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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (69-64) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (71-61)
Texas Rangers 12 (52-80) – Seattle Mariners 4 (72-60)
Tampa Bay Rays 3 (65-68) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (75-56)
Philadelphia Phillies 8 (61-72) – Washington Nationals 4 (75-57)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (67-66) – Boston Red Sox 2 (58-75)
New York Yankees 8 (69-62) – Detroit Tigers 4 (71-60)
Atlanta Braves 3 (69-64) – New York Mets 2 (62-71)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (64-69) – Chicago Cubs 5 (59-73)
Kansas City Royals 6 (74-58) – Minnesota Twins 1 (58-74)
Los Angeles Angels 6 (79-53) – Miami Marlins 1 (65-67)
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 (76-58) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (55-78)
Oakland Athletics 5 (78-54) – Houston Astros 4 (56-78)
San Diego Padres 3 (62-70) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (73-60) -10 Innings
Chicago White Sox 3 (60-72) – Cleveland Indians 2 (67-64)
San Francisco Giants 4 (70-62) – Colorado Rockies 2 (53-79)
 
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USC CB Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Injury Story

USC CB Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Injury Story

Banana Stock(LOS ANGELES) — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw told school officials that he lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend, according to a statement released by the school. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the university.
Shaw claimed he was injured after leaping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling in the pool.
“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He let us all down.  As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.
“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized.  Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable.  Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program.  I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”
USC did not release details on how Shaw injured himself.
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Canadian Flight En Route to Cuba Diverted Due to Disruptive Passengers

Canadian Flight En Route to Cuba Diverted Due to Disruptive Passengers

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — A pair of North American Aerospace Defense Command fighter jets were diverted to escort a Sunwing Airlines flight that returned to Toronto after disruptive behavior by a pair of passengers.According to Sunwing, a pair of female passengers “consumed a significant quantity of their duty-free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette,” which triggered the plane’s smoke detector. After that, the two women got into a physical altercation. Sunwing says a threat was made against the aircraft, at which point it was diverted back to Toronto. The plane had been en route to Cuba.The fighter jets escorted the plane to the Canadian border, a U.S. law enforcement official said. The flight landed at Pearson Airport, where it is expected to take off again at 11 p.m. Wednesday. Sunwing said in a statement that passengers were provided with complimentary meal vouchers.
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Sister of Alleged Boston Marathon Bombers Arrested for Bomb Threat

Sister of Alleged Boston Marathon Bombers Arrested for Bomb Threat

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The sister of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly threatening a Harlem woman.According to the New York Police Department, Aliana Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, allegedly called the victim on Monday, saying, “I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you.” The NYPD believes that the alleged victim is the mother of Tsarnaeva’s boyfriend’s child. Tsarnaeva was charged with aggravated harassment. She will have to appear in court on Sept. 30.
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UN Report Details War Crimes Committed by Syrian Government, Militant Groups

UN Report Details War Crimes Committed by Syrian Government, Militant Groups

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GENEVA) — A United Nations report released Wednesday detailed the war crimes committed by all sides of the conflict in Syria, including by militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.According to the report, atrocities committed by both government forces and non-state militant groups have caused “immeasurable suffering to civilians.” The report, produced by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, included information gathered from over 400 interviews and documentary material. In areas controlled by ISIS, the U.N. report indicates weekly “executions, amputations and lashings in public squares.” Civilians, the report notes, “are urged to watch” these acts of violence.The U.N. also notes that the Syrian government continues to commit violations, including indiscriminate firing of missiles, preventing injured citizens from passing through checkpoints to reach hospitals, and in April and May, government forces used chemical agents in at least eight separate incidents.The report called on the international community to act, calling its current lack of action a “failure…to protect civilians, halt and prevent atrocities and create a path toward accountability.”
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US Attorney’s Office Declines to Press Charges in Death of Navy Yard Shooter

US Attorney’s Office Declines to Press Charges in Death of Navy Yard Shooter

FBI(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that there will be no charges filed against law enforcement officers in the shooting death of Aaron Alexis, the man who attacked and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year.After reviewing witness statements, surveillance video, photographs, diagrams and other evidence and reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office decided that no actions undertaken by law enforcement officers had criminal intent and that their actions were undertaken in the interest of their own defense and the defense of others. Officers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “acted reasonably at all times to neutralize a life-threatening situation.”Alexis, a 34-year-old military contractor for the Department of Defense, entered the Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013, killing 12 civilians and injuring three civilians and a Metropolitan Police Department officer.
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Defense Rests in McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Could Begin Thursday

Defense Rests in McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Could Begin Thursday

