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Devos Looks For ‘Better Way’ To Handle Campus Sexual Assault

Sep 19, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Devos Looks For ‘Better Way’ To Handle Campus Sexual Assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may be using some compromise plans devised by outside groups, as a model for balancing the rights of alleged victims and accused students.

NFL Fans Are Divided Over How Players Express Themselves Politically

Sep 19, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on NFL Fans Are Divided Over How Players Express Themselves Politically

A controversy over players protesting during the national anthem has exposed deep racial and political divides among the NFL’s fan base. David Greene talks to Jesse Washington, senior writer for The Undefeated.com.

Hard-Hit Broward County Cleans Up After Hurricane Irma’s Destructive Visit

Sep 18, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Hard-Hit Broward County Cleans Up After Hurricane Irma’s Destructive Visit

Mary Louise Kelly talks to Barbara Sharief, mayor of Broward County, Florida, about cleanup effort after Hurricane Irma.

VA Cautions Ken Burn’s Vietnam Documentary Could Triggger PTSD

Sep 18, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on VA Cautions Ken Burn’s Vietnam Documentary Could Triggger PTSD

The VA is preparing for an increase in Vietnam veterans seeking mental health treatment after PBS airs a Vietnam documentary. Mental health professionals say it could trigger PTSD and depression.

DACA, A Student’s Story: ‘They Are The Types Of Immigrants You Want In Your Country’

Sep 17, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on DACA, A Student’s Story: ‘They Are The Types Of Immigrants You Want In Your Country’

A sign is held up by the White House in support of the DREAMers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Sept. 5, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration will “wind down” DACA.

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A sign is held up by the White House in support of the DREAMers and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on Sept. 5, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration will “wind down” DACA.

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Dan Lee rarely talks about his status as a DACA recipient. Apart from having close family and friend confidants, the secret of being in the country illegally has weighed heavily on Lee ever since he learned he didn’t have the proper paperwork in high school while applying for a job.

In an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, Lee remembers being 15 and thinking “What is the point of me doing anything if I’m not going to able to have a career or be able to, I guess, be ‘normal’?”

Lee’s parents brought him to the U.S. from South Korea in the hopes of giving him an American education. From what he can gather from his parents, they tried to pursue citizenship but ended up falling victim to an immigration scam.

Lee is part of about 20 percent of DACA recipients who came to the U.S. from Asia. South Koreans make up the majority of that demographic.

Because of DACA, Lee was able to get the documents needed to get a job and apply for school. Today he’s a fourth-year political science student at American University in Washington D.C.

With news that President Trump has rescinded DACA with a six-month delay, he wanted to speak out.

“There are 800,000 people just like me,” Lee says. “People who have full-time jobs, attending school. They are the types of immigrants you want in your country.”

Interview Highlights

On why his immigration application didn’t go through

My parents, they were scammed by a supposed immigration attorney and [they] didn’t speak English. They didn’t know how the American system worked. They didn’t know the laws here and they just assumed, “Oh, if we hire an attorney, everything will work out.” Turns out it didn’t.

On his life before DACA was introduced

I see that Congress has tried to tackle immigration reform so many times and they’ve mostly failed over and over again and I realized that there’s just simply no hope and I was going like, “What is the point of me even trying in school? What is the point of me doing anything if I’m not going to able to have a career or be able to, I guess, be ‘normal’?”

On waiting to learn the fate of DACA

It’s like when you’re on a chair and you lean a little too back and you’re just about to fall, right? And it’s like feeling that perpetual falling feeling. I just want to be able to know if I’m going to be able to keep what I built here. I want to be able to one day own a house, have a family, have a job and watch football on Sundays peacefully.

On challenging claims that DACA recipients are criminals and welfare babies

In order to receive DACA, you need to pass a criminal background check. Not only that, you have to pay money to apply for DACA. It’s close to $500, and compounding with the fact that you have to give your biometrics and the fact that you’re not eligible for any sort of social benefit in the United States.

NPR producer Denise Guerra produced the audio version of this story.

U.S. Still Out of Paris Climate Agreement, Despite Conflicting Reports

Sep 17, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on U.S. Still Out of Paris Climate Agreement, Despite Conflicting Reports

The White House has reaffirmed its position on the Paris Climate Agreement despite reports that the United States would stay.

