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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

NEW YORK | Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK — Jennie-O-Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in an ongoing salmonella outbreak. The recall is the first tied to an outbreak the U.S. Department of Agriculture says is widespread. It has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states. Regulators did not say how many of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

LONDON | UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

LONDON — A U.N. human rights expert says cuts to Britain‘s social support are causing misery for poorer citizens. Philip Alston, the U.N. rapporteur on poverty, concluded Friday that Britain’s government remains in a state of denial about the impact of benefit cuts and says the country’s departure from the European Union could make things … Continue reading LONDON | UN human rights expert says UK cuts to services causing harm

CONCORD, N.H. | Dartmouth sued following professor misconduct allegations

CONCORD, N.H.— Dartmouth College was sued Thursday for allegedly allowing three professors to create a culture in their department that encouraged drunken parties and subjected female students to harassment, groping and sexual assault. Seven women filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Hampshire against the elite college’s trustees. It contends that professors William Kelley, … Continue reading CONCORD, N.H. | Dartmouth sued following professor misconduct allegations

Internet traffic hijack dogs Google

Internet traffic hijacking disrupted several Google services Monday, including search and cloud-hosting services. Network-monitoring companies say service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST. The incident was suspicious because it rerouted data traffic to Google through Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies. Google confirms Monday’s disruption and says it believes the … Continue reading Internet traffic hijack dogs Google

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON— The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and changes at the Department of Justice (all times local): 9:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is calling acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker “a very highly respected man” as he faces criticism about his appointment to replace Jeff Sessions. Trump said Friday “I don’t know Matt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump calls Whitaker ‘very highly respected man’

WASHINGTON | Pentagon quietly drops mentions of border mission’s name

WASHINGTON— The Pentagon has quietly stopped calling the deployment of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border “Operation Faithful Patriot,” dropping the name even as thousands of American forces head to southern Texas, Arizona and California. According to U.S. officials, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis directed the department to stop using the name and simply describe the mission … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pentagon quietly drops mentions of border mission’s name

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: US-MEXICO BORDER MOBILIZATION FIGURES CHANGE AT DIZZYING PACE Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Pentagon doesn’t “do stunts” when asked if his department is being politicized by Trump’s ever-increasing troop deployment numbers. PITTSBURGH SYNAGOGUE MASSACRE SUSPECT DUE IN … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. | Broncos trade wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Texans

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — The Denver Broncos traded nine-year veteran Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texans on Tuesday. Thomas won’t have to wait long to play his old team — the Texans (5-3) visit the Broncos (3-5) this weekend. The Broncos will also send a 2019 seventh-rounder to Houston and will receive fourth and seventh-round picks … Continue reading ENGLEWOOD, Colo. | Broncos trade wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to Texans

WASHINGTON | Trump says goal of new proposal is lower some US drug prices

WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking aim at the global freeloading that … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says goal of new proposal is lower some US drug prices

SINGAPORE | Singapore companies sanctioned by US are family run

SINGAPORE  —Two Singapore companies sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department this week and accused of laundering money for North Korea share a director, address and have a similar board, official records show. The Treasury Department named the companies, commodities trading house Wee Tiong (S) Pte. Ltd. and ship management services company WT Marine Pte. Ltd. … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Singapore companies sanctioned by US are family run

NEW YORK | Capitals F Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension upheld by Bettman

NEW YORK— Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension for an illegal check to an opponent’s head in a preseason game was upheld by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. In a 31-page decision announced a week after Wilson’s nearly 7½-hour appeal hearing, Bettman determined that the initial ruling by the Department of Player Safety … Continue reading NEW YORK | Capitals F Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension upheld by Bettman

WASHINGTON | Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

WASHINGTON — Contradicting a claim by a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department said Thursday that a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not be reassigned to lead an internal watchdog agency at Interior. Spokeswoman Heather Swift said in a statement that an email sent by HUD Secretary Ben Carson last … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior Dept. contradicts Ben Carson on new watchdog hiring

SANTA ANA, Calif. | Mexican policeman held after meth found in car

SANTA ANA, Calif.  — Southern California authorities have arrested a Mexican police officer they say had 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) of methamphetamine in his car. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department says deputies stopped a car for vehicle code violations on Tuesday on the Interstate 5 freeway between Orange and San Diego counties. The department says … Continue reading SANTA ANA, Calif. | Mexican policeman held after meth found in car

NEW YORK | DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

NEW YORK — The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions. The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the deal on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving some … Continue reading NEW YORK | DOJ approves $69B CVS Health-Aetna merger, with conditions

KATHMANDU, Nepal | Nepal says its tiger population has almost doubled from 2009

KATHMANDU, Nepal— Officials say the number of tigers roaming the jungles of Nepal has nearly doubled because of initiatives from the government, conservationists and local authorities who have worked for years to increase the tiger population in the Himalayan nation. Gopal Prakash Bhattarai of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said Sunday that … Continue reading KATHMANDU, Nepal | Nepal says its tiger population has almost doubled from 2009

LONDON | The Latest: Russian envoy rejects reports of cybercrimes

LONDON — The Latest on a new wave of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A top Russian diplomat is warning the U.S. that its allegations of cybercrimes by the Russian intelligence could dangerously escalate tensions between the nuclear superpowers. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement that the … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Russian envoy rejects reports of cybercrimes

DALLAS | Dallas police officer who shot neighbor fired by department

DALLAS  — A white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was fired Monday, the same day the man was being buried in his Caribbean homeland. Police Chief U. Renee Hall dismissed Officer Amber Guyger during a hearing Monday, according to the Police Department. Guyger is charged with manslaughter … Continue reading DALLAS | Dallas police officer who shot neighbor fired by department

HOUSTON | $18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

HOUSTON — Authorities say bananas donated to a Texas prison turned out to have nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden inside the boxes. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says in a Facebook post that the drugs were found in two pallets of bananas that were donated because they were already ripe. The donation … Continue reading HOUSTON | $18M worth of cocaine found in bananas given to Texas prison

DALLAS | Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

DALLAS  — The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wednesday that the department is working with national and international law enforcement to … Continue reading DALLAS | Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

HOUSTON | Government to expand, extend Texas tent shelter for children

HOUSTON — The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,800 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a 360-bed capacity for 30 days, is being expanded based on … Continue reading HOUSTON | Government to expand, extend Texas tent shelter for children

LAS VEGAS | Prisons chief: Supplier error got Nevada its execution drugs

LAS VEGAS — Nevada’s prisons chief testified Tuesday that after more than 200 drug companies refused to supply drugs for use in an execution, a supplier’s mistake on a buyers’ list gave the state an opening to obtain a sedative that officials want to use in a twice-postponed lethal injection. Under questioning by drug company … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Prisons chief: Supplier error got Nevada its execution drugs

DALLAS | Authorities: Dallas officer arrested on manslaughter warrant

DALLAS — A white Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter charge in the off-duty shooting of a black man who was her neighbor, Texas authorities said. Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release. The department said the investigation … Continue reading DALLAS | Authorities: Dallas officer arrested on manslaughter warrant