AP: Babies And Young Children Are Being Taken To ‘Tender Age’ Shelters

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The U.S. government has been sending babies and young children under 13 who have illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to so-called "tender age" shelters in south Texas after separating them from their families, according to The Associated Press

AP learned that there are three "tender age" shelters — one each in Combes, Raymondville and Brownsville. Another is reportedly planned for Houston

The Trump administration is facing widespread backlash for its practice of separating kids from their families at the border. 

One Health and Human Services official told AP that the "tender age" shelters aren't "government facilities per se." He said the shelters meet Texas licensing standards for child welfare agencies and are staffed by people who work with young children.

Even though doctors and lawyers who had visited the shelters told AP they were clean and safe, one pediatrician said the shelters weren't the issue but "it's taking kids from their parents that's the problem."

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Bidding War For 21st Century Fox Continues — Disney Offers $71.3B

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The bidding war for 21st Century Fox assets continues. Disney has bumped up the stakes and is now bidding $71.3 billion for most of the company. 

Besides more money, Disney is also offering shareholders the option of accepting payment in cash or stock.

If Fox accepts, Disney could get the rights to more Marvel characters, TV shows like "This Is Us" and Fox's regional sports networks.

This could be a huge plus for Disney, since it could expand its Marvel Cinematic Universe and have more content for its upcoming streaming service.

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But there's a catch. Comcast also really wants to merge with 21st Century Fox. The media company sent Fox an "unsolicited" offer of $65 billion for large portions of its business. 

Fox shareholders were supposed to meet July 10 to decide on an offer, but that meeting's been postponed. 

Fox reportedly said it would accept offers from other companies, including a revised offer from Comcast.

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Washington, D.C., Approves Controversial Wage Hike For Tipped Workers

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Tipped workers in Washington, D.C., could soon be getting a pay raise, thanks to a ballot initiative in Thursday's primary.

The initiative, which passed with just over 55 percent of the vote, will raise minimum wage for tipped workers from $3.33 an hour to $15 an hour by 2026, at which point it will be in line with the city's non-tipped minimum wage. 

Washington's non-tipped minimum wage is set to reach $15 by 2020.

Currently, if tipped workers in Washington don't make minimum wage with their tips, business owners have to make up the difference.

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Opponents of the initiative worry the move will impose extra costs on business owners and that some of those costs might carry over to customers and employees.

But supporters say workers, especially women and minorities, won't have to endure mistreatment from customers to make a wage.

The initiative now heads to Capitol Hill for a congressional review. But the D.C. Council — which largely opposed the change — could also step in to repeal the new rule.

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Kim Jong-Un Wraps Up His Third Trip To China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up his two-day visit to China on Wednesday. 

While there, he and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked about what was discussed during the U.S.-North Korea summit earlier this month.

According to North Korean state media, the two leaders came to a "shared understanding" on Kim's commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula as well as other issues discussed at the summit in Singapore.

North Korea has yet to announce exactly how it plans to denuclearize — and at least one world leader wants more clarity on that process.

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The Associated Press reported that South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Wednesday that North Korea needs "to present far more concrete denuclearization plans."

North Korean state media described talks between Kim and Xi in China as "candid and friendly." This was the third time in 100 days that Kim's visited the country.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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Maker Of OxyContin Has Fired The Rest Of Its Sales Team

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Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has fired the rest of its sales team.

The company confirmed that about 350 employees were let go this week and that about half of that group was Purdue's remaining sales force. Purdue had already cut around half of its sales force in February.

The company also announced in February that it would stop promoting opioids to doctors. Multiple outlets report OxyContin is one of Purdue's best-selling drugs. 

Purdue said it would still manufacture OxyContin but that it'll focus more on new medications and unmet needs for cancer and certain central nervous system disorder patients. 

The pharmaceutical company is facing lawsuits from multiple states and local entities. Some of those lawsuits accuse the company of engaging in deceptive marketing practices and helping fuel the national opioid epidemic. 

Purdue has denied those allegations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016. And prescription opioids were involved in 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths. 

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North Korea To Return Remains Of Up To 200 US Service Members

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U.S. officials told multiple outlets that North Korea is expected to soon return as many as 200 sets of remains believed to be U.S. service members who fought in the Korean War.

Four members of the Trump administration told CNN that while those remains are expected to be handed over "in the coming days" it's not yet clear when and where that transfer will happen.

But once the U.S. does have possession of those remains, they'll reportedly be sent to a military lab in Hawaii where a DNA verification process will be conducted. 

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed earlier this month to recover the remains of prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War.

According to data from the Department of Defense, about 7,700 U.S. military personnel are still unaccounted for from the Korean War. And the remains of an estimated 5,300 Americans are still in North Korea.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN

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Canada’s Legislature Just Voted To Legalize Marijuana

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Canada's legislature just voted to legalize recreational marijuana.

The House of Commons voted 52-29 for the Cannabis Act on Tuesday. That's after it rejected 13 different amendments to the bill.

This most likely means people in Canada will be able to purchase marijuana and cannabis oil from retail stores and on online by mid-September. Adults will also be allowed to possess 1 ounce of dried marijuana in public.

The minimum age to purchase is 18, and those caught selling to minors could go to jail for up to 14 years.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will decide exactly when the law will go into effect, but it'll take Canada up to 12 weeks to prepare. He said on Twitter Tuesday: "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana — and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that."

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Trump Gives His Support To Both House GOP Immigration Bills

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President Donald Trump gave House Republicans the green light to move forward with either one of their two immigration bills, saying he's behind them "1,000 percent."

A closed-door meeting with the president seemed to have encouraged multiple lawmakers to support the more moderate bill, which funds Trump's proposed border wall in exchange for offering certain undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

Another hot topic was the administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, which has led to family separations at the southern border. While Trump could do away with this practice himself, he pushed for a legislative solution.

The moderate bill would also replace the visa lottery program with a merit-based system.

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UN Report: More Than 68 Million Were Forcibly Displaced In 2017

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Wars, violence and persecution were the primary reasons for the forced displacement of more than 68 million people worldwide in 2017. That's a record number, according to the latest Global Trends report from the United Nations Refugee Agency, known as UNHCR. 

The report says that's equivalent to one person becoming displaced every two seconds or more than 44,000 people each day. The report also says that 53 percent of the global displaced population are children, which includes many separated from their families.

More than 25 million of those displaced in 2017 were refugees. Most of them, more than two-thirds, came from five countries: Syria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Myanmar and Somalia.  

To help address the growing issue of forced displacement, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says in a few months a new Global Compact on Refugees will be presented to the U.N. General Assembly for adoption.

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