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The Trump administration is now warning about "fake families" amid the surge of Central American migrants crossing the southern border. Border agents have noticed an uptick in adult immigrants traveling with minors who are not their children. The administration suspects foul play, but immigrant advocates say they're just trying to make it into the U.S. for a better life. "Cases of fake families are cropping up everywhere and children are being used as pawns," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a congressional committee last week. "In fact, we have even uncovered child recycling rings, a process in which innocent children are used multiple times to help migrants gain illegal entry." $1,500 per child, 13 times Nielsen singled out one particularly sordid case involving a Guatemalan woman living in Charleston, S.C. Officials say the woman paired immigrant children with adults who are not their parents. They would present themselves at the border knowing that families
Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET Early Tuesday morning, the LAPD announced that it is seeking a suspect in the shooting death of rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle on Sunday afternoon. The police have identified the suspect as Eric Holder, a 29-year-old Los Angeles man. According to a police statement , it is believed that Holder walked up to three men in front of Marathon Clothing, the 33-year-old musician's store in the Crenshaw area of South Los Angeles, and fired numerous times at them. Holder then allegedly fled the shooting as the passenger in a white 2016 Chevy Cruze driven by an unidentified female. At a press conference held Tuesday morning that included L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD chief Michel Moore, Moore said that based on video evidence and witness statements, Holder allegedly spoke to Nipsey Hussle, left the area and then came back with a gun. He added that the police believes there was some kind of dispute between Nipsey Hussle and Holder, but declined to characterize
Charles Gourd's garden is so big that before he installed irrigation, it could take three hours to water everything by hand. He grows beans and cucumbers that wind up archways you can walk underneath and pluck the ripe vegetables as though they're growing in thin air. "I like the basics, the Three Sisters — corn, beans and squash," he says. "In order for it to taste right, you have to cook a bunch of it — it means you have to have your family and friends there." He describes making a pot of beans, adding a little bit of hickory nut meat, then some corn hominy and squash. "You boil that up real good, and the more times you boil it, the better it tastes." "Talking about this made me hungry," he adds. Gourd is the director of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Park Hill, Okla., and one of the many Cherokee who order seeds from the Cherokee Nation's seed bank each year in February. The seeds are free for any Cherokee; this year, recipients are limited to two varieties because demand is so
Cholera is in the headlines again. Last fall, the World Health Organization declared an ongoing outbreak in Yemen the worst in recorded history, with more than 1 million cases. The outbreak first struck Yemen back in 2016, surged in May 2017 and has now flared up again. There have been more than 2,500 deaths so far. "We have been confronted with a sharp increase since the beginning of this year," said Brienne Prusak of Doctors Without Borders (MSF). In that time, they've seen an increase from 140 to 2,000 cases per week to reach about 1.4 million cases since the outbreak began. Since January, the death toll has been 190. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, cases are surfacing in Mozambique and other affected countries. This week, the first death from cholera in Mozambique was reported in the city of Beira. It's a reminder that an ancient disease – and one which is easily treatable — can still take a terrible toll in modern times. Fast Killer Cholera can kill a person in a
Frustrated by the large number of Central Americans who have been crossing the border from Mexico, President Trump has threatened to take dramatic action. "If they don't stop 'em, we're closing the border," Trump warned Friday . "They'll close it. And we'll keep it closed for a long time." This is not the first time Trump has sounded that warning. And so far he has not followed through. Halting cross-border traffic with one of the nation's biggest trading partners could do serious damage to the U.S. economy, including industries located far from Mexico. Retailers in San Diego got a small taste of that last November, when members of a migrant caravan rushed the border and U.S. officials closed one border crossing in response. While that shutdown lasted only a few hours, it came on what should have been one of the busiest shopping days of the year. And the fallout was severe, costing local merchants an estimated $5.3 million in lost sales . "I easily, easily lost between $3,500 to $4,500
When India blew apart one of its satellites orbiting Earth last week, it created hundreds of pieces of orbital debris, and some of those pieces are large enough and high enough to pose a potential threat to the International Space Station, NASA says. "That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, referring to the debris' highest point in orbit. "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human space flight that we need to see happen." In calculating the Indian test's potential impact last week, he said NASA determined that the risk of small debris hitting the space station was increased by 44 percent over a period of 10 days. "It's unacceptable, and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is," Bridenstine said, discussing space debris and India's anti-satellite test at a town hall event Monday. NASA via / YouTube As he
Welcome to the nightmare of being the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, Joe. Two women have complained about being touched inappropriately by former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been the leading (if still undeclared) candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Biden's poll numbers, while far from overwhelming, have still been the best of the ever-widening Democratic field. So any story that even hints at a Biden scandal is going to lead the newscast and leap to the front page. These two women's allegations, by themselves, are unlikely to determine the trajectory of Biden's candidacy. Even the viral video clips of his shoulder-rubbing "Uncle Joe" routine will not be the last word. But all the above constitute a serious concern for Biden and his backers, because they highlight a fundamental vulnerability that will burden him if he makes another bid for the Oval Office. On the most obvious level, complaints of this kind renew the criticism of
The 62 nd annual San Francisco International Film festival opens next week. With 163 films from 52 countries, the Bay Area will be bursting with cinematic and live performances reflecting the social and cultural issues of our time. Host Ethan Elkind will be talking to festival producers and filmmakers about how they tackle critical topics like immigration, wealth inequality and redemption. We’ll also find out which celebrated musicians and Hollywood stars will be in town for the festivities.
