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Sign1News 3.6.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL)


Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. R&B singer R. Kelly had a meltdown while talking
to CBS News’ Gayle King in his Chicago apartment last night. We want to warn you: This story has strong
language that may not be appropriate for children to watch. This is the first interview Kelly has granted
since he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse last month. The indictment accuses Kelly of sexual acts
with three girls older than 13 but younger than 17. During the interview, Kelly ranted, cried,
cursed and adamantly denied the charges. Kelly insists he only had sexual relations
with women who were at least 17 years old and he has no reason to hold anyone against
their will. He said: “I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me. I’m fighting for my f—— life! Y’all killing me with this s—! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth!” The White House is digging in its heels over
new investigations launched by House Democrats into allegations of corruption. When asked about the probes coming his way,
President Trump said he’s a victim of harassment. Trump blasted away at this week’s House Judiciary
Committee request for documents from 81 individuals and organizations connected to the President,
as part of a larger probe into allegations of Trump world corruption. Aides to the President have told CNN they
may assert executive privilege to block any document demands from Democrats. Also two Democratic lawmakers are now asking
Attorney General William Barr to open a criminal investigation into whether Trump’s son-in-law
and top White House advisor Jared Kushner broke the law by omitting foreign contacts
on his security clearance forms. However the White House rejected a demand
from the House Oversight Committee to grant access to documents concerning security clearances. Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen was
grilled on Capitol Hill today by a House committee regarding the situation at the US-Mexico border. Nielsen defended President Trump’s decision
to declare a national emergency due to the situation on the southern border. Nielsen said what’s going on at the border
is a legitimate national emergency. She said at the current pace, Homeland Security
agents may be dealing with close to 1 million immigrants trying to cross the border illegally. She also said some migrant parents are sending
their children across the border alone, many of them are young girls who become victims
of sexual violence and abuse. For that reason, Nielsen said every girl over
10 years old is given a pregnancy test. Today Prince Harry spoke at the “We Day” youth
conference in London. The organization recognizes and inspires young
people who have made a positive impact in their communities. Prince Harry added a little extra inspiration
when he surprised the crowd by bringing out his wife, the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. The crowd went wild! Harry finished his speech by saying “Guys
I’m with you and we are with you. Now get to work!” Southern California residents recently witnessed
a powerful display in the sky. Roughly 2,200 lightning strikes hit areas
from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles. The lightning storms prompted the National
Weather Service to alert residents to take precautions. Experts say the surge is likely due to a phenomenon
called the atmospheric river. That’s where a jet stream pushes a plume of
tropical moisture south, resulting in heavier rainfall. An error with packaging is prompting a nationwide
recall of birth control pills. The FDA announced that Apotex Corporation
is recalling four lots of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. The affected tablets were distributed nationwide
to wholesalers and distributors. According to Apotex, packaging like these
may contain defective blisters, missing tablets or tablets that are arranged incorrectly. That can diminish the effectiveness of the
product and can lead to pregnancy. The company says it has not received any reports
of this happening. But as a precaution, patients who have questions
regarding this recall should contact your pharmacy or healthcare provider. We have some exciting news to report! Sign1News has a new member of the family. Beanz, the deaf blind dog from Arizona we
featured in January, has found a new home. If you saw the story two months ago, you probably
already know who adopted him. Sign1News multimedia journalist Martha Anger
recently lost the dog that had been with her for decades and didn’t think she was ready
to adopt again. But the moment she laid eyes on Beanz, she
fell head over heels in love with him. She also says she felt the spirit of her recently
deceased dog telling her that Beanz was the right dog for her. Well…Beanz is coming home this weekend. You can follow Martha on her personal Facebook page starting tomorrow to see Beanz’s journey home. Martha has made sure everything will be ready
when he gets here. Check out the video she sent us. Apparently Martha’s cat wanted to be involved
in the recording too. My number one hope is for a smooth transition. Secondly an easy transition for Beanz to adjust. But I believe it’s going to be A-OK because
I have two other dogs, my cat and two birds. Beanz has a lot of brothers and sisters to
keep him busy and, of course, there’s the humans too. That’s why I’m really really looking forward
to this.” And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to like us on Facebook and follow
us on Twitter. Sign1News. Your life. Your language.

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