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More than 100 migrant kids moved back to troubled facility

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. government officials say they've moved more than 100 kids back to a remote border facility where lawyers reported detained children were caring for each other and had inadequate food, water, and sanitation. An official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday ...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

By JOHN O'CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide ...

Health impact from smoke rises with more intense wildfires

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature ...

US: Once-secret Jeffrey Epstein sex offender deal must stand

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) — A once-secret plea deal reached a decade ago with wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein must stand, despite objections from many of his victims who were teenagers at the time, federal prosecutors said in a new court ...

Driver pleads not guilty in motorcycle crash that killed 7

By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for a pickup truck driver blamed for causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Authorities said Tuesday that 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy waived his arraignment on ...

Trump order seeks disclosure of hospital prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down , administration officials said. Health and Human ...

Sanders, liberals, out with bill to cancel student debt

By LAURIE KELLMAN and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the ...

Florida woman charged after giving husband’s guns to police

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only ...

High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California fashion brand FUCT. The high court ruled that the ...

Official: Woman, 3 children died of heat exposure in Texas

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico most likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S., authorities said Monday. A law enforcement official close to the investigation ...

Trump threatens to deport millions beginning next week

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to remove millions of people living in the country illegally on the eve of formally announcing his re-election bid. In a pair of tweets Monday night, Trump said that U.S. Immigration and Customs ...

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

By RACHEL LERMAN AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too. The social network unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday to create a new digital currency similar to ...

AP Investigation: Many US jails fail to stop inmate suicides

By SHARON COHEN and NORA ECKERT Associated Press and Capital News Service The last time Tanna Jo Fillmore talked with her mother, she was in a Utah jail, angry, pleading and desperate. She'd called every day that past week, begging for help. I need my medicine, she demanded. I have to get ...

Trump, outsider-turned-insider, sells self as rebel for 2020

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump captured the Republican Party and then the presidency in 2016 as an insurgent intent on disrupting the status quo. As he mounts his bid for reelection, Trump is offering himself as the outsider once ...

Father of boy killed in school massacre wins defamation suit

By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking ...

After massacre, Virginia governor demands action on guns

By ALAN SUDERMAN Associated Press VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol this summer to take up a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and ...

Proposed cat declawing ban passes New York Legislature

By DAVID KLEPPER undefined ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would make the state the first in the U.S. to make it illegal to declaw a cat . The bill, which would subject veterinarians to $1,000 fines for performing the operation, now heads to the desk of ...

Climate change lawsuit vs. US government faces court test

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit by a group of young people who say U.S. energy policies are causing climate change and hurting their future faces a major hurdle Tuesday as lawyers for the Trump administration argue to stop the case from moving ...

Florida deputy charged for inaction during Parkland shooting

By CURT ANDERSON and TERRY SPENCER Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The former Florida deputy who failed to confront a gunman during last year's Parkland school massacre was arrested Tuesday on 11 criminal charges related to his actions, prosecutors announced. Broward State Attorney Mike Satz ...

White House tells 2 ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide ...