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Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?

Government policies funneling illegal immigrants into more dangerous crossing areas have contributed to fatalities. by George Joseph In July, a sweltering tractor trailer ride in Texas became the latest harrowing example of the perils of crossing the U.S. border illegally. From the hospital, one survivor told authorities that he had paid smugglers to get him across the Rio Grande and then cram him on a nort ...

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How U.S. natural gas will help countries meet their Paris commitments

By Merrill Matthews   While critics bemoan President Trump’s decision to pull out of -- or renegotiate -- the Paris climate agreement, the United States has been reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade. And now the country is poised to help a number of the signatory countries reduce theirs as well.   In his commitment to the Paris negotiators, President Obama “pledged” to reduce ...

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Is Facebook facilitating violent Antifa?

By Natalia Castro Facebook has become the gateway to information in the social media world, but with this popularity comes heavy responsibility. As Facebook attracts a global network of billions of users, speech which advocates violence has become prevalent across the site, raising questions on the role Facebook plays in moderation. Ultimately, Facebook is allowed to have an editorial bias under the First A ...

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Obama surprises students with visit to DC school

By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press Former President Barack Obama shocked students at a Washington school Friday by popping in to give them encouragement at the beginning of the new year. ``I do believe that most of the problems we have are going to be solved by you,'' Obama told a group of students from McKinley Technology High School, according to an Instagram video posted on his account after his unanno ...

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US immigrants sue over Trump’s end of deportation protection

By AMY TAXIN Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration last week over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco alleged the move violated the constitutional rights of immigrants who lack legal status and provided information about themselves ...

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Oral histories: New Orleans civil rights leaders, activists

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press A new oral history project is looking at the civil rights era in New Orleans, including boycotted shopping districts and a restaurant that provided a meeting place for black and white activists. The Historic New Orleans Collection has begun interviewing leaders and activists who participated in the civil rights movement from 1950 through 1976, and will create a set of ...

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White House says black colleges summit is on despite reports

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press A mid-September conference on historically black colleges and universities remains on track, the White House said Wednesday, despite reports that it has been postponed. Omarosa Manigault Newman, an assistant to President Donald Trump and communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison, said the summit has been moved to the White House campus from a ...

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Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet

The web services company Cloudflare appears to have ended its relationship with the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer. by Ken Schwencke In a surprise move, the web services company Cloudflare has ended its relationship with The Daily Stormer, taking the leading neo-Nazi site off the internet for the second time this week. Cloudflare protects websites against common forms of attack, including denial of serv ...

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Baltimore Quietly Removes Confederate Statues Overnight

By Juliet Linderman BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has a few words of advice for leaders in other cities who might want to get rid of Confederate monuments: “Do it quietly and quickly.” On Tuesday, August 15, Pugh ordered four statues in Baltimore removed under the cover of night. In the morning, city residents awoke to empty marble plinths. Crews began removing the city’s Confederate monuments ...

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Georgia Teacher Shoots Himself Inside Classroom

By Diannah Watson At Lithia Springs High School in Georgia, a teacher shot himself Thursday, August 17, according to authorities. Douglas County School officials say that around 7:15 a.m., the teacher shot himself in an empty classroom. There were no students or staff members present during the shooting. After shooting himself, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office stated that the teacher managed to get the a ...

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