Mexico’s Senate OKs trade deal with U.S., Canada to replace Nafta

Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins writing how-to book, graphic novel

After dominating the digital world, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is branching out — offline.

Blevins revealed Wednesday he is writing three books to be published later this year, including a how-to on streaming video games and a graphic novel.

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The 28-year-old professional gamer and personality has made millions streaming Fortnite and other games. He has more than 14 million followers on Twitch and 22 million subscribers on YouTube.

"Ninja: Get Good" and "Ninja Notebook" will be released in tandem in August and are aimed at children 10 and up. The former includes Blevins' advice for building a gaming PC, developing skills and strategies in games, cultivating an online community and other keys to being a pro gamer and streamer. The latter includes stickers, prompts and tips to help gamers journal their experiences.

The graphic novel, "Ninja: The Most Dangerous Game," is set for release in December. Aimed at young adults, it will be the first in a series of graphic novels in which Ninja is teleported into a new video game and forced to fight his way out. Blevins is co-writing it with Justin Jordan, and Felipe Magaña is illustrating.

The books are being published by Penguin Random House.

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Oracle Corp. Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.16 per share

Oracle Corp. (ORCL) released a profit for its fourth quarter that climbed from last year.

The company’s bottom line totaled $3.74 billion, or $1.07 per share. This compares with $3.28 billion, or $0.79 per share, in last year’s fourth quarter.

Excluding items, Oracle Corp. reported adjusted earnings of $4.07 billion or $1.16 per share for the period.

The company’s revenue for the quarter rose 1.1% to $11.14 billion from $11.02 billion last year.

Oracle Corp. earnings at a glance:

-Earnings (Q4): $4.07 Bln. vs. $3.95 Bln. last year.
-EPS (Q4): $1.16 vs. $0.95 last year.
-Revenue (Q4): $11.14 Bln vs. $11.02 Bln last year.

Man injured upon arrest sparks investigation for Special Investigations Unit: Police

The Special Investigations Unit has invoked its mandate following an incident involving a man who suffered an apparent injury upon arrest.

London Police say a man fled from police during a traffic stop on Sanders Street around 9:40 p.m. Sunday night.

According to police, officers and a LPS Service Dog searched for the man, and he was found a short distance away.

Police say the man had sustained an apparent injury upon bring arrested, and was transported to the hospital.

No officers were injured during this incident, and the investigation is on-going.

 

Man taken into custody near the White House after dropping backpack, Secret Service says

The White House behind security barriers in Washington on March 24, 2019. (Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)

The Secret Service detained a man near the White House on Wednesday after he dropped a backpack and tried to jump a bike rack that forms part of the residence’s defense perimeter.

The agency wrote in a tweet that the person dropped the bag at 2:45 p.m. EDT and was then taken into custody by officers. The White House was placed on a brief lockdown.

The Secret Service did not release the name of the suspect.

“Secret Service and Metropolitan Police Department cleared the backpack and the individual was placed under arrest, and charged with unlawful entry,” the service said in a written statement.

The agency closed Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, as well as adjacent Lafayette Park, as it examined the contents of the backpack. The backpack was eventually “cleared,” the Secret Service said. 

The incident took place some 90 minutes before President Donald Trump was scheduled to return to the White House after a two-day trip to Florida.

Bike racks are placed about 10 to 15 feet from the White House, forming an outer perimeter to dissuade potential fence jumpers.

Train derails near Nevada-Utah line, closing interstate

A 60-mile stretch (96 kilometers) of U.S. Interstate 80 in northeast Nevada has been closed while emergency crews respond to a train derailment. Authorities were investigating whether any hazardous materials were aboard the train.

There's been no immediate report of injuries.

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Nevada Department of Transportation spokeswoman Meg Ragonese says the interstate was closed along the Utah state line shortly after the derailment was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

A dispatcher at the Elko County Sheriff's Office says rail cars containing military munitions are on the train, but not near the site of the actual derailment.

Ragonese says interstate traffic is being rerouted.

Mexico’s Senate OKs trade deal with U.S., Canada to replace Nafta

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Senate has voted to ratify a new free trade agreement with the United States and Canada, making it the first of the three countries to gain legislative approval.

Mexico’s upper chamber voted 114 to four with three abstentions on Wednesday in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

U.S. President Donald Trump had demanded a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement that it would replace.

Earlier this month, on the same day the Mexico’s executive formally presented the agreement to the Senate, Trump announced via Twitter that he would begin imposing escalating tariffs on all Mexican imports unless Mexico slowed the flow of Central American migrants to their shared border.

The treaty is still awaiting consideration by lawmakers in the United States and Canada.