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'A Day Without Immigrants' boycott set for Thursday in cities across America

Immigrants across the country will be missing work, class and shopping on Thursday as they participate in the “A Day Without Immigrants” boycott.

The protest is in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban and crack down on illegal immigration, and is meant to show the impact of immigrant dollars on the U.S. economy.

According to The Associated Press, organizers in Philadelphia said they expect hundreds of workers to take part in the boycott, despite the fact they will likely lose a day’s pay if they do not show up for work.

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"Our goal is to highlight the need for Philadelphia to expand policies that stop criminalizing communities of color," Erika Almiron, executive director of Juntos, a nonprofit group that works with the Latino immigrant community, told the AP. "What would happen if massive raids did happen? What would the city look like?"

"A Day Without Immigrants" boycotts and rallies are planned in cities including Washington, Boston and Austin, Texas.

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7 things to know now: 'Day without Immigrants'; teen hikers murdered; 'Love Actually' reunion

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Boycott set: Immigrants across the country are expected to take part in “A Day Without Immigrants,” Thursday. The event is meant to show the country the impact of immigrant dollars on the U.S. economy. Boycotts of work, shopping and even schools are set for several American cities.

2. Puzder withdraws: Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of labor, withdrew himself Wednesday from consideration for the job. It became clear in recent days that Puzder would not have the backing of enough Republican senators to be confirmed. Earlier this month, Puzder admitted that for years he had employed an undocumented worker. His ex-wife had also accused him of domestic abuse, though she withdrew those statements later.

3. Teens murdered: Two teenage girls were found dead Tuesday after they went missing while on a hike in Indiana. The bodies of Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, and Abigail Jay Williams, 13, were found about three-quarters of a mile from the place they were dropped off to go hiking. Authorities say they are treating the deaths as homicides.

4. Three arrested in Kim’s death: Three people – two women and a man – are under arrest in the death of Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea. Kim Jong Nam was reportedly poisoned in an airport in Kuala Lumpur when a woman came up to him and put a cloth over his face as he waited for a flight.

5. An American boy: The American Girl company unveils a new doll to the line each year, and this year they are going in a different direction. They are adding a doll, but instead of being an American Girl, the new doll is an American boy. Logan Everett will become the first male doll in the franchise. In the American Girl world, Logan is a drummer who performs with country singer Tenney Grant.

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If you have always wondered what happen to the characters in the movie “Love Actually,” you have a treat in store. Richard Curtis, the man who wrote and directed the movie, has put together a short reunion to be aired on “Red Nose Day.” Cast members who returned to star in the 10-minute film include Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson. The Red Nose Day special will air on May 24 in the United States, March 24 in the United Kingdom. Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty.

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Second, third arrests made after death of North Korean leader’s half-brother

A second woman was arrested Thursday in the alleged murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, CNN reported, and a third person was arrested later in the day, according to The Associated Press.

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Malaysian police official Abdul Samah said officers detained a Malaysian man on Wednesday evening. He is believed to be the boyfriend of the second suspect, a woman who was arrested earlier in the day.

Abdul Samah said the man provided information that led to the arrest of the woman who was using Indonesian travel documents. He was arrested on Thursday, the AP reported.

The woman, who was carrying an Indonesian passport, was arrested at about 2 a.m. on Thursday, the Royal Malaysian Police said in a statement.

Kim Jong Nam died Monday morning after allegedly being poisoned at the airport, CNN reported. The first arrest was made Wednesday when a woman carrying a Vietnamese travel document was taken into custody by police at the airport, CNN reported. She was due to appear in court Thursday.

Kim was about to board a flight to Macau when he was attacked. He went to a counter at the Kuala Lumpur airport asking for help, Royal Malaysia Police said.

A Malaysian official told CNN that he was then taken to an airport clinic, which decided to send him to the hospital. He died en route.

