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Limits on travel to US issued after Supreme Court ruling

Limits on travel to US issued after Supreme Court ruling

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a 'close' family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims. Visas that have already been approved will not be revoked, but instructions issued by the State Department Wednesday said that new applicants from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen must prove a relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States to be eligible. The same requirement, with some exceptions, holds for would-be refugees from all nations that are still awaiting approval for admission to the U.S. Grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, fiancees or other extended family members are not considered to be close relations, according to the guidelines that were issued in a cable sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates late on Wednesday. The new rules take effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday (0000GMT on Friday), according to the cable, which was obtained by The Associated Press. As far as business or professional links are concerned, the State Department said a legitimate relationship must be 'formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading' the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules, the cable said. A hotel reservation or car rental contract, even if it was pre-paid, would also not count, it said. Consular officers may grant other exemptions to applicants from the six nations if they have 'previously established significant contacts with the United States;' ''significant business or professional obligations' in the U.S.; if they are an infant, adopted child or in need of urgent medical care; if they are traveling for business with a recognized international organization or the U.S. government or if they are a legal resident of Canada who applies for a visa in Canada, according to the cable. Meanwhile, the Middle East's biggest airline says its flights to the United States are operating as normal. Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it 'remains guided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on this matter.' The carrier reminded passengers that they 'must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid U.S. entry visa, in order to travel.' On Monday, the Supreme Court partially lifted lower court injunctions against Trump's executive order that had temporarily banned visas for citizens of the six countries. The justices' ruling exempted applicants from the ban if they could prove a 'bona fide relationship' with a U.S. person or entity, but the court offered only broad guidelines — suggesting they would include a relative, job offer or invitation to lecture in the U.S. — as to how that should be defined. Senior officials from the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security had labored since the decision to clarify the ruling and Wednesday's instructions were the result. The new guidance will remain in place until the Supreme Court issues a final ruling on the matter. Arguments before the justices will not be held until at least October, so the interim rules will remain in place at least until the fall. Shortly after taking office, Trump ordered the refugee ban and a travel ban affecting the six countries, plus Iraq. He said it was needed to protect the U.S. from terrorists, but opponents said it was unfairly harsh and was intended to meet his campaign promise to keep Muslims out of the United States. After a federal judge struck down the bans, Trump signed a revised order intended to overcome legal hurdles. That was also struck down by lower courts, but the Supreme Court's action Monday partially reinstated it. The initial travel ban led to chaos at airports around the world, but because the guidelines exempt previously issued visas, similar problems are not expected. After a judge blocked the original ban, Trump issued a scaled-down order and the court's action Monday further reduced the number of people who would be covered by it. Also, while the initial order took effect immediately, adding to the confusion, this one was delayed 72 hours after the court's ruling. Under the new rules, would-be immigrants from the six countries who won a coveted visa in the government's diversity lottery — a program that randomly awards 50,000 green cards annually to people from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States — will also have to prove they have a 'bona fide relationship' with in the U.S. or are eligible for another waiver or face being banned for at least 90 days. That hurdle may be a difficult one for those immigrants to overcome, as many visa lottery winners don't have relatives in the U.S. or jobs in advance of arriving in the country. Generally, winners in the diversity lottery only need prove they were born in an eligible county and have completed high school or have at least two years of work experience in an occupation that requires at least two other years of training or experience. ___ Alicia A. Caldwell contributed to this report.

Jacksonville Beach police arrest suspect for attempting to rob two businesses only minutes apart

Jacksonville Beach police arrest suspect for attempting to rob two businesses only minutes apart

He's accused of robbing two businesses only a few minutes apart.   The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has arrested Andrew Harrison, 32, after witnesses from both scenes positively identified him as the suspect. Police say Harrison first entered the Pet Supermarket at 609 Beach Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, where he gave the clerk a note demanding money and stating that he had a gun.   He then allegedly took the money and ran across the street to Sunrise Surf Shop, located at 834 Beach Boulevard.   But when he presented a clerk there with the same note demanding money, several male employees chased him off.   Police arrested Harrison a short time later behind European Street Cafe, after a foot pursuit.   No injuries were reported in either robbery.

