A blind man has been denied US citizenship after immigration agents refused to provide him with an English language sentence to read in Braille.
Lucio Delgado, 23, was born blind and uses a cane to get around. He moved to the US from Mexico six years ago.
Mr Delgado said he was offered a large-print sentence to read, which he could not, being totally blind.
Mr Delgado, who is legally blind under Illinois state law, was told to get a doctor’s note to prove his condition.
“Over here I was going to get the education I couldn’t get In Mexico,” he told CBS News from his home on a farm in Pembroke Township, Illinois – about 70 miles (110km) south of Chicago.
After taking the test in May, he recently received a letter from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informing him that he had been rejected.
“Unfortunately, you were unable to read a sentence in the English language,” the letter said. “Regrettably, you were unable to achieve a passing score on the reading portion of the naturalisation test.”
“I really wasn’t expecting not to be provided that very basic accommodation,” he told the Washington Post newspaper. “It was quite a shocker, honestly.”
“I was going to be someone. I was going to make my family here and there proud,” he told CBS.
He was told during the test to go and get a doctor’s note to prove that he was blind, but he could not afford to do so because he does not have health insurance.
A spokesman for the USCIS told the Post that they began offering Braille tests in November, months after Mr Delgado sat for his exam.
A lawyer for Mr Delgado said the USCIS had contacted him since his story was first reported last week to offer him another appointment later this month.
According to court documents, in 2004, Woods and his friend Kerry Spencer got into an argument with two of the police officers and threatened them.
Later that day, the officers were killed as they tried to arrest Woods and Spencer at a suspected drug house in the city of Birmingham. One other officer was injured.
Prosecutors said it was Spencer who had opened fire on the officers but accused Woods of luring the officers.
Woods was convicted by 10 out of 12 jurors. Alabama is the only US state that does not require a unanimous vote to enforce the death penalty.
Spencer was also handed the death penalty and is still on death row. In an open letter, he wrote: “Nathaniel Woods is 100% innocent, I know that to be a fact because I’m the person that shot and killed all three of the officers.
“Nathaniel Woods doesn’t even deserve to be incarcerated, much less executed.”
Kim Kardashian West, one of the high-profile figures who championed Wood’s case, said after the stay of execution was lifted: “My heart and prayers are with Nate and his family.”
Martin Luther King III, the son of Martin Luther King Jr, called Woods’ death a “mockery of justice”.
Facebook has removed a series of misleading adverts from the Donald Trump campaign promoting “the Official 2020 Congressional District Census”.
The adverts made it appear respondents were taking part in the official 2020 US census, which begins on 12 March.
They were promoted by a fundraising group backed by Republican officials and Mr Trump’s re-election team.
“There are policies in place to prevent confusion around the official US census,” Facebook said.
“This is an example of those being enforced,” said the spokesperson.
The adverts began running on Facebook on 3 March. Clicking the link takes users to a general survey focusing on Republican talking points.
The adverts were paid for by the “Trump Make America Great Again Committee”, a part of Mr Trump’s official re-election fundraising efforts.
It is backed by the Trump campaign and the Republican national party.
It owns and operates the Facebook pages of both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, which ran the controversial adverts.
The adverts were “deceptive” and “unacceptable”, said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which helped Facebook craft its policy on census interference.
“If Trump says a fake census is ‘official’, people are going to think its official,” she said in a series of tweets. “Trump’s deceptive ads will confuse people about how and when to participate in the 2020 Census, threatening their right to get counted and bring resources and political power to their communities.”
Those who clicked the link in the advert were sent to a page on the Donald Trump website where they were asked to complete a survey.
The survey begins by asking about age and political leaning, before asking questions about Trump talking points such as “Obamacare”, “the Democrats’ failed Impeachment Witch Hunt” and “Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left”.
Those who fill out the Trump campaign’s “census” are ultimately sent to a web page calling for donations.
The BBC saw more than three hundred versions of the advert, each targeting different states and demographics.
For example, one advert specifically targeted men aged over 45 in Texas, whereas another targeted women aged over 45 across the US.
Most adverts were aimed at older people, with one exclusively targeting men and women aged over 65 in Maine, Florida, Arkansas and Arizona.
It is not clear exactly how many adverts were run, or how many people would have seen them, only that most of the adverts had been seen by fewer than one thousand people.
The official census is mandated under the US Constitution and takes place every 10 years, counting every resident.
The census has political implications as it is used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the House of Representatives, as well as how federal funding is allocated for the next 10 years.
For Liz Rose, the answer was to keep up a hobby she shared with her brother – watching professional wrestling.
Little did she know 17 years later that she would be performing the entrance music for her brother’s favourite wrestler live as he walked to the ring.
“My brother loved wrestling and he loved Chris Jericho,” she said. “Greg wanted to be a wrestler, he was planning on going to wrestling school after high school. Then he was in a car accident.
“Moving forward with my life as a kid, wrestling was something I could look back on and have good memories. Going into adulthood, if I saw a match on TV I would watch it, it helped me feel connected to him.”
For years, simply watching wrestling on television was enough for the 29-year-old to maintain a connection with her brother.
But a quirk of fate made everything change when Liz had the opportunity to become part of the choir that performed Chris Jericho’s entrance theme at the All Elite Wrestling (AEW): Revolution pay-per-view on 29 February 2020.
