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New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill tweeted his satisfaction after the weekend arrest of a Florida man who O’Neill said was accused of shooting and killing an undercover NYPD officer in 1999.

There’s just one problem: Vincent Ling, the undercover cop O’Neill thought had been killed by Bronx native Lester Pearson, is not dead.

Ling’s family got in touch with the New York Daily News over the weekend after their headline, "Cop Killer Caught," was plastered on the front page alongside the mugshot of 43-year-old Lester Pearson.

"He’s very much alive," Vincent Ling’s uncle, Thomas Ling, said. "I saw him last year."

Police publicly identified Pearson as the man who shot Ling in 1999 over 20 years after the fact, after discovering that Pearson was living under the name Michael Davis in Jacksonville, Florida. He had created an entirely new life for himself, living with his girlfriend and several children. Pearson had even accrued a fan base of more than 100,000 Instagram followers for his rap persona, Monsta Kodi.


He had released a song and documentary called "No More Killing," which tackled the topic of police shootings of unarmed black men.

Pearson had long been a suspect in Ling’s shooting and even turned himself in to police in 2000 – but later skipped bail. He and Ling had prior tension because Pearson dated Ling’s sister, and the confrontation between them is thought to have been sparked by that relationship.

Police publicly identified Pearson as the man who shot Ling in 1999 over 20 years after the fact after discovering that Pearson was living under the name Michael Davis in Jacksonville, Florida

Police publicly identified Pearson as the man who shot Ling in 1999 over 20 years after the fact after discovering that Pearson was living under the name Michael Davis in Jacksonville, Florida (NYPD)

Police say that the two saw each other while walking down the street in the Bronx and that Pearson uttered a slur at Ling. They began to argue, which escalated into 11 shots being fired between the two of them, one of which hit Ling’s spine, authorities say. While in a hospital bed, Ling identified Pearson as his shooter. Because he was an undercover officer, Ling’s name was not released at the time, but news reports described him as being paralyzed by the incident.


Ling’s family members declined to put media in touch with him but said he retired from the force and is thought to still be living in the Bronx.

After arresting Pearson over the weekend, Commissioner O’Neill reportedly tweeted in support of law enforcement for “capturing the career criminal who killed off-duty #NYPD Officer Vincent Ling in 1999.”


The tweet was quickly taken down, and NYPD later issued a statement clarifying that Ling is, in fact, alive, and explaining that a "misreading" of the charges against Pearson led to "confusion about his [Ling’s] death," according to the Washington Post.

"The word ‘attempted’ murder, I guess, wasn’t delineated as clearly as it should have been," a police spokesman said.

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A viral image of harsh feedback written on a second grader’s math assignment has prompted online petition to fire his teacher.

Chris Piland, whose son attends Valley View Elementary School in Pennsylvania, posted an image on Facebook Tuesday of his son’s math assignment with remarks allegedly written by his teacher that read, “Absolutely pathetic. He answered 13 in 3 min! Sad.”

“My son Kamdyn’s teacher has been so rude to him and myself all year he comes home with this and I am beyond frustrated that someone would write this on a childs (sic) work such great motivation,” Piland wrote on the post.


The post went viral and prompted an online campaign to have the teacher fired. As of early Friday, the “Petition to fire Alyssa Rupp Bohenek from the Valley View school district” has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures and has been widely shared on Facebook.


Rose Minniti, the school superintendent, said an investigation was opened after a meeting the teacher and the Valley View School District but cautioned that the outcome would be dictated by “the facts and evidence” rather than “social media.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Trump administration on Friday moved forward with a proposed rule to make it harder for illegal immigrants to access federally subsidized housing — the latest crackdown by the administration on immigrants who use public assistance.

The rule, proposed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and posted in the Federal Register, would require that those seeking public housing would be subject to verification of their immigration status. Only families in which every member is either a citizen or a legal resident would qualify for federally subsidized housing. Currently families where at least one person is either a citizen or green card holder can get federal assistance, even if other family members are not.


The administration says that regulations “presently excuse individuals from submitting documentation if they do not contend to having eligible immigration status. This results in no actual determination of immigration status being made.” The rule would also require current participants who have not previously proven their eligibility to do so at their next evaluation of their need for public assistance.

