Haitians on Texas border undeterred by US plan to expel them

DEL RIO, Texas — Haitian migrants seeking to escape poverty, hunger and a feeling of hopelessness in their home country said they will not be deterred by U.S. plans to speedily send them back, as thousands of people remained encamped on the Texas border Saturday after crossing from Mexico. Scores of people waded back and forth across the Rio Grande on Saturday afternoon, re-entering Mexico to purchase water, food and diapers in Ciudad Acuña before returning to the Texas encampment under and near a bridge in the border city of Del Rio. Junior Jean, a 32-year-old man from Haiti, watched

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Indonesia’s most wanted militant killed in jungle shootout

Indonesia’s military says security forces have killed the country’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group By MOHAMMAD TAUFAN Associated Press September 18, 2021, 4:03 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article PALU, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group was killed Saturday in a shootout with security forces, the Indonesian military said, in a sweeping counterterrorism campaign against extremists in the remote mountain jungles. Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the raid, said Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf.

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Afghan survivors of errant US drone strike seek probe

A survivor of an errant U,S By KATHY GANNON Associated Press September 18, 2021, 6:03 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KABUL, Afghanistan — A survivor of an errant U.S. drone strike that killed 10 members of his family demanded Saturday that those responsible be punished and said Washington’s apology was not enough. The family also seeks financial compensation and relocation to the United States or another country deemed safe, said Emal Ahmadi, whose 3-year-old daughter Malika was among those killed in the Aug. 29 strike. On that day, a U.S. hellfire missile struck

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Access, travel rules influence missionary vaccine policies

COVID-19 vaccine refusal rates may be high among white evangelical Christians, but the International Mission Board — which deploys thousands of missionaries — is not hesitant about the shot. The global agency of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest evangelical Protestant denomination in the U.S., announced this month it is requiring vaccinations for missionaries they’re sending into the field amid the pandemic. The IMB may be the first U.S. missionary agency known to have such a mandate, according to leaders in the field, as other faith groups approach the issue in a variety of ways including limiting where people can

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Police: Prison guard beat banker, used racial slur over mask

A California prison guard has been arrested on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank ByThe Associated Press September 17, 2021, 11:36 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — A California prison guard was arrested this week on suspicion of beating a Wells Fargo branch manager and calling him a racial slur after being asked to wear a mask inside the bank, police said. James Allen Jones, Jr., 50, was arrested at his

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Official: US will fly ‘massive’ number of Haitians to Haiti

DEL RIO, Texas — The Biden administration plans on “massive movements” of Haitian migrants in a small Texas border city on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly assembled under and around a bridge. Details are yet to be finalized but will likely involve five to eight flights a day, according to the official with direct knowledge of the plans who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. San Antonio, the nearest major city, may be among

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Judge: Gov. Lee’s mask opt-out can endanger disabled kids

A federal judge has again blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements aimed at limiting coronavirus infections in Shelby County By ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press September 17, 2021, 5:35 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A federal judge has indefinitely blocked Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee from allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements in Shelby County, saying Friday that evidence shows Lee’s order prevents children with health problems from safely going to school during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. District Judge Sheryl

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Ex-deputy charged with manslaughter in white teen’s death

A former Arkansas sheriff’s deputy has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of civil rights activists nationally By ANDREW DeMILLO Associated Press September 17, 2021, 4:14 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — A former Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was charged Friday with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of national civil rights activists. A special prosecutor announced the felony charge against Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s

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Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Health officials say the state of Florida has surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began By TERRY SPENCER and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON September 17, 2021, 2:16 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MIAMI — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallied 50,811 deaths after adding more than 1,500 COVID-19 deaths provided Thursday by the

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Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl’s hair

The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant ByThe Associated Press September 16, 2021, 8:12 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher’s assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in

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