19-year-old woman arrested for allegedly shooting a Chicago police officer during raid

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Chicago Police Department(CHICAGO) —  A 19-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly shot and wounded a Chicago police officer who was part of a tactical team serving a warrant at her home — the latest in a string of incidents nationwide in which law enforcement officers have been killed or injured while executing warrants.

Emily Petronella, 19, was hit with a slew of charges from the Saturday night incident, including attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer, according to Chicago Police Department officials.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Petronella allegedly fired one shot through a rear door of her home, wounding the 34-year-old officer. Members of the tactical unit did not return fire.

“This is another illustration of how dangerous it is for police officers to serve search warrants,” Johnson said at a news conference Saturday night.

The shooting came just two days after a deputy sheriff was shot and killed while helping to serve an arrest warrant in Rockford, Illinois, on a fugitive at a hotel.

On Saturday, a police tactical team was serving a search warrant at a home in the Humboldt Park neighborhood when the shooting unfolded just after 7 p.m., Johnson said.

“While they were attempting to breach the rear door, a shot was fired through the door, striking an officer … in the shoulder,” Johnson said.

At the time of the shooting, Patronella was free on $10,000 bond stemming from being charged in February with a misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon, officials said.

Johnson said officers were serving a search warrant for narcotics and illegal weapons suspected of being inside the home.

During the raid, police seized more than 5,000 grams, or a little over 11 pounds, of marijuana, a semiautomatic pistol and large bundles of cash.

During a bond hearing on Sunday, Petronella’s attorney, Stefan Fenner, said his client opened fire on what she mistakenly thought were burglars attempting to break open her door, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Fenner claimed the officers did not announce they were police before trying to enter the home.

Johnson said at Saturday night’s news conference that members of the tactical unit identified themselves as police as they attempted to serve the warrant.

He added that “all of our officers, typically, when we do search warrants have some kind of CP [Chicago Police] identification on them so that you can clearly see that they are the police.”

“And besides that,” he added, “we always station uniformed police cars with them.”

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

Budget showdown looms over Trump’s expected request for border wall funding

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Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump will request an additional $8.6 billion in border wall funding as part of his administration’s 2020 budget proposal, according to a senior administration official, potentially setting the stage for another government shutdown.

The White House is expected to propose taking $5 billion from Customs and Border Patrol and $3.6 billion from Department of Defense military projects.

The proposal is a steep ask from the president, whose previous request for $5.7 billion in border wall funding was denied by lawmakers and set off the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Despite active work on a bipartisan deal, the president declared a national emergency in February to secure the funding his administration felt was necessary to build barriers along the southern border.

Democrats on Sunday were quick to announce Trump’s new border wall funding proposal dead on arrival. In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer threatened a repeat of the government shutdown that ended in January.

“President Trump hurt millions of Americans and caused widespread chaos when he recklessly shut down the government to try to get his expensive and ineffective wall, which he promised would be paid for by Mexico. Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again. We hope he learned his lesson,” Schumer and Pelosi said in the statement.

“At a time when our country faces challenges about jobs for the future, this money would better be spent on rebuilding America, and on education and workforce development for jobs for the 21st Century,” the statement continued.

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow acknowledged that the budget’s reported spending cuts and spike in border wall funding could result in another ugly fight between the White House and Capitol Hill.

“I would just say that the whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance,” Kudlow said on Fox News Sunday. “We have a crisis down there. I think the president has made that case very effectively.”

“It’s a crisis of economics. It’s a crisis of crime and drugs. It’s a crisis of humanity. We have to be much tougher and have more constructive immigration policy, which we will be developing over a period of time. So, yes, he’s going to stay with his wall, and he’s going to stay with the border security and I think it’s essential,” Kudlow said.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

Avalanche debris found as search continues for US Marine lieutenant from Camp Pendleton missing after 10-day ski trip

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1st Marine Division/Facebook(INDEPENDENCE, Calif.) — Search-and-rescue teams looking for a Marine missing after a scheduled backcountry ski trip in the central California mountains located debris from an avalanche as they climbed to the peak of the mountain.

