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    A 43-year-old Stratford man is dead after a crash on Interstate 95 North in Fairfield early this morning. 

    State police identified the man as James A. Mindrum. They said he was involved in a a crash near exit 23 just before 2 a.m. Monday and pronounced dead at the scene.

    Witnesses told state police that it appeared Mindrum went off the right shoulder without slowing down. He then went through a guardrail, down an embankment and hit a tree, according to state police. 

    The right lane of I-95 North was closed for around three hours. 

    Police are investigating the crash.



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    State lawmakers are considering bringing tolls back to Connecticut highways and residents can weigh in on the proposal this morning during a public hearing.

    The Transportation Committee is holding a hearing at 11 a.m. to debate several bills that aim to add tolls back to the highways after having been removed decades ago. 

    One bill is to establish electronic tolls to generate revenue for the state.  

    Another calls for a “congestion pricing system” to ease traffic congestion and raise revenue for long-term transportation infrastructure projects,  while another calls for establishing electronic tolls to create a source of revenue for the Special Transportation Fund

    “I don’t think it’s a very good idea. I think we already pay enough taxes, whatever expenses there are. I don’t think we should pay for just driving around,” Lisa Dreher, of East Hartford, said.

    The tolls would be similar to the recently modified system in Massachusetts that allow drivers to drive through without stopping and the money raised by Connecticut tolls would go to a special transportation fund.

    In Massachusetts, nearly of third of toll collections, around $112 million, came from out-of-state drivers.

    “Have some of the people who are traveling the busiest parts of the highways, the parts that need fixing the most, have them contribute as well as the taxpayers here,” Beth Fresa, of Cromwell, said.

    Concerns have been raised that the transportation fund could run out in several years.

    Some drivers said they’d welcome back tolls if they helped prevent highways from always needing work.

    “I drive through New York and the bridges, so it’s not an inconvenience. It’s just every time you look around they are doing highway repairs. So when will it ever end?” Stacey Felder, of East Hartford, said.

    The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building.

    Lawmakers have not said where the tolls would go if they are approved.



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    A police officer was struck and suffered minor injuries.

    Police said the officer was rear-ended while he was at the scene of a crash. He was taken to Milford Hospital and has been released.



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    A U.S. Congress member and some Connecticut police chiefs are concerned about a bill moving through Congress that they say would make it too easy for gun owners to purchase silencers.

    U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro was in Hamden today and expressed her opposition to H.R. 367, a bill called the “Hearing Protection Act of 2017,” which would amend the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers and treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. Any person who pays a transfer tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015, could also receive a refund of such tax. 

    “To focus on hearing loss really is a cowardly way to sneak this issue through the Congress and an insult to the families across this country who know firsthand the horrors of gun violence,” DeLauro said.

    Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra said there is currently a path to obtaining a silencer or a gun suppression attachment.

    “Let it stay,” he said.

    Opponents of the bill gathered at Hamden town hall and said the proposed legislation would make it too easy for people to purchase firearm silencers, which would make communities across more dangerous and make police work much more difficult.

    Supporters of the bill say silencers help people who shoot recreationally and for sport.

    The Connecticut Citizens Defense League and gun rights advocates who support the bill say silencers exist for a purpose and the bill is about protecting that.

    “I believe there has been a misconception by the public for a very long time when it comes to noise suppressors. I think a lot of people conjure up an image of a hit-man from a violent movie or television show," CCDL president Scott Wilson said in a statement to NBC Connecticut. "The reality about these devices is that they dampen the loud noise to a safer decibel level. They especially benefit shooters that train and shoot in competitive events."



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    UConn Police officers are now carrying Narcan, the life-saving emergency treatment given to people after an opioid overdose. 

    It was supplied to officers in Storrs, as well as officers at the regional campuses in Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford and Waterbury in January. 

    University spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz said there have not been any recent overdoses to prompt this. 

    “It’s really a better safe than sorry approach. We would rather have it and be able to use it then not have it and really wish that we did,” Reitz said. 

