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Despite Opposition, ICE Looks to Open New Immigration Detention Facilities in California

Despite Opposition, ICE Looks to Open New Immigration Detention Facilities in CaliforniaThe plan comes as border patrol considers flying migrant families to other locations

Sun, 19 May 2019 11:37:48 -0400
Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - source

Exclusive: Google suspends some business with Huawei after Trump blacklist - sourceHolders of current Huawei smartphones with Google apps, however, will continue to be able to use and download app updates provided by Google, a Google spokesperson said, confirming earlier reporting by Reuters. "For users of our services, Google Play and the security protections from Google Play Protect will continue to function on existing Huawei devices," the spokesperson said, without giving further details. The suspension could hobble Huawei's smartphone business outside China as the tech giant will immediately lose access to updates to Google's Android operating system.

Mon, 20 May 2019 04:35:48 -0400
US Border agent accused of hitting migrant with truck after using racial slurs

US Border agent accused of hitting migrant with truck after using racial slursA US Border Patrol agent charged with allegedly hitting a migrant with a truck had a long history of making hostile statements about border-crossing immigrants, say prosecutors.Matthew Bowen, 39, allegedly texted another border agent with the message: PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump! He also said migrants were disgusting subhuman s*** unworthy of being kindling for a fire in November 2017. Less than two weeks later, prosecutors say, Mr Bowen hit one such migrant with his truck, coming inches away from running the man over and then lied about the incident in a report.The texts came to light in filings last month in the US District Court in Tucson, Arizona, as Mr Bowen's lawyer fought to suppress a flurry of messages in which the agent used slurs and made light of violence by agents.But Mr Bowen's views are hardly extraordinary, argued his lawyer, Sean Chapman. Rather, his sentiments are commonplace throughout the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, Mr Chapman wrote, adding that such messages are part of the agency's culture.The Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol did not immediately return a message about the texts, though it told The Arizona Daily Star that agents are held to the highest standards, and any action of misconduct within our ranks will not be tolerated.The inflammatory messages are the latest public relations challenge for an overwhelmed agency facing a massive wave of asylum seekers at the southern border and regular allegations from immigration and civil rights groups of abusive behaviour towards migrants.In the dozens of texts introduced in a 4 April filing, Mr Bowen uses racial slurs and insults like s*** bags to refer to migrants. He often used the word tonk, which some agents claim is an innocent acronym, the The Arizona Republic reported.Others say is a slur derived from the sound of hitting an immigrant on the head with a flashlight.In one text exchange, an unnamed agent asked Mr Bowen, Did you gas hiscorpse (sic) or just use regular peanut oil while tazing?? For a frying effect.Mr Bowen responded: Guats are best made crispy, with olive oil from their native pais, using the Spanish word for country that doubles as an insult towards Guatemalans, the Daily Star reported. In another text, he refers to mindless murdering savages.The criminal case against Mr Bowen dates to the morning of 3 December 2017, when a US Customs and Border Protection camera operator spotted a 23-year-old Guatemalan man named Antolin Lopez Aguilar, who was suspected of jumping the border fence in Nogales, according to a federal indictment.As Lopez sprinted to a nearby gas station, Mr Bowen and two other agents responded in separate vehicles.While one agent hopped out and found Lopez hiding under a semi-truck, Mr Bowen circled the station in his Border Patrol-issued Ford F-150.When the migrant tried to run back towards the border, prosecutors say, Mr Bowen accelerated aggressively in his truck. He hit Mr Lopez twice from behind, knocking him down the second time and screeching to a stop within inches of running him over, according to the police. Mr Lopez was treated at the hospital for abrasions and later sentenced to 30 days in federal prison for illegally entering the country, the Republic reported.Prosecutors say that Mr Bowen later filed a false report about what happened that morning. In text messages included in the court filing, he repeatedly complains about facing scrutiny over the incident.I bumped a guat with a truck while driving about 7 mph, he wrote in one text. No injury at all and tonk refused medical.In another, he wrote that If I had to tackle the tonk I would still be doing memos, adding: I wonder how they expect us to apprehend wild... runners who don't want to be apprehended?"One day after the incident, he texted with Agent Lonnie Swartz, who would later be acquitted of manslaughter for firing 10 rounds into an unarmed Mexican teen as agents were being hit by rocks thrown across the border. He texted Mr Swartz that the incident was just a little push with a ford bumper.Prosecutors have argued in court filings that the texts show that Bowen had great disdain for the migrants he policed at the border, the Daily Star reported. But Chapman countered that such language was so common among border agents that they say nothing about Mr. Bowen's mind-set.Mr Bowen has pleaded not guilty to charges of deprivation of rights under colour of law and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Mr Chapman did not immediately respond to a message. Mr Bowen, who was hired in 2008, was put on indefinite leave without pay after his charges were filed in May 2018. His trial is scheduled to start on 13 August. The Washington Post

Mon, 20 May 2019 10:28:19 -0400
Is Biden out of touch?: Today's Toon

Is Biden out of touch?: Today's ToonWant to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.

Sun, 19 May 2019 14:12:52 -0400
Alabama rape victim speaks out against anti-abortion bill

Alabama rape victim speaks out against anti-abortion billAfter being raped by a co-worker two years ago, Samantha Blakely had an abortion. The 25-year-old Blakely is among women speaking out after the conservative southern US state adopted the toughest anti-abortion legislation in the country. The Alabama bill, which takes effect in November unless it is blocked in the courts, places a near-total ban on ending a pregnancy, even in cases of rape and incest.