First Lt. Matthew Kraft was planning to hike the Kearsarge Pass trail on Feb. 24 and was scheduled to end his trip on March 4 or March 5 near Bridgeport, California, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

His car was located late Friday, but rescue teams have still not located the serviceman, according to the Inyo County Sheriff.

When Kraft’s father didn’t hear from his son, who is based at Camp Pendleton, by last Monday, he contacted the Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

“One of our Marines, 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, has been reported missing to local law enforcement after missing his return date from a recreational skiing and hiking trip on the Sierra High Route,” the division wrote on Facebook page.

After days of searching the trails, Kraft’s vehicle was located by Inyo Search and Rescue on Friday night near Lower Grays Meadows, close to Independence, according to a press release issued on Saturday by the county’s sheriff.

The rescue team deployed a snowcat “to rope-tow search and rescue team members on skis up to the Onion Valley parking area” ahead of another winter storm this weekend, according to the press release.

The search and rescue team found “recent avalanche debris” when they reached about 8,000 feet, about 2 miles from the Kearsarge trailhead, according to the sheriff’s office. Evidence of other smaller avalanches was also observed, the update stated.

Searches on Sunday will be primarily air-based due to avalanche concerns, authorities said.

Mono County Sheriff initiated a forensic cell phone analysis and determined the phone was used in the Independence area, according to the sheriff’s office.

The search expanded with the Inyo County and Fresno County Sheriff’s Offices. The California Highway Patrol, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Madera County Sheriff’s Office, the Marines Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center are all assisting in the search, with the Fresno County Sheriff and the Air National Guard providing aerial support.

Authorities are also looking for help from the public, asking anyone with information regarding Kraft’s case to call Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383, option 4; Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549, option 7; or Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-8400.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

As Southern California investigators try to ID young girl found in duffel bag, another missing child turns up alive

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Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department (LOS ANGELES) — When a young girl matching her missing daughter’s description turned up dead in a duffel bag dumped near a rural trail in Southern California, Nefertirri Neal said her heart sank the day a homicide detective called her in an attempt to identify the body.

“There’s nothing worse than to not know where your baby is and a homicide detective calls you and asks you what color is her shirt and where are her scars,” Neal told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

But on Saturday, just days after Neal received the dreadful call, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Neal’s daughter, Skylar Mannie, had been found alive.

“We are happy to share that 13-year-old old Skylar Mannie, from Lancaster, has been found,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement Saturday evening. “Skylar is safe and being reunited with her family.”

Details on how Neal’s daughter, who went missing on Valentine’s Day, was found were not released.

Sheriff’s deputies located Skylar just hours after Neal tearfully pleaded with her to “come home.”

“She’s here now. She’s in her room,” Neal told ABC News when reached by phone Sunday morning.

She said the reunion with her daughter “was actually pretty crazy.”

“I think all the emotions that I just had bottled up so that I could function and look for her kind of just came out all at once,” Neal said.

Even before Skylar turned up alive, sheriff’s officials said she was not the girl found dead March 5. The girl’s body was bent and stuffed inside a black duffel bag, and dumped near an equestrian trail in Hacienda Heights, California, about 95 miles south of where Skylar Mannie went missing.

Sheriff’s investigators said there was no link between the cases.

The still unidentified girl was discovered by Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department workers clearing landscape near the trail, the sheriff’s department said.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office said an autopsy on the mystery girl’s body was complete and her death had been ruled a homicide, though the cause and manner of her death were not released.

The girl was believed to be between 8 and 13 years old, according to the sheriff’s department. When her body was discovered, the girl was dressed in dark pants with panda prints on them and a pink long-sleeve shirt with the words “Future Princess Hero” written on the front.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office told ABC News on Sunday morning that the girl still remains unidentified.

Former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Steve Gomez, who lives in the Hacienda Heights area but is not involved in the investigation, said residents are in shock.

Gomez added that, based on his experience, the girl likely did not live in the area.

