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Activists, Politicians React With Horror At Border Scenes Of Tear-Gassed Children

Children gassed at borderChildren screamed and coughed amid the gas, The Associated Press reported. The wind carried the aerosol chemicals toward people hundreds of feet away who were not attempting to enter the U.S., the wire service noted. One woman collapsed unconscious amid the chaos, and two babies sobbed with tears running down their faces from the gas, Reuters reported.

A statement from the Customs and Border Patrol agency said that officers responded with tear gas as migrants threw “projectiles,” which hit “several agents.”

The use of force was sharply criticized.

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) called on people “uncomfortable with spraying tear gas on children” to join the “coalition of the moral and the sane” to “get our country back.”

TVNL Comment:  "Uncomfortable"?  Not "outraged" or "horrified?"   Trump has permitted the use of lethal force.  This is just the beginning.

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Deforestation in Amazon rainforest hits worst rate in 10 years

Deforestation in Amazon the worst in ten years

Brazilian officials announced on Friday that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has reached its worst level in a decade.

Buzzfeed reported that about 7,900 square kilometers, which is the equivalent of about 3,050 square miles, of rainforest was cleared out between August 2017 and July 2018.

BuzzFeed, citing data from GreenPeace Brazil, noted that the data means about 1.185 billion trees were cut down.

The news outlet notes that the official data from Brazil comes amid concerns that president-elect Jair Bolsonaro's time in office will only lead to an increased rate of deforestation.

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US Customs closes major point of entry along southern border

US Customs closes major point of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reportedly closed the pedestrian and vehicle bridges at the San Ysidro port of entry near San Diego, Calif., on Sunday.

CNN reported that the roads and bridges at the entry point have been closed in both directions, and additional personnel has been dispatched to the area in anticipation of the arrival of Central American migrants who are part of a so-called caravan.

San Ysidro is one of the largest land border crossings between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, where hundreds of migrants have been staying in recent days before attempting to enter the U.S

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Olivia Hooker, First African-American Woman In U.S. Coast Guard, Dies Aged 103

Olivia Hooker, first African-American women in USCG, dies at 103Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103.

Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Black Wall Street.” She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family’s home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year.

She recalled hearing the mob use an axe to destroy her sister’s piano. For a child, she said, it was horrifying trying to keep quiet.

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George Papadopoulos Can’t Delay His Jail Sentence, Judge Decides

George Papadoupolis sentencing cannot be delayed

A federal judge has rejected a last-ditch bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to put off his looming but brief federal prison sentence.

In ruling issued just a day before Papapdopoulos was scheduled to report to serve his two-week sentence for making false statements to FBI agents investigating alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia, U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss said Papadopoulos’ legal arguments fell short of what was needed to justify delaying the sentence Moss imposed in September.

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MLB wants $5,000 donation returned after U.S. Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith's controversial comments

MLB asks for return of $5000 given to Hyde-Smith

About that donation, senator. Major League Baseball would like it back.

MLB has requested that a Mississippi Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate return the $5,000 donation it made to her campaign in the wake of controversial comments by the candidate.

Earlier this month, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who is running in Tuesday's runoff in Mississippi, joked about sitting on the front row of a public hanging in a viral video published on Twitter in which she was surrounded by supporters.

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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts Central America's eastern coast

6.0 eartthquake Central aA 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday night struck off the eastern coast of Central America, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The quake, which occurred at 9:41 p.m. Central Time, was centered in the Carribbean Sea near the Colombian island of Providencia, 19.9 miles northwest of Mountain, and 259.9 miles west-northwest of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, according to the USGS. The quake was hundreds of mile northeast of Costa Rica and Panama.

It had a depth of 6.2 miles. Three aftershocks of 4.4, 4.2 and 4.4 ocurred from 1/2 hours to seven hours later in region.

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Incoming Mexican government now says there is no 'Remain in Mexico' deal on migrants

Mexico denies deal to keep Migrants

The incoming Mexican administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador now says that there is no deal with the United States that would allow asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are decided after reports Saturday indicated such an agreement had been reached.

On Saturday, The Washington Post reported that a deal between the Trump and Obrador administrations would begin a "Remain in Mexico" policy to replace the existing system – ofter derisively called "catch and release" – of permitting migrants to remain in the United States while their cases move through the courts, a process that can take years.

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Man shot and killed in Alabama mall shooting "likely" wrong suspect

Alabama mall shooting likely killed wrong man Officials are now saying the man who Alabama police shot and killed after a shooting at a mall near Birmingham "likely did not fire the shots" that wounded two people and sent terrified shoppers running for cover.

Authorities mistakenly thought Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. fired the rounds that left an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old hospitalized, Hoover police spokesman Capt. Gregg Rector said in a statement.

Police initially said Bradford opened fire after an altercation with the 18-year-old and an officer fatally shot him as he fled the scene. But late Friday, police changed that story, saying that while Bradford was involved in "some aspect of the altercation" and was armed with a handgun, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the two others.

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