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What happens now to 2,000 kids already separated from families?

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 11:48

Officials tasked with carrying out the president's executive order to temporarily stop migrant families from being separated still have questions about how to implement parts of the order. This was evident Wednesday evening, when conflicting guidance was given to reporters about whether the federal government would now reunite families that have already been separated.

Initially, Ken Wolfe, a spokesman for the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Health and Human Services Department, told CBS News' Weijia Jiang there would not be special efforts made to reunite children who have already been separated from their families as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy, despite Mr. Trump's executive order temporarily ending the separations. He was speaking for the office that oversees the process to place children after they're separated from their parents.

However, late Wednesday evening, the senior communications director for the same division, Brian Marriott issued a statement saying that Wolfe's guidance was not correct.

"An ACF spokesperson misspoke earlier regarding the Executive Order signed today by the president," Marriott said "It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter." He went on to say, "Reunification is always the ultimate goal" and the administration is "working towards that" for the unaccompanied children currently in HHS custody.

But according to a statement by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border patrol says that children will not be reunited until after their parents are prosecuted.

"Family unity will be maintained for families apprehended crossing the border illegally, and they will be transferred together to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Border Patrol will continue to refer for prosecution adults who cross the border illegally. For those children still in Border Patrol custody, we are reuniting them with parents or legal guardians returned to Border Patrol custody following prosecution," the statement reads.

The federal government has already separated more than 2,000 children from families who crossed the southern border, and placed them in government facilities. But not all have remained near the border. According to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, 350 children have been sent to a shelter in New York in the last two months.

On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton wasn't clear on how the implementation of the executive order would play out.

"There will be implementation phase that follows -- certainly the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services will be working and collaborating closely on the best way to implement this EO," he said. "I can't speak for their equities on this call. I'm not an operator and I can't pretend to tell precisely what they are going to do."

He did not answer a question about what happens to children currently separated from their parents.

"I'm going to have to defer to DHS and HHS as to the specific answers to that question," he said.

Once children are separated from their families at the border, they are placed into the "unaccompanied alien children"(UAC) program — even if they arrived with an adult, Jiang reports. For minors in the UAC program, the sponsorship process -- finding family members or other potential sponsors -- will proceed as usual, Wolfe told Jiang. It's not yet clear whether Marriott was also saying that this guidance was also not correct.

Facing immense pressure to change the family separation policy, Mr. Trump on Wednesday surprised Capitol Hill with his announcement that he would sign an executive order amending the policy. But, as CBS News' Paula Reid has reported, based on a source familiar with the matter, the executive order Mr, Trump declared would "solve" the problem of separation while parents are prosecuted for illegally crossing the border is really only good for 20 days. The order does not override the 1993 Flores v. Reno Supreme Court case, which says that detained migrant children cannot be held in government detention facilities for more than 20 days.

Essentially, this means that after the 20-day mark, children may still be separated from their parents.

"Right now, we have the lawful authority to detain family together for up to 20 days," Hamilton said. "What we are seeking is a modification of that so we can detain beyond 20 days, the entire family unit together. And I'm sure you can appreciate most of these cases involving someone who is seeking relief or protection from removal take longer than 20 days to adjudicate ... and so it's critically important that Judge Gee act and allow these cases to continue to be adjudicated while the families stay detained in a safe setting together."

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to request for comment on the matter of reuniting children and families.

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Melania Trump visits detention center in Texas

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:22

First Lady Melania Trump has arrived at a detention center in Texas housing immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

First lady Melania Trump visits Texas detention center housing immigrant children separated from their parents:

"First Lady Melania Trump has arrived in Texas to take part in briefings and tours at a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the United States illegally and a customs and border patrol processing center," the White House's Office of the First Lady said in a statement. "Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social services providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families."

Trump first spoke out against separation at the border on Sunday, saying that she "hates" seeing children taken away from their parents.

Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order ending the policy of separating immigrant families who cross the border illegally. Under the administration's zero-tolerance policy, all adults caught illegally crossing the border are to be prosecuted. While adults await legal processing and prosecution, their children are put in the custody of a division of the Health and Human Services Department.

The president's executive action is not a permanent fix. It does not override the Flores consent decree, which means that the children could still likely be separated from their parents after 20 days.

In his Cabinet meeting Thursday, Mr. Trump mentioned that his wife would visit the border.

Images and audio depicting children in these detention centers crying for their parents, who face deportation and other illegal immigration processes, have caused a national uproar.

The family separation policy has caused a bipartisan outcry from lawmakers and governors. And all five living first ladies have spoken out against the measure, which stems from Attorney General Jeff Sessions' zero-tolerance policy for illegal immigration at the southern border.

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"Dancing thief" caught on camera stealing scratch-offs while busting a move

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:11

Police in Missouri have released surveillance video of a woman dancing inside a convenience store, hoping someone can help identify her. Her dancing isn't a crime, but she can be seen lunging over the counter and grabbing rolls of scratch-off lottery tickets and is now wanted for theft.

The surveillance video shows the woman dance her way through the QuickTrip in southwest St. Louis County, as her male accomplice distracted the only store clerk. While the accomplice and clerk were in the back of the store, the woman was in the front, dancing and periodically grabbing scratch-offs from behind the counter.

The police department released the footage and added audio from Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" to it, hoping people would watch it and recognize the woman.

"Money moves? We think not," the St. Louis County Police Department wrote on Facebook, quoting the Cardi B song. "We're trying to ID this female wanted for stealing scratchers tickets from the QuikTrip," the department wrote. "While the video of her face isn't completely clear, we're hoping someone recognizes those dope dance moves." Police say the woman left the store with her accomplice in a Chrysler.

The thief may have had fun dancing her way through a crime, but her efforts won't pay off. Once a lottery ticket is deemed stolen, it is no longer valid, KTVI reports. Stolen tickets have been to identify a suspect if they try to cash it in.

A QuickTrip spokesman said a person of interest has been identified and was taken into custody, according to KTVI.

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John Glenn Astronomy Park grand opening

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:03

LOGAN, OHIO - The summer solstice is Thursday and while it is most commonly known for the start of summer and the longest day of the year, it is also a very special day for those in the Hocking Hills area.

Members of the Friends of Hocking Hills State Park (FHHSP) will be revealing their latest project Thursday evening, The John Glenn Astronomy Park (JGAP).

The JGAP grand opening will take place June 21 at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, followed by an official ribbon-cutting ceremony along with other activities, rain or shine.

According to FHHSP President, Julieann Burroughs said this project has been years in the making.

The JGAP is committed to helping spread the knowledge of science by exploring the wonders of the sky, both day and night.

In the observatory, there’s a retractable roof, allowing for the public to use the powerful telescopes within the observatory to view the wonders of the sky.

“You get to see all the stars in the sky, the entire galaxy, all the constellations, all the planets and with the powerful scopes on each of these telescopes, the powerful lenses, you can see amazing things at night,” said Burroughs.

The outdoor plaza is constructed to allow for daytime studies of the sun, Earth, North Celestial Pole and other feature. There’s also a standing sundial that allows visitors to interact with the movement of the sun.

After the grand opening, the park will be open to the public this upcoming weekend. Use of the observatory will be during scheduled programs set to take place every Saturday & Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (weather permitting),

The plaza area, however, will be open 24/7 to the public. There are electrical outlets conveniently placed along plaza walls for those to bring their own telescopes to view the wonders of the sky at night.

“The lack of light pollution and elevated terrain make this the prime location for an observatory site,” Burroughs adds.

Burroughs said that this park will inspire young minds in the years to come while preserving the ever-lasting legacy of John Glenn.

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New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 10:00

WASHINGTON — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

The findings don't prove viruses cause Alzheimer's, nor do they suggest it's contagious.

But a team led by researchers at New York's Mount Sinai Health System found that certain viruses — including two extremely common herpes viruses — affect the behavior of genes involved in Alzheimer's.

