KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ KRISTV.com National News National News en-us Copyright 2014, KRISTV.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:04:19 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KRISTV.com http://www.kristv.com/ 144 25 FDA Eases Into Regulating E-cigarettes http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-eases-into-regulating-e-cigarettes/ http://www.kristv.com/news/fda-eases-into-regulating-e-cigarettes/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 6:04:26 PM FDA Eases Into Regulating E-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.

Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids would be a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether the electronic devices are a good thing or a bad thing overall, whether they help smokers kick the habit or are a gateway to ordinary paper-and-tobacco cigarettes.

The proposed rules, issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration, tread fairly lightly. They would ban sales to anyone under 18, add warning labels and require FDA approval for new products.

Some public health experts say a measured approach is the right one. They think that the devices, which heat a nicotine solution to produce an odorless vapor without the smoke and tar of burning tobacco, can help smokers quit.

"This could be the single biggest opportunity that's come along in a century to make the cigarette obsolete," said David Abrams, executive director of the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the American Legacy Foundation.

Still, some wonder whether e-cigarettes keep smokers addicted or hook new users and encourage them to move on to tobacco. And some warn that the FDA regulations could have unintended consequences.

"If the regulations are too heavy-handed, they'll have the deadly effect of preventing smokers from quitting by switching to these dramatically less harmful alternatives," said Jeff Stier, senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank in Washington.

Scientists haven't finished much research on e-cigarettes, and the studies that have been done have been inconclusive. The government is pouring millions into research to supplement independent and company studies on the health risks of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products - as well as who uses them and why.

"There are far more questions than answers," acknowledged Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.

But he said the proposed rules "would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA."

The FDA has left the door open to further regulations, such as a ban on TV advertising and fruit- or candy-flavored e-cigarettes - measures that some anti-smoking groups and members of Congress are demanding.

"It is inexcusable that it has taken the FDA and the administration so long to act. This delay has had serious public health consequences as these unregulated tobacco products have been marketed using tactics and sweet flavors that appeal to kids," the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids said in a statement.

The FDA said it wants more evidence before it rushes into more regulations.

Any further rules "will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.

Electronic cigarettes are becoming a big business. The industry started on the Internet and at shopping-mall kiosks and has rocketed from thousands of users in 2006 to several million worldwide, with a choice of more than 200 brands.

Sales are estimated to have reached nearly $2 billion in 2013. Tobacco companies have noticed that e-smokes are eating into cigarette sales, and they have jumped into the business, too.

Smokers like e-cigarettes because the nicotine-infused vapor looks like smoke but doesn't contain the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco, or to cut down.

"If the product as I use it now becomes illegal, I'm not sure what'll happen. I'll probably end up smoking again," said 38-year-old Jason Todrick of Huntington Beach, Calif., who kicked his more than 20-year smoking habit two years ago using an e-cigarette.

In addition to mandating warning labels that say nicotine is an addictive chemical, the rules would require e-cigarette makers to disclose their products' ingredients. They would not be allowed to claim their products are safer than other tobacco products.

In addition, they couldn't give out free samples or sell e-cigarettes in vending machines unless they are in a place open only to adults, such as a bar.

The public and the industry will have 75 days to comment on the proposed rules. There is no timetable for when the FDA will issue its final rules. Many believe the process will wind up in court.

"It seems to be a responsible approach ... and shows the FDA's commitment to look at particular e-cigarettes in a science-based way rather than just conjecture," said Jason Healy, president of Blu e-cigs, which is owned by the tobacco company Lorillard Inc. and is the largest player in the market. Blu accounts for almost half of e-cigarettes sold.

Also on Thursday, the FDA proposed extending its authority to regulate cigars, hookahs, nicotine gels and pipe tobacco.

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AP Business Writer Matthew Perrone contributed to this report.

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DHS Secretary Puts Ex-Watchdog on Leave http://www.kristv.com/news/dhs-secretary-puts-ex-watchdog-on-leave/ http://www.kristv.com/news/dhs-secretary-puts-ex-watchdog-on-leave/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 5:02:29 PM DHS Secretary Puts Ex-Watchdog on Leave

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security secretary has put the agency's former internal watchdog on administrative leave. This comes after a Senate report that concluded he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees.

