U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices. The action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers.
When Ada JoAnn Taylor is tense, she thinks she can feel the fabric of a throw pillow in the pads of her fingers. Taylor has suffered from tactile flashbacks for three decades. She imagines herself in a small apartment in Beatrice, Nebraska. She is gripping the edges of a pillow, more tightly than she means to, and suffocating a sixty-eight-year-old widow. "I feel for her," Taylor told me recently. "She was my grandmother's age." read more
The health trend for drinking 'raw' water has been branded potentially deadly by experts. The demand for untreated, unsterilized spring water has skyrocketed in parts of the US, but authorities say it can contain E. coli bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as cancer-causing compounds. Firms are selling unfiltered water across the United States and the craze is particularly popular in Silicon Valley with some charging $60.99 for a 2.5 gallon jug. The New York Times reports that one company selling it in San Diego has seen its sales double every year since launching three years ago as the 'water consciousness movement' grows. Advocates of the trend are 'looking to get off the water grid' to avoid the added fluoride, which they brand as 'toxic', and because of the lead pipes used in treatments. They say the process removes beneficial minerals and healthy bacteria. One described public provisions as 'drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them'.
A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world. It is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade. The UK's National Cyber Security Center said it was aware of the issue and that patches were being produced. In response, Intel said the issue was not limited to its processors and that it was working on a fix. "Based on analysis to date, many types of computing devices -- with many different vendors' processors and operating systems -- are susceptible to these exploits," it said in a statement. It said it was working to "develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively". "Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits," it said.
The San Francisco 49ers have their quarterback of the future, and he's about to become one of the richest men in professional sports. That was already apparent when San Francisco traded a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo in October. There were clues that the 2014 second-round pick was quickly becoming a franchise quarterback when he threw a sweet touchdown pass on his third snap as a member of the 49ers, and more hints came when he followed that up by leading San Francisco to three consecutive victories over the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans in December. But Sunday's performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars clinched it. read more