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The defense rested in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday, and closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday.McDonnell is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for special treatment of a businessman from Star Scientific. The CEO of the company testified earlier in the trial that he believes he was given access and a platform at the governor’s mansion to promote a nutritional supplement. McDonnell denied those claims earlier in the trial, saying he accepted the gifts but did not offer special treatment. He also spoke of the toll that his position as governor took on his marriage.On Wednesday, the 23rd day of the trial, the McDonnells’ daughter took the stand. The Washington Post says that Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky discussed the tension between her parents when she was growing up. McDonnell’s daughter also said that the money she was given, she returned upon finding out that the businessman involved in the trial “was a criminal,” according to the Washington Post.
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Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis to Work Together on FX Comedy Series “Baskets”

Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis to Work Together on FX Comedy Series “Baskets”

Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX Networks(LOS ANGELES) — Comedian Louis C.K. and actor Zach Galifianakis will team up on a comedy series on FX, the network announced Wednesday.The two will work together to produce Baskets, a half-hour, single-camera comedy series expected to premiere in 2016. FX ordered 10 episodes of the show, which will star Galifianakis and was co-created by the Hangover star, along with Louie writer, director and star Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel, the co-creator of IFC’s Portlandia. The show is expected to follow the life of Chip Baskets, played by Galifianakis, “in pursuit of his dream…to be a respected clown.”
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Study Suggests Wolves Show Empathy Through Yawning

Study Suggests Wolves Show Empathy Through Yawning

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Not only are wolves social animals, similar in some ways to humans and chimpanzees, but according to a new study, they may also share a propensity for contagious yawning, just like primates.According to the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, wolves do yawn contagiously, but perhaps more interestingly, they are more prone to do so around other wolves with which they are closely bonded. Researchers at the University of Tokyo said that this could be a sign that wolves show empathy by yawning.The study also found that female wolves were quicker to yawn and yawned more frequently when around a yawning “friend.” Male wolves only yawned more frequently. Perhaps, researchers suggest, female wolves are more attuned to social clues.The study also suggests that empathy may have existed farther back in mammalian history than previously known.
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New Florida Rep, 23, Goes From Parents’ House to State House

New Florida Rep, 23, Goes From Parents’ House to State House

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Boomerang kids, take heart: One of your own is making a splash in Florida politics.Jennifer Sullivan, 23, still lives at home with her parents and is just about halfway through college. But the woman who admits she still quibbles with her siblings about who’s stuck with dish duty will soon represent more than 150,000 constituents in the Florida statehouse.Elected to Florida’s House of Representatives by a 6-point margin Tuesday, Sullivan, a Republican, concedes her age made some voters nervous.“I understand now that I have to prove myself,” she told ABC News. And she’ll waste no time demonstrating her worthiness once she gets to Tallahassee. She’s particularly eager to get to work repealing Common Core, the controversial education policy.During the campaign, opponents knocked her for her age and inexperience. One GOP rival’s campaign brochure sneered, “State Representative isn’t an internship or job training course.” Another rival reportedly even attacked her for living at home. But Sullivan dismisses their criticisms as “desperate…grasping at straws.”“A lot of people are finding that they are still living with their parents because they don’t want to go into debt,” she says. “That just wasn’t financially feasible for me to get an apartment.”Like any other tech-savvy millennial, Sullivan is now tracking the response to her victory on social media, and is eager to rattle off the stats.“I have about 54 unread text messages [and] over 300 Facebook notifications,” she says. “I’ve been able to stay up on Twitter so far.”But she’s far from the stereotypical selfie-snapping, emoji-obsessed 20-something.She and her friends “didn’t spend [the summer] on the beach chilling out,” she says. “They spent it knocking on doors…because they believe in what I stood for.”The Vote for Jennifer campaign – nicknamed the #FreshFace campaign – operated out of her parents’ Lake County home. But juggling a hectic campaign schedule with her collegiate workload (she’s taking classes online, through Liberty University) meant she was rarely there.“I’ve really just been home to sleep and eat, to be quite honest,” she says.Sullivan, who was homeschooled, acknowledges that running a campaign from her childhood home did come with several distractions.“Being the oldest of four siblings, it’s always, ‘Who’s going to do the dishes tonight?’” she laughs.Still, she managed to stage what she calls “an incredible ground game,” raising $10,000 in just 10 days.Though she knows that Sen. Marco Rubio, a rumored 2016 Republican presidential contender, was elected to the Florida statehouse at 28, Sullivan shrugs off the possibility of an illustrious political career.“I’m not looking at the national scene,” she says, adding that she’d rather return to her district to work in the private sector when her time in the statehouse is up.Her advice for other boomerangers with high aspirations?“Younger [people] are oftentimes written off,” she says. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re young.”
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EPA, DuPont Corp. Agree to $1.275 Million Settlement over Chemical Violations