Secretary Jeh Johnson says he put Charles K. Edwards on leave from his new job in Homeland Security's science and technology office Thursday.

Johnson says other people implicated in the Senate report have already left Homeland Security, but he will continue to take appropriate action as more information is learned.

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Attack Kills U.S. Doctors in Afghanistan http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-kills-u-s-doctors-in-afghanistan/ http://www.kristv.com/news/attack-kills-u-s-doctors-in-afghanistan/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:08:21 PM Attack Kills U.S. Doctors in Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN (NBC News) - An American doctor killed in an attack at a charity hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan is being remembered as a hero.

Pediatrician Dr. Jerry Umanos was led by his convictions and his faith to move to Afghanistan to treat children and train other physicians.

He, along with two other Americans, was killed Wednesday when a member of the Afghan public protection force assigned to guard the facility opened fire inside the hospital. A fourth American was wounded.

"Just a really selfless guy, and he knew the dangers in Afghanistan but he just really felt called to be there," says Dave Wilcoxen, a colleague of Umanos at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.

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Woman Accused of Stealing Toy from Gravesite http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-toy-from-gravesite/ http://www.kristv.com/news/woman-accused-of-stealing-toy-from-gravesite/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:05:34 PM Woman Accused of Stealing Toy from Gravesite

OHIO (WKYC) - Ohio police say a Mansfield woman has been served a summons for a charge of petty theft in connection with a toy taken from a child's grave that was captured on surveillance video.

Police say the woman, Frieda Kay Shade, 54, of Mansfield came to the police department on Wednesday night and offered an explanation. Shade told police that she witnessed a dog running loose on the property where the child's grave was located and she took the toy to prevent the dog from destroying it.

Ontario police were flooded with tips and calls after they posted video on Facebook showing the stuffed duck toy being removed from the grave of 14-month-old Hayden "Tank" Cole Sheridan.

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Baker Hughes to List Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid http://www.kristv.com/news/baker-hughes-to-list-chemicals-used-in-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid/ http://www.kristv.com/news/baker-hughes-to-list-chemicals-used-in-hydraulic-fracturing-fluid/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 3:01:32 PM Associated Press Baker Hughes to List Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit.

The oil and gas industry has said the chemicals used are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but environmental and health groups and government regulators say a loophole that allows companies to hide chemical "trade secrets" has been a major problem.

A statement on the Baker Hughes website said the company believes it's possible to disclose 100 percent "of the chemical ingredients we use in hydraulic fracturing fluids without compromising our formulations," to increase public trust.

"This really good news. It's a step in the right direction," said Dr. Bernard Goldstein, the former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. "One hopes that the entire industry goes along with it."

But Goldstein noted one "major hedge" in the Baker Hughes position, since the company said it will provide complete lists of the products and chemical ingredients used in frack fluids "where accepted by our customers and relevant governmental authorities."

Still, Goldstein said the Baker Hughes language sets a new standard for transparency and "clearly distinguishes them from Halliburton," another major industry supplier.

A Halliburton spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A boom in drilling has led to tens of thousands of new wells being drilled in recent years using the fracking process. A mix of water, sand and chemicals is forced into deep underground formations to break rock apart and free oil and gas. That's led to major economic benefits but also fears that the chemicals used in the process could spread to water supplies.

The mix of chemicals varies by company and region - and some of the chemicals are toxic and could cause health problems in significant doses - so the lack of full transparency has worried landowners and public health experts.

Many companies voluntarily disclose the contents of their fracking fluids through FracFocus.org, a website partially funded by the oil and gas industry that tracks fracking operations nationwide. But critics say the website has loose reporting standards and allows companies to avoid disclosure by declaring certain chemicals as trade secrets.

A U.S. Energy Department Task Force report issued in March that found that 84% of the wells registered on FracFocus invoked a trade secret exemption for at least one chemical. The Task Force said it "favors full disclosure of all known constituents added to fracturing fluid with few, if any exceptions."

The FracFocus website is managed by the Ground Water Protection Council and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, both based in Oklahoma, and is funded by industry and the Energy Department.