The idea that infections earlier in life might somehow set the stage for Alzheimer's decades later has simmered at the edge of mainstream medicine for years. It's been overshadowed by the prevailing theory that Alzheimer's stems from sticky plaques that clog the brain.

Thursday's study has even some specialists who never embraced the infection connection saying it's time for a closer look, especially as attempts to block those so-called beta-amyloid plaques have failed.

"With an illness this terrible, we cannot afford to dismiss all scientific possibilities," said Dr. John Morris, who directs the Alzheimer's research center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He wasn't involved in the new research but called it impressive.

The study also fits with mounting evidence that how aggressively the brain's immune system defends itself against viruses or other germs may be riskier than an actual infection, said Alzheimer's specialist Dr. Rudolph Tanzi of Massachusetts General Hospital. With Harvard colleague Dr. Robert Moir, Tanzi has performed experiments showing that sticky beta-amyloid captures invading germs by engulfing them — and that's why the plaque starts forming in the first place.

"The question remained, OK, in the Alzheimer brain what are the microbes that matter, what are the microbes that trigger the plaque?" explained Tanzi, who also had no role in the new research.

The team from Mount Sinai and Arizona State University came up with some viral suspects — by accident. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, wasn't hunting viruses but was looking for new drug targets for Alzheimer's. The researchers were using complex genetic data from hundreds of brains at several brain banks to compare differences between people who'd died with Alzheimer's and the cognitively normal.

The first clues that viruses were around "came screaming out at us," said Mount Sinai geneticist Joel Dudley, a senior author of the research published Thursday in the journal Neuron.

The team found viral genetic material at far higher levels in Alzheimer's-affected brains than in normal ones. Most abundant were two human herpes viruses, known as HHV6a and HHV7, that infect most people during childhood, often with no symptoms, and then lie dormant in the body.

That wasn't unusual. Since 1980, other researchers have linked a variety of bacteria and viruses, including another type of herpes that causes cold sores, to an increased risk of Alzheimer's. But it was never clear if germs were merely bystanders, or actively spurring Alzheimer's.

The new study went farther: Researchers used computer models to check how the viral genes interacted with human genes, proteins and amyloid buildup, almost like the viruses' social media connections, Dudley explained.

"We're able to see if viral genes are friending some of the host genes and if they tweet, who tweets back," Dudley said.

They found a lot of interactions, suggesting the viruses could even switch on and off Alzheimer's-related genes. To see if those interactions mattered, the researchers bred mice lacking one molecule that herpes seemed to deplete. Sure enough, the animals developed more of those amyloid plaques.

"I look at this paper and it makes me sit up and say, 'Wow,'" said Alzheimer's Association scientific programs director Keith Fargo.

He said the research makes a viral connection much more plausible but cautioned that the study won't affect how today's patients are treated.

If the findings pan out, they could change how scientists look for new ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's, said Dr. Miroslaw Mackiewicz of NIH's National Institute on Aging. Already, NIH is funding a first-step study to see if an antiviral drug benefits people who have both mild Alzheimer's and different herpes viruses.

Just having a herpes virus "does not mean you're going to get Alzheimer's," Mass General's Tanzi stressed. It may not even have penetrated the brain.

But in another study soon to be published, Tanzi showed biologically how both HHV6 and a cold sore-causing herpes virus can trigger or "seed" amyloid plaque formation, supporting the Mount Sinai findings.

Still, he doesn't think viruses are the only suspects.

"The Mount Sinai paper tells us the viral side of the story. We still have to work out the microbe side of the story," said Tanzi, who is looking for bacteria and other bugs in what's called the Brain Microbiome Project. "The brain was always thought to be a sterile place. It's absolutely not true."

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Damaged Ohio roadways costing drivers $12 billion annually

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:55

Pothole complaints soared this past winter as roadways around central Ohio took a beating thanks to some extreme weather.

