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Trump administration picks a new leader for US Border Patrol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has named a new head of the U.S. Border Patrol. Rodney Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Scott has been a member of the Border Patrol for 27 years. He takes over the law enforcement agency at a critical time. The Border Patrol and its 19,000 agents have been under a constant spotlight. Curbing immigration is one of President Donald Trump’s top priorities. The agency has come under fire for crowded stations where migrants were held for long periods as border crossings surged and the immigration system clogged at all ends. Border agents pleaded for help, but it wasn’t until last summer, when reports of squalid conditions and surging numbers of detainees and children dying were published, that Congress authorized additional funding to increase capacity. Over the budget year that ended Sept. 30, there were 859,510 apprehensions by Border Patrol, plus 110,000 encounters of people who tried to enter the country legally but were deemed inadmissible. There…

Chicago woman becomes 2nd US case of new virus from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chicago woman has become the second U.S. patient diagnosed with the new pneumonia-like virus from China, health officials announced Friday. The woman in her 60s returned from China on Jan. 13 without showing any signs of illness, but a few days later she called her doctor to report feeling sick. The patient is doing well and remains hospitalized “primarily for infection control,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago’s public health commissioner. People that the women had close contact with are being monitored. Earlier this week, a man in Washington state was diagnosed with the virus after returning from a trip to China. Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the risk to the U.S. public remains low but that it’s likely more cases will be diagnosed in the coming days, as the virus appears to have a two-week incubation period. Nationally, over 2,000 returning travelers had been screened at U.S. airports and 63 patients in 22 states were being tested, although 11 of them so far have been found free of the virus, the CDC said. Categories:…

Trump, a late convert to cause, to join anti-abortion rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just four years ago that a political committee supporting one of Donald Trump’s Republican rivals unveiled an ad slamming his views on abortion, complete with footage from a 1999 interview in which he declared, “I am pro-choice in every respect.” Now, as he heads into the 2020 election, Trump will become the first sitting president to address the March for Life, taking the stage Friday at the annual anti-abortion gathering that is one of the movement’s highest profile and most symbolic events. It is Trump’s latest nod to the white evangelical voters who have proven to be among his most loyal backers. And it makes clear that, as he tries to stitch together a winning coalition for reelection, Trump is counting on the support of his base of conservative activists to help bring him across the finish line. “I think it’s a brilliant move,” said Ralph Reed, chair of the Faith and Freedom Coalition and one of Trump’s most prominent evangelical supporters. Reed said the president’s appearance would “energize and remind pro-life voters what a great friend this president and administration has been.”…

Puerto Ricans protest in anger over unused emergency aid

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hundreds of people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rican singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island’s former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes. Protesters gathered under the heavy rain at the governor’s mansion as they waved flags and banged on pots, demanding the ouster of Gov. Wanda Vázquez. “This is not the end! It’s just the beginning!” one of the protest organizers yelled to a cheering crowd, which had marched to the mansion from the Capitol building. By late Thursday, police fired tear gas at a small group of protesters and ordered them to leave the area. A handful of protesters responded by setting a small barricade on fire and breaking nearby windows. The newest protest unleashed debate about whether Puerto Ricans should try to oust Vázquez as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from a recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed one person and damaged hundreds of homes in the island’s southern…

NFL player Antonio Brown to appear before Florida judge

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on Thursday night following accusations that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. Brown, 31, arrived at Broward County Jail around 10 p.m. The wide receiver, wearing a turquoise suit buttoned over a green athletic jacket, walked out of the jail a few minutes after arriving, but then returned after conferring with his lawyer, who indicated that he would spend the night behind bars. “He’s innocent of these charges. Hopefully we’ll get bond tomorrow and he’ll be acquitted of all charges,” attorney Eric Schwartzreich told WFOR-TV. He is expected to appear before a judge in a bond court hearing on Friday. A Hollywood police statement said Brown’s arrest warrant included charges of burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Officials responded Tuesday afternoon to a disturbance call where the alleged victim said Brown and his trainer, Glenn Holt, hit him outside Brown’s Hollywood home. Holt was arrested and charged with one count of…

Suspect in Fatal Sherman heights hit-and-run expected in court

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A motorist who allegedly drove off after fatally injuring a pedestrian in Sherman Heights early Sunday — stopping at a nearby fast-food restaurant before continuing to flee — is slated to make his initial court appearance Friday. Christopher Nunez, 28, is accused in the Sunday morning death of 41- year-old Jason Gordon, who was struck just before 2 a.m. in the 1800 block of Market Street. Police said a 2008 GMC Envoy struck Gordon as he was crossing the street and dragged him about 100 feet down the roadway, according to Sgt. Victoria Houseman. He died at the scene. A short time later, Nunez, the driver of the damaged SUV stopped and bought food at Humberto’s Taco Shop in the 1000 block of 25th Street, about a half- mile from the site of the traffic fatality, police said. While leaving the eatery, he backed his vehicle into a sedan and was confronted by witnesses before speeding off again, according to investigators. Surveillance cameras and tips from the public led investigators to identify Nunez as the suspect in the case. He was…

House managers seek to prove abuse of power in third day of senate impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House prosecutors made an expansive case Thursday at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by attorney Rudy Giuliani. On Friday, the Democrats will press their final day of arguments before skeptical Republican senators, focusing on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress’ investigation. As the audience of Senate jurors sat through another long day, and night, the prosecutors outlined the charge. They argued that Trump abused power for his own personal political benefit ahead of the 2020 election, even as the nation’s top FBI and national security officials were publicly warning off the theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election. “That’s what Donald Trump wanted investigated or announced — this completely bogus Kremlin-pushed conspiracy theory,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee who is leading the prosecution, during Thursday’s session. At the close of the evening Schiff made an emotional plea to senators to consider what was at stake as Trump is accused of seeking Ukrainian probes…

SDG&E nears end of rollout for ‘time of use’ price plans

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric is close to completing a nearly year-long transition to a new pricing plan called “time of use.” SDG&E is transitioning to new hours for peak pricing in time of use (TOU) rate schedules: 4pm – 9pm, adjusted from previous peak hours of 11am – 6pm. This is significant for solar customers because it shifts the peak cost of electricity from the middle of the day, when many solar customers are exporting energy to the grid, to the afternoon and evening when PV systems are shutting down for the night. Some customers have already made the switch. Others will decide if they want to make a change in the next few months. About two thirds of SDG&E’s customers have already made their choice. The San Diego company is ahead of its counterparts, PG&E and So Cal Edison in making this transition. Categories: Local San Diego News

Democratic Candidate for County Supervisor District 3 Olga Diaz

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The makeup of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors could look entirely different this time next year if Kristin Gaspar isn’t successful in her re-election campaign. Two seats are being vacated by supervisors who will be termed out, and Supervisor Gaspar is up for re-election in District 3. Gaspar is facing two Democrats in the race: Olga Diaz and Terra Lawson-Remer. District 3 includes the cities of Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Solana Beach and a section of San Diego north of Kearny Mesa. Escondido City Councilmember & Candidate for County Supervisor District 3 Olga Diaz was in studio to talk about her campaign. For more info: www.OlgaDiaz.com. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2020

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