The man, a Honduran national, confessed to border agents when he was faced with a DNA test.
“We’ve seen all manner of smuggling organizations communicating to potential customers and to those crossing the border how to bring a child with them to be allowed to stay in the United States,” McAleenan said. “They’ve been active in advertising, literally on Facebook and on the radio in Central America.”...
...saying they "did not participate in any wrongdoing in obtaining the materials in the first place" and therefore bore no legal liability for disseminating the information... The suit did not allege that the stolen materials were false or defamatory but rather sought to hold the Trump team and other defendants liable for the theft of the DNC's information under various Virginia and federal statutes, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Wiretap Act, Stored Communications Act, Digital Millenium Copyright Act, and laws protecting trade secrets. However, Judge John Koeltl, a Bill Clinton appointee sitting in the Southern District of New York, wrote in his 81-page opinion Tuesday that the DNC's argument was "entirely divorced" from the facts.
According to the ACLU, nearly 1,000 children have been taken away from their parents since President Donald Trump ordered family separations stopped in June 2018, followed by a court order to reunite the families. Trump said then that his policy is to "maintain family unity" unless the parent poses a risk to the child. But the group says border patrol agents are snatching migrant children away from their mothers and fathers because of alleged minor crimes such as traffic tickets.
After a bruising week-long confirmation process that took place mainly behind closed doors and under oath, Gen. John Hyten emerged largely unscathed, with his reputation intact, and his nomination to be the nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer appeared headed for Senate approval as early as this week. Hyten had categorically denied the allegation that he sexually assaulted a more junior officer in her hotel room in 2017, when both attended the annual Reagan Security Forum in California, and was cleared by a team of 53 Air Force investigators...
The accuser, Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser, told the New York Times she felt she had a moral obligation to come forward once she learned Hyten, her former boss, would not be retiring but was instead nominated for a new four-star assignment. At his Tuesday Senate confirmation hearing, it was clear that after listening to both Hyten and Spletstoser behind closed doors over five days and reviewing voluminous evidence produced by an Air Force inspector general investigation, most senators believed Hyten’s insistence that “the allegations are false” and “nothing happened, ever.”
In the search for sustainable plastic alternatives, a research intern from the Institute of Biological Chemistry at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan found a new biodegradable material. Denxybel Montinola, who hails from Cebu, Philippines, engineered a bioplastic using bio-polymers known as pectin and carrageenan, which come from mango peels and seaweed respectively.
Not only is Montinola’s alternative sustainable, it’s also better than the plastics we currently use. For one, it’s completely water-soluble, which means it will completely dissolve in water and won’t degrade into tiny plastic particles. So there’s a decreased likelihood of getting a dash of microplastics in your next meal.
Second, it’s robust enough to mimic the motions of our body...
It will be interesting to see if this water soluble bag would dissolve if things like frozen or refrigerated foods were placed in them on a hot day. During hot days, bags can drip with condensation just from carrying them from the cash register to the car. That would cause them to dissolve. They don't provide an answer to that, but we'll see what happens as time goes on.
One of the biggest challenges of eating magic mushrooms is the eating part, so a Denver coffee roaster wants your dose to come from a cup of joe instead. Anticipating looser regulations around psilocybin and more public acceptance, Strava Craft Coffee just announced plans to sell coffee beans and tea products infused with the psychedelic substance.
The coffee and tea will be designed to help fight anxiety and depression,...
Last week, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) said that Richard Castro, also known as "Chemsusa," "Chems_usa," and "Jagger109," among other aliases, used the Dark Web -- only accessible via Tor -- between 2015 and 2019 to sell controlled, restricted drugs. The 36-year-old, a resident of Florida, traded synthetic opioids, specifically carfentanil, fentanyl, and phenyl fentanyl, all of which are powerful tranquilizers and painkillers.
Castro decided to move his trade away from the Dark Web last year and told clients that purchases could be made via encrypted email -- but a fee up-front was required to connect. An undercover officer paid the fee and placed a number of orders.
The co-conspirator, Luis Fernandez, then shipped the drugs to the police officer during the sting, leading to Castro's arrest.
Castro's clients paid in Bitcoin (BTC) and these proceeds were stashed in seven cryptocurrency wallets. The dealer also laundered his funds through the purchase of valuable assets and a huge amount of Zimbabwe banknotes. Prosecutors say "approximately 100 quadrillion notes" were purchased through the drug sales...
