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the good news is, the stst. stst. st. petersburg girl is giving back the money. muchore to come on fox news on this d-day remembrance. thanks for joining us. i'm dana perino. here's shep. >> shepard: there's breaking news now on fox news channel. we have just gotten word of a possible deal, a possible deal to avoid tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of goods coming in to america from mexico. the early reports came in the last half hour from bloomberg news that there may have been a sort of break-through. now "the washington post" is reporting that mexico ames to avoid the taxes with a potential deal that would stem migrant travel and allow the united states to deport thousands of central american asylum seekers.
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we don't yet have the details. it's in the details where the devil also lies. so we'll wait for those. earlier today, it was president trump that said there might be something miraculous to happen. whether this is the matter to which he was referring remains to be seen. when we have more, we'll bring it to you right away. >> they battled not for control and domination but for liberty, democracy and self-rule. the lives that they gave, the sacrifice that they made did not just win a battle. it did not just win a war. those that fought here won a future for our nation. they won the survival of our civilization.
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>> we know what we owe, to you, brethren, our freedom. on behalf of my nation, i just want to say thank you. >> shepard: the eyes of the world are upon you. the hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. those were the parting words from general dwight d. eisenhower as allied troops embarked on the largest invasion by sea in human history. to liberate france from the nazi war machine. 75 years ago today, 160,000 americans, britts and canadians surprised hitler in her own new back yard handing on the heavily defended beaches of normandy. d-day code named operation over-lord, was a massive gamble.
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there was no turning back. failure was not an option. by the end of the day, the allies controlled the beaches. the waters and sands of normandy. stained with the blood of our heros. d-day signals the beginning of the end of the third reich. less than a year, hitler would fall. historians said 2,500 americans died on d-day. many made the ultimate sacrifice were not battle hardened soldiers but teenagers, farm boys from the south and the midwest, kids that just graduated high school. their graves sit on a cliff overlooking the stretch of shoreline where they fought and died for our freedom. today president trump and the french president, manuel macron walks among the thousands of crosses and returned to normandy
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75 years later. john roberts reporting live from the american cemetery. john? >> shep, good evening to you. when you take a look at omaha beach now, it's about 400 yards that way. it's peaceful and tranquil. i was over at the wall looking down. there were some jeeps that were running up and down the sand in a commemorative re-enactment. you can't begin to imagine what it might have been like down there on omaha beach 75 years ago. if it wasn't for the bravery shown by the young men and the teeth, the hail of gun fire and other fire that was raining down on the beach, the world that we live in now might be a very different place. in his speech today, which was very heartfelt and pointed, up trump recognized the young men were fighting for the highest stakes possible. the president saying that this was a battle for civilization, a battle between good and evil. listen here. >> these men enlisted their
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lives in a great crusade. one of the greatest of all times. their mission is the story of an epic battle and a ferocious eternal struggle between good and evil. on june 6, 1944, they joined a liberation force of awesome power. the g.i.s that boarded the landing craft that morning knew that they carried on their shoulders not just the pack of a soldier, but the fate of the world. >> while relations between the united states and france have waxed and waned over the decades, one constant remains. the deep and abiding respect for what happened here 75 years ago. today the french president, emmanuel macron bestowed the order of the knights of legion
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of honor of five veterans on d-day thanking all of those alive and those that gave their lives for helping to save france. listen to macron here. >> on behalf of my country, on behalf of france, i bow down before their bravery. i bow down before their immense sacrifice of the 37,000 killed, the 19,000 reported missing that died as heros, i bow down to our veterans and i say thank you. >> this is probably growing to be the last significant anniversary for the greatest generation. the youngest people that are here today, veterans not only of d-day and world war ii are in their early 90s now. it would be impossible for them to survive through to the 100th anniversary. it was such a show they put on today. it was one for the ages. shep, if i could, just go back to what you talked to at the top. the potential deal on mexico. i talked to two sources before
