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Trump calls US-Mexico border 'a big mess' as House prepares for immigration vote

President Donald Trump called the U.S.-Mexico border “a big mess” on Thursday morning as the House prepared to vote on a pair of immigration bills.

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Update 1:18 p.m. EDT June 21: Trump discussed the need for immigration reform during a cabinet meeting Thursday, citing national security concerns.

Update 12:20 p.m. EDT June 21: First lady Melania Trump is making an unannounced visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday.

Melania Trump was in Texas on Thursday morning and planned to tour two facilities holding child immigrants, CNN reported.

She previously spoke out against the policy of separating migrant children and parents at the border.

"Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform," said her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, according to CNN. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."

The Trump administration policy was ended Wednesday by an executive order from the president.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 21: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called a pair of proposed Republican immigration reform bills a “compromise with the devil.”

She said that the bills make Republicans complicit in Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy, which directs prosecutors to pursue cases against any person suspected of coming to the country illegally, resulted in the separation of hundreds of children from their parents at the border.

Update 11:55 a.m. EDT June 21: House Speaker Paul Ryan said officials are working on reuniting families that have been separated in recent weeks at the border.

“I believe (the Department of Homeland Security) is working on that,” Ryan said Thursday at a news briefing. “We obviously want to have families reunited.”

He said DHS officials are working with the Department of Health and Human Services to bring the families back together.

“What we’re trying to do is put the families at the head of the queue so they can be adjudicated faster,” he said.

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents were separated from their children as they faced prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Trump ended the policy Wednesday with an executive order days after he first started calling on Congress to stop the separations through legislation.

The House is set to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills, although neither appeared likely to succeed.

Original report: “The Border has been a big mess and problem for many years,” Trump wrote. “At some point (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer and (House Minority Leader Nancy) Pelosi, who are weak on Crime and Border security, will be forced to do a real deal, so easy, that solves this long time problem.”

The president’s tweet comes one day after he ended his administration’s much-derided policy of separating migrant children from parents at the border and as the House readies to debate and vote on a pair of Republican immigration reform bills.

>> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

It was not immediately clear whether the bills would be successful. House Republican leaders were still trying Thursday morning to build support for one negotiated among conservative and moderate factions of the GOP, although the measure is unlikely to pick up much, if any, Democratic support.

 >> From Jamie Dupree: House to vote on two GOP immigration bills – both may fail

Ahead of the planned vote, the president accused Democrats of “only looking to Obstruct” the immigration bills in order to gain political clout ahead of the mid-term elections.

“What is the purpose of the House doing good immigration bills when you need 9 votes by Democrats in the Senate, and the Dems are only looking to Obstruct (which they feel is good for them in the Mid-Terms),” Trump wrote Thursday morning in a tweet. “Republicans must get rid of the stupid Filibuster Rule-it is killing you!”

>> Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to end his administration’s policy of separating migrant children from parents suspected of coming to the country illegally at the border. The controversial policy was a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement push announced in April.

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

First lady Melania Trump makes unannounced visit to child migrant detention centers

First lady Melania Trump made an unannounced visit to Texas on Thursday, one day after her husband signed an executive order ending his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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The first lady was scheduled to tour a pair of facilities for migrant children, including the Upbring New Hope Children's Center. The facility is holding 55 children, officials said.

Trump thanked employees of the children’s center and said she wanted to “help to get these children reunited with their families as quickly as possible.”

In a statement released Thursday, the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Trump was visiting a customs and border patrol processing center and a nonprofit social services center for children who have entered the U.S. illegally.

>> Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations 

“Her goals are to thank law enforcement and social service providers for their hard work, lend support and hear more on how the administration can build upon the already existing efforts to reunite children with their families,” Grisham said.

Trump previously said in a statement through Grisham that she “hates to see children separated from their families.”

"She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart," Grisham said, according to CNN.

The 10 most dangerous summer toys of 2018, according to experts

All-terrain vehicles, slingshots and backyard water slides are among the most dangerous toys for kids during summer 2018, according to a new report from World Against Toys Causing Harm, or (WATCH).

The consumer watchdog group released its report of 10 top “summer safety traps” on the first day of summer, as more children start to get out and enjoy the summer season.

