Hong Kong protests, endangered species, Jeffrey Epstein: Monday’s news

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Endangered species rules raise alarms. Protesters shut down a huge airport. And “foolish dorks” got served. It’s Ashley. Here’s the news you need to know Monday.

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Trump overhauls Endangered Species Act

Endangered species rules that helped save bald eagles, grizzly bears and dozens of other animals and plants are being changed, and more animals are at risk of extinction, environmentalists say. The Trump administration announced a major overhaul Monday to the Endangered Species Act: It will end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened and let federal authorities consider the economic cost of protecting a particular species. The changes will push more animals and plants to extinction because of threats from climate change and human activities, environmentalists say. “For animals like wolverines and monarch butterflies, this could be the beginning of the end,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the Center for Biological Diversity. 

Trump wants migrants to be ‘self-sufficient’

A policy change announced Monday by President Donald Trump would allow federal officials to deny green cards to migrants if they believe the recipients will receive public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid or housing vouchers. “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” Trump said in a statement. The rule, which would take effect Oct. 15, would let customs and immigration officers consider public assistance, health, education and household income in deciding whether to grant legal assistance – a change that could make it easier to reject green card applications. Critics accused the Trump administration of targeting poor people and documented immigrants trying to gain a foothold in the U.S. economy through what the government calls a “public charge” rule.

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‘Serious irregularities’ in Jeffrey Epstein’s death

Attorney General William Barr vowed Monday that the federal investigation into accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein would continue, despite the former financier’s apparent suicide while in federal custody. “Any co-conspirators (related to Epstein’s trafficking operations) should not rest easy,” Barr said. “The victims deserve justice, and we will ensure they get it.” Barr said he was “appalled” by Epstein’s death, noting “serious irregularities” at the Manhattan Correction Center where he died that demand a thorough investigation. The multimillionaire was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges involving girls as young as 14 when he died Saturday after being found “unresponsive” in his cell. The center referred to his death as an apparent suicide, but a ruling on the cause of death is pending.

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Protesters in Hong Kong shut down airport

Hong Kong International Airport shut down all flights after thousands of pro-democracy protesters flooded the airport’s main terminal Monday. The airport said operations were “seriously disrupted as a result of the public assembly at the airport today.” The demonstration is the latest in a series of mass protests sparked by a since-shelved extradition bill, which would have allowed some suspects to be sent for trial in mainland China. Opponents claimed the bill would expand Beijing’s control on the bustling international hub. Here’s everything we know about the unrest in Hong Kong

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Whitney Cummings is over foolish dorks

The joke is on whoever tried to extort comedian and producer Whitney Cummings with her own topless photo. The “Can I Touch It?” comic revealed Monday that someone attempted to profit from a picture she accidentally shared on social media. “In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple,” Cummings explained. “Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.”  In a NSFW follow-up tweet, she added, “If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me.” She then shared the image: “Here it all is, you foolish dorks.”

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