    The drug epidemic continues to worsen in Connecticut. Just last week, Connecticut’s chief medical examiner released new statistics showing 917 people died from accidental drug overdoses in 2016, a 25 percent increase from 2015. 

    “Obviously narcotics are a big problem on a lot of college campuses and the purpose of UConn police is to keep us safe. So if it’s another tool in the belt of things that could keep us safe, I have no problem with it,” said Rachel Quimby, a sophomore from Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

    “I think heroin is continuing to be a major problem and I think it’s great they have ways to combat kids that are overdosing,” Ian Schrager, a senior from East Hampton, said. 

    Reitz said firefighters at UConn have already been carrying Narcan for several years.



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    UConn police have begun carrying Narcan.UConn police have begun carrying Narcan.

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    There is a water main break in Bristol and the water department is hoping it won’t take more than a few hours to fix the problem.

    The water main break is on Broad Place and water service has been shut off to Broad Place and a portion of Broad Street.

    Customers in the area might have lower water pressure than normal, discolored water or no water.

    Once service has been restored, you might have discolored water. If that happens, run the cold water in your bathtub until the water runs clear. Refrain from doing laundry until the water returns to normal.


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    Donald Trump once seemed to like government leaks, praising WikiLeaks during his campaign and inviting Russia for president to find State Department-related emails missing from Hillary Clinton's private email server, NBC News reported.

    Now, the president fumes about "un-American" leaks coming from his administration, including ones that led to the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn within a month of Trump taking office.

    But leaks have been a major part of American history, starting with Benjamin Franklin passing letters from the colonial governor of Massachusetts to revolutionaries and including the Watergate scandal that took down Richard Nixon.

    "We have a very long history of leaks in this country," University of North Carolina law professor Mary-Rose Papandrea said. "It's almost a long-standing tradition."



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    A sculpture of Benjamin Franklin in the U.S. Capitol (left) and Michael Flynn when he was national security adviser for President Donald Trump.A sculpture of Benjamin Franklin in the U.S. Capitol (left) and Michael Flynn when he was national security adviser for President Donald Trump.

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    Determination took one cancer patient from a hospital bed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and inspired others — including her doctor — to join her.

    When Lila Javan was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in 2010, she started chemotherapy, got a stem cell transplant from her sister and eventually regained her health. Then, nearly five years later as she was planning to book a climbing trip to Africa, she went to a routine checkup and learned her cancer had returned.

    "At first, [Mt. Kilimanjaro] didn't have much significance," Javan, a 39-year–old filmmaker, said. "I wanted to visit that part of Africa. When I started going through the treatment, it became so much more. It represented my cancer diagnosis."

    A friend made a poster of Kilimanjaro through a window and put it up in her hospital room. Climbing Kilimanjaro became a goal and Javan wanted the doctor who’d helped her fight cancer to climb too.

    "She said, 'Will you do this with me,' and I said, 'Absolutely,' because there was all this hope and looking to the future,” Dr. Sarah Larson, an oncologist at UCLA Medical Center told NBC4. “I said yes and I walked out of that room and I thought, 'What did i just do?'"

    As Javan’s health improved the women began to train and others soon joined them. A 14-person team of nurses and friends together raised more than $100,000 dollars for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

    "It kind of, not to be cheesy, but it renewed my faith in humanity," Javan said. "The love and support I got back from people just was amazing, and it's what got me through."

    Two years later the team made it to the top of Africa’s highest mountain.

    "I kept putting one foot in front of the other,” Javan said. “We got to the top and the sun was rising and I saw Sarah and I started to cry. It was the most unbelievable, amazing moment of my life. The fact that we'd all trained together and we're doing this not just for ourselves but for something else made it more significant.”

    Javan and her climbing cohort have inspired others to raise money for cancer research through a campaign called Climb2Cure. She is turning her journey into a documentary film and already has her sights set on a new climb: Mount Everest.

