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Couple raises millions to help reunite migrant children, parents

A California couple has raised millions of dollars to help families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

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Charlotte and Dave Willner told the San Jose Mercury News that they launched their Facebook fundraiser, called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” on Saturday morning after seeing a photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl sobbing as an official patted down her mother at the border.

Dave Willner told the Mercury News that the fundraiser “was the closest thing we could do to hugging that kid.”

The fundraiser was launched with a goal of $1,500, but by Wednesday morning it had garnered more than $9.6 million in donations. For a few hours Sunday, donations were coming in at a rate of $4,000 per minute, David Willner said in a post on Facebook

The money will go toward the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees.

Among those who donated to the Willners’ fundraiser are Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Politico reported. The Willners are previously employees of the tech giant. A company spokesperson declined to say how much they donated.

>> Trump border policy: How to help immigrant children separated from families

“These aren’t kids we don’t have to care about. They’re like our kids,” Charlotte Willner told the Mercury News. “When we look at the faces of these children, we can’t help but see our own children’s faces.”

The national debate over immigration has ramped up in recent weeks after reports surfaced that authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border are separating migrant children from their parents as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to deal with people who come into the country illegally.

>> Is the immigration separation policy new, where did it come from, where are the detention centers?

The Trump administration in April ordered prosecutors to charge every person suspected of illegally crossing the border. Children traveling with the adults have been separated and placed in detention centers.

The president has repeatedly called for Democrats to negotiate with Republicans to address the issue after falsely claiming that the party is behind laws that mandate the separation of children from parents at the border. No such law exists.

Pope Francis criticizes Trump administration for migrant family separations

Pope Francis criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in an interview published Wednesday by Reuters.

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“It’s not easy, but populism is not the answer,” he said.

The pope told Reuters that he agreed with statements made last week by Catholic bishops in America who called the family separation policy “immoral.” 

>> Clergy group brings church charges of child abuse, immorality against Jeff Sessions over zero-tolerance policy

“While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and as a society, to find other ways to ensure that safety,” Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in a statement released at the conference’s spring assembly. “Separating babies from their mothers is not the answers and is immoral.”

Francis told Reuters that he is “on the side of the bishops’ conference.”

>> Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

“I believe that you cannot reject people who arrive,” he said, speaking about the migrant crisis that has sent hundreds of thousands of people into Europe. “You have to receive them, help them, look after them, accompany them and then see where to put them, but throughout Europe.”

He said that populists have been “creating psychosis” around the issue of immigration.

“Populism does not resolve things,” he said. “What resolves things is acceptance, study, prudence.”

>> Immigration: Babies and children held in 'tender age' shelters according to report

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents have been separated from their children as they face prosecution.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that Democrats are to blame for laws that mandate the family separations, however, no law requiring the separations exists.

Japanese, Senegalese World Cup fans clean up stadium after matches

It is something you’d probably never see at a sporting event in America, but Japanese fans of the World Cup are cleaning up their own mess after matches and it’s taking the internet by storm.

After their team won, they celebrated the win against Colombia, then the work began. They cleaned up their areas in the stands using the garbage bags they brought to the stadium with them, the BBC reported.

Video of the mass clean up was posted to social media. 

A sports writer told the BBC that it’s not just of the culture of soccer, but rather it is the culture in Japan.

“You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that’s the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football,” Scott McIntyre told the BBC.

But it isn’t just the fans from Japan who are cleaning up the stadium. 

Fans from Senegal also made sure there was no trash laying around their seats once they won their match over Poland, the Independent reported. Fans collected all of the empty food and beverage containers, and piled them in one area.

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators player Austin Watson is facing a domestic assault charge, police said Wednesday.

According to WKRN, the 26-year-old NHL forward was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Franklin, Tennessee, authorities said.

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Watson, who is free on $4,500 bond, is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday.

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US Navy drops live bombs in Florida national forest

Residents in southern Marion, northern Lake or west Volusia counties should not be alarmed if they hear loud booms near their neighborhoods.

The US Navy began bomb training exercises this week at the Pine Castle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest, officials said in a news release.

F-18 jets fly from Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and conduct the training.

Read: Navy Destroyer named after Winter Park veteran christened

Residents nearby might hear the training or feel the vibrations.

The exercises began Monday and continue Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., officials said.

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Officials said wildlife might be temporarily displaced and that drivers should use caution when driving through the Ocala National Forest and surrounding areas.

The telephone number for noise complaints is 1-800-874-5059. 

Starbucks to close 150 stores

Starbucks has announced that the company will be closing 150 poorly performing stores next year. 

The stores are in urban areas that have multiple Starbucks coffee shops, CNN reported.

It is also about three times the number of storefronts that Starbucks shuts down in a year, according to Bloomberg.

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The company has adjusted its profit outlook, saying that sales are expected to rise only 1 percent for the quarter, not the 2.9 percent that was expected, Bloomberg reported.

The announcement doesn’t mean that there won’t be new Starbucks stores popping up around the world, but the company said that it will be more focused, Fortune reported.

Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state goes viral

A Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state has gone viral, racking up thousands of shares on social media.

>> Ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski reacts to story of immigrant girl with Down syndrome: 'Womp womp'

According to KFDA, the billboard along Interstate 40 near Vega reads: "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS." 

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Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday.

"Billboard 6 miles east of Vega on I-40 east bound! I like it," he quipped in his Facebook post, which has been shared more than 12,000 times.

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The billboard's owner was not identified in KFDA's report

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen taunted by protesters as she eats at Mexican restaurant

Protestors taunted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she tried to eat her dinner at a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant.

About a dozen protesters went into MXDC Cocina Mexicana Tuesday night while Nielsen dined with an unidentified person, The Washington Post reported.

They shouted “shame” and “end family separation,” the newspaper reported

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She had been at the business for about an hour before being disrupted by the protesters at the restaurant that’s two blocks from the White House.

>>Read: Ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski reacts to story of immigrant girl with Down syndrome: 'Womp womp'

Video of the protest was posted as a 10 minute clip to Facebook by Metro D.C. Democratic Socialists of America, CNN reported. Warning, the video contains profanity.

One male protester can be heard asking Nielsen, “How dare you spend your evening here eating dinner as you’re complicit in the separation and deportation of over 10,000 children separated from their parents? How can you enjoy a Mexican dinner as you’re deporting and imprisoning tens of thousands of people who come here seeking asylum in the United States? We call on you to end family separation and abolish ICE!”

Another yelled, “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace.”

>>Read: Trump border policy: How to help immigrant children separated from families

The Department of Homeland Security responded to the restaurant protest after Nielsen’s dinner, saying, “The Secretary encourages all -- including this group -- who want to see an immigration system that works, that contributes to our economy, that protects our security, and that reflects our values to reach out to Members of Congress and seek their support to close the terrible immigration loopholes that have made our system a mess,” The Washington Post reported.

>>Read: Immigration: Babies and young children held in 'tender age' shelters according to report (live updates)

President Donald Trump’s administration has come under fire for the practice of sending children of illegal immigrants, many seeking asylum, to holding facilities as parents are detained for crossing the border with Mexico, CNN reported. The administration has enacted a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal immigration.

Ex-Trump aide Corey Lewandowski reacts to story of immigrant girl with Down syndrome: 'Womp womp'

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is under fire for his reaction to the story of an immigrant girl with Down syndrome during a Tuesday appearance on Fox News.

>> Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Lewandowski's controversial comments came as he and panelist Zac Petkanas, a Democratic strategist, discussed the separation of immigrant children and parents at the United States' border with Mexico.

"I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage," Petkanas began before Lewandowski responded, "Womp womp."

>> Watch the clip here

>> All 5 living first ladies speak out on separation of immigrant children, parents at border

"Did you say 'womp womp' to a 10-year-old with Down syndrome being taken from her mother?" Petkanas replied angrily. "How dare you. How dare you. How absolutely dare you!"

The clip quickly circulated on Twitter, sparking outrage and condemnation from celebrities and public figures.

>> Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy: 4 things to know

“There is no low to which this coward Corey Lewandowski won’t sink,” former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who now hosts NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” tweeted. “This man should not be afforded a national platform to spew his hate.”

Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain, tweeted: “This is so horrible, even by Lewandowski standards.”  

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According to CNN, Luis Videgaray, Mexico's foreign minister, said in a news conference earlier Tuesday that the story of the girl, who is Mexican, was "particularly painful." After reaching the border, she and her brother were placed in a different detention facility from their mother, Videgaray said. Mexican officials are pushing for the girl to be released to her father, who legally resides in Texas.

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Wife shoots, kills woman after finding her with husband, sources say

A woman was shot and killed in Kershaw County, South Carolina, on Sunday night after sources told WSOC-TV that she was with another woman's husband.

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The shooting happened at the intersection of Highway 521 and Catoe Road, several miles south of Kershaw. 

The Kershaw County coroner said 54-year-old Brenda Marie Coates died from a single gunshot wound. She was found in her car at the scene.

>> Man stabs wife with pruning shears in Walmart parking lot, police say

Late Monday, crime scene tape still hung on an old building on the corner. Deputies said the person of interest in the killing is the wife of the man Coates was with in the car. Officials have not released her name.

Bob Keiningham lives on Catoe Road and is familiar with both families.

"That just goes to show you never know. These are people that live in our area. Everybody sees them every day, from Kershaw here, just regular folks," he said.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said investigators recovered a bullet from the car and also found the gun used in the shooting. They wouldn't give any further details, and he would not say where the gun was found. 

The few people who live nearby said it was disturbing to see the aftermath.

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"We heard gunshots – sounded like a firecracker going off. Happening so close to where we live is kind of nerve-wracking," said neighbor Dylan Hall.

Sheriff's investigators are waiting on three items sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division for analysis – DNA, gunshot residue tests and ballistic tests – before they file any charges.

Matthews said his officers have already interviewed the person of interest. She is not in custody. They do not believe she is a flight risk.

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