An agency analysis, reported by The Washington Post, found that approximately 25,000 households, representing about 108,000 people, now live in subsidized housing with at least one person who would be ineligible.

Among those “mixed-status” households, 70 percent are legally eligible for benefits — approximately 76,000 people including 55,000 children. The majority live in California, Texas and New York, the Post reported.

“HUD expects that fear of the family being separated would lead to prompt evacuation by most mixed households,” the agency’s analysis said. “Temporary homelessness could arise for a household, if they are unable to find alternative housing.”


HUD Secretary Ben Carson defended the proposal this week, telling Fox Business’ Stuart Varney that illegal immigrants are limiting assistance that could go to “legitimate American citizens.”

“We have a long list of people we can only serve right now one in four of the people who are looking for assistance from the government,” he said. “So obviously we want to get those people taken care of. And we also want to abide by the laws.”

An administration official told The Daily Caller, which first reported the proposal last month, that “we need to take care of our citizens.”

“Because of past loopholes in HUD guidance, illegal aliens were able to live in free public housing desperately needed by so many of our own citizens. As illegal aliens attempt to swarm our borders, we’re sending the message that you can’t live off of American welfare on the taxpayers’ dime,” the official said.

However, the HUD analysis reportedly found that that the rule could cost up to an additional $227 million a year because mixed-status families would then receive higher subsidies.

The proposal is likely to face fierce opposition from Democrats. On Friday, 13 Democratic members of Congress from New York said in a letter to Carson that it would “needlessly inflict hardship” on families.

“Your approach represents a major shift from current HUD policy and by design makes it more difficult for families to have access to assistance for which they would otherwise be eligible,” the letter says.


It is the latest proposed crackdown by the administration on the use of public assistance by immigrants. Reuters reported last week that the administration is considering making it easier to deport legal permanent residents who have used public benefits.

A draft regulation, which is still subject to change, would reportedly allow for the deportation of some permanent residents who have used certain public benefits within five years of admission into the U.S. Those benefits include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 housing vouchers, certain Medicaid benefits; and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Two Maltese soldiers have pleaded not guilty to charges they participated in a racially-motivated, fatal drive-by shooting of a migrant from Ivory Coast.

The two men, Lorin Scicluna and Francesco Fenech, were also charged Sunday with the April 6 attempted murder of two other men from Guinea and Gambia, who were seriously injured in the attack. The death of Ivorian Lassana Cisse was believed to be Malta’s first-ever racially motivated attack.

The charges, which include racial hatred and committing a racially motivated crime, carry a maximum of life in prison.

Migration is a key political issue for the Mediterranean island nation, particularly ahead of European Parliament elections this week. Maltese political leaders and Catholic Church officials have been speaking out against growing hate speech against migrants, particularly on social media.

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A number of grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are shown parked at Victorville Airport in Victorville, California
A number of grounded Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft are shown parked at Victorville Airport in Victorville, California, U.S., March 26, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

March 27, 2019

(Reuters) – Southwest Airlines Co said on Wednesday the recent groundings of Boeing 737 MAX planes would lead to its first-quarter revenue per available seat mile coming in below its previous forecast.

The U.S. airline is the first carrier to provide a formal change to its financial forecasts since the recent crash of Boeing’s new jet.

The airline said it now expects operating revenue per available seat mile, a closely followed measure of airline performance, to rise about 2 percent to 3 percent, compared with the 3 percent to 4 percent growth it forecast earlier.

(Reporting by Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur)

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Turkey: Where to go when the cash runs low

FILE PHOTO: A merchant counts Turkish lira banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
FILE PHOTO: A merchant counts Turkish lira banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo

May 21, 2019

By Marc Jones, Karin Strohecker and Tom Arnold

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey is struggling to support the ailing lira, which has lost more than 40% of its value over the past two years, and with foreign currency reserves running low, investors are trying to map out Ankara’s options for turning the tide.

The $850 billion economy’s potential needs are huge. Were Turkey to descend into a full-blown crisis where it was shut out of international borrowing markets, analysts estimate Ankara would have to find between $40 billion and $90 billion to avoid some kind of sovereign default.

For many economists, this is a textbook emerging market currency crisis.

