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  • U.S. government reunites 522 children removed under 'zero tolerance'

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    The U.S. Homeland Security Department said late Saturday the government has reunited 522 children separated from adults as part of a "Zero Tolerance" initiative and plans to reunite another 16 children over the next 24 hours. The department said in a statement U.S. Customs and Border Protection expects a small number of children separated for reasons other than zero tolerance would remain separated, including if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed. President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his policy of separating immigrant children from their families on the U.S.-Mexico border, after images of youngsters in cages sparked outrage at home and abroad.

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:35:43 -0400
  • South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash

    South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Campaign spokesman Michael Mule said Arrington will definitely stay in the race for Congress.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 22:12:43 -0400
  • Trump defends policies on border, North Korea in visit to Las Vegas

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    President Donald Trump defended his tough stance on immigrants crossing the U.S. border with Mexico on Saturday, praising his administration for a job well done and saying his approach will make the United States stronger. Trump also said his peace initiative with North Korea was already paying off despite criticism that his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month was long on positive imagery but short on specific accomplishments. Trump, who was in Las Vegas to lend support to U.S. Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, a Republican who is facing a stiff challenge to re-election, has been under fire for a policy that separates children from their parents when they illegally cross the U.S. border with Mexico.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:21:02 -0400
  • South Carolina congressional candidate seriously injured in car crash

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    South Carolina Republican congressional candidate Katie Arrington, who ousted incumbent U.S. Representative Mark Sanford in a primary this month, was seriously injured in a car crash that killed the driver of a second vehicle, her campaign said on Saturday. Arrington, 47, was the passenger in a car driven by a friend on Friday night when a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction struck them on Highway 17 in Charleston County as they were going to Hilton Head where Arrington was to receive an award from a state medical organization, her campaign said. Tim Scott, a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina, told the News & Courier newspaper in Charleston that he visited Arrington on Saturday and spoke with her.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:19:34 -0400
  • White House press secretary says asked to leave restaurant for working for Trump

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    White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Saturday that she had been asked to leave a Virginia restaurant the night before because she worked for U.S. President Donald Trump. "Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left," Sanders said on the official Press Secretary Twitter account. On Saturday, the owner of the Red Hen confirmed the incident and said she stood by her decision to refuse service to Sanders, the Washington Post reported.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 19:18:35 -0400
  • No drugs in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor

    (This version of the June 22 story was corrected to show traces of alcohol, medicines were found) PARIS (Reuters) - U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, was 61. Trace of alcohol," he said, listing the findings of the investigation.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 03:19:28 -0400
  • Four arrested in Pittsburgh as protest calls for justice after police shooting

    Police made four arrests during the hours-long demonstration that wound through the streets of the Steel City as hundreds of protesters blocked intersections and major thoroughfares, disrupting rush-hour and Friday-night traffic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a CNN affiliate reported. Protesters have taken to the streets nightly this week since Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he ran from a vehicle after it was stopped by police who were searching for a suspect in an earlier drive-by shooting. Friday's protest stopped at one point in front of PNC Park where Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates played the Arizona Diamondbacks.

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:24:02 -0400
  • Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention space

    By Sinéad Carew and April Joyner (Reuters) - Shares in private prison operators CoreCivic Inc and Geo Group rose on Friday as investors bet on increasing demand for their services after U.S. authorities asked about available capacity for the detention of immigrant families. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a request for information on Friday afternoon about potential facilities from different providers to accommodate up to 15,000 beds, ideally in several locations. The move came after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday aimed at ending his controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents caught entering the country illegally.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400
  • U.S. Navy drafts plans to house 25,000 immigrants at cost of $233 million

    By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy is drafting plans to house up to 25,000 immigrants on its bases and other facilities, at an estimated cost of about $233 million over six months, as the Trump administration seeks to ease a mounting crisis on the Mexican border, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, who asked not to be named, stressed that the draft memo, which looks at setting up housing on Navy airfields in Alabama, was for planning purposes only. President Donald Trump is facing a public outcry over his policy of separating children from their migrant parents, with lawmakers struggling to get immigration legislation passed.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400
  • Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children

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    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May. Since then, the 23-year-old Guatemalan has been trying to learn her daughter's whereabouts, according to her attorney, Michael Avenatti. At one point she sent a note to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400
  • White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo

    (Reuters) - After weeks of criticism over the separation of immigrant families, the White House seized on a photo of a Honduran toddler seen sobbing at the U.S.-Mexican border to accuse Democrats and the media on Friday of exploiting the picture to push their agenda on immigration. The photograph, taken by photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Dozens of newspapers and magazines including Time and the Washington Post published the image.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400
  • Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated children

    Mexican airline Volaris said on Friday it was offering free flights to reunite families separated by the "zero tolerance" immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement. The airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:02:30 -0400
  • Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murder

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    A federal jury on Friday found a former boss of the New England mob and one of his associates guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed he would cooperate with federal investigators. Steven Boozang, Salemme's lawyer, said he was disappointed and plans to appeal.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:17:17 -0400
  • U.S. judge says may rule next week on reuniting migrant children

    A federal judge said on Friday he could rule as soon as the middle of next week on a request to order the U.S. government to reunite thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents after illegally crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. While U.S. President Donald Trump bowed to political pressure on Wednesday and issued an executive order ending the separations, the administration has been silent on plans to reunite parents split from their children. More than 2,300 migrant children have been separated since the Trump administration began a "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal border crossings in early May. At a court hearing on Friday, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union pressed U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego to issue an injunction as soon as Friday evening to force the government to begin reuniting families.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:14:32 -0400
  • Prison shares rise as U.S. eyes more migrant family detention space

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a request for information on Friday afternoon about potential facilities from different providers to accommodate up to 15,000 beds, ideally in several locations. The move came after U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Wednesday aimed at ending his controversial policy of separating immigrant children from their parents caught entering the country illegally.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 19:14:11 -0400
  • Mexican airline Volaris offers free flights for separated children

    Mexican airline Volaris said on Friday it was offering free flights to reunite families separated by the "zero tolerance" immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them," Volaris said in a statement. The airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:44:08 -0400
  • White House accuses Democrats and media of exploiting toddler photo

    The photograph, taken by photographer John Moore at the scene of a border detention this month, became a powerful image in the media coverage of the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border. Dozens of newspapers and magazines including Time and the Washington Post published the image. The image, widely seen as showing the girl crying over being parted from her mother, helped swell outrage at home and abroad that pushed President Donald Trump to back down on Wednesday on his administration's policy of separating children from their families while the adults were prosecuted for illegally crossing the border.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 18:01:22 -0400
  • Accused N.Y attacker says U.S. court's judgment 'not important'

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    The Uzbek national accused of killing eight people by driving a speeding truck along a New York City bike path last October spoke of a "war" led by Islamic State at a pre-trial hearing on Friday and dismissed the court's judgment as not important. The statement by Sayfullo Saipov, a legal permanent resident of the United States, came at the end of a hearing at which U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick set an Oct. 7, 2019, trial date in the case. "The Islamic State, in order to impose sharia (Islamic law) on Earth, is leading a war," Saipov said.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:46:33 -0400
  • Octogenarian New England ex-mob boss convicted of 1993 murder

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    A federal jury on Friday found a former boss of the New England mob and one of his associates guilty of the 1993 murder of a nightclub owner whose remains were discovered buried in Rhode Island two years ago. Jurors in Boston convicted Francis "Cadillac Frank" Salemme, 84, and Paul Weadick, 63, of killing club owner Steven DiSarro because they believed he would cooperate with federal investigators. Steven Boozang, Salemme's lawyer, said he was disappointed and plans to appeal.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:08:31 -0400
  • Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop immigration bill until election

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    By Doina Chiacu and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, sending mixed signals to his party amid an ongoing crisis over his border policies. Trump, faced with a public outcry over his policy that separated children from their migrant parents at the U.S. border with Mexico, has gone back and forth on ways to solve the country's immigration problems, which he blames on Democrats.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:45:55 -0400
  • New York ban on gravity knives upheld by U.S. appeals court

    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld the constitutionality of New York state's ban on gravity knives, which can be opened to a locked position with a one-handed flick of the wrist. By a 3-0 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by three Manhattan plaintiffs that the ban was vague and could trap unsuspecting people who want to buy, sell or own common folding knives. The decision is a defeat for the artist John Copeland and art dealer Pedro Perez, both arrested for violating the ban, and Native Leather Ltd, a Greenwich Village retailer that agreed to test its knives and submit to inspections to avoid prosecution.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:37:44 -0400
  • No drugs, no alcohol in U.S. celebrity chef Bourdain's body when he died: prosecutor

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    U.S. celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who killed himself in a French hotel room earlier this month, had no narcotics or alcohol in his body when he died, a local prosecutor said on Friday. Bourdain, host of CNN's food-and-travel-focused "Parts Unknown" television series, was 61. "No trace of narcotics, no trace of any toxic products, no trace of medicines, no trace of alcohol," prosecutor Christian de Rocquigny told Reuters.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:26:33 -0400
  • Showers soak much of U.S. Corn Belt; more storms next week

    By Julie Ingwersen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Rains soaked portions of the U.S. Corn Belt this week, swamping fields in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, and more storms are expected early next week ahead of a warm-up, meteorologists said Friday. The wet and warm outlook is generally favorable for U.S. corn and soybean crops overall, forecasters said, despite areas of flooding. The National Weather Service posted flood warnings Friday in northern Illinois, northwest Iowa and neighboring southeast South Dakota, where some areas received 5 to 6 inches (12 to 15 cm) of rain over the last seven days.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:15:28 -0400
  • Supreme Court restricts police on cellphone location data

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    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday imposed limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data pinpointing the past location of criminal suspects in a major victory for digital privacy advocates and a setback for law enforcement authorities. In the 5-4 ruling, the court said police generally need a court-approved warrant to get the data, setting a higher legal hurdle than previously existed under federal law. The court said obtaining such data without a warrant from wireless carriers, as police routinely do, amounted to an unreasonable search and seizure under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:13:44 -0400
  • Uber car's 'safety' driver streamed TV show before fatal crash: police

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    By Heather Somerville and David Shepardson SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber car in Tempe, Arizona, was streaming a television show on her phone until about the time of a fatal crash, according to a police report that deemed the March 18 incident "entirely avoidable." A report by the Tempe Police Department said the driver, Rafaela Vasquez, repeatedly looked down and not at the road, glancing up a half second before the car hit Elaine Herzberg, 49, who was crossing the street at night. The report said police concluded the crash, which has dealt Uber Technologies Inc a major setback in its efforts to develop self-driving cars, would have been "entirely avoidable" if Vasquez had been paying attention.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:07:17 -0400
  • Tesla recycling machine catches fire at Fremont, California campus

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    The fire occurred after a cardboard baling machines that is used for recycling overheated, and was contained, Fremont Fire Department Division Chief Diane Hendry said on Friday. In a tweet earlier this week, Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk touted a new tent on the campus that is being used for the production of the Model 3. The Tesla spokeswoman said the production tent was not affected by the fire.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:48:26 -0400
  • ERCOT expects Texas power demand to break June record in heat wave

    (Reuters) - Homes and businesses in Texas are expected to set a daily electricity consumption record for June on Friday as consumers crank up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave, according to the operator of most of the state's power grid. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, forecast demand will peak at 68,374 MW on Friday, topping the record for the month, 67,887 MW, set on June 1. Summer came early to Texas this year.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:58:47 -0400
  • Where are the beds? Questions surround Trump's plan to hold families in detention

    One child stopped eating and fell into a depression. A third child started biting other children. The Dilley site is one of only three in the United States designed to hold parents and children together in immigration detention.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:37:17 -0400
  • Hundreds block Pittsburgh interstate in police shooting protest

    Antwon Rose, 17, was shot and killed on Tuesday by an East Pittsburgh police officer as he ran from a vehicle after it was stopped by police who were searching for suspect in an earlier drive-by shooting, police said earlier this week. The death of Rose was the latest in a string of killings of black men by police that have triggered street protests and fueled a renewed national debate about bias in the U.S. criminal justice system. The incident has sparked largely peaceful protests in the Pittsburgh area with demonstrators calling for justice.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:25:55 -0400
  • Thirty-three children fall ill at Florida summer camp

    Some of those affected complained of headaches and vomited and one person passed out, CBS News reported, citing Highlands County Public Safety Director Marc Bashoor. The cause of the illness was unknown and the local health department was investigating the incident, the Highlands County Fire and Rescue said on Twitter. "None appear to be serious," the fire department tweeted.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:04:09 -0400
  • U.S. accuses Chinese man of smuggling anti-submarine warfare devices