“There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement. As the President has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favorable to our country,” the White House said in a statement Saturday.

A few minutes later, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders followed up with this tweet: “Our position on the Paris agreement has not changed. @POTUS has been clear, US withdrawing unless we get pro-America terms.”

It was in response to reports, in the Wall Street Journal and AFP earlier in the day, that quoted a European official who had attended an environmental summit in Montreal, Canada.

According to AFP, the European Union’s top climate official, Miguel Arias Canete, said, “The U.S. has stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris Accord, but they try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement.”

That new stance was reportedly vocalized by White House senior adviser Everett Eissenstat, “participants” told the WSJ.

Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord

Eissenstat, deputy assistant to the president for international economic affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council, “outlined a plan to reassure partners that the U.S. would be constructive” in its efforts to fight climate change, “he did not provide clarity on the new emissions-reduction objectives,” the publication said, citing an unnamed official at the Montreal meeting of environmental ministers.

He went on tell the publication “there would be a meeting on the sidelines of next week’s UN General Assembly with American representatives ‘to assess what is the real US position,’ but noted ‘it’s a message which is quite different to the one we heard from President Trump in the past.’ “

Trump announced on June 1 the U.S. would be leaving the Paris Accord, following through on a campaign promise. In a speech delivered in the Rose Garden he said, “Compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as $2.7 million lost jobs by 2025.”

But he added that the U.S. would begin negotiations to possibly re-enter the Paris accord or a similar pact that, he said, would result in a better deal for American workers.

Under the terms of the agreement, he wouldn’t actually be able to withdraw until November 2020.

The president is preparing to give his first-ever speech to the United Nations on Monday.

NPR’s Emma Bowman contributed to this report.

Jeffrey Sandusky, Penn State Coach’s Son, Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse

Sep 16, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Jeffrey Sandusky, Penn State Coach’s Son, Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse

Jeffrey Sandusky, one of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse Friday in Pennsylvania.

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Jeffrey Sandusky, one of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse Friday in Pennsylvania.

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One of the sons of former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse in Centre County, Pa.

The Centre Daily Times reports that the younger Sandusky was charged earlier this year:

“Jeffrey Sandusky was charged in February after state police at Rockview began an investigation when a 16-year-old known to Jeffrey Sandusky reported that he had sent the minor text messages asking for nude photos in March 2016. Another minor told police that Jeffrey Sandusky had asked her to perform sex acts on him when she was 15 years old, according to a release from the District Attorney’s Office.”

Due to go on trial next week, Sandusky, 41, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and 12 felonies in a deal with prosecutors, under which he would serve three to six years in prison. The judge isn’t bound by the deal and could sentence him to up to eight years.

A Son Of Jerry Sandusky Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

Centre County District Attorney Stacey Parks Miller said the plea spares the victims the trauma of testifying. “We are happy that these girls can move forward and experience a life with adults that deserve their trust,” she said.

The elder Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Earlier this year, three former Penn State officials were given jail sentences for failing to report him to authorities. Former head coach Joe Paterno, who died in 2012, was fired in 2011, also for failing to adequately report Sandusky.

3 Ex-Penn State Officials Get Jail Time For Failure To Report Sandusky Abuse

Royals Snap Indians’ Winning Streak At 22 Games, Four Short Of Record

Sep 16, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Royals Snap Indians’ Winning Streak At 22 Games, Four Short Of Record

Cheer up, Francisco Lindor — there will be other 22-game winning streaks, right? The Cleveland Indians shortstop was forced out at second base in seventh inning Friday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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Cheer up, Francisco Lindor — there will be other 22-game winning streaks, right? The Cleveland Indians shortstop was forced out at second base in seventh inning Friday night at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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The Cleveland Indians had mostly breezed through their record-setting 22-game winning streak, needing extra innings for the first time during it when they played the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. But they struggled against the Royals again on Friday and this time couldn’t pull off the comeback, falling 4-3.

The loss leaves them four wins shy of the all-time Major League Baseball record, a 26-game steak by the 1916 New York Giants. The Indians do now hold the record for the longest streak in American League history — and the second-longest streak the MLB ever has seen.

The run of wins also saw Cleveland rise to the top of the American League, with a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, all but clinching their division.

Cleveland Indians Win 21st Straight To Break American League Record

The win represents a surprising turnaround from when Kansas City played Cleveland during the streak in August, getting swept while being outscored 20-0. The biggest difference for the Royals tonight was that the bullpen held, giving up one hit and three walks in four innings.