Years of foreign debt accumulation and rising balance of payments gaps meet a sudden evaporation of domestic and investor confidence that sends the currency sliding, inflation soaring and forces central bank interest rates higher to control it.

The interest rate and currency shocks in turn trigger a deep recession and problems in the banking system as firms and households struggle to pay back their loans — making high interest rates unsustainable and leaving the currency vulnerable to further weakness.

If foreign investment grinds to a halt and hard cash buffers disappear, Turkey has only limited options without simply building large current account surpluses that may require a much deeper and longer domestic recession.

Following are some scenarios that foreign investors see as possible.


Ankara’s borrowing costs have shot up but it is nowhere near locked out of international capital markets yet. With a relatively comfortable debt to GDP ratio — expected to climb to around 35 percent by year-end, which is lower than most heavyweight emerging market countries — it could look to secure some cash and replenish some of its spent reserves.

The government has tapped hard-currency debt markets six times since October to the tune of $9.4 billion and has already raised 80% of the $8 billion it originally planned to borrow this year.

But it might need more and selling bonds when your economy is under severe strain can be prohibitively expensive and build up punitive repayment burdens for the future. Turkey had to pay a yield of 7.68% on a $2 billion 10-year bond tap in January — nearly twice as much as it paid a year earlier. The issue now yields more than 8%.

Debt capital markets bankers and fund managers predict Turkey would have to pay an additional 40-60 basis points for any new issues.

“If the sovereign wants to print tomorrow, they can — just at elevated levels,” said one senior banker.

Meanwhile, debt servicing costs add to the squeeze. Moody’s calculates Ankara’s interest payments rose 30.4% in nominal terms last year and almost 50% in the first quarter of 2019 due to the weak lira and a rise in payments. Interest payments are forecast to rise to around 8.2% of government revenues, up from only 5.9% in 2017.

And while borrowing on debt capital markets could help plug some holes, it won’t be enough to stop the tide if the pressure on Turkey ramps up.

(For a graphic on ‘The fall and fall of Turkey’s lira’ click


Turkey could call for help from the International Monetary Fund, although President Tayyip Erdogan is strongly opposed to any dealings with the lender.

Turkey has received assistance from the IMF — in varying degrees — nearly 20 times in the last 50 years and the austerity imposed under its last conditional lending program, which ended in 2008, remains a bitter memory.

But few lenders can match the IMF’s firepower, the credibility of its checks and balances and the assurance its involvement offers for overseas investors.

Moody’s managing director of sovereign risk Yves Lemay said Erdogan’s aversion to the Fund means a U-turn would not be easy or likely.

UniCredit, however, has penciled in an IMF deal being struck in the second half of the year, and BlueBay Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Mark Dowding thinks the chances of an IMF bailout are rising too.

(For a graphic on ‘Turkey’s IMF programs over the last 50 years’ click


Among Gulf states — known to provide lifelines to friends in need — Ankara’s closest ally is Qatar. After Turkey’s currency crisis last summer, Qatar pledged a $15 billion package of economic projects, investments and deposits including an up to $3 billion currency swap to help support the battered lira.

Sources say talks with Doha didn’t go anywhere, however, and no public announcement of support has been forthcoming since Turkey’s most recent financial troubles began.

Two of its largest banks, Qatar National Bank and Commercial Bank, both own assets in Turkey.

Other options in the Gulf are limited. Relations with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, both also big investors in Turkish banks, have been strained since the two Arab states launched a blockade of their Gulf neighbor, Qatar, in 2017, where Ankara supported Doha.

Some have speculated European Union countries individually or the bloc as a whole could be lending a hand, keen to contain any fallout from a Turkey crisis through close trade and banking channels. Yet European engagement on a large scale such as the Greece bailout has been linked to an IMF program, and there is little political momentum to provide money on a larger scale.

That leaves Russia and China. They are both part of the BRICS bank or New Development Bank as it is now called. But it only has $100 billion in authorized capital and is designed help develop infrastructure not help with bailouts.


No country wants to introduce capital controls but plenty do in a crisis, and Turkey has already half-flirted with the idea when the country’s local banks briefly stopped trading lira with their foreign counterparts back in March.