Nearly half of all child injury deaths happen in the summer months, and hospital emergency departments treat about 2.5 million children injured in accidents, WATCH reports.

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WATCH’s Top 10 Summer Safety Traps for 2018

1. Water balloon slingshots: Slingshots can shoot ammunition with great force, with the potential for projectile eye and face injuries. 

The Black Series Outdoor Slingshot Target Game warns, “This is a potentially powerful slingshot, please use caution at all times.”

The Bunch O Balloons Slingshot is marketed with the capability to “launch water balloons up to 150 feet” and boasts that you can fill “hundreds of balloons in minutes.”

Balloons are a well-known choking hazard among small kids. WATCH reports that between 2014-2016, five children under age 12 died from choking on a balloon or balloon string.

WATCH also notes that some slingshot toys have inconsistent or confusing marketing -- some products say that it is “not a toy,” while marketing it as a “great game for teenagers and adults.”

2. Lawn darts: Lawn darts used in outdoor games could lead to blunt head force injuries because they are intended to be thrown, WATCH reports. 

While pointed lawn darts have been banned in the U.S. since 1988, modified versions of lawn darts with blunt, weighted bottoms are growing in popularity. 

3. Low-riding wheeled toys (Big Wheels and other plastic tricycles): Big wheels and plastic tricycles that sit low to the ground are dangerous because motorists cannot see them in driveways, or near roads. 

These toys are especially dangerous near pools, and several children have died after falling from a riding toy into a pool.

Adding a tall flag to a low-profile riding toy can help make them more visible to drivers.

4. Backyard in-ground and above-ground pools: Every day, 10 people die in the United States due to accidental drowning.

>>Read: Former Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month-old daughter drowns in pool

Sixty-six children under 15 years old drown in above-ground pools every year. In 2015, 347 children under the age of 15 drowned in a pool or spa.

Experts say it’s important to check water safety measures at home every season and remove pools from the yard when not in use.

Young children are especially at risk when attempting to scale a ladder to get into an above-ground pool.

Safety advocates warn to never leave children unattended around water.

5. All-terrain vehicles: Safety advocates warn that children should not be allowed to operate an all-terrain vehicle at any time, and families should think carefully before letting a child ride as a passenger.

ATVs are at high risk of flipping over. Those who survive often suffer from devastating head, chest and internal trauma. 

Children lack the coordination, reflexes and judgment to avoid crashing ATVs and other motorized vehicles, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports. 

Every year, about 650 people are killed and 100,000 are hurt in ATV accidents. 

Nearly one-third of deadly ATV accidents from 2010 to 2013 involved ATVs being ridden on paved roads or parking lots. 

6. Toys with small parts: Toys with detaching parts can be a choking hazard for small children. While they are a year-round concern, child safety advocates said there have been a number of recent recalls for these types of dangerous toys.

In 2017, nearly 2 million toys with small parts were pulled from store shelves in the U.S. and Canada over safety concerns. 

My First Porsche - Wooden Car was recalled in May because the wheels could detach and create a choking hazard.

Every three minutes, a child is hurt by a toy.

Experts say to check toys for slender parts, pieces that can break off and soft material that could be swallowed and block a young child’s airway.

7. Shallow water: Baby pools, garden buckets, pool covers: Shallow bodies of water in backyards are one of the most overlooked water hazards for kids, experts say. 

Gaps in pool covers or ones that can sag and collect water create a greater drowning risk.

Baby pools are dangerous because they are often left filled with water unattended, without barriers to prevent children from getting in unsupervised. 

Water in other containers, like buckets or fountains, might not look dangerous but can be deadly -- because a child can drown in only 2 inches of water.

According to a 2018 CPSC report, most drowning incidents among children under 5 years old happen at home.

Experts say it is important to empty pools after each use and turn them upside down so they cannot collect rainwater.

8. Backyard water slides: Teens are at risk of neck injuries and paralysis if they play on backyard water slides intended for small children. 

Adults and teens who dive on to Slip ‘N Slide-type water slides could abruptly stop in such a way that it could cause permanent spine injury.

The Little Tikes Wet and Dry First Slide pictured above contains warnings including “This product is not intended for anyone over 60 LBS” and “Because of their size, older children and adults risk spine, head, neck and other life-threatening injuries from using this slide.”