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you went on the air. both of whom waived me off of that idea. i'll get back to you. >> shepard: we don't have it. when it showed up in bloomberg and "the washington post," we thought we would tell. thanks, john. we'll get back to him, of course. we're honored to have a decorated world war ii veteran that stormed the beach on d-day. john mchew served in the first infantry division. in 1944, he landed at 7:30 a.m. he says there were about ten others in his landing craft. as they tried to get to shore, a german shell blew up the boat behind them. corporal mchugh was carrying a tripod for a 30 caliber machine gun. along with the tripod goes the machine gun. the soldier carrying that died. so corporal mchugh had to crawl
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along the beach without a gun while the nazis fired at him all day. on day two of the invasion, corporal mchugh said the allies faced enormous hedge rows and had no way of knowing if the enemy was behind them. there was just so many obstacles to overcome in a long and bloody push towards germany. after surviving the invasion of normandy, corporal mchugh spent months fighting the nazis including battle of the bulge. he earned the silver star, the bronze star, the european theater of operations ribbon that includes a silver arrow or arrowhead, i should say, for the normandy invasion. two presidential unit citations and the combat infantry badge. after the allies triumphed in 1945, corporal mchugh came home to new york and married his
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childhood sweet hair, rosy mcgee. the couple has three children, three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren. he's the first generation irish american. his family says corporal mchugh has a beautiful irish tenor voice and they still ask him to sing "danny boy" on special occasions. he's with us now on set. a member of america's greatest generation, corporal john mchugh. welcome. >> thank you. >> shepard: we honor you today. thanks for being here. >> thank you for asking me. this is wonderful. >> shepard: my father is not a brand new guy. he's like 91 plus. he doesn't have a lot of memories from that time. tell me your memories of this day back then. >> d-day, you can't describe. you're petrified. absolutely petrified. a guy falling there, a guy
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falling there. it's hell. it was hell on earth. can't describe it. i don't think anyone can describe it. needless to say, i had a bad day. >> shepard: you had no gun. how did you survive with no gun? >> well, i had my pistol. you know, i just kept crawling up. see how far we could go. >> shepard: as you crawled along the beach, what were you seeing and hearing? >> dead bodies. >> shepard: a lot of dead bodies. >> a lot of dead bodies. you just keep going up. that's all. have to keep moving.
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but there were a lot of dead bodies. the beach i landed on was the worst beach. unknown to them, they had an infantry division on maneuvers, unknown to them, practicing for an invasion. so we had the worst casualties. i think someone said there was about 2,000 on that beach that day. but i don't know the exact number. needless to say, it was a bad day. >> shepard: when you went over a young man, you were in a division that had some seasoned fighters. you were fortunate in that way, right? >> i certainly was. >> shepard: tell us about that. >> these guys always thought
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they were going home the next day. >> shepard: because they fought before. >> they were in africa. in fact, they really thought when they went to england, they were going home. somebody told them about this. they didn't realize the scope of this. i was fortunate to get in with a lot of veterans. because i was a brand new rookie and scared stiff. >> shepard: do you remember what your thoughts were when you found out we were supposed to have invaded the day before on june 5, but when you found out we're going to invade, did you think about the big picture, the fighting for freedom or was it a matter of will i have to do this or what did you? >> none of those thoughts about freedom. i was in the army. they told me to go that way and i went that way. it was all automatic.
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not much thought. i thought about getting killed. yeah. >> shepard: there were a lot of battles after that day. >> oh, yeah. a lot of battles. i went all the way to czech. fierce battles. >> shepard: do you remember the day you found out it was over and could you describe that to us? >> that what? >> shepard: that you were going home. >> well, it was a quiet area now. i guess they knew it ahead of us. but we were -- as soon as somebody got the word from headquarters, they started running up and down, the war is over, the war is over. i dug the biggest hole and i
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went sitting in it. i don't want nobody making a mistake. >> shepard: you're going to hide until they get you out. >> that's right. i'm here. that's where you put me. i'm staying. >> shepard: wow. everyone in this room and in this building and in this city and in this country is i -- eternally grateful. >> you got drafted. you had to do it. i did it. did it pretty good, too. you don't want to go, you don't want to be there. it was yesterday. >> shepard: indeed it was. i hope your today and tomorrow is fantastic. an honor to meet you. >> thank you. >> shepard: corporal john mchugh of the greatest generation. see you soon. we'll be back. ♪ mmm, exactly!