EPA, DuPont Corp. Agree to $1.275 Million Settlement over Chemical Violations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday a settlement with DuPont Corp. for allegedly releasing hazardous substances into the Kanawha River in West Virginia over a four-year span.An EPA press release alleges that the company released chemicals into the river on eight occasions between 2006 and 2010. As compensation, DuPont will pay $1.275 million and take corrective actions to prevent similar activity in the future.The EPA notes that the releases posed significant risk, with one worker dying after exposure to a toxic gas that was released due to the company’s failure to comply with industry accident prevention procedures.DuPont estimated that it will spend over $2 million to complete the mandated improvements. The settlement “will ensure that the proper practices are in place to protect communities and nearby water bodies,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
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CDC Staffer Returns to US After Low-Risk Contact with Individual Infected with Ebola

CDC Staffer Returns to US After Low-Risk Contact with Individual Infected with Ebola

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) — An employee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in West Africa will return to the United States by charter flight, the CDC announced, after low-risk contact with a patient infected with Ebola.According to the CDC, the staff member will rotate back to the United States as scheduled and will be monitored for 21 days following contact with an international health worker who tested positive for the disease. The staff member worked in close proximity with the international health worker, but is believed to be at low risk of infection.The staffer will travel by private means for 21 days as part of the CDC’s interim guidance for dealing with those potentially exposed to Ebola. The individual does not show signs of the disease, and has not been determined to have contracted the disease. While the individual remains under observation, there is no Ebola risk to friends, family, co-workers or the public.
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One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — With the news that an American was among those killed recently while fighting on the side of the terror group ISIS in Syria came the revelation that he was classmates and close friends with another U.S. citizen who died in battle alongside a different anti-American extremist group on a different front line five years before.Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was identified by the White House Tuesday as having been killed in the bloody conflict in Syria. The Free Syrian Army, an opposition group that fights the government of President Bashar al-Assad as well as competing rebel groups, claimed on social media McCain had been fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a brutal al-Qaeda breakaway organization.A public records search traced McCain’s youth back to the Twin Cities in Minnesota and to Robbinsdale Cooper High School, which is the same school attended in the same time period by Troy Kastigar. Kastigar’s image appeared in news reports around the world in 2009 after he was killed fighting with a jihadist group in Somalia, this one an al-Qaeda affiliate called al-Shabab.Prior to both their fatal trips halfway across the world, McCain and Kastigar briefly shared an address after high school, records show, and news reports Wednesday said the two were close friends.David Brom, who was principal at the high school when the young men attended, told ABC News there was “no indication whatsoever that these two students would eventually end up fighting for al-Shabab or ISIS.”“We never would’ve guessed that,” he said, after acknowledging that he didn’t personally remember the students after 15 years. “It was a pretty normal high school. We had pretty normal kids….I can only think it was influences beyond the high school, certainly beyond our community.”Kastigar reportedly traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab in 2008. After he was killed in fighting, al-Shabab featured their American recruit in a martyrdom video in which Kastigar urges his fellow Americans to join him in his holy war.“If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here – This is the real Disneyland,” a bearded Kastigar says. “Come here and join us.”McCain posted Kastigar’s photo on his Facebook page after his death, saying he believes his friend to be in paradise.Public records and other social media posts do not indicate McCain ever traveled to Somalia, but five years after Kastigar’s death, he did follow in his friend’s doomed footsteps by joining a militant jihadi group. He appears to have traveled to Syria earlier this year after tweeting about being eager to join his brothers. He retweeted another ISIS supporter who said, “It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS.”“It’s remarkable that two terrorists from one high school,” said Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism advisor and ABC News consultant. “The appeal of jihad is it gives them purpose. It gives them a way out of a life that’s going nowhere. It gives them a higher calling.”News of McCain’s death emerged a day before the mother of an American journalist who’s a hostage by ISIS pleaded directly to ISIS’s leader for mercy.“I want what every mother wants, to live to see their children’s children,” Shirley Sotloff says in the video.
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Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STAUNTON, Va.) — A military jet en route to Louisiana crashed near Staunton on Wednesday.A U.S. Department of Defense official confirmed that the plane, an F-15, had originated from the Massachusetts National Guard. No injuries were reported on the ground, though the condition of the pilot was not immediately clear.Virginia State Police worked Wednesday morning to reach the crash site, which they said was near the side of a mountain. Smoke coming from the side of the mountain was what tipped off officials to the crash site.
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A Look Inside a Slum Cut Off by the Ebola Outbreak

