White House to Allow Refugees to Enter U.S. Again, but with Additional Vetting, Updates on Ambush in Niger, Five Michigan Teens Charged with Murder for Throwing Rocks off Overpass, Man in Van Killed, House Republicans Opens Two New Investigations Related to Hillary Clinton, Search for Missing Texas Girl Ends with Body Found, Father Charged with Murder, Skeleton of Neanderthal from 50,000 Years Ago Became Deaf from Injuries
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The White House announced they will allow refugees from all countries to come in the U.S. again, but with new rules to do more extensive vetting, which includes looking at their social media posts to see if they match with the refugees’ stories and personal information. At least 10 specific countries will have even deeper vetting.
Those who advocate for refugees disagree with this new rule, they say the current vetting process is already very strict and is adequate.
The White House has limited the number of refugees to 45,000 for this fiscal year, which is less than half of the numbers that previous President Obama allowed in 2017.
Here is more information about the ambush in Niger where four U.S. soldiers died on October 4. I saw this sign for “Niger” on YouTube. (Handshape “N”, raised upwards, on the right temple)
General Dunford, a top military official, said around 50 ISIS fighters attacked 12 U.S. soldiers and 30 Nigerien troops in the morning and both sides engaged in a firefight. The U.S. soldiers did not call for air support until an hour later. An American drone arrived within minutes, but it did not fire.
Then it was another hour before French military jets arrived -- they did not fire, too. Later that afternoon French helicopters and a Nigerien team arrived as reinforcements.
The firefight lasted until the evening. Two U.S. soldiers who were injured were evacuated by French aircraft, then three U.S. soldiers who died were taken away.
The fourth soldier, Sgt. La David Johnson, was separated from the group. It took two days to find his body -- it was a mile away. It has not been disclosed how/why he was separated. Another big question is why it took an hour for the U.S. soldiers to call for help.
General Dunford said the soldiers might have thought they could handle it themselves, but later realized they needed support.
NBC News made a report from anonymous military officials who said the U.S. soldiers and Nigerien troops, before the ambush, was in a meeting with village elders -- leading to a theory that some of the elders were ISIS supporters and set up the ambush.
NBC said when they were attacked, they returned fire, then drove away a mile, and was attacked again. This could be the reason why Sgt. Johnson’s body was a mile away. As for why there was no airstrikes -- it was because there was confusion on the battlespace, but the jets caused the ISIS fighters to disperse.
Gen. Dunford did not comment on those reports, but said the military owes the public and the families of the deceased soldiers more information.
For background information, there are around 800 U.S. soldiers in Niger who works with their military along with French soldiers in the area -- because there is a growing threat from ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters. There is a total of 6,000 U.S. troops in 53 African countries.
Sign for Niger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5E1ML04f9M
In Michigan -- five teenage boys were charged with murder, accused of throwing a rock off an overpass on I-75 last week -- the rock was 6 pounds and went through a van windshield, striking a 32-year old man who was in the passenger seat. He was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.
Prior to that, four other vehicles were struck with rocks, but none of the occupants were injured. They had stopped and called 911 when the van was struck. Police saw at least 20 rocks on the road, with one weighing more than 19 pounds.
After an investigation, police got tips leading to the five boys and determined that they did it. The boys’ ages are 17, 16, 16, 15, and 15. Police said the teens went to a McDonalds after throwing the rocks
The man who died was a father to a 5-year old boy. Very sad.
Top Republicans in the House have opened two new investigations related to Hillary Clinton -- the first on why the Obama administration in 2009 (when Hillary was the Secretary of State) allowed a government-owned Russian company, Rosatom, to acquire and control a Canadian company called Uranium One, who had control of uranium mines across the world that provided the U.S. with 20% of their uranium supply.
This investigation has started after The Hill reported that before the deal in 2010, there was a FBI investigation of Russian spies who tried to get close to Hillary and the Democratic party to influence them and obtain information.
The question is whether Hillary and other members of Congress knew at that time that there was a FBI investigation, since they approved the uranium deal. It seems to focus on communication between government agencies who approved the deal, but there have been outside accusations of wrongdoing against Hillary, pointing to reports that the Clinton Foundation got large donations by top Russians tied to the uranium deal.
The second House investigation is on why former FBI Director Comey decided not to push for charges against Hillary for her use of a personal email server.
There has been a search in Texas for a missing 3-year old girl -- Sherin Mathews -- and her body was found Monday night in the Dallas area.
Sherin was reported missing by her father, Wesley, on October 7. At the time, Wesley said the girl disappeared after he put her in an alley as punishment for refusing to drink milk. He was arrested on child abandonment charges and released on bail.
But after her body was found in a culvert that was less than a mile away from her home, Wesley changed his story and admitted terrible details to police.
He said he was trying to get Sherin to drink her milk, but when she refused, he forced milk down her throat, causing her to choke and stop breathing. Wesley then removed her body from the home.
Now Wesley is charged with first-degree murder. Very sad for Sherin -- she was adopted two years ago from an orphanage in India. She was malnourished and needed to be on a special diet to gain weight.
There was a deaf Neanderthal that lived about 50,000 years ago that lived up to 40 years of age -- which is an “old” age at the time.
The skeleton was discovered in 1957 in Iraq - it is named Shanidar 1 - and a recent analysis determined the Neanderthal was seriously injured in a possible attack from an animal and those injuries caused it to become deaf.
Shanidar 1 (a male) had a missing right forearm and hand, injuries to his right leg, and a big fracture on his left skull that caused bony growths in its ear canals -- which would have caused hearing loss and some vision loss.
This study says anybody with those serious injuries would have been an easy target for animals during the Ice Age, but survived for many more years thanks to good support from other Neanderthals.
Very interesting. I wonder if it signed.
Neanderthals have common ancestors with homo sapiens (DNA is 99.7 similar) -- they split off from homo sapiens around a million years ago. They first emerged in Africa but migrated to Europe over 500,000 years ago. It is believed they became extinct by disease, climate change, or competition with homo sapiens. It is also analyzed that Neanderthals interbred with homo sapiens. Most Europeans or Asians have 1 to 2% Neanderthal DNA.
I wonder if Shanidar 1 was my great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandpa.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!