But today, a new report, released by TRIP, a national transportation research group, revealed our roadways could be worse off than we thought.

The new study found that deteriorated and damaged roads and bridges are costing Ohio drivers $12 billion statewide each year. In the Columbus urban area, over $1,900 per driver.

Why? Drivers are paying more in operating costs driving on roads in need of repair, losing time and fuel and the costs of crashes related to damaged roadway features.

Local leaders aren't surprised but say they have a plan.

“I think the biggest thing for us is continuing to work with those that are trying to push forward economic development in the city and make sure that we're creating opportunities for jobs to be created for our citizens, make sure there's opportunities for people then to get to those jobs or get to those health centers, education centers, whatever it is that's being developed,” said Jennifer Gallagher, director of the Department of Public Service for the City of Columbus.

Another idea, suggested by Cornell Robertson, Franklin County engineer, would be to implement what's known as a Transportation Improvement District across the county.

The idea is to bring communities together by compiling money ahead of time, in preparation for when projects arise.

For more information on the report itself, click here.

You can also check out some of the projects around central Ohio by clicking here.

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Defense: preserve most evidence in Florida school shooting

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:49

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Defense attorneys for Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz are asking a judge to order investigators to preserve most evidence in the case, except for the building where the Valentine's Day massacre took place.

A hearing was set Thursday on motions seeking to preserve evidence including field notes made by law enforcement officials that may have some bearing on the case. The motions don't object to the planned destruction of the crime scene building where 17 people died and 17 others were wounded in the attack in February.

Delayed until a July 16 hearing is another defense motion seeking to prevent public release of Cruz's statement to detectives after the shooting. The Cruz lawyers say it would jeopardize his fair trial rights.

Nineteen-year-old Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted.

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Columbus Zoo announces 2 baby giraffes to be born end of summer

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:38

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium announced Thursday two giraffe calves are expected to be born at the end of summer.

The zoo made the announcement during a Facebook live video for World Giraffe Day.

The calves are due in August and September, according to Adam Felts, Curator of Heart of Africa and Asia Quest.

Felts says the pregnant female Masai giraffes are Cami and Zuri. They have a gestation for 477 days.

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Supreme Court rules for states in online sales tax case

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:46

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under two decades-old Supreme Court decisions that impacted online sales tax collection.

The high court ruled Thursday to overturn those decisions. They had resulted in some companies not collecting sales tax on every online purchase. The cases the court overturned said that if a business was shipping a product to a state where it didn't have a physical presence such as a warehouse or office, it didn't have to collect the state's sales tax. Customers were generally supposed to pay the tax to the state themselves if they don't get charged it, but the vast majority didn't.

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Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:20

WOODSIDE, Calif. — Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died.

The Gorilla Foundation says the 46-year-old western lowland gorilla died in her sleep at the foundation's preserve in California's Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday.

Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, and Dr. Francine Patterson began teaching the gorilla sign language that became part of a Stanford University project in 1974.

The foundation says Koko's capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.

Koko appeared in many documentaries and twice in National Geographic. The gorilla's 1978 cover featured a photo that the animal had taken of herself in a mirror.

The foundation says it will honor Koko's legacy with a sign language application featuring Koko for the benefit of gorillas and children, as well as other projects.

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Venomous caterpillar sends teen to emergency room with "the worst pain he ever felt"

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:43

A teen in Land O'Lakes, Florida, experienced what his mom said was "the worst pain he ever felt" after coming in contact with a venomous caterpillar. Fifteen-year-old Logan Pergola was doing volunteer landscaping work with his family on Saturday, WFLA-TV reports.

His mom, Andrea Pergola, said Logan was picking up tree branches when his arm brushed up against the caterpillar. It wasn't the kind of harmless little bug that kids find on playgrounds; it was a southern flannel moth caterpillar, and it was dangerous.

"He instantly felt a sharp, stinging pain and his arm went numb. Within 5 minutes he was dizzy, had lost color, was complaining of the worst pain he had ever felt & his eyes weren't super focused," Pergola wrote about her son on Facebook. "We tried to wash it off and I applied some garlic (it pulls venom out usually with bug stings)."

