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President Barack Obama vowed Monday to push for police officer safety after a Texas sheriff's deputy was gunned down from behind and shot multiple times at close range. Darren Goforth, 47, was killed late Friday in the Houston area, and local officials have blamed ramped-up rhetoric against police officers in the United States in protests against perceived police brutality. The veteran law enforcement officer "was contemptibly shot and killed over the weekend," Obama said in a statement after he spoke by telephone with the deputy sheriff's widow Kathleen Goforth.
Most seabirds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists project that 99 percent will have done so by 2050. "For the first time, we have a global prediction of how wide-reaching plastic impacts may be on marine species -- and the results are striking," said Chris Wilcox, senior research scientist at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Research done in the early 1960s showed that, back then, less than five percent of seabirds had ingested plastic.
Shannon Miles, 30, did not enter a plea at a court appearance on charges he fatally shot Deputy Darren Goforth on Friday evening as the deputy fueled a patrol car at a Houston-area gas station. "Targeting police officers is completely unacceptable - an affront to civilized society," President Barack Obama said in a statement on Monday. Obama said he offered his condolences to Goforth's widow in a telephone call and that he and first lady Michelle Obama would keep her and her family in their prayers.