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Texas Shooting Suspect's Private Messages: 'The Noose Is Tightening'

Obtained by ABC News(GARLAND, Texas) -- Private Twitter messages written by one of the suspects in the weeks before the Garland, Texas shooting Sunday reveal a man who had turned against his country.

"Soon you won't be able to live in America as a Muslim. The noose is tightening," Elton Simpson wrote in a March 14 message seen by the FBI and obtained by ABC News.

On April 10 he wrote, "Time is short."

Less than two weeks later he referenced the Muhammad drawing contest -- the site of Sunday's attack -- saying, "When will they ever learn?"

The messages show that Simpson had planned to travel to Syria to join ISIS last month and attempted to recruit others to join him.

"Bring your passport. If you have $4,000, that's enough to travel with," he wrote on April 10.

But his plans were disrupted when the FBI in San Diego and Minneapolis arrested some people he wanted to go with him, he said.

Both Simpson and his purported accomplice in the Garland shooting, Nadir Soofi, were killed shortly after they opened fire outside an event that was displaying cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Though armed with assault weapons and some kind of body armor, the pair was killed by a traffic policeman using a service pistol before they could take any lives, local police said.

The families of both shooting suspects said they were shocked and dismayed by what Simpson and Soofi had done.

"My son made a bad choice," Simpson's father, Dunston, told ABC News Monday. "We are Americans and we believe in America. What my son did reflects very badly on my family."

Overnight, ISIS released a statement calling the men "soldiers of the caliphate" and promised worse attacks were to come, though so far there is no evidence the failed Garland attack was actually directed by the terror group.


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Dramatic Video: Tree Falls on Boys as They Play in Massachusetts Park

Chelsea Police Dept(CHELSEA, Mass.) -- Two children have been hospitalized with "significant injuries" in Boston after a giant tree fell on them as they played in a neighborhood public park.

The pair of boys, ages 2 and 8, were playing Monday evening just before 7 p.m. at Washington Park in Chelsea, Massachusetts, when the tree next to them crashed to the ground, authorities said.

Surveillance video showed people running in to help rescue the two boys and other children who had been playing in the area. Chelsea authorities said the part of the park where the children were was a "children's playing area."

The names of the two boys, both from Chelsea, were not released. Authorities said one boy was being treated for a possible fractured skull. They did not specify which boy. Those in the park reported hearing a large cracking sound right before the tree toppled, authorities said.

Washington Park has been closed and will remain closed until the trees in the park have been checked, authorities said.

"I am wishing both of the injured children a speedy recovery," Chelsea Police Chief Brian Keyes said in a statement.



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Migrants Continue to Pour In to Southern Italy Ports

Ivan Romano/Getty Images(ROME) -- Migrants keep pouring in to ports in southern Italy, with mild weather and calm seas leading to spikes in smugglers' boats from North Africa.

Over 6,000 migrants trying to reach Europe by boat were rescued from the Mediterranean over the weekend.

The European Union is now ramping up its rescue efforts, after budget cuts to an existing program led to nearly 2,000 migrant drownings this year.

Will Turner, who is with Doctors Without Borders, has described the situation as a “war zone.”

“We're facing one of the major humanitarian crisis of our time,” he said. “The Mediterranean is being turned into a mass grave and this simply is not acceptable on Europe's doorstep.”

Over 300 Africans were on board a ship rescued at sea by the foundation Migrant Offshore Aid Station this week, which is trying to prevent loss of life during the dangerous crossing.

Watch video of the dramatic rescue below:



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Hillary Clinton Reveals Plans for Immigration Reform, Including Path to Citizenship

Scott Olson/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- She is the presumed favorite of Latino voters and, Tuesday in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton doubled down on what is seen as a gateway issue for that voting bloc.

She laid out her plan for comprehensive immigration reform at a campaign event—including a pathway to citizenship, willingness to take executive action, and reforming detention programs.

At a campaign event on Tuesday, her third since announcing she's running for president, Clinton made immigration reform a defining issue, and on Cinco de Mayo, no less.

