Two Iraqi men who allegedly lied their way past U.S. immigration officials and continued their terrorist-related activities after being admitted as refugees are the latest evidence that a flawed screening process is putting Americans at risk, critics say.

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, moved to the U.S. in 2012, only to return to the Middle East twice to fight for Al Nursra, was allegedly recorded by the FBI boasting about executing members of the Syrian Army and their Russian allies. Wiretaps, made while he moved from Arizona to Wisconsin and then California, captured him stating he wanted to return to Syria because he was “eager to see blood.

But when Al-Jayab sat for his interview with U.S. Customs and Immigration Services officials, he lied about his past and his true intentions, say law enforcement officials. Al-Jayab is being held in Chicago for attempting to support a terrorist group, and also faces charges in California for lying to investigators about living in Syria.

Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, a Palestinian born in Iraq, lived in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan before moving to Houston in 2009. The nephew of a legendary Al Qaeda bomb maker, he last week pleaded guilty to plotting and training to bomb and shoot up two Houston malls, including the prestigious Galleria. During a hearing on Monday, the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to assist the Islamic State group beginning two years ago.

Al Hardan, who now faces up to 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Jan. 17, also lied to U.S. Customs and Immigration services when he successfully sought asylum in 2009 and permanent residency in 2011.

These latest cases of refugees who turned out to be terrorists confirm that it is simply impossible for our screening system to detect all those who are a threat, said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, DC-based research institute. These two men should never have been admitted.

They were interested and involved in terrorism before they came here, and our so-called great vetting system, that obviously isnt as great as the Obama administration claims, did not pick up on it, she added.

Over the last seven years, more than 100,000 Iraqi refugees have been granted refugee status in the U.S., and President Obama has granted nearly 13,000 Syrians the same.

Aaron Rodriguez, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, told that the security vetting for refugees is extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive.

It is the most robust screening process for any category of individuals seeking admission into the United States, Rodriguez said. The process is multi-layered and intensive, involving multiple law enforcement, national security, and intelligence agencies across the federal government.

Screening partners include the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and other intelligence community and law enforcement members.

Refugee applicants are subject to rigorous biographic and biometric screening that has been substantially enhanced over time, and those applicants who raise security concerns, are subject to further checks, including classified databases and open-source information, such as social media.

However, Claude Arnold, a retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations, said historically hundreds of war criminals have entered the U.S. as refugees pretending they were victims when they were actually perpetrators. The stakes are much higher with terrorists trying to use our refugee program to do us harm, Arnold said.

Our intelligence from Iraq is much greater than in Syria because we had a military presence there for so long, Arnold said. We had biometrics, fingerprints, and documentary evidence to identify bad actors. But cases like these show this vetting process is not foolproof.

Al Hardan and Al-Jayab are just two examples among a number of terrorists who have come into the country under the refugee program, Vaughan said, noting a recent Senate report, highlighted on, said there are dozens of refugees convicted of terror-related crimes.

They include Mohanad Shareef Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, two Iraqi refugees in Bowling Green, Ky., whose prints were found on unexploded IEDs in Iraq, and who had a history of using IEDs to attack U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

Alwan was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to a host of terror-related charges, and Hammadi is serving a life sentence on similar charges.

Fazliddin Kurbanov, a Uzbekistan refugee who entered the US in 2009, was convicted in Idaho in federal court on three terrorism-related charges after prosecutors said he plotted deadly attacks in the US. He faces additional charges in Utah related to him allegedly instructing other recruits on building bombs to target public transportation systems.

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The government’s long-awaited decision on airport expansion is set to be announced, with Heathrow the favourite.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will make a statement to Parliament around lunchtime.

But the decision faces a long consultation before it becomes final.

A study last year, led by Sir Howard Davies, recommended a third runway at Heathrow but other options include a new runway at Gatwick or extending one of Heathrow’s existing runways.

Writing in the Telegraph on Monday Sir Howard said the case for expanding Heathrow had “strengthened in recent months” and that the case was now “overwhelming”.

