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21 Savage implies ICE targeted him over new music where he slams immigration officials

Rapper 21 Savage implied in a new statement Tuesday that ICE detained him in response to his recently released song lyrics in which he slams immigration officials.

The rapper was taken into custody by ICE officials on Sunday on allegations that he’s actually a British citizen who overstayed his visa in the United States and may be deported.

On Tuesday, the 26-year-old told Fox News he believes ICE detained him over his song “A Lot” which he performed on the “Tonight Show” just days before he was arrested.

“Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border,” the rapper’s statement read.

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In the song, 21 Savage raps: “Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border / Flint still need water / People was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers.”

The hip-hop star, whose legal name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in Atlanta on Sunday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Officials claim that he had overstayed his visa. He now faces deportation.

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“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ’21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told WSB-TV Atlanta on Sunday. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon.”

Coast Guard seizes 35,000 pounds of cocaine in Pacific, officials say

The U.S. Coast Guard seized close to 35,000 pounds of cocaine from suspected drug smuggling vessels in international waters, officials said Tuesday.

The drugs, worth an estimated wholesale value of $ 466 million, were intercepted off the coasts of Mexico, and Central and South America and off-loaded in Port Everglades, Florida on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Six different crews seized the drugs from 21 separate vessels stopped in Pacific waters. The haul was the “result of the collaboration and coordination of multiple Coast Guard and interagency assets to address the complex maritime challenge of transnational criminal organizations,” Cmdr. Michael Sharp said.

Adm. Karl Schultz, commandant of the Coast Guard, said that within the last few years, crews have seized 1.3 million pounds of cocaine and detained 1,200 suspects at sea.

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Most of the drugs originate in Colombia and are destined for the U.S., according to Schultz.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Plane crashes in Southern California; 2 killed, officials say

At least two people were killed in California on Sunday after a small plane crashed in a residential neighborhood, officials said.

A twin-engine Cessna 414A crashed in Yorba Linda, in Orange County, just after taking off from the Fullerton Municipal Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Two people were killed in the incident, and two others were transported to a nearby hospital, the Orange County Fire Authority tweeted. It was unclear if they were in the house or the plane.

Photos and video posted online shows a house in the Southern California neighborhood ablaze with flames, and people running from the area.

Twitter user Joshua Nelson wrote, "A few houses down [from the crash] the propeller and engine landed in their yard."

Twitter user Joshua Nelson wrote, “A few houses down [from the crash] the propeller and engine landed in their yard.” (Twitter/@JoshuaRNelson)

This is a developing story; please check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Border Patrol agent killed while on duty in Texas: officials

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent died while working in Texas on Saturday, officials said.

Agent Donna Doss, 49, was helping state police near Interstate 20 in Abilene just before 9 p.m., the agency said in a news release.

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While she assisted, Doss was “struck and killed by a passing vehicle” and died at the scene.

Doss served the agency for more than 15 years, after beginning duty in November 2003.

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“Agent Doss died while performing her duty, protecting the community and the United States,” Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. “Our heart, prayers, and support go out to Agent Doss’ family in this time of need.”

Vaccinations at workplaces in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana linked to ‘multiple infections,’ officials say

Vaccinations given out at several businesses across three states may be causing infections, health officials in Kentucky said Friday.

Kentucky’s Department of Public Health said in a news release that provider Location Vaccination had been giving vaccinations at businesses in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana since Sept. 1, 2018, before several incidents were reported.

Multiple people developed infections associated with the vaccines, including people experiencing “redness, pain or tenderness, swelling, and the development of hard lumps, or nodules, at the injection site,” according to the agency.

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The Kentucky DPH believes that the side effects from the vaccines are due to “improper storage and handling of the vaccine.”

“We want to emphasize that there is no evidence to suggest that there is an issue with the vaccine supply,” DPH Commissioner Jeff Howard said in a statement. “The provider has stopped vaccinating and there is no continuing risk to the public.”

Kentucky health officials believe the side effects from the vaccines are due to "improper storage and handling of the vaccine."

Kentucky health officials believe the side effects from the vaccines are due to “improper storage and handling of the vaccine.” (iStock)

Health officials said that although the company has stopped administering immunizations, it is still possible for people previously vaccinated to develop an infection. Symptoms may start from a few days to more than 12 weeks after vaccination.

“Medical care is advised since infections will likely not get better on their own,” the agency said.

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Most of the vaccinations were administered at businesses in central Kentucky, but officials said that Location Vaccination provided services in Indiana and Ohio.

The agency said the vaccines may not only have been associated with infections, but also may have been ineffective in preventing illness. The agency is encouraging individuals with vaccination-associated infections to consider getting another round to ensure full immunization.

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“It is important that individuals vaccinated by this company seek appropriate medical evaluation and treatment,” Howard said.

Health officials are strongly encouraging people to get vaccinated in order to protect against hepatitis A, seasonal influenza and all vaccine-preventable diseases.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

‘Grieving’ dolphin in New Zealand spotted holding dead calf, officials say

Officials in New Zealand on Friday warned of a grief-stricken bottlenose dolphin who was spotted carrying around a deceased calf in the country’s Bay of Islands this week.

