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Immigration Debate Rages On After San Francisco Pier Shooting

Suspected San Francisco shooter Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. (KGO/Steinle Family)(SAN FRANCISCO) — Law enforcement and federal immigration officials are trading attacks after an illegal immigrant was accused of killing a young woman in a tourist-heavy area of San Francisco.

Francisco Sanchez allegedly gunned down Kate Steinle Wednesday as she walked with her father on Pier 14 in an apparently random killing, according to police.

Sanchez, who has been formally charged with murder, is set to be arraigned Tuesday. He has been deported five times to his native Mexico.

The killing spurred U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to slam the San Francisco Police Department for not honoring a March immigration detainer for Sanchez.

In a statement given to ABC News, ICE said it should have been notified that Sanchez was going to be released.

But San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi said federal authorities failed to present a court order, causing the city to release Sanchez after local drug charges were dropped.

“ICE very well knows that San Francisco changed its law,” Mirkarimi told ABC News. “They know that they should have responded with a court order or federal warrant.”

The San Francisco police union spoke out against the sanctuary policy, writing on its Facebook page Monday: “A young innocent woman has been murdered in cold blood, in front of her father, by a 5 time deported illegal alien drug dealer. He is an illegal alien not an undocumented immigrant and if he was where he belonged (Mexico) this innocent victim would still be alive.”

Sanchez, speaking to ABC News station KGO-TV in an exclusive jailhouse interview, said he kept coming back to San Francisco because he thought the city wouldn’t actively look to deport him.

In the interview, he told KGO-TV he took sleeping pills and then began wandering around the pier. After that, he found a gun and it went off, he told the station.

Sanchez was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.

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Man Tries to X-Ray Cat at Airport Security in Los Angeles

Serghei Velusceac/Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Airport security would have been the optimal spot to let this particular cat of the bag.

Literally.

A passenger traveling through Los Angeles last week had a cat in a bag — not a pet carrier case — and sent the tabby through the X-ray machine at LAX, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

“The passenger put the bag and cat through one of the TSA X-ray machines at passenger security screening,” the TSA said. The cat was discovered by the TSA officer looking at the X-ray machine monitor. The cat was apparently not harmed.”

According to people who claim to have witnessed the event, chaos ensued when the agent discovered the cat in the bag.

Sara Benincasa, a comedian and author from Brooklyn, tweeted.

Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar also got in on the tweeting.

According to the TSA, people trying to X-ray their animals is “not an unusual occurrence.” The official TSA Blog reads: “We do not X-ray pets. However, there have been many occasions where passengers have assumed their pet needed to go through the X-ray. You can imagine the surprise of the X-ray operator when they see Fluffy’s skeleton roll across their monitor.”

Cue the screaming.

The right way to bring your pet through security? Take the pet out of its carrier. Walk it through the metal detector, either in your arms or on a leash.

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Man Tries to X-Ray Cat at Airport Security in Los Angeles

Serghei Velusceac/Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Airport security would have been the optimal spot to let this particular cat of the bag.

Literally.

A passenger traveling through Los Angeles last week had a cat in a bag — not a pet carrier case — and sent the tabby through the X-ray machine at LAX, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

“The passenger put the bag and cat through one of the TSA X-ray machines at passenger security screening,” the TSA said. The cat was discovered by the TSA officer looking at the X-ray machine monitor. The cat was apparently not harmed.”

According to people who claim to have witnessed the event, chaos ensued when the agent discovered the cat in the bag.

Sara Benincasa, a comedian and author from Brooklyn, tweeted.

Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar also got in on the tweeting.

According to the TSA, people trying to X-ray their animals is “not an unusual occurrence.” The official TSA Blog reads: “We do not X-ray pets. However, there have been many occasions where passengers have assumed their pet needed to go through the X-ray. You can imagine the surprise of the X-ray operator when they see Fluffy’s skeleton roll across their monitor.”

Cue the screaming.

The right way to bring your pet through security? Take the pet out of its carrier. Walk it through the metal detector, either in your arms or on a leash.

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Man Tries to X-Ray Cat at Airport Security in Los Angeles

Serghei Velusceac/Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Airport security would have been the optimal spot to let this particular cat of the bag.

Literally.

A passenger traveling through Los Angeles last week had a cat in a bag — not a pet carrier case — and sent the tabby through the X-ray machine at LAX, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

“The passenger put the bag and cat through one of the TSA X-ray machines at passenger security screening,” the TSA said. The cat was discovered by the TSA officer looking at the X-ray machine monitor. The cat was apparently not harmed.”

According to people who claim to have witnessed the event, chaos ensued when the agent discovered the cat in the bag.

Sara Benincasa, a comedian and author from Brooklyn, tweeted.

Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar also got in on the tweeting.

According to the TSA, people trying to X-ray their animals is “not an unusual occurrence.” The official TSA Blog reads: “We do not X-ray pets. However, there have been many occasions where passengers have assumed their pet needed to go through the X-ray. You can imagine the surprise of the X-ray operator when they see Fluffy’s skeleton roll across their monitor.”

Cue the screaming.

The right way to bring your pet through security? Take the pet out of its carrier. Walk it through the metal detector, either in your arms or on a leash.

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Chicago 8-Year-Old Speaks Out for Slain Boy: ‘He Didn’t Even Go to 2nd Grade’

TJ Donald, 8, of Chicago, talks to a reporter about gun violence.(WLS-TV)(CHICAGO) — The violent holiday weekend in Chicago didn’t get past one 8-year-old, who urged people to “put the guns down” in the wake of the city’s deadly shootings.

ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago said 8-year-old TJ Donald asked one of its reporters whether she knew a 7-year-old had been shot.