Mon, 20 May 2019 13:06:54 -0400
The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itself

The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itselfDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

Mon, 20 May 2019 02:30:10 -0400
Mountain region of Slovakia named best destination in Europe 2019: Lonely Planet

Mountain region of Slovakia named best destination in Europe 2019: Lonely PlanetA wild, rugged, mountainous region of Slovakia dotted with plunging waterfalls and lakes and hiking trails has been named the top European destination of 2019 by the travel experts at Lonely Planet.

Mon, 20 May 2019 17:16:00 -0400
This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Most Important Weapon in Decades

This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Most Important Weapon in DecadesThe Tomahawk and its controversies might make headlines, but as the U.S. Navy re-arms for high-tech warfare, the SM-6 is the missile to watch.The U.S. Navy in late January 2019 confirmed the designation of its newest cruise missile, in the process clarifying its long-term plan for arming its growing fleet of warships.The plan heavily leans on one missile, in particular. It's the SM-6, an anti-aircraft weapon that quickly is evolving to perform almost every role the Navy assigns to a missile.(This first appeared earlier in the year.)The Navy dubbed the newest version of the venerable Tomahawk cruise missile the "Block V" model, Jane's reported. There are two separate variants of the Block V missile, one with an anti-ship warhead and another with a warhead the Navy optimized for striking targets on land.Raytheon's Tomahawk has been the subject of controversy in Washington, D.C. In order to save money the Obama administration wanted to pause production of the long-range missile, which since the 1980s has been the Navy's main weapon for striking land targets from the sea.Congress overruled the Obama administration and continued buying Tomahawks for roughly $1 million apiece, adding potentially hundreds of the missiles to the thousands the fleet already possesses.

Sun, 19 May 2019 13:00:00 -0400
Trump reacts angrily to New York Times report on Deutsche Bank transactions

Trump reacts angrily to New York Times report on Deutsche Bank transactions* Paper detailed staff concerns over Trump and Kushner entities * President claims he doesnt need banks or money from RussiaDonald Trump described the reporting as phony and called Deutsche Bank very good and highly professional. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesDonald Trump sought on Monday to discredit a New York Times report that Deutsche Bank employees flagged concerns over transactions involving legal entities controlled by the president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.The Times said the nature of the transactions was not clear and that the bank ultimately took no action. Some of the transactions involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, some in Russia.Trump claimed he did not need or want banks and does not receive money from Russia.Congress and New York state are investigating the relationship between Trump, his family and Deutsche Bank, and demanding documents related to any suspicious activity.Trump has sued in court in an attempt to block House subpoenas for his financial records that were sent to Deutsche Bank, Capital One and the accounting firm Mazars.The Times report said anti-money-laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.Citing five current and former Deutsche Bank employees, the report said executives at the German-based bank, which has lent billions to Trump and Kushner companies, rejected the advice and the reports were never filed.Earlier this month, the Times obtained tax information which showed his businesses lost more than $1bn from 1985 to 1994. Trump has refused to release more recent tax returns or to comply with House subpoenas for them.Trump rejected and ridiculed that story. In his Monday tweets, he claimed not to need banks as he made a lot of money and buys everything for cash.He also said the fake media always uses unnamed sources (because their sources dont even exist).But one former Deutsche Bank employee, Tammy McFadden, who reviewed some of the transactions, spoke to the Times on the record. She said she was fired last year after raising concerns about the banks practices, the Times said.McFadden said concerns she raised included contacts between Kushner Companies and Russian individuals in summer 2016. Deutsche Bank has been fined for laundering billions of dollars for Russians.In his report on Russian election interference released in redacted form last month, special counsel Robert Mueller did not find that Trump conspired with Moscow. But he did lay out extensive contacts between Trump aides and Russia.On Monday, Trump tweeted: The new big story is that Trump made a lot of money and buys everything for cash, he doesnt need banks. But where did he get all of that cash? Could it be Russia? No, I built a great business and dont need banks, but if I did they would be there.Trump also called the Times reporting phony and called Deutsche Bank very good and highly professional.Deutsche Bank denied the report but it contributed to shares falling to a record low. Shares in the German lender were down by 2.8% at the time of writing. The bank was recently forced to abandon merger plans with Commerzbank. It has also struggled to turn around its corporate and investment arms.The Times said the transactions in question, some of which involved Trumps now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to the former bank employees.Compliance staff members who reviewed the transactions prepared suspicious activity reports they believed should be sent to a unit of the US treasury that polices financial crimes, according to the newspaper.A spokeswoman for the Trump Organization told Reuters the story is absolute nonsense.We have no knowledge of any flagged transactions with Deutsche Bank. In fact, we have no operating accounts with Deutsche Bank, she said.The newspaper said a Kushner Companies spokeswoman called any allegations of relationships involving money laundering made up and totally false.

Mon, 20 May 2019 10:18:06 -0400
Blast injures South African tourists near Egypt's Giza pyramids

Blast injures South African tourists near Egypt's Giza pyramidsAn explosion targeting a tourist bus injured at least 12 people on Sunday, mostly South African tourists, near a new museum being built close to the Giza pyramids in Egypt, two security sources said. A third security source said the bus was carrying 25 South African tourists from the airport to the pyramids area, and that four Egyptians in a nearby car were also injured by broken glass. Security and judicial sources said a rudimentary device containing nails and pieces of metal had been detonated remotely on the perimeter of the Grand Egyptian Museum, not far from the site of a roadside blast that hit another tourist bus in December.

Sun, 19 May 2019 17:41:12 -0400
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