Majority Say Economy in Good Shape Under Trump: CNN Poll

A sizable majority of Americans say that that economy under the Trump administration is flourishing, according to a new CNN poll (pdf) conducted by SSRS, an independent research company. At the same time, President Donald Trump’s approval rating shot up.

The polling data, released on March 18, revealed that 71 percent overall think that the country’s economy is in good shape, the highest number since February 2001 and the best rating Trump has received during his presidency—by two points. On the same question, 26 percent said they thought the economy was “very good.”

Another majority, 51 percent, approved of the way Trump has handled the nation’s economy. In the new poll, the president’s approval rating ticked up to 42 percent. The percentage who disapprove of Trump’s job performance was at the lowest number since CNN has polled his presidency. Meanwhile, a daily presidential tracking poll by Rasmussen—the most accurate poll in predicting the 2016 presidential election results—showed that 47 percent of likely U.S. voters approved of Trump’s job performance as of March 19. 

President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 11, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Other sections were more partisan. When asked to compare their current financial situation to three years ago, 65 percent of Republicans reported an improved financial situation while 19 percent of Democrats said the same.

A different poll earlier this month showed Trump’s handling of the economy reached the highest point of approval in his presidency, according to a Gallup poll published on March 5.

Polling data revealed that 56 percent of Americans approve of how the president is handling the economy, marking a new high for Trump by Gallup. The percentage was also the highest number out of all the 14 domestic and foreign issues tested in the latest Gallup poll. Not far behind was Trump’s handling of unemployment, where he gained an approval rating of 54 percent.

Gallup pollsters noted that Trump’s overall rating “appears to be stabilizing at a higher level than it had been in late 2018 and early 2019.” Trump wrote in a March 19 Twitter post that “We now have the best Economy in the World, the envy of all.”

Trump unveiled a new outline for government spending on March 11, titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First.” This will be Trump’s third budget resolution sent to Congress.

“My 2020 budget builds on the tremendous progress we have made and provides a clear roadmap for the Congress to bring federal spending and debt under control,” Trump said in his proposal.

President Donald Trump at a Make America Great Again rally in El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 11, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox News in an interview on March 10 that funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border was a major issue for the president.

“The whole issue of the wall and border security is of paramount importance,” Kudlow said. “We have a crisis down there; I think the president has made that case very effectively. It’s a crisis of economics; it’s a crisis of crime and drugs; it’s a crisis of humanity.”

“He’s going to stay with his wall, and he’s going to stay with the border security theme,” he continued. “I think it’s essential.”

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Indian Traders Burn Chinese Goods in Protest Over Blacklisting Veto, Trade

NEW DELHI— Hundreds of Indian traders burned Chinese goods on March 19 and urged the government to raise import taxes on them to protest against China’s trade and foreign policies.

The traders, who also urged consumers to boycott Chinese imports, are concerned that Chinese products are hurting Indian manufacturers.

But there is also anger in India after China used its veto to block the U.N. Security Council from blacklisting a Pakistan-based terrorist leader.

Masood Azhar is the founder of the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack that killed 40 paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir in February.

China prevented a U.N. Security Council committee last Wednesday from blacklisting Masood. It said it had done so to give more time for the committee to have consultations and study the issue.

China is India’s second biggest trading partner and a trade deficit has widened in favor of Beijing by nearly 75 percent to $63 billion since 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power.

Modi, who is seeking a second term in a general election beginning next month, faces criticism from both opposition parties and groups affiliated with his party for what they see as his failure to take steps to contain the growing influence of Chinese companies on the Indian economy.

The Confederation of All India Traders, which represents millions of traders, said their action against Chinese goods was aimed at teaching it a lesson, after it used its veto to block Masood’s blacklisting.

In the capital, New Delhi, traders burned Chinese goods including laptops, mobile phones, computers, fax machines and toys at the Sadar Bazar, the city’s main market for Chinese goods.

Chinese good were burned in similar protests in several other cities.