“She’s not immediately recognizable to anybody,” Gomez said last week. “What it leads me to believe is that this child is probably from an area not immediately near Hacienda Heights. She’s probably from someplace outside of the general Los Angeles area, maybe even another state.”

Neal said the joy of authorities finding her daughter alive was tempered by the ongoing investigation into the unsolved death of the girl in the duffel bag.

“My heart goes out to her and her family,” Neal told ABC News. “I hope that they get some resolution and find some peace.”

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5 dead as small plane plunges into Lake Okeechobee in Florida

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WPBF(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — Five people are dead after a small plane fell from the sky and plunged into Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida on Friday afternoon.

All five bodies were recovered from the fuselage of the airplane, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

“A twin-engine Piper aircraft went down in Lake Okeechobee while on approach to Pahokee Airport at approximately 3:30 p.m. today,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. “The flight departed from Tampa International Airport. The FAA is investigating. However, the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation and will release updates.”

The victims have been identified as Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach; Eric Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point; Matthew Fiorello, 26, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; and Edwin Mortell III, 54, of Stuart.

All but Mulet, who was piloting the plane, were part of the same law firm in Florida.

The accident happened about 400 yards north of Pahokee Airport, which is located on the southeast shore of the large inland lake and about 200 miles from Tampa International Airport.

An initial report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said “one individual was observed swimming away from the airplane, however, has not been located.” It turns out that eyewitness report was inaccurate.

“I seen it circling. It went around two times,” witness Laura Lester told West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF. “And it went up in that corner and it didn’t come back.”

The death investigation will be handled by the PBSO Violent Crimes Division, the sheriff’s office said — standard procedure whether a crime is suspected or not.

Friday’s accident took place not far from where a plane crashed into a condo building in Fort Lauderdale one week earlier. That accident, which was a single-engine Piper aircraft, was about an hour south of Pahokee Airport. The pilot of the aircraft was killed.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

‘Not aware’ of any contact between US and North Korea since Hanoi summit, but President Donald Trump ‘prepared to engage again’: White House national security adviser John Bolton

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Vietnam News Agency/Handout/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In the wake of recent satellite images showing new activity at the Sohae (Tongchang-ri) launch facility in the northwestern part of North Korea, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said he’s “not aware” of any contacts between the U.S. and North Korea since the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The images, which were published by the Center for Strategic International Studies’ (CSIS) Beyond Parallel, appear to show a rapid rebuilding at the country’s main site for long-range satellite launches and missile-engine testing.

John Bolton told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that it’s possible the South Korean government has spoken to North Korea about the activity. He added that he will be speaking with his South Korean counterpart Monday morning and he suspects the satellite images will be discussed.

“I’d rather not get into the specifics” on the images,” Bolton said. “The United States government — I’ll just put it this way — spends a lot of resources and efforts so we don’t have to rely on commercial satellite imagery. We’ve seen a lot in North Korea. We watch it constantly. … There’s a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I’m not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows.”

“What can you tell us?” Raddatz pressed. “You’ve been doing this for years. Give us some idea whether that concerns you.”

“The president has been very clear that he’s not going to make the mistakes of prior administrations. And one mistake that prior administrations made repeatedly was assuming that the North Koreans would automatically comply when they undertake obligations,” Bolton said. “The North Koreans for example, have pledged to give up their nuclear weapons program at least five separate times, beginning in 1992 with the joint North/South denuclearization agreement.

“They never seem to get around to it though. So that’s one reason why we pay particular attention to what North Korea is doing all the time. We see exactly what they’re doing now. We see it unblinkingly, and we don’t have any illusions about what their capabilities are.”

The facility in the satellite images had been inactive since August, following Trump’s Singapore summit with Kim earlier that summer. During the summit, Kim committed to dismantling a launch facility.

The renewed activity at the launch site was detected just two days after the second Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam, which failed to reach an agreement to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. However, Trump told reporters that like the Singapore summit, Kim had committed to not conducting nuclear or ballistic missile tests.