Pergola said her son's condition kept getting worse and her "mom instinct" told her to get him to the emergency room. She said once they arrived at a hospital in Zephyrhills, Logan needed a wheelchair.

"He became extremely lethargic, loss all color that was left, became extremely nauseous," she wrote.

She said Logan would normally resist getting an IV, but this time he didn't even fight it "because he said whatever would help at that point was fine."

The frightened mom then saw her son start to shake -- partially from fright and partially from the venom inside of him.

"The pain [was] radiating from his wrist, up his arm & into his shoulder and chest," she said, adding that a rash also spread on his arm and chest.

He had come in contact with the dangerous insect around 10:15 a.m. and was getting treated by 10:50 a.m., Pergola said. He continued to shake for about an hour, and when it finally subsided, he was "out of it" and just wanted the pain to stop.

"The next 3 hours were pretty rough and while I had read that there had never been a death from the caterpillar I was also looking at my other-wise really healthy son, wondering if maybe they were wrong," the concerned mom wrote. She says nearly four hours later, he was still not looking well but was doing better.

Pergola posted the story on Facebook with two photos -- one of the caterpillar, one of the rash on Logan's arm. She wanted to share the experience as a warning to others. "We are home now with meds to keep him comfortable while this garbage runs it's course," she wrote at the time of the posting, about 5 p.m. that day.

Over 400,000 people shared Pergola's Facebook post, spreading the word about this harmful caterpillar. "We are native Floridians. We are outside all the time, camping outside in the woods. We had no idea this was out there," Pergola said, according to WFLA. "I would just hate for a small child to pick this up. Logan is healthy and weighs 100 pounds. I know this would hurt a small child even worse than my 15-year-old son," she said.

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Suspect arrested in rapper XXXTentacion's shooting death

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:31
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida authorities say they've arrested a man in the shooting death of rapper XXXTentacion.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said in a news release sent Thursday morning that 22-year-old Dedrick Devonshay Williams of Pompano Beach was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The 20-year-old rapper was ambushed by two suspects as he left an upscale motorsports dealership Monday afternoon. The rapper, whose stage name is pronounced "Ex Ex Ex ten-ta-see-YAWN," was shot while in his sports car.

Williams is charged with first-degree murder without premeditation. He's being held without bond in the Broward County Jail.

An attorney isn't listed on jail records.
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Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 07:17

PHILADELPHIA — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night's Phillies game when the team's mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she says, all of a sudden a hot dog wrapped in duct tape struck her in the face.

McVay says she is suffering from a shoulder injury, so she was unable to swat the hot dog away.

She left the game to get checked out at a hospital, and she says she has a small hematoma.

The Phillies apologized to McVay on Tuesday and the team has offered her tickets to any game.

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Officials: Horse found with tongue cut off in pasture

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:24

YELM, Wash. - The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said a horse had to be euthanized after it was found with its tongue cut off in the state of Washington on Tuesday, according to CBS affiliate WRGB

The incident took place in Yelm, Wash. at a pasture located off Bridge Road SE near Flume Rd SE.

A veterinarian brought to the scene said the female horse's severed tongue was found nearby in the pasture.

Investigators said it wasn't clear if the incident was malicious or a random accident.

According to Thurston Animal Control, the horse had to be euthanized, because the injury prevented her from being able to swallow and eat food.

A necropsy on the animal is planned for Thursday.

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Trump's migrant policy: First blowback, then about-face

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 05:54

WASHINGTON (AP) — As a crisis of migrant children separated from their families provoked national outrage, President Donald Trump said he was powerless to act through an executive order. Five days later, he did just that.

The president's abrupt about-face laid bare the administration's capricious use of executive power as it presses forward with a crackdown on illegal immigration, first ensnaring children in its "zero tolerance" prosecution policy, then coming up with a "stopgap" reprieve in the face of global condemnation.

