WORLD DIGEST || Deported Army veteran wins fight for US citizenship
A deported U.S. Army veteran has been granted U.S. citizenship, a move made possible by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s pardon of a criminal offense last year.
Lawyers for Hector Barajas said the government informed them Thursday their client should attend a naturalization ceremony on April 13 in San Diego. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services confirmed the decision.
Barajas, 40, is founder and director of Deported Veterans Support House, which provides housing and other services in Tijuana, Mexico. He said Thursday that he believes his advocacy contributed to his victory and that he planned to commute to Tijuana from the Los Angeles area for at least a year to continue his work.
School worker faces charges after report of execution threat
A Connecticut high-school employee is accused of threatening to “execute” white men and stomping on an American flag in a classroom.
A police report says Harding High School in-school suspension counselor Carl Lemon was arrested Wednesday and charged with threatening and breach of peace.
The document says a teacher reported that Lemon said he “couldn’t wait for the Panthers to give the OK and a revolution begins” because he would “execute every white man he gets his hands on.”
Sixty-three year-old Lemon is black.
Under Armour hit by data breach affecting 150M users
Sports apparel merchant Under Armour has become the latest victim of a massive digital theft of sensitive information about tens of millions of customers.
The Baltimore company disclosed Thursday that an intruder grabbed the email addresses and login information during a February break-in affecting about 150 million users of its food and nutrition website, MyFitnessPal.
Under Armour says the hacker didn’t obtain any payment information, Social Security numbers or driver’s license numbers.
Kentucky officer killed; police search for man who fled
An off-duty police officer in a small Kentucky city was shot and killed Thursday, and authorities were searching for a suspect who fled in a stolen truck, Kentucky State Police said.
State police said Thursday night at a news conference that 38-year-old off-duty Hopkinsville officer Phillip Meacham was shot that afternoon and was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Trooper Rob Austin identified the suspect as 34-year-old James K. Decoursey of Hopkinsville, who police said fled on foot then took off in a 1997 white Chevrolet pickup truck with license plate 2070GH.
US ends special considerations in immigration cases
The Trump administration said Thursday that it ended special considerations to generally release pregnant women charged with being in the United States illegally while their cases wind through immigration court.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it scrapped a policy that took effect in August 2016 that pregnant women should be released unless they met limited criteria that required them to be held by law, such as serious criminal histories, or if there were “extraordinary circumstances.”