The initial sighting of the baby, thought to have been stillborn, happened on Tuesday and the adult animal is showing “strong maternal bond behavior,” such as “carrying the calf on her back,” New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said in a news release.

“The mother is grieving and needs space and time to do this,” Dr. Catherine Peters, Senior Ranger Biodiversity, DOC, said in the news release.

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She went on to address businesses in the area, saying that the “female needs everyone on the water to give her the extra space and respect she needs whilst she copes with her loss.”

The female has occasionally been split up from her group, “leaving her vulnerable,” officials said. She has often dropped the deceased baby while swimming before ultimately turning around to get it, they added.

DOC officials also provided a list of things to keep in mind when going near dolphins while in a boat.

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A similar occurrence was captured in devastating photos in July, which showed a grieving orca carrying her calf on her head after it died shortly after its birth.

Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist with the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, Washington State, said the mother was spotted at the time propping the newborn on her forehead and trying to keep it near the surface of the water off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

Nevada officials knew of plutonium shipment plans, Energy Department says

The Department of Energy (DOE) is pushing back on Gov. Steve Sisolak’s response to revelations the department shipped weapons-grade plutonium to Nevada last year, claiming state and congressional leaders were aware of the agency’s plans.

A senior DOE official told Fox News he “personally flew out to Nevada in late July and met with (then-Gov. Brian Sandoval’s office and the state’s Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources) face-to-face to walk them through a number of issues, including this one, in terms of what we were doing relative to plutonium shipments.”

The official added, “What we disclosed to them was the approximate amount of material we were going to ship, which was one metric ton, and we told them it will all be done by 2019. In a report we sent to Congress, we told Congress that half of it would be done by the end of 2018.”

The Justice Department notified a federal judge in Reno on Wednesday that the government trucked in the radioactive material to store at a site 70 miles north of Las Vegas sometime last November, before Nevada asked a court to block the move.

Gov. Steve Sisolak spoke out against the announced plutonium shipments.

Gov. Steve Sisolak spoke out against the announced plutonium shipments. (AP, File)

Department lawyers said in a nine-page filing that the previously classified information about the shipment from South Carolina — where a federal judge had ordered that the plutonium be removed from a Savannah River site by 2020 — could be disclosed because enough time passed to protect national security.

“This material is not waste. We could not have been more clear in our communications with them that this material is not waste and it is the same material we use in our national security missions across the board,” the official added.

Sisolak, a Democrat, condemned the revelation of shipments during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, describing the move as “completely unacceptable deception from the U.S. Department of Energy.”

He also said in a statement, “The Department led the State of Nevada to believe that they were engaging in good-faith negotiations with us regarding a potential shipment of weapons-grade plutonium, only to reveal that those negotiations were a sham all along.”

However, the DOE said it had been “very clear and transparent throughout the entire process,” adding that in addition to speaking with the office of Sandoval, a Republican, the agency conducted talks with then-Sen. Dean Heller, also a Republican, and provided email notification in August regarding the shipments to Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto.

A senior Energy Department official said the DOE had spoken to the office of then-Gov. Brian Sandoval.

A senior Energy Department official said the DOE had spoken to the office of then-Gov. Brian Sandoval. (AP Photo/Elko Daily Free Press, Ross Andreson, File)

Cortez Masto did not immediately reply to Fox News’ request for comment regarding the plutonium shipments and whether she was notified about the agency’s intentions ahead of time.

She did say in a statement that she met with officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Thursday afternoon to express her disapproval.

“The Department of Energy (DOE) and NNSA negotiated in bad faith, hiding the timing of their shipment and refused to share crucial information with Members of Congress who had the security clearance to know. I put NNSA officials on notice that they had betrayed the trust of Nevadans and completely undermined a bipartisan working relationship established by Governor Sandoval, and continued by Governor Sisolak,” Cortez Masto said. “While I remain hopeful we can rebuild that relationship, I made it clear that I’m fighting alongside Nevada’s congressional delegation, Attorney General (Aaron) Ford, and our Governor to hold them accountable and to find out when this plutonium will be removed.”

Immediate attempts to reach Heller and Sandoval were unsuccessful.

A source speaking for Sisolak’s office acknowledged that the DOE sent the shipment ahead of the state’s preliminary injunction that was filed in December, but told Fox News the issue stemmed from being led on “throughout the negotiations, throughout this process with the injunction that no shipment had taken place when… all along there had in fact been a shipment.”

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The source continued, “The DOE did not disclose that to us and they did not disclose that to the federal judge.”

The radioactive material in question is routinely shipped to Nevada, among other states, and “is always done with the locations and the routes and the timing as secret,” the DOE official said.

Nevada has long expressed opposition toward being a nuclear dump site for the nation’s radioactive material, with Yucca Mountain remaining a critical point of contention between state officials and the federal government.

James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, called the issue of storing the country’s plutonium and nuclear waste a “terrible situation” for everybody.

“There are no good answers in the short term about what to do with this. I mean, of course you understand from a Nevadan perspective… it is a dangerous material. Of course you understand from their perspective why they don’t want it,” Acton told Fox News.

