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1 Fugitive Pennsylvania Murderer Danelo Cavalcante Captured

The manhunt for escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante came to an end yesterday morning with the fugitive in custody after a 14-day manhunt. A team of tactical officers closed in on Cavalcante’s location after a plane fitted with a thermal imaging camera picked up his heat signature overnight, which allowed authorities to surround the area he was in and move in with search dogs. Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens told reporters at a press conference after the capture that “Cavalcante didn’t realize he was surrounded” until he was found. Bivens said the escaped killer tried to flee by crawling through the underbrush but was subdued by a search dog that gave him a superficial scalp wound while taking him down, while another clamped down on his thigh. Cavalcante was taken to a state police barracks in Avondale, where he was arraigned on an escape charge before being transported to a state prison outside Philadelphia to continue serving a life sentence for killing his ex-girlfriend. Cavalcante’s escape and capture were headline news in his native Brazil, where he’s accused of “double qualified homicide” in a 2017 killing.

2 Federal Judge Declares DACA Illegal

One of former President Barack Obama’s signature achievements from his administration was declared illegal by a federal judge yesterday. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen agreed with nine states that sued to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, barring the government from approving any new applications. Hanen’s ruling leaves the program in place for existing participants during the appeals process and doesn’t require the government to take any action against those existing recipients. Judge Hanen previously ruled on DACA in 2021, declaring that the program hadn’t been subject to public notice and comment periods, and also ruling that the Obama administration didn’t have the authority to create the program in 2012 because it didn’t involve Congress. The Biden administration tried to fix those problems with a modified version of the program, which is the version Hanen declared illegal yesterday. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there were over half a million people enrolled in DACA at the end of March. The ruling will be appealed, most likely taking the program in front of the Supreme Court for the third time. The Supreme Court deadlocked in a 4-4 vote in 2016 over an expanded DACA program, and in 2020 the high court ruled 5-4 that the Trump administration improperly ended the program, allowing it to stay in place.

3 Mitt Romney Announces He Won't Run For Re-Election Next Year

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said in a statement yesterday that he will not run for reelection next year for a second term in the Senate. Romney said in a video statement “At the end of another term, I’d be in my mid-80s. Frankly, it’s time for a new generation of leaders.” While talking to reporters in his office after the announcement, Romney again repeated that it was time for “a new generation of leaders” beyond President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump to take over the power in Washington. “I don’t have any question in my mind that I would have won if I’d run again,” Romney told reporters, adding, “I just don’t think we need another person in their 80s.” He was more directly critical of Trump and Biden while talking to the "Washington Post" ahead of yesterday's formal announcement, saying that “Biden is unable to lead on important matters and Trump is unwilling to lead on important matters.” Romney said he spoke with Biden yesterday and that the president “was very generous and kind in his comments.” He says that after his time in the Senate ends at the start of 2025, he plans to focus on getting more young people involved in the political process.

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