Latino leaders consulting her campaign have told ABC News that Clinton is looking for a way to clearly contrast herself with Republican presidential candidates by embracing the full path to citizenship rather than proposing a second class of Americans who can work in the United States but not enjoy the protection of citizenship.

Clinton made the argument that comprehensive immigration reform “strengthens families, strengthens our economy, and strengthens our country.”

“That's why we can't wait any longer. We can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship," she said.

Clinton also took an aggressive stance against Republicans.

“Now this is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side,” she said. “Make no mistakes. Today not a single Republican candidate - announced or potential - is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship. Not one.”

“When they talk about ‘legal status’ that is code for second-class status,” she added.

She added that her time as Secretary of State showed her the difference of countries that include “second-class status.”

“They never feel they belong or have allegiance…that is a recipe for divisiveness and even disintegration… we are a nation of immigrants,” she said. “Those who say, we can do reform but not a path to citizenship, would be fundamentally undermining what has made American unique… not just in my view the right thing to do for America, if you compare us to other countries.”

And while she said she was unsure if it would be among her first moves if elected president, she did say it would be a priority.

Clinton, speaking at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, where 70 percent of students are Hispanic added that if no action taken, she wouldn’t be adverse to executive authority.

“I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship,” she said. “I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive action that would put dreamers with us today at risk of deportation. If congress refuses to act, as president I would do everything under the law to go even further.”

Last November, President Obama chose a Las Vegas high school to lay out his plans for immigration reform.

Clinton also promised to extend the DREAMer program to undocumented parents of children born in the United States (as President Obama's proposed DAPA program would do) and responded to pushes by immigrant groups to expand protections to parents of DREAMers.

“We have a lot of these blended families,” she said. “I want to do more to make sure that DACA and DAPA and all of the changes that have occurred continue and would like to try to do more on behalf of the parents of dreamers who are not necessarily included.”

She also outlined support for reforms to the detention process currently in place.

“I don’t think we should put children and vulnerable people into the detention facilities bc I think they are at risk—their physical and mental health are at risk,” she said.

She also outlined her support for president Obama’s executive actions and her desire to support his reforms and “then still try and go further”—including family reunification, a desire of many immigrant activists groups.

“Reunification should be one of our goals in comprehensive immigration reform,” she said. “In absence of finally passing comprehensive immigration reform a lot of families have been broken up.”

While Clinton has tweeted her support for President Obama's expanded DACA and DAPA programs, activists have wanted her to take it further. Last fall, Clinton was largely silent on the issue. When asked about the by DREAMers in September about the president's use of executive authority to push immigration reform, she replied, "Elect more Democrats." While Clinton is believed to be ahead in the Hispanic vote -- she won 70 percent of the Hispanic vote in the 2008 primary -- Latino groups will be listening today for a timetable for implementation of these changes. President Obama has been faulted with moving too slowly during his first term when he had a Democratic majority and failed to pass immigration reform.

Latino groups also say they will listen for consistency in Clinton's campaign, concerned that what happens in Vegas Tuesday on immigration doesn't just stay in Vegas but is also promised in Iowa and other primary states.


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The Reason Why Big Whales Make Gulping Food Look So Easy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The reason whales make taking a big gulp look so easy is because the mammals have stretchy nerves in their jaws that allow their tongues and mouths to nearly double in size.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered the unique nerve structure and published their findings in an article in the journal Current Biology.

While most nerves are inelastic, researchers found the ones in Rorquals, a family including blue and fin whales, were stretchy and similar to bungee cords.

The discovery is significant because it is unlike anything that has ever been pinpointed in vertebrates, which are animals with a backbone or spinal column.

"This discovery underscores how little we know about even the basic anatomy of the largest animals alive in the oceans today," Nick Pyenson, a postdoctoral fellow who worked on the study, said in a statement. "Our findings add to the growing list of evolutionary solutions that whales evolved in response to new challenges faced in marine environments over millions of years."