Jerry Baker of the Oil and Gas Compact said he doesn't know of any other major supplier that has made a pledge similar to the one from Baker Hughes.

"It's a business decision on their part," Baker said. "Somehow, they've committed to this at the highest levels" of disclosure.

The Interior Department is expected to finalize proposed regulation for hydraulic fracturing on public lands by the end of the year. The measure would apply to some 700 million acres of federal lands and 56 million acres of lands controlled by federally recognized Indian tribes.

The rule proposed last year would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in fracking operations. The information would be made public.

The DOE said 25 states now mandate public disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, including 15 that use FracFocus as a reporting tool.

Industry groups oppose the disclosure rule, saying it would be costly for businesses, with little environmental or safety benefit. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry's top lobbying group, has praised the efforts of states to adopt the FracFocus database for disclosing chemicals, but has said additional federal regulations could jeopardize economic growth.

API spokesman Zachary Cikanek said in an email that they strongly support the use of FracFocus to provide the public with information on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

"We also welcome additional efforts by individual companies to increase public engagement and transparency," Cikanek added.

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Daly reported from Washington.

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White Supremacist in Court on Murder Charges http://www.kristv.com/news/white-supremacist-in-court-on-murder-charges/ http://www.kristv.com/news/white-supremacist-in-court-on-murder-charges/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 2:02:26 PM White Supremacist in Court on Murder Charges

KANSAS - The 73-year-old white supremacist accused of killing three people in Kansas appeared in court today.

Frazier Glenn Cross was wheeled into the courtroom for the hearing where his defense attorney requested the scheduling conference be pushed back a month.

Cross is accused of shooting a man and his grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, then driving to a nearby jewish retirement complex and shooting a 53-year-old woman.

None of the three people who died was jewish.

The judge set the scheduling conference for May 29th.

 


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Summer Infant Video Monitors Recalled http://www.kristv.com/news/summer-infant-video-monitors-recalled/ http://www.kristv.com/news/summer-infant-video-monitors-recalled/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 7:18:19 AM Summer Infant Video Monitors Recalled

WASHINGTON - About 800,000 rechargeable batteries used in Summer Infant video monitors are being recalled.

The battery in the handheld video monitor can overheat and rupture, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

So far, Summer Infant has received more than twenty complaints, including incidents of smoke and minor property damage.

The monitor can still be used with the power cord.

Consumers should remove the battery and contact Summer Infant for a replacement.

Walmart, Target, Babies "R" Us, and Amazon all sold the products.

 


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Taliban Ready to Deal on Captive US Soldier? http://www.kristv.com/news/taliban-ready-to-deal-on-captive-us-soldier-/ http://www.kristv.com/news/taliban-ready-to-deal-on-captive-us-soldier-/ National News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 4:15:53 AM Taliban Ready to Deal on Captive US Soldier?

WASHINGTON (AP) - The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal.

That's according to a U.S. defense official and a military officer working for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Critics of the release effort blame disorganization and poor communication among the numerous U.S. agencies involved. A defense official says about two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military, the CIA and FBI are working on the case.

The White House and Defense Department are defending their work to release Bergdahl.

The military officer and defense official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

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Feds Investigating Brakes on 2014 Chevrolet Impala http://www.kristv.com/news/feds-investigating-brakes-on-2014-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.kristv.com/news/feds-investigating-brakes-on-2014-chevrolet-impala/ National News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 3:07:34 PM Feds Investigating Brakes on 2014 Chevrolet Impala

DETROIT (AP) - Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning.

The driver says that in one instance, the Impala was traveling at 40 miles per hour with no one in front of it when the brakes activated. The car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. No injuries were reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation to determine whether the alleged defect is widespread. About 60,580 Impalas of the 2014 model year are on U.S. roads.

NHTSA investigations can lead to vehicle recalls.

A message seeking comment was left with General Motors.

The investigation is unrelated to GM's recent recall of 2.6 million older model Chevrolets and other cars for defective ignition switches.