9. High-powered water guns and guns with projectile ammunition: Water guns, bows and arrows or any other toys that “take aim” at another person can cause serious injuries.

Projectile ammunition, even foam darts and water streams, can lead to serious eye injuries.

The Air Warriors Thermal Hunter is sold for ages 6 and up, with four darts, marketed to “blast up to 90 feet.”

Eye injuries to children from non-powder guns, such as airsoft and pellet guns, increased exponentially by more than 500 percent between 2010 and 2012.

45 percent of the estimated 240,000 toy-related injuries in 2016 (107,400), occurred to the head and face area.

10. Bounce houses and backyard trampolines: Colorful, inflatable bounce houses are a birthday party staple, but there have been several reports of bounce houses falling over, or being blown away.

In April, 5 children in South Carolina went to the hospital with injuries after a bounce house became airborne.

From 2003 to 2013, inflatable bounce houses were responsible for approximately over 100,000 injuries and 12 reported deaths.

Backyard trampolines have been associated with catastrophic injuries, including fractures, cervical spine injuries and paralysis.

About 100,000 injuries involving trampolines are reported every year, and there were 22 trampoline deaths between 2000 and 2009, WATCH reports. One in every 200 of these injuries result in permanent neurological damage.

Most trampoline injuries happen at private homes. 

Netting, padding and adult supervision have not prevented trampoline injuries and may provide a false sense of security, experts say.

Dad saves son from burning race car

Father’s Day may have a new meaning for a stockcar driver and his father. 

Car No. 39, driven by Mike Jones, was hit by a competitor, spinning him into a racetrack wall at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. The car caught fire after the crash, but the flames didn’t stop Jones’ father from trying to rescue his son from the burning car.

The younger Jones told WDBJ that he could barely see, let alone breathe. 

The elder Jones, who had been watching from the pit, rushed to his son’s car and pulled him out. 

He told “NBC Nightly News” that the only thing he was thinking of was getting his son out of the car.

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But this isn’t the first time Dean Jones has come to his son’s rescue. When he was 10 or 12, Mike Jones was knocked out playing baseball. The first person he saw when he came to was his dad standing over him at home plate, WDBJ reported.

Dean Jones is on probation because he technically broke racing rules, and can’t break any of the laws of the race again. Mike Jones said the car was totaled but he’ll be back on the race circuit as soon as he rebuilds, WDBJ reported.

50 best restaurants in the world: Where are they, how many in the US?

If you want a seat at the world’s best restaurant, you had better make reservations.  It has only 12 tables.Osteria Francescana, a restaurant in Modena, Italy, took the top ranking as the world's best restaurant for the second time in three years in a survey from The World’s 50 Best. The ranking includes restaurants in 23 countries. Six of the eateries are in the United States. Osteria Francescana was noted for its “range of narratives” in the food, with compliments to chef Massimo Bottura for his dishes that play "with ingredients from the surrounding Emilia-Romagna region.” The six restaurants in the United States making the list are: Eleven Madison Park (No. 4), Cosme (No. 25) and Le Bernardin (No. 26) in Manhattan; Blue Hill at Stone Barns (No. 12) in Pocantico Hills, New York; Alinea (No. 34) in Chicago; and Saison (No. 46) in San Francisco.

According to a statement, “the list is voted for by more than 1,000 international restaurant industry experts and well-travelled gourmets who make up The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.”

Here are the top 10 restaurants.  

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
  3. Mirazur, Menton, France 
  4. Eleven Madison Park, Manhattan 
  5. Gaggan, Bangkok
  6. Central, Lima, Peru
  7. Maido, Lima, Peru
  8. Arpege, Paris
  9. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Axpe, Spain

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McDonald's offering free cold brew coffee to celebrate start of summer

McDonald’s is offering a new promotion to kick off the start of summer.

Customers who have the free McDonald’s app can get a free small McCafe Cold Brew Thursday. The new drinks are offered as a Cold Brew Frozen Coffee or Cold Brew Frappe. No purchase is needed to get the drink.

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According to a June 13 news release from the fast-food restaurant, the drinks are available on menus for a limited time.

