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    An experienced female pilot was killed instantly after her plane crashed into a potato processing plant with a large chimney next to a rural airport in Idaho.  Brittney Infanger, 30, was flying UPS packages from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Burley, Idaho, when the tragedy took place last week.   Around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 90 minutes into her flight, Brittney's single-engine 208B plane crashed into the Gem State Processing Plant in Heyburn, Idaho.  Brittney, described as a 'well-respected pilot beyond her years,' had more than 11 years of flying experience around Utah and Idaho.  Her distraught father, Jim Bob Infanger, has said Brittney knew the area well and flew to Burley International Airport all the time. He blamed a hazardous chimney on the Gem State Processing Plant for the deadly crash - and called for authorities to close the nearby landing strip.  'There's a 60-foot chimney sticking out of the of the food processing plant - no lights on it, dead center - straight across the runway. So whenever you come in, you have to fly over the top of this and drop...
    SALINAS, Calif. (KGO) -- A massive fire at the Taylor Farms Processing Facility in Salinas that began late Wednesday night and prompted evacuations continued to smolder into Thursday afternoon.Evacuation orders and shelter-in-place orders were lifted just after 1 p.m. Thursday, nearly 17 hours later.The Salinas Fire Department says that 85 to 90 percent of the 225,000 square foot building is a total loss.Taylor Farms is a major agriculture company that brings many of the salad kits seen in grocery stores and is a major employer.Making things even more dangerous during the fire were the 35,000 gallons of ammonia the facility had, an explosive chemical that forced even fire crews to evacuate the scene.RELATED: Feds on the ground at SJ Home Depot to assist in fire investigation"With that amount of 35,000 gallons of ammonia, that could have been devastating to this community," Salinas Fire chief Michele Vaugan said. "We're talking big explosion, with major damage throughout the community, not just Taylor Farms."Sean McCluskey owns Trajectory EV, a business just down the road from the facility.He and his workers were evacuated and...
    By Chloe Melas | CNN Chris Rock made an emotional return to the stage on Wednesday night for the first time since Will Smith slapped him at the Academy Awards. Rock, dressed in all white, publicly addressed the incident for the first time. He was greeted by the audience at Boston’s Wilbur Theater with two back-to-back standing ovations, lasting several minutes. “Let me be all misty and s***,” Rock said with tears in his eyes, gesturing to the crowd’s warm response. “How was your weekend?” he quipped, to which the audience responded with laughter. “I don’t have a bunch of s*** to say about that, so if you came here for that,” he said, paused and then continued, “I had written a whole show before this weekend. I’m still processing what happened, so at some point I’ll talk about that s***. It’ll be serious. It’ll be funny, but right now I’m going to tell some jokes.” The comedian, currently on his “Ego Death Tour,” then moved on with his show. The tour has seen a boost in ticket sales since...
    Roughly 300 refugees from Afghanistan arrived at a processing center in northern Virginia on Tuesday as part of a resettlement process. They are the first group to arrive at the National Conference Center in Loudoun County, which is expected to hold up to 1,000 refugees each month, according to the Washington Post. The refugees will stay at the conference center until they can move into more permanent housing. "We will continue to work closely with state and local partners to ensure we can continue to resettle our Afghan allies as quickly, safely, and successfully as possible," the Homeland Security Department said in a statement. MORAL COMPASS FEDERATION BEGS BIDEN TO BETTER PROTECT AFGHAN ALLIES Roughly 84,600 Afghan nationals, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents of the United States were evacuated from Afghanistan as the Taliban retook control of the country last year, the DHS said in a Feb. 19 press release. Around 76,000 Afghan nationals, who had initially been moved to U.S. military bases, were resettled in local communities throughout the nation, the department reported at...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Broken machinery and gaps in management and supervision delayed mail processing and decreased productivity in the United States Postal Service’s Baltimore region, according to a second audit report released Tuesday. “This audit confirms what we’ve been hearing for months from constituents and saw on paper in the OIG’s previous audit released last month,” Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D) and Kweisi Mfume (D) and U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D) said in a joint statement. “Chronic mismanagement, persistent vacancies and inoperable equipment are contributing to unacceptable mail service that is causing our constituents frustration and even financial hardship.” The audit conducted between September and December 2021 examined trends in processing volume, productivity and work hours at the Baltimore Processing and Distribution Center on Fayette Street.  This audit report is the second released by the Office of the Inspector General for the United States Postal Service in relation to inquiries made by Mfume and Ruppersberger....