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Soldier Fighting Squatters in His Home http://www.kristv.com/news/soldier-fighting-squatters-in-his-home/ http://www.kristv.com/news/soldier-fighting-squatters-in-his-home/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:38:19 PM Soldier Fighting Squatters in His Home

FLORIDA (WFLA) - When soldier Michael Sharkey was deployed to Afghanistan two years ago, he asked a friend to watch over his New Port Richey, Florida house. Sharkey and his wife are now living in Hawaii where he is currently stationed. They plan to move back into their New Port Richey home someday. But, right now they are fighting to get their house back.

They say strangers broke in, changed the locks, moved in and they refuse to leave.

"I want the people out," said Sharkey. "They're criminals living in my house."

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Judge Orders Release of CIA Info on Alleged USS Cole Attack Mastermind http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-orders-release-of-cia-info-on-alleged-uss-cole-attack-mastermind/ http://www.kristv.com/news/judge-orders-release-of-cia-info-on-alleged-uss-cole-attack-mastermind/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 3:01:36 PM Judge Orders Release of CIA Info on Alleged USS Cole Attack Mastermind

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors, injured 42 others and tore a massive hole into the side of the guided-missile destroyer based in Norfolk, Va.

Al-Nashiri, who was born in Saudi Arabia, has been held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006, after being held in a series of secret CIA prisons.

A CIA inspector general's report said al-Nashiri, considered to have once been one of the most senior leaders in al-Qaida, was waterboarded and threatened with a gun and a power drill because interrogators believed he was withholding information about possible attacks against the United States. Such practices were allowed under rules approved by the George W. Bush administration but many of them have since been repudiated as torture.

Prosecutors, who can appeal the judge's ruling, had argued that information about his time spent in CIA custody was irrelevant to the case. The defense believes the case against al-Nashiri is tainted by CIA actions in the secret prisons and could be used to spare him from the death penalty.

Little information about what happened in the CIA black sites has been confirmed by the government. The order by Army Col. James Pohl does not make any details available to the public. He notes explicitly in his order that all parties in the case are required to follow a protective order barring release of classified information in the case.

The judge said the government must provide details of al-Nashiri's capture, detention, rendition and interrogation. The information the judge ordered the government to reveal includes a chronology of how al-Nashiri was shuttled among secret CIA black sites, and how he was transported, clothed and restrained. The government also must provide reports, summaries of interrogations and any photos or videos documenting the conditions of his confinement.

Prosecutors are barred under the rules for military commissions from using any evidence or testimony obtained by coercion. The defense, however, has argued that all information from al-Nashiri is tainted by the harsh treatment he endured at the hands of the CIA.

The defendant, wearing in white prison clothes, sat at the defense table for much of the daylong session. At times, he leaned back in his swivel desk chair and rocked from side to side. At other times, his eyelids drooped and he appeared bored by the lengthy legal arguments that droned on in an effort to resolve issues about the death penalty, witnesses and evidence.

His trial is not slated to begin until December. The hearing on a long list of pretrial motions was held Tuesday at Guantanamo but reporters were able to watch it from Fort Meade.

Defense lawyer Richard Kammen renewed his bid to get the judge to remove himself from the case, arguing that Pohl was assigned to the case by the convening authority that is prosecuting his client.

The prosecution claimed Kammen's motion was simply a way to denounce the overall military process for trying Guantanamo detainees, and that there was no evidence to suggest any appearance of impropriety by the judge.

The judge denied the motion.

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Associated Press writer Ben Fox in Miami contributed to this report.

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Escaped Inmate Surrenders and Apologizes http://www.kristv.com/news/escaped-inmate-surrenders-and-apologizes/ http://www.kristv.com/news/escaped-inmate-surrenders-and-apologizes/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:38:13 PM Escaped Inmate Surrenders and Apologizes

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - A Mississippi inmate who walked away from a work crew Monday afternoon is now back in custody.

While officers searched for inmate Micah Phillips on Highway 11, Phillips father pulled up next to Sheriff Alex Hodge with his son in the passenger seat of his truck.

Phillips told officials he had stopped and decided to call his father so he could take him back to the sheriff's department.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban http://www.kristv.com/news/supreme-court-upholds-michigan-affirmative-action-ban/ http://www.kristv.com/news/supreme-court-upholds-michigan-affirmative-action-ban/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:38:31 AM Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences, presumably because such a system could give rise to race-based resentment.

Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court's prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.

"This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it," Kennedy said.

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. "But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups," said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.

At 58 pages, Sotomayor's dissent was longer than the combined length of the four opinions in support of the outcome.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas agreed with Kennedy.

Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case, presumably because she worked on it at an earlier stage while serving in the Justice Department.

In 2003, the Supreme Court upheld the consideration of race among many factors in college admissions in a case from Michigan.

Three years later, affirmative action opponents persuaded Michigan voters to change the state constitution to outlaw any consideration of race.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the issue was not affirmative action, but the way in which its opponents went about trying to bar it.

In its 8-7 decision, the appeals court said the provision ran afoul of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment because it presents an extraordinary burden to affirmative action supporters who would have to mount their own long, expensive campaign to repeal the constitutional provision.

Similar voter-approved initiatives banning affirmative action in education are in place in California and Washington state. A few other states have adopted laws or issued executive orders to bar race-conscious admissions policies.

Black and Latino enrollment at the University of Michigan has dropped since the ban took effect. At California's top public universities, African-Americans are a smaller share of incoming freshmen, while Latino enrollment is up slightly, but far below the state's growth in the percentage of Latino high school graduates.

The case was the court's second involving affirmative action in as many years. In June, the justices ordered lower courts to take another look at the University of Texas admissions plan in a ruling that could make it harder for public colleges to justify any use of race in admissions.

The case is Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, 12-682.

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US Weighs Curbing Deportations of People Without Serious Criminal Records http://www.kristv.com/news/us-weighs-curbing-deportations-of-people-without-serious-criminal-records/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-weighs-curbing-deportations-of-people-without-serious-criminal-records/ National News Tue, 22 Apr 2014 6:40:42 AM Associated Press US Weighs Curbing Deportations of People Without Serious Criminal Records

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally but don't have serious criminal records could be shielded from deportation under a policy change being weighed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The change, if adopted following a review ordered by President Barack Obama, could limit removals of people who have little or no criminal record but have committed repeat immigration violations such as re-entering the country illegally after having been deported, or failing to comply with a deportation order.

The possible move, confirmed by two people with knowledge of the review, would fall short of the sweeping changes sought by activists. They want Obama to expand a two-year-old program that grants work permits to certain immigrants brought here illegally as children to include other groups, such as the parents of any children born in the U.S.

John Sandweg, who until February served as acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said he had promoted the policy change for immigrants without serious criminal records before his departure and said it was being weighed by Johnson. An immigration advocate who has discussed the review with the administration also confirmed the change was under consideration. The advocate spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

"Any report of specific considerations at this time would be premature," Clark Stevens, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, said Monday. Stevens said Johnson "has undergone a very rigorous and inclusive process to best inform the review," including seeking input from people within DHS as well as lawmakers of both parties and other stakeholders.

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US Marshal Shoots Defendant in Federal Court http://www.kristv.com/news/us-marshal-shoots-defendant-in-federal-court/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-marshal-shoots-defendant-in-federal-court/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:45 PM US Marshal Shoots Defendant in Federal Court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant in a federal courthouse who rushed a witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City.

FBI spokesman Mark Dressen said Monday that Siale Angilau was hospitalized with at least one chest wound.

Authorities say the shooting occurred in connection with a gang-related trial.

No other details were immediately available.

The case was being heard in U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell's courtroom.

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US: Pictures Indicate Russian Troops in Ukraine http://www.kristv.com/news/us-pictures-indicate-russian-troops-in-ukraine/ http://www.kristv.com/news/us-pictures-indicate-russian-troops-in-ukraine/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:34:37 PM US: Pictures Indicate Russian Troops in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department has released images of soldiers in eastern Ukraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons.

The pictures mark the latest effort by the West to prove that Moscow is using its military to stir unrest in Ukraine.

A copy of the 11-page State Department document was given to reporters.

It includes pictures captioned as "concerned citizens" in Crimea and the city of Slovyansk who are dressed the same and carrying the same kind of RPG-30 rocket launchers that are issued to Russian troops.