    The head of a company that distributes marine-related products was arrested on Thursday on U.S. charges that he conspired with an entity affiliated with China's armed forces to export devices to that country that could be used in anti-submarine warfare. Shuren Qin, a Chinese national living in Wellesley, Massachusetts, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Boston with visa fraud and conspiring to commit violations of U.S. export regulations. A lawyer for Qin did not respond to a request for comment.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 03:40:01 -0400
  • Reality Winner to change her plea on leaking Russian interference report

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    Reality Leigh Winner pleaded not guilty in June, 2017 after she was charged with passing the top secret National Security Agency report to The Intercept last year while working with Pluribus International Corp, which provides analytical services for U.S. defense and intelligence. Attorneys for Winner, a 26-year-old from Augusta, Georgia, filed on Thursday a request in the Southern District of Georgia to change her not guilty plea, a court document showed. A plea agreement, detailing her new plea, was also filed with the court, but was not made public.

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:49:49 -0400
  • Father says little Honduran girl on Time cover was not taken from mother

    The Honduran toddler pictured sobbing in a pink jacket before U.S. President Donald Trump on an upcoming cover of Time magazine was not separated from her mother at the U.S. border, according to a man who says he is the girl's father. The powerful original photograph, taken at the scene of a border detention by photographer John Moore, became one of the iconic images in the flurry of media coverage about the separation of families by the Trump administration. Dozens of newspapers and magazines around the globe published the picture, swelling the tide of outrage that pushed Trump to back down Wednesday and say families would no longer be separated.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:43:29 -0400
  • U.S. military may house immigrant children as Trump policy beset by confusion

    By Idrees Ali, Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. military has been asked to get ready to house up to 20,000 immigrant children, officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back a widely condemned policy of separating children from their parents were beset by confusion. While no decision has been made, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already assessed three military bases in Texas and would review another in Arkansas, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:03:22 -0400
  • Melania Trump's jacket mixes message during visit to detained immigrant children

    By Steve Holland and Jonathan Allen MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - First Lady Melania Trump's visit on Thursday to a Texas shelter housing migrant children separated from their parents was overshadowed by a jacket she wore with the words: "I really don't care, do u?" scrawled in white brush strokes on the back. Melania Trump was shown in photos wearing the hooded green khaki jacket designed by fashion chain Zara as she boarded a flight from Andrews Air Force Base to the border facility in McAllen, Texas. "It's a jacket," Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's spokeswoman, told reporters.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:59:49 -0400
  • 'Are you the mother?' A woman's search for baby taken by U.S. immigration

    It took 85 days for Olivia Caceres to retrieve her baby boy, pulled from his father's arms at the U.S. border, a traumatic experience many more parents face to reunite with children separated under President Donald Trump's immigration policies. Now nearly 20 months old, Mateo was returned to his family on Feb. 8 after a battle across borders, officialdom and languages. Months later, the boy still screeches even as Caceres rocks him on her chest, sometimes until dawn.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:51:45 -0400
  • U.S. House Republicans delay immigration vote until next week

    Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday delayed at least until next week votes on an immigration bill that was painstakingly negotiated over the last several weeks but has failed to attract enough support for passage. While Republicans called the measure a compromise, it has been crafted without any Democratic input and was supposed to be a compromise between warring conservatives and moderates in the party. Meanwhile, it remained unclear how and when more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's immigration policy would be reunited.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:30:19 -0400
  • U.S. State Department imposes visa ban on several DRCongo officials

    The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country's electoral process to send a "strong signal" about the need for a peaceful transfer of power. "Today's actions send a strong signal that the U.S. government is committed to fighting corruption, to supporting credible elections that lead to DRC's first peaceful and democratic transfer of power," the State Department said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:45:32 -0400
  • Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

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    By Bill Trott WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the U.S. media, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the Washington Post and Fox News said. Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other U.S. newspapers. "My fight is over." Less than a month earlier, Krauthammer had told a Fox colleague that the worst appeared to be behind him.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:49:03 -0400
  • U.S. House again postpones vote on Republican immigration bill

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    By Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives delayed for a second time - likely to next week - a vote on an immigration bill they had originally planned to take up on Thursday. The vote on the so-called compromise Republican plan had earlier been delayed to Friday to allow members additional time to review it. The Republican-controlled House earlier on Thursday defeated another, more conservative immigration bill designed to significantly reduce visas for legal immigration to the United States and to temporarily protect from deportation young "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:16:26 -0400
  • Same court, different outcomes in Texas after Trump order on families