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The issue of where to expand airport capacity in the UK has vexed politicians for years and there are strong divisions within the government.

Prime Minister Theresa May told the Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions last week the subject had been “debated, discussed and speculated on for 40 years”.

Heathrow is already operating at 98% capacity and Gatwick is expected to run out of space in the next few years.

Airlines and business groups favour expansion of Heathrow – Britain’s busiest airport – which offers more direct connections than Gatwick and handles more freight.

But local residents and politicians are concerned about noise, traffic and pollution.

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A Heathrow expansion is also strongly opposed by Education Secretary Justine Greening and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has pledged to “lie down” in front of bulldozers to stop the building.

However, neither he nor Ms Greening are members of the airports sub-committee charged with making the final decision.

As many as 60 Tory backbenchers could also vote against expansion at Heathrow, and Zac Goldsmith, Tory MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, has vowed to resign if it goes ahead.

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Mrs May has given ministers “exceptional and limited” freedom to criticise the government’s final decision – although they will not be allowed to campaign against it – a move being seen as evidence a third runway at Heathrow will be backed.

The decision will also be subject to around a year of consultation before Parliament votes and, if approved, will only then enter the planning process.

Construction is not likely to begin until 2020 or 2021, the Airports Commission has said.

Heathrow’s new runway plan

A final decision on which London airport to expand has been years in the making.

In 2009, former prime minister David Cameron pledged that there would be no new runway at Heathrow.

In July 2015, the Airports Commission chaired by Sir Howard Davies backed a new third runway at Heathrow, but did not rule out the option of expanding Gatwick.

Mr Cameron had promised a decision by the end of last year on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow.

Last week Mrs May told ministers at a cabinet meeting that a decision on increasing airport capacity in the south east of England had been “delayed for too long”.

Her spokeswoman said the prime minister believed it was important to now take a decision “in the national interest”.

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Image caption Bill Etheridge called Paul Nuttall ‘an honourable man’

One of the eight candidates to become UKIP’s leader has pulled out of the contest, stating that one of his rivals is “the only person who can effectively unite our party”.

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge added that the other contenders should follow his example and stand down in favour of current deputy leader Paul Nuttall.

He urged UKIP to stick to its “patriotic, libertarian” principles.

Mr Nuttall announced on Sunday that he would run for leader.

Whoever wins the race will replace Nigel Farage, who is filling the role on a temporary basis. This follows the resignation of Diane James, who won the previous UKIP leadership election over the summer, who quit after just 18 days in the job.

In his withdrawal statement, Mr Etheridge said: “I always said that if a candidate better suited to take this party forward emerged I would back down and support them. That candidate has emerged.

“Paul Nuttall is not only a personal friend and an honourable man but I believe he is the only person who can effectively unite our party after the recent well publicised problems we have suffered.

Image caption Paul Nuttall has said he is the candidate to “bring the factions together”

“I will be supporting Paul and giving him my 100% backing. I call on all other potential candidates to follow my example and withdraw from the race to allow Paul to go forward from here and unite our party.”

Mr Etheridge also said: “I believe that UKIP must remain a patriotic, libertarian party standing for the individual against the over-powerful state, and not be tempted into cultural nationalism and the so-called centre ground on economic policy.”

Mr Nuttall, an MEP for North-West England, described himself as the candidate to “bring the factions together” following months of infighting within UKIP.

Another candidate, Suzanne Evans, a former Conservative councillor who helped write UKIP’s general election manifesto, announced on Sunday that she would run, promising to make the party less “toxic” and aim to occupy the “common sense centre” ground.

Former Welsh parliamentary candidate John Rees-Evans said on Monday that he would enter the contest, meaning there were eight candidates until Mr Etheridge stood down.

Nominations close on 31 October, with the eventual winner announced on 28 November.

Confirmed UKIP leadership contenders

  • Suzanne Evans
  • Raheem Kassam
  • Paul Nuttall
  • Peter Whittle
  • David Kurten
  • Andrew Beadle
  • John Rees-Evans

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(CNN)Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Florida Monday that he is in the lead in the race for the White House, despite being behind in the majority of national polls.

“Some great polls have just come out. I believe we’re actually winning,” Trump said, slamming the mainstream media.
The GOP presidential candidate went on to cite two polls, which he said show him leading Clinton.
    “The Investors (Business) Daily poll, which was the single most accurate poll for the last three cycles. The last three presidential races. We’re up. We just went up. We were down three. We were down five. We’re now two up in Rasmussen. Just came out this morning. We’re up in another couple of polls,” Trump said.
    Neither the IBD/TIPP nor the Rasmussen polls meet CNN’s polling standards, for different reasons. IBD/TIPP poll does not disclose critical pieces of its methodology and Rasmussen uses a blend of online and telephone polling without live interviewers.

    However, the majority of national polls show Trump trailing Clinton by wide margins. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Clinton with a 12-point lead over Trump among likely-voters. According to the most recent CNN Poll of Polls, which averages the results from the four most recent publicly released national polls, Clinton leads Trump by 8-points among likely voters.
    The businessman-turned-politician also told the crowd he was leading in the key swing states.
    “We’re up in Ohio, we’re up in Iowa. We’re doing great in North Carolina,” he said. “I think we’re doing great in Florida. I think we’re really — I think we’re going to win Florida big.”
    Trump and Clinton are deadlocked in North Carolina and Ohio. A new Monmouth University poll shows Trump trailing Clinton by just one point in North Carolina, while polls from Quinnipiac University and Suffolk University show both candidates at 45% support among likely voters in Ohio. Clinton leads by a wider margin in Florida, where she leads with 48% support to Trump’s 44% according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
    Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Sunday Trump was behind, about two weeks before Election Day.
    “We are behind. She has some advantages,” Conway told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” adding that Clinton “has a former president, happens to be her husband, campaigning for her; the current president and first lady, vice president — all much more popular than she can hope to be. And she’s seen as the incumbent.”
    Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on the “Situation Room” Monday that the campaign is doing “fantastic.”
    “Let me tell you where he’s behind. He’s behind in Pennsylvania, slightly. He’s behind slightly in Michigan. There’s these blue states Mr. Trump is putting into play where we get zero credit for doing so,” he said. “We’re leading in places like Iowa, which has been blue the last couple of cycles. We’re leading in Ohio. We’re probably a tied race in North Carolina. We might be slightly ahead there. In Florida, I believe we’re within the margin in that state. We’re ahead with absentees at this moment.
    He added: “We believe we’re winning this race. Mr. Trump said that in his very last rally that he was in. That’s the real reflection of where we are as a campaign.”

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    (CNN)Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by 5 points as the presidential campaign heads into its final two weeks, with the Democratic nominee’s support just shy of the 50% mark, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

    Among likely voters, Clinton tops Trump 49% to 44%, with just 3% backing Libertarian Gary Johnson and 2% behind Green Party nominee Jill Stein.
      With all three presidential debates now in the rear view mirror, both candidates appear to have consolidated some support among their core supporters. Clinton has expanded her edge among younger voters and non-whites, while Trump has boosted his support among the whites without college degrees who make up the majority of his supporters.
      Clinton now stands at 53% among voters under age 45, compared with 47% in the previous CNN/ORC poll. In fact, the only age group where Clinton currently trails Trump is among those age 50-64, who back Trump by 4 points in this poll.
      Clinton’s support has also ticked up a few points among non-whites (72% back her now vs. 69% in a poll conducted just after the first debate, not a large enough change to be significant, but edges her margin over Trump among this group above 50 points).
      Trump has gained a bit among white voters, edging up to 54% in the new poll from 49% support in the last poll. That gain is centered largely among white non-college voters, who break for Trump by a 62% to 32% margin, while white college grads continue to lean in Clinton’s direction, favoring the former secretary of state by 11 points.