GOP Senators echo Trump in focus on Obama over Russian election interference

GOP Senators echo Trump in focus on Obama over Russian election interference

Trying to turn the focus more to the actions of the Obama Administration in 2016, several Republican Senators joined President Donald Trump in criticizing President Obama’s reaction to Russian meddling in last year’s elections, saying at a hearing that the former President didn’t do enough to raise alarms about Moscow’s efforts. “He stood idly by – as we heard today – in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “The Obama Administration did not take the significant actions that were needed,” added Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID). “You know, he was aware that this was going on.” The comments from GOP Senators came after a series of tweets in recent days by the President, where Mr. Trump publicly acknowledged that there had been meddling by the Russians, as he pointed the finger of blame squarely at the former President for allowing it. The reason that President Obama did NOTHING about Russia after being notified by the CIA of meddling is that he expected Clinton would win.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2017 The hearing represented the most direct criticism that President Obama has received in Congress on the matter. “I would call it behind the scenes, ineffective and tardy,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). “It wasn’t really until after the elections that sanctions were imposed,” Collins added. But at the same hearing, President Trump’s dealings with Moscow did not escape notice, as a key witness bemoaned the current administration’s lack of focus on Russian meddling. “The Obama Administration should have taken greater action, but the more pertinent question today is what our current President is not doing,” said Nicholas Burns, a former State Department official who served in key posts for Presidents of both parties. Burns said it was dismaying that “President Trump continues to deny the undeniable fact that Russia launched a major cyber attack against the United States.” Burns, who was a Russian expert for the first President Bush, and a NATO official for the second Bush Administration, did not spare the Obama Administration either. “We should have had a more immediate response that was painful to the Russians,” Burns said. “I think that President Obama – with hindsight – should have acted more resolutely,” Burns added. In an extended exchange, Sen. Risch tried to get Burns to lay the blame for election interference squarely on President Obama. “Who was President of the United States when that occurred?” Risch asked. “That was President Obama – as you know,” Burns said with a note of disdain in his voice, as he circled back at times to raise questions about why President Trump has said so little about Russian interference. “President Trump has refused to launch an investigation of his own,” Burns said. “He’s not made this an issue in our relations with the Russians.”

The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify the man because he is believed to be a suspect in a fraud case, where stolen credit cards were used to purchase items.   The credit cards were linked to multiple smash and grabs that happened at Epic Theatre in St. Augustine.   Women’s purses or wallets were reported stolen out of four of the cars. The burglaries occurred between 7:30 -9:30 pm.   If anyone can identify the suspect or have any information in reference to the vehicle burglaries contact Cpl. J. Kroul at 904-209-1457 or jkroul@sjso.org  You can also remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling CrimeStoppers of N.E. Florida at 1-(888) 277-TIPS (8477).
It must have been an out the ordinary scene in Flagler County.  The Sheriff’s Office is trying to identify a man who was tying women’s pantyhose to cars in the Home Depot parking lot while sporting a pair himself.  “We need to identify him before this escalates to a more serious crime,” says Sheriff’s Rick Staly.  A woman posted on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook that the man tied a pantyhose to her car on Monday.  If you have any information, please call FCSO at 386-313-4911 or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous. 1-888-277-TIPS
A man is dead following an overnight crash in Downtown Jacksonville.  When Jacksonville Police responded to the call, they found a 4-door sedan and a Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus disabled in the intersection of West Adams and North Jefferson Street.  According to police, the driver of the sedan was found unresponsive and was transported to U.F. Health where he later died. The driver of the JTA bus was also taken to the same hospital, but with non-life threatening injuries.  There were no passengers on the bus, we are told the driver was on the way to the terminal at the end of its shift.  Right now, police are trying to piece together the exact cause of the crash. They say at this point in their investigation they determined the bus was traveling west on West Adams Street and the sedan was southbound on North Jefferson Street. They entered the intersection at the same and collided. 
Jacksonville Police are investigating an overnight shooting at the Windy Pine Apartments on 103rd Street.  Upon arrival, police say they found 29-year-old Henry Martinez in front of his apartment unit in the doorway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead.  Detectives are on scene interviewing witnesses, who also include the victim’s girlfriend who was in the home at the time.  At this point in the investigation, there were no signs that this was a home invasion and a gun has not been recovered.  JSO has not identified a suspect.
Northeast Florida's favorite son Tim Tebow had a big day at the plate on Wednesday.Tebow got his first home run during his second game with the St. Lucie Mets, the second game of a doubleheader. BREAKING: Tim Tebow has hit his first Class A Advanced home run in his second game with @stluciemets. Box: https://t.co/c6GoN3KMXl #Mets pic.twitter.com/X5xjoTPSqx— MiLB.com (@MiLB) June 28, 2017 Tim Tebow homered in his first day with the St. Lucie Mets because of course he did https://t.co/canqDDj0Vc (📹: @jkot09) pic.twitter.com/ruoHfBUxdN— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 28, 2017 Tebow with a 2-run HOMER in the second to give the Mets the lead! #STLMets pic.twitter.com/ie7S8Ycihy— St. Lucie Mets (@stluciemets) June 28, 2017 This comes just days after Tebow was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets from the Mets' South Atlantic League affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.He got off to a good start in his debut with the Fireflies as well, hitting a home run in his first at-bat in April.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
The 2017 hurricane season is here, and we’ve got all the information you need to know. Click the see the WOKV Hurricane Guide, brought to you by Clay Electric Cooperative Inc.
GOP Senators echo Trump in focus on Obama over Russian election interference

Trying to turn the focus more to the actions of the Obama Administration in 2016, several Republican Senators joined President Donald Trump in criticizing President Obama’s reaction to Russian meddling in last year’s elections, saying at a hearing that the former President didn’t do enough to raise alarms about Moscow’s efforts.

“He stood idly by – as we heard today – in the 2016 election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“The Obama Administration did not take the significant actions that were needed,” added Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID). “You know, he was aware that [More]

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