April 6, 2019: What to Know 

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  • Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned her post as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. CBS News reports that Nielsen supported President Trump's hard-line immigration policies, such as separating children from their families at the U.S./Mexico border, but Trump continued to blame her for the increased number of migrants illegally entering the U.S. Trump has named Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, as acting secretary.

  • The National Weather Service Office in Boise says this week will begin where last weekend ended, at least weather-wise. Showers will persist in the Treasure Valley for the next couple of days. Things should dry out by the middle of this week, though a Wind Advisory has already been posted for Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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  • The New York Times has a fascinating story on an underground economy of people scavenging through other people's trash. For instance, recent discoveries in San Francisco alleys included coffee machines, designer jeans and Nike sneakers. One man said his goal is to make $30 to $40 a day.

  • Baylor won the NCAA women's basketball championship last night, defeating Notre Dame, 82-81. Tonight, the NCAA men's basketball crown will be handed to either Texas Tech or Virginia.
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    Officials say a man suspected of being a rhino poacher was killed by an elephant, and his remains were devoured by a pride of lions at a South African park. The BBC reports that searchers found only the man's skull and a pair of pants. Four of the dead man's alleged accomplices were arrested.

  • Fish and Game officials have removed an invasive snake from the Big Cypress National Preserve in the Florida Everglades. But CNN says this wasn't just any snakeā€”it was a 17-foot Burmese python holding 73 developing eggs. Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia and began turning up in the Everglades in the 1980s.
  • The Hungarian State Opera has made a provocative choice for its season-opener: Porgy and Bess, which the estate of composer George Gershwin insists must be performed by an all-black cast. The Guardian reports that opera officials have asked their white singers to sign a paper saying they "identify" as African-American.
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