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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 ...

Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had ...

Trump prompts protests with promise of new Mexican tariffs

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge ...

Trump attacks Mueller, denies that Russia helped him win

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has angrily assailed special counsel Robert Mueller's motives, after Mueller bluntly rebuffed Trump's repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of obstructing justice. The president also offered ...

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members ...

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning ...

Tornado warning? In East, storm season brings bewilderment

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As a tornado bore down on the western edge of New Jersey, some residents prepared for the worst, while others were caught off guard, despite bulletins from meteorologists and extensive coverage by television and radio stations. Marie ...

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after they ...

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

By MICHAEL TARM and HERB McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of ...

Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president. If he could have ...