      The gender gap remains large, with Clinton holding a wide 12-point lead among women, topping Trump 53% to 41% among that group, while Trump edges Clinton by a narrow 3-points among men, 48% to 45%.
      Another notable shift since the last CNN/ORC poll is the steep drop in support for Johnson, who falls from 7% to 3% overall. Support at that level is more in line with the numbers generated by typical third-party candidates who don’t make much of a mark on Election Day itself, well off his flirtation with double-digit support through the summer and early fall.
      Taking the third-party candidates out of the mix, Clinton’s margin widens by a point in two-way matchup between the Democrat and the Republican, to 51% to 45%.
      Clinton’s supporters are increasingly apt to say that their votes for her are to express support for Clinton rather than opposition to Trump (69% say so now vs. 60% in the last CNN/ORC poll), while Trump’s supporters are holding steady on this metric (59% say their votes are about expressing support for Trump now, exactly the same as in the last CNN/ORC poll).
      The most promising finding in the poll for Trump is his continued edge as more trusted to handle the economy. Overall, 51% favor Trump on that vs. 47% who prefer Clinton, a shift in Trump’s favor compared with a 2-point edge for Trump in the last poll.
      Clinton tops Trump on every other issue tested this way in the poll, including terrorism (Clinton +2), immigration (Clinton +3), nominating justices to the Supreme Court (+5) and foreign policy (+21). But the economy continues to be voters’ top issue, 91% call it extremely or very important.
      Despite Trump’s edge on the economy, the businessman trails Clinton on a related issue of empathy, with 49% saying they feel Clinton would “stand up for people like you” compared with 44% who think Trump would be better on that score.
      While majorities of both candidates’ supporters agree that the economy is a critical issue in determining their vote for president, there are wide gaps between Trump backers and Clinton supporters on whether several other issues are important.
      Trump backers are almost twice as likely as Clinton backers to consider illegal immigration a critical issue to their vote (52% among Trump supporters vs. 23% among Clinton backers), and are more apt to see terrorism (66% to 49%), Supreme Court nominations (58% to 46%), taxes (46% to 34%) and trade with other countries (40% to 29%) as extremely important than are Clinton supporters. Those voters backing Clinton are nearly four times as likely as Trump supporters to consider climate change a key issue (46% to 12%), and they are also more apt to prioritize health care (53% to 48%) and education (55% to 42%).
      More broadly, Clinton is more often seen as having a clear vision for the country’s future (49% to 42%), perhaps connected to a perception that she did a better job in the debates (61% to 29%).
      Clinton also holds wide leads on having the better temperament to serve effectively as president (61% to 32%), being better able to handle the responsibilities of commander in chief (55% to 40%), and as a person you admire (42% Clinton to 29% Trump, though nearly 3-in-10, 28%, say they feel neither is a person they admire). The two are almost even on who is the stronger and more decisive leader, 48% say Clinton, 46% Trump.
      The poll also shows Clinton narrowing the gap on honesty and trustworthiness, an issue where she trailed Trump by nearly 20 points among likely voters in early September. Now, 43% see Trump as more honest and trustworthy, 42% Clinton, a statistically insignificant gap. Still, 14% of likely voters say they see neither candidate as honest, a share that has held steady over that time.
      Both continue to hold favorability ratings that tilt negative, with 52% holding an unfavorable view of Clinton and 57% a negative impression of Trump. About 6-in-10 likely voters say that recent controversies around each candidate raise questions about their character and ability to serve as president, with 62% saying that the way Clinton handled her email while serving as secretary of state raises those issues, while 59% say the same about the way Trump treats women.
      The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted by telephone October 20-23 among a random national sample of 1,017 adults, including 779 who were determined to be likely voters. The margin of sampling error for results among the sample of likely voters is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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      (CNN)Vice President Joe Biden tore into Donald Trump in Cleveland, warning Monday of a “nightmare” presidency if the Republican nominee is elected.

