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3AF hosts national conference focusing on Asian American consumers

Los Angeles, CA – Registration is now open for the Asian American Advertising Federation’s (3AF) Asian Marketing Summit, the largest national conference focusing on the importance of Asian American advertising, marketing and the Asian consumer. The 3AF Summit will be held in Los Angeles, California on June 1 and 2.
The 3AF Summit is a unique forum for industry leaders, content creators, media companies, corporate marketers and other partners to converge in an in-depth discussion of the Asian consumer opportunity. This year, industry experts will discuss the multiple dimensions of Asian American consumers from civic participation and entrepreneurship to building a successful case for diversity and inclusion and various approaches and channels to reaching this consumer. Speakers include executives from Buzzfeed, McDonald’s Corporation, Nielsen, Tufts University, the National Asian American Survey, Sparkle Insights, Selffii Intelligence, Inc. and others. Prior to the Summit, the 3AF will host the 3AF Asian Marketing Boot Camp, designed especially for those new to Asian marketing or those who want a refresher course on the critical basics. The 3AF Boot Camp will be held on May 31 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and requires separate registration.
3AF President, Jay Kim, said, “Asian American is the fastest growing segment, yielding not only economic but also political power. At the same time, due to rising Asian economic powers and technology advances, lessons in Asian American marketing have implications in global marketing. Our Summit not only brings together experts in Asian marketing in the U.S., but also from Asia to share and create new ideas."
Sponsors of the 3AF 2017 Asian Marketing Summit include Nielsen, Comcast, CMPG, Saavn, Inquirer.net and others. To register for the 3AF Summit, visit the 3AF’s event website at: https://www.picatic.com/3AFSummit2017
The Asian American Advertising Federation (3AF) is a national trade organization comprised of Asian American advertising agencies, Asian market advertisers, Asian media companies and other industry specialists. Its mission is to grow the Asian American advertising and marketing industry, raise public awareness of the importance of the Asian American community and further professionalism in the industry. The 3AF’s Asian Marketing Summit is held annually. More information about the 3AF is available at www.3af.org.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice applauds Federal court order blocking revised travel ban

Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director at Advancing Justice-LA. (credit: Keyang Pang)

San Francisco - A Federal court in Hawaii blocked a second attempt by President Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country.

"We applaud the court for recognizing the blatant discriminatory intent behind the executive order," said Elica Vafaie, Staff Attorney and Program Manager at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. "If this is implemented, it will have devastating consequences for our communities."

"Muslim Ban 2.0" is merely one of the administration's attempts to strip away basic civil rights and target Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian immigrants and other immigrant communities.

"We refuse to return to the era of Japanese Internment where the government led the way in profiling people because of their national origin," said Laboni Hoq, Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.

Since the first Muslim Ban was released, the Advancing Justice affiliation has:
1. Helped hundreds of travelers understand their rights through our "Know Your Rights" materials and presentations;
2. Provided legal support at airports across the country with our partners to ensure compliance with court orders and represented individuals at the airport; and
3. Created model policies, starting in San Francisco, to prevent the federal government from attacking Muslim communities in other ways, such as a Muslim registry.
With such threats at hand, Asian Americans Advancing Justice is committed to protecting our communities.

"Even with the Muslim Ban halted, our communities continue to be targets of hate. We are asking people to report hate crimes at standagainsthatred.org," said Megan Essaheb, Assistant Director of Immigration and Immigrant Rights at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC

Russia: Wreckage of crashed jet found in Black Sea

Doyle Rice , USA TODAY 8:12 p.m. EST December 26, 2016

A search team from the Russian Emergency Ministry continued the recovery operation for debris of a plane which crashed into the Black Sea near Sochi on Sunday. (Dec. 26) AP

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Wreckage from the Russian jet that crashed Sunday in the Black Sea killing 92 people has been found, the Russian officials said Monday.

Pilot error or a technical fault — but not terrorism — were likely to have caused the crash, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said in a statement.

Divers located several fragments of the plane Monday afternoon about one mile from the shore and 82 feet under the sea, the Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement. Some of the debris was recovered, and divers were going back into the water to search for more.

Finding the jet’s flight recorders may be difficult because the devices lack underwater locator beacons that are common in more modern planes.

