A Florida congressional candidate apologized Tuesday for eyebrow-raising remarks to supporters that Hillary Clinton is under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she's going to seduce you."



Democrat Joe Garcias candid comments were caught on camera by a so-called political tracker, The Miami Herald reported. Garcia was speaking at a Key West Democratic campaign office opening on Saturday.



I apologize for my poorly worded comment about Secretary Clinton, Garcia said in a Tuesday statement. My comments were intended to speak to Secretary Clintons relentless focus on getting the job done, despite the unjust gender stereotypes and biases women in public life are frequently subjected to. Hillary Clinton is the most competent and qualified presidential candidate in the history of this country, man or woman and I'm with her, because I'm confident she will be one of our countrys most effective leaders.



With Garcia in the stretch run of a tight race to win back his old congressional seat from vulnerable incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Florida Republicans pounced on the "sexist" remarks.



"It's shameful and disgusting that Joe Garcia would describe Hillary Clinton's qualifications to serve as president in terms of whether or not he would have sexual relations with her," National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Katie Martin said in a statement.



The Herald reported that the video was recorded upside down and shows Garcia standing in a hallway talking to a few other men before addressing the crowd. At one point, Garcia said Clintons potential presidency would be the most consequential presidency that weve seen since Lyndon Johnson.



Lyndon Johnson wasn't a particularly charming man, wasn't a particularly nice man: He would ask you nice, and then when you didn't do it, he made you do it, Garcia said. And Hillary is under no illusions that you want to have sex with her, or that she's going to seduce you, or out-think you.



Garcia later said: I dont want to be offensive to women. What Im talking about is exactly that: Its getting it done.



Asked why he would talk about supporters having sex with Clinton, Garcia at first defended his comments in a statement to The Herald.



"I believe Secretary Clinton is the most competent and qualified presidential candidate in the history of this country, man or woman," he said. "My comments speak to Secretary Clinton's focus on getting things done, and not on the gender stereotypes and biases women in public life are frequently subjected to. I fully support Hillary Clinton for president, and I'm confident she will be one of our country's most effective presidents."



Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

Trump answers questions on Brexit, renewed talk of Texas secession push in US

Donald Trump splashed cold water Saturday on renewed calls by U.S. secessionists for Texas to break away from America in the wake of Britains vote to leave the European Union.



Texas will never do that, because Texas loves me, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told reporters, while touring his golf resorts in Scotland.



So-called Texas nationalists, who for years have waged a quixotic campaign to secede, swiftly seized on Thursdays Brexit decision to demand a similar referendum, only on Texas independence. In the spirit of the vote, supporters like Texas Nationalist Movement leader Daniel Miller called for Texit -- a hashtag trending Friday on Twitter.

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However, even as Britains vote to leave the E.U. raises the prospect of similar referendums across Europe, the push for Texas or any other state to break away from the U.S. stands little chance of succeeding. While Trump says the U.K. vote exposed an anger in the electorate that will rear its head elsewhere, he indicated he does not think that extends to any secession movement inside the United States especially if hes in the White House.



Texas would never do that if Im president, Trump said, adding the same goes for Vermont when asked about a secessionist movement there.



Trumps comments mark a rebuke from the candidate who has drawn explicit parallels between the anti-establishment sentiments that fueled the Brexit decision and those fueling his campaign on this side of the pond.



The secessionists have long faced setbacks at every level of government.



The White House, in response to a petition, said three years ago that Texas simply cannot leave the union.



The state Republican Party took up this same issue at their convention just last month and defeated a bid to get a Texas independence measure in the party platform.



The Texas Tribune, in an analysis Friday, also said that while Texas could potentially split into separate states it could not legally secede. The Tribune quoted the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who once wrote in a letter, If there was any constitutional issue resolved by the Civil War, it is that there is no right to secede.



Nevertheless, Miller issued a statement Friday urging Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to call a referendum.



The win for Brexit opens the door for Texit by establishing, concretely, that it is possible to have an adult conversation on independence and letting the people have the final say, he said.



After winning independence from Mexico in 1836, Texas was its own republic until 1845, when it joined the U.S. Secession advocates argue the second-most populous state in the country is burdened by the federal government and has a large-enough economy to survive on its own.



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By Roger Fingas

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 01:00 pm PT (04:00 pm ET)

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.



Sewell was defending the company against accusations that the company is willing to hand data over to the Chinese government for business reasons, but unwilling to help U.S. law enforcement access private data, Reuters reported. Today's hearing is related to a House Judiciary Committee gathering in March, where Sewell also spoke to defend Apple's encryption practices.

The company's dealings with China became contentious earlier in the hearing, when Captain Charles Cohen a commander with the Indiana State Police brought up the idea that Apple is willing to give data to Chinese officials. His position was attacked by Representative Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, who forced Cohen to admit that his only source of information was media reports.

In Apple's latest Report on Government Information Requests, released Monday, the company said that China filed 32 requests for information relating to 6,724 accounts, up from 24 requests tied to 85 accounts six months earlier. It's not clear how many of these Apple complied with.

In a separate Tuesday panel, also in front of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Sewell contended that building any backdoor into Apple products would create problems for "one hundred percent" of its users.