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>> shepard: i mentioned at the top of this news hour, there's some reports of what is a possible deal to avoid tariffs on hundreds of billions of goods coming to america from mexico. the early reports came in in the last half hour from bloomberg news that there may have been a break through. we can't confirm this. we don't have this independently. when "the washington post" added its reporting, that mexico ames now to avoid the taxes with a potential deal that would stem migrant travel and allow the united states to deport central americans asylum seekers, we thought it was worth while to bring to your attention. that said, we don't have any details. earlier today, the president said something miraculous could happen. so whether it's related, we don't know. we know this was relegated to the staff level after talks didn't go very far. all of the reporting is from the president's team and the other
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side that there's a large gulf between them. that was last night and this morning. so what has changed? rich edson is reporting live from the state department. rich, what do you know? >> shep, we know these negotiations are ongoing. they were a couple hours here at the state department. the mexican foreign minister said he's likely returning this afternoon. ultimately this is up to the president of the united states as to whether or not he's satisfied with the results and will implement the tariffs monday. the mexican foreign minister is saying they are making progress, acknowledges that they have work to do. >> we have a meeting. we have some advances. we're going to return later to contin continue. several points have been proposed. >> mexican officials contend they are addressing the problems with migration. the associated press is
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reporting that mexican officials apprehended 1,000 central american migrants yesterday. mexico's president has remained positive in this. he says he's optimistic and the tariffs are not the right way to go about this, shep. >> shepard: the white house, some of his regular spokesperson and high level folks there, they have seemed much less optimistic. >> right. they've been telegraphing that monday is the day the tariffs will go on unless the issues have been satisfied and basically these issues -- the president is not bluffing on this. earlier today, the president said that mexico, the tariffs will go on, i mean it, too, i'm happy with it. a lot of people, senators included have no idea what they're talking about when it comes to tariffs. there's been push back, especially from some republicans that don't want to see the tariffs. this is on top of the massive trade fight on going on chinese goods. they don't like the prospect of
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adding mexican tariffs to it. >> shepard: thanks, rich. there's word now a fourth american died at a popular resort chain in the dominican republic. her family says she had a drink in her room and never woke up, which sounds familiar. the latest next. our reporting continues this thursday afternoon. ♪ dealing with psoriatic arthritis pain was so frustrating. my skin... it was embarrassing. my joints... they hurt. the pain and swelling. the tenderness. the psoriasis.
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answers. david lee miller reporting live. david lee? >> shepard, relatives of evette said she died last june while visiting the property in punta cana. family members are not convinced on the cause. her sister says she was healthy. on may 25, another pennsylvania come, miranda warner, while staying at another property, died under mysterious circumstances after having a drink from the mini bar. days later, a maryland couple were found dead in their room at the same property. requests from authorities have been ignored. >> we were promised a toxicology
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report. we've gotten nothing. >> the property put out a statement saying autopsy results showed warner suffered a heart attack. the a.g.'s office said the autopsy for the maryland couple died from fluid in the lungs. dr. marc siegel said it appears each suffered an insult to the system that is similar with some type of toxin. the hotel chain released a statement underscoring that what happened here involved two different hotels. a portion of the statement says "there's no indications of any correlation between these two unfortunate incidents." authorities are now awaiting the results of toxicology. in the case of evette sport, her family is calling for the u.s. state department to get more information. >> shepard: thanks, david. the man behind the worst killing spree in germany's post wart
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history sentenced to life today. he's a former nurse. he injected patients with overdoses of heart medications making them go into cardiac arrest and then he would play the hero as he attempted to revive them. the condemned man says that he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. sometimes it worked. in 87 cases those patients died. today he was found guilty of murdering 85 people. he was convicted of two additional murders in 2015. he admitted to killing 43. but he said he couldn't remember the rest. our commemoration continues with corporal sydney walton. he was on the stage with the president of the united states in normandy. he's been traveling the united states in an effort to share his story with anybody that wants to
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hear it. he will be live with us from normandy coming up. we'll also talk to the son of a paratrooper that has made it his life's mission to make sure that the heros of world war ii are never forgotten.
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face. what a journey it's been. in april, he met president trump at the oval office. he caught up with the president again today at the d-day commemorations in france. he and his son, paul, join us from normandy. greetings to you, sir. great to have you. >> thank you very much. thank you. great to be here in normandy. right, dad? >> yes. >> shepard: maybe you can help us talk to him. i know that a couple years ago he was in a nursing home. you decided this no regrets tour was in order. tell us about that. >> i got to tell you, seven years ago, he was in a nursing home on ten medications. i yanked him out. seven years later, 100 years old, dad, you're on zero medications. you know that? >> that's true. >> isn't that great?