Asked about the images on Wednesday, Trump said “it’s too early to see” if North Korea is breaking a promise by rebuilding the site.

“I would be very disappointed if that were happening. It’s a very early report,” Trump said. “But I would be very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim. And I don’t think I will be, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll take a look. It’ll ultimately get solved.”

 

On Saturday, CSIS’s Beyond Parallel published more satellite images taken on Wednesday and Friday that appear to show work has continued at the site.

“What would the consequences be if we saw another test launch?” Raddatz asked Bolton Sunday on “This Week.”

“As the president said, he’d be pretty disappointed if Kim Jong Un went ahead and did something like that. The president said repeatedly that he feels the absence of nuclear tests, the absence of ballistic missile launches is a positive sign,” Bolton said. “He’s used that really as part of his effort to persuade Kim Jong Un that he has to go for what the president called the big deal, complete denuclearization.”

Bolton said that it would be a mistake to fall “for the North Korean action for action ploy” because it doesn’t work.

“What North Korea needs — and it needs it very much right now — is economic relief. … [Kim] wants the economic sanctions released. And to get that, he is prepared to give up some part of his nuclear program, perhaps at a declaratory level, even a substantial part,” Bolton said.

“But the marginal benefit to North Korea of economic relief is far greater than the marginal benefit to us of partial denuclearization. So that’s why, action for action, almost inevitably in the past three administration has worked to North Korea’s benefit.”

Bolton said the sanctions put pressure on North Korea, which is to the United States’ advantage.

“It’s one reason why all of the pundits and all of the experts predicting a deal in Hanoi were wrong, because the leverage is on our side right now, not on North Korea’s,” he said.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ‘fears’ order to arrest interim President Juan Guaido ‘would not be obeyed’: White House national security adviser John Bolton

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ABC News(CARACAS, Venezuela) —  White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday that “momentum is on the side of” interim President Juan Guaido in Venezuela, and that President Nicolas Maduro “fears” that if he orders Guaido’s arrest, “it would not be obeyed.”

“I think momentum is on Guaido’s side. Reports in the press that … the military hasn’t shifted miss the point entirely,” Bolton said in an interview with “This Week” Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz Sunday. “They have not sought to arrest Guaido and the National Assembly in the opposition, and I think one reason for that is that Maduro fears if he gave that order, it would not be obeyed.”

The U.S., along with 50 other countries, have backed Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido, who’s leading the opposition movement.

“The fact is — and the media don’t know it because people don’t talk about this — there are countless conversations going on between members of the National Assembly and members of the military in Venezuela; talking about what might come, how they might move to support the opposition,” Bolton said. “They’re not going to broadcast that.”

Bolton tweeted Wednesday that President Donald Trump “has made it clear to Nicolas Maduro and those around him, ‘all options are on the table.'” But Pentagon officials indicated in September that there was no active planning for U.S. military intervention.

In his first interview with an American television network in years, Maduro told ABC News Anchor and Chief National Affairs Correspondent Tom Llamas that phrases like “all options are open,” are “a threat for war.”

Also in that interview, Maduro said that he fears the people around Trump, including Bolton, who he called “an extremist and expert of the Cold War.”

“I think these people surrounding President Trump and advising him on Venezuelan policies are bad. And I think that at one point, President Trump will have to say ‘stop, stop, we have to see what happens with Venezuela,’ and change his policy,” Maduro said.

“Do you want Maduro to fear the advice you’re giving to the president?” Raddatz asked Bolton on “This Week.”

“Let me just say I’m honored to be named by Nicolas Maduro. I add him to the list of other people who’ve criticized me over the years,” Bolton said, adding that he doesn’t wish the president “any ill will.”

“It’s not just Maduro though. It’s the entire regime. It’s a group of kleptocrats who have plundered Venezuela of its oil wealth, have impoverished the people.”

“You’re pretty certain Maduro’s going to be out?” Raddatz pressed.

“I’m not certain of anything,” Bolton said.

