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

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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 notified the U.S. government -- and the public -- that they wished to have no part in transporting those ...Read more

Inside the Ukraine peace plan in the Mueller probe: More authors, earlier drafting than believed

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WASHINGTON -- A controversial peace plan for Ukraine and Russia that has drawn headlines and scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller was initially devised in early 2016 with significant input from an ex-congressman and a Ukrainian-American billionaire, according to a former Ukrainian legislator who promoted the proposal before Donald Trump'...Read more

Chicago group confirms 66 separated minors are being housed in the city

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CHICAGO -- A Chicago nonprofit said Friday it is housing 66 migrant children who have been separated from their parents under the "zero tolerance" policy in the last six weeks.

Evelyn Diaz, president of Heartland Alliance, welcomed Sen. Dick Durbin for a visit to one of the organization's nine shelters that is accommodating the children -- two-...Read more

Dozens of baby gulls pushed to their deaths in Chicago were attacked by other gulls, not humans, wildlife official says

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CHICAGO -- Wildlife officials say some 70 baby seagulls found on a Chicago sidewalk were attacked and, in most cases, dropped to their death by older birds in their colony.

Annette Prince, director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, said her organization first was notified of the injured birds along the 600 block of West Harrison Street on...Read more

Illinois to pull license plate with number tied to white supremacy after owner threatened on Twitter

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CHICAGO -- There was a palpable sense of shock in the voice of the man when told his Illinois license plate contains a symbolic number used by white supremacists.

"I had no idea that ... I had no idea," the man said, tripping over his words during a telephone conversation with a Tribune reporter. "I am completely blown away, blown away and a ...Read more

Out of control iguanas infesting South Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida's not quite Jurassic Park, but it's getting close.

Packs of green iguanas are swarming seawalls, roaming yards and parks, and leaving a path of destruction and filth in their wake. Like a shot of espresso, the hot summer sun has stoked activity in the cold-blooded creatures, which experts say may be at ...Read more

3 decades after Michella Welch's death, a picture starts to emerge of suspected killer

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TACOMA, Wash. -- Gary Charles Hartman wasn't what people expected to see as he shuffled into a Pierce County, Wash., courtroom Thursday.

The 66-year-old had white hair on his balding head, wore black wire-rimmed glasses and appeared timid.

One person who went to court to see him described Hartman as "a little, old man."

But in his younger ...Read more

Q&A: What it's like to be interviewed for a job by Koko the gorilla: 'She had a lot to say'

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There aren't many people who've had to impress a gorilla for a job interview, but Mary Lee Jensvold is one of them.

The interviewer in question was Koko, the western lowland gorilla who made a name for herself by learning American Sign Language and demonstrating for the world that animals have more intelligence and emotional depth than humans ...Read more

Trump kills off House immigration bill he had vowed to support '1,000 percent'

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WASHINGTON -- With an early morning tweet Friday, President Donald Trump put the likely final nail in the coffin of an immigration measure supported by the House GOP leadership, saying that lawmakers shouldn't bother with legislation he had claimed to support just days before.

"Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration until ...Read more

GOP leaders want to celebrate tax cuts but few are listening

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WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders wanted to tout the six-month anniversary of their tax cuts this week. The rest of Washington was too busy to join the fanfare.

Instead, to GOP dismay, another issue dominated the headlines: immigration. It was the latest example of the struggle Republicans face in making the tax overhaul -- their signature ...Read more

In a victory for privacy, Supreme Court rules cellphone tracking records are off-limits without a warrant

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WASHINGTON -- In a victory for privacy in the digital era, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Constitution protects tracking data from a cellphone, requiring police to have a search warrant to obtain cell tower records that show a person's movement for days or weeks.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, said the 4th Amendment protects the data ...Read more

Man struggles with loss of son and ex-girlfriend, both found dead in Mo. apartment

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY -- Jason Booker said he called the mother of his 1-year-old son, Isaiah, almost every day.

That's how it always was between the two, whether they were on again or off again throughout their nine-year relationship, he said.

"Even when we weren't together, we were together," he said. "She was my heart."

But in mid-May, that ...Read more

No federal money for arming teachers, House says

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WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security would not be able to use two big federal grant programs to pay for arming teachers, thanks to a provision tucked into House legislation that quietly passed this week.

The measure blocks the funds from being spent to provide anyone with a gun or train them to use one.

But Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla...Read more

Gorilla whose sign language skills amazed world dies

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LOS ANGELES--Koko the gorilla doted on her pet kitten as if it were her own child. To the amazement of her human handlers, she seemed able to capture the joys and annoyances of maternal love in strings of simple words.

"Soft," Koko said in sign language while cradling the kitten, which she named All Ball because it resembled a fuzzy gray pom-...Read more

Supreme Court ducks decision on whether president has power to fire any top federal official

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court sidestepped a constitutional dispute Thursday over the scope of the president's power to fire high-level federal employees.

Instead, by a 7-2 vote, the court ruled that administrative law judges who hear stock fraud cases at the Securities and Exchange Commission are "officers" of the United States, not civil ...Read more

Guatemalan man fears for daughter, left behind in US

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Six weeks ago Nazario Jacinto-Carrillo left his village in Guatemala with his 6-year-old daughter, Filemona, to seek asylum in the United States, but his plan went awry soon after illegally crossing the California border.

U.S. Border Patrol agents, he said, took his weeping daughter from his arms and told him that she would be returned to him ...Read more

Surprising discovery about virus, Alzheimer's disease could open new avenues for treatment

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Researchers may have found a tiny culprit -- human herpes virus -- in the progressive loss of memory, thinking ability and identity that comes with Alzheimer's disease. And it could be a big deal.

In research that revives a suspicion first raised more than six decades ago, scientists have found higher levels of the common virus in the brains of...Read more

Trump ended separating families; now what's next?

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MCALLEN, Texas -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending the administration's practice of separating immigrant families, but many issues concerning immigration remain up in the air. Among the key questions still pending: what happens to more than 2,300 children still in custody and away from their parents?

Here's a guide to...Read more

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Manafort ordered by judge to be held away from other prisoners

NEW YORK -- Paul Manafort will be kept away from other prisoners while he's in jail after allegedly tampering with potential witnesses ahead of his trial, a federal judge in Washington said Thursday.

Manafort's bail was revoked on June 15 after prosecutors accused him of ...Read more

Trump plan to expand Gulf drilling ignores impacts on wildlife, lawsuit claims

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MIAMI--A handful of environmental groups sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to protect whales, sea turtles and other marine life in the Gulf of Mexico even as it pushes to expand drilling amid safety cutbacks.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Tampa, Earthjustice claimed the administration has yet to complete a long overdue...Read more