Calling attention to potential usefulness of accessing private data, however, Thomas Galati the chief of intelligence for the New York Police Department told the hearing that between October 2015 and March 2016, investigators had been unable to open 67 Apple devices. These were linked to 44 violent crimes, include 10 homicides, two rapes, and the shooting of an on-duty officer.

New York is now the focus of the conflict between Apple and the U.S. government over encryption, following the Justice Department withdrawing an order asking Apple to help break into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. An anonymous third party helped the government instead.

The Justice Department is appealing a March ruling by New York Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, who argued that Apple can't be forced to undermine its own security in the instance of an iPhone linked to a local drug case. On Friday, lawyers for Apple suggested that the government has failed to prove it needs Apple's help in extracting data.

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BOSTON U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton plans to make job creation the focus of her campaign over the next month, beginning with a $275 billion infrastructure spending plan that will be released this week.

Clinton's plan to increase the federal government's spending on infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years will be fully paid for by changing how businesses are taxed, a campaign aide said, without providing any details.

Of the total amount, $25 billion will be earmarked for an infrastructure bank. Clinton's campaign estimates her proposals could also encourage private investment that, along with government spending, would inject a total of $500 billion into rebuilding crumbling roads, bridges, buildings and other structures.

"My jobs plan starts with investing in infrastructure," Clinton said on Sunday at the launch of "Hard Hats for Hillary" in Boston, "not just because infrastructure jobs are good-paying jobs, though they are, and not just because we desperately need to invest in building our future again, which we do, but because investing in infrastructure makes our economy more productive and competitive across the board."

The hard hats group is made up of union workers in skilled trades such as carpentry who support Clinton's campaign.

Clinton's campaign cited a recent study that showed the median wages for infrastructure workers, at $38,810 per year, were several thousand dollars higher than the national median for all workers.

Clinton's emphasis on jobs, and infrastructure in particular, is a move to woo working-class voters, who will be critical in the general election in November 2016.

Infrastructure spending is favored by Democrats to spur job growth. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is Clinton's chief rival for their party's nomination, has suggested a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. In President Barack Obama's 2016 budget, he proposed $478 billion for a six-year surface transportation proposal.

In Boston, Clinton noted the construction industry was hit hard during the financial recession and promised to rebuild "ladders of opportunity available to anybody who is willing to work hard" so workers can enter the middle class.

For more on the 2016 U.S. presidential race and to learn about the undecided voters who determine elections, visit the Reuters website. (here: here)

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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The officer, Lloyd Reed, confronted a man involved in the dispute late Saturday at a home in the Western Pennsylvania community of New Florence, said State Police Trooper Stephen Limani.

The man, Ray Allen Shetler Jr., shot Reed and is then believed to have fled the scene, Limani said.

Reed, who had more than 20 years' experience as a police officer, died of his wounds.

Shetler, described as a 31-year-old weighing about 220 pounds, was later brought into custody, Limani said. Before being transported to jail, the suspect was being treated for a bullet wound sustained during the initial confrontation.

Authorities had earlier warned residents in the area to lock the doors and windows of their homes and vehicles while Shetler was at large.

A woman at the home where the dispute took place suffered minor injuries that were believed to have been caused by Shetler, according to Limani.

A fugitive wanted in the kidnapping and torture of two women in suburban Portland nearly a quarter century ago was arrested at a hotel in Mexico, where he had been working and living under an assumed name.

Paul Erven Jackson, 45, was arrested Monday by Mexican immigration authorities in downtown Guadalajara, Deputy U.S. Marshal Eric Wahlstrom said. He was flown to the United States overnight and booked into a Los Angeles jail on Tuesday.

Jackson was most recently featured on CNN's John Walsh's "The Hunt," and was profiled several times on "America's Most Wanted."

A tipster who watched "The Hunt" told authorities to look in Guadalajara and provided a possible name. Investigators used the information to find out where he was working.

"We always follow up with everything we get and this one turned out to be it, so we're very happy," Wahlstrom said.

Jackson appears to have been living in Mexico for several years under the name Paul Bennett Hamilton, Wahlstrom said.

Jackson denied his identity when contacted by Mexican authorities on his way to work in what Wahlstrom described as a job in the electronics field. He offered no further details on Jackson's job. The details of Jackson's personal life in Mexico also are unclear.

"Who's been helping him that's the next phase of this," Wahlstrom said. "Usually on these fugitive cases we start taking a hard look at who did what as far as assistance. How was he surviving?"

Police said Jackson and his older brother, Vance Roberts, kidnapped prostitutes and drove them to Roberts' home in Hillsboro, west of Portland. The brothers were arrested in 1990, but vanished early the following year after their mother bailed them out of jail.

Roberts surrendered in September 2006 and was convicted the following year of kidnapping, rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and sexual penetration with a foreign object. The 61-year-old is serving a 108-year prison sentence.

The first victim was 20 in September 1988 when she was kidnapped after agreeing to perform a $30 sex act on Roberts in his pickup, according to details from the older brother's trial. She said Roberts kept her in a locked closet when she wasn't chained to a bed. She was sexually abused for a week and forced to call him "Master X."

The second victim was pulled off the streets in June 1990, when she was 17. After a day as a sex slave, she escaped her handcuffs, jumped through a window and reported the men to police.

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