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The promise of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's campaign. From the moment he announced it during his candidacy kickoff address in June 2015, critics denounced it as racist while others expressed skepticism about its cost-effectiveness.
But, as NBC News reports, there has been an often overlooked issue — the potentially "catastrophic" environmental toll the wall could have on the hundreds of species that span the frontier, activists say.
More than 100 animals that are listed as threatened, endangered or candidates for such status under the Endangered Species Act from coast to coast could potentially be impacted by Trump's proposal, according to a 2016 analysis of data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"It will choke off life from both sides," wildlife biologist Jeff Corwin told NBC News.
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A supply ship bearing John Glenn's name arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday.
Astronauts used the station's big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the craft flew 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Germany.
NASA's commercial shipper, Orbital ATK, named the spacecraft the S.S. John Glenn in honor of the first American to orbit Earth. It rocketed from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday with nearly 7,700 pounds of food, experiments and other goods.
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After the caretaker of a remote northern California property became suspicious of two people he initially thought were in distress, his tip led police to a teacher accused of kidnapping his 15-year-old student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey.
Griffin Barry said the pair told him their names were John and Joanna and they needed money for food, gas and a place to stay, ABC News Good Morning America reported Friday (http://abcn.ws/2pKHq16). But Barry, 29, said he became suspicious when the older man tried to keep the teen away.
"The girl wasn't really looking at me or anything and he was always dominating the conversation. That kind of clues people in," Barry said.
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Funeral plans for Aaron Hernandez were announced on Saturday, the same day his body was being moved from a funeral home in Watertown, Massachusetts, to his hometown in Bristol, Connecticut.
According to a press release by the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association, the private wake for Hernandez will be held on Monday at the O'Brien Funeral Home in Bristol from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Attendance will be by invitation only and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
For all the talk of naval strike groups and pre-emptive military action, Donald Trump's only option to solve the North Korean crisis could be compromise, NBC News reported.
His presidency has seen tensions rising over the Korean peninsula, with dictator Kim Jong Un's missile testing met with a swift rebuke from Washington.
But beneath the rhetoric, a more balanced approach can be seen. Vice President Mi Pence said Tuesday that the U.S. was working with allies to "achieve a peaceable resolution" to the impasse.
Some analysts told NBC News this may be Trump's only realistic option for solving the crisis.
"The situation is extraordinarily complicated and not amenable to either simple solutions or one-off ad-hoc interventions designed to demonstrate American strength," Professor Hazel Smith at London's School of Oriental and African Studies told NBC News.
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The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation.
It sent letters to officials in California and major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, all places the Justice Department's inspector general has identified as limiting the information local law enforcement can provide to federal immigration authorities about those in their custody.
Scientists, students and research advocates rallied from the Brandenburg Gate to the Washington Monument on Earth Day, conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference and spending necessary to make future breakthroughs possible.
"We didn't choose to be in this battle, but it has come to the point where we have to fight because the stakes are too great," said climate scientist Michael Mann, who regularly clashes with politicians.
Standing on the National Mall with thousands soaked by rain Saturday, Mann said that like other scientists, he would rather be in his lab, the field or teaching students. But driving his advocacy are officials who deny his research that shows rising global temperatures.
Saturday's March for Science is open to anyone – and you don't even have to show up in person.
Besides the main march in Washington, D.C, and the 605 satellite marches planned on April 22, there will be a virtual march too. People can join in from their home computers, according to the march’s official website.
The virtual march will be live-streamed during the event, and people who are unable to attend are invited to submit photos and stories online to be shared on the March for Science website.
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Top law enforcement and intelligence officials are expected to testify May 2 on Capitol Hill about Russian activities to influence the U.S. presidential election.
The House intelligence committee said Friday that it had sent letters requesting FBI Director James Comey and Adm. Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, to appear at a closed hearing on May 2.
The committee said it also has asked former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates to appear later at an open hearing.
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President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.
The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is Saturday. That's the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.
Convicted church shooter Dylann Roof has been transferred to death row at Terre Haute Federal Prison in Indiana — the facility that houses male inmates awaiting execution under the federal government, NBC News reported.
Roof, the first person to be convicted of a federal hate crime and sentenced to the death penalty, was removed from custody in Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday and transferred to Terre Haute, prison records show.
Terre Haute, a medium-security prison where inmates are put to death by lethal injection, currently houses 1,338 inmates.
In January, a jury sentenced the self-proclaimed white supremacist to death for killing nine black worshipers in June 2015 at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston during a Bible study. The 23-year-old told FBI agents that he was trying to start a race war.
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President Donald Trump on Friday downplayed the significance of pushing Republican health care legislation through the House next week, a retreat from more bullish White House pronouncements a day earlier, which had gotten a skeptical reception at the Capitol.
In brief comments to reporters Friday, Trump said the attempt to rekindle the GOP drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law is "coming along well." But he said there was "no particular rush" to do it next week, when Congress returns from its spring recess.
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A Democratic privacy advocate and libertarian-minded Republican are asking the nation's top intelligence official to release more information about the communications of American citizens swept up in surveillance operations.
The request by Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky adds to a chorus of calls for more transparency about how intelligence agencies use and share communications to, from and about Americans.
The two want to know more about how agencies handle these communications as well as data about the number of Americans affected. They also want to make public the procedures on how intelligence about members of Congress is disseminated.
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Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died after being hit by a van while training on Saturday. He was 37.
Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, when he was hit by a van at a crossroad. He leaves behind a wife and twin sons.
According to initial reports the Astana cyclist died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency services which arrived promptly.
Team Astana called it "a tragedy too big to be written" in a statement.
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Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world.
More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to the 66,000 polling stations for Sunday's election, which comes after Thursday's deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain. The presidential poll is the first to be held during a state of emergency, put in place since the Paris attacks of November 2015.
Voters are choosing between 11 candidates in the most unpredictable contest in decades.