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Sign1News 8.29.19 – News for the Deaf community powered by CNN in American Sign Language (ASL).

Hello everyone. Welcome to Sign1News live. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Here are your top stories for today. We have an update on the death of Grant Whitaker. Whitaker is the twenty-five year old Deaf
man from Illinois who police say was killed by another Deaf man, twenty-one-year-old Mavrick
Fisher while the two were traveling cross country. Fisher admitted to killing Grant and led investigators
to Whitaker’s remains in a remote area in Lake County, California. After an autopsy, the medical examiner determined
the cause of death has blunt force trauma to the head. Fisher has been booked at the Lake County
jail. Authorities are still investigating the circumstances
surrounding Whitaker’s death. They are asking anyone with information about
this case to contact Detective Richard Kreutzer at 707-262-4233. Hurricane Dorian is expected to be a Category
4 storm when it hits the Florida coast Labor Day weekend. Forecasters say Dorian’s winds could reach
up to 115 mph. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has already
declared a state of emergency and is calling on residents of the coast to be prepared. Officials recommend residents take active
preparations by stocking up on food, water and medicine, knowing the shelters in your
area and knowing evacuation routes. Residents are urged to heed evacuation calls. Dorian brought heavy winds to the Virgin Islands,
knocking down trees and power lines. One hurricane-related death was reported in
Puerto Rico when a man fell from his roof as he was preparing for the storm. Trafficking cheetahs to the rich in the Middle
East could mean an end to the species. Baby cheetahs are being crammed into boxes
smuggled from Somaliland across the Gulf of Aden to the Arabian Peninsula. Baby cheetahs make their risky sea journey
so they can become status pets for the rich in the Middle East. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund,
some 300 cubs are smuggled out of Somaliland every year. Two out of every three are dead by the end
of the journey. Experts say that most die within a year or
two of captivity. At least 1,000 cheetahs are estimated to be
in the hands of people in the Gulf states. Although private ownership and trading of
wildlife is banned in most Gulf states, enforcement is lax. There are 7,500 cheetahs left worldwide, half
the number from just a decade ago. The Cheetah Conservation Fund is racing to
save the species from extinction. They’ve set up a safe house in Somaliland
for rescues. The organization says without a mother, cheetahs
have to be taught how to hunt and survive in the wild. It can take months to get one cheetah back
on its feet. The Trump administration is making it harder
for children of some US servicemembers living abroad to automatically become citizens. That’s according to the policy alert released
Wednesday by US citizenship and immigration services. The rule appears to primarily affect the children
of naturalized citizens serving in the military who have lived in the US for the required
period of time. The Defense Department estimates there are
roughly 100 such cases every year. The rule also effects certain US government
employees living abroad. It does not render anyone ineligible for citizenship,
it just limits the ways in which children abroad can become citizens. The rule has no effect on anyone born in the
US. However President Trump did recently say he
was considering ending birthright citizenship. The TSA says new Star Wars-themed Coke bottles
look too much like explosives. So the popular souvenir item is now banned
from all checked and carry-on luggage. The models are shaped like small orbs that
resemble either a droid or a thermal detonator. They are only sold inside the Star Wars: Galaxy’s
Edge” theme parks at Disney World and Disneyland. At $5.49, they are one of the most affordable
souvenirs at Galaxy’s Edge. TSA announced on Twitter that the bottles
are banned because they fall into the category of replica and inert explosives. And those are your top stories for today. I’m Crystal Cousineau. Thank you for watching Sign1News. Remember to follow us on all of our social
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