      “We all know the nightmare of a Trump presidency,” Biden said while surprising a group of volunteers at a campaign office for Hillary Clinton. “I’ve given up on talking about Trump.”
        Biden, while making clear his disdain for Trump, was confident in telling the volunteers, “Hillary’s going to win this election,” and urged them to continue their work in the final days of the campaign.
        “I came to say today’s Election Day. Every day is Election Day now,” Biden said.
        The stop at the Cleveland office, kicks of a day of campaigning. Later Monday, the vice president holds two rallies for Clinton in Toledo and Dayton, Ohio.
        On Friday while campaigning for Clinton in Pennsylvania, Biden appeared to suggest he wants to fight the Republican presidential nominee, saying he wished he could take Trump “behind the gym.”
        Biden made the comments during a riff on Trump’s recently surfaced 2005 comments in which he bragged about being able to grope women and get away with it.
        “The press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’ No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym,” Biden said. “That’s what I wish.”

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        Washington (CNN)A US congressman is warning a new Pentagon effort to provide troops with Internet service could give the Russians access to their personal information.

        Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, wrote to the Pentagon on Friday charging its plan to offer low-cost Internet service to troops in places like Iraq and Afghanistan “creates unnecessary security risks.”
          “Our deployed warfighters could be exposed to transmitting their personal information over unprotected networks that are controlled by foreign and potentially hostile enemies,” Hunter, who served as a US Marine Corps officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote to the Defense Information Systems Agency.
          American troops, particularly those stationed on larger bases, are often provided Internet services while deployed overseas as part of the military’s programs that allow troops to stay in touch with family and friends.
          According to Hunter, previous efforts to provide internet service were “primarily delivered via secure satellite” and had “stringent security measures.”
          But Hunter warned that a proposed contract for the new service would seek to trim costs by using local Iraqi- and Afghan-operated Internet cafes and transmitting internet signals via Russian-owned satellites.
          Hackers have targeted the personal information of US military service members in the past. In March, a previously unknown hacking group calling itself the “Islamic State Hacking Division” posted online the names, photos and addresses of about 100 US troops and called for attacks against them.
          Cybersecurity experts agreed there are risks with the Pentagon’s plan.
          “I do think this presents a security risk,” Tom Kellermann, CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures, told CNN. “This is a dangerous short-cut through the woods.”
          Kellerman noted that Russian “critical infrastructure providers have all allowed the Russian government to backdoor them,” meaning allowing the Russian government entry into their systems and the information contained there.
          He said the new approach could potentially allow hostile actors to learn with whom the US service members were communicating and that could reveal the location of their respective home computer networks, allowing those networks to be targeted down the road.
          Hunter’s warning comes as the US intelligence community has accused the Russian government of being behind a series of recent cyber attacks targeted at US political organizations.
          The Defense Department has not formally responded to Hunter’s letter, according to his staff. The Defense Information Systems Agency told CNN that by law it cannot discuss contracts before they are finalized.

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          (CNN)Everyone has been scratching their heads trying to make sense of Donald Trump’s speech at Gettysburg on Saturday.

          As has been the case so many times before, the event seemed like a million contradictions. Trump went to one of the most famous battlefields of the Civil War, a symbol to many Americans of a moment of great leadership as President Abraham Lincoln fought to heal the nation.
            People watched to see if Trump would echo those themes. But it seems he didn’t see Gettysburg the same way.


            Trump appears to be trying to present himself as the Lincoln for today’s voters, suggesting he is fighting their civil war. And for all the Americans who feel left behind in a society that insists on a certain kind of social and cultural pluralism, Trump really is fighting their war.
            He has promised to build walls and reject any rules and regulations that prohibit him from speaking his mind. He has warned working- and middle-class Americans that they are losing their jobs and that the country is losing its industry to dark “global forces” connected to both political parties. There are many Trump supporters who don’t subscribe to these views, but this has been an overriding theme of his campaign from the start.
            This is presumably why Trump chose Gettysburg to lay out the closing argument of his campaign — not with a view to healing the divisive atmosphere that has emerged, but to continue the fight.
            The problem is that for more and more Americans, Trump sounds more like Robert E. Lee than Abraham Lincoln. While the 2016 electorate clearly is receptive to someone who will take on the status quo, there has been very serious pushback against a candidate who has been closely associated during this campaign with dangerous, reactionary and extremist elements.

