The Daily Populous

Wednesday August 21st, 2019 evening edition

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The Trump administration is reportedly set to announce a rule change which would allow the government to hold migrant families in detention camps indefinitely.

Currently, children crossing illegally into the US from Mexico can generally be held for a maximum of 20 days, a limit Donald Trump has blamed for encouraging undocumented families to arrive at the border.

Under the new rule, which would likely require court approval, the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) could hold children in detention for the entirety of their immigration proceedings, which can take months or even years.

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The move could be made public on Wednesday, according to ABC News, which spoke to government officials on condition of anonymity.

NBC News reported Trump administration officials expect to be sued in court imminently by opponents to the plan.

The possible holding of children indefinitely comes following an announcement by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that it will not vaccinate migrant families in detention ahead of this year’s flu season. »

At least 27 people have been arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since the El Paso and Dayton shootings

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The teen is one of more than two dozen people who have been arrested over threats to commit mass shootings since 31 people were killed in one weekend this month in shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Joke or not, such comments are a felony in Florida, the sheriff's department wrote on its Facebook page.

Here are the known threats with publicized arrests that law enforcement agencies have investigated since the Dayton and El Paso shootings:. »

Amazon fires: Record number burning in Brazil rainforest

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Meanwhile, US space agency Nasa said that overall fire activity in the Amazon basin was slightly below average this year.

It was earlier reported that a blackout on Monday in the city of São Paulo - more than 2,700km (1,700 miles) away - had been caused by smoke from the Amazon fires.

But some meteorologists say the smoke came from major fires burning in Paraguay, which is much closer to the city and not in the Amazon region. »

Elon Musk ponders solar reflectors instead of nuking Mars to warm it up

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One moment, he's suggesting we nuke Mars to speed up Red Planet warming for colonists, the next he's pondering solar reflector satellites.

While nuking Mars is the more eye-catching notion, there's some pretty intriguing science behind the concept of orbital Mars mirrors.

Might make sense to have thousands of solar reflector satellites 🛰 to warm Mars vs artificial suns (tbd) — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 20, 2019. »

Trump cancels Denmark visit over Greenland rejection

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If Greenland isn’t for sale, President Trump doesn’t want to talk to Denmark.

Mr. Trump said Tuesday evening on Twitter that he would delay a scheduled visit to Denmark next month because of the prime minister’s lack of interest in selling the autonomous Danish possession.

On Sunday, Mr. Trump characterized the potential sale of Greenland as a “large real estate deal,” though downplayed its relevance to his stop in Denmark. »