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Two dead, 768 ill amid Salmonella outbreak affecting 48 states, CDC says

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 21:17

The CDC reports two separate outbreaks – one linked to contact with poultry in backyard flocks and one linked to contact with pig ear dog treats.


'Enraged' wife hits husband with laptop during argument over other women on plane in Miami

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 21:09

A woman on an American Airlines plane about to take off from Miami threw a laptop at her husband, hitting a flight attendant and a passenger.


Border Patrol Chief Asks Congress for New Laws for Migrant Kids

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 19:03

(Bloomberg) -- The head of U.S. Border Patrol told lawmakers that supplemental funding is a temporary solution for the crisis at the southern border, which will only be solved when Congress passes legislation to address how children and families are detained and processed.“To make a lasting impact Congress must make the changes to the legal framework that we have outlined time and time again,” said Carla Provost, the Border Patrol chief. “A Band-Aid is simply not enough.”At Wednesday’s hearing, Provost told the House Appropriations Committee that by the time Customs and Border Patrol could access the $4.6 billion in supplemental funding approved by Congress last month, the agency had been dealing with an influx of migrants for eight months.She said that while the additional money has helped, Congress has to change the legal agreement, known as the Flores Settlement, that sets conditions for how migrant children are to be handled while in custody,Part of that court settlement says migrant children can’t be held in CBP custody for more than 20 days. Provost said smugglers are convincing more families to cross the border with children because the CBP can’t hold a child for more than 20 days, and they cannot separate a family unit.“We need to be able to hold families together, not in a border patrol facility let me be very clear, in a family residential center throughout an expedited immigration process if we are truly going to address this issue,” Provost said.Family SeparationRepublicans on the committee supported Provost’s demand for a change to the Flores settlement while Democrats questioned the treatment of children in custody and the continued separation of migrant families since President Donald Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy that ended more than a year ago.Provost said children are separated from the relatives they’re traveling with if those family members are neither a parent nor a legal guardian.“We do have many children that are either coming with other siblings, some are coming with other siblings that are minors, aunts, uncles,” Provost said. “By law, I cannot keep those individuals together.”Members of the committee also questioned Provost’s membership in a Border Patrol Facebook group where agents mocked migrants and made crude comments about members of Congress.Provost said she did not realize she was a member of the group, as she was added to several groups when she first became the chief. She said she never saw the comments from the Facebook group until they were exposed by ProPublica but, she does not support the comments and she does support the continuing investigation into the members involved.To contact the reporter on this story: Jarrell Dillard in Washington at jdillard11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Anna Edgerton, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Father: nationwide Canada manhunt will end in son's death

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 18:41

The grim prediction came as Canadian police said they were setting up roadblocks around the remote Manitoba town of Gillam, where the two young suspects, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky, recently left a burnt-out vehicle they had been traveling in. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Julie Courchaine said police "are coming from all over" to Gillam, which is more than 2,000 miles away from a region in northern British Columbia where an initial burnt-out vehicle was found last Friday and the three people were apparently killed.


DOJ won't charge William Barr, Wilbur Ross after contempt vote

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 17:50

Lawmakers never expected the Justice Department to prosecute its own leader.


Justice Department will not pursue criminal contempt charges in Census dispute with Congress

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 17:11

The U.S. Justice Department will not pursue criminal charges against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, after Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to hold them in contempt in a dispute over documents concerning whether to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. "Accordingly, the department will not bring the congressional contempt citations before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General or the Secretary," he added.


Police: Beaten Chicago teen may have been sexually assaulted

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 17:08

A 15-year-old "special needs" Chicago girl who was beaten by a group of people in a video posted online may also have been sexually assaulted off camera at some other point in time, police said Wednesday. Detectives are trying to piece together basic facts about the "sick and disgusting crimes" committed against the teen, including where and when the beating took place and who was involved, Officer Jose Jara, a police spokesman, said at a news conference.


Newborn found on doorstep at apartment complex where another baby was left 2 years ago

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 16:15

Orlando Police found a 1-day-old infant wrapped only in a T-shirt on front doorstep.


