Melania Trump Visits Border; Updates on Child Separations; Tesla Suing Former Employee for Data Breach; Koko, The Famous Signing Gorilla, Passes Away; Supreme Court OK's States To Collect Sales Tax from Online Vendors; Disney Bids $71.3 Billion For Fox; Arrest of Suspect in XXXTentacion's Murder
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Melania Trump Visits Border; Updates on Child Separations
Updates on the children at the border:
First Lady Melania Trump made a surprise visit to a child detention center in McAllen, Texas.
Melania thanked the workers for their hard work and compassion, saying we all know the children are here without their families and are in difficult times.
There are many questions on what would be done for the about 2,300 children who were separated within the past few weeks after President Trump’s executive order yesterday to keep families together if their parents/guardians are arrested for illegally crossing the border.
The children are under the custody of the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS). A spokesperson said they are waiting for further guidance.
The 2,300 children, including a 3-month old baby, are spread all over the U.S., from Texas to Michigan to New York to South Carolina. Children with parents detained within the past 72 hours will remain together. It is the previous ones’ fates that are unknown.
The U.S. Border Patrol will not refer parents with children to federal prosecution. The Trump administration said there is still a “zero tolerance policy,” so it’s not clear what will happen going forward with families. So the families who are detained, the Border Patrol will not refer them, but there is still a zero tolerance policy. It’s not clear.
There is still a lot of criticism for Trump’s executive order because although it keeps families together, it means children will be detained, which is “not right.” There are also many angry with Trump for allowing children to be separated in the first place only to reverse course.
There is a struggle on Capitol Hill by House Republicans to figure out how to find unity on an immigration bill. Today one conservative proposal failed to pass. There is another bill which was supposed to be voted on today, but it was postponed to tomorrow to get more support. Democrats say their proposals will not solve anything.
President Trump tweeted this morning that there was no point in a House bill because Democrats in the Senate would obstruct it.
Tesla Suing Former Employee for Data Breach
Tesla is suing a former employee for hacking into Tesla’s confidential data and illegally exporting it out of the company.
The data is on Tesla’s manufacturing operating system, the “brain” of the manufacturing process. Also stolen were confidential photographs and a video of the process.
Tesla said the employee did this because he was angry about not getting a promotion.
CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Sunday night saying he was investigating if he did it alone or working with outside organizations wants Tesla to fall, such as oil or gas companies out against Tesla’s electric cars.
But the employee, Martin Tripp, said he is a whistleblower who shared information with the media because he saw dangerous conditions with Tesla batteries and other wrongdoing. He said he was just sharing information, is a whistleblower.
So there is a struggle and drama within Tesla. Yet, Elon Musk still has a goal of building 5,000 Model 3 cars a week in his facility in Fremont, California.
Koko, The Famous Signing Gorilla, Passes Away
Koko, the famous gorilla who could sign words, has passed away on Tuesday morning in her sleep at 46 years old. The Gorilla Foundation said they were sad to announce this.
Koko was born in 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo and her caretaker was Dr. Penny Patterson at Stanford University.
Koko had a special relationship with a kitten, named “All Ball” because it didn’t have a tail. There is a children’s book about the relationship.
There have been people who questioned if Koko really understood the signs or if she was repeating patterns she learned, to get rewards.
Koko was world-famous and met with celebrities in her life, including Robin Williams and Mister Rogers.
Many on the internet said Koko helped them to feel a connection with animals and realize they had feelings and empathy.
Video of Koko/All Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQCOHUXmEZg
Supreme Court OK's States To Collect Sales Tax from Online Vendors
The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 to allow states to collect sales tax from online vendors.
They overturned a previous 1992 ruling that said states could only collect taxes from businesses with a physical presence. The court said the older ruling was unsound and incorrect when comparing technology today with that time. So it’s changed with new rules.
The largest online business, Amazon, already collects sales tax, but many others don’t. Now it is expected online stores will pay billions more in taxes every year.
The Trump administration supported brick-and-mortar stores and over 40 states who started this case, complaining it was unfair.
Disney Bids $71.3 Billion For Fox
There is a bidding competition between Disney and Comcast to buy Fox, and now Disney is in front with a $71.3 billion offer to beat Comcast’s $65 billion pitch.
Fox has accepted Disney’s proposal, but it doesn’t mean the deal is done. It just means Fox says this offer is the best one. Comcast can try to beat this deal, but it’s not known if they will try to beat the $71 billion figure.
This deal doesn’t include Fox News, Fox Sports 1, the Fox broadcast network, or its TV stations. Those would be moved to a new company named “New Fox.”
The bid includes the 21st Century Fox film and TV studio, TV channel FX, regional sports channels, and Fox’s 1/3 stake in Hulu.
Arrest of Suspect in XXXTentacion's Murder
Police in South Florida said they have arrested a man, Dedrick D. Williams, in connection with rapper XXXTentacion’s shooting death on Monday.
He was arrested last (Wednesday) night and is charged with first-degree murder.
XXXTentacion’s lawyer said detectives think it was a random robbery. XXXTentacion planned to buy a motorcycle, that it looks like he went to a bank. During the robbery his bag was stolen, and some say it is possible XXXTentacion withdrew a lot of cash in the bag.
His ex-girlfriend, Geneva, who was in a domestic violence case against him, said she was “broken” and doesn’t feel relieved or happy because he lost his life.
She had a GoFundMe to raise money to pay for her hospital bills from injuries from the abuse. After XXXtentacion’s death, donations poured in, now she has $36,170, over her $25,000 goal.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!