Woman arrested in killing of Kim Jung Un's half-brother; other foreigners sought

Malaysian police arrested a 28-year-old woman Wednesday morning on suspicion of participating in the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jung Un's estranged half-brother.

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Police said a Vietnamese travel document identified the woman as Doan Thi Huong. Surveillance footage from cameras at Kuala Lumpur International Airport identified her as a suspect in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, police said.

Kim Jong Nam, who was in his mid-40s, died Monday after seeking medical assistance at a customer service counter at Kuala Lumpur airport. He was sprayed with an unknown chemical in a shopping concourse while awaiting a flight to Macau, an unidentified senior Malaysian government official told The Associated Press.

South Korean lawmakers, citing the country's spy agency, said at a news conference that two women believed to be acting as North Korean agents murdered Kim Jong Nam using poison. Unidentified U.S. government sources told Reuters that they also believed that North Korean assassins carried out the killing.

>> Related: Kim Jong Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia, reports say

Citing unidentified sources, multiple South Korean news outlets reported that the women fled the airport Monday in a taxi.

Police said Doan Thi Huong was alone at the time of her arrest. Authorities continued to search Tuesday for others suspected of participating in the attack, Reuters reported.

"Police are looking for a few others, all foreigners," Deputy Inspector-General Noor Rashid Ibrahim told the news service.

Malaysian authorities said Tuesday that an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of Kim Jong Nam's death. An unidentified Malaysian government official told The Associated Press that North Korea "objected to the procedure because they wanted the body back." Malaysian officials refused, according to the wire service.

South Korea's spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said Wednesday that North Korea had been trying for five years to kill Kim Jong Nam. Intelligence officials said Kim Jong Un had issued a "standing order" for his elder half-brother's killing, Reuters reported.

Lawmakers briefed by the NIS said Kim Jong Nam sent his younger brother a letter in April 2012, begging for his life and the lives of his family members after a failed assassination attempt.

The letter said: "I hope you cancel the order for the punishment of me and my family. We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, and we know that the only way to escape is committing suicide."

Kim Jong Nam was estranged from his younger brother and had been living abroad for years. He reportedly fell out of favor when he was caught trying to enter Japan on a false passport in 2001, saying he wanted to visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Kim Jong Il had at least three sons with two women, as well as a daughter by a third. Kim Jong Nam was the eldest, followed by Kim Jong Chul, who is a few years older than Kim Jong Un.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

What is Donald Trump tweeting about the Russia story?

U.S. intelligence agencies and Democrats in Congress have announced plans to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and any connection the Trump campaign could have had to that involvement.

Two days after President Donald Trump fired Gen. Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, for providing inaccurate information about contacts he had with the Russian ambassador in December, he is striking out at media outlets that have reported that Trump campaign operatives carried-on repeated phone conversations with authorities in Russia.

There has been no connection made between any Trump campaign members and the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, or any other election tampering.

Here is what President Trump tweeted about the story Wednesday morning.

The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred. @MSNBC & @CNN are unwatchable. @foxandfriends is great! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?).Just like Russia — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Thank you to Eli Lake of The Bloomberg View - "The NSA & FBI...should not interfere in our politics...and is" Very serious situation for USA — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was Obama too soft on Russia? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017 The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017

7 things to know now: Trump and Russia; murderer convicted 40 years later; dog show winner

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Russian contact: The New York Times is reporting that current and former U.S. officials, aides and associates of President Donald Trump made calls to senior Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. According to the story from the Times, there has been no evidence uncovered to suggest that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee.  Russian officials made contact with Paul Manafort, who briefly served as Trump's campaign chairman, the story says. Current and former U.S. officials interviewed by the Times declined to identify other Trump associates contacted by the Russians, The Associated press reported. Russian officials have denied the allegations.

2. Driving badly: A study by the AAA Foundation finds that during the past 30 days, more than half of the drivers they surveyed in America have engaged in reckless behavior while behind the wheel.  Eighty-eight percent of young drivers – ages 19 to 24 – have admitted to either speeding or texting. Older drivers admitted to their own bad driving behavior, with 37 percent of drivers older than 75 saying they have blown through a red light. 