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Why ‘Godfather of Silicon Valley' Investor Feels Bad About Salesforce.com

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Startup angel investor Ron Conway, referred to as the "Godfather of Silicon Valley," says that his biggest mistake was passing up an investment in Salesforce.com, which now may be the target of a possible acquisition.

Conway and his company, SV Angel, make early investments in startups, and their roster includes Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb and Dropbox.

A board member of the Salesforce.com Foundation, Conway told ABC News' chief business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis in an exclusive interview that he can't confirm Bloomberg's report that Microsoft is considering buying the successful San Francisco-based cloud computing company.

He discussed Salesforce.com when asked about "the one that got away."

"Well the one that kills me is the most is because he reminds me the most, is not investing in Salesforce.com," Conway said at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York this week. "If you know [founder] Marc Benioff, you can imagine that he would remind you quite often about that."

The Salesforce.com CEO’s outspoken leadership has been in the headlines in the last two months, including becoming among the first high-profile CEOs to threaten to leave Indiana over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Most recently, he revealed that he reviews employee salaries to make sure women are not underpaid based on their gender.

When asked which company has the brightest road ahead of it, Conway immediately named one of his portfolio companies, four-year-old Pinterest, which he called "one of the most powerful brands on the planet already."

He said "Google is not going away," but Pinterest is providing "a whole new way, a whole new paradigm instead of search."

"Pinterest is offering consumers a way to discover things on the Web, in a serendipitous way, with a beautiful user interface," Conway said. "So it’s offering a whole new paradigm called 'discover' and allowing users to be creative."



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Marlins Release C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

iStockphoto(MIAMI) -- The Miami Marlins released catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on Tuesday, eight days after the team designated him for assignment. The club will be responsible for what’s remaining on Saltalamacchia’s three-year, $21 million contract he signed prior to the 2014 season.

In 123 games with Miami, he batted .209 with 12 home runs and 45 RBIs. This season, he went just 2-for-29 (.069) with one homer. With the nine-year veteran playing poorly, the Marlins turned to J.T. Realmuto as their starting catcher.

Saltalamacchia won a World Series championship in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox.


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Miley Cyrus Explains Why She Started Foundation for Homeless & LGBT Youth

George Pimentel/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus' latest venture isn't a new movie or an album. On Monday, she launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, which aims to bring awareness to youth homelessness and other vulnerable communities, such as the LGBT community. 

"I'm the one that can fix it," Miley said of the problems plaguing homeless and LGBT youth on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "And I think I've been able to identify with it just because I've never thought of myself as I'm a girl and so I can't do this or I can do this or you gotta be a boy to do that. I've never thought about that. I feel completely like I'm not tied to a gender or to an age. I feel, you know, like an infinite cosmic thing and that's what I want people to feel."

Although it started with bringing a homeless teen with her to the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley said she was recently inspired to expand her foundation for LGBT youth when she saw Bruce Jenner's interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, in which he revealed he's transitioning to a woman. Miley added that she "thought it was really cool" that he used his platform to bring awareness of transgender issues to "that many impressionable people." 

Miley is kicking off fundraising for her foundation with a number of music video collaborations called "Backyard Sessions" filmed in her own backyard -- hence, the name. Miley's friends and frequent collaborators -- such as Joan Jett, transgender rocker Laura Jane Grace, folk legend Melanie Safka, and Ariana Grande -- are featured in the videos, which will premiere exclusively on Miley's Facebook page. The social networking site has placed a special "Donate" link on the page so fans can contribute to The Happy Hippie Foundation, where funds will create digital support groups for LGBT youth and their families. 

The first video features Miley and Joan singing "Different," a song from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' 2013 album, Unvarnished.

Miley said if she has any advice for a teen struggling with who they are, she'd give them this advice: "You want to be peaceful with yourself and happy with yourself and love yourself. And sometimes I think, as women especially, I think we're taught that we're not supposed to say 'I love myself'...I love myself and that's what everyone should be able to say."



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