In addition to a free cold brew coffee, participating McDonald’s locations are offering a Frylus -- a stylus in the shape of a fry -- to help customers take selfies without getting messy fingerprints on their phones. For more information on where to snag a Frylus, visit Frylus.com.

Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

The heartbreaking image of a little girl, separated from her mother as the mother was detained for crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, has been combined with an image of President Donald Trump looking down at her for an upcoming Time magazine cover.

The photo of the girl was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images, Time said when announcing the cover. Moore has taken photos of immigrants crossing into the United States for the past few years.

Moore told the publication, “This one was tough for me. As soon as it was over, they were put into a van. I had to stop and take deep breaths.”

The girl started crying when Border Patrol agents put the girl’s mother on the ground to search her last week, Moore told NPR

The mother and child had been trying to get to the United States from Honduras for a month, Moore said.

He said that the mother and child were not separated at the border, but rather, both got into a van and were taken away, NPR reported.

CNN reported that a government spokesperson told them that the girl and her mother were not separated, but did not give any additional details.

>>Read: Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

They were being transported to a processing center in Texas, CNN reported.

Almost 2,000 children of undocumented immigrants crossing the border were separated from the adults who brought them from April to May, Department of Homeland Security officials told CNN.

The Trump administration said that anyone crossing the border illegally will be held for prosecution as part of the government’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration, no matter if they have small children or claim asylum, CNN reported.

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Because of the uproar, not only over the policy, but also the image of the tearful girl, Time created a photo illustration depicting the girl and Trump for its July 2, 2018, cover story. It includes the words, “Welcome to America.”

>>Read: Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump reversed the practice of removing children from families of undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border through an executive order he signed on Wednesday. The order, however, will continue the “zero-tolerance” policy for undocumented migrants.

Driver surprised by snake surrounding leg while driving

Time to get a new car! 

A woman said she was driving when she felt something on her leg. And it wasn’t her imagination. The unidentified woman saw a six-foot-long snake slithering up her leg, WSPA reported.

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A pest removal service in Rutherford County said that a customer of theirs had a box in her car that she was taking to the dump. The box had been sitting outside and the snake had crawled in. The Bug Man reminded people in its Facebook post about the incident, to always check boxes and planters before moving them. Snakes and other critters can make containers their home.

She called police for help and they got the serpent out of her vehicle using snake tongs, WSPA reported.

The stowaway’s story doesn’t end there. The snake actually got out of its container while police were relocating it, but eventually got out of the police car and made its way into a creek, WSPA reported.

School falls short for funding new weight equipment, NBA legend Shaq makes up the difference

A Louisiana high school can thank one of the biggest names in basketball for its new weight room.

Lafayette High School was given $21,000 by the Lafayette Parish School Board for the project to redo its weight room, but the total price tag was just over $40,000, The Daily Advertiser reported.

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But Shaquille O’Neal made sure they got the new weight equipment they needed for the school’s athletic programs by paying the remainder of the bill.

“If we didn’t have Shaq step in to help us, it would have been another two years for us to raise the money,” football coach Rob Pool told the Advertiser.

The coaches spent the day Wednesday putting the green and black customized machines together in time for Thursday’s football team workout, the Advertiser reported

The donation, which Shaq told the team about via a video back in March, was part of South Louisiana Giving Daythe Advertiser reported.

Divorce attorney killed by client's husband in murder-suicide, officials say

A prominent divorce attorney in Georgia was shot and killed at his law office Wednesday by the husband of a client he was representing, Bartow County officials confirmed. 

>> Wife shoots, kills woman after finding her with husband, sources say

Details on what led to the fatal shooting of Antonio B. Mari at his law offices were not released

Authorities were called to the 600 block of North Tennessee Street, where the law office is located, about 1:30 p.m., Cartersville police Lt. Mike Bettikofer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Authorities found the suspect, Walter Samuel Radford, 33, of Cartersville, dead at his wife’s home on Willow Bend Drive, Bartow County coroner Joel Guyton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Radford’s wife, Cindy, was not at the law offices at the time of the shooting. 

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According to media reports, Mari was representing Cindy Radford in her divorce. 

Mari, 41, of Acworth, graduated from the University of Georgia and taught social studies for 10 years in Bartow County. 

After graduating law school, Mari opened a firm in Cartersville and opened a location in Cobb County in 2012.

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