There was no way to immediately verify the photographs, which were either taken from the Internet or were given to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe last week by Ukraine diplomats.

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Oscar Mayer Recall http://www.kristv.com/news/oscar-mayer-recall/ http://www.kristv.com/news/oscar-mayer-recall/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 6:35:50 AM Oscar Mayer Recall

ILLINOIS - Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer hot dogs.

The company says the recall is because of incorrect package labeling.

Packages labeled Oscar Mayer "classic" wieners may actually contain cheese dogs.

The "classic" labels do not list pasteurized cheese, which is a problem for people who are allergic to milk.

The hot dogs were sold in 16-ounce packages and have a "use by" date of June 16th.

The problem was discovered by a consumer, who notified the company on Friday.

 


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Kids Shot While Leaving Park http://www.kristv.com/news/kids-shot-while-leaving-park/ http://www.kristv.com/news/kids-shot-while-leaving-park/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 6:06:18 AM Kids Shot While Leaving Park

CHICAGO - It was a violent Easter weekend in Chicago.

Shootings around the city leave nine people dead and 32 others hurt.

The weekend's latest shooting happened around 7:30 Sunday night.

A group of kids were leaving a park near an Elementary School when someone in a car pulled up and asked them a question.

The group fled but someone in the car opened fire, hitting four of them, ranging in age from 11 to 15 years old.

Of the 41 people shot this weekend in Chicago, 16 of them were shot on Easter Sunday.

 


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Driver Crashes Car Into Church http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-crashes-car-into-church/ http://www.kristv.com/news/driver-crashes-car-into-church/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 5:06:52 AM Driver Crashes Car Into Church

FLORIDA - At least 21 people were hurt when a car slammed into a Florida church, full of people during Easter services.

Second Haitian Baptist Church was packed for a service last night when the car crashed into the building.

Emergency responders say multiple people suffered broken bones.

Witnesses also told reporters that at least one person was pinned under the car.

None of the injuries appear to be life threatening and the cause of the crash is under investigation.


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16-Year-Old Survives In Wheel Well Of Maui Flight http://www.kristv.com/news/16-year-old-survives-in-wheel-well-of-maui-flight/ http://www.kristv.com/news/16-year-old-survives-in-wheel-well-of-maui-flight/ National News Mon, 21 Apr 2014 4:33:46 AM 16-Year-Old Survives In Wheel Well Of Maui Flight

HONOLULU (AP) - Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

"Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night. "It's amazing he survived that."

The boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport Sunday morning with no identification, Simon said.

"Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said.

Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara, Calif., hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The child had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. Simon said when the Boeing 767 landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds.

"He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight," Simon said. The flight lasted about 5½ hours.

Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle said airline personnel noticed the boy on the ramp after the flight arrived and immediately notified airport security.

"Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," Croyle said.

Simon said the boy was medically screened and found to be unharmed.

His misadventure immediately raised security questions. A Congressman who serves on the Homeland Security committee wondered how the teen could have snuck onto the airfield at San Jose unnoticed.

"I have long been concerned about security at our airport perimeters. #Stowaway teen demonstrates vulnerabilities that need to be addressed," tweeted Rep. Eric Swalwell, a Democrat who represents the San Francisco Bay Area's eastern cities and suburbs.

A Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman said airport police were working with the FBI and the Transportation Security Agency to review security at the facility as part of an investigation.

"Our concern is with this young boy and his family. Thank God he survived and we hope his health is OK," spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

Officials at Kahului Airport referred questions to the State Department of Transportation, which did not return a phone call seeking comment. A Transportation Security Agency spokesman who declined to be named referred questions to the FBI and airport authorities.

The boy was released to child protective services and not charged with a crime, Simon said.

In August, a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria survived a 35-minute trip in the wheel well of a domestic flight after stowing away. Authorities credited the flight's short duration and altitude of about 25,000. Others stowing away in wheel wells have died, including a 16-year-old killed after stowing away aboard a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Boston in 2010 and a man who fell onto a suburban London street as a flight from Angola began its descent in 2012.

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Associated Press writer Daisy Nguyen contributed to this report from Los Angeles. Oskar Garcia can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia

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