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>> yes. >> you're going to live to 110 this way. >> 111. >> 111. i'm so sorry. >> shepard: how has this no regrets tour gone? tell us about it. >> it's gone amazing. we had no idea when we started this tour when he was only 99 years old that to visit 50 states and 50 governors would take us more than a year. it's been 21 states that we visited, right, dad? >> yes. >> it's pretty late here, i know. you got 29 more states to go. you up for it? >> of course. >> really? you're going to do it? >> yeah. >> we're going to do it >> right. >> right. >> in fact our next state is north carolina. first, after normandy, we're
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going to try to enjoy a little of europe. that sound good? >> sound great. >> you're okay with that? >> yeah. >> shepard: minus the guns and the nazis this time around. i wonder what it was about missing out on meeting those who fought in the civil war that propelled you to this journey? >> well, dad, you remember you've had that one regret that you carried all your life. you didn't meet civil war veterans when you were young. >> yes. >> to make up for that, you're willing to go anywhere and everywhere in the united states to allow people to meet a world war ii veteran before it's too late. >> right. >> is that right? >> right. >> you up for shaking thousands of people's hands? >> i am. >> okay. that's what we're going to do. shepard, i want you to know, even though my dad is 100, he
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started a website. it's not a sophisticated one. it's called if people go on it, they can follow where we're going. if they want to be generous, they can make a donation to get back to the united states. or you want to stay in europe? you want to stay here? >> no. i want to go back home. >> it's to shep's viewers if we go home then. >> shepard: goodness. there's no place like home. >> that's right. >> shepard: corporal watson, son paul, thanks very much. best of luck. corporal watson, thank you for your service. we're indebted. >> thank you so much. it's great to be here, shep. we had a great time today with the president. i just wanted to say the president came out, looked at my dad and said you're a good friend. that was nice. remember that? >> yes. >> shepard: love it. thank you both. >> it was wonderful. >> shepard: thank you both.
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enjoy your travels. our next guest's father was one of the brave paratroopers that jumped behind enemy lines on d-day. now he honors his father and all of those heros by helping run the top world war ii museum in all of our nation. his name is tom. he's the senior curator at the national world war ii museum in new orleans. great to see you, tom. thank you. >> great to be here, shep. >> shepard: i love the story of the reason this museum is in new orleans. it has to do with boats out of the bayou. >> that's it. president eisenhower said if it wasn't for the higgins boat, the course of the war would be different. we would be able the land on normandy and i'm proud to say we have a higgins boats a tractor trailer museum. >> shepard: and the boats made
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the trip on to the beaches and they all came from new orleans, right? >> well, like many things in world war ii, itemed were produced all over the country, a great majority came out of new orleans. higgins produced 20,000 vessels. >> shepard: if people can go to the big easy, what will they know about at your world war ii museum? >> we try to cover the war in depth. we have an excellence audio visual presentation. we call it beyond all boundaries produced by tom hanks. gives you the story of the war in 45 minutes, which is a lovely overview for people that didn't learn as much as they should have in school. >> shepard: it's always an honor to meet men that fought those days. one we had here hahn set with us today. i wonder how many men and women
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for that matter that participated in that war are still able to visit? what those encounters are like for you? >> it's incredible meeting the veterans, being able to have a direct connection. if there's anything sad about the museum over the last 19 years that i've been there, we've known so many veterans and many of them have passed away. it's great to be building the museum and building the collection and being able to share that with the world. it's sad as these members of the greatest generation move on. >> shepard: tom czekanski from the world war museum in new orleans. thanks for all you done working on this project. we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> shepard: as thousands of young men stormed the beaches of france on that day, one young reporter wrote the very first
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allied dispatch from d-day. the date line, a ditch 200 yards inside normandy. 24-year-old reuters reported doone campbell was reported to be the first reporter. he hand wrote his very first dispatch just minutes after he landed. it reads "on a vast scale, the invasion is underway everywhere. thousands of men and hundreds of aircraft and ships. every minute, more men and guns, tanks, vehicle and huge amounts of supplies are landing. our planes dominate the skies." reporter doone campbell handed that report to a naval office. in reality, it would never reach reuters. many others he wrote would, including reports from trenches and fields and a hole in a wall
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that documented for the public back home the allied push to liberate europe. decades later, campbell described the normandy landing as exhilarating, glorious and heart breaking. for all the stories of bravery shared today, there's many that will never be told. the pentagon reports more than 72,000 americans that fought in world war ii are still missing. according to the department of veterans affairs, an average of 348 american heros of world war ii die each day. a generation defined by bravery, sacrifice and their fight to defend freedom. ♪ >> you are about to embark on the great crusade for which we have driven these many months. the eyes of the world are upon
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>> shepard: a cadet from the united states military academy died during training. the u.s. defense official tells fox news the cadet was in a five-ton truck when it overturned. along with him, 20 other cadets
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and two soldiers were injured. it happened near westpoint's campus which is about 50 miles north of new york city. jacqui heinrich reporting live. jacqui? >> shep, as you said, one cadet killed, 22 injured including 20 cadets and two soldiers. the injuries range from cuts to faces to a broken arm. army officials would not comment on the cadet that was killed or say where they were sitting in the vehicle that overturned. lieutenant colonel described the vehicle as a five-ton truck with an open bed and two benches. the group was packed in the back when the truck rolled and the heavy wooded area around 6:45 a.m. injured cadets and soldiers were taken to nearby hospitals and the cause is under investigation. the cadets were on their way to a land navigation course at camp natural bridge, which is about a 20-minute drive from the
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barracks. the campus is about 60 miles north of new york city. we're told this is a group of rising senior cadets, members of the class of 2020 that were being transferred. officials did not answer questions whether the truck was overcapacity. it's uncommon for the vehicles to roll even in rough terrain. >> they were involved in a standard training exercise as part of their military training program here at westpoint. >> we don't know the details yet. >> westpoint's superintendent praised first responders for the quick rescue efforts. governor cuomo is having the state office of emergency management offer their resources saying we owe a debt to gratitude for all of those involved. the president sharing his condolences tweeting "so sorry to hear about the terrible accident involving our great westpoint cadets.
