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Thousands of legal immigration slots would be slashed under House plan

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WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of immigrants will be barred from entering the country under the compromise plan the House is about to consider.

About 560,000 total immigrant visas were issued in 2017, according to State Department statistics.

The House plan would switch 78,400 spots, currently reserved for visas for adult siblings and married...Read more

Trump administration withdrawing from United Nations human rights body

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration said Tuesday it is withdrawing from the United Nations body that oversees human rights around the globe, saying the 47-nation council has shown an "unconscionable" bias against Israel.

The decision to leave the U.N. Human Rights Council was the latest multinational institution or treaty that the ...Read more

House immigration plan would allow families to be detained together

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WASHINGTON -- The Republican House compromise bill on immigration would end the family separation issue at the border -- but Democrats won't support it.

The bill mandates that the Department of Homeland Security hold any adult only charged with a misdemeanor who crossed the border with a child under age 18 with their child, at specific family ...Read more

Colorado joins California in fight to prevent Trump from weakening auto emissions rules

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WASHINGTON--As the Trump administration moves to roll back ambitious vehicle-emissions targets, California and several other states that rely on those standards to achieve their clean air goals have enlisted an influential new partner in the fight to keep the rules intact.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday that his state plans ...Read more

Daisy Coleman, whose Maryville rape case went viral, loses brother in Kansas crash

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tragedy has again struck the Coleman family, formerly of Maryville, Mo., who made international headlines in 2013 in wake of the investigations into the sexual assault of then-14-year-old Daisy Coleman.

Tristan Coleman -- the youngest of Daisy's three brothers -- was killed Monday night in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate ...Read more

Trump campaign ex-staffer asks judge to keep NDA suit public

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NEW YORK -- A former manager on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign who claims she was harassed on the job and is seeking to nullify a non-disclosure agreement is pressing to have her claims heard in public.

Jessica Denson asked a New York judge on Monday to deny the campaign's request to force the non-disclosure case into arbitration. The ...Read more

Missouri Democrats file suit challenging appointment of lieutenant governor

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Just hours after Gov. Mike Parson appointed a former colleague to the No. 2 post in state government, the Missouri Democratic Party filed a lawsuit seeking to require the lieutenant governor position only be filled by an election.

Seizing on legal and constitutional questions that surround the ability of a chief executive...Read more

Flake holds up judicial nominee, won't say why

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WASHINGTON -- Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake halted an appeals court nominee last week and he's not publicly saying why, a behind-the-scenes move that takes aim at one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's top legislative priorities this year.

The Senate Judiciary Committee scuttled a planned vote June 14 on the nomination of Britt ...Read more

Trump campaign chief urges firing Sessions, ending Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's 2020 campaign manager wants the president to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and end special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference that intelligence agencies say was meant to help Trump's 2016 campaign.

"Time to fire Sessions. End the Mueller investigation. You can't obstruct something...Read more

Trump blames Democrats, smugglers and Mexico for border crisis as Republicans press him for solution

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump unabashedly defended his policy of separating children from their migrant parents on the southern border, spreading blame Tuesday among Democrats, Mexico and child smugglers ahead of a meeting with congressional Republicans eager for him to end the mounting political crisis.

In a partisan speech to a ...Read more

Supreme Court gerrymandering decision signals more legal challenges to come

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's handling of two cases alleging partisan gerrymandering is expected to spur even more legal action over the constitutionality of crafting electoral maps that tend to favor one political party.

Opponents of gerrymandering were hoping the Wisconsin and Maryland cases involving partisan gerrymandering would ...Read more

Poll finds Newsom has a commanding lead over Cox in California governor's race

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Democrat Gavin Newsom has a dominant lead over Republican John Cox in California's race for governor, a contest where a significant number of voters appear to have cast ballots strategically to sway the outcome of the state's top-two primary, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.

Forty-five percent of registered voters who ...Read more

Florida Congress members denied access to immigrant center for children

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As outrage grew about family separations at the border, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz were denied entry to a shelter in Homestead where more than 1,000 migrant teenagers are being housed.

The Florida Democrats said they wanted to tour the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied ...Read more

US officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children, thousands more than lawmakers were alerted to last month, according to a McClatchy review of federal data.

Federal officials acknowledged last month that nearly 1,500 unaccompanied minors arrived on the southern border alone without ...Read more

Another 'panga-style' boat motors ashore in Orange County, Calif.; authorities search for occupants

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LOS ANGELES -- The discovery of a panga-style boat that may have been used to smuggle immigrants onto an Orange County beach triggered the temporary lockdown of an elementary school as authorities searched the area for the vessel's occupants Tuesday morning.

The boat came ashore on Moro Beach, in Crystal Cove State Park, about 6:25 a.m. with ...Read more

'Freedom city'? Going beyond 'sanctuary,' Austin, Texas, vows to curtail arrests

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Ever since the Texas legislature last year passed one of the country's most aggressive "anti-sanctuary city" laws, some enclaves have fought officials over the extent to which police can ignore federal immigration law.

The state regulation known as Senate Bill 4 has been described by opponents as the "show your papers" law for allowing officers...Read more

Judge dismisses Charleston church shooting lawsuits, says FBI can fix gun checks

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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits by survivors and victims in the 2015 Charleston church massacre but also said bureaucratic "nonsense" caused the gun background check system to fail, allowing Dylann Roof to get a gun to carry out his killings.

In his 22-page order, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel called the FBI's...Read more

With latest China visit, North Korea's Kim can again play statesman and reassure Beijing he's an ally

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BEIJING -- Decades ago, former Chinese leader Mao Zedong described his country's relationship with North Korea as one of "lips and teeth" -- a loosely defined metaphor from an imperial era Mao used to define a close, yet different, relationship.

It perhaps remains an apt description of their relationship now.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's ...Read more

3 found dead in pool at NC apartment complex

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Three people were found dead early Tuesday in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in west Durham.

Police found two males and one female submerged at the Chapel Tower apartment complex after being called shortly after 3 a.m.

The three, whose ages and identities were not immediately disclosed, were pronounced dead at Duke ...Read more

Painkillers may have made cancer patient a target; 3 charged in her death

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A woman with stage 4 lung cancer was found dead six days after going missing from her Covington home. Investigators believe her painkillers may have made her a target.

Denita M. Satchwell, 58, was found dead on Friday in a wooded area near Rabbit Hash, according to news station WCPO. She was reported missing on June 11, ...Read more