It has also put minor restrictions on dollar transfers and financial markets seem to be pricing for something more. Turkish banks’ price-to-book values — their share price compared to the value of their underlying assets — are nearly as low as those in Greece were when it slapped controls on during its crisis. The cost of insuring the debt of both the banks and the sovereign has meanwhile risen to such extreme levels that only serial defaulter Argentina is anywhere near.

But any such moves carry costs. If Turkey were to introduce major controls, analysts warn, it could choke off foreign investment, forcing the government to cut spending and worsening its recession.


Turkey could also follow the lead of Russia, which helped tame its own financial crisis in 2014 by taking a firmer grip on inflation targeting, a tool used by many major central banks.

If Turkey’s central bank were to do the same it would have to reverse course — it nudged some rates down on Tuesday — and tighten monetary policy.

But that would require something that has so far proven thorny — wresting more control from Erdogan, who has called for lower borrowing costs to boost economic activity.

“The central bank should be a key actor to rescue the country,” said Nikolay Markov, a senior economist at Pictet Asset Management. “The only way to deal with the crisis is to show commitment to fighting inflation by hiking interest rates to bring inflation down more in line with targets and contain lira depreciation.”

The lira has tumbled 12% against the dollar this year, while inflation unexpectedly slowed to 19.5% last month.

The central bank has not ruled out interest rate hikes if inflation unexpectedly jumps again but its swap rate cut on Tuesday mixes that message.

(Reporting by Marc Jones, Karin Strohecker and Tom Arnold; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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Officers put on leave amid probe of recorded violent arrest

Three New Jersey police officers are on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate a violent arrest that was caught on video.

The probe stems from the arrest of 19-year-old Cyprian Luke Sunday in Dover, New Jersey. The video shows him being punched repeatedly in the face by officers as he was taken into custody.

The officers' names have not been released and no charges have been filed. Authorities say at least one of the officers was injured in the incident.

Dover Mayor James Dodd characterized the video as "very disturbing," though he urged people not to form opinions on the matter until "all the facts have come out."

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office is handling the investigation.

A warrant was issued for the Luke's arrest after he failed to show up at court for a domestic violence case. Officers confronted him Sunday near a convenience store around 2 a.m. Luke's family members claim the officers didn't mention the warrant before they tried to arrest him.

The nearly three-minute video shows Luke being punched by police, taken to the ground, pepper sprayed and choked. He now faces charges of assault and criminal mischief stemming from the incident, and is due to make a court appearance Thursday on those counts.

Authorities have not said whether anything else took place that is not seen in the video.

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Poland’s sextuplets doing fine as mom visits her newborns

A 29-year-old Polish mother who gave birth to sextuplets has been able to leave her hospital bed and visit her babies in another ward, where the infants are said to be doing fine, doctors said Tuesday.

The four girls and two boys were born prematurely Monday in the 29th week of pregnancy by cesarean section in Krakow, southern Poland.

Doctor Ryszard Lauterbach at the University Hospital said the babies were "born in a condition surprisingly good for sextuplets," but their respiratory, nervous and digestive systems are immature and require medical care.

The sextuplets were a surprise to the family — their mother, Klaudia Marzec, said on TVN24 the family was not expecting six but five babies.

"We have made some logistical plans at home for five, but now they will need to be changed," Marzec said. "Now we just want them to leave hospital in the best condition possible."

They were conceived naturally, the hospital said. The couple have a 2 ½-year-old son.

The babies, whose individual birth weights ranged from 890 grams (1.96 pounds) to 1,300 grams (2.86 pounds), are in incubators. Doctors say the little ones can breathe on their own but will likely remain in hospital for around three months.

Hospital director Marcin Jedrychowski called the operation an "extremely difficult" one that involved up to 40 doctors and medical personnel.

The surprise sixth girl had a moment of warm physical contact with her mother before a sixth incubator arrived for her, according to Lauterbach.

The boys' names are Filip and Tymon and the girls were named Zosia, Kaja, Nela and Malwina.

Their father, Szymon Marzec, said their arrival was a "great joy, but we also have plenty of concerns."

"We are happy that the kids are in the best hands possible, and all that we can give them now is our love and presence near them."

Only one in about 4.7 billion spontaneous pregnancies leads to sextuplets, the hospital said.

