Video shows journey asylum seekers take to enter US

WORLD NEWS Video shows journey asylum seekers take to enter US

Scott Eisen/Getty Images(EL PASO, Tex.) — The razor wire cuts the man’s face and blood trickles down his jawline. More noticeable, however, are the screams of the children. It’s a cold late December morning near Yuma, Arizona, and smugglers had led dozens of asylum seekers to a breached part of the border wall that traverses a canal into the U.S.

The blades of the concertina wire ensnare shirts and jackets of asylum seekers who are dunked into the 55 degree water, wading through the drainage ditch just yards from the San Juan del Rio Colorado border crossing. One cannot easily make out faces, only wet fists gripping the steel slats and the piercing screams of children. On the other side, U.S. Border Patrol agents are filming and shouting in Spanish, “Go back…don’t do this. Look at the child! Hey! Be careful with the child! Be careful with the child!”

ABC News obtained video showing the chaos and complexities faced by authorities and asylum seekers in the growing border crisis. According to federal authorities, a million asylum seekers and migrants are forecast to cross into the U.S. during the 2019 fiscal year, the majority of them families with children traveling from Central America, like the ones seen in this video.

President Donald Trump has threatened to shut down all or parts of the 2,000-mile long U.S. border with Mexico, accusing Mexico of doing too little to stop the record flow of asylum-seeking families and unaccompanied minors into the U.S.

This video shows three Mexican police officers intervening that December morning. The first wades into the water, moving his way toward the screaming children. Another is edging his way along the bottom of the border fence toward the hole through which the asylum seekers went under and through.

The man with the cut, in a burgundy shirt, carries a screaming child to the bank.

A Honduran mother and her children and another unidentified woman are waiting to cross. A Honduran mother and her children and another unidentified woman are waiting to cross. Custom and Border Patrol policy prevented U.S. officials from intervening, a CBP spokesperson said.

Border agents can be heard yelling at the women: “You’re going to traumatize this poor child. She’s crying, if she crosses the child can drown.”

The Mexican police beseech one of the Honduran children not to go through. A female Mexican officer yanks a child out of a mother’s arms and takes her up the bank on the Mexican side.

The officers on both sides are unsure which children belong to which adults. Their own calls and directions are pierced by the cries of children.

The Mexican officer edging his way toward the hole finally jumps in, blocking it with his body. No one else can come through. But there’s a woman who has just crossed. The Mexican officers and the Border Patrol agents erroneously believe she is one of the children’s mothers. The woman hesitates, hands over mouth, deliberating between rejoining her sister’s family on the Mexican side or making an asylum claim in the U.S.

CBP officials later told ABC News they have not been able to find the woman in their records despite having processed her and taken her asylum application. But her sister, who remained on the Mexican side of the border with her two children, later went to a Mexican migrant shelter where she spent Christmas night. The following day they left. Like many asylum seekers, they didn’t say where they were going.

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Posted On 01 Apr 2019

Chrissy Teigen gets real on why her post-baby body is her ‘new normal’

Tony Barson/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Chrissy Teigen is getting candid about body image after baby.

The supermodel and mother of two took to Twitter Sunday to explain why she’s happy in the skin she’s in, writing, “‘How do you eat like this??’ – basically I am 20 pounds heavier than I was before miles. he’s 10 months old, I never lost the last bit because I just love food too much. Just coming to terms with my new normal, when I had this certain number for so long!”

Teigen also revealed what her body was like after she gave birth to her first child, Luna, whom she shares with singer John Legend in addition to their toddler son, Miles — and how that related to her wellness.

“The thinnest I’ve ever been was right after Luna,” she added to the Twitter thread. “Postpartum depression. I’LL TAKE THESE POUNDS AND THIS FEELING!”

Fans and followers praised Teigen for spreading body positivity and getting real about PPD — a condition she’s opened up about in the past.

“You are so brave and transparent, I love you so much!” one woman wrote. “Thank you for being you and a PHENOM role model for girls.”

“As an ObGyn who sees so many women w/postpartum depression, your platform to normalize is huge!” a doctor tweeted.

Another follower chimed in, “I’ve been through severe PPA twice and wouldn’t wish that experience on my worst enemy. It was awful but I’m trying to use my experience to raise awareness and reduce the stigma.”

About one in nine women experience symptoms postpartum depression, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A symptom of depression is loss of appetite, and the symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to symptoms for depression, the CDC says.

Teigen, 33, previously opened up about postpartum depression in a 2017 essay she did with Glamour magazine.

“Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful,” Teigen wrote in the article. “My lower back throbbed; my ­shoulders — even my wrists — hurt. I didn’t have an appetite. I would go two days without a bite of food, and you know how big of a deal food is for me. One thing that really got me was just how short I was with people.

“I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy,” she added. “I blamed it on being tired and possibly growing out of the role: ‘Maybe I’m just not a goofy person anymore. Maybe I’m just supposed to be a mom.'”

Teigen has said that in the past couple years, she’s really changed her entire lifestyle to be healthier on the inside, just as much as it shows on the outside.

