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WASHINGTON | 7-year-old migrant girl held at US border dies in custody

WASHINGTON — U.S. immigration officials on Friday defended their actions in the detention of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died two days after she and her father were taken into custody along a remote stretch of the U.S. border. The girl, identified by a Guatemalan official as Jackeline Caal, had gone days without food and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | 7-year-old migrant girl held at US border dies in custody

WASHINGTON | US officials: China poses serious national security threat

WASHINGTON — Cyber threats from China and its theft of intellectual property from American companies pose large economic and national security challenges for the United States, national security officials said Wednesday. Officials from the Department of Justice, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security told the Senate Judiciary Committee that China is working to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US officials: China poses serious national security threat

NEW YORK | School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

NEW YORK — The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains. The Trump administration is scaling back contested school lunch standards implemented under the Obama administration including one that required only whole grains be served. The U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue reading NEW YORK | School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Earthquake-weary Alaskans still grappling with damage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Life was beginning to return to normal Monday in Alaska following the powerful earthquake near Anchorage, but people were still grappling with damage that closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations. Some residents went back to work. but state transportation officials again urged people who live north … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Earthquake-weary Alaskans still grappling with damage

WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the White House has given him authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border. This could, under certain circumstances, mean directing troops to temporarily detain migrants in the event of disorder or violence against border patrol agents. Mattis said Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON | Trump’s refugee director changing jobs

WASHINGTON — The head of the Trump administration’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which was criticized for its role overseeing shelters for unaccompanied immigrant minors, is leaving his post. The Department of Health and Human Services says Scott Lloyd will move to a new role at the Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Lloyd says in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s refugee director changing jobs

LONDON | Climate change protesters block off 5 London bridges

LONDON — Hundreds of protesters have turned out in central London and blocked off the capital’s main bridges to demand the government take climate change seriously. A group called “Extinction Rebellion” encouraged sit-ins on the bridges Saturday as part of a coordinated week of action across the country. Metropolitan Police said emergency vehicles were hampered … Continue reading LONDON | Climate change protesters block off 5 London bridges

CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Rain predicted for North California fire zone

CHICO, Calif.— The Latest on California‘s wildfires (all times local): 8:10 a.m. Officials say they have contained almost half of a Northern California deadly blaze that razed a town and killed at least 63 people. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday the wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise is now … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Rain predicted for North California fire zone