The trial started at 9:30 am (0730 GMT) at the Stockholm District Court. A$AP Rocky entered the courtroom, dressed in a green t-shirt and sweatpants, with his lawyer Slobodan Jovicic. "He admits that he threw the plaintiff on the ground, that he stepped on his arm and punched or pushed his shoulder," Mayers' lawyer Slobodan Jovicic told the court, but added that it was a case of "self-defence"...
Under SB 27, called the "Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act," any candidate running for president or governor in California must file copies of their tax returns from the previous five years to the California secretary of State, or their names will be stricken from the ballot, the Hill reports.
In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh called the move "unconstitutional."
"There are very good reasons why the very liberal Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed this bill two years ago - it's unconstitutional and it opens up the possibility for states to load up more requirements on candidates in future elections. What's next, five years of health records?" he said...
The Indiana State Department of Health approved a permit July 3 sought by Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to have the body exhumed from Crown Hill Cemetery and reinterred there. The permit doesn't give a reason for the request. Thompson couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The Indianapolis-born Dillinger was one of America's most notorious criminals. He and his gang pulled off a bloody string of bank robberies across the Midwest in the 1930s. The FBI says that Dillinger's gang killed 10 people, but Dillinger was never convicted of murder.
The suspect, identified as Grace Brown, turned herself into authorities Tuesday afternoon, according to WTAE-TV reporter Marcie Cipriani... Police were searching for the woman after she was accused of urinating on potatoes at a Walmart store in West Mifflin... The bizarre incident allegedly took place late July 24 into early July 25. The West Mifflin Police Department released photos of the woman taken from surveillance video at the store in hopes that someone in the community would identify her. According to a Walmart spokesperson, a store employee claimed to have seen the woman committing the act. It was not shared whether or not the employee attempted to intervene.
Under the terms of the lease with the Shanghai government, Tesla must start generating the annual tax revenues at the end of 2023 -- or hand the land back, the company’s latest quarterly filing shows... “We believe the capital expenditure requirement and the tax revenue target will be attainable even if our actual vehicle production was far lower than the volumes we are forecasting,” Tesla said in the filing...
The breakthrough is the first to demonstrate how the intention to say specific words can be extracted from brain activity and converted into text rapidly enough to keep pace with natural conversation.
In its current form, the brain-reading software works only for certain sentences it has been trained on, but scientists believe it is a stepping stone towards a more powerful system that can decode in real time the words a person intends to say.
[...] The work, funded by Facebook, was possible thanks to three epilepsy patients who were about to have neurosurgery for their condition. Before their operations went ahead, all three had a small patch of tiny electrodes placed directly on the brain for at least a week to map the origins of their seizures.
During their stay in hospital, the patients, all of whom could speak normally, agreed to take part in Chang’s research...
But if the storm is really severe, our electrical grid could be fried and we could experience widespread power outages. According to the Express, “the solar storm will hit Earth on July 31 or August 1".
[...] Of course North America is in the northern hemisphere, and so we could be in for a direct hit. Since our satellites are outside our atmosphere, they are the most vulnerable during a solar storm. If some of our satellites get fried, that could affect GPS navigation, cell phone communication, and satellite television services…
[...] But if the storm is powerful enough, electronic devices all over the country could be damaged and our power grid could potentially be disabled. According to astrophysicist Scott McIntosh, a really bad solar storm could potentially even cause some of our major cities to be without power for months…
China is conducting an aggressive disinformation and influence campaign designed to block the re-election of President Trump in 2020, according to a dissident Chinese billionaire who until recently was close to senior Beijing leaders.
Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese real estate tycoon-turned-anti-communist critic, said in an interview that details of the influence operation were disclosed recently by Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan in Beijing.
Few public examples were seen but one example was paid Chinese propaganda supplements in newspapers such as the Des Moines Register.
Other means involve dispatching Chinese intelligence operatives to the United States for the influence operations and utilizing networks of pro-China agents—Americans and others who will do Beijing's bidding...
The debate, hosted by CNN, will take place on Tuesday, July 30, and Wednesday, July 31, at the Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit. The debate each night will start at 8 p.m. ET and last two hours. As before, each night will feature 10 candidates on stage.
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