3. Murder conviction: Nearly 40 years after the crime, the man who murdered Etan Patz was found guilty Tuesday. Pedro Hernandez was convicted of luring Etan, who was 6 at the time, into a basement where he strangled the boy. Etan had been walking to the school bus when Hernandez grabbed him.

4. Adler files suit: Doug Adler, a former tennis commentator  for ESPN, is suing the network after he was fired for a remark he made about Venus Williams during the Australian Open. Adler says in the suit that he was dropped from the network because he used the word “guerilla” to refer to the aggressive style with which Williams plays tennis. He said his comment was not meant to compare Williams to a gorilla. He apologized for the comment on the air during the tournament. The network fired him soon after.

5. Increasing the Army: The U.S. Army is looking to increase its ranks by 6,000 soldiers come the end of  September, and they plan to spend a lot of money to do it. Legislation approved by Congress last year calls for using $300 million to pay bonuses and for advertising during the next eight months in an effort to recruit the additional soldiers. If they can do it, it will be the largest in-year increase in the 44-year history of the all-volunteer service force.

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A female German shepherd took home the trophy in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday. Rumor won Best in Show at the competition held annually at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nearly 3,000 dogs participated in the event.

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Michael Flynn resigns: A timeline of events; who will replace him?

Michael Flynn resigned late Monday in the wake of reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his contacts with Russia.

After days of denying the reports, then eventually saying that he was not sure if he discussed sanctions against Russia with Russian officials, Flynn finally said that discussions of sanctions "may have come up" during several calls with the Russian ambassador. The calls were made before Donald Trump was sworn in as president.

Controversy has arisen around the conversation,because under the Logan Act, it is illegal for private citizens to conduct U.S. diplomacy.

Here’s a timeline of events of Flynn’s tenure as national security adviser:

Nov. 18, 2016 – Trump announces that Flynn has been offered the post of national security adviser. Flynn accepts the job.

Dec. 28, 2016 – Flynn and Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, exchange Christmas text messages by cellphone.

Dec. 29, 2016 – President Barack Obama announces sanctions against Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. He orders 35 Russian diplomats out of the country.

Dec. 29, 2016 – On the same day, Flynn calls the Russian ambassador. The New York Times reports that Flynn, according to officials who saw a transcript of the wiretapped conversation between Flynn and Kislyak, discussed the sanctions that the Obama administration had imposed on Russia.

Jan. 13, 2017 – The Wall Street Journal reports, for the first time, Flynn's talks with the Russian ambassador.

Jan. 14, 2017 – According to Pence, Flynn tells him that he and Kislyak did not talk about Russian sanctions.

Jan.  15, 2017 – Pence appears on “Fox News Sunday” and says that Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador “were not in any way related to the new U.S. sanctions against Russia or the expulsion of diplomats.”

Jan. 20, 2017 – Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Jan. 22, 2017 – The Wall Street Journal reports that Flynn is under investigation by U.S. counterintelligence for the phone calls to the Russian ambassador.

Late January: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates informs the White House counsel of Flynn's misleading statements.

Feb. 8, 2017 – Flynn, in an interview with the Washington Post, denies discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador

Feb. 9, 2017 -- Flynn's  spokesman tells the Washington Post that Flynn "indicated that while he had no recollection of discussing sanctions, he couldn't be certain that the topic never came up."

Feb. 10, 2017 – Trump, on the way to Mar-a-Lago, tells reporters aboard Air Force One he had not seen the reports about Flynn. "I don't know about that," he says. "I haven't seen it.”

Feb. 11/12, 2017 – Flynn stays the weekend at Mar-a-Lago. 

Feb. 12, 2017 -- Pence says on CBS that he spoke to Flynn about the phone call and the conversation had "nothing whatsoever to do with those sanctions.” 

