Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson will testify at a hearing before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
The news that thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the U.S. border is just making headlines, but it has been brewing for months, even years. President Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to tackle the issue, which has become a flashpoint in the debate over immigration.
The new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie has reptile activists worried that parents will rush to buy pet turtles for their kids. The American Tortoise Rescue in California is urging parents to buy toys or action figures for their children instead of live turtles. Hundreds of thousands of turtles were purchased after each of the previous "Ninja Turtle" movies, leaving many dumped, deliberately killed or flushed down the toilet. Another bigger problem with turtles is that they carry salmonella which causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. The group warns families with children under 5 should avoid reptiles and amphibians as pets because kids' immune systems are still developing.
A person caught the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya in the United States this month, health officials say — marking the first time mosquitoes in the U.S. are believed to have spread it. Other cases of the illness, which is relatively new to the Americas, have been reported in travelers returning home to Florida, New York, Texas and elsewhere, often after trips to the Caribbean. Click through for some key information about chikungunya and the virus that causes it.
Stocks rose on Thursday as earnings from Facebook and Ford exceeded expectations and jobless claims hit an eight-year low. The S&P 500 continued its climb into unchartered territory with a 2-point jump, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 28 points ahead in early morning trading. Facebook shares were up over 5 percent at record highs after the social network beat estimates for quarterly profit and revenue.
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A Minnesota man and his two children were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight in Denver after he tweeted about a boarding disagreement he had with the gate agent. Duff Watson told NBC affiliate KARE in Minneapolis that he tweeted that the gate agent was rude after she wouldn't allow his two children, ages 6 and 9, to board with him Sunday. Watson and his kids were called back to the gate. Watson says the agent felt threatened and that his family could not return to the plane until he deleted his tweet.
Five businesses were destroyed, but no one was injured, when a raging fire ripped through a row of buildings on a Long Island street early on Thursday, fire officials say. The fire broke out at a bar at about 2:45 a.m., fire officials say. The blaze spread quickly, jumping to four neighboring businesses and causing the bar's roof to collapse. No injuries have been reported.
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Disturbing new details on the conditions of decaying bodies found in a Fort Worth funeral home emerged Wednesday with the release of arrest warrant affidavits for two of the mortuary's managers. Police who went to the Johnson Family Mortuary, weeks after its landlord had evicted it, found a gruesome scene, found evidence of insect infestation, as well as fly pupa on or near the bodies, they said. One corpse was mummified in a casket, while another that appeared mummified was wrapped only in a sheet and left on a coffee table.
A new video showing the arrest of an alleged New York subway farebeater purports to show a police officer using a chokehold to subdue the suspect, a tactic that's sparked outrage since a Staten Island man died after being put in a similar position last week. The suspect was arrested on July 14, just three days before Eric Garner of Staten Island died.
Hundreds of friends, family members and advocates gathered in Brooklyn for the wake of 43-year-old Eric Garner, the man who died last week after the NYPD allegedly put him in a chokehold while making an arrest. The Rev. Al Sharpton is scheduled to speak at Garner's 7 p.m. funeral at a church on Bergen Street following an afternoon wake amid intensifying outrage and growing debate over police protocol. He will be laid to rest Thursday after his family says their private goodbyes at the funeral home.
Australia says it is ready to send police to Ukraine as part of an international team to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Reuters reported. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that 50 officers have been dispatched to London on standby. Abbott also said that he had spoken with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin about ensuring safe access for the officers who may supervise the area where 298 passengers and crew died when the Boeing 777 was shot down last week in eastern Ukraine.
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Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband's lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand. Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.
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Long Beach police on Wednesday asked for the public's help to find a man who attacked a woman in the parking lot of a shopping center and ripped a hijab from her head in what is being called a hate crime. The victim was wearing a black hijab, a headscarf or cover worn by Muslim women to conceal their hair and neck, when she was loading shopping items into her car, a Long Beach Police Chief said.
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A mother in Pennsylvania was arrested after her 11-year-old son walked into a policing center with 27 bruises and welts on his body, police said. He walked into the Upper Darby Community Policing Center on Tuesday badly injured, claiming his mother, 39-year-old Samantha Starnes of Upper Darby, beat him with a belt inside their apartment because he wasn’t doing his chores, police said.
A federal judge in Denver has declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional, The Associated Press reported. But Judge Raymond P. Moore also issued a stay of the ruling until an appeals court hearing next month. Wednesday's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed by six gay couples on July 1 asking for an end to the Colorado's ban on same sex marriage after an appeals court in Utah ruled against that state's gay marriage ban.
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