A Look Inside a Slum Cut Off by the Ebola Outbreak

Dr. Richard Besser/ABC News(MONROVIA, Liberia) — REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK by ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser
The streets outside West Point are empty of pedestrians. Shops normally bustling with activity are boarded up. This poor community in the capital of Liberia, one of four West African countries affected by the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, has been quarantined – barricaded off from the rest of the region by barbed wire fences patrolled by police and military personnel.”It looks like it did during the war,” one resident told me, referring to the decades-long civil war that ended in 2003.Desperate residents peered out from their homes and shops, eager to share their stories across the barrier. I met Steven, a 30-year-old tailor. His life has been halted by Ebola. His stepmother and father have died from the disease and three of his siblings are in a treatment center. He has no idea how they’re doing.Steven became trapped inside West Point in a stroke of bad luck. He had been sleeping in his shop outside the slum for two weeks to avoid the crowded alleys amid the deadly outbreak. He returned to check on his family last Tuesday, and when he awoke Wednesday, the quarantine was in place. He couldn’t leave. The military agreed to let him step outside the barricade for our interview and then he had to retreat. His face showed his anguish.As we spoke, trucks exited West Point loaded with water. “Why is the water coming out?” I asked. “They have raised the prices,” Steven told me. “We cannot afford the water. Many can’t buy the food.”Faced with a health crisis, governments sometimes feel that action – no matter how absurd – is better than no action. A quarantine is absurd. It can’t control Ebola, it can only worsen lives that are already filled with despair. While some people within the cordoned-off community have the virus, most do not. Outside the fence, it’s the same. By erecting barriers, they stigmatize residents, destroy trust in the government and disrupt access to food and supplies.”They deliver rice and beans,” Steven told me. “But how do we eat it without coal to burn to heat the water?”The quarantine affects people on both sides of the barrier. I met a young man who lives outside the perimeter who has no electricity in his home. He has been trying to pay his electric bill for days, but the electric company is located within the isolation zone.Inside the barrier, there is desperation. Behind the gate of a three-story apartment complex, 20 people pleaded with me to share their story. We have nothing to eat, nothing to drink, no medical care, they said. We have children, they told me. They have been told they are under quarantine for 21 days to make sure they don’t have Ebola. This makes no sense.”Please let people know we are here,” said a man concerned that his children have nothing to eat. “We only have tea.”
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At Least One US Company Takes Fight Against Counterfeiters into Own Hands

At Least One US Company Takes Fight Against Counterfeiters into Own Hands

Hisham Ibrahim/Photographer’s Choice RF/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — At the International Property Rights Center in Washington D.C., director Lev Kubiak said selling counterfeit items was a “very, very lucrative business,” and “most Americans have no idea” just how much of what they’re buying is actually fake.The Federal Trade Commission says it’s been cracking down in recent weeks, sending cease-and-desist letters to companies that it says are making false or uncertified claims.Kubiak showed ABC News a room containing fake items the center had seized from store shelves and Internet sites across the U.S., including the U.S.-made language-learning tool Rosetta Stone.“This one came from China,” Kubiak said, pointing out some tell-tale signs: misspelled words such as “guaranted” and “Piece” Corps, rather than Peace. The counterfeiters even forged the Rosetta Stone website.At the Rosetta Stone factory in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Rula Abu-Taleb, a product-control clerk, said counterfeiters took jobs away.“It’s sad for us.…There’s someone out there that’s making their own money off of our hard work,” she said about the fake products.Rosetta Stone said the secret to its success was its U.S. workers.“I love the creativity that comes out of our company,” said Steve Swaad, president and CEO of Rosetta Stone. “I love the creativity that comes out of the U.S.…I look at counterfeiting as an obstacle that we’re going to overcome.”Rosetta Stone is fighting back against counterfeiters, though, investing in smart technology to scour the Internet looking for crooks.“I think if we took this process overseas, it would be one job among many, with people that didn’t care half as much as these folks care,” said director of operations David Litherland. “It just wouldn’t be the same quality of product shipped out to our customers.”
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Russian Counteroffensive ‘Likely Under Way’ in Eastern Ukraine, State Department Says