The president who had declared as a candidate that "I alone can fix" the nation's problems in recent weeks threw up his arms and said only Congress could solve the problem of children being separated from their parents — and then reversed course once again.

What changed?

Brookings Institution senior fellow Bill Galston, a presidential scholar and a Clinton White House official, described it as "classic blame shifting" in the face of mounting bipartisan criticism and amid heartbreaking tales of toddlers kept from their parents. The president, he said, was in an "unsustainable position and would like to be bailed out of it without having to admit fault."

White House officials, advocates and congressional leaders were blindsided Wednesday when word emerged that Trump was considering doing precisely what he'd forcefully claimed he couldn't do — act unilaterally to quell a growing humanitarian and political crisis.

The four-page order he signed will keep together children and parents apprehended for crossing the border illegally for at least 20 days, and directs the Justice Department to fight in court to permanently remove the threat of separation.

Trump acted after encountering mushrooming blowback from Democrats, Republicans, evangelical leaders, former first ladies — even the pope. But White House officials offered little explanation for the reversal or why the president didn't act sooner. It was a rare public step-down from the president in the face of a monumental self-imposed crisis.

"I didn't like the sight or the feeling of families being separated," Trump said.

Family separations soared after the Justice Department's April announcement that all unlawful border crossings would be criminally prosecuted set in motion what officials described alternately as a predictable chain of unintended consequences, or a deliberate effort to pressure Congress to finally enact the president's immigration priorities.

As distressing images and audio of bereft children emerged, Trump found himself lobbied privately by his wife and eldest daughter to do more.

"The first lady has been making her opinion known to the president for some time now," a White House official said, "which was that he needed to do all he could to help families stay together, whether it was by working with Congress or anything he could do on his own." The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe her thinking.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Ivanka Trump had phoned lawmakers on Capitol Hill to echo the president's call to pass legislation to solve the issue completely.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who became the face of the family separations with her combative press briefing Monday, began to have second thoughts of her own. On Monday evening, she faced protesters at her home. On Tuesday, she was heckled out of a Mexican restaurant. Alumni of her Berkeley, California, high school circulated an open letter of condemnation.

Nielsen pushed the president to find a way to de-escalate the situation, said two officials, who were not authorized to describe the discussions and requested anonymity.

That came in the form of the executive order, which Justice Department lawyers had drafted in the days earlier in case the president should want that option. Wednesday morning, he ordered attorneys to get it ready for his signature.

The order stated: "It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources."

But despite the presidential pomp — Trump gave Nielsen the marker he used to sign the order — the president's action is unlikely to completely fix the problem. It would keep children detained together with their parents as they await criminal prosecution and deportation, potentially indefinitely. The more than 2,000 children who already have been moved to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services won't be immediately reunited with family members.

And a top Justice Department official, Gene Hamilton, described the order as a "stopgap" fix to give the courts or Congress time to overturn the 20-day limitation on the detention of children in Department of Homeland Security facilities. If neither branch acts within 20 days, newly detained families may again be separated.

On Capitol Hill, Republican leaders were caught off-guard by Trump's sudden reversal, according to senior GOP aides who were granted anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter by name.

House Speaker Paul Ryan heard about it as he was taking wayward GOP lawmakers to a midday meeting with Trump at the White House to cajole them to vote for a sweeping immigration bill. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office learned about it from an Associated Press news alert just before the Californian and his staff gathered for their daily meeting.

Trump's decision came as Republicans in the House had hoped they were on the verge of bridging internal divisions to pass a wide-ranging election-year immigration bill to provide deportation protections for so-called Dreamers and funding for Trump's border wall.

White House legislative officials watched as the president's action threatened a delicately negotiated balance between conservative and moderate House Republicans.

A so-called compromise bill between GOP factions had been teetering on brink of collapse ever since it was introduced last week.

Trump had largely stayed on the sidelines of the talks but inserted himself Friday morning when he told reporters at an impromptu press conference he would not sign it. GOP leaders quickly convinced Trump to reverse course and hours later he tweeted his support.

