Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
Should Underage Drug Mules be Charged as Adults Prosecutors in one Arizona county have a new tactic in fighting the war against drug cartels – they’re targeting teenagers. That’s because drug cartels often use minors to smuggle drugs because they’re usually treated with leniency if they’re caught. Now Cochise County prosecutors are charging teens caught smuggling drugs as adults. In the last year, 51 children have been charged as adults, the youngest was 14 years old.
Rocks and Bullets at the Border In the past five years, three Mexican teenagers have been shot and killed by U.S. border patrol agents for what the agents call "rockings." That’s when large chunks of rock or concrete come flying over the fence at U.S. Border Patrol agents. Agents say it happens often. Some have been badly injured from these incidents, so they shoot back to defend themselves. But is it appropriate? One deadly shooting is now under investigation and the agent is accused of second degree murder.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.
With first DREAMer deported, what's the future of DACA? The first DREAMer has been deported since Donald Trump took office. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in San Diego on behalf of Juan Manuel Montes, who has DACA status. Border agents picked him up in Calexico in February. He was deported after he wasn’t able to produce an I.D.