Chris Jericho was the first AEW world champion. During his time with WWE, he became a six-time world champion and was the first “undisputed” champion.
After the trial, he complained of chest pains and was taken to hospital where he had a stent implant to remove a blockage, a spokesperson said.
He is due to be sentenced on 11 March, and faces up to 25 years in prison for the convictions relating to two women.
Weinstein was cleared of the most serious counts of predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape. But he was found guilty of third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act. His lawyers say he will appeal.
Many of Weinstein’s accusers, along with other critics, had expressed frustration at the news of his hospital transfer, arguing that he should be held in jail.
His lawyers told local media that neither he nor they had any power over the decision.
“It was a New York City Department of Corrections decision, that that was the most suitable place for a 67-year-old man with a laundry list of illnesses who went from being in a walker to being in a wheelchair,” lawyer Arthur Aidala told The Hollywood Reporter.
In all, at least 80 women had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. Most of those complaints, however, have not led to criminal charges, as they are beyond the statute of limitations – meaning they happened too long ago.
The allegations were at the centre of the #MeToo movement that prompted women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.
The movie executive once enjoyed phenomenal success with Oscar winners such Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The King’s Speech and Shakespeare in Love.
What did the trial deal with?
Weinstein – who denied all charges – was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013. The judge ordered him sent to jail immediately.
A third-degree rape charge in New York is defined as engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of consent, or under age 17, or who has not given consent for a reason other than the inability to consent.
Prosecutors portrayed Weinstein as a serial predator who used his position of power in Hollywood to manipulate and attack women.
The defence team said sex between the movie executive and the accusers was consensual, and that the accusers simply wanted to advance their careers.
The allegations amounted to “regret renamed as rape”, the defence said. Two of the accusers kept in contact with Weinstein and had sex with him after the alleged attacks, they pointed out.
The White House has acknowledged the nation does not have enough coronavirus test kits as cases of the disease ticked upwards on both US coasts.
Vice-President Mike Pence said the Trump administration would not be able to meet its objective of delivering one million testing kits this week.
Congress meanwhile moved with unusual speed to approve a bumper emergency aid package to combat the outbreak.
Globally, authorities have confirmed more than 92,000 cases of the virus.
The vast majority – more than 80,000 – are in China, where the virus originated. Worldwide, more than 3,000 people have died.
The US death toll from the coronavirus climbed to 12 on Thursday, with all but one of the victims in the north-western US state of Washington.
There are now more than 200 cases of Covid-19 in 20 states.
Where is it spreading?
In Washington, officials in the Seattle area announced 20 new cases of the virus, bringing the total in that state to 70, according to its health department.
Nine of the US dead so far were from the same nursing home in suburban Seattle, which is now being investigated by authorities to see if it followed infection-prevention guidelines.
Some major Seattle-area businesses, including Microsoft and Amazon, have shut down some operations or urged employees to work from home,
San Francisco reported its first cases of the coronavirus on Thursday.
New York saw its caseload double overnight to 22, all of them in or near the city. The city’s mayor called on the federal government to send more test kits urgently.
About 200 people have been quarantined in the US state of Rhode Island because of their links to a school trip to Italy that has resulted in three cases of the coronavirus.
What do I need to know about the coronavirus?
Where are the testing kits?
At a press briefing on Monday, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephan Hahn said close to a million tests would be ready by the end of this week.
But Vice-President Pence – who is co-ordinating the US response to the outbreak – conceded on Thursday that that target would not be met.
“We don’t have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward,” Mr Pence said during a visit to a factory in Minnesota.
He added: ‘We’re focused very much on a cruise ship just off the California coast today.”
It is not clear how many testing kits will be available, but Republican Senator Rick Scott told Bloomberg News the figure will be “way smaller than that”.
President Donald Trump says the US has had so relatively few confirmed cases of the virus because of his administration’s decision to prohibit US entry to foreign nationals who have visited China – epicentre of the outbreak – and Iran during the previous 14 days.
Mr Trump tweeted earlier on Thursday that there were only 129 cases of the virus in the US.
But health experts fear the virus may be spreading undetected in US communities because of a lack of testing kits.
The president is expected to sign an $8.3bn (£6.4bn) funding bill passed 96-1 by the US Senate on Thursday. It is intended to help state and local governments combat the coronavirus.
What’s going on with that cruise ship?
Officials ordered a cruise ship with about 3,500 people on board – including 142 Britons – to lie at anchor off the California coast until passengers and crew can be tested, after a previous voyager died of the virus.
On Thursday, a Coast Guard helicopter lowered test kits on to the 951ft (290m) Grand Princess vessel by rope.
Princess Cruise Lines said fewer than 100 people aboard had been identified for testing. Results are expected by Friday.
“The ship will not come on shore until we appropriately assess the passengers,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said.
A man who sailed on the ship last month died of the coronavirus on Wednesday. The 71-year-old from the Sacramento area had underlying health conditions, said officials.
Two other passengers from that voyage are in hospital with the virus in Northern California, officials said.
How is Wall Street reacting?
Concerns about the economic impact of the outbreak slammed Wall Street shares again on Thursday, sending the three main US stock indexes down more than 3%.
Travel companies were again some of the hardest hit, with shares in Royal Caribbean Cruises sinking more than 16% and Carnival Corp dropping 14%.
Airlines also suffered double-digit declines, after the International Air Transport Association warned the industry could lose as much as $113bn this year.
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