Alabama extends lead at top, Michigan up to No. 4, UCF out of top 10 in Amway Coaches Poll

The Amway Coaches Poll now has a well-defined top five. While that doesn’t guarantee the playoff committee’s rankings will look the same, it does provide a clear path to the contenders.

Alabama, of course, remains solidly in the No. 1 position after blanking LSU in Baton Rouge. The Crimson Tide received all but one of the 64 No.-1 votes. Second-ranked Clemson retains the last first-place nod following its demolition of Louisville. Notre Dame kept its record unblemished by staving off a late rally at Northwestern and holds steady at No. 3. Michigan and Georgia, with impressive performances against Penn State and Kentucky, respectively, round out the top five.

Report: Northern Virginia may be winner of Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes; Amazon exec slams leak

Officials in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, should’t be celebrating just yet.

But the high-stakes battle surrounding which of 20 metropolitan areas Amazon will choose for its second headquarters is hitting another plot twist, with a high ranking Amazon executive reacting on Twitter to a Washington Post report over the weekendthat Amazon was in “advanced discussions” about opening its headquarters in Northern Virginia, just outside the nation’s capital.

The Post cited unnamed sources “close to the process.” Amazon hasn’t responded to USA TODAY request for comment. The company’s main headquarters is in Seattle.

According to the Post, “the discussions were more detailed than those the company has had regarding other locations in Northern Virginia and some other cities nationally, adding to speculation that the site in Arlington County is a front-runner to land the online retail giant’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs.” The Post added that a top real estate developer in the area, JBG Smith, has pulled some of its buildings off the leasing market and that local officials have discussed how to make a public announcement on Amazon’s selection, sometime later this month.

Thousands of migrants

More than 5,000 migrants are reportedly moving through southern Mexico via caravan or in smaller groups, according to Mexico’s Interior Ministry estimates. The ministry said Saturday that 2,793 migrants have requested asylum in Mexico and about 500 have asked for help returning to their home countries.

More than half the participants Saturday pushed on toward the cities of Córdoba and Puebla – and even Mexico City – rather than rest and regroup in Isla, which is in the state of Veracruz. Participants impatient at the slow pace of progress continued traveling northward, are staying with the whatever vehicle they were traveling on to its final destination, according to migrants interviewed in Isla.

Tension boiled over on Friday night and Saturday morning in connection with broken promises from the Veracruz state government to bus the migrants to Mexico City, leaving them to walk through dangerous towns and rural areas. In a series of tweets on Sunday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it “was deeply dismayed due to the lack of protection” for migrants caused by the Veracruz state government offering Friday to bus the caravan to Mexico City – only to renege after the caravan participants had woken early and lined up for transportation that never arrived.

Migrant caravan: Weary, frustrated participants face long, dangerous road ahead

Debate over how far to travel each day – something decided at a nightly assembly – is among the issues that divide caravan migrants who are still frustrated on being misled over the weekend by promises of buses being provided to take them to Mexico City. The buses never materialized.

On Sunday, many migrants hesitated upon hitting the main highway, which transits an area rife with organized crime activities.

“It’s difficult because of the fear you feel, the uneasiness about it,” said Brian Delarta, 30, a Honduran heading north with his wife and two children, ages 6 and 3.

Like many, he tried to flag down a ride rather than walk a narrow, two-lane high with no shoulder into an area known as Tierra Blanca.

“We’re walking with fear,” he said. “That’s why we’re sticking together, staying united.”

Caravans have become attractive for migrants attempting to transit Mexico safely. But disunity surfaced on Saturday as the caravan splintered with more than half the group showing haste to reach the U.S. border, even if it meant going alone and abandoning the watchful eye of human rights observers and international organizations. The presence of such organizations is viewed as preventing crimes such as kidnap, rape and extortion from being committed against the large group of migrants. It’s also dissuaded police and immigration officials from cracking down on them.


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