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(CNN) – This Thursday was a day of deal making, on scales both large on small. Here's what we have for you in today's News Day:
Sources tell CNN that a bipartisan group of U.S. senators is proposing tougher border security measures - including doubling the current 21,000-agent border patrol - as part of a deal to get more Republican support for an immigration reform bill. CNN's Lisa Desjardins explains the latest.
The Illinois General Assembly's black caucus may prove to be the deciding bloc of votes in deciding same-sex marriage in Illinois. The caucus is facing pressure from black religious leaders on both sides of the issue – exposing the rift inside the black community over whether same-sex marriage rights are equal to civil rights. CNN’s Nova Safo reports.
What do you do when you are overrun by an endangered species? About 80 miles north of LA in Tehachapi, CA, there is a gated community called Bear Valley Springs, and it's under siege by condors. The residents can do very little to chase them away but these big birds are wreaking havoc; tearing up shingle roofs, damaging air conditions, not to mention the big drops of condor scat. What are fish and wildlife officials doing it? CNN's Jim Roope has the story.
By Michael Schulder
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Editor's Note: Listen to our full interview with director Geoffrey Fletcher, with whom Gandolfini recently worked.
(CNN) - Imagine James Gandolfini as a man who is weary of the world – resigned to the fact that his remaining days will be filled with regret and longing. And yet, despite the resignation to his unhappiness, he still has embers of his humanity burning. He is not passive. He is trying to make things right until the very end.
This is not the James Gandolfini of HBO's "The Sopranos." It is the James Gandolfini of the new movie, "Violet & Daisy," one of his last projects.
He plays a character with no name – who spends much of his time in a comfortable chair waiting to be killed. FULL POST
By Nova Safo, CNN
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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - L. Bernard Jakes, the pastor at West Point Baptist Church, has come out in support of a gay marriage bill in the Illinois legislature. He has the support of a majority of his congregation, but not of his fellow pastors.
[2:15] “I’ve definitely been criticized. There are many that have bastardized me, said that I was going to hell on social media. There was even one radio station that encouraged their listeners to call here to the church and tell me I was going to hell.”
The Illinois senate approved a gay marriage bill in February, but it has gotten stalled in the house, where it is short of having enough votes to pass. Legislators are expected to take up the measure again in the fall, and the traditionally liberal black caucus in the state house has emerged as an important voting block.
Caucus members are facing pressure from black pastors both in favor and opposed to gay marriage, even though only two of the caucus’ legislators have so far come out in support of gay marriage.
By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN
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(CNN) - Elizabeth Becker's latest book was in part, born out of frustration. The seasoned journalist, who got her start as a war correspondent, began to notice a growing global economic force; a sector of the global economy changing whole societies and ecosystems but one relegated to the lifestyle section of most major papers.
So she decided to write a book about it and give it the attention it deserves:
[1:19] "My new book is Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," she says.