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Man dies trying to rescue 5-year-old boy from river in Sequoia National Park

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A young man died trying to rescue a 5-year-old boy who had fallen into the Kaweah River on Saturday in California's Sequoia National Park, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 7:15 a.m. near the park entrance, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

After entering the park about 6:45, the boy's family decided to walk ...Read more

Babies separated from immigrant parents are in Miami shelters, lawmaker says

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MIAMI -- At least 10 babies and toddlers taken away from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being housed in "tender-age shelters" in Miami-Dade County, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., said Saturday.

Wasserman Schultz said the children -- whose ages range from newborns to 5-year-olds -- are being sheltered at His...Read more

1 killed, 156 more injured in blast at rally in Ethiopia

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- One person was killed and 156 others were injured by an explosion at a political rally in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa Saturday, Health Minister Amin Aman said.

Organizers claimed that the attack was aimed at Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Nine police officials were detained after the blast, state broadcaster ETV ...Read more

Man jailed for 36 years in killing of Chicago policeman is freed after confession is tossed

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CHICAGO -- Jackie Wilson, one of two brothers convicted of killing two Chicago police officers, walked out of Cook County Jail, a free man for the first time in more than 36 years.

The sudden freedom for Wilson, 57, came after Cook County Circuit Judge William Hooks ordered his release a few hours earlier. The judge had tossed out Wilson's ...Read more

Florida officials denied access to South Florida migrant shelter

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As four federal lawmakers from Florida walked into the shelter housing 1,179 migrant children in Homestead Saturday, five elected officials were denied access to the facility.

The group of state and local Democrats who wanted to assess conditions in the shelter were dismayed when they were told they had to request a tour two weeks in advance.

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A crying child became the symbolic face of family separations. Does her back story matter?

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A young girl sobs. Standing over her is a smiling Donald Trump. "Welcome to America," the accompanying text reads.

The cover of Time's July 2 edition lifts the image of a 2-year-old Honduran girl, Yanela Sanchez, from a photo of her crying as a Border Patrol agent pats down her mother at the border in Texas. Yanela's image is plopped onto a red...Read more

Ethiopian prime minister says attack won't deter reforms

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia ––Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said a "well-orchestrated attack" that injured scores of people in the capital Addis Ababa has failed to sow discord as the country embarks on a series of political and economic reforms.

"Whoever is trying to darken our joy and love, dilute our unity, you will not succeed," Abiy ...Read more

Inside the California facilities holding children separated from their parents at the border

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In a quiet nook in the small city of La Verne, small cottages topped with Spanish tile are spread across a green campus.

Long ago, it was an orphanage. Now it's a group home for foster children. Recently, it also became one of several shelters in the Los Angeles area that began to house children who have been split from their parents at the ...Read more

Europe is ready to retaliate as trade dispute with US intensifies

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BRUSSELS –– The European Union says it will continue a tit-for-tat escalation in its trade dispute with the U.S. while countering President Donald Trump's assertion that the U.S. is being treated unfairly by the 28-nation bloc.

Jyrki Katainen, the EU commissioner in charge of jobs and growth, told the French newspaper Le Monde in a story ...Read more

Former Vatican diplomat sentenced after confession in child-porn case

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VATICAN CITY –– A former Vatican career diplomat was sentenced Saturday to five years in prison over child pornography charges.

Vatican judges took just two days to hear the case against Italian Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who was found guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.

The priest, who was also fined $5,800, ...Read more

As refugee numbers plummet, jobs go unfilled, report concludes

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SAN DIEGO -- With the flow of refugees into the U.S. at a trickle, many who work with new arrivals worry that the low numbers will have a lasting impact on economies, schools and families in places like San Diego, where many used to resettle.

The International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency with offices in the San Diego area, released ...Read more

SC congressional nominee seriously injured in car crash

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Katie Arrington, who defeated Rep. Mark Sanford in the South Carolina Republican primary this month, was seriously injured in a car accident Friday night.

Her Democratic opponent in the general election, Joe Cunningham, said Saturday morning that he is suspending campaign activities until further notice.

"Katie sustained a fracture in her back...Read more

Trump renews sanctions on North Korea due to 'extraordinary threat'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday extended sanctions against North Korea for one year, saying it still posed an "extraordinary threat" despite days earlier insisting Pyongyang was no longer a nuclear danger to the U.S.

The sanctions were renewed under an executive order reauthorizing a "national emergency" originally put in ...Read more

A year after Trump reversed Obama's opening to Cuba, the U.S. is sitting out Havana's political revamp

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WASHINGTON -- A year ago, President Donald Trump announced tougher policies concerning Cuba, reinstating travel and trade restrictions eased by the historic Obama-era opening between Washington and Havana.

As a result, the United States today is largely sitting on the sidelines as the communist-ruled island faces potentially major changes in ...Read more

Parkland students still pressed on 'genuine' activism

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WASHINGTON--Rain Valladares wiped tears from her eyes this week as she recounted the hours before a gunman invaded the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., with an AR-15 and killed 17.

But she was in Washington to talk about the future of activism, not the past.

"We have a huge problem with gun violence," Valladares...Read more

These Haitian children need surgery in another country and getting a passport is the hard part

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Jonenskia Hector's best chance at life is a passport.

Diagnosed with a large hole in her heart, the 8-year-old girl has been waiting for months to have a life-saving surgery that isn't available in Haiti to repair the defect. Last year, after applying for a passport and being told there was a problem with her documents, she lost her surgical ...Read more

Manafort prosecutors seek potential jury views on IRS, Mueller

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NEW YORK -- Prosecutors want to ask potential jurors for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's trial about their views of the Internal Revenue Service and Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The government submitted a 20-page written questionnaire for potential jurors on Thursday that prosecutors say is necessary, in addition to standard ...Read more

Pentagon 'indefinitely' suspends Korean military exercises

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. has "indefinitely suspended" military exercises in South Korea to foster Washington's fledgling relationship with Pyongyang in the wake of President Donald Trump's meeting in Singapore earlier this month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis suspended the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises as well...Read more

John Mack, LA civic leader and a prominent voice on police reform, dies at 81

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LOS ANGELES--When John Mack arrived in Los Angeles in 1969 as a rising civil rights figure, he plunged into work on behalf of the city's minorities and working class.

It was a struggle in a city that had just experienced the devastating 1965 Watts riots and where many black residents faced serious mistreatment at the hands of the police.

Over ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

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As US airlines resist flying immigrant children taken from parents, Volaris offers to reunite families

Several of the nation's biggest airlines, including American and United, have jumped into the fray over children who were being separated from their parents under the Trump administration's controversial immigration policy.

The carriers ...Read more