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October 31, 2019

The Keystone Pipeline was shut down on Tuesday after spilling 383,000 gallons of oil in North Dakota, a catastrophe that the environmental organization Greenpeace said was easy to foresee.

"I wish I could say I was shocked, but a major spill from the Keystone Pipeline is exactly what multiple experts predicted would happen," Greenpeace USA Senior Research Specialist Tim Donaghy said in a statement. "In fact, this is the fourth significant spill from the Keystone Pipeline in less than 10 years of operation. History has shown us time and time again that there is no safe way to transport fossil fuels, and pipelines are no exception."

The spill took place in Walsh County, and the pipeline's operator, TC Energy, said it is contained to 2,500 square yards, with no reports of injuries or harm to wildlife, Newsweek reports. In 2017, the pipeline leaked 407,000 gallons in South Dakota. There are plans to expand the pipeline, and environmental groups have long argued that the government did not fully consider how this would hurt communities along the way and the climate. Donaghy said that over the last decade, pipeline spills in the United States have resulted in 20 deaths, 35 injuries, and $2.6 billion in costs. Catherine Garcia

September 12, 2019

During a hearing Wednesday on an endangered medical deferred action immigration program, House lawmakers listened as a 16-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis shared his fear that he will die if he is deported back to Honduras, where doctors are unable to provide treatment for his condition. They also heard from Thomas Homan, the former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who said the "bigger problem" is the lack of enforcement along the southern border, which "affects many, many more lives, many more than this policy change."

Under medical deferred action, seriously ill immigrants can apply to stay in the United States without risk of deportation as they receive medical treatment not available in their home countries. Last month, applicants started receiving letters from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services telling them such requests were no longer being accepted, and they needed to leave the U.S. within 33 days. After a public uproar, the agency backtracked, saying earlier this month that all pending requests will be reopened.

The House Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties called the hearing in order to understand which member of the Trump administration wants to end the program and why, but the USCIS official called to testify, Daniel Renaud, wouldn't answer those questions, saying he couldn't due to a pending lawsuit in federal court.

Republican lawmakers focused on asking Homan questions about the border, not medical deferred action, CommonWealth Magazine reports. The ringleader appeared to be Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), who downplayed the testimony from Sanchez and other immigrants, including Maria Isabel Bueso, who has a rare genetic disease that cannot be treated in her home country of Guatemala. "These people are here to scare people," Grothman said. Catherine Garcia

July 28, 2019

A group of armed miners stormed a remote indigenous village in northern Brazil last week, killing a tribal leader, officials said.

The incident took place in the Yvytotõ village in the state of Amapá, home to the Waiãpi tribe. "This is the first violent invasion in 30 years since the demarcation of the indigenous reserves in Amapá," Sen. Rodolfe Rodrigues told the newspaper Diário do Amapá. Funai, Brazil's indigenous rights agency, said 10 to 15 miners took over the town, stabbing to death 68-year-old Emyra Waiãpi and dumping his body by a river.

The villagers fled to a nearby community, and Rodrigues warned that a "blood bath" could occur if they returned. Federal police and prosecutors said on Sunday they will investigate the incident.

Against the wishes of environmental activists and tribes, Brazil's right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has said he will open the Amazon up to mining and development. He also doesn't think indigenous people need to have protected territories. The Waiãpi live on land that is rich with gold, copper, and iron. Catherine Garcia

July 16, 2019

More than 100 people have been killed in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, with heavy rains causing widespread flooding and triggering landslides.

Millions of people have been displaced from their homes, including 4.3 million in the Indian states of Assam and Bihar. It is the beginning of monsoon season, and the rain started on Thursday, leaving roads and railroad tracks underwater. It's estimated that some parts of Nepal saw nearly 16 inches of rain in the last few days, and in Bangladesh, officials are keeping an eye on the swollen rivers that flow into the country from India.

During the 2017 monsoon season, at least 800 people were killed in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, with countless crops and homes destroyed. Catherine Garcia

July 2, 2019

A 12-year-old migrant girl from Central America has described what it was like during her nearly two-week stay at the notorious Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, telling her lawyers that children were not given enough food to eat and were "treated badly."

In a taped interview obtained by The Associated Press, the girl described in Spanish sleeping on the floor, being served food that tasted "very bad," and hearing screams from other children; AP promised not to reveal where the girl is from or her name, for her family's safety. Her attorneys said she arrived in the United States on May 23, accompanied by her aunt and 6-year-old sister. The sisters were immediately separated from their aunt, who is still in detention. Their mother is in the U.S., having arrived four years ago after she escaped an abusive husband; the girls and their aunt followed this year, after he threatened them.

The girl said the kids were not able to play or bathe, and the youngest ones "cried for their mother or their father. They cried for their aunt. They missed them. They cried and they were locked up." The Border Patrol agents were "mean to us," leaving some of the kids unable to sleep. "It was ugly in there," she added.

The girl and her sister were moved to Minnesota, and her lawyer Taylor Levy said their mother, who applied for asylum, flew from Texas to pick them up on June 3, after a Border Patrol official said they had been hospitalized multiple times with the flu. The reunion was "incredibly difficult," Levy told AP, because the girls were "highly, highly traumatized." Catherine Garcia

May 22, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CBS News on Wednesday that a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died while in the federal agency's custody last September.

Officials from the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Department of Homeland Security said this was the first death of a migrant child in federal custody since 2010. In the wake of her death, five other migrant children have died either while in U.S. custody or shortly after being released.

HHS spokesman Mark Weber said the girl was in a "medically fragile" state when she arrived in March at the Office of Refugee Resettlement in San Antonio. The girl had congenital heart defects, Weber said, and after undergoing surgery, she experienced complications that left her in a comatose state. In May, the girl was transported to a nursing facility in Phoenix, and on Sept. 26, she was moved to Omaha to be closer to family. She died on Sept. 29 from a fever and respiratory distress, Weber said.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told CBS News he has "not seen any indication that the Trump administration disclosed the death of this young girl to the public or even to Congress. And if that's the case, they covered up her death for eight months, even though we were actively asking the question about whether any child had died or been seriously injured. We began asking that question last fall." Catherine Garcia

April 24, 2019

A 70-year-old woman died Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Canyon after falling over the edge of the South Rim.

Park authorities said they were notified at around 1 p.m. that an incident had occurred near the Pipe Creek Vista, The Arizona Republic reports. Using a helicopter, rescuers spotted the woman's body about 200 feet below the rim. Later in the afternoon, more than a dozen rescuers recovered the body. The woman's name has not been released.

Over the last two months, several people have fallen to their deaths at the Grand Canyon. In early April, a man tumbled over the edge of the canyon, and last month, a tourist from Hong Kong lost his balance while taking photos. Catherine Garcia

April 1, 2019

Only two days after Santa Anita Park reopened, another race horse died on the California track, the 23rd since Christmas.

The horse, Arms Runner, fell on a dirt track crossover. Another horse, La Sardane, tripped over him, but was able to get up and had no reported injuries, Santa Anita officials said in a statement. Because of the severity of Arms Runner's injury, he was euthanized.

Santa Anita was shut down March 3, due to the unexplained horse fatalities on its tracks. It reopened on Friday, although officials still do not know why so many horses have died there. "While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe, we are working closely with the California Horse Racing Board to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent today's tragedy," the park said in a statement. Catherine Garcia

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