Outfielder Lorenzo Cain led Kansas City at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in, but every starter outside of catcher Drew Butera got at least one hit — including solo home runs by shortstop Alcides Escobar and designated hitter Brandon Moss.

With 15 games left to play, the Royals remain four games out of the final AL wild card spot.

Close Call, But Indians Pass Cubs, Set Sights On Longest MLB Winning Streak

Sep 15, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Close Call, But Indians Pass Cubs, Set Sights On Longest MLB Winning Streak

Jay Bruce of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning double off Brandon Maurer of the Kansas City Royals during the 10th inning Thursday at Progressive Field in Cleveland.

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After three weeks of domination, the Cleveland Indians had begun to seem almost invulnerable. The Kansas City Royals exposed some weakness Thursday night but couldn’t finish the job, as the Indians got consecutive win No. 22 with runs in the ninth and 10th innings.

A double by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer got outfielder Melky Cabrera across home plate for a 2-1 lead in the sixth, but Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s two-out double in the ninth scored pinch runner Erik Gonzalez.

Outfielder Jay Bruce, whose midseason acquisition from the New York Mets has powered much of the streak, hit a double in the 10th inning to drive in second baseman Jose Ramirez for the winning run for Cleveland.

The win gave Cleveland sole possession of the second-longest winning streak in Major League Baseball history, passing the Chicago Cubs. The record is held by the 1916 New York Giants with 26; if the Indians manage three more wins against the Royals, they could tie the record at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Cleveland Indians Win 21st Straight To Break American League Record

The streak, which began with a win Aug. 24 against the Boston Red Sox and includes series sweeps of the Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers (twice!) and these same Royals, has rocketed the Indians to the top of the American League and leave them three wins shy of clinching a playoff spot.

Thursday night’s game was the first time during the streak that the Indians trailed entering the ninth inning and the first game that went to extra innings, and was only the fourth one-run win of the stretch.

The loss for Kansas City was at least an improvement over the three-game sweep in August, in which the Indians outscored them 20-0. But moral victories don’t count for much with a team barely hanging onto hopes of a wild card berth.

North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

Sep 15, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan

Pedestrians walk in front of a large video screen in Tokyo broadcasting a news report about North Korea’s latest missile test that passed over Japan early Friday morning.

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Updated at 9:50 p.m. ET Thursday

Japanese and South Korean officials have confirmed another missile test by North Korea Friday morning local time. This is the 15th North Korean missile test this year and the first to come after Pyongyang tested its most powerful nuclear bomb yet.

It comes just days after the United Nations Security Council again passed sanctions on Pyongyang. Over the past week, North Korea had been warning about “retaliation” for these sanctions in its state media.

The Japanese chief Cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, says the missile reached an altitude of 770 kilometers (about 500 miles), crossed over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and fell into the ocean 2,000 kilometers (about 1,200 miles) east of Cape Erimo, according to Reuters.

U.S. Pacific Command says the missile didn’t posed a threat to North America or Guam.

North Korea’s most recent missile launch — on Aug. 29 — was the first to fly over Japan in several years. That one, like this one, triggered the J-Alert Japanese civil defense system to break into television and radio broadcasts and send messages across mobile phones in northern Japanese prefectures saying, “Missile alert, missile alert … please take shelter underground or in a sturdy building.”

In Hokkaido, Being In North Korea's Missile Flight Path Means Cold War-Era Drills

North Korea Claims Successful Hydrogen Bomb Test

Suga, who is the Japanese government’s top spokesman, condemned the test and said no debris had fallen. “The government will cooperate closely with the United States, South Korea and other relevant countries to respond to this situation … and do its best to confirm and ensure its safety of the people of Japan,” Suga said.

South Korea’s military says the unidentified missile was launched from Sunan, the site of the North Korean capital’s airport. The Associated Press reports that the South Korean Defense Ministry announced a live-fire ballistic missile drill in response to the missile launch.

The White House press secretary says the president has been briefed on the latest launch.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “These continued provocations only deepen North Korea’s diplomatic and economic isolation.”

He noted that China supplies North Korea with oil and Russia “is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.” He called on both countries to take direct action to show they oppose the missile launches.

Jihye Lee contributed to this post.

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