He added, “I think the overwhelming support of the population and the overwhelming support of the enlisted personnel in the military and the junior officers” is for Guaido. “We’ll see what happens.”

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

8 Americans among 157 people killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash: Officials

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ABC News(ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia) — An Ethiopian Airlines with 157 people on board, including eight Americans, crashed Sunday just minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, according to the airline and reports.

Everyone on board was presumed dead, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement. The country’s state broadcaster said all of the passengers perished in the crash, according to the Associated Press.

“At this time search and rescue operations are in progress and we have no confirmed information about survivors or any possible casualties,” the airline said.

Flight ET302 took off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa at 8:38 a.m. local time, the company said. Its destination was Nairobi, Kenya, according to the airline.

It lost contact six minutes later, according to the airline’s statement.

There were believed to be 149 passengers and 8 crew members on board, the airline said. However, it said it was “confirming the details of the passenger manifest for the flight.”

In addition to the eight victims from the United States, the AP reported that there were 32 Kenyans and nine Ethiopians on board; eight people from China and Italy; seven passengers each from France and Britain; six from Egypt; five from the Netherlands; and four each from India and Slovenia.

The U.S. Embassy said it was aware of the crash, and released a statement before it was announced that there victims from the United States. The embassy is working with the Ethiopian government to identify Americans who were on the flight, it said in a statement.

“We extend our sincerest sympathies to all who are impacted by this tragic event,” it said in a statement. “We are in contact with the Government of Ethiopia and Ethiopian Airlines to offer all possible assistance, and to determine the status of any Americans who may have been on board.”

The bodies will be delivered to the families of the victims once they are identified, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement, adding that it has already been in contact with the families of victims.

The plane was a new Boeing 737 Max 8, the same type of plane that crashed in Indonesia in November, killing the 189 people on board. It started service in May 2017.

Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” about the crash.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team,” the company said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team of four to assist in the investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration announced that it plans to join the NTSB in its assistance with Ethiopian civil aviation authorities to investigate the crash.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

Early signs of immigration fight on the 2020 trail begin on Capitol Hill

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration triggered a swift and unanimous reaction among the pool of Democratic challengers hoping to take his place in the White House, a resounding dismissal of his proclaimed “emergency” at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Declaring a national emergency over this President’s vanity project is ridiculous,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., wrote in a tweet.

“An outrageous abuse of power,” tweeted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.

“Trump’s inability to follow through on a campaign promise is not a national emergency,” Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J, wrote on Twitter.

Under the Trump administration, lawmakers in Washington are locked in a bitter fight with the White House over the southern border as they attempt to address the challenges of an increase in crossings and apprehensions and high numbers of asylum seekers.

But the issue of declaring a national emergency at the border is rife with implications for the ongoing fight between Trump and his Democratic opponents in the 2020 election. While Trump continues to cede no ground on his border wall, the 2020 trail might be a fertile ground for Democratic candidates hoping to undermine the president’s support on a signature issue.

For the president, calls for a wall have been a fixture at his campaign events, serving as a rallying cry for his loyal base. But for the Democratic candidates jumping into the 2020 race, particularly those coming from the Senate, they are being tested early on how to navigate the political minefield of this issue.

During a Senate Judiciary hearing on smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, Booker invoked a more personal approach during his questioning – similar to a potential rival for the Democratic nomination, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who frequently live streamed trips to the southwest border and captured the national spotlight during his unsuccessful bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz.

Booker recalled his own recent trip to the border before unleashing a forceful line of questioning on Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan about turning migrants away at legal ports of entry, thus pushing them back into the perilous circumstances they hope to leave behind.

“I’ve gone down myself as you know crossed into Mexico around midnight one night, I tried to come over and saw with my own eyes how people were being turned around and was told myself as an individual not to go into Mexico because it would be too dangerous for me to walk there,” the former Newark mayor began.

“By turning them away, they ended up doing something that’s dangerous to them, dangerous to their children,” he argued from the dais.