Temperature records broke in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands today

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 14:15

It's back. After a June heat wave smashed national temperature records in France and broke historic June records across Europe, a mass of hot air has returned to the continent. On Wednesday, the Netherlands Meteorological Institute reported that the nation's all-time temperature record, which stood for the last 75 years, fell as temperatures hit 101.8 degrees Fahrenheit (38.8 C).Belgium broke its national heat record too, as temperatures reached 103.8 F (39.9 C), reported David Dehenauw, the head of forecasting at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium. And the the German Meteorological Service announced its highest temperature in recorded history, of 104.9 degrees Fahrenheit (40.5 C).The Germany weather agency noted that this brand new record might last for one day.That's because there's substantially more heat to come. On Thursday, the UK Met Office expects temperatures to reach over 102 F (39 C), easily toppling the nation's previous temperature record by nearly 1 degree F. Meanwhile, France's weather agency, Meteo-France, predicts temperatures could reach 107.6 F (42 C) in Paris. This would smash the previous Parisian record of 40.4 C, set over 70 years ago. (Paris has temperature records going back to 1658, when Louis the Great reigned over the country.)> WednesdayWisdom > How much hotter are our summers and how has our climate changed? https://t.co/m8SpULkRFQ pic.twitter.com/beZxhXSdfS> > -- Met Office (@metoffice) July 24, 2019While heat waves are natural occurrences -- typically caused by persistent weather patterns that allow big zones of high pressure to settle over a region and bring clear skies and warm air -- Earth's relentlessly rising levels of background warming amplify heat waves, like an athlete pumping performance-enhancing drugs. This means that historic temperatures are expected to fall, have been falling, and will continue to fall. "Global temperatures are increasing due to climate change and this means that Europe can expect more record-breaking heatwaves in the future," Len Shaffrey, a climate scientist at the University of Reading in the UK, told Mashable during June's heat wave.SEE ALSO: Climate change will ruin train tracks and make travel hellBoosted global temperatures have at least doubled the probability of heat extremes in Europe, similar to last summer's scorching events, Shaffrey added.Over the last 100 years, Europe has experienced an increase in heat waves. Since 1500 AD, the region's five hottest summers have occurred in 2018, 2016, 2010, 2003, and 2002. European warming is right in line with the overall warming trend seen around the globe: Since 2001,18 of the last 19 years have been the warmest on record. June 2019 rounded out as the warmest June in 139 years of record keeping. July could soon follow in its footsteps, meaning this July is in the running to be the hottest month ever recorded.UPDATE: July 24, 2019, 3:44 p.m. EDT: This story was updated to include Germany's temperature record.  WATCH: Meet Katie Bouman, one of the scientists who helped capture the first black hole image


Schiff: Mueller investigation showed Trump's 'disloyalty to country'

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 14:11

The House Intelligence Committee chairman said it doesn’t matter whether Trump's or his campaign’s conduct during the 2016 election and ensuing FBI investigation amounted to crimes. To Schiff, they amounted to something worse.


Europe's heatwave: Eurostar trains breaks down as records tumble in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 13:58

Eurostar trains broke down, tigers in zoos were fed chicken ice cubes, and France warned that Notre-Dame was at the risk of collapse on Wednesday, as Europe sweltered under a record-breaking heatwave. For the second time in a month, a high pressure system drew scorching air from the Sahara desert, breaking heat records for Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, while France risked doing the same. In the Netherlands, the temperature reached 39.1C, breaking the previous record of 38.6C set in August 1944, while in Belgium, the mercury struck 38.9C, beating the previous high of 36.6C from June 1947 in records dating back to 1833. In Germany the temperature soared to 40.5C (104.9F) in western Geilenkirchenthe, surpassing the previous record of 40.3 (104.5) In Paris, the chief architect of historical monuments warned that the intense heat risked bringing down Notre-Dame cathedral, which was ravaged by a fire in April. Two men cool off in a public fountain near the Atomium during a summer hot day in Brussels Credit: AP “What I fear is that the joints or the masonry, as they dry, lose their cohesion... and all of a sudden, the vault gives way,” said Philippe Villeneuve, explaining that the cathedral’s stone walls were still saturated with water from firemens’ hoses. Specialists are working to stabilise the cathedral's structure before reconstruction work begins. At Pairi Daiza zoo in western Belgium, keepers fed chickens inside giant ice cubes to tigers and iced watermelons to their bears. One Eurostar train broke down in Belgium due to a power failure, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in 40C heat with no air conditioning.   Eurostar said travellers were stuck for three hours before they were rescued by another train, and issued an apology. In Spain, a wildfire in the northern province of Zaragoza was almost under control, but there was a risk of further outbreaks, especially in eastern parts, where the temperature was set to rise as high as 41C. People cool off at the Trocadero Fountains next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris Credit: AFP Italian authorities issued fire alerts for the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where temperatures were expected to climb above 40C. They also put 13 cities on their highest "red" weather alert,  warning of a possible health threat for everyone - not just the frail and infirm. In Portugal, the largest fire so far this year, which raged over the weekend, was put out by more than 1,000 firefighters on Tuesday, but the country remained on high alert.