    Click here to learn more about Javan’s journey or join your own Climb2Cure team.



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    Police are investigating a bomb threat at the Hebrew High School in West Hartford and the threat came on the same day several Jewish Community Centers and Jewish day schools also received threats.  

    West Hartford police said the school on Bloomfield Avenue received a bomb threat at 10:43 a.m. Monday. 

    Police officers and firefighters responded to help school officials, searched the school and did not find anything suspicious. 

    Students returned to normal operating procedures a short time later, according to police. 

    Police said they are continuing to work with faith based leaders in the community with security concerns. 

    Detectives are investigating and police said they would notify the FBI.



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    East Windsor has been selected as the location for the third casino proposed for the state of Connecticut.

    The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes announced today that they have selected East Windsor as the site for the proposed entertainment and gaming facility in the Hartford region.

    The proposed site was the prior home of a Showcase Cinema and a Wal-Mart.

    “From the beginning, we’ve said that we want to site our new facility in a town that’s eager to have us. With the unanimous vote by the Board of Selectmen, East Windsor fits that bill, and we’re thrilled to enter into a partnership with them,” Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, said in a statement.

    “Today’s announcement is a critical step towards our goal of saving Connecticut jobs and revenue,” Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribe, said in a statement. “We’re honored to have the community of East Windsor by our side as we move forward with bringing our facility to life.”

    The development agreement the East Windsor Board of Selectmen approved Saturday states that MMCT will pay the town $3 million no later than 15 months before the gaming facility opens. MMCT would also pay the town $3 million annually on top of regular tax payments, which are expected to total approximately $5.5 million per year.

    Lawmakers would still have to approve a third casino and the governor would have to sign off on any bill that made it to his desk.

    Windsor Locks was the other finalist the tribes selected. 



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    Police are investigating after a driver who went off the road in Glastonbury landed in a drainage ditch and was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

    Officers responded to a one-car crash on Griswold Street, near Milestone Drive, at 10:47 a.m. Sunday and determined that the car went off the road and hit a fence before landing in a drainage ditch. 

    The driver was the only person in the car. Medical treatment was provided at the scene and the driver was transported to Hartford Hospital, where the person was pronounced dead. 

    Police have not released the name of the driver. 

    Officers are investigating and anyone with information is asked to call Glastonbury Police Agent Pagliughi at 860-633-8301.



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    The pregnancy of New York giraffe April has captivated the world, with millions of people across the globe tuning into a live stream as she prepares for the birth of her fourth calf at an upstate zoo.

    But what do we know of the relationship between April and her much younger beau Oliver?

    On Monday morning, Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, outside Binghamton, revealed new details about the romance that led to the pregnancy, which has had the world enthralled for days.

    It was no secret April was an older woman. At the ripe age of 15, the long-necked beauty has already had three calves to at least one other giraffe.

    But for Oliver, who is only 5 years old, this calf is his first.

    The park said the two spotted lovers met when Oliver was just a young 3-year-old bull "coming of age." April was 13 at the time.

    "The park thought it had only one cougar (LuLu), until April arrived," the zoo joked of the age difference.

    A cougar is a term used to describe an older woman who dates younger men.

    "Here we are, almost 1 1/2 years later, waiting for their family to grow by one," the zoo said.

    It also shared a picture of the couple canoodling on its first meeting at the zoo.

    Despite his youth Oliver has showed his maturity, appearing supportive and nuzzling April through her pregnancy. He stood by her when the live stream of her pregnancy was taken down from YouTube after activists complained that she breached the platform's "nudity and sexual content" policies.

    But the first-time father had to be separated from April as they frolicked outside Saturday afternoon because he got aggressive and wanted to "rough house."

    According to veterinarians, bullish behavior is common for male giraffes during the final stages of pregnancy.

    "He does not want to play house -- he wants to ROUGH house," the park wrote in a Facebook post Saturday morning. "That is natural behavior as males take no part in rearing their young, nor have a need for a female once she is pregnant. Sad but true."