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Devin Nunes: FBI has ‘something to hide’ on Joseph Mifsud, a key player in Russia probe

Rep. Devin Nunes accused the FBI of having "something to hide" when it comes to Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic who became a key figure in the investigation into Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Mifsud allegedly told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that Russia had damaging information about Trump's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

"He is the first person that we know of on earth that supposedly knows something about the Russians having Hillary's emails," Nunes, R-Calif., said on "Fox News @ Night."

"He has since denied that but (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller in his report claimed that Mifsud - or insinuated that Mifsud - was some sort of Russian asset. We know that this is not the case. In fact, we know that he was in the U.S. Capitol... just steps away from an intelligence committee."


Republicans have been pushing for the release of key documents pertaining to the origins of the FBI counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russia.

Nunes, a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News that the has sent letters this month to the CIA, FBI, NSA and the State Department asking for documents tied to Mifsud. He said all of the agencies except one - the FBI - have cooperated with his request.

He then made the leap, "The FBI is not cooperating, per usual, which means they've got something to hide."

"It is impossible that Mifsud is a Russian asset," Nunes added. "He is a former diplomat with the Malta government. He lived in Italy. He worked and taught FBI, trained FBI officials, and worked with FBI officials."

The Mueller report states that Mifsud traveled to Moscow in April 2016. He then met Papadopoulos in London. It was allegedly at this meeting that Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had "dirt" on Clinton. Papadopolous repeated this claim to an Australian diplomat who in turn told the U.S. government, which prompted the investigation into Trump's campaign.


Papadopulos told investigators that Mifsud talked to him about Russia having thousands of Clintons emails. Mifsud denied the claims. In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Nunes, though, believes that the FBI is covering up what it knows about Mifsud and used flimsy information to go after the Trump campaign.

Nunes also weighed in on provocative comments made by former Rep. Trey Gowdy. The ex-South Carolina lawmaker and current Fox News contributor said unreleased transcripts from secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and Papadopoulos could be "game-changing" if the public were ever allowed to see them.

Gowdy did not go into detail but Nunes believes he was talking about "exculpatory evidence on Papadopoulos."

"That really does need to get out," Nunes said. "It is one of many things that need to get out."


Nunes also said he sent eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice concerning alleged misconduct from "Watergate wannabes" during the Trump-Russia investigation, including the leaks of the "highly classified material" and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Britain’s May offers “new deal” to try to break Brexit deadlock

Anti-Brexit protesters are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London
Anti-Brexit protesters are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain May 21, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

May 21, 2019

By William James and Elizabeth Piper

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May set out on Tuesday a “new deal” for Britain’s departure from the European Union, offering sweeteners to opposition parties in her fourth attempt to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit.

Three years since Britain voted to leave the EU and almost two months after the planned departure date, May is mounting a last bid to try to get the deeply divided parliament’s backing for a divorce deal, to leave office with some kind of legacy.

The odds do not look good. Despite offering what she described as “significant further changes”, many lawmakers, hardened in their positions, have already decided not to vote next month for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, legislation which implements the terms of Britain’s departure.

Speaking at the headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers, May appealed to lawmakers to get behind her deal, offering the prospect of a possible second referendum on the agreement and closer trading arrangements with the EU as incentives.

“I say with conviction to every MP or every party: I have compromised, now I ask you to compromise,” she said.

“We have been given a clear instruction by the people we are supposed to represent, so help me find a way to honor that instruction, move our country and our politics and build the better future that all of us want to see.”

By offering the possibility of holding a second vote on her deal and a compromise on customs arrangements, May hopes to win over opposition Labour lawmakers, whose votes she needs to overcome resistance to the deal in her own Conservative Party.

But she will infuriate Brexit-supporting lawmakers, who have described a customs union with the EU as no Brexit at all.

Simon Clarke, a Conservative lawmaker, said he had backed her deal during the third failed attempt in parliament, “but this speech from the PM means there is no way I will support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill”.

“So if we pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at 2nd reading, we allow a Remain Parliament to insist upon a 2nd referendum and a Customs Union? This is outrageous,” he said on Twitter.


Her movement toward what many describe as the “Remain” lawmakers, who want to stay in the EU, is a shift for a prime minister who has long said she is against a second referendum and staying in a customs union with the bloc.