Feb. 13, 2017 – White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says around 5 p.m. that the administration has “full confidence” in Flynn. Minutes later, Sean Spicer, press spokesman for the White House, issues a statement that reads: “The president is evaluating the situation. He's speaking to the vice president relative to the conversation the vice president had with Gen. Flynn, and also speaking to various other people about what he considers the single most important subject there is: our national security.” The Washington Post reports at 8 p.m. ; that the Justice Department told White House officials that Flynn “mischaracterized his communications."

Feb. 13, 2017 – Flynn resigns his position of national security adviser just before 11 p.m.

“Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador,” Flynn wrote in his resignation letter. “I have sincerely apologized to the president and the vice president, and they have accepted my apology.

“I am tendering my resignation, honored to have served our nation and the American people in such a distinguished way."

Feb. 13, 2017 – Lt. Gen. Joseph K. Kellogg Jr. is named acting national security adviser just after 11 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that there are three possible replacements being considered for Flynn. They are:

Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg

Kellogg was previously appointed National Security Council chief of staff and, along with Flynn, advised Trump on national security and foreign policy issues during the campaign. He had been considered for national security adviser before the post went to Flynn.

Kellogg was chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the interim governing body after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. He previously worked as executive vice president of research and technology for Virginia-based information technology firm CACI International, which works as a contractor for defense, intelligence and homeland security agencies.

Gen. David Petraeus

The most audacious choice would likely be former CIA director Petraeus. Petraeus, a retired four-star general, was bounced from his position atop the intelligence agency in 2012 after he it was revealed that he passed on classified information to his biographer, who had also become his mistress.

But Trump during the campaign spoke sympathetically about Petraeus' plight despite his frequent criticisms of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, for mishandling classified materials. Petraeus was briefly under consideration to become secretary of state before Trump picked Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson.

Vice Admiral Robert Harward

Harward, a Navy SEAL, served as deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command when it was under the command of Gen. James Mattis, who is now secretary of defense. He served on the National Security Council for President George W. Bush and commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center.

Upon his retirement in 2013 after a nearly 40-year career in the Navy, Harward took a post as chief executive officer for defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates. Trump has recently been in very public negotiations with Lockheed over the cost of its F-35 fighter jet program. 

Sources: New York Times; Washington Post; BBC, The Associated Press

Kim Jong Un's half-brother assassinated in Malaysia, reports say

The elder half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was killed in Malaysia this week in an apparent assassination, according to multiple reports.

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Kim Jong Nam was killed on Monday morning, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported, citing an unidentified South Korean government source.

Malaysian authorities confirmed that a 46-year-old North Korean man died en route to a hospital on Monday after seeking medical assistance at a Kuala Lumpur International Airport customer service counter. His travel documents identified him as a man named Kim Chol. Authorities are investigating the cause of his death.

PRESS STATEMENT: INSPECTOR GENERAL ROYAL MALAYSIA POLICEDEATH OF A NORTH KOREAN CITIZENPosted by Polis Diraja Malaysia ( Royal Malaysia Police ) on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Authorities told Reuters the slain man was Kim Jong Nam.

"So far there are no suspects, but we have started investigations and are looking at a few possibilities to get leads," police official Fadzil Ahmat told Reuters.

South Korean cable television network TV Chosun, citing unidentified government sources, reported that a pair of women attacked Kim Jong Nam on Monday with poisoned needles at Kuala Lumpur airport. The women fled from the airport in a taxi and remained at large Tuesday, the TV network reported.

However, an unidentified Malaysian official told The Associated Press that Kim Jong Nam died while waiting for a flight to Macau after he was "sprayed with a liquid in the shopping concourse" on Monday.

Authorities are investigating the events that led to Kim Jong Nam's death.

"We don't know if there was a cloth or needles," Fadzil told Reuters when asked about the circumstances surrounding the attack. "The receptionist said someone grabbed his face, he felt dizzy."