    Viewers were concerned about the long-necked lovers' separation and questioned the vet's intentions until the zoo offered reassurance and told animal lovers to trust them.

    As of Monday, April's pregnancy continued to be streamed online, with the zoo saying the expectant mother was doing well.



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    The long-necked lovers meet for the first time.The long-necked lovers meet for the first time.

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    A jury has been selected in the double murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez.

    Two final jurors were chosen Monday in Suffolk Superior Court in Massachusetts.

    Sixteen people, including four alternates, will hear the case. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday.

    Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, is charged in the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, whom he encountered at a Boston nightclub.

    Prosecutors have said Hernandez became enraged when one of the men accidentally bumped into him at the club, causing him to spill his drink. Hernandez is accused of opening fire on their car at a stoplight.

    Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. He is already serving a life sentence in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, a semi-professional football player.



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    FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez appears in Suffolk Superior Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge Jeffrey Locke in Boston.FILE- In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez appears in Suffolk Superior Court for a pretrial hearing before Judge Jeffrey Locke in Boston.

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    An unattended tractor-trailer got into a crash after rolling away from the service plaza on Interstate 95 in Darien on Monday afternoon, according to state police.

    State police said the truck was parked in a truck parking area and rolled away after the driver got out of the vehicle to go into the building.

    The incident happened on I-95 South, between exits 9 and 10, and the truck went through a guardrail and hit a car before stopping at the jersey barrier, according to state police

    The driver of a box truck also got into a crash while trying to avoid the tractor-trailer. It hit a van, according to police.



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    A former Cromwell police sergeant is accused of workers’ compensation fraud after officials from the state division of criminal justice said he was seen doing construction work at his home after an on-the-job injury supposedly left him unable to work.

    Inspectors from the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Control Unit in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney arrested 51-year-old Jonathan Mantel, of Cromwell, and charged him with one count of fraudulent claim or receipt of benefits.

    The arrest warrant affidavit says Mantel received disability benefits because of a knee injury he reported suffering in June 2016 that left him unable to work as a Cromwell Police sergeant, according to the Division of Criminal Justice.

    Surveillance conducted over nine days in October 2016 showed him working at his home, lifting and moving materials and using power tools to replace part of a deck and stairs, the warrant states.

    Mantel received approximately $27,487 in workers’ compensation benefits and another $15,255 in salary from the Town of Cromwell to bring him to full pay, the warrant states, according to the Division of Criminal Justice.

    Mantel was released on promise to appear.



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    One person died after the car they were driving rolled over in Groton.

    Groton Police said emergency crews responded to the crash on Military Highway just after midnight on the morning of Feb. 17. 

    The lone occupant was initially found outside of the car by passing by drivers on the highway between Lestertown Road and Fulton Drive, police said. 

    First responders started treating the man at the scene before the victim was transported to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London. He was then flown by LifeStar to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he later died. 

    The name of the victim is being withheld until next of kin is notified. 

    Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Groton Town Police at (860) 441-6712. 


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    NBC Connecticut meteorologists have issued a First Alert for strong thunderstorms forecasted on Wednesday.

    An area of low pressure associated will track through the state on Wednesday. We're forecasting scattered rain showers with thunderstorms throughout the day followed by a cold front. Most of the thunderstorm activity will take place during the afternoon and evening hours.

    Some thunderstorms could include damaging winds, frequent lightning, and heavy downpours. 

    The cold front moves through the state late Wednesday night and will be followed by cool and windy conditions throughout the day on Thursday. 

    The cooler air sticks around for Friday and Saturday with high temperatures in the middle to upper 30s statewide. The average high temperature for this time of year is 41 degrees. 


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    SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago.

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk — the company's founder and chief executive officer — announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA's legendary moon pad.

    Two people who know one another approached the company about sending them on a weeklong flight just beyond the moon, according to Musk. He won't identify the pair or the price tag. They've already paid a "significant" deposit and are "very serious" about it, he noted.