Demonstrators also urged people to boycott Chinese goods, and asked the government to increase import tariffs on Chinese imports that they said were hurting small Indian manufacturers and costing millions of jobs.

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Tens of Thousands Converge on California ‘Poppy Apocalypse’

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif.—Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz,” the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies.

About 150,000 people over the weekend of March 16-17, flocked to see this year’s rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the city of about 60,000 residents, about a 90-minute drive from either San Diego or Los Angeles.

Interstate 15 was a parking lot. People fainted in the heat; a dog romping through the fields was bitten by a rattlesnake.

A vibrant field of poppies lures Dorothy into a trap in the “Wizard of Oz” when the wicked witch, acknowledging that no one can resist their beauty, poisons the wildflowers and she slips into a fatal slumber until the good witch reverses the spell.

Lake Elsinore had tried to prepare for the crush of people drawn by the super bloom, a rare occurrence that usually happens about once a decade because it requires a wet winter and warm temperatures that stay above freezing.

It offered a free shuttle service to the top viewing spots, but it wasn’t enough.

People walk among wildflowers in bloom March 18, 2019. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)

Sunday traffic got so bad that Lake Elsinore officials requested law enforcement assistance from neighboring jurisdictions. At one point, the city pulled down the curtain and closed access to poppy-blanketed Walker Canyon.

About 150,000 people over the weekend flocked to see this year’s rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near Lake Elsinore, about a 90-minute drive from either San Diego or Los Angeles. (March 18)
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“It was insane, absolutely insane,” said Mayor Steve Manos, who described it as a “poppy apocalypse.”

By Monday the #poppyshutdown announced by the city on Twitter was over and the road to the canyon was re-opened.

And people were streaming in again.

Young and old visitors to the Lake Elsinore area seemed equally enchanted as they snapped selfies against the natural carpet of iridescent orange.

Some contacted friends and family on video calls so they could share the beauty in real time. Artists propped canvasses on the side of the trail to paint the super bloom, while drones buzzed overhead.

Patty Bishop, 48, of nearby Lake Forest, was on her second visit. The native Californian had never seen such an explosion of color from the state flower. She battled traffic Sunday but that didn’t deter her from going back Monday for another look. She got there at sunrise and stayed for hours.

“There’s been so many in just one area,” she said. “I think that’s probably the main reason why I’m out here personally is because it’s so beautiful.”

Stephen Kim and his girlfriend got to Lake Elsinore even before sunrise Sunday to beat the crowds but there were already hundreds of people.

The two wedding photographers hiked on the designated trails with an engaged couple to do a photo shoot with the flowers in the background, but they were upset to see so many people going off-trail and so much garbage. They picked up as many discarded water bottles as they could carry.

“You see this beautiful pristine photo of nature but then you look to the left and there’s plastic Starbucks cups and water bottles on the trail and selfie sticks and people having road rage because some people were walking slower,” said Kim, 24, of Carlsbad.

Andy Macuga, honorary mayor of the desert town of Borrego Springs, another wildflower hotspot, said he feels for Lake Elsinore.

In 2017, a rain-fed super bloom brought in more than a half-million visitors to the town of 3,500. Restaurants ran out of food. Gas stations ran out of fuel. Traffic backed up on a single road for 20 miles.

The city is again experiencing a super bloom.

The crowds are back. Hotels are full. More than 6,000 people on a recent Saturday stopped at the visitor’s center at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California’s largest park with 1,000 square miles.

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People walk among wildflowers in bloom March 18, 2019. (Gregory Bull/AP Photo)

But it helps that the masses of blooms are appearing in several different areas this time, and some sections are fading, while others are lighting up with flowers, helping to disperse the crowds a bit.

Most importantly, Macuga said, the town’s businesses prepared this time as if a major storm was about to hit. His restaurant, Carlee’s, is averaging more than 550 meals a day, compared to 300 on a normal March day.

“We were completely caught off guard in 2017 because it was the first time that we had had a flower season like this with social media,” he said. “It helps now knowing what’s coming.”

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Trump to Nominate Washington Lawyer Ambassador to Mexico: White House

President Donald Trump will nominate a Washington attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next United States Ambassador to Mexico, the White House Press Office said on Monday, March 18.

The White House on July 23, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

The nomination comes at a time of strained relations between the neighbors amid trade disputes, Trump’s complaints about illegal immigrants crossing the border, and his efforts to build an extended border wall.

Roberta Jacobson, the previous U.S. ambassador, stepped down in May, joining a list of senior U.S. State Department officials who resigned during Trump’s presidency.

Previous U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (right) Roberta Jacobson. Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 1, 2018 (Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Landau, now a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016, and then for Justice Clarence Thomas, both considered court conservatives.

The White House described Landau as a constitutional and appellate attorney who has briefed and argued appeals before the Supreme Court, Federal courts of appeals, and State appellate courts.

He previously headed the appellate litigation practice at the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

In 2017, Landau served a three-year term as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, the White House said.

No formal diplomatic experience was mentioned in the White House statement, which said Landau is fluent in Spanish. Landau could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Crews Work to Control Fire at Texas Petrochemicals Plant

HOUSTON—A large fire at a Houston-area petrochemicals terminal will likely burn for another two days, authorities said on March 18, noting that air quality around the facility was testing within normal guidelines.

The fire erupted Sunday at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, about 15 miles southeast of Houston. Firefighters were working to control the blaze, and the company said the risk of explosion remained “minimal.”

ITC has said all employees have been accounted for and no injuries have been reported. A huge plume of smoke could be seen for miles, including from the Galveston Ferry, about 35 miles southeast of the blaze. Officials estimated the plume rose 3,000 feet to 4,000 feet into the air.

The company said the fire spread to seven storage tanks holding components of gasoline and also used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner. ITC initially said the fire had spread to eight tanks, but company official David Wascome scaled back the number Monday, saying one of the tanks was empty.

Monday afternoon, ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson said fire crews had made progress battling the blaze as three of the tanks were now only intermittently on fire.

A report done by the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, a local environmental consultant hired by ITC, shows the air quality around the facility was below levels that would represent a health concern, Richardson said. Data for the company’s report was collected from multiple locations in Deer Park and in surrounding communities from Sunday through Monday morning.

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A plume of smoke rises from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas, on March 18, 2019. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said Monday the county is performing its own monitoring of air quality and reviewing data from the state.

“The latest information available doesn’t show levels beyond a threshold that would make this dangerous,” she said.

Hidalgo, the highest elected official in the county, said if conditions change, residents would be alerted about any potential health hazards.

A shelter-in-place order was issued Sunday for Deer Park, which has about 34,000 residents.

The order was lifted early Monday after air-quality tests showed no unsafe levels of chemicals, according to the city.

But city and county officials warned that smoke from the fire could cause skin and eye irritation, and respiratory issues. Schools in the area were closed Monday as a precaution. Deer Park and the school district in neighboring La Porte planned to resume classes on Tuesday.

Isaias Lopez’s grandson stayed home after classes in La Porte were canceled. The two walked his dog at a park on Monday and looked at the dark plume of smoke coming from the fire.

Update from the City of Deer Park: The fire at the International Terminals Company (ITC) Deer Park facility continues…

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“I’ve seen the smoke since yesterday,” Lopez said. “It’s been blowing like that. Today it’s been making more wind than yesterday. So it’s not so bad as long as the smoke don’t come around this area. I guess we’ll be OK.”

Fire crews used foam to protect storage tanks that have not caught on fire.

“We are controlling the fire and keeping it off the rest of the tanks,” said Ray Russell with Channel Industries Mutual Aid, an organization that coordinates rescue and emergency capabilities of the local petrochemical industry.

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A plume of smoke rises from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas on March 18, 2019. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)
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A plume of smoke from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company is shown over downtown Houston on March 18, 2019. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)

Russell estimated the fire would burn for another two days. He said firefighters were now in a defensive mode.

Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen said investigators from her office are on the scene of the fire and are still determining a cause of the blaze.

The fire was the second in as many days at a Houston-area petrochemical facility. A fire at an ExxonMobil plant in nearby Baytown that broke out Saturday has been contained.

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Turkey’s President Broadcasts Footage of Terrorist Attacks As Social Media Giants Under Pressure to Remove It

As global pressure is mounting for social media giants to remove footage of the New Zealand Christchurch mosque attacks from their platforms, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used part of the footage as an election campaign prop in his rallies to secure votes for local elections this month.

Erdogan screened partially blurry footage of the shootings with the caption, “A terrorist who is the enemy of Islam and the Turks,” during a number of election campaign events over the weekend, the Financial Times reported.

The 17-minute footage of the fatal mosque shootings was first live-streamed by the accused gunman on Facebook, and the social media tech giant—along with Twitter and Google’s YouTube—is struggling to spot new uploads despite enforcing a ban on the clip, reports The Guardian.

The calls follow Facebook admitting to removing 1.5 million videos around the world in the first 24 hours following the massacre which claimed the lives of 50.

“In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload … ,” Facebook Newsroom wrote on Twitter on March 16.

But Facebook failed to remove one version of the footage monitored by the Guardian for over six hours, while other versions on YouTube were left live for at least three hours.

The governments of New Zealand, Britain, and Australia have urged the tech giants to do more to halt the spreading of offensive material and terrorist content online.

Speaking to the Daily Express, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid said social media platforms must do more to tackle offensive content or face legal ramifications, saying they had a “responsibility not to do the terrorists’ work for them.”

Meanwhile, Australia’s opposition leader Bill Shorten said during a press conference, that online platforms had an “obligation to better monitor and prevent hate speech.”

“We wouldn’t allow television or print media to put some of the filth and rubbish and violence and perversion that gets put out on social media, so we can’t just have one standard for old technology and give a leave pass to new technology,” he added.

International media sites such as the Mirror, MailOnline, and the Sun have also been met with intense scrutiny over their decision publish parts of the footage.

MailOnline published a story which included an 18-second clip of the attack in al-Noor mosque in Christchurch on autoplay, with part of the clip featuring on the site’s homepage. The media site also uploaded an alleged 74-page manifesto from the suspected gunman.

Both the footage and the manifesto were removed after the site received barrage of complaints, while The Mirror also removed its edited footage filmed in the Christchurch mosque, the Guardian reported.

New Zealand’s foreign minister, Winston Peters, hit out at the move saying such politicization of the attacks “imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people abroad, and it’s totally unfair.”

The death toll from the fatal attack on two Christchurch mosques rose to 50 on Sunday, with victims from at least 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, The Times reported.

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Democratic Presidential Hopeful O’Rourke Endorses Third-Trimester Abortion

Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke endorsed third-trimester abortions during a campaign event in Ohio on March 19.

A woman in the audience asked O’Rourke if he would protect unborn babies considering that third-trimester abortions are not a medical emergency or necessity.

“Are you for third-trimester abortions? Are you going to protect the lives of third-trimester babies? Because there is really not a medical necessity for abortions. It’s not a medical emergency procedure because typically third-trimester abortions take up to three days to have. So in that sense, if there was an emergency, the doctors would just do a C-section and you don’t have to kill the baby in that essence. So are you for or against third-trimester abortions?”

O’Rourke replied: “The question is about abortion and reproductive rights. And, my answer to you is, that should be a decision the woman makes. I trust her.”

As the crowd broke out into loud cheers, O’Rourke quickly took another question.

O’Rourke co-sponsored a bill in Congress in 2017, which would have lifted most state restrictions on abortion.

Americans consistently oppose third-trimester abortions, with at least 80 percent saying it should be illegal according to every Gallup poll since 1996.