South Korean intelligence agencies were not immediately able to confirm the report, according to The New York Times.

Kim Jong Nam and Kim Jong Un had different mothers and were sons of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. The former leader died in 2011.

Kim Jong Nam was once considered Kim Jong Il's heir before a scandal broke in 2001 that is believed to have "hobbled his chances," The New York Times reported. He was caught that year trying to take his son to Tokyo Disneyland in Japan while using a fake visa, according to the newspaper.

He was deported to China and estranged from his family.

He was believed to be close to his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, according to Reuters. Jang was a leading figure in North Korea before he was executed on Kim Jong Un's orders in 2013 for planning a military coup.

What did President Trump say about Mike Flynn's resignation?

President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter Tuesday that the resignation of Michael Flynn was little more than a distraction, and that the “real story” is the number of leaks coming out of Washington.

The tweet, which came hours after Flynn resigned after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States, did not mention Flynn by name.

>>Michael Flynn resigns: A timeline of events; who will replace him?

“The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington?” he tweeted. “Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?”

The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017

The White House has dealt with numerous leaks in its month-old administration. A White House aide told Politico last week that the administration has launched an investigation into leaks coming out of Washington.

Top Republicans have also called for an investigation into the leaks.

Trump was asked by reporters on Feb. 10, as he made his way to Mar-a-Lago aboard Air Force One, if he had any comment on the stories that Flynn had contacted Russian authorities and talked about the sanctions put into place by President Obama. "I don't know about that," he said. "I haven't seen it.”

According to Sally Yates, then acting attorney general, she informed the White House counsel of Flynn's misleading statements in “late January.” She said she was concerned that Flynn could be subject to blackmail by the Russians because they knew what he had discussed with the Russian ambassador and knew he was not, at least publically, revealing that.

Yates was dismissed from her job not long after when she refused to defend Trump’s immigration travel ban.

7 things to know now: Flynn resigns; another Sandusky arrested; Playboy brings back nudes

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Flynn resigns: National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night amid reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials about contacts he made with Russia prior to the Trump administration taking office in January. According to a report from The Washington Post, Justice Department officials told the White House that there was a discrepancy between what they were saying in public about Flynn’s contact with Russian officials and what had actually occurred. Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg has been named interim national security adviser until President Trump names a replacement.

2. Another Sandusky charged: Jeffrey S. Sandusky, son of Jerry Sandusky, was charged with soliciting naked photos from a 16-year-old girl and requesting a sex act from her 15-year-old sister. Jeffery Sandusky, 41, was charged on 14 counts and jailed on a $200,000 bail. Jerry Sandusky was sentence to decades in jail for sexually assaulting young boys while coaching football at Penn State University. 

3. Travel ban suit: The judge in Seattle who issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s travel ban ruled Monday that the suit brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota could proceed. The suit will go forward while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether they will hear the government’s case for the ban. Also on Monday, a federal judge in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction that bars the administration from implementing the travel ban in Virginia.

4. Klan wizard murder: The wife and step-son of a professed Ku Klux Klan leader found dead over the weekend have been charged with this murder. Malissa Anconna, 44, and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., 24, were both charged in the death of Frank Ancona. According to officials in Missouri, Jinkerson shot Ancona while he slept in his Leadwood, Mo., home. Anacona’s body was dumped near Belgrade, Mo. According to the Associated press, Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. 

5. No longer just reading it for the articles: After a brief respite, Playboy magazine announced Monday that it would again include photos of nude women on its pages. Nude photos were removed from the magazine about a year ago, and that was a “mistake,” according to Cooper Hefner, son of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner. "I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake," Cooper Hefner said in a tweeted statement. "Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn't a problem. Today we're taking back and reclaiming who we are."

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ABC and People magazine will produce a 4-hour documentary on the life of Princess Diana. The miniseries is set to be broadcast in August, marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The program will "remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place," according to Monday's announcement. Diana died in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

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