    "Fly me to the moon ... Ok," Musk said in a light-hearted tweet following the news conference.

    Musk said SpaceX is on track to launch astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in mid-2018. This moon mission would follow about six months later, by the end of the year under the current schedule, using a Dragon crew capsule and a Falcon heavy rocket launched from NASA's former moon pad in Florida.

    If all goes as planned, it could happen close to the 50th anniversary of NASA's first manned flight to the moon, on Apollo 8.

    The SpaceX moonshot is designed to be autonomous — unless something goes wrong, Musk said.

    "I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here," Musk told reporters in the telephone conference, a day after teasing via Twitter that an announcement of some sort was forthcoming.

    "They're certainly not naive, and we'll do everything we can to minimize that risk, but it's not zero. But they're coming into this with their eyes open," said Musk, adding that the pair will receive "extensive" training before the flight.

    Musk said he does not have permission to release the passengers' names, and he was hesitant to even say if they were men, women or even pilots. He would only admit, "It's nobody from Hollywood."

    The paying passengers would make a long loop around the moon, skimming the lunar surface and then going well beyond, perhaps 300,000 or 400,000 miles distance altogether. It's about 240,000 miles to the moon alone, one way.

    The mission would not involve a lunar landing.

    "This should be a really exciting mission that hopefully gets the world really excited about sending people into deep space again," Musk said.

    NASA will have first dibs on a similar mission if it so chooses, he said. The space agency learned of his plan at the same time as reporters.

    In a statement, NASA commended SpaceX "for reaching higher." In all, 24 astronauts flew to the moon and 12 walked its surface from 1969 to 1972.

    The California-based SpaceX already has a long list of firsts, with its sights ultimately set on Mars. It became the first private company to launch a spacecraft into orbit and safely return it to Earth in 2010, and the first commercial enterprise to fly to the space station in 2012 on a supply mission.

    Just a week ago, SpaceX made its latest delivery from Kennedy Space Center's legendary Launch Complex 39A, where the Apollo astronauts flew to the moon and shuttle crews rocketed into orbit. That will be where the private moon mission will originate as well. 

    The crew Dragon capsule — an upgraded version of the cargo Dragon — has yet to fly in space. Neither has a Falcon Heavy rocket, which is essentially a Falcon 9 rocket with two strap-on boosters, according to Musk. A Falcon Heavy test flight is planned this summer, while an empty crew capsule is set to launch to the space station late this year. He said there will be ample time to test both the spacecraft and the rocket, before the moon mission.

    NASA last week announced it was studying the possibility of adding crew to the test flight of its megarocket, at the request of the Trump administration. Such a flight to the lunar neighborhood wouldn't happen before 2019 at best — if, indeed, that option is even implemented.

    Musk said anything that advances the space exploration cause is good, no matter who goes first.

    Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who will celebrate his homecoming this week from a one-year space mission, was quick to tweet: "It's been almost a year. Send me!"

    Musk said he expects to have more moon-mission customers as time goes by.

    At the same time, SpaceX is also working on a so-called Red Dragon, meant to fly to Mars around 2020 with experiments, but no people — and actually land. His ultimate goal is to establish a human settlement on Mars.



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    In this file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015 in Fremont, California.In this file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015 in Fremont, California.

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    In El Paso, Texas, Carmen Ramos and her friends have developed a network to keep each other updated by text message on where immigration checkpoints have been set up.

    She also makes sure she does everything by the book. From sticking to the speed limit to keeping a sharp eye on her surroundings, the 41-year-old isn't taking any chances, The Associated Press reported. In 2008, with her husband and three children, Ramos left Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, for the United States to escape drug violence and death threats. But their tourist visas has since expired.

    "We are surprised that even a ticket can get us back to Mexico," Ramos told the AP. "We wouldn't have anywhere to return."

    The new executive order that President Donald Trump signed his first week in office takes a harsh line on immigration, one that may lead to the deterrence of immigrants' participation in public life. With undocumented immigrants under the threat of deportation by local authorities, experts say it is likely that they will shy away from any situation that may require their personal information.