Arrangements were made for a quick Trump visit to Capitol Hill late Tuesday to reinforce his endorsement. And as the crisis at the border escalated, House GOP leaders added a provision to address the family-separation matter.

But when Trump visited with House Republicans on Tuesday, he spent considerable time showcasing unrelated accomplishments, recognizing his supporters and mocking his political opponents. He did call on Congress to alleviate the plight of the separated children — but reiterated that his hands were tied.

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KFC debuts new pickle flavored chicken

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 05:22

KFC is hoping its newest flavor is a big deal for customers. Or should we say dill?

The chicken chain announced on Twitter that it was debuting a new flavor. They didn't specifically say what it was but the number of pickles shown in the GIF used pretty much gave it away.

Pickle flavoring is popular this summer. Earlier this month, Sonic introduced a Pickle Juice Slush.

I've got a new flavor coming, and you're never going to guess what it is, unless you happen to see this GIF, which pretty much gives it away.

— KFC (@kfc) June 20, 2018

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Instagram unveils new video service in challenge to YouTube

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:36

Facebook's Instagram service is loosening its restraints on video in an attempt to lure younger viewers away from YouTube when they're looking for something to watch on their smartphones.

The expansion announced Wednesday, dubbed IGTV, will increase Instagram's video time limit from one minute to 10 minutes for most users. Accounts with large audiences will be able to go as long as an hour.

Video will be available through Instagram or a new app called IGTV. The video will eventually give Facebook more opportunities to sell advertising.

It's the latest instance in which Instagram has ripped a page from a rival's playbook in an effort to preserve its status as a cool place for young people to share and view content. In this case, Instagram is mimicking Google's YouTube. Before, Facebook and Instagram have copied Snapchat — another magnet for teens and young adults.

Instagram, now nearly 8 years old, is moving further from its roots as a photo-sharing service as it dives headlong into longer-form video.

The initiative comes as parent company Facebook struggles to attract teens, while also dealing with a scandal that exposed its leaky controls for protecting users' personal information.

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom told The Associated Press that he hopes IGTV will emerge as a hub of creativity for relative unknowns who turn into internet sensations with fervent followings among teens and young adults.

That is what's already happening on YouTube, which has become the world's most popular video outlet since Google bought it for $1.76 billion nearly 12 years ago. YouTube now boasts 1.8 billion users.

Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion six years ago, now has 1 billion users, up from 800 million nine months ago.

More importantly, 72 percent of U.S. kids ranging from 13 to 17 years old use Instagram, second to YouTube at 85 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Only 51 percent of people in that group now use Facebook, down from 71 percent from a similar Pew survey in 2014-15.

That trend appears to be one of the reasons that Facebook is "hedging its bets" by opening Instagram to the longer-form videos typically found on YouTube, said analyst Paul Verna of the research firm eMarketer.

Besides giving Instagram another potential drawing card, longer clips are more conducive for video ads lasting from 30 seconds to one minute. Instagram doesn't currently allow video ads, but Systrom said it eventually will. When the ads come, Instagram intends to share revenue with the videos' creators — just as YouTube already does.

"We want to make sure they make a living because that is the only way it works in the long run," Systrom said.

The ads also will help Facebook sustain its revenue growth. Total spending on online video ads in the U.S. is expected to rise from nearly $18 billion this year to $27 billion in 2021, according to eMarketer.

Lele Pons, a YouTube sensation who also has amassed 25 million followers on Instagram, plans to launch a new cooking show on IGTV in hopes of increasing her audience and eventually generating more revenue. "It's like Coca-Cola and Pepsi," she said. "You will never know what you like better unless you try both."

IGTV's programming format will consist exclusively of vertical video designed to fill the entire screen of smartphones — the devices that are emerging as the main way younger people watch video. By contrast, most YouTube videos fill only a portion of the screen unless the phone is tilted horizontally.

Snapchat began featuring vertical video before Instagram, another example of its penchant for copying rivals.