Today Tuesday, the 2nd of April of 2019 is the 92nd day of the year. There are 273 days remaining until the end of the year. 80 days until summer begins . 581 days until presidential elections on Tuesday November 3, 2020...
Prince Harry's number one fan in Australia has died at the age of 99. From the moment they met in 2015, Daphne Dunne and Harry were fast friends – and media darlings. Harry, who served 10 years in the British army, first saw Dunne in line outside the Sydney Opera House. He was drawn to the medals pinned to her coat and stopped to chat, The Daily Telegraph reports . The medals came from her late first husband, Albert Chowne, who died in World War II – and she told Harry about working as a corporal in the Australian Women's Army Service during the war. Dunne and the royal met twice more after that, both times she waited for him in a crowded line. He would stop and crouch beside her, and she would put her hand on his face or kiss his cheek. Their encounters made their way onto news websites across the Commonwealth, Good Morning America in the U.S. and even the front page of the Daily Mirror (after which Dunne wrote on Instagram, "Too much excitement for me. I need a nap.") But for Harry
NOTE: This is an excerpt of Planet Money's newsletter. You can sign up here . If you shop online, there's a good chance the price you pay for stuff is determined by a computer algorithm. As of 2015, over one third of the 1,600 best-selling items sold on Amazon came from sellers who used algorithms to set their price. Algorithms are spreading like crazy, but are they giving companies too much power over consumers? Emilio Calvano, an economist at the University of Bologna in Italy, has been studying the economic effects of algorithms. In 2016, he hopped on a scooter with his colleague Giacomo Calzolari and scooted across the historic city to their university's computer science department. There they conversed with experts on artificial intelligence and took a stack of materials to study. A few years later, Calvano and Calzolari, together with a couple of other Italian economists, Vincenzo Denicolò and Sergio Pastorello, used what they learned to create a simulation . They built
A forest fire in southwestern China that killed more than two dozen firefighters has been contained, local authorities said. The fire broke out on Saturday evening local time in a remote area of the country's Sichuan province and killed 30 people in total, according to the state news agency Xinhua . The blaze took place at over 12,000 feet. The agency reported that the fire in Muli County, in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, had been contained by Tuesday afternoon local time, though some areas continued to burn. Footage from Chinese media shows billowing grey clouds moving over tree-covered mountains. The fire burned across 15 hectares, or about 37 acres, according to Xinhua, as complex terrain – including a thick layer of forest and limited access to water — hindered efforts to put out the fire. In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a helicopter leaves to fight a forest fire in China's Sichuan Province. Xinhua News Agency / AP State media reported that 27 of those
For many people in Venezuela suffering from shortages of food and medicine, a lifeline runs from Miami through companies like VKE Cargo. It's a storefront and a small warehouse located in Doral, a Miami suburb. Oscar Saker was there with his sister recently, helping carry several bags of food and supplies they're sending to Venezuela. Among the items were cereal, toilet paper, tomato sauce, rice and pasta. "She's shipping [to] her family," Saker says, "Basics — nothing fancy, nothing expensive, nothing extraordinary." They send the packages every month. But getting food and other supplies to family, he says, has gotten more expensive and more difficult. An estimated 200,000 Venezuelans live in South Florida. For years now, many have been sending packages with food and medicine to family and friends back home. But, as conditions have deteriorated in Venezuela, fewer shippers are sending packages there. In Doral, a city that's adjacent to Miami's airport, there used to be well over a
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened new investigations into fires in five Hyundai and its affiliate Kia vehicle models, following reports of thousands of fires and more than 100 injuries and one death. The federal auto safety regulator announced on Monday that it had launched the two investigations into nearly 3 million vehicles in response to a petition from the Center for Auto Safety, a consumer advocacy group. The probes come on the heels of several years of recalls for both companies over fire risks. The cars included in the scope of the new investigations by the NHTSA's Office of Defect Investigations are Hyundai's 2011-2014 Sonata and Santa Fe, Kia's 2011-2014 Optima and Sorento, and Kia's 2010-2015 Soul. Altogether, the agency and the pair of South Korea-based vehicle manufacturers have received 3,125 reports of fires that were not sparked by a collision, according to the NHTSA. The agency's documents also show one recorded fatality. According to the