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            Too many times, Trump has used sexist and nativist rhetoric when speaking before the cameras. Too often he has invoked (perhaps unintentionally, but we simply don’t know) rhetoric that is usually associated with anti-Semitic political discourse. Too often, Trump has resisted disassociating himself and his supporters from the so-called “Alt-Right,” which has been extraordinarily enthusiastic about his candidacy.
            So when Trump stepped in front of the microphones at Gettysburg, much of the media got the intended symbolism of the moment all wrong.
            The trouble for Trump, and his campaign, is that he is not really seeing how this entire message is playing with the broader public. With one new ABC poll showing that Clinton has a stunning 12-point lead, and with most polls confirming that Trump losing in a large number of battleground states while turning traditionally red states like Arizona into competitive territory, it is hard to see this as a winning political strategy.
            All this raises several important and related questions about America’s future: If Trump loses, how powerful are the forces within the GOP that propelled him this far? Would a loss signal to the nation, and specifically to Republicans, that his issues are not the ones that a majority of Americans want anyone to fight for?
            Or is it possible that someone with a little more polish and a little more restraint can take this strategy all the way to the White House in the coming years?

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            Washington (CNN)Some surprise outreach from Hillary Clinton, a Paul Ryan survival guide, Donald Trump’s new rally strategy and the GOP’s search for bullpen help.

            It’s all part of CNN’s “Inside Politics” forecast, where you get next week’s headlines today.

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              GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte is in a tough re-election race, and she now says she can no longer support Trump.
              New Hampshire polling shows a good chunk of Kasich primary voters are not supporting Trump, but many also are not supporting Ayotte.
              So some New Hampshire Republicans are hoping Kasich will come out of the bullpen — or at least out of Columbus — and return to New Hampshire to help Ayotte in the campaign’s final days. There are also discussions about whether a Kasich testimonial ad would help.

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              A horrific crash Sunday morning in California left 13 people dead and dozens more injured after a tour bus collided with a semi-truck.

              The accident occurred at 5:17 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway at Indian Canyon in the Desert Hot Springs area. The big rig driver, hauling food products, had only moderate injuries and police said he reported feeling “a thump in the back, but that’s all he really knew.”

              “The speed of the bus was so significant that when it hit the back of the big-rig trailer, the trailer itself entered about 15 feet into the bus,” California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele said during a Sunday afternoon news conference. “So you can see there was a substantial impact.”

              All 44 people on board the bus were believed to be adults, said Abele, who wouldn’t say if officials expected the death toll to rise.

              “By the grace of God nobody else will pass away,” he said.

              The tour bus was identified as a 1996 USA Holiday bus. The Los Angeles-based company typically ferries people from LA to nearby casinos. The bus driver, who also owns the company and has not been identified, was killed in the crash.

              Abele said the bus had been inspected in 2014, 2015 and April 2016 with no mechanical deficiencies reported. Records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed the bus had no prior crashes.

              Authorities shut down the freeway in the aftermath of the incident. Police expected it to re-open at 4 p.m. local time.

              Survivors told authorities that all passengers aboard the bus were believed to be asleep at the time of the crash. None of the passengers had been identified; however, Abele said police had been in contact with consulates from Mexico, Australia and Japan.

              No cause of the crash was immediately identified, but Abele said many modern buses had “some kind of black box” that might aid authorities. Any influence of drugs, alcohol or driver fatigue had not been ruled out.

              Firefighters on the scene had to use ladders placed near the bus’ windows to pull out victims. It took nearly two hours to separate the vehicles, Fox News reported.

              The Palm Springs hospital treated 14 patients, five in critical condition, three in serious condition and six with minor injuries. Palm Springs houses the valley’s only trauma center, The Desert Sun Reported. All patients were adults.

              Desert Regional director of marketing Rich Ramhoff said it was the most victims he’d seen from a single incident.

              Eleven people with minor injuries were sent to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, spokesperson Lee Rice said. JFK Medical Center received five patients, all with minor injuries, chief development officer Linda Evans said.

              The NTSB launched a “go team” to assist with the investigation.

              The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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