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Poor medical care led to deaths at immigration detention facilities, advocates' report alleges

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SAN DIEGO -- Inadequate medical care probably contributed to the majority of deaths of detainees at U.S. immigration facilities between December 2015 and April 2017, according to a new report issued by a coalition of advocacy organizations.

Substandard medical care contributed or led to eight of the 15 deaths reviewed, according to doctors ...Read more

Thursday's White House congressional picnic is off, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced he will "cancel and postpone" Thursday evening's congressional picnic at the White House because "we're all so busy."

"I was just walking over to the Oval Office and thinking, you know, it just doesn't feel right to have a picnic for Congress when we're working on doing something so important."

He...Read more

Inhofe, Pruitt's Capitol Hill ally, takes back criticism after meeting

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WASHINGTON -- EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's longtime friend and political ally on Capitol Hill is walking back his criticism of the embattled agency leader after the two met Tuesday evening.

Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma, said he's "a little embarrassed" over telling conservative political commentator ...Read more

Obama administration criticized in Senate for not doing more on 2016 Russia meddling

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican and Democratic senators leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections joined in criticism of President Barack Obama's administration for failing to do more to stop the meddling.

Republican Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr said at a hearing Wednesday that Obama administration ...Read more

Poll: Kim Jong Un looks stronger than Trump after summit

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WASHINGTON -- Kim Jong Un appears stronger than President Donald Trump in the wake of their historic summit, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed a week after the meeting said Kim is a strong leader, up from roughly half in April.

Just 51 percent said the same of Trump.

While Trump has touted the North...Read more

Trump plans action as outrage over his family-separation policy grows

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WASHINGTON -- Amid continued outrage about his "zero tolerance" policy at the southern border, President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday he would sign an executive action to end the family separation crisis, though he did not say what exactly he would sign.

"I'll be signing something in a little while," Trump told reporters. "Something that...Read more

Grimm compares migrant children's conditions to 'day care' dropoff

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WASHINGTON -- Former Republican Rep. Michael G. Grimm of New York dismissed the cries of migrant children separated from their families on the border as equivalent to the weeping of kids being dropped off at day care.

"I can take you to any nursery and you're going to hear the exact same things. As a mother leaves to go to work and has to leave...Read more

House to move forward on immigration bill as outrage over Trump separation policy grows

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans say the are forging ahead with a risky gambit to vote on a broad immigration bill Thursday that would address President Donald Trump's unpopular policy of separating children from their parents as they enter the country illegally.

The legislation would also provide billions of dollars for Trump's dream of ...Read more

Meet the four blue-eyed mountain lion kittens living in Southern California hills

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LOS ANGELES -- Park rangers have found four furry cougar kittens living with their mother in the Simi Hills -- the first den authorities have found in a small patch of terrain between the Santa Susana and Santa Monica mountain ranges, officials said.

The female blue-eyed kittens, now known as P-66, P-67, P-68 and P-69, were found on June 11 ...Read more

Q&A: The long-lasting health effects of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border

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Researchers have long looked upon wars, famines and mass migrations as grim but important opportunities to understand how adversity affects children's health.

They've culled the experiences of orphans warehoused in government facilities, Jewish children dispatched to foreign families ahead of a Nazi invasion, and young refugees fleeing ...Read more

Boisterous crowd blocks LA roadway during memorial for slain rapper XXXTentacion

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LOS ANGELES -- A boisterous crowd gathered in Los Angeles Tuesday night for a memorial for the slain rapper XXXTentacion, with some people climbing onto rooftops and swarming moving cars as police ordered them to disperse.

Between 300 and 500 people gathered in the street on Melrose and Spaulding avenues in the Fairfax area, blocking traffic in...Read more

Fight over food stamps among big hurdles facing farm bill

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WASHINGTON--If everything goes according to plan this month, House leaders will round up the necessary Republican votes to pass the chamber's 2018 farm bill after an unexpected defeat on the floor put the legislation on hold.

The failed May 18 vote marked the second time in five years that a farm bill ran into obstacles in the House. In the ...Read more

Worldwide, 1 in 110 people is displaced from home: Here's what life is like for some of them

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BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh -- Rising quietly before dawn inside his mud-walled shack, the fisherman said a quick prayer and set off into the woods to forage for firewood.

In a hut up the hill, a 12-year-old orphan lay on the dirt floor, his mind racked by memories of his parents.

In southern Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of ...Read more

Q&A: A judge in Kansas just struck down one of the toughest voter ID laws in the country. Here's what you need to know

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In 2011, Kansas passed a law that Republicans said was aimed at ending voter fraud by requiring people to show proof of citizenship to register to vote.

But opponents argued that it was really an attempt to reduce registration by blacks and Latinos -- who tend to vote Democratic -- and challenged the law with a barrage of lawsuits.

On Monday, ...Read more

'Little Russian media project' tries to turn America against itself

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NEW YORK -- Alexander Malkevich is an information warrior for Russia.

Over the weekend, he sat in an oyster bar in the basement of Grand Central Station in New York City and related to McClatchy the endless difficulties facing his English-language website, USA Really, which is financed by unnamed pro-Kremlin Russians.

USA Really has all the ...Read more

Could there be a wolf pack in Illinois? Man's trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing

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INDUSTRY, Ill. -- After snacking on fried pretzels at the Lunch Box Cafe earlier this month, Jay Smith sat in the narrow shade of his patio and started scanning video footage on a laptop.

There they were again: the mysterious, wolflike creatures.

For several years, Smith has captured trail-cam footage of the curious canines that inhabit land ...Read more

Trump planned to erect tent cities to house immigrants since the start of his presidency

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WASHINGTON -- Since the earliest days of the Trump presidency, the administration has been preparing to erect tent cities to house immigrants who had come to the country illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security asked Congress for $95 million to erect tent cities in two locations in Texas to "detain all immigration violators," according to...Read more

Ukrainian film director on hunger strike in a Russian prison casts dark cloud over World Cup

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MOSCOW -- When the World Cup started in Russia on Thursday, Oleg Sentsov was on day 32 of his hunger strike in a northern Siberian penal colony. An acclaimed Ukrainian film writer and director, Sentsov is serving 20 years in Russia, accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Crimea.

Sentsov says that he's innocent and that the Kremlin is ...Read more

In Xi talks, Kim calls for step-by-step denuclearization process

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BEIJING -- Kim Jong Un doesn't appear to be in a rush to dump his nuclear weapons.

In talks with China President Xi Jinping on Tuesday, the North Korean leader reiterated his call for a gradual process to carry out the results of last week's summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Chinese state media cited Kim saying that denuclearization will...Read more

Nelson, Wasserman Schultz blocked from entering immigrant children shelter in Florida

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MIAMI -- Amid uproar over the federal government's breakup of families caught illegally crossing the U.S. border, state and federal lawmakers were denied entry Tuesday to a shelter in Homestead where 1,200 immigrant children are being held, including dozens separated from their parents.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ...Read more