Syrian father scrambles to reach his children after airstrike in Idlib

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 13:40

Intense bombing in the Syrian province of Idlib left a father scrambling to rescue his children while his baby daughter dangled off the edge of a destroyed building.  The widely circulated photograph showed the aftermath of a Russian or Assad regime strike on the town of Ariha in western Idlib, the last rebel-held bastion in Syria.  The man, Amjad al-Abdullah, looks on in horror as he tries to reach his children. His infant daughter, Rawan, is held up by a scrap of clothing while two older daughters are partially buried in the rubble.  Rawan fell from the ledge and was last night in critical condition in hospital. One of her older sisters also survived the bombing and was being treated in hospital.  Another sister, five-year-old Riham, was killed, according to Syrian activists. The children’s mother, Asmaa, also died in the blast.   A wheelchair  amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported regime air strike on the town of Ariha Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images “He was trying to calm them down and get them away from the edge but they fell in the end,” said Bashar al-Sheikh, a photographer with Sy24 who took the picture.  “I put the camera down and rushed to them. I have a daughter of my own the same age.”  The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates that more than 600 civilians have been killed by Russian or Assad regime strikes since April, when Syrian forces began offensive to try to retake Idlib.  "Civilians in northwest Syria are paying a big price in this conflict," said Mohamad Katoub, senior advocacy manager in the Syrian American Medical Society.   "Our hospitals are overwhelmed with injuries, we received over 4000 injuries in SAMS hospitals in the northwest since April 26. The medical teams can hardly bear the current circumstances." The fighting has intensified in recent days and at least 59 people, including five children, were killed on Monday, according to the UN. The bloodiest airstrikes fell on the market town of Maaret al-Numan, where around 40 people died, including eight women and five children, the UN said.  A number of images of wounded or dead children have gained international attention during the course of the seven-year Syrian war but none have triggered much global action.  The image of Aylan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy whose drowned body was found on a Turkish beach, was plastered on front pages around the world.  Another image of an injured boy from Aleppo, Omran Daqneesh, also came to symbolise the suffering of children in the war.


'Free from this nightmare': Prisoner released after rape victim's startling revelation

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 13:27

James Clay had begun serving a 25 - 50 year prison sentence for rape based on DNA. He was released following a Free Press investigation into his case.


The Latest: Iran diplomat warns Brazil over 2 stranded ships

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:49

Iran's ambassador says Tehran will reconsider imports from Brazil if it continues to refuse to refuel two Iranian vessels stranded there. Seyed Ali Saqqayian was quoted by Iran's semi-official Fars news agency as saying Wednesday Iran could easily find new suppliers of corn, soybeans and meat. Iran's Foreign Ministry hasn't commented on the issue of the two Iranian vessels, one reportedly loaded with corn, stranded at a Brazilian port due to lack of fuel.


Russia denies apologising to South Korea as tensions continue over aerial showdown

