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US says immigrant dies of ‘apparent suicide’ in Texas jail

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. authorities have confirmed that a Honduran man was found dead in a Texas jail cell of an "apparent suicide" last month, but made no mention of details in a Washington Post report that the man was enraged after his wife and son were separated from him. U.S. Customs and ...

Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of pizza worker

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked the deportation of a New York pizza shop worker to his native Ecuador after he was arrested while making a delivery to a Brooklyn Army base. Attorneys for The Legal Aid Society obtained the ...

Trump commutes sentence for Kardashian-backed drug offender

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump commuted the sentence Wednesday of a woman serving a life sentence for drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West in a recent visit to the White House. Trump ...

Ryan contradicts Trump’s claim that the FBI planted a ‘spy’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is breaking with President Donald Trump, agreeing with others who say there's no evidence that the FBI planted a "spy" in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to hurt his chances at the ...

ACLU sues over plans for citizenship question on 2020 census

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyers sued the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday to try to stop plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, calling it an unconstitutional attempt to discriminate against immigrants. The Manhattan federal ...

Republican gets spot in runoff for California governor

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Cox, a Republican business owner who has tried and failed for nearly two decades to win elected office, snagged a spot in the November runoff for California governor with the help of President Donald Trump, but that support ...

Judge sides with Philadelphia in ‘sanctuary city’ fight

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to Philadelphia over the way the city deals with immigrants in the country illegally. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson issued a 93-page memo, saying the conditions placed on the city by ...

GOP, Democrats dodge disaster in California primaries

By STEVE PEOPLES and MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republicans and Democrats alike appear to have escaped calamity in a crucial day of coast-to-coast primary battles as they fight to shape the political battlefield for the fall. There was an especially big sigh of ...

Fallon to Parkland students: ‘Don’t let anything stop you’

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The senior class from the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people in February received diplomas Sunday and heard from surprise commencement speaker Jimmy Fallon, who urged graduates to move forward and "don't let anything ...

Giuliani: Trump would fight any effort to subpoena him

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for President Donald Trump stressed Sunday that the president's legal team would contest any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury during the special counsel's Russia probe but downplayed the idea ...

End of an era? Tea party class of House Republicans fades

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican newcomers stunned Washington back in 2010 when they seized the House majority with bold promises to cut taxes and spending and to roll back what many viewed as Barack Obama's presidential overreach. But don't ...

5 years on, US government still counting Snowden leak costs

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of ...

Dallas woman says she killed husband because he beat the cat

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police say a 47-year-old woman has told detectives she shot and killed her husband because he had been beating the family cat. Authorities say Mary Harrison has been arrested and jailed on a murder charge in the slaying of her 49-year-old husband Dexter Harrison. She's ...

Many breast cancer patients can skip chemo, big study finds

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Most women with the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can safely skip chemotherapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease, doctors are reporting from a landmark study that used genetic testing to gauge ...

Missouri governor who vowed to fight scandal instead quits

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — On a dreary overcast day, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens stood in a light rain near the Governor's Mansion and recounted his grueling training as a Navy SEAL officer to suggest he would never quit fighting allegations of sexual ...

Soggy Alberto triggers mudslides, threatens dam failure

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Mudslides triggered by the soggy remnants of Alberto forced evacuations below a dam and closed an interstate highway in the western mountains of North Carolina on Wednesday. Forecasters warned that the leftovers of the Atlantic ...

In the time it takes to tweet, Roseanne Barr loses her job

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — In the time it took to compose a 53-character tweet, Roseanne Barr went from a hero that ABC was banking upon to unemployed. The network canceled its hit reboot of "Roseanne" Tuesday after Barr's racist tweet that referred to Valerie Jarrett, ...

Jury: David Copperfield not liable for tourist’s injuries

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Illusionist David Copperfield was found negligent but not financially responsible for a British tourist's injuries during a signature vanishing act that used participants from the audience of a Las Vegas Strip show in 2013, a jury said Tuesday. Gavin Cox and his wife, ...

After pair of 1-in-1000 year floods, a town seeks safeguards

By DAVID McFADDEN and COURTNEY COLUMBUS, Associated Press ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — The deadly flash flood that devastated a Maryland town's historic center in July 2016 was dubbed a 1-in-1000 year event. Less than two years later, an even more treacherous flood ravaged the town, gutting ...

False accusations about immigration fly between opponents

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic critics traded outraged, sometimes plainly false accusations about immigration as the debate over "lost" children and the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally reached a ...