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He said the issue stemmed from a much larger concern: “We as a nation never developed a way of getting rid of all this plutonium that we produced.”

Acton added, “I would look at this in terms of a national problem that’s an impossible situation… Nevada has the facilities in the country where this stuff can be stored — so they’re kind of screwed over by it. As I say, I don’t know what else DOE was supposed to do in this situation. It’s just an impossible situation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Missing Tennessee teen found; adoptive father arrested, charged with rape: officials

A missing Tennessee teen was found on Thursday, and her adoptive father was arrested and charged in connection to her disappearance, officials said.

The 14-year-old was discovered in Wisconsin, after she was reporting missing earlier this month, Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones told reporters at a news conference.

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Her adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, was taken into custody on Thursday, and charged with rape. The sheriff said it was unclear if Pruitt has a criminal history.

The teenager is believed to have been “fleeing from a bad home situation,” according to authorities. She was last seen at her home in Madisonville on Jan. 13. Two days later, the teen’s cellphone pinged 139 miles away in Corbin, Kentucky.

Jones said information on the pings or why the teen was in Wisconsin was not immediately clear.

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He said the family was new to the Monroe County area, after relocating from Georgia, and noted he doesn’t believe the teen — who is “safe” and in custody and was found in “good health” — is from Wisconsin.

Pruitt is reportedly scheduled to appear in court Feb. 5.

Pro athlete, 18, swallows toothpick in sandwich and nearly dies, officials say

A professional athlete who swallowed a toothpick nearly died after suffering from a string of horrifying health problems, medical officials said.

The unidentified 18-year-old male athlete was admitted to the hospital after he experienced fevers, suffered from abdominal pain and had bloody stool, according to a report from the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday.

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He reportedly went to the emergency room, but wasn’t diagnosed with anything specific. Several visits with medical professionals later, it was still unclear what was wrong with the athlete.

When the man developed a 105-degree temperature, he underwent a colonoscopy. Doctors discovered a toothpick, almost two inches big, lodged inside his colon. It had pierced an artery and allowed bacteria to enter his bloodstream.

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When the toothpick was removed, blood began to gush from his artery in a “life-threatening” situation. It had caused so much damage that doctors had to remove a 1.2-inch segment of the artery, which was replaced with a vein from his thigh.

Swallowing toothpicks is rare but can cause a lot of complications. A 2014 study published in the World Journal of Surgery found that of 136 reported cases, more than 50 percent of people didn’t know they had ingested a toothpick. However, almost 10 percent of those who ingested the wooden stick died.

Chicago officials applaud judge’s OK of consent agreement to bring more police reform

A consent decree that is part of federal court oversight of sweeping reforms to Chicago's Police Department was approved Thursday.

A consent decree that is part of federal court oversight of sweeping reforms to Chicago's Police Department was approved Thursday.

(CNN)Chicago police are a step closer to changes in use of force methods, impartial policing and other policies after a federal judge on Thursday approved a consent decree that has been years in the making.

The consent decree, which was negotiated by city officials and the state attorney general’s office, was given the OK by US District Judge Robert Dow, who will appoint a monitoring team to oversee the agreement.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called it a historic agreement, one that came about after seven other attempts at reform.
“This is a historic day for Chicago and a step towards significant, lasting change,” Emanuel and Johnson said. “This agreement builds on the strength of the reforms underway at the Chicago Police Department today, ensures there are no U-turns on that road to reform, and will help secure a safer and stronger future for our city.”
    The fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager killed by a white police officer, prompted the US Justice Department to launch in 2015 an investigation into the department after the case spurred protests about racial bias and police brutality.
    A report described a pattern of excessive force and racially discriminatory policing that resulted from “systemic deficiencies in training and accountability, including the failure to train officers in de-escalation and the failure to conduct meaningful investigations of uses of force.”
    When the Justice Department didn’t pursue a consent decree, Lisa Madigan, the Illinois state attorney general at the time, stepped in, suing the city and alleging there was a “pattern of using excessive force” and other discriminatory misconduct against minorities in Chicago.
    The department had begun to make changes, but they didn’t go far enough and court-ordered mandates were necessary to repair the “badly broken trust” between police and residents, the suit said.
    New Attorney General Kwame Raoul called the agreement a “new beginning” for the department.
    “There is a significant amount of work to be done to reform, and I am committed to this important work to make Chicago safer for both residents and police officers,” he said.
    The 236-page agreement says it “requires changes in the areas of community policing; impartial policing; crisis intervention; use of force; recruitment, hiring, and promotions; training; supervision; officer wellness and support; accountability and transparency; and data collection, analysis, and management.”
    Changes to use of force methods would build on revised policies instituted in October 2017. The agreement requires the department to analyze use of force reports.
    The department will report every other year whether the policies meet the agreement’s requirements. The consent decree also calls for police to “establish and maintain clear channels through which community members can provide input.”
    Consent decrees involving police departments are court-enforced settlements aimed at reforming departments where Justice Department civil rights investigations found evidence of a “pattern or practice” of biased policing on a wide scale.
      The Chicago decree begins when the judge appoints a monitor.
      Chicago’s police department is the third largest in the nation. It has more than 13,400 employees