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god bless them all." mike pence spoke at the graduation ceremony. we're expecting the learn the name of the cadet that was killed in the next 24 hours, shep. >> shepard: thanks, jacqui. the mississippi river rising to near record levels now. it's set to crest in many areas along the illinois-missouri border tomorrow. that includes st. louis. where the mighty mississippi is on track to crest at the highest level in more than 25 years. that's more than 15 feet above flood stage. this video shows flood waters already rising up the steps of the gateway arch. matt finn in illinois, about 20 miles down river from st. louis. hi, matt. >> hi, shep. the critical danger here and in so many states across the country are the levees. the one that i'm standing on. they've been stressed to the max for days if not weeks. you can see the mighty
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mississippi that you just referred to is inching closer to this levee and all of its force and that water is pressing up against the levee. on the other side are homes, farms. we have a rather fast -- [technical difficulties] hundreds of volunteers were taken into the cool -- [technical difficulties] >> shepard: the water has gotten into matt's microphone or a shortage or something. here's the scene there. as we mentioned, the worst of it for those areas around st. louis and down river. the worst of that is expected to be tomorrow. it's almost at 25-year flood levels. we'll stay on it and all the best of those up and down the river. again, there may be plastic in your next meal. new research suggests it's already making its way into the
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is. >> shepard: there's so much plastic in the oceans that it may already be in your dinner plate. researchers say they sampled waters off the coast of california and found plastic at every depth they examined and in all animals that they studied. jonathan hunt on the beach in malibu. hello, jonathan. >> the global plastics pollution problem is worse than scientists worst fears. according to the new report just released today, the scientists were studying the waters open
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monterey bay northern, california filled with microplastics. they found evidence that small sea creatures are ingesting the plastics and they get eaten by large fish like tuna. they are in the fish that we eat. >> that is a wake-up call to us that we've known that plastic pollution is a global problem. we didn't know it was as bad as it is. >> shepard: monterey bay was previously considered one of the more pristine parts of the pacific. scientists say if it's littered with plastics and all of the world's oceans are likely polluted, too. >> shepard: what about solutions, jonathan? >> on a micro level, it is as easy as every one of us stopping single plastic use like water bottles. it's going to take scientists, governments and corporations.
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but doctors say it can be done. listen here. >> we didn't have plastic in 1940. we didn't have a need for us in 1940. certainly we can figure out how to get back to a place where we're not using so many of these things and discarding them and polluting our environment. >> we'll be digging deeper into the research and potential solutions in our on going series on the scourge of plastic polluti pollution. >> shepard: thanks, jonathan. a man tells bloomberg news that he plans to move an iceberg from antarctica to cape town, south africa for drinking water. he says the iceberg would have to be more than 3,200 feet long. that would supply 20% of the
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water for a year. for comparison, the burj khalifa. world of a possible break through in negotiations with mexico sent the dow sky rocketing. details from neil cavuto now. >> neil: optimism prevailing at the corner of wall and broad. maybe the tariffs on mexican goods not going up right away. there's reports that the u.s. is considering delaying tariffs and negotiations on a potential deal. "the washington post" says they would ramp up immigration enforcement and giving the u.s. latitude to deport asylum seekers. it's tentative. welcome, everybody. i'm neil cavuto. live at the white house where we believe the talks are still going on. if those negotiators come to the podium, we'll go live.
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to rich edson on what he's hearing. hi, rich.