusted I am with Xbox right now. I remember GC saying ages ago that acquisitions always meant getting rid of people and shutting things down, and some people were trying to shout them down as being biased or whatever. And yet here we are, and just a few months after they got rid of 1,900 people already. I can see how Arkane Austin were in a tricky position, but Tango Gameworks not only made the best reviewed Xbox game of last year but they’re the only Japanese developer Xbox owned. It’s very obvious now that Microsoft had no interest in any of Bethesda’s other studios, they just wanted to own the Elder Scrolls and Fallout IP. Well, that was worthwhile, eh? I look forward to the first of those games in 2028. Although at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Xbox is no more at that point and Bethesda are back to being independent. At the very least Phil Spencer will be gone. He’s like a reverse King Midas, everything he touches is a disaster.Dorey Email your comments to: gamecentral@metro.co.uk Two storiesWell, what a day Tuesday was. We get the first proper acknowledgement of the Switch 2 from Nintendo and then… that announcement from Xbox. I know we shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but what got me was not just the madness of shutting down (rather than selling) one of their most talented (and only Japanese) studios but the absolute callousness of that email from Microsoft exec. He obviously didn’t give a fig about anyone involved and it was almost like he was expecting the sacked people to be proud of their sacrifice at the altar of infinite growth. I very much doubt that these will be the last victims either. Any game that underperforms, and isn’t a massive IP, is going to lead to the gutting of that studio. Someone at Xbox needs to explain to Microsoft why they’ve spent $80 billion on gaming and so far Phil Spencer and co. haven’t got any answer at all.Focus No inspirationI was going to write in about how excited I was about the Nintendo Switch 2 news and then I saw the news from Xbox and just shook my head. It’s been said before but if only Microsoft and Sony, but especially Microsoft, took more inspiration from Nintendo they might be in a better situation than they are. Nintendo’s focus is on games and on innovative hardware, Xbox has had neither since the Xbox 360 era. All they do is buy up other developers and then mismanage them to hell and back, before, apparently, just shutting them down. Redfall might not have been good, but Microsoft knew that before they released it, so it’s their fault for putting it out in that state. And they said Hi-Fi Rush had done great, I distinctly remembering them saying that. So was that a lie or have they just decided that because it isn’t Fallout that it’s just not worth bothering with? We’ll never know for sure but even if Microsoft said now, I wouldn’t believe them.Noodles Portable futureI just want to comment on your post regarding consoles being not enjoyable as before; there’s no hype if you say. While it is like that, portable gaming, especially on my Nintendo Switch, is really top notch for me. I am happy that I was able to play my games on the go, especially Monster Hunter Rise, then Sunbreak. I am expecting Monster Hunter Wilds on Switch 2 next year, even if the chance is very slim at this moment. But regardless, I think the future of console is maybe in portability, because not everybody can stay or shut themselves in the house and play all day. Portability and being able to dock your console is an incredible way of gaming. I’ve had multiple Nintendo Switch consoles; I gave my first one to my sister and I bought the Switch Lite one. For just simply linking my account to her Switch I was able to share my library of games. I’d say portable gaming is the future. ROG Ally 2 will soon be released, 2024 they said. Between that and the Nintendo Switch 2, and other portable PCs coming this year or next year, there are plenty of options.Renz GC: We’d imagine the chances of Monster Hunter Wilds on Switch 2 were actually pretty good. The way of MarioVery interesting to read that about movie profits, with Mario Bros. coming out on top. I looked up some other estimates from previous years and found out that Avatar: The Way Of Water only made £424 million in profit, which is lower than Mario. Considering that brought in $2.32 billion, you can see why Hollywood must be knocking Nintendo’s door down to make more films. They have their funny ways, but you can’t deny that Nintendo are good at what they do, in terms of both making games and running a business. Compare it to the absolute clown show that is Xbox at the moment (with PlayStation not much better) and Nintendo feel like the only adult in the room right now.Bastion More TrendingXbox shuts down Bethesda studios including Redfall and Hi-Fi Rush developersGames Inbox: Is gaming a cheap hobby?Nintendo confirms Switch 2 console will be announced before next AprilNew PS5 Pro specs leak suggest it will be 45% faster than ordinary PS5Read More Stories Not available in your regionThe part of the Helldivers 2 controversy that really surprised, and then confused, me was the number of countries