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Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

Jun. 18, 2018 5:25 PM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Politicians and advocates flocked to the Mexican border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. A group of congressional lawmakers...

Musician wins suit against ex who sabotaged his scholarship

Jun. 18, 2018 4:51 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she didn't want him to leave. Eric Abramovitz, currently with the Nashville Symphony in Tennessee, is a Canadian clarinetist who in 2013 applied...

Supreme Court to hear appeal from Alaska hovercraft owner

Jun. 18, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska resident John Sturgeon is getting a second crack at the Supreme Court in his fight to get his hovercraft back on the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The justices agreed Monday to review a federal appeals court ruling that sided with the National Park Service and against...

Trump admin. asks high court to halt sanctuary cities ruling

Jun. 18, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow it to largely implement a policy of withholding public safety grants from "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies. The Trump administration filed a brief Monday...

Supreme Court leaves door open to curbing partisan districts

Jun. 18, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday allowed electoral maps that were challenged as excessively partisan to remain in place for now, declining to rule on the bigger issue of whether to put limits on redistricting for political gain. The court issued a pair of unanimous rulings in partisan...

States' redistricting plans facing challenges in court

Jun. 18, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to block the use of legislative districts in Wisconsin and Maryland in separate cases that had alleged unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering. Instead, the high court allowed lower courts to continue considering the claims. The cases are among several that have been...

Justice Department deputy wins Supreme Court case

Jun. 18, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has ruled for the Trump administration in a case about prison terms that was argued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The justices said in a 5-3 decision Monday that judges need not provide detailed explanations when modifying a prison sentence. The case has...

Supreme Court to take up iPhone app lawsuit

Jun. 18, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider whether the purchasers of iPhone apps can sue Apple over allegations it has an illegal monopoly on the sale of the apps. The court said Monday that it will take a case from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which ruled in January that...

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Jun. 16, 2018 9:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent to jail after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The order Friday by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson adds to the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump assails Dems for his own migrant policy

Jun. 16, 2018 12:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won't take responsibility for the consequences of an immigration policy that is separating children from parents who are arrested for