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The Protesters Who Shut Down an ICE Facility Are Just Getting Started

"Facebook posts aren’t enough," said an organizer. "If immigrant families can’t be comfortable, then we shouldn’t be either."<p>Protesters began arriving at the nondescript building that functions as the Portland, Oregon home of ICE last Sunday afternoon. They came in response to the Trump …

Mad Max

Kooky ’70s home on French island yours for $1.3M

The “organic” home was designed by Jean-Claude Mazet<p>This kooky home on the island of Corsica in France resembles an old submarine or antique diving helmet, given its porthole windows and protrusions. It was designed in 1974 in the organic style by Jean-Claude Mazet, a disciple and collaborator of …

Architecture

Neonics are being ingested by free-ranging animals

University of Guelph researchers found residues of the insecticides in the livers of wild turkeys, providing evidence that this common agrochemical …

Guelph

Haley: 'It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America'

A United Nations report condemning entrenched poverty in the United States is a "misleading and politically motivated" document about "the wealthiest and freest country in the world," the Trump administration's top U.N. official said.<p>U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the report for critiquing …

United Nations

Trump's Family Separation Scandal Has Revealed Every Species of Hypocrite

John McCain, in Arizona receiving treatment for brain cancer, tweeted about Donald Trump's barbarous immigration policy this week.<p>"The …

Immigration

Exclusive: Tesla to close a dozen solar facilities in nine states - documents

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electric car maker Tesla Inc's move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current …

Home Depot

Koko the Gorilla Dead at 46, an 'Icon for Interspecies Communication and Empathy'

Koko, the beloved western lowland gorilla who could communicate with sign language, died at age 46, the Gorilla Foundation announced. She died in her …

Ethnology

Gary strikes out on selling properties

Gary officials hired a real estate brokerage firm to help market various parcels around the city in an effort to raise cash, but found only empty envelopes when the redevelopment commission opened “bids” for eight sites.<p>The sites include the Genesis Convention Center, a city government annex …

Real Estate

Mayors visit border town, but don’t see children

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and a dozen other U.S. mayors were denied entrance to a tent city full of migrant children Thursday in Tornillo, Texas.<p>The contingent from the U.S. Conference of Mayors was turned away by representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said …

Immigration

More pain coming at the pump: Indiana fuel tax rates going up (again) on July 1

INDIANAPOLIS — Even as Northwest Indiana motorists pay the highest gasoline prices seen in the past four years, the state of Indiana is about to hit …

Trucking

The attorney-general of New York sues the Trump Foundation

WHEN Donald Trump withdrew from a Fox News-sponsored Republican debate in Des Moines, Iowa, in early 2016, he announced that he would instead spend …

Donald Trump

Eight things we learned from Trump's Minnesota speech

Donald Trump took to the stage in front of thousands of cheering supporters in Duluth, Minnesota, at a rally in support of Congressional candidate Pete Stauber, just hours after signing an executive order to put an end to the policy of separating children from their parents at the US border.<p>Here …

Donald Trump

GOP senators challenge funding for global warming education program

Four Republican senators called Wednesday for an investigation of National Science Foundation grants, saying the federal agency had ventured beyond science and into political advocacy, particularly with its support of a program to encourage TV weathercasters to report on global warming.<p>The four …

National Science Foundation

Housing affordability in America is the worst in nearly a decade and there's one clear culprit

ChameleonsEye/Shutterstock<p><b>Housing affordability hit its worst level in nearly a decade during the first quarter, according to Attom Data</b> …

Housing

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is said to be 'tired of taking on water for something she doesn't believe in' as Trump administration wades through immigration battle

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has reportedly become "tired" of being the face of some of the controversial policies emerging from the Trump administration.<p>"She's tired of taking on water for something she doesn't believe in," one of Sanders's friends said to Vanity Fair.<p>"She …

Donald Trump

New details on Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians at Trump Tower

A new GQ magazine report has new details never reported about what happened inside the now infamous Trump Tower Donald Trump Jr. held with multiple …

Donald Trump

Gary councilwoman upset with responses to Pledge protest

A member of the Gary Common Council said Tuesday she plans to continue refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because she is upset with the hostile reaction she has received since she did it earlier this month.<p>LaVetta Sparks-Wade, D-6th, refused to stand for the pledge to show support for …

Pledge of Allegiance

Minority hiring issue in Michigan City prompts picketing

MICHIGAN CITY — A controversy over minority hiring for outsourced public works projects within the city erupted again Tuesday night.<p>Jeff Deuitch, …

Rights & Freedoms

Trump Dumps Obama-era Ocean Conservation Policy

New federal marine policy favors energy and business over marine health and conservation<p>Executive Orders don't exactly make gripping reading …

Great Lakes

The Press Hotel

Once home to the Portland Press Herald, the Press Hotel converts its newspaper roots into 110 boutique accommodations. References to the building's …

Dining Rooms

Gary mayor to visit immigrant child detention center in Texas: 'It makes me sick to my stomach'

A contingent from the U.S. Conference of Mayors including Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is expecting to visit a temporary housing site for the children of detained migrant parents Thursday in Tornillo, Texas.<p>The trip to the facility about 20 miles from El Paso was announced Wednesday, the same …

Immigration

Trump falsely claimed for days that he couldn’t end family separations

The president is now reversing himself after facing fierce backlash for forcibly removing thousands of children from their parents.<p>President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would sign an executive order to pull back on his administration’s highly controversial policy of separating undocumented …

Donald Trump

Nikki Haley casts blame on NGOs for U.S. withdrawal from rights council

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday blamed human rights groups for the Trump administration's decision a day earlier to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, saying the non-governmental organizations aligned themselves more with Russia and China than the United States.<p>Haley …

Human Rights

Melania Trump Reportedly Told POTUS To End Family Separations & Do "All He Can" To Stop It

As the immigration crisis taking place at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to unfold, the first lady has already expressed her discomfort with what …

Immigration

Trump told Apple CEO Tim Cook that the U.S. would not levy tariffs on iPhones

There's a big question mark over how President Trump's trade war with China will impact iPhone lovers. And things just got even murkier.<p>President …

Tim Cook

Top DOJ official: Government can only detain families together for up to 20 days

Senior Justice Department official Gene Hamilton confirmed on Wednesday that the government can only detain families together for “up to 20 days" …

Immigration

Trump caves, using kids as pawns, triggered crisis of his own making

WASHINGTON — President Trump caved on Wednesday, signing an executive order ending family separations at the Mexican border. Trump’s use of …

Immigration

Trump just set in motion another slow-rolling humanitarian and political disaster

Right as Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that clearly intends to allow indefinite jailings of entire families, he boasted of his new …

Donald Trump

Trump's Executive Order Misspells (and Ends) Family Separation Policy

After facing mounting pressure for an immigration policy that separated children from their parents at the U.S. border, President Trump signed an …

Immigration

Plan for possible interstate tolling in the works

The engineering firm HNTB has begun work on a strategic plan that could result in the implementation of tolling on non-tolled interstate highways in …

USDOT