The national discussion about late-term abortion flared up recently after a Virginia politician promoted a bill allowing for abortions up to the moment a mother is about to give birth. After a video of the politician defending the bill became viral, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam went a step further and endorsed the killing of infants after birth.

Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke addresses a packed St. Patrick’s Day party at the home of County Recorder John Murphy March 16, 2019, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke shakes hands as he arrives at a packed St. Patrick’s Day party at the home of County Recorder John Murphy March 16, 2019, in Dubuque, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

All of the 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act last month, including Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) The bill would require doctors to provide the same level of care to infants who survived an abortion as they would to other infants. All but one Democrat voted against the bill.

Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The Democrat position on abortion is now so extreme that they don’t mind executing babies AFTER birth,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Feb. 25 in response to the vote.

“This will be remembered as one of the most shocking votes in the history of Congress. If there is one thing we should all agree on, it’s protecting the lives of innocent babies,” he said.

O’Rourke entered the 2020 race on March 14. The Texas Democrat gained national attention running and losing a long-shot bid for the Senate against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke receives a medal after finishing the Lucky Run 5k race on March 16, 2019, in North Liberty, Iowa. (Stephen Maturen/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (C) poses for photographs before participating in the Lucky Run 5k race March 16, 2019, in North Liberty, Iowa. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Like most Democratic 2020 candidates, O’Rourke is embracing the socialist “Medicare for All” and Green New Deal policies. Unlike most of the Democrats, O’Rourke has refused to disavow socialism.

Shortly after he announced his run for the White House, O’Rourke’s disturbing teenage writing surfaced in a Reuters report. In one piece, he wrote about killing two children because they were “happy” and the happiness belonged to him. By the end of the story, O’Rourke wrote about killing 38 people. He has since apologized for the writings.

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US Warns Brazil About Huawei and 5G

WASHINGTON—U.S. officials have warned their Brazilian counterparts of their security concerns about Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co during talks in Washington, a senior American official said on March 18.

The United States has said Huawei technology in next-generation 5G networks could be used to spy on the West. China has rejected the accusations.

The 5G issue is one of many security, defense and trade matters on the agenda as President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are slated to meet for the first time on Tuesday.

“They (Brazilian officials) have had a whole host of different meetings here where they’ve heard from our experts on security, intelligence matters, and otherwise in order to understand the consequences of these networks and how frankly dangerous and how they could undermine their security domestically,” the U.S. official told reporters on a conference call, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A Brazilian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Brazil did not want to get in between the United States and China on the Huawei dispute. The official said that at the moment, no barriers were foreseen for Huawei in Brazil.

Bolsonaro, who embraced closer ties with the United States during his campaign for office last year, visited the CIA on Monday.

Brazil is also working during the trip to win U.S. backing for economic reforms to win its support to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The U.S. official told reporters that Brazil’s efforts on economic and regulatory reform were welcome.

“We see those efforts and that positive movement in a favorable light and clearly we want to help Brazil achieve its goals and will do everything we can in order to help them achieve their goal,” the official said.

By Roberta Rampton & Lisandra Paraguassu

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Russian Teenager Killed Charging Smartphone in Bath

A Russian teenager has reportedly died after charging her cellphone in the bath and dropping the cable into the water.

It is the third such case reported in the last few months of a Russian teenager dying this way.

Yulia Vysotskaya, 14, was charging her mobile in the bath at her home in the central western city of Cheboksary, when it slipped out of her hands, reported the Daily Mail.

She is believed to have dropped the charging cable into the water,  lost consciousness from the electrical shock, and then died of drowning, reported local media MKRU Cheboksary, which said that local authorities had confirmed the death.

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In December 2018, a 15-year-old Russian martial arts champion was electrocuted when she dropped her iPhone in the bathtub.

A rising star in the world of Pankration, Irina Rybnikova was found dead in the bathtub in her home in Siberia by her parents.

Rybnikova had died instantly of heart failure when her phone, plugged into a charger, fell into the water on Dec 8.

She had recently won the national youth championship in Pankration, an ancient Greek mixture of boxing and wrestling known for its uncompromising “no rules” style.