She may be counting on the fact that parliament has yet to vote in favor of a second referendum and that a “temporary” customs union might just be weak enough for some in her party to accept.

But it signals how her earlier strategy, to keep Brexit supporters on board, has failed. The question is whether the concessions will be enough to convince Labour to get on board.

Earlier, John McDonnell, Labour’s finance policy chief, cast doubt on whether it could win the party’s support, saying what he had seen so far “doesn’t inspire confidence, and I don’t think that many of our members will be inspired by it”.

Brexit-supporting Conservatives were equally unconvinced.

“Her bold new offer of the WAB will be a further dilution through Labour-sponsored amendments which will make her already unacceptable withdrawal agreement even more unpalatable,” said Andrew Bridgen, a Conservative lawmaker.

“A prime minister heading for the exit desperate to salvage something from her premiership regardless of the cost to our democracy, our country and the Conservative Party.”

May wants to get her withdrawal deal, agreed with the EU last November, through parliament, so, as promised, she can leave office having at least finalised the first part of Britain’s departure and prevented a “no deal” Brexit, an abrupt departure that many businesses fear will create an economic shock.

Finance minister, Philip Hammond, rammed the point home in parliament on Tuesday when he said a no-deal Brexit would leave Britain poorer. He is expected to send the same message to business leaders in a speech later in the day.

“The 2016 Leave campaign was clear that we would leave with a deal,” he will say, according to advance extracts.

“So to advocate for ‘no deal’ is to hijack the result of the referendum, and in doing so, knowingly to inflict damage on our economy and our living standards. Because all the preparation in the world will not avoid the consequences of no deal.”

(Additional reporting by Costas Pitas and Kylie Maclellan; Editing by Stephen Addison)

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Trump Expected to Tap Cuccinelli for Immigration Post at DHS

President Donald Trump is expected to pick former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for an immigration policy position at the Department of Homeland Security, a White House official said on Tuesday.

Cuccinelli met with Trump on Monday, and the announcement of his appointment could come as early as this week, the official said. The New York Times first reported the expected pick on Tuesday.

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Tornadoes flip campers, damage homes in Southern Plains

A tornado touched down Tuesday near Tulsa International Airport, injuring at least one person and damaging about a dozen homes, amid powerful storms in the Southern Plains that brought a deluge of rain and powerful winds, closing an interstate and flipping campers at a raceway.

Storms could bring more tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Storms Monday evening flipped campers at Lucas Oil Speedway in Hickory County, injuring seven people, four of whom were taken to hospitals. The speedway's grandstand also was destroyed, forcing cancellation of racing this weekend that was expected to draw about 3,000 campers. Details about injuries were not immediately available.

The tornado Tuesday morning in Tulsa didn't damage the airport, but passengers were moved into shelters for about 30 minutes, according to spokesman Andrew Pierini said. Many flights were canceled or delayed because of the storms.

The twister touched down at about 6:30 a.m. about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the airport.

"We had to rescue a man, he was pinned under a tree this morning," said Tulsa Area Emergency Management spokeswoman Kim MacLeod. The man's condition was not immediately known.

"We've had some other reports of damage to homes and trees down," and damage assessments would continue throughout the day, MacLeod said.

Flooding was also an issue. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation shut down Interstate 40 in El Reno, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, because of high water. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain had fallen since Monday.

In El Reno and Stillwater, home to Oklahoma State University about 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City, emergency responders were rescuing people from their homes because of high water.

In Missouri, the Missouri River is expected to reach major flood stage by the end of the week at Jefferson City, Hermann, St. Charles and elsewhere. The levee near Jefferson City's airport holds back water up to 30 feet (9.14 meters), Cole County Emergency Manager Bill Farr said, but the National Weather Service expects a crest of 32.3 feet (9.85 meters) Thursday. Sandbagging won't help because the levee is too long, he said.

"We're just keeping our fingers crossed," Farr said.

Heavy snow melt from the north and significant spring rains have led to waves of flooding in Missouri. President Donald Trump on Monday issued a major disaster declaration for 13 Missouri counties damaged by March flooding.


Associated Press writer Jim Salter contributed to this report from St. Louis.

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