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Melissa Etehad

Los Angeles Times Metpro trainee Melissa Etehad is an Iranian American who enjoys writing about national and international issues. She received her master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in international affairs from UC San Diego and has reported from the Middle East and Europe. She previously worked at Al Jazeera English and the Washington Post's foreign desk, where she covered the intersections of politics, religion and gender. She’s a native Farsi speaker. On her free time, you can probably find Melissa petting dogs and reading the news.
Number of immigrants in U.S. illegally could be double the widely accepted estimates, study suggests

Previous estimate put the figure of immigrants in the U.S. illegally at 11 million. Researchers at Yale and MIT suggest that number is at least 16.2 million and possibly much more than that.

3-D-printed gun crusader Cody Wilson arrested in Taiwan on sexual assault charge

Taiwan authorities on Friday said they arrested and jailed Cody Wilson, the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints for untraceable 3D-printed guns, who was wanted on suspicion of sex with a minor.

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