    What a difference a day seemed to make for immigrants suspected of illegal border crossing. Some 19 people, many of whom had been separated from their children, had charges of illegally entering the United States dismissed on Thursday at a federal court hearing in the Texas border city of El Paso, said Vivek Grover, a lawyer for immigrants. The action came hours after the White House order against separating adults and children went into effect in the immigration crisis.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:11:41 -0400
  • 'Are you the mother?' A woman's search for baby taken by U.S. immigration

    Now nearly 20 months old, Mateo was returned to his family on Feb. 8 after a battle across borders, officialdom and languages. Months later, the boy still screeches even as Caceres rocks him on her chest, sometimes until dawn. The Salvadoran family's story of struggle in U.S. immigration detention presaged what was to come: Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that led to more than 2,300 migrant children being separated from parents in recent weeks.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:04:47 -0400
  • El Salvador demands U.S. return child taken from deported father

    El Salvador on Thursday demanded the United States return a child who had been taken from his father before the man was deported this week without any prior notification to embassy officials. El Salvador's foreign ministry said it registered its first deportation of a father who had been separated from his son for trying to illegally enter the United States. The man, who was not identified, was deported on Wednesday without any word to El Salvadoran embassy officials, as is required under an immigration deal with the United States, deputy foreign minister Liduvina Magarin said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:01:40 -0400
  • Three men indicted for Minnesota mosque bombing

    Michael McWhorter, 29, Joe Morris, 23, and Michael B. Hari, 47, were accused of carrying out a pipe bomb attack on the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Aug. 5, 2017. The bomb damaged the building, but caused no injuries, according to a statement from the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:41:46 -0400
  • Trump tries to defuse immigrant crisis, but policy hit by confusion

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    By Richard Cowan and Steve Holland WASHINGTON/MCALLEN, Texas (Reuters) - President Donald Trump ordered federal agencies on Thursday to begin reuniting immigrant families recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, but his efforts to roll back a policy that drew global condemnation were beset by confusion. Despite Trump's order, it remained unclear how and when more than 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents in the past few weeks would be reunited with them, and where the families would be held while the parents face criminal charges. It was also not clear if the government would keep prosecuting cases against people caught crossing the border illegally.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:23:33 -0400
  • Melania Trump's jacket mixes message during visit to detained immigrant children

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    Melania Trump, the wife of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Thursday visited children displaced by the country’s immigration crisis in Texas, only a day after Trump reversed course and ordered families to be kept intact when entering the United States illegally from Mexico. According to her spokesperson, Melania Trump decided to visit detention centers housing children because she deeply cares about the controversial issue. The trip to Texas was the most high-profile public appearance Melania Trump had made since undergoing a surgical procedure for a kidney condition on May 14.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:16:23 -0400
  • Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors

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    A judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on 49 counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse over the treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said. David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard tape of an emotional 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed and deactivated cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:47:57 -0400
  • Illinois, Iowa, Rhode Island urge rejection of Sinclair-Tribune tie-up

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    In April, Sinclair said it would sell 23 television stations to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals of the Tribune transaction. Sinclair, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, said that if the deal was approved it would reach nearly 59 percent of the nation’s television households.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:44:42 -0400
  • Asked about prosecutions, Trump says U.S. must have tough border policy

    President Donald Trump, asked on Thursday whether families crossing the U.S. border with Mexico will continue to face prosecution, said the government must maintain a "tough policy" to prevent millions of people from coming in. The Washington Post reported earlier Thursday that the Trump administration will stop prosecuting migrant parents who cross the border illegally with children until immigration authorities have the resources to allow them to be held in custody. "We have to have a very strong border," Trump said.

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:33:35 -0400
  • Minnesota firms sue over Trump administration mine leases near wilderness

    (Reuters) - Minnesota outdoor recreation firms have sued the federal government over its decision to reinstate leases for a mine next to a state wilderness as part of the Trump administration's drive to allow mining in some of the country's wildest areas. The Interior Department's May 2 decision was unlawful and posed an immediate threat to the environment and the areas' outdoor-recreation economy, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia on Thursday. Plaintiffs included outdoor equipment stores, a resort and Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, a group created to protect the area known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:27:59 -0400
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