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:23

Moscow has denied that it apologised to Seoul as tensions continue to rise after South Korean fighter jets fired hundreds of warning shots at a Russian military plane.  On Wednesday a South Korean presidential spokesman said a Russian official had expressed “deep regret” that an A-50 observation plane had violated its airspace the day before near the disputed Dokdo islands. The aircraft had been accompanying four strategic bombers in Russia and China's first ever joint bomber flight over the Sea of Japan.  The Russian official had blamed the intrusion on a “technical glitch” and promised it would be investigated, the spokesman added. But the Russian embassy to South Korea said these statements “did not correspond to reality”.  “The Russian side has not made any official apologies,” it said.  The South Korean spokesman later said Russia had “altered” its account, sending a document that said its planes had not violated any country's airspace and would retaliate if confronted again. China has made similar denials.  On Tuesday, Moscow gave a note to South Korea's military attache protesting the Korean pilots' "aerial hooliganism". Seoul's defence ministry has accused Moscow of “distorting the truth”. Reuters reported that the two sides could hold working-level talks in Seoul on Thursday.  John Bolton speaks with South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo in Seoul on Wednesday Credit: Handout via Reuters South Korean jets had to fire 360 machine gun rounds and 20 flares to drive off the Russian A-50 that twice violated its airspace, according to Seoul.  The incursion came hours before Donald Trump's security advisor John Bolton arrived in Seoul to try to mend South Korea's relations with Japan, which also claims the Dokdo islands. He and his South Korean counterpart said they would hold close consultations on any further such confrontations. The incident highlighted growing military ties between China and Russia, which held their latest joint naval and aerial exercises in the East China and Yellow seas in May, as well as their more assertive defiance of the United States and its allies in the region.  A Chinese defence ministry white paper on Wednesday accused the United States of “undermining the regional strategic balance” by deploying the THAAD missile defence system to South Korea.  China boycotted South Korea tourism in 2017 in response to Seoul's decision to allow the US to deploy the system.  The white paper also said China was “ready to go to war” to prevent the independence of Taiwan, which receives weapons from Washington. Meanwhile, South Korea is planning to launch its first light aircraft carrier by the late 2020s so as not to fall behind China and Japan's strides in naval aviation. The vessel will reportedly deploy US-made vertical-landing F-35B stealth fighters. South Korea has tried to placate both its security ally, the US, and top trading partner, China. As China amasses economic and military power, it has challenged American dominance in other parts of Asia, offering investment to allies and economic punishment to political foes.


Rep. Tlaib Compares BDS Movement Against Israel To U.S. Boycotting Nazi Germany

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:08

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib compared the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel to Americans’ boycott of Nazi Germany during a Tuesday floor speech.The Michigan congresswoman was speaking against a House resolution passed Wednesday that opposes the movement because it “does not favor a two-state solution and that seeks to exclude the State of Israel and the Israeli people from the economic, cultural, and academic life of the rest of the world,” the text of HR 246 states.Tlaib started by saying she would not allow Congress to attack the right to “boycott the racist policies of the government and state of Israel.”“The right to boycott is deeply rooted in the fabric of our country,” Tlaib said. “What was the Boston Tea Party but a boycott? Where would we be now without the boycott led by civil rights activists in the 1950s and ’60s, like the Montgomery bus boycott and the United Farm Workers grape boycott?”She continued that some of the country’s “most important advances in racial equality and equity and workers’ rights” have been achieved through constitutional, collective action.


Mueller Says Trump Could Be Charged with Obstruction after He Leaves Office

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:07

During Wednesday congressional testimony, former special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers that President Trump could in fact be charged with obstruction of justice, but only after he leaves office."Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?" Republican representative Ken Buck asked Mueller during the latter's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee."Yes," Mueller responded simply."You believe you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?" the Colorado Republican asked."Yes," Mueller answered. "The OLC [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion says that the prosecutor, while he cannot bring a charge against a sitting president, nonetheless can continue the investigation to see if there are any other persons who might be drawn into the conspiracy."> "Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?"> > Robert Mueller: "Yes."> > "You could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?"> > "Yes." https://t.co/CXfCvYspNV MuellerHearings pic.twitter.com/3HPs9FVFbn> > -- ABC News (@ABC) July 24, 2019The report describing the results of the nearly two-year probe stated that Mueller's team did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump team and the Kremlin, but left open the question of whether the president had obstructed justice during the investigation. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later concluded that there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction.The special counsel's decision not to reach a conclusion in the report on the obstruction issue has roiled both Republicans and Democrats, with the former accusing Mueller of leaving the door open to speculation on the matter while the latter seeming unsatisfied letting the Trump administration's Justice Department have the final say.Mueller is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee later in the day for further questioning.


Oklahoma City teens chase, attack family of undocumented immigrants with BB guns

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 11:45

A family of undocumented immigrants was injured Monday after teens wielding BBguns allegedly chased them around an Oklahoma City neighborhood


13-year-old Honduran girl dies after attempting suicide amid separation from her father

Top Stories - Wed, 07/24/2019 - 11:38

A 13-year-old Honduran immigrant was taken off life support after sheattempted suicide while being separated from her father, according to CNN


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