WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Somali-born Abdulrahman Mohamed was a social worker in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for three years. He had a U.S. work permit and earned a promotion while waiting for his asylum claim to be heard. He had an apartment and was sending $350 a month to family in a Kenyan refugee camp. That changed in January. Mohamed and three friends with pending asylum claims were told to meet with an immigration officer to discuss their cases. When his friends went to their meetings they called him to say they had been detained. He has not heard from them since.
NEW YORK -- Oil prices slid nearly 3 percent on Thursday, March 9, extending the previous session's dive that brought prices to the lowest levels this year, as record U.S. crude inventories fed doubts about whether OPEC-led supply cuts would reduce a global glut. U.S. crude prices fell through the $50 a barrel support level, with market participants unwinding some of the massive number of bullish wagers they had amassed after a deal by top global oil producers to limit output.
NEW YORK - The Jewish Children's Museum in New York City was evacuated for a few hours on Thursday after it received a bomb threat by email, police said, the latest in a rash of recent threats to U.S. and Canadian Jewish organizations. The museum, a multi-media center of Jewish history and heritage, was reopened around midday after police said they found no explosives during a search of the six-story building in the city's Brooklyn borough.
WASHINGTON -- The Republican plan backed by President Donald Trump to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, March 9, but its chances for passage in Congress looked uncertain with Democrats, conservatives and industry groups opposed. The first of two House of Representatives committees considering the legislation that would undo much of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, approved it before dawn after 18 hours of work on a party-line vote, with Democrats unified against it.
WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Thursday, March 9, his organization would provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools to allow them to patch software flaws. The anti-secrecy group published documents this week describing secret CIA hacking tools and snippets of computer code. It did not publish the full programs that would be needed to actually conduct cyber exploits against phones, computers and Internet-connected televisions.
With tipis decorating the National Mall, indigenous women held panel discussions on Native American women's rights during International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8. Spokespeople for Native Nations Rise, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Indigenous Environmental Network were on hand to discuss issues important to not only indigenous women, but all women. Speakers highlighted the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and the importance of protecting the environment.
TUAM, Ireland -- Catherine Corless has been haunted all her life by childhood memories of the skinny children from the local Catholic home for unmarried mothers and their babies in the small cathedral town of Tuam in the west of Ireland. Known locally as the home babies, the children lived in secrecy behind the dark, high walls of the home run by nuns from the Bon Secours order. Some of them attended the same school as Corless, but they were kept apart from the other children.
American actress Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce from French journalist Romain Dauriac in New York this week and asked for full custody of the couple's daughter, as her estranged husband asked her to return to the negotiating table. Johansson, 32, filed for divorce in New York Supreme Court on Tuesday on grounds of "the marriage being irretrievably broken." She requested joint legal custody and residential custody of the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Rose, according to court documents.
WASHINGTON - Republicans cleared the first hurdle early on Thursday in their plan for a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system backed by President Donald Trump, despite Democratic concern that the cost of the bill and its impact on the budget remain unknown. The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee approved the bill along party lines on Thursday morning after debating the draft legislation for nearly 18 hours. The chamber's Energy and Commerce committee continued its own marathon session, two days after it was unveiled by Republican leaders.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Firefighters are getting under control some of the fast-moving wildfires that have killed six people and scorched about 1.5 million acres from Colorado to Kansas, causing thousands of evacuations, officials said on Wednesday, March 8. The threat of wildfires remained high in the U.S. Plains due to dry weather, strong winds and parched vegetation. The National Weather Service issued a critical fire risk warning for the Texas Panhandle into Oklahoma, Kansas and western Missouri.