Her sister Tatiana, 25, said that the preliminary findings pointed to death by electric shock.

She told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, “In August she became the godmother to my little daughter. My child adored her and called her ‘nanny.’ And now she is not with us anymore. Our hearts are broken.”

In February a 12-year-old schoolgirl was reported to have died when her smartphone, already hooked up to the charger fell into her bath as she listened to music.

In a similar case, a teen in Texas was electrocuted to death in the bath while charging her phone.

At her parent’s request, police released the last photo the girl sent before she died–as a warning that combining water, electricity, and electronic devices can be fatal.

Madison Coe, 14, (R) was electrocuted to death in the bathtub. (GoFundMe)

The parents of Madison Coe, 14, agreed to release the photo to raise awareness, especially among teens as they are the heaviest users of portable electronic devices, KCBD reported.

Investigators with the Lovington Police Department believe Coe took the photo, then sent it in a text message mere moments before she died.

According to KCBD, a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Lovington Police Department stated the teen had plugged her cellphone into an extension cord, which was plugged into a bathroom wall outlet that was not grounded and not a GFCI, which protects people from electrical shock.

But it isn’t just the combination of smartphone and water that has proven deadly.

Phone Deaths on the Rise

With phone ownership rocketing over the last decade, stories of electrocution via smartphone chargers have started to appear in recent years, especially among teenagers.

In December 2018, a Malaysian teenager was found dead by his mother with no sign of injury other than bleeding from his left ear, with the earbud still in his ear.

The coroner determined that the 16-year-old had died of electrocution on Dec. 3, according to local media reports.

He is thought to have been shocked through the earbuds plugged into his phone while it charged.

Le Thi Xoan, 14, was found by her parents lying on her bed unconscious in November last year, The Sun reported. Her parents rushed her to a local hospital but doctors were unable to revive her.

A burnt white iPhone 6 cable was found on her bed by police in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. It is thought that tears in the cord’s casing exposed the live wires inside and that she had rolled onto it in her sleep.

But it’s not just the charging cable that can be deadly.

In October, researchers found that since 2011, there had been 259 documented deaths worldwide from taking selfies. The research, however, was limited. They believe that the 259 recorded case to be just the tip of the iceberg, as people brush with death to get the perfect image, falling off boats and over waterfalls.

In 2015, Russian authorities issued official warnings as a trend for “daredevil” selfies and videos took hold, saying “a cool selfie could cost you your life.” Over 100 people had been injured and 10 killed in death-defying stunts gone wrong, including a woman wounded by a gunshot and two men who killed themselves blowing up grenades.

A trend had also grown in Russia for selfies on top of moving trains.

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From Homeless to Harvard, Student Inspires Others to Achieve Their Dreams

Going from being homeless to a full ride into Harvard may seem like an impossibility, but for one student, his family’s difficult circumstances motivated him to do the best that he could.

Richard Jenkins, 18, from Philadelphia, was often taunted as a kid for being the one who always raised his hand in class to ask the teacher questions. The bully kids later dubbed him “Harvard.” “It was their way of taunting me, like, ‘Oh, you think you’re so smart,” he told CNN. He now has the last laugh though as this young high school graduate has earned a place at Harvard on a full scholarship.

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His childhood years were not without stress, as poverty struck them soon after their family home was foreclosed. Together with his mom and two younger brothers, they became homeless for two years, having moved to Tennessee and then to Florida before going back to Philadelphia.

While living in a shelter with his family in sixth grade, Jenkins was struck with the thought that if he applied himself to his studies, his family could be lifted out of poverty and homelessness. “That was what triggered me that I needed to chase something,” he said. “No matter what, I can’t allow myself to go through that anymore. I can’t allow my brothers or my mother to go through that when they’re older.”

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His determination to succeed was fired up by his family’s dire situation.

Jenkins recalled the time when he told a friend that his family lived in a mansion because he was too embarrassed to say otherwise.