“He didn’t even go to second-grade,” TJ said of the slain 7-year-old boy he didn’t seem to know personally. “He didn’t grow up to be a grown-up.”

Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend, including the 7-year-old boy who died while celebrating with his family. It was one of many incidents that police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the result of a broken system.

TJ and his younger brother are attending Chicago’s Safe Haven summer program, according to WLS-TV, a free summer program at churches and community centers.

But the precocious 8-year-old is clearly aware of the problems facing his community outside the church and community center walls.

“People need to learn to put the guns down,” TJ told WLS-TV. “Put them down.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday reiterated his demands for gun law reform, calling on legislators and adults to fight for change.

“You have too many guns on the streets, too many people using those guns, and too little values,” Emanuel said.

“You have gangbangers, without any sense of moral remorse or responsibility, shooting into a playground or shooting into a front yard,” he added, “as if it’s a personal shooting gallery.”

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Grizzly Bear Smashes Glass Window at Minnesota Zoo

iStock/Thinkstock(APPLE VALLEY, Minn.) — Bear-proof glass was put to the test Monday at the Minnesota Zoo.

It failed.

One of the five layers of glass at the grizzly bear exhibit at the zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota, broke Monday morning when a bear smashed it with a rock, an official told ABC News Tuesday.

“One of the bears had a rock about the size of a basketball and managed to break one of the windows,” the zoo’s director of animal collections, Tony Fisher, said.

“At no time was there any danger of the bears getting out since there were still four layers of glass, but we’re not going to trust it,” he added.

The exhibit — home to three grizzlies that were orphaned in Alaska — is temporarily closed until the zoo can place a new bear-proof barrier in front of the broken panel.

Fisher said there’s no way to know for sure which bear broke the barrier.

“We thought we had all the rocks out of their exhibit but one of them dug it up somewhere,” Fisher said.

The zoo plans to custom-order a replacement glass piece, which could take up to several weeks, according to Fisher.

The 2.5-inch-thick glass is similar to a car windshield and is designed to absorb impact.

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Woman Shot and Killed While Walking in Hollywood, Motive Unclear

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A gunman shot and killed a woman in Hollywood, and the shooter’s motive remains unclear, authorities said.

The shooting happened after 10 p.m. Sunday near Sunset Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide division identified the victim in a media release as Carrie Jean Melvin, 30. Melvin was with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting, investigators told ABC News station KABC-TV.

The two were apparently walking to get something to eat, when the gunman approached the victim and fired.

Detective John Skaggs told KABC-TV that there is no known shooting motive.

“We’ve interviewed the boyfriend, there’s no indication that they had any idea there were enemies, that she would be targeted, so at this point we just don’t know,” Skaggs said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 213-382-9470 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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One Dead, Five Injured in Washington State Ice Cave Collapse

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — An ice cave partially collapsed Monday in Washington state, killing one person and injuring five others, authorities said.

The collapse happened at about 5 p.m. at the Big Four Ice Caves, located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest east of Seattle.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff, the person who died was located inside the cave when it collapsed.

Shari Ireton, director of communications with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, said warm temperatures in recent months have made the caves unstable.

“They’re essentially a frozen-over avalanche shoot sitting over a waterfall, sitting below a giant rock shoot,” Ireton said. “It’s incredibly dangerous.”

The last time someone died in the caves was 2011.

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Man Charged With Murder in San Francisco Pier Shooting, DA Says

Courtesy of Steinle family(SAN FRANCISCO) — The man accused of a killing a young woman in a tourist-heavy area of San Francisco has been formally charged with murder, officials said.

Francisco Sanchez, allegedly gunned down Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last Wednesday night in an apparently random killing, according to police.

Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times to his native Mexico, was set to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

No further details were immediately available, but Sanchez spoke to ABC News station KGO-TV in an exclusive jailhouse interview.

He said that he kept coming back to San Francisco because he thought the city wouldn’t actively look to deport him.

In the interview, he told KGO-TV that he took sleeping pills and then began wandering around the pier. After that, he found a gun and it went off, he told the station.

Sanchez was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.

The killing spurred Immigration and Customs Enforcement to slam the San Francisco Police Department for not honoring a March immigration detainer for Sanchez.

But the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that it had no “legal basis” to hold Sanchez because he did not have an active warrant. He was released in April.

In a statement given to ABC News on Monday, ICE said it should have been notified that Sanchez was going to be released.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mikarimi told ABC News that ice should have provided a court order or federal warrant and that a 2013 law limits contact the agency can have with ICE.

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Man Charged With Murder in San Francisco Pier Shooting, DA Says

Courtesy of Steinle family(SAN FRANCISCO) — The man accused of a killing a young woman in a tourist-heavy area of San Francisco has been formally charged with murder, officials said.

Francisco Sanchez, allegedly gunned down Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last Wednesday night in an apparently random killing, according to police.

Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times to his native Mexico, was set to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

No further details were immediately available, but Sanchez spoke to ABC News station KGO-TV in an exclusive jailhouse interview.

He said that he kept coming back to San Francisco because he thought the city wouldn’t actively look to deport him.

In the interview, he told KGO-TV that he took sleeping pills and then began wandering around the pier. After that, he found a gun and it went off, he told the station.

Sanchez was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.

The killing spurred Immigration and Customs Enforcement to slam the San Francisco Police Department for not honoring a March immigration detainer for Sanchez.

But the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that it had no “legal basis” to hold Sanchez because he did not have an active warrant. He was released in April.

In a statement given to ABC News on Monday, ICE said it should have been notified that Sanchez was going to be released.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mikarimi told ABC News that ice should have provided a court order or federal warrant and that a 2013 law limits contact the agency can have with ICE.

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