The hearing also provided another 2020 competitor with a platform to spotlight the humanitarian aspect of the crisis. Harris engaged with McAleenan in one of the more heated moments of Wednesday’s hearing, repeatedly pressing the CBP head on the administration’s handling of immigrant children in custody, particularly amid allegations of sexual abuse in migrant shelters.

“Do you believe that you have any duty or that your agency has any duty to ensure that when you transfer these children to the custody of another agency that they will be safe?” asked Harris.

“I am mandated by law to transfer these children. I don’t have an ability to question it,” McAleenan said.

“So you don’t believe that you have an ability to determine that upon transferring these children that they will be safe?” she questioned again.

“I am required by statute to transfer these children to HHS within 72 hours,” he again responded.

“Do you believe that you have any duty to raise a flag of concern that when you transfer these children to another agency that they might not be safe?” Harris asked.

“I believe that’s the duty of the management and leadership of Health and Human Services, their inspector general, or the White House or Congress, not mine,” he insisted.

These types of exchanges offer a preview into how the field of Democratic candidates might tackle one of the core issues of Trump’s platform — and eventually take on the president himself — as support for his national emergency declaration appears to be faltering.

Trump announced the declaration in February to divert government funding for his border wall, but amid rising tensions, key Republicans on Capitol Hill have begun to abandon the administration over this issue.

Earlier this week, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined a growing coalition of GOP members, including Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who said they would defy the president, ensuring that a vote on a resolution to block the president’s unilateral move would pass.

Paul told reporters Monday there are “at least 10” Republican senators who conceded that they will vote to disapprove of the declaration. The Senate must vote on the House-passed resolution by the end of next week.

On Wednesday, one of the administration’s top border officials even suggested that he backed fixing the current immigration system through legislation over investing in more funding for barriers.

During the hearing, McAleenan asserted that a majority of traffic at the southern border would be addressed by amending the laws.

“If you had a choice between closing or changing the laws and money for barriers or anything else, what would be your top priority,” asked Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

“I believe we need both Mr. Chairman. But the immediate impact, 63 percent of our traffic at the border, would be addressed by a change in the laws,” McAleenan said before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

While McAleenan repeatedly described the situation at the southern border as a “crisis,” he stopped short of calling it an “emergency.”

“This humanitarian law enforcement situation sounds like a crisis to me, sounds like an emergency to me, would you agree,” posed Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

“It’s absolutely a crisis,” McAleenan responded.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019

Dozens of ice fishermen rescued after floating out into Lake Erie

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US Coast Guard(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — An ice floe became a nightmare for dozens of fishermen in Lake Erie on Saturday afternoon after rising temperatures caused the chuck of ice to float away from shore.

The U.S. Coast Guard was forced to rescue 46 ice fishermen near Catawaba Island, Ohio, after the sheets broke free and began floating away with them on it.

When the ice began to break and separate from the shore, about 100 other fishermen were able to get back on land. The Coast Guard was called to rescue the remaining fishermen with help from Catawaba Island Fire, Put-in-Bay Fire and Southshore Towing.

“As soon as we got our lines down a guy started screaming and that’s when we knew something had happened,” fisherman James Gibelyou told Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS.

“Running across, guys were falling in,” Gibelyou continued. “I decided to stay back; I knew better to wait for rescue.”

Gibelyou said he waited a couple hours for rescue and floated almost 2 miles out into the lake.

There were no injuries reported.

The high temperature in Sandusky, just a few miles south of Catawaba Island, was a relatively balmy 41 degrees on Saturday. The high just four days earlier was 19 degrees.

The water temperature in Lake Erie was 33 degrees off Toledo, Ohio, on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Ice fishing is a popular pastime along the northwest coast of Ohio. Walleye, yellow perch and smallmouth bass are all common in the western basin during the winter season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife.

“As temperatures begin to rise, the Coast Guard strongly urges people not to go out onto ice,” the service said in a statement. “Ice may look safe but it is difficult to determine the thickness visually and the increase in warm weather will continue to melt and weaken the ice.”

Everyone was rescued by 11:15 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

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Posted On 10 Mar 2019
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