Everyone aboard the Russian military’s Tu-154 plane are thought to have died when the jet crashed two minutes after takeoff Sunday from the southern city of Sochi en route to Syria, the Associated Press said.

The nation held a day of mourning Monday for the victims. Flags flew at half-staff, and TV stations removed entertainment shows from their schedules, Reuters reported.

"This is a terrible tragedy and irreplaceable grief for the families of the victims," Sokolov said. "I express my deep condolences to the families and friends of the victims."

In all, some 45 ships and more than 3,500 rescue workers are involved in the search for remains and plane debris, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Searchers used helicopters, drones and submersibles to look for bodies and debris.

Rescue teams had recovered 11 bodies as well as fragments of bodies, Russian officials said. Those were flown to Moscow, where the remains will be identified.

Church services were held Monday in the Russian city of Sochi for those who died in the Russian military plane crash on Sunday. (Dec. 26) AP

The passengers included dozens of singers in Russia’s world-famous military choir, nine Russian journalists and a Russian doctor known for her charity work in war zones, the AP reported.

Latest on George Michael's death: Boyfriends speak out

USA TODAY staff 10:59 p.m. EST December 26, 2016
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One day after news broke of George Michael's death over the Christmas holiday, fans and friends are still reeling. USA TODAY rounds up the latest developments related to the singer.

Frank Sinatra's letter surfaces. Crooner Frank Sinatra wasn't one to mince words, and when Michael talked to the Los Angeles Times in 1990 about the strain of celebrity status, the Chairman had to respond. Michael said, "Stardom can make you miserable. After all, everybody wants to be a star. I certainly did, and I worked hard to get it. But I was miserable, and I don't want to feel that way again." That interview prompted Sinatra to write a response. In it, he addressed Michael directly: "Come on George, Loosen up. Swing, man, Dust off those gossamer wings and fly yourself to the moon of your choice and be grateful to carry the baggage we've all had to carry since those lean nights of sleeping on buses and helping the driver unload the instruments."

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Reports: Boyfriend found Michael. Hairstylist and photographer Fadi Fawaz, who has been romantically linked to Michael in recent years, says he found the singer's body, according to reports by People and ET. Fawaz, whose Twitter profile includes a photo of him kissing Michael, tweeted about "finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning." (Fawaz's account is followed by Michael's verified personal account.)

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Former boyfriend shares grief. Before Fawaz, Michael was linked to Kenny Goss for 13 years. Goss issued a statement to People on Monday. In it, he said: “I’m heartbroken. … He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much.”


Obama, Abe to visit Pearl Harbor together; first official Japanese visit

David Jackson , USA TODAY 8:40 p.m. EST December 26, 2016

Japan's desire to become a world player could mean less dependence on the U.S. military. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

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More than 75 years later, remembrance and reconciliation are the themes as the Japanese prime minister visits Pearl Harbor on Tuesday, the first formal trip by a Japanese leader to the site where the world changed forever.

Both Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Obama will speak at the commemoration of the 1941 Japanese air attack that drew the United States into the Second World War. Abe landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the historic visit on Monday.

Obama and Abe will also meet privately on the state of the U.S.-Japan alliance, one that could undergo stark changes after Donald Trump becomes president next month.

"The two leaders' visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies," the White House said in announcing the visit earlier this month.

Obama and Abe plan to make remarks at the memorial built atop the bombed-out hull of the USS Arizona, which sank to the bottom of the harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The attack, on what President Franklin D. Roosevelt called "a date which will live in infamy," killed more than 2,400 Americans.

2016 investigations: Tracking Trump, toxins and teachers

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From coast to coast this year, USA NETWORK journalists tracked President-elect Donald Trump's thousands of lawsuits, teachers who lost their licenses in one state and moved on to teach in another, and water utilities delivering drinking water to customers contaminated with lead.

Here's a look back at just some of USA TODAY's investigative journalism in 2016.

Trump and the Law: A deep dive into President-elect Donald Trump's 4,000-plus lawsuits

Donald Trump ran for president touting his success in business. So what's his track record? A lot of the back story is shielded from public view because Trump's ventures are private companies.

But, more than 4,000 times over about four decades, Trump and his companies ended up in court. The USA TODAY Network tracked the thousands of cases in courthouses coast to coast and these are the stories we found about the ways that Trump and his companies operate.

Dive into Donald Trump's thousands of lawsuits

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