But Systrom sees it differently. "This is acknowledging vertical video is the future and we want the future to come more quickly, so we built IGTV."

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Attorney: Firefighters made livestreams, not porn videos

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:31

The attorney for two Ohio firefighters who were suspended for allegedly making pornographic videos at a firehouse says the couple did not record the videos, but did participate in explicit livestreams.

Attorney Brian Pierce tells WEWS-TV the streams Akron firefighters Arthur Dean and Deann Eller participated in were hacked, recorded and put online by someone else. He did not say Wednesday whether the streams originated from a fire station.

Dean and Eller were both placed on administrative leave Monday while the city investigated the videos.

Fire Chief Clarence Tucker and Mayor Dan Horrigan said Dean and Eller did not work at the same fire station, but they were known to be in a long-term relationship.

Officials have not identified the firehouse where the videos took place.

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Police: Man shoots at city building with a BB gun

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 04:05

CLEVELAND — Police say a man armed with a BB gun tried to shoot out the windows of a building in downtown Cleveland.

Officers were called to the Halle Building around 10 a.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired.

A spokesman for Cleveland police says a man had a BB gun and was trying to fire shots at the building from across the street.

No injuries were reported, and police have not reported damage to the building.

It is unclear if police have filed any charges.

The Halle Building first opened in 1908 as a department store and has since been converted into office space and luxury residences.

An investigation into the attempted shooting is ongoing.

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Supporters of Trump steadfast despite immigration uproar

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 03:52

CINCINNATI — Cincinnati resident Andrew Pappas supported President Donald Trump's decision to separate children from parents who crossed the border illegally because, he said, it got Congress talking about immigration reform.

Niurka Lopez of Michigan said Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy made sense because her family came to the U.S. legally from Cuba and everyone else should, too.

Die-hard Trump supporters remained steadfast even as heart-rending photos of children held in cages and audio of terrified children crying out for their parents stoked outrage among Democrats and Republicans alike. They said they believed Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when they falsely claimed that they had no choice but to enforce an existing law.

When Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end forced separations on his own, they shrugged. The end, they suggested, justified the means. And it was the fault of Congress rather than Trump.

"The optics of what's happening here directly at the border isn't something that he wants to have on his watch, but at the end of the day, he still wants to focus the attention of Congress on the fundamental need for immigration reform in the United States and I think he's gonna hold firm on that," said Pappas, 53.

"His goal was not to rip families apart, I think his goal was to make Congress act on immigration reform," Pappas added. "And now ... everyone's talking about immigration reform and I think President Trump is getting exactly what he wants."

Sixty-five-year-old Richard Klabechek of Oak Grove, Minnesota, who attended the president's rally Wednesday evening in Duluth, Minnesota, said he was unmoved by the audio of crying children, saying it was "the media playing the heartstrings of the public." And he said Trump was simply being Trump.

"I think Trump takes issues on in his own direct way, but it doesn't fit the politically correct narrative of the media or the Democrats," said Klabecheck, who is retired.

Lopez, 54, said Trump "really cares for the United States of America and the people of the United States of America and to protect us from people that want to hurt us."

Others shared her assessment.

John Trandem, 42, who owns an automotive services company near Fargo, North Dakota, said he has supported all of Trump's decisions during the border controversy.

"He's certainly not a man without compassion. He's not a monster as he's being framed by the media and by the left," said Trandem, who was a delegate at the 2016 Republican convention where Trump clinched the nomination for president.

"He recognizes that it's a very challenging issue. ... Nobody wants to see parents and children separated, but ... the blame should be put squarely back on the shoulders of the people who broke the law in the first place."

Trump voter Terry Welch of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, said he blames Congress and its GOP leadership for not reforming immigration laws, though he admits he doesn't like Trump as a person.

"It's a terrible situation," Welch, 43, said of the distraught children. "I think everybody believes that."

Still, he said the president's dramatic reversal on separating children won't solve anything: "I see that as placating people."

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