“In the sixth grade, one time I was walking from school with my friend, and he was asking me where I lived,” he told radio station WHYY. “The shelter looked like a big house—it could have been a mansion. So I told him, ‘Yeah, that’s my house right there,’ because I was so embarrassed to say I lived in a shelter.”

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Two years later, his health began to decline when he began to suffer from severe debilitating migraines. “There was a lot of pressure to get into high school and succeed. And then my dad had a heart attack. In the summer of the eighth grade it got really bad. I got hospitalized; they put me on every medicine they had. But I was eventually able to fight through it and get my work done, because at the end of the day, that was what was the most important to me,” he said.

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His hard work came to fruition when he was accepted on a full scholarship with board to Girard College, a high school for students from single-parent families. With all straight As, he was named his class valedictorian.

Valedictorian Richard Jenkins will be attending Harvard University this fall on a full-ride scholarship. Viral for his…

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After applying to several colleges, he was rejected by Yale and waitlisted at the University of Pennsylvania. Harvard was on his list too: “I checked Yale and I got denied. In the back of my head I’m already thinking, ‘Okay, Harvard’s going to deny me too,’” he said.

Feeling slightly defeated, Jenkins then opened the Harvard tab on his web browser and could not believe his eyes—a link to a video that read: “Welcome to the class of 2022.”

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“I was talking to my girlfriend; I threw my phone!” he added.

Jenkins plans to major in computer science: “I want to create a more intuitive Siri.”

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He has some words of wisdom for other aspiring students: “Stay focused and on the right track. The right track can be different for a lot of people but basically what you want to work toward, you need to be focused on that.”

From Homeless To Harvard On A Full Ride

From HOMELESS To Harvard University On A FULL Ride…It is a dream come true for Girard College High School Senior Richard Jenkins III. The 18-year from Philadelphia says his family struggled a lot financially when he was younger. They lived in a shelter in the Germantown section for a time. He remembers lying to a friend about being homeless, because he felt ashamed. In 6th grade, he says, that all changed. He decided he wanted more. He was tired of being poor, and made a conscious decision to focus on academics. He was smart, and he felt that was his chance at a better life. Richard studied hard. He loved to read. It was his escape from his harsh reality. Kids actually bullied Richard for doing well in class. They resented that he always had his hand up,and was eager to soak up as much knowledge as he could. The bullies even called him “Harvard” as a dig, because he was such a book worm. Well, the joke is on them now, because that is where Richard is going to college in the fall! Yes, Richard will be attending the prestigious Ivy League School on a full ride! Take that, bullies!!Richard says his essay to Harvard was entitled Dragon Slayer. He wrote about the obstacles he’d overcome. His says at first he didn’t think Harvard was an option, but he got a promotional email as a junior from the University, and thought why not. He learned kids whose families who make under 65,000 a year can go for free, if they can get in. As he said to me, “Game On!”Richard learned that he got into Harvard while on a Girard College High School trip to Paris. He was elated as you can imagine, and called everyone in his family to tell them the unbelievable news, HE WAS GOING TO HARVARD UNIVERSITY!! Richard says his mom knew he would go there. He loves his mom a lot, and credits her with instilling the drive he needs to go places. He says when he was younger, books and the written word took him to places he never dreamed of. Now he going places, For Real!! Richard graduates June 7th from Girard College High School in North Philadelphia. It’s a full scholarship boarding school that has helped prepare him for his journey. He is the class valedictorian, no surprise, right?!. To say he is impressive, is an understatement. Here is the story that aired on FOX 29 News. Congrats young man, and keep up the good work. Richard’s Uncle has set up a Go Fund Me Page, to help with college expenses not covered by his financial aid. Here’s the link if you’d like to contribute:https://www.gofundme.com/he039s-headed-to-harvard.Special Thanks To Fox 29’s Shane McEachern For An Extraordinary Job Shooting and Editting This Story.

Dawn Timmeney FOX 29 发布于 2018年5月23日周三

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