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Donald Trump Is Not as Aggressive on Immigration As He Sounds

Among the Republican presidential field, Donald Trump has had some of the harshest words for undocumented immigrants. But when it comes to the actual policies he supports, he’s much less aggressive than he appears.

The New York real estate mogul kicked off his campaign with some sharp words about undocumented immigrants from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

He then doubled down, arguing that as President he would make Mexico build a wall along the border. “You force them because we give them a fortune,” he said in an interview with CNN. “Mexico makes a fortune because of us. A wall is a tiny little peanut compared to that. I would do something very severe unless they contributed or gave us the money to build the wall.”

Those comments drew criticism from parts of the Republican establishment as well as many Hispanics, but they were part of an overall sales pitch that helped push Trump toward the head of the pack. A Fox News poll at the end of June showed Trump in second place behind Jeb Bush, with his support more than doubling since those controversial statements.

But when it came time to discuss the actual policies he’d support, Trump was not nearly as harsh.

On July 23, he told CNN that he would not actually build a wall the entire length of the border with Mexico. “In certain sections, you have to have a wall,” he said.

On MSNBC the next day, Trump endorsed a “merit system” for the millions of undocumented immigrants already in the country—something that sounds a lot like a path to some sort of legal status, if not citizenship.

“I have to tell you, some of these people have been here; they’ve done a good job; in some cases sadly they’ve been living under the shadows,” he said. “We have to do something. … Somebody’s been outstanding, we (ought to) try to work something out.”

That puts Trump to the left of, say, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, whose campaign told TIME in May that he would not support a pathway to legal status or citizenship under any circumstances. And it puts him in line with other Republican candidates, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who have endorsed some kind of legal status but not citizenship.

Trump was never as aggressive on the issue as his campaign launch made it seem. In the past, he’d even gone after Republicans for taking too harsh a tack against immigrants.

In the wake of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s defeat in 2012, Trump blasted him for a “mean-spirited” policy suggestion during the GOP primary that the U.S. should make daily life uncomfortable enough for undocumented immigrants that they would simply leave.

“He had a crazy policy of self-deportation which was maniacal,” Trump told Newsmax at the time. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote.”

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TIME Crime

Philadelphia Mailman Hoarded Over 22,000 Letters

He could face up to six months in prison

22,500 pieces of mail have been retrieved from a Philadelphia postman who began hoarding them over a year ago.

Patrick D’Ambrosio, 48, is accused of stealing mail and hiding it in his car and in his garage between May 2014 and January 2015, according to a Department of Justice press release. He has been charged with one count of obstruction of mail and, if convicted, could face up to six months in prison.

Reuters reports that the stolen mail, which includes letters, periodicals and packages, is being sent to its original recipients, and that D’Ambrosio has been placed on non-duty status by the Postal Service.

TIME Books

Mother of Columbine Shooter To Publish a Memoir

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The book will be published next year

16 years ago, Sue Klebold’s son Dylan walked into Columbine High School, killed thirteen people and then himself. She’s now publishing a memoir about her ordeal and the last decade and a half she has spent trying to come to terms with the tragedy.

In the years after the shooting, Klebold has become an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, so her book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, will share insights from her experience with her son as well as warning signs for other parents. Profits from the book will be donated to charities focused on mental health issues.

The idea of a school shooter’s mother writing a memoir was explored in Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, a tale of a fictional school massacre from the perspective of the killer’s mom.

On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and his friend Eric Harris murdered twelve students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado and wounded 24 others before they killed themselves.

A Mother’s Reckoning will be published on February 16, 2016.

TIME Louisiana

Dangerous Amoeba Found in New Orleans Suburb’s Tap Water

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Media for Medical—UIG/Getty Images Magnified 500x, this photomicrograph of a brain tissue specimen depicts the cytoarchitectural changes associated with a free-living, Naegleria fowleri, amebic infection.

You can drink the water, just don't get it in your nose

A potentially deadly amoeba has been found in tap water in a suburb of New Orleans, health officials announced Wednesday.

Naegleria fowleri was found in the St. Bernard Parish Water System, according to a statement by the Louisiana Office of Public Health; it was previously found in the parish water system in 2013 and has caused three deaths in Louisiana over the past few years.

The amoeba can cause a brain infection that destroys brain tissue. Early symptoms are similar to those of bacterial meningitis. For that reason, although the Office of Public Health says the tap water is still safe to drink, residents of the St. Bernard Parish should avoid getting water in their nose.

Officials said the water system is going to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to eliminate the amoeba.

TIME animals

A Confused Black Bear Broke Into This Alaska Zoo

The zoo delayed its opening so the bear could come down from a tree

A small black bear paid a visit to the Alaska Zoo in South Anchorage Wednesday morning, delaying the zoo’s opening.

According to Patrick Lampi, executive director of the zoo, the bear was spotted early in the morning by the night watchman, when it went up a tree. The zoo contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who arrived on the scene with a plan to get the bear safely out of the zoo.

“They have a policy of not darting bears in trees because of the danger to the animal falling out of the tree even if you have nets,” Lampi explained to TIME. “It is best to let the bear come down when it is ready.”

So Lampi delayed the zoo’s opening so the bear, which he estimates was about 3 years old and “recently pushed away by its mother,” could come down from the tree in its own time.

“We wanted to keep that entire area of the zoo quiet so it would feel comfortable coming down,” he said. “We recalled the Amur tigers into their dens so they would not scare the bear.”

The little bear eventually did come down, and was off the zoo grounds by 2 pm.

“Hopefully it learned a lesson on avoiding people,” Lampi said.

TIME Accident

Diver Missing Off Famous Shipwreck by Nantucket

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Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Italian liner Andrea Doria sinking in Atlantic after collision w. Swedish ship `Stockholm'.

The Coast Guard called off the search Wednesday night

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man who went missing Tuesday after he dove for a shipwreck off the coast of Nantucket, Mass.

The 64-year-old man was diving on the dangerous Andrea Doria wreck, which lies under 240 ft. (73 m) of water and has seen seven deaths since 2005, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The man was last seen Tuesday underwater by a fellow diver, but he did not surface from the dive. The Coast Guard searched for 30 hours over 350 nautical miles before it decided to call off the search Wednesday night.

“The primary goal of every man and woman who serves in the Coast Guard is to rescue those in need and save lives,” said Marcus Gherardi, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “This is why we serve. It is extremely disheartening anytime we are unable to accomplish this goal.”

The Coast Guard ended its statement with a warning to other divers and swimmers: “The ocean is unforgiving.”

TIME space

NASA Discovers New Earth-Like Planet

It's a "bigger, older cousin to Earth"

NASA has discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting around a star, which a NASA researcher called a “bigger, older cousin to Earth.”

Kepler 452b was discovered on NASA’s Kepler mission orbiting in the habitable zone around a sun-like star, or the zone in which liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet, according to a NASA statement.

About 12 planets had previously been discovered in habitable zones that had similarities to earth, but, “Kepler-452b fires the planet hunter’s imagination because it is the most similar to the Earth-sun system found yet,” NASA’s statement says. “A planet at the right temperature within the habitable zone, and only about one-and-a-half times the diameter of Earth, circling a star very much like our own sun.”

Along with Kepler 452b, this mission also found 11 other small habitable zone planets. “This exciting result brings us one step closer to finding an Earth 2.0,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.

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TIME viral

This Hilarious Obituary Celebrates a Woman—And Her Stuff

Anyone need a large ceramic stork?

When Mary Stocks died at age 94, she left a bunch of things to her children that, frankly, they didn’t want.

So instead they used the junk to create a tribute to their mother, in the form of a delightfully funny obituary. “She left behind a hell of a lot of stuff to her daughter and sons who have no idea what to do with it,” the obituary reads. “So if you’re looking for 2 extremely large TV’s from the 90s, a large ceramic stork (we think) umbrella/cane stand, a toaster oven (slightly used) or even a 2001 Oldsmobile with a spoiler (she loved putting the pedal to the metal), with only 71,000 kilometers and 1,000 tools that we aren’t sure what they’re used for. You should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch. Tomorrow would be fine.”

Mary’s son, Sandy Stocks, told Today.com why he decided to write such a unique obituary: “Everything I could think of about my mother was funny. I didn’t want to write a really boring obituary,” he said. “I did it more for my family, so they would have something to remember her that would be fun.”

He said he thinks his mother who, according to the obituary, loved to swear and was a terrible cook, (“If anyone would like a copy of her homemade gravy, we would suggest you don’t”), would laugh if she read it. “I think she would appreciate it.”

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TIME movies

Brace Yourselves, the Last Hunger Games Trailer Is Here

It hits theaters Nov. 20

The new trailer for the final installment of the Hunger Games series is here. Before you watch it, emotionally prepare yourself for lots of explosions, inspirational speeches, evil looks from President Snow, determined glares from Katniss and tender hugs from Peeta.

“My dear Ms. Everdeen, make no mistake,” Snow says in a voiceover, “the game is coming to its end.”

If only that weren’t true. Mockingjay Part 2 hits theaters Nov. 20.

TIME Research

Scientists Developing Pill That Could Let Gluten-Free People Eat Pasta

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A trial is slated to begin within the year

People who suffer from celiac disease may not need to avoid pasta forever: scientists are developing a pill that would allow them to eat gluten.

Scientists at the University of Alberta are working on a pill made from chicken egg yolks that could help people with celiac disease digest gluten, Quartz reports.

Hoon Sunwoon, associate professor in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, who worked on the project, explained to Quartz how the pill works: “This supplement binds with gluten in the stomach and help to neutralize it, therefore providing defence [sic] to the small intestine, limiting the damage gliadin causes.” Gliadin is a component of gluten that causes digestive trouble for people with celiac; gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

But celiacs, don’t rejoice just yet: the drug is still in development. A trial is slated to begin within the year.

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