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August 3, 20176 min
You're listening to the Inside Daily Brief.. download the Newsbeat app to listen to graet news articles form the web Republican Senators have introduced a bill to slash legal immigration levels over the next decade. President Trump endorsed the bill during a presentation at the White House with Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, who sponsored the legislation. Trump argues that years of immigration growth represent a threat to national security and that immigrants take jobs away from U.S. citizens. "This would be the most significant reform to the immigration system in half a century," he said. The bill would reduce the number of green cards granted annually by 50 percent, from more than 1 million at present. If approved, it would scrap the green card lottery program. – WAPO Researchers have used a gene editing technique to modify the DNA of human embryos for the first time. The scientists successfully corrected a birth defect in two thirds of several dozen embryos used for the experiment. The development of the embryos was later cut short. Scientists think the technique could be used to prevent ailments like Huntington's disease and cystic fibrosis. However, any changes to the DNA made voluntarily or inadvertently will be passed down to future generations. David King, who heads Human Genetics Alert, said all governments should ban the creation of "cloned or GM babies, before it is too late." – NPR Hyperloop One tested its high-speed transport system over the weekend by successfully firing a 28-foot long pod through a tube. The bus-like pod reached 192 mph in about 5 seconds. The system uses magnetic levitation to achieve high speeds inside a low-pressure tube. Elon Musk first unveiled his plans for the Hyperloop in August 2013 saying that he wanted to build a prototype for the system in three to four years. – VERGE Baltimore’s public defender’s office says it has two videos that show how local police officers planted evidence last year. The case led to a drug arrest in November that was later dismissed for "suspected police misconduct," said Debbie Katz Levi, head of the city public defender's Special Litigation Section. Two officers involved in the incident are being investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of the Baltimore Police Department. Last month Baltimore City State's Attorney said that 34 cases that involved police officers under investigation for allegedly planting evidence will be dismissed. – CNN President Donald Trump signed into law a bill imposing sanctions on Russia, but he expressed objections. The bill, which was approved by both chambers of Congress in a bipartisan effort, limits the President’s ability to make amendments to the legislation. "By limiting the Executive’s flexibility, this bill makes it harder for the United States to strike good deals for the American people, and will drive China, Russia, and North Korea much closer together," Trump said in a statement. He also said that some of the bill’s provisions are "clearly unconstitutional." The new sanctions seek to punish Russia for allegedly meddling in the presidential election. – WAPO A low-oxygen area in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest dead zone ever recorded, scientists say. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the area is 8,776 square miles (22,720 square kilometers) in size, roughly as big as the state of New Jersey. The water there cannot sustain life because it does not have enough oxygen. The problem is caused by agricultural run-offs containing nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients trigger phytoplankton blooms that suck up oxygen from the water as they decompose. "Nutrient pollution, primarily from agriculture and developed land runoff in the Mississippi River watershed is continuing to affect the nation’s coastal resources and habitats in the Gulf," NOAA said. – AP A fire broke out in Tokyo’s flagship fish market on Thursday. Some 44 fire trucks were deployed to fight the blaze ...

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