MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE LATEST The Latest: Mexico to deport migrants who rushed US border TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican Interior Ministry has said it would immediately deport Central American migrants who tried to “violently” breach…
MEXICO-MIGRANT CARAVAN-THE LATEST
The Latest: Mexico to deport migrants who rushed US border
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican Interior Ministry has said it would immediately deport Central American migrants who tried to “violently” breach the border with the U.S. just south of California and that it would reinforce the border.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Sunday that U.S. authorities will continue to have a “robust” presence along the Southwest border and that they will prosecute anyone who damages federal property or violates U.S. sovereignty.
About 500 migrants who arrived in Tijuana by caravan marched toward the border to plead for the U.S. to speed processing of asylum requests.
The march, however, was dispersed by tear gas after some in the group tried to force their way into the U.S. The Mexican government described Sunday’s events as “acts of provocation” that were “far from helpful” for the migrants’ objectives.
BC-US-MED-GENETIC FRONTIERS-GENE-EDITED BABIES
AP Exclusive: First gene-edited babies claimed in China
HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls whose DNA he said he altered to try to help them resist possible future infection with the AIDS virus.
There is no independent confirmation of the claim by researcher He Jiankui (HEH JEE’-an-qway) of Shenzhen. He revealed it Monday in Hong Kong to one of the organizers of an international conference on gene editing that begins Tuesday, and earlier in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press.
If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics. This kind of work is banned in the United States because the DNA changes can pass to future generations and it risks harming other genes.
Some mainstream scientists denounced the Chinese report as human experimentation.
Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker’s race
WASHINGTON (AP) — It could be called the chaos theory for picking a new House speaker.
Those trying to stop California Democrat Nancy Pelosi say they don’t need a rival candidate now. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win. And then, they say, challengers will emerge.
This strategy leaves other Democrats cringing at the idea that the first thing voters will see from the new Democratic majority in the House is the kind of disarray and infighting that plagued Republicans when they were in charge.
The chaos theory faces a test this week when House Democrats vote in private on nominating Pelosi to return as speaker in the new Congress come January. She held that job from 2007 to 2011 and was the first female speaker.
Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has rejected a bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos (pah-puh-DAHP’-uh-luhs) to delay his two-week prison term and says Papadopoulos must surrender Monday as scheduled.
Papadopoulos sought the delay until an appeals court rules in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment.
But in an order Sunday, U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss said Papadopoulos’ arguments failed to justify a delay.
Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to federal agents about his interactions with Russian intermediaries during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also forfeited most of his rights to contest his conviction.
His lawyer argued that the appellate case could constitute new evidence that could allow him to mount a challenge.
Mars landing looms for NASA; anxiety building a day out
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — With just a day to go, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is aiming for a bull’s-eye touchdown on Mars.
The journey of six months and 300 million miles (482 million kilometers) comes to a precarious grand finale Monday afternoon.
The robotic geologist named InSight must go from 12,300 mph (19,800 kilometers) to zero in six minutes flat, as it pierces the Martian atmosphere, pops out a parachute, fires its descent engines and lands on three legs.
It is NASA’s first attempt to land on Mars in six years, and anxiety is building.
Earth’s overall success rate at Mars is 40 percent. But the U.S. has pulled off seven successful Mars landings in the past three decades. With only one failed touchdown, it’s an enviable record. InSight could hand NASA its eighth win.
MIDWEST SNOWSTORM-THE LATEST
The Latest: Kansas governor declares state of emergency
CHICAGO (AP) — Kansas officials are urging drivers to stay off the roads because of dangerous conditions across much of the state.
Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a state of emergency because of the winter storm moving across Kansas on Sunday that is creating blizzard conditions and slick roads. A section of Interstate 70 was closed Sunday morning between Salina and Wakeeny.
Colyer says travelers should consider delaying their trips until after the storm passes if possible. Anyone who must be on the road, should consult 511 road conditions hotlines and make sure their gas tank is full and cell phone fully charged.
In neighboring Missouri, Interstate 29 is closed near the Iowa border. Officials say additional road closures are likely during the storm.
Trump aims tweet at migrant caravans as holiday break ends
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is ending his Thanksgiving break in Florida in the same way he began it — tweeting and spending time at his golf course.
Trump is congratulating himself for falling oil prices, tweeting “thank you President T,” and admonishing the Federal Reserve over interest rates.
He’s calling on Mexico to stop caravans of Central American migrants from trying to reach the U.S. border. He says it would be “very SMART” if Mexico would stop them “long before they get to our Southern Border, or if originating countries would not let them form.” Trump is claiming, without evidence, that “it is a way they get certain people out of their country and dump in U.S.”
Trump plans to return home to Washington later Sunday.
Magician and actor Ricky Jay, of ‘Boogie Nights,’ dies at 72
NEW YORK (AP) — A magician who consulted on films and acted in “Boogie Nights” has died. Ricky Jay was 72.
Hollywood manager Winston Simone says Jay died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home.
Jay portrayed a cameraman in “Boogie Nights” and appeared in several other films including “Magnolia” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.” He consulted on “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Forrest Gump” and acted in “Deadwood” and other television series.
Jay was fond of stories about oddball characters, gamblers and con men in history, and he wrote several books. One was the artistry of Matthias Buchinger, an 18th-century German magician born without legs and hands.
Buchinger artifacts collected by Jay were featured in a 2015 exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Survivors include Jay’s wife, Chrisann Verges.
DELAWARE BRIDGE-GAS LEAK-THE LATEST
The Latest: Chemical leak ‘could have been catastrophic’
PENNSVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A fire company official working the chemical leak that forced the Delaware Memorial Bridge to shut down says if the flume “would have had an ignition source it could have been catastrophic.”
Holloway Terrace Fire Company Public Information Officer George Greenley says the leaked chemical is ethylene oxide, a highly flammable gas that is a finished product stemming from methanol.
Greenley says fire officials are waiting for pressure to dissipate in the pipes at the chemical facility in Delaware, called Croda Atlas Point, before reopening the bridge. He said the chemical is dissipating fairly quickly from the pipes and estimates the bridge could reopen in the next few hours.
He says the cloud of chemical gas was “of such magnitude that it easily could have” reached the bridge.
The Latest: Security Council to meet over Russia, Ukraine
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley says an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council has been called over the escalating situation between Russia and Ukraine.
Haley tweeted that a meeting has been called for 11 a.m. Monday.
The Ukrainian navy says Russian ships fired on and seized two of its artillery ships Sunday in the Black Sea following an incident near Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Kiev in 2014. A tugboat was also seized, and two crew members were hurt.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for preparing and orchestrating “provocations.”
The incident sharply escalated tensions that have been growing between the two countries since Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Russia has since worked steadily to bolster its zone of control around the Crimean Peninsula.
The European Union has called on Russia and Ukraine to “act with utmost restraint to de-escalate” the situation in the Black Sea.
Ukraine says that three of its ships have been seized by the Russian coast guard, including two that were fired upon, and two crew members were wounded. Russia has blamed Ukraine for preparing and orchestrating “provocations.”
The EU, in a statement from foreign affairs spokeswoman Maja Kocijanic, also said that it expected Russia to “restore freedom of passage” through the Kerch Strait after Moscow blockaded it.