In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Friday September 8th 2017
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Hurricane Irma made landfall this week in the Caribbean as one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever recorded.
On Wednesday, Irma struck land for the first time, hitting the island of Barbuda with winds of up to 185 miles per hour. It passed over St. Martin and Anguilla as it headed west, leaving a path of destruction. Puerto Rico was largely unscathed but many homes are without power. Florida’s governor has ordered an evacuation and coastal Georgia.
President Trump bypassed members of his party on Wednesday, reaching an agreement with congressional Democrats to increase the debt limit and to finance the government until mid-December. The Senate approved the measure 80 to 17. All of the senators voting no were Republicans.
Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will stop taking new DACA applications.
Undocumented immigrants who might have qualified for DACA and were planning on applying soon won’t be able to do so. In her statement, acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said, “No new initial requests or associated applications filed after today will be acted on.” However, those who have already applied for DACA before Tuesday will see the application process go normally. The Trump administration is giving DACA recipients whose permits are set to expire before March 5, 2018 until October 5 to submit their final renewal application. Those whose current permits expire on March 6 or later won’t be eligible for renewal.
The Louvre is opening a Middle East outpost in Abu Dhabi.
The Louvre Museum’s Abu Dhabi outpost will officially open this November, almost 11 years after French and United Arab Emirates signed a deal to build it. The site will have 700 exhibits, loaned by the main Louvre in Paris and other French museums.
Cancer-detecting pen could one day help surgeons better remove tumors.
Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a “pen” that can help surgeons identify cancer cells within 10 seconds. The tool could one day be used during surgeries to quickly determine what tissue should be cut in order to remove tumors completely.