A 5.3 magnitude earthquake has hit 35 miles southwest of Channel Islands, Beach, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The USGS says the quake occurred at 12:29 p.m. about 38 miles (61 kilometers) southwest of the mainland city of Ventura. The quake affected parts of South California including the Los Angeles area. Many people who felt the quake reacted to the sudden movement on Twitter, though no immediate damage or injuries were reported.
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President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to deploy the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, with some troops potentially arriving later Wednesday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. “The threat is real,” Nielsen said at an afternoon briefing, adding that Trump was signing a proclamation to put the deployment into effect. “It’s time to act.” The announcement came hours after Trump pledged “strong action today” on immigration and a day after he said he wants to use the military to secure the southern border until his “big, beautiful wall” is erected.
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Facebook Inc said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million. Most of the 87 million people whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica were in the United States, Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer wrote in a blog post. Last month, Facebook acknowledged that personal information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which worked on U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Schroepfer did not provide details of how Facebook came to determine its higher estimate, but he said Facebook would tell people if their information may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
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A 39-year-old woman who alleged that YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her videos has been identified as as Nasim Najafi Aghdam of San Diego. Aghdam opened fire Tuesday at the company’s California headquarters, injuring three people before turning the gun on herself. Aghdam, a resident of Southern California, appears to have a prolific presence on YouTube. In a harrowing video posted in January 2017, she claims YouTube “discriminated and filtered” her videos. Aghdam’s video links to a website, Nasimesabz.com, on which she railed against YouTube for restricting her videos. “Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” one post on the website reads. Multiple YouTube channels that belonged to Aghdam, where she frequently posted about animal rights and veganism, were terminated Tuesday night after she was named as the shooter.
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Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan, who lied to U.S. federal agents investigating former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison in the first punishment handed down in special counsel’s Russia investigation. He was also ordered to pay a $20,000 US fine. Van der Zwaan’s sentence could set a guidepost for what other defendants charged with lying in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may receive when their cases are resolved. Among them are a former White House national security adviser and a Trump campaign foreign policy aide. Van der Zwaan had faced zero to six months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, and his attorneys had pushed for him to pay a fine and leave the country. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the need to deter others from lying in an investigation of international importance, said incarceration was necessary.
A third woman has come forward with a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement (“NDA”) related to President Donald Trump. Jessica Denson, a former Trump campaign staffer, signed an NDA as a condition of her employment with the campaign. Denson, who says she joined the Trump campaign in August 2016 as a national phone bank administrator, says that her employment was contingent on signing the NDA, which covers anything related to Mr. Trump, his family, his personal life or his business affairs. In November 2017, she sued the campaign for employment discrimination and defamation. Denson claims she was discriminated against, harassed, and subject to a hostile work environment at the Trump campaign. Denson claimed the campaign accused her of illegally leaking portions of Mr. Trump’s taxes. Denson is representing herself in both the original lawsuit and the lawsuit to invalidate the NDA. The current lawsuit was filed on March 26 in federal court in New York.
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Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist in her own right, has died. She was 81. Madikizela-Mandela will be honored by a state funeral on April 14, preceded by an official memorial service on April 11, said President Cyril Ramaphosa after visiting her home in Johannesburg’s Soweto township Monday evening. Many South Africans described Madikizela-Mandela as the “Mother of the Nation” and a champion of the black majority. She died “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” according to a statement released by Madikizela-Mandela’s family. Madikizela-Mandela was the second of Nelson Mandela’s three wives, and was married to him from 1958 to 1996.
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Tens of thousands of public school teachers in Kentucky and Oklahoma plan to attend rallies on Monday at their state capitols in what they hope will be the latest display of muscle by the nation’s educators demanding higher wages and better classroom resources. The demonstrations come less than a month after West Virginia teachers went on a nine-day strike that ended with the governor there signing legislation giving them a 5 percent pay hike — their first raise in four years. The planned rallies also come on the heels of one on Wednesday in which 2,500 teachers in Arizona — who are demanding a 20 percent raise — demonstrated at the state’s capitol in Phoenix.
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President Donald Trump said on Sunday that there will be no deal to legalize the status of young adult immigrants called Dreamers and he said the U.S.-Mexico border is becoming more dangerous. After tweeting a “Happy Easter” message on Twitter, he said: “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created in 2012 under Democratic former President Barack Obama that Trump sought to rescind last autumn.
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Uber has settled with the family of a pedestrian who was killed when one of the company’s self-driving cars hit her while she crossed a road in Tempe, Ariz. earlier this month. Details of the settlement have not been released. The deceased victim, Elaine Herzberg, was struck by one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles on the night of March 18 as she crossed a busy street while pushing her bicycle. After the accident, Uber paused all of its self-driving vehicle tests, including in California, where the online ride-hailing company is based. Although a human driver was inside the self-driving car as a precautionary measure during this incident, a video of the accident shows the driver looking down until seconds before Herzberg appeared in front of the car. The car was operating in autonomous mode when the accident occurred.
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