that PSN is not present in. I can understand Sony targeting the richest and/or largest countries first, but I was expecting them to have spread beyond 70 countries by now. Sony (and Microsoft) have complained that the console market’s profitability is low and that they have struggled to expand their markets, so why not expand into new countries? The Philippines has been highlighted as a notable place where PSN is not present but (unless I am being blind) so are Nigeria, Pakistan, and Bangladesh which surely must be sizable potential growth markets. Now the thing that confuses me is that the PC releases would be a great way to reach these new markets, without needing the infrastructure to distribute consoles inside the countries. Yet Sony decided to actively prevent this expansion with the, now reversed, Helldivers 2 restrictions. That initial decision does not make any sense to me. As much as it annoyed PC gamers I can see some logic in wanting people on PC to sign into PSN, as that gives Sony a means to market new titles directly to them. I cannot, however, understand arbitrarily preventing new costumers from buying your product and, worse, still removing access to a product that people have already bought.PazJohnMitch GC: None of it makes any sense. We’d assume the reason there’s no PSN in so many countries is that they don’t have any local operations that can offer customer support. Although how they only realised that three months after Helldivers 2 launched is a head-scratcher. Inbox also-ransAm I the only one that cult-like vibes off that Helldivers 2 story, with them all trying to boost the review score? You don’t owe the company anything! You already paid for their product.Cranborne Not sure if this is a widespread problem but I can’t seem to view the comments section of any of your pages now. I can view them on other Metro pages. I’m using Chrome on Android.Ross GC: It’s not something anyone else has complained about, but if you send us your device model and browser details we’ll talk to IT about it. Email your comments to: gamecentral@metro.co.uk The small printNew Inbox updates appear every weekday morning, with special Hot Topic Inboxes at the weekend. 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Family asks Taoiseach to 'help us get the answers' to Corkman's nightclub death

The jury delivered a verdict of death by misadventure, after the matter had been adjourned to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) consider the opinion of State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy. The DPP, having previously considered a Garda file on the matter, decided that nobody should be prosecuted in relation to the death. In a letter seeking his support for a review of the case, Adrian’s brother Alan has written to Taoiseach Simon Harris in recent days, in the wake of the Stardust inquest and apology. Mr Harris made an apology to the families of the victims in the Dáil following the returning of the verdict of unlawful killing in the inquest of 48 people who died in the Stardust nightclub fire in 1981. In the letter, Mr Moynihan begged Mr Harris to “take an interest in this case and help us get the answers”. He told the Irish Examiner that the family were told that a verdict of unlawful killing was not an option in the 2003 inquest into the death. The inquest was before Dr Myra Cullinane, the coroner in the Stardust inquest, and returned a verdict of unlawful killing. In his letter to Mr Harris, Mr Moynihan said: “We feel very let down by the State and have said so for many years and all we get is pushed from pillar to post. Mail goes unanswered or it is passed to another department, and we have to start the whole process over again.” He told the Taoiseach that the family struggles with the death by misadventure verdict. He said the family has been looking for a review of his brother’s case for more than two decades. He also said the DPP’s decision that nobody should be prosecuted was very frustrating for the family, adding: “Our family had been torn apart and the State was turning its back on us.” In 2004, Adrian’s father, Andrew, went on hunger strike outside the Dáil in protest to highlight the case. He wanted to secure a public inquiry into Adrian’s death. His mother, Lily, also contested the 2004 European Parliament election to raise awareness of the family’s campaign for justice. Alan Moynihan says that his brother’s case “is similar to Stardust in so many ways” but he added in his letter to Mr Harris: “We do not have the high profile to get the notice and support to have this dealt with appropriately. All we have is your speech, where you said the State should have stood with the families.” He said his family is “standing alone and not been given the right to put finality to this and allow our brother/son rest in peace”. The case was one of more than 200 looked at by the seven-member Independent Review Commission to establish if it should be referred to the Garda Ombudsman Commission or to an existing commission of inquiry examining complaints by garda whistleblowers. But no action was taken. According to gardaí, the investigation into his death remains open.

