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US Domestic News Roundup: U.S citizenship right, 2019 biofuels proposal, Pittsburgh synagogue shooting


US Domestic News Roundup: U.S citizenship right, 2019 biofuels proposal, Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Trump hardens stance on Mexico border, says 15,000 troops could be sent

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States could send as many as 15,000 troops to the border with Mexico, as he hardens his stance against a caravan of migrants fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The numbers cited by Trump are significantly higher than defence officials have disclosed. The Pentagon said on Monday it was deploying more than 5,200 troops to the border but that the number would rise. On Wednesday, it said more than 7,000 troops would support the Department of Homeland Security along the border.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect faces new charges as funerals continue

A federal grand jury on Wednesday charged the man accused of killing 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue with additional hate crimes and firearms offences, as the Jewish community held more funerals for victims of the worst anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history. The 44-count grand jury indictment expands on the charges initially brought against avowed anti-Semite Robert Bowers, 46, after Saturday's massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill district.

Mattis rejects criticism of sending U.S. troops to border

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday rejected criticism that deploying thousands of troops to the border with Mexico was a political stunt. "The support that we provide to the secretary for homeland security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of customs and border police, so we don't do stunts in this department," Mattis said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon.

U.S. prosecutors probing Boston gangster 'Whitey' Bulger's death as homicide

U.S. prosecutors are investigating Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's death as a homicide, officials said on Wednesday, a day after his bloodied body was discovered at a West Virginia federal prison. "The United States Attorney's Office and the FBI are investigating the death of James Bulger as a homicide," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia said in a statement. The office declined to provide further details.

EPA's sends 2019 biofuels proposal to White House for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for 2019 blending volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House for final review, a filing with the Office of Management and Budget showed on Wednesday. The proposal was received on Tuesday. The deadline to issue the finalized rule is Nov. 30.

Trump's final campaign stretch rattled by twin calamities

When Donald Trump met with advisers about his plans for campaign appearances in the final weeks for the battle for control of the U.S. Congress, the president surprised them by insisting they add more events to an already-crowded schedule. His strategy for the final stretch has been simple: Drive Republican turnout by focusing on an issue that appeals to his core supporters - illegal immigration - using as a foil a large group of Central American migrants making their way slowly through Mexico toward the U.S. border.

Trump's Venezuela and Cuba policy in focus in Bolton speech in Florida

The White House is expected to give details about U.S. President Donald Trump's Venezuela and Cuba policy on Thursday when national security adviser John Bolton travels to Miami to give an address on Latin America. Days ahead of high-stakes elections in Florida, home to many migrants from the region, Bolton will deliver his remarks at Freedom Tower, a building where Cuban refugees were welcomed in the 1960s after leaving the Communist-controlled island.

After Saudi sisters found dead by New York river, police hunt clues

New York police were still trying to piece together on Wednesday a mystery over two young women whose bodies were discovered a week ago on the rocky Manhattan shore of the Hudson River, bound together with duct tape around their waists and ankles. Since then, New York City police have determined that Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, were sisters from Saudi Arabia living in Virginia, and at least one of them was reported missing two months ago.

Trump contends U.S. Constitution does not cover birthright citizenship

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to citizenship to everyone born in the country, an assertion that runs counter to the long-established legal interpretation of the document. "So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other. It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof.' Many legal scholars agree....." Trump wrote in a Twitter post six days before U.S. congressional elections.

Fighting fire with fire: Jewish people train to stop repeat of Pittsburgh shooting

David Ortner adjusted his yarmulke, cocked his pistol and took aim - something he wishes a civilian had done to defend Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue three days ago when Robert Bowers walked in and shot 11 people dead. "When this happens, you get a wake-up call," said Ortner, a 28-year-old owner of an optician shop in Monsey, New York.

(With inputs from Reuters)

(With inputs from agencies.)


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