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‘I did not collude’: Kushner releases 3,700-word statement detailing 4 Russia contacts

‘I did not collude’: Kushner releases 3,700-word statement detailing 4 Russia contactsIn a lengthy statement to the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Trump's son-in-law says that he has “nothing to hide.”




POSTED JULY 24, 2017 10:06 AM

Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car park

Human trafficking suspected as nine people die in sweltering lorry at Texas car parkAt least nine people have died after being crammed inside a sweltering lorry parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of "ruthless" human traffickers. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were in hospital in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said. Authorities were called to the San Antonio car park late Saturday night or early Sunday and found eight dead inside the truck. A ninth victim died at the hospital. The victims "were very hot to the touch. So these people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water" to air conditioning, Fire Chief Charles Hood said.  Based on initial interviews with survivors of the weekend tragedy, more than 100 people may have been packed into the back of the 18-wheeler at one point in its journey, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said. In addition to the dead, there were 28 injured - 20 of them severely Thirty-nine were inside when rescuers arrived, and the rest were believed to have escaped or hitched rides to their next destination, officials said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The truck's driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, US attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water. "All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo," Durbin said. "These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus degree heat," he said. A police officer works on the crime scene behind a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas Credit: Ray Whitehouse/Reuters San Antonio is about 150 miles (240 km) north of the border with Mexico. Temperatures in the area held above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8C) until 6 p.m. local time on Saturday and were expected to soar into the 100s again on Sunday, with humidity making the heat feel close to 110 degrees, forecasters said. Raids on suspected illegal immigrants have ramped up across the United States in recent months, after president Donald Trump's vow to crack down on those entering the country without authorisation or overstaying their visas. In Texas alone, federal immigration agents said they arrested 123 illegal immigrants with criminal records in an eight-day operation that ended last week. The San Antonio deaths come more than a decade after what is considered the worst immigrant smuggling case in US history, when 70 people were found stuffed into an 18-wheeler. Nineteen of them died in the incident in Victoria, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of San Antonio, in May 2003. San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described the latest fatalities as a "horrible tragedy" and said other suspects had fled the scene as police officers arrived. Police forensics officers work on the crime scene "Checking the video, there were a number of vehicles that came and picked up other people who were in that trailer," McManus said. Twenty people were airlifted to seven hospitals and their conditions were "critical to very critical," Hood said. Eight others are hospitalised in less serious condition, he said. At San Antonio's University Hospital, six adults were admitted early Sunday with heat-related injuries, all of them in critical condition, spokesman Donald Finley said. McManus said the people in the truck ranged from school-age juveniles to adults in their 20s and 30s. He said the Department of Homeland Security had joined the investigation, and that the origin of the truck is unclear. Experts have warned in recent months that tougher immigration policies could make it more difficult to stop human trafficking. Measures to harden international borders encourage would-be migrants to turn to smugglers and fear of deportation deters whistle-blowing, they said. The Border Patrol has regularly reported finding suspected immigrants inside trucks along the U.S. border with Mexico. Earlier this month, 72 Latin Americans were found in a trailer in Laredo, it said. In June, 44 people were found in the back of a lorry in the same Texas city, which lies directly across the Rio Grande from Mexico.  




POSTED JULY 23, 2017 6:03 PM

US student is freed after week held in China in taxi dispute

US student is freed after week held in China in taxi disputeBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American university student is free after being detained for a week in China for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who manhandled his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that brought U.S. lawmakers to the student's defense.




POSTED JULY 24, 2017 10:40 AM

Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from LibyaSeven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.




POSTED JULY 22, 2017 7:30 PM

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactorLava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.




POSTED JULY 22, 2017 8:44 PM

Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

Safety Tips For Watching The Solar EclipseA total solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the United States on Aug. 21, as the moon’s shadow moves across the country from west to east. NASA offered safety tips for viewing.




POSTED JULY 23, 2017 4:23 AM

Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Her Little Sister: Cops

Teen Driver Livestreamed Crash That Killed Her Little Sister: CopsObdulia Sanchez was booked on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after Friday's crash killed her 14-year-old sister.




POSTED JULY 24, 2017 9:02 AM

Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor dies

Alaska town's purr-fect unofficial cat mayor diesJuly 23 (Reuters) - Stubbs, the cat who became the unofficial mayor and a tourist attraction for the small Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at 20, his owners said.




POSTED JULY 23, 2017 5:43 PM

USS Constitution returns to Boston's waters after repairs

USS Constitution returns to Boston's waters after repairsBOSTON (AP) — The USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat, returned late Sunday to Boston's waters.




POSTED JULY 23, 2017 11:48 PM

Senate Minority Leader: GOP health care plan is 'rotten to the core'

Senate Minority Leader: GOP health care plan is 'rotten to the core'Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., discusses the Democratic Party's new agenda on "This Week."




POSTED JULY 23, 2017 8:31 AM

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