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Pentagon officials say US Army soldier detained in Russia remains in pretrial detention facility

Pentagon officials said Tuesday that a U.S. Army soldier detained in Vladivostok, Russia, last Thursday is currently in a pretrial detention facility and will remain there until his next hearing, though the date of that hearing was not immediately known. Pentagon Deputy Press Secrearty Sabrina Singh told reporters during a press briefing that Staff Sgt. Gordon Black enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in 2008, and most recently, he was assigned to the Eighth Army U.S. Forces Korea at Camp Humphreys in the Republic of South Korea. “On April 10, Black out-processed from Eighth Army and signed out on permanent change of station, to leave en route to Texas,” Singh said. “However, instead of returning to the U.S., Black flew from Korea through China, and then to Vladivostok, Russia, for personal reasons.” She added that Black is currently in a pretrial detention facility, where it was her understanding he will remain until his next hearing. US ARMY SOLDIER DETAINED, CHARGED IN RUSSIA WITH CRIMINAL MISCONDUCT: OFFICIALS The Army opened an administrative investigation to determine the facts and circumstances around his travel, Singh noted, and part of the investigation will involve looking into consequences for his actions. “But, official or any leave to Russia is strictly prohibited, and that’s pursuant to the DoD [Department of Defense] foreign clearance guide, which, of course, is also informed by the State Department guidelines,” Singh said, adding that she believed the status was set to Category Four, which does not allow travel to Russia. On Tuesday, Black’s mother, Melody Jones, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” (GMA) that she believed her son was “set up” by his girlfriend. MOTHER OF AMERICAN SOLDIER DETAINED IN RUSSIA WHILE VISITING GIRLFRIEND BELIEVES HE WAS ‘SET UP’ She told “GMA” her son met a Russian woman when she was tending bar near his Army base in South Korea, and she was later deported back to Russia. “I knew something was going to happen,” Jones told “GMA.” “I felt like he was being set up by her.” Jones described her son’s relationship with the Russian woman as “volatile,” and even suspected the longtime girlfriend might be a spy. She said she told her son not to travel to Russia when he was supposed to be returning home to the U.S. while on leave. “Did she cause the argument? Did she start the fight to get him arrested?” Jones asked. The charges Black faces involve beating a woman and stealing money from her, according to “GMA,” which cited Russian television reports. AMERICAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO CHILDREN’S LIBRARY SENTENCED, HELD IN RUSSIAN PRISON Black deployed to Iraq from Oct. 2009 through Sept. 2010, and to Afghanistan from June 2013 until March 2014, Army spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said. Smith said that Black, an infantry soldier, did not request official clearance and did not receive authorization to go to those countries. “There is no evidence Black intended to remain in Russia after his PCS leave period ended,” Smith said. The State Department strongly advises U.S. citizens not to go to Russia and advises those already there to leave. EVAN GERSHKOVICH MARKS ONE YEAR IMPRISONED IN RUSSIA AS FRIENDS CAN ONLY WAIT FOR ‘NIGHTMARE’ TO END Several other Americans, along with Black, remain detained in Russia. William Nycum, an English instructor in Russia on a six-month tourist visa, was found in a Moscow children’s library Friday after breaking a window to gain entry, the Associated Press reported. Russian newspaper Izvestia says there is CCTV footage capturing Nycum partially naked breaking into the children’s library, according to British publication The Daily Mirror. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Corporate security executive Paul Whelan, who was convicted of espionage, and Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested in March 2023 on espionage charges, are two Americans held by Russia. The U.S. government has designated both as wrongfully detained and has been trying to negotiate their release. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Others detained include Travis Leake, a musician who had been living in Russia for years and was arrested last year on drug-related charges; Marc Fogel, a teacher in Moscow who was sentenced to 14 years in prison, also on drug charges; and dual nationals Alsu Kurmasheva and Ksenia Khavana. Fox News Digital’s Pilar Arias and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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