    "I think what we’re going to see are immigrants receding from public life in lots of ways," Lee Gelernt, a civil rights lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union told NBC. "That includes not accessing emergency services and not reporting crimes they witness, which are not good for the community as a whole."

    Gelernt said ACLU lawyers will challenge aspects of the executive order as they are rolled out, but for now the order has taken the form of Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. The ACLU is trying to determine if there have been any civil rights violations, such as racial profiling or excessive force, during these raids.

    The Department of Homeland Security is taking measures to enact the sweeping actions that Trump's executive order involves. 

    Although Trump has said repeatedly that the country is focused on "getting the bad ones" out of the country, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly directed ICE agents to expand their pool of undocumented immigrants to prioritize for deportation. 

    In the statement issued last week about the order, the department announced it would "not exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement,” meaning that law enforcement officials can detain an undocumented immigrant who has committed an offense of any kind. In 2014, former President Barack Obama implemented guidelines for deporting unauthorized immigrants that focused on gang members and convicted felons.

    Kelly also directed ICE to partner with state and local authorities to investigate, apprehend and detain immigrants.

    "We don't want there to be this overwhelming sense of fear or panic in these communities," DHS press secretary Gillian Christensen said. "When you look at the executive order, it's still the top priority to detain people who pose a threat to public safety or national security."

    Christensen also noted that undocumented immigrants covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals progam are exempt from the executive order. 

    But lawyers and advocates are warning those immigrants not to enroll in DACA for fear their information will be used to deport them, according to The Washington Post. 

    And some reported incidences suggest that ICE is taking a strict approach in its detention of immigrants. On Monday, The New York Times reported that Juan Carlos Hernandez Pacheco, a well-respected restaurant owner in Illinois, was detained by authorities without a specific reason, but immigration officials noted his two drunk-driving convictions from 2007.

    Another undocumented immigrant in Fort Worth, Texas, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in early February while in an ICE detention center but was returned to the center following a short stint in the hospital. The Daily Beast reported that 26-year-old immigrant crossed the border in 2015 in search of work and asylum from her native country, El Salvador. And Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was deported to Mexico a few weeks ago after her immigration check-in—her eighth since her 2008 conviction for using a fake Social Security number to get work, CNN reported.

    "Targeted enforcement, focused on actual national security threats, makes sense," William Stock, president of American Immigration Lawyers Association, said in a statement. "However, these memos, which seem to treat everyone as an enforcement priority, aren't going to make us safer, and they are already causing fear in communities across the nation."

    Immigrants in the Chicago area have told the AP that they are scared to drive, and some are even wary of taking public transit. When Chicago police and federal authorities conducted regular safety checks on a train line earlier this month, many assumed it was an immigration checkpoint.

    Word spread so quickly that Chicago police issued a statement assuring immigrants, "You are welcome here."

    Gelernt expressed concern that the presence of the ICE agents during raids and arrests could instill fear in undocumented immigrants.

    "Even if ICE is not making arrests at any moment their mere presence is going to create anxiety and fear," he said.

    Michele Lamont, a Harvard professor and cultural sociologist who specializes in race, inequality and immigration, said that it would be natural for undocumented immigrants to fall into the shadows because of their perceived "undesirable" status.

    "They know how they may be perceived by other Americans," she said. "The assumption that they're not good members of society can push people away from their own communities. If you know the likelihood that you will be outed, then of course privatization will be the natural reaction."

    Lamont also said that Trump's executive order will likely come with "a lot of unintended consequences."



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    Last month's raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL as well as multiple children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News.

    While Pentagon officials have said the raid produced "actionable intelligence," senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any.

    The father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday.

    "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into [President Trump's] administration?" Bill Owens, whose youngest son Ryan was killed during the raid, said.



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    Donald Trump and Chief Special Warfare Operator William Donald Trump and Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens

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