“After Luna, I was drinking too much,” she told Women’s Health of the months following giving birth to her daughter in 2016. “I wasn’t eating as much because I was full from drinking. I wasn’t being good to my body.”

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief health and medical correspondent and a board-certified OB/GYN, said weight loss is often associated with PPD.

“Weight loss can often be a sign or symptom of depression, and the link to PPD is not a different one or a new one — nor should the weight loss that can accompany PPD be seen as a desirable consequence,” Ashton told Good Morning America on Monday. “But rather, any time we can increase awareness that psychiatric illness can and does have physical manifestations, we have the opportunity to help people.”

Teigen said that after taking a wellness retreat and medication for postpartum depression, she knew things had to change holistically.

Later in her interview with Women’s Health, Teigen said though her diet has changed, her body goals are also very different now — a revelation mirroring the tweet she posted Sunday to her 11 million followers.

“Since I was 20 years old, I had this weight in my mind that I am, or that I’m supposed to be,” Teigen told the magazine in its October issue. “I’ve been so used to that number for 10 years now. And then I started realizing it was a swimsuit-model weight. There’s a very big difference between wanting to be that kind of fit and wanting to be happy-fit.”

For more on reproductive health, symptoms of PPD and resources for treating PPD, visit the CDC’s website.

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Did Tom Brady just announce he’s retiring?

Sports News Did Tom Brady just announce he’s retiring?

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is retiring … April fools!

The New England Patriots quarterback gave fans everywhere a scare Monday when he posted his first tweet and announced, “I’m retiring.”

Brady’s tweet received thousands of comments including one from Julian Edelman and the team itself!

While a lot of fans were skeptical, Brady left us hanging for around 45 minutes before tweeting, “was this a bad joke?”

Yes, yes it was.

That’s one way to join Twitter!

Check out some of our favorite responses below.

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Posted On 01 Apr 2019

American arrested for trying to steal part of train tracks at Auschwitz

WORLD NEWS American arrested for trying to steal part of train tracks at Auschwitz

Gatsi/iStock(MOSCOW) — A 37-year-old American man has been arrested for attempted theft in Poland after trying to steal part of the train tracks at former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to Polish officials.

Malgorzata Jurecka, a police spokeswoman in the near-by town of Oswiecim told ABC News the man, who is from Texas, was “charged with attempted theft of an item of cultural importance from the Holocaust memorial site.” She added that he originally faced 10 years in prison, “but since he has admitted his guilt, the sentence will be lighter, likely two years on probation.”

The man, who has not been identified, has been released from police custody and is allowed to leave the country. He does not need to be in Poland when his case goes to court, but he will have to hire a lawyer to represent him,according to Jurecka.

More than one million people died at the Auschwitz concentration camp, the largest of its kind, during World War II. The victims were mainly Jews, but also included Polish political prisoners, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma, homosexuals, and people with disabilities.

The Soviet Red Army liberated the camp on Jan. 27, 1945.

The American tourist was part of a larger guided tour group visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau, when he was spotted by a woman from another visiting group trying to steal a metal piece of train tracks that Nazi Germans used to unload the prisoners. The woman alerted museum security, who then called the police.

“Unfortunately, these kind of incidents happen from time to time and it’s always terribly emotional to us,” Bartosz Bartyzel, a spokesman at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, which encompasses the sites of the original concentration camp as well as Auschwitz II-Birkenau where Saturday’s incident happened, told ABC News.

Several weeks earlier, visitors to Auschwitz were asked to stop posing for selfies while balancing on its infamous railway tracks.

“There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths,” the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum tweeted on March 20.

In 2009, the infamous Nazi slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work makes you free) sign at the camp’s entrance was stolen. It was later found cut into three pieces, and a former Swedish neo-Nazi was jailed for more than two years for the theft. Eventually, the sign was repaired, but a replica was installed at the camp.

Large numbers of tourists visit Auschwitz every year. Of the 2.1 million visitors to the concentration camp in 2018, 136,000 were from the U.S.

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Posted On 01 Apr 2019

Duke upset leads to many bracket busts ahead of Final Four

Sports News Duke upset leads to many bracket busts ahead of Final Four

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a weekend of comebacks, buzzer beaters and overtime thrills, the Final Four is set. What is perhaps the biggest headline of the weekend: Duke is out.

The overwhelming Final Four and championship favorite fell to No. 2-seeded Michigan State.

Nearly 40 percent of all March Madness brackets picked Duke to win the NCAA men’s tournament, which now has Michigan State, Auburn, Virginia and Texas Tech in the Final Four.

Duke — the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, with a consensus overall No.1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, freshman Zion Williamson, couldn’t pull off another late game miracle.

Williamson spoke about his disappointment to reporters after the game, saying the team has likely just played together for the last time.
“[You] look around the locker room and see, like, your teammates and your brothers…and you just think, you know, this group will probably never play together again,” he said.

As for the Spartans, the advancing team’s most famous alum, Magic Johnson, was in attendance for the celebration, while Duke players were inconsolable.

For the other teams moving on in the tournament, Aurburn and Texas Tech are both making their first trips to the Final Four. Virginia will appear for the first time since 1984.

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Posted On 01 Apr 2019