The Sift -> “I did not hear that word,” Nielsen said

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The Sift -> “I did not hear that word,” Nielsen said

Here’s what we’re Sifting for Tuesday, Jan. 16
Report: Majority of convicted terrorists were foreign-born
A Trump administration report released Tuesday says about 3 in 4 people convicted of terrorism in U.S. courts since 2001 were foreign-born.

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DHS chief: Trump used ‘tough language’ on immigration
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday the president used tough language during last week’s disputed immigration meeting but would not say whether he used profanity.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., asked Nielsen if President Donald Trump used an obscenity or any form of one to describe Haiti or other countries last week. “I did not hear that word,” Nielsen said.  … MORE

Simone Biles joins list of gymnast doctor’s accusers
Gymnast Simone Biles, who won five medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, became the latest athlete to accuse doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse when she took to Twitter on Monday to detail her experience. … MORE
U.S., Turkey at odds over Kurds in Syria
The United States has angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with plans to support a Kurdish-led force in securing the border between Syria and Turkey. … MORE
Pope begins Chile visit seeking forgiveness
Pope Francis began his visit to Chile on Tuesday by begging for forgiveness for the “irreparable damage” done by priests who raped and molested children in a scandal that damaged the Catholic Church’s reputation in the country. … MORE
Thousands in Philippines flee as volcano spews lava
A province in the central Philippines on Tuesday declared a state of calamity as a lava-spewing volcano sent more than 34,000 people fleeing for shelter. … MORE
Rescue crews turn to recovery efforts in California
Crews in Montecito, Calif., used bulldozers and heavy equipment Monday to clear U.S. 101 of mud and debris still several feet deep nearly a week after flooding and mudslides devastated the picturesque coastal community. … MORE
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