Russian Counteroffensive ‘Likely Under Way’ in Eastern Ukraine, State Department Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DONETSK, Ukraine) — Recent Russian activity in eastern Ukraine is concerning to the U.S. State Department, spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.Psaki mentioned the presence of Russian troops pushing into Ukraine, recent reports of shelling towns near the border and heavy fighting near the Donetsk Airport during Wednesday’s briefing. “These incursion — incursions — indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely under way in Donetsk and Luhansk. Clearly, that is of deep concern to us,” Psaki said.The U.S. is also worried that Russia is “sending its young men into Ukraine,” according to Psaki, “but…are not telling them where they’re going or telling their parents what they’re doing.””These are not steps that, certainly, you take when you are operating in a transparent manner,” Psaki said of the Russian activity.
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USAID Pledges Additional $5 Million to Combat Spread of Ebola

USAID Pledges Additional $5 Million to Combat Spread of Ebola

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Agency for International Development on Wednesday pledged an additional $5 million to help fight the continuing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.In total, USAID has committed approximately $19.6 million since the outbreak began in March. Jeremy Konyndyk, director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, said in Monrovia, Liberia, on Wednesday that “it will take a coordinated effort by the entire intentional community to contain the spread of Ebola.” The U.S. has worked closely thus far with the World Health Organization and the governments of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, the countries impacted by the disease.Also on Wednesday, the World Health Organization confirmed that the disease has spread to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. USAID funding will be used to provide equipment and supplies as well as training for additional health care workers. The most recent shipment from USAID to Liberia included 16 tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment.
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Immigration Judge Calls Courts ‘Alternate Legal Universe’

Immigration Judge Calls Courts ‘Alternate Legal Universe’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Immigration courts are an “alternate legal universe,” one judge said on Wednesday. There are no bailiffs, no court reporters, no Miranda rights, no witnesses — and it’s happening every day on American soil.There are more than 375,000 cases pending on the dockets of only 227 immigration judges.“We look like the guy behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz,” Dana Marks, a federal judge and the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, told a gathering at the National Press Club Wednesday.“Most members of the public don’t have a clue about the realities of our world,” she said. “Since there’s no statute of limitations in immigration court, the convictions which cause people to come before us in our courtroom can be decades old.”Marks called immigration courts the “forgotten stepchild within the Department of Justice,” receiving just 1.7 percent of the $18 billion given to immigration enforcement annually.“Because we have been left to the mercy of the political winds which constantly buffet immigration issues, we have been resource-starved for decades,” she said.There is a solution, she says, but it would not be quick or cheap – and it would require an act of Congress.“To be efficient, and operate economically, to guarantee fairness, our immigration courts need to be independent, both from the prosecutors and from the respondents who come before us,” Marks said.One issue Marks and Denise Noonan Slavin, a Miami-based judge who is the union’s executive vice president, highlighted was the immigration judge’s dual role as judges – or unbiased arbitrators — and employees within the Department of Justice, which often leads to blurred lines.“The recent docketing changes brought about by the southwest border surge are another example of how we are serving two masters and not necessarily serving the public in the most efficient way,” Slavin said. “There is no other court that would turn the docket on its head at the request of one party. But the immigration court is flipping the docket by moving cases of newly arrived children to the front of the docket at the demand of the Department of Homeland Security.”Slavin says this flip doesn’t make the most sense, especially when a judge could be deciding the fate of a child, whose parent’s own case may have been already on the docket and now pushed further down.The administration requested judges to hear children’s cases with 21 days of apprehension following the influx of more than 60,000 children flooding the border since October 2013 – a 100-percent increase since last year. The administration has said they expect to return the majority of the Central American unaccompanied children.“In the 27 years I’ve been an immigration judge, [I've] never been told what the ultimate outcome should be in a case. However, there are subtle pressures when you know you are supposed to do the case as quickly as possible,” Marks said. “There is a pressure to do things more quickly and that is more difficult.”Marks adds that she and her colleagues have not seen an impact from President Obama’s initiative to add more judges and lawyers to the cases of unaccompanied minors.
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Little Movement on Wall Street Wednesday, GDP Growth Slowed in First Half of 2014

Little Movement on Wall Street Wednesday, GDP Growth Slowed in First Half of 2014

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After consecutive days of gains and milestones, Wall Street was a bit of a mixed bag on Wednesday, with two of the major indices posting small gains.The Dow Jones Industrial finished at 17,122.01, up 15.31 from Tuesday’s finish.The Nasdaq dropped 1.02 to 4,569.62, while the S&P managed — barely — to close above 2,000 again, finishing the day at 2,000.10, up 0.08. That is the second consecutive day — and the second close ever — above 2,000 for the S&P 500.Also on Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office indicated that a slow first quarter may indicate lower-than-expected growth for the economy in 2014. The updated GDP growth estimate is just 1.5 percent for the 2014 fiscal year. Still, the CBO expects 3.5-percent growth in 2015 and 2016.
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