    EL PASO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Paso Del Norte international crossing in El Paso took custody of an eight-year-old, unaccompanied Guatemalan child on Nov. 8. (credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) READ MORE: Murder Trial Of Alleged Serial Killer Billy Chemirmir Begins Monday With COVID-19 Precautions In Place“The boy told us he was dropped off at the base of the bridge in Mexico by unknown individuals and told to walk until he ran into someone in a uniform. Fortunately he was able to make it to our officers before anything more severe than his abandonment occurred,” said Ray Provencio, acting El Paso Port Director. CBP officers brought the child into the port for processing. He was medically cleared and determined to be in good physical condition. READ MORE: Investigation Ongoing After 12-Year-Old Dies In The ColonyDuring processing officers were able to make contact with an individual in Virginia believed to be his mother. Following processing he was transferred to the Border Patrol Centralized Processing Center in El Paso. He will...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – According to a recently-released memo, the Department of Homeland Security has rescinded a Trump-era policy limiting entry of undocumented immigrants at legal ports of entry and released new guidance on the process. Migrants seeking asylum can present at ports of entry to make their claim, but under the Trump administration, DHS put in place policies limiting the processing of undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, at ports. The practice, known as “metering,” essentially created a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department had the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities. READ MORE: CDC Approval Has Texas Set To Receive Estimated 1.3 Million Doses Of Pfizer Pediatric COVID VaccineThe latest memo, dated November 1, rescinds that policy, but migrants could still be expelled under a Trump-era public health order allowing the swift removal of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border. “This memo formally rescinds the Trump Administration’s ‘metering’ policy, which was used to turn back asylum seekers trying to enter ports of entry (POE). The new guidance lays out a...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded a Trump-era policy limiting entry of undocumented immigrants at legal ports of entry and released new guidance on the process, according to a recently-released memo.Migrants seeking asylum can present at ports of entry to make their claim, but under the Trump administration, DHS put in place policies limiting the processing of undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, at ports. The practice, known as "metering," essentially created a waitlist to allow people to enter only if the department had the capacity to process and detain them at one of its facilities. The latest memo, dated November 1, rescinds that policy, but migrants could still be expelled under a Trump-era public health order allowing the swift removal of migrants encountered at the US-Mexico border. "This memo formally rescinds the Trump Administration's 'metering' policy, which was used to turn back asylum seekers trying to enter ports of entry (POE). The new guidance lays out a vision for the lawful, orderly processing of individuals applying for asylum at POEs. Among other improvements, CBP is directed to accelerate ongoing...
    BOSTON (AP) — Federal investigators arrested three individuals Thursday on charges of conspiring to deceive banks into allegedly processing more than $150 million in credit and debit card payments on behalf of merchants involved in prohibited and high-risk businesses, including online gaming, debt collection, debt relief, online pharmaceuticals and payday lending. A fourth individual remains at large. Two of the individuals — Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja, 49, of Los Angeles and Thomas Wells, 74, of Martin County, Florida — were charged with wire fraud conspiracy. Two others — Mohammad “Moe” Diab, 45, of Glendale, California, and Amy Ringler Rountree, 38, of Logan, Utah — were charged with wire fraud conspiracy and bank fraud conspiracy. Diab, Rountree and Wells were arrested Thursday and will appear in federal court in Boston at a later date, investigators said. Khawaja was charged in a December 2019 indictment with campaign finance violations and obstruction of justice. He remains a fugitive. A 2018 investigation by The Associated Press showed Khawaja’s company helped pornographers, shady debt collectors and offshore gamblers access the international banking system, often by using...
    Posing for the camera in their party dresses, five-year-old twins Asna and Sana yesterday epitomised the successes of British rescue missions from Kabul as they prepared to begin a new life in England. The young sisters may not yet understand just how fortunate they are to escape Afghanistan amid fears that up to 1,000 face being left behind. But for their translator father, the RAF evacuation flight to Britain from Kabul was a lifeline, as he admitted the Taliban would have killed him because of his vital support for the Army. The ecstasy of the family – interpreter Nooragha Hashimi, his wife, the twins and their brother – was in stark contrast to the desperate scenes unfolding outside a temporary British processing unit at Kabul's airport, illustrating the lottery faced by those trying to reach the UK. Afghan twins Asna and Sana have been successfully evacuated from Afghanistan to the UK  Pictured: The five-year-old twins are seen on their evacuation flight in a British plane  Two children separated from parents at Kabul airportin Afghanistan  Under a volley...
    WASHINGTON - A special flight for some 200 Afghans who qualify for Special Immigrant Status (SIV) arrived Friday in the United States as part of an operation to evacuate those who provided help to the U.S. government. “Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan,” U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement. “I want to honor all those in the United States who have spoken out on behalf of these brave Afghans, including the proud community of veterans, who have consistently advocated for the Afghans who were by their side in the field in Afghanistan, often serving as translators and interpreters.” White House officials announced Operation Allies Refuge on July 14, saying it would offer safe haven to Afghan interpreters and others who assisted the U.S. government during the war, along with their families, who now fear retaliation from the Taliban. “These brave men and women, at great risk to themselves and their...
    Migrants from Central America who were detained hand over their belongings to U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing into the United States from Mexico, in Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., July 22, 2021.Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters The Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it will speed up asylum claim processing for migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border while also streamlining deportations for those who don't qualify for asylum.  These border policy changes are part of a broader 21-point-plan released Tuesday that aims to create a more "fair, orderly and humane" immigration system in the wake of the Trump administration's restrictive immigration policies.  The plan said that asylum officers will be given the full authority to rule on asylum cases. This would allow asylum-seekers to bypass federal immigration courts that are severely back-logged, making the claim processing faster.  A court docket dedicated to asylum claims will also be established to prioritize those cases, and 100 judges will be hired to ensure that they are considered in a timely matter, according to the plan.  Migrants who do not claim asylum or are...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration will speed up processing asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border while also fast-tracking expulsions of some migrant families, according to a plan unveiled by the White House on Tuesday. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has reversed many of the restrictive immigration policies of his Republican predecessor, former President Donald Trump. But border arrests have risen to 20-year highs in recent months, fueling attacks by Republicans, who say Biden encouraged more migration. The 21-point plan aims to create a "fair, orderly and humane immigration system" but notes that "won’t be achieved overnight." Details of the plan have been previously foreshadowed by the administration in its annual budget request to Congress and other announcements. The administration aims to speed up processing of asylum claims at the southern border by authorizing asylum officers to rule on cases, according to the plan, bypassing the back-logged federal immigration courts. A draft rule to make that change has been under review at the White House budget office since early July. The administration also said it would use a process known...
    Last week in a U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Senator Jon Ossoff secured a commitment from a key Biden Administration appointee to help fix Georgia’s broken unemployment insurance system, as thousands of Georgians who lost their jobs during the pandemic reported months-long delays in the processing of their applications for emergency support from Georgia’s Department of Labor. According to a report released by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute in February 2021, the Georgia Department of Labor’s reliance on outdated technology is one of the key factors contributing to ongoing, widespread processing delays. Sen. Ossoff asked Robin Carnahan, President Biden’s nominee to be the Administrator of the federal General Services Administration, to commit to helping Georgia’s Department of Labor upgrade their systems. Carnahan committed to do so. Sen. Ossoff stressed the fact that for thousands of Georgians who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the delays in unemployment insurance payments caused additional financial distress for families across the state in the midst of a public health...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Here is another case of postal problems at an Elk Grove Village processing plant – this time involving a small business owner in the suburbs who says it’s hurting her bottom line. She told CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas mail delays are forcing refunds and frustrating her customers. READ MORE: After Rinks Were Forced To Close For Months, Young Skaters Took Their Moves From The Ice To The Grass During Pandemic Jenni Bidner sells rare antique prints on eBay – mainly newspaper illustrations from the 19th century. She showed us one from the 1850s, and another from France from 1867. She would like mail delays to be as much a thing of the past as her prints are. But they’re not. “Every day, I go to the Post Office with five to 20 packages,” Bidner said. “Perception is everything when you’re an online retailer.” She says it’s her only income, so she sends the packages first class as soon as possible. First class means they should arrive within a few days. But when she mailed nine prints on...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Senator John Cornyn, Democratic Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, and Republican Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales announced Thursday, April 22,  they’ve introduced identical bills in the House and Senate. Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona is also working with them on the legislation called the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act. READ MORE: Graduating North Texas High School Seniors Celebrate Their Futures At Globe Life Field Representative Cuellar of the 28th Congressional District said, “We’ve got to have a sense of urgency. We’ve got to try something.” If passed, the bills would create at least four regional processing centers in high traffic Border Patrol sectors designed to handle what’s expected to be the highest number of migrants crossing into the U.S. in 20 years. The lawmakers said their proposal would send 150 immigration judges and 300 asylum officers to expedite asylum claims in a system that has a two and a half year backlog of cases. They hope officials would be able to more quickly determine whether people have legitimate asylum claims and can stay or must return to their...
    An email from a Border Patrol whistleblower has been obtained by Fox News contributor and investigative reporter Sara Carter detailing concerning conditions at the Donna, Texas migrant processing facility. In a "Hannity" exclusive Tuesday, Carter explained that border officials are growing frustrated with dangerous conditions and negligence inside processing centers and are eager for Washington authorities to step in. The email sent from a border patrol official to the chain of command at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seemed like a plea for help, stating conditions are "extremely unsafe and unhealthy for the detainees, agents and civilian workforce." AUSTRALIAN IMMIGRANT REACTS TO BORDER SURGE: 'NO ONE IS MORE FRUSTRATED' THAN LEGAL IMMIGRANTS "The overcrowding is inhumane, especially for the children," the agent continued. "Pod 3A is designed to hold 80 people and on this day we have 694 unaccompanied children with two agents maintaining custody. That is 867% of the stated capacity of this detention space. The agents cannot possibly provide for the care, health and safety of aliens in our custody, nor can we reasonably do so for ourselves." A photo...
    Newly released footage of migrant detention facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border has raised questions about the way the administration described its attempt to keep detainees safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have both released images this week from inside migrant processing facilities in Donna, Texas, showing migrants in close quarters within clear pens that are reminiscent of cages. PSAKI PRESSED TO EXPLAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRUMP AND BIDEN MIGRANT FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN The White House previously maintained that it was keeping migrants safe through social distancing. In a Feb. 23 exchange with Fox News' Peter Doocy, press secretary Jen Psaki rebuffed the idea that the administration was keeping children "right next to each other in ways that are not COVID safe." Doocy had asked about the reopening of a migrant facility utilized under former Donald Trump. "It's the same facility that was open for a month in the Trump administration," he told Psaki last month. "Summer of 2019 — that is when Joe Biden said, 'Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of...
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Tuesday released photos of the temporary facilities being used to process migrant children who are found crossing the U.S. southern border.  The photos show crowded quarters, including children sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder on mats on the floor with aluminum blankets and on benches. Another photo shows dozens of children in a transparent pen similar to a cage.  Temporary processing facilities in Donna, Texas, safely processes family units and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) encountered and in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. The facility will bolsters processing capacity in the RGV while the permanent Centralized Processing Center in McAllen is renovated. (CBP) The release of the photos comes as the White House and CBP have been pressed over the fact that the media has not been given access to these facilities. President Biden's administration has cited coronavirus protocols as the reason why the press is not allowed in. Temporary processing facilities in Donna, Texas, safely processes family units and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) encountered and in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol. The facility will bolsters processing...
    EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM) — A Texas city became the third U.S. border crossing to start processing asylum-seekers who have been forced to wait in Mexico for courts to decide their cases. The government began processing those with active cases in Ciudad Juarez-El Paso on February 26 . READ MORE: BOLO: Homicide Detectives Searching For 3 Men, 1 Woman Who May Know Who Killed Christopher Rodriguez Television news crews captured images of the first group of migrants entering the U.S. through El Paso to be processed by immigration officials. Ports of entry in Brownsville and San Ysidro, California started doing processing about a week ago. READ MORE: Shocked By Their Failure To Respond, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Calls For Resignations Of PUC Chair And ERCOT CEO The move comes after President Joe Biden began rolling back his predecessor’s “Remain in Mexico” policy that had forced tens of thousands of asylum-seekers to wait for their immigration hearings in Mexico. The policy had many people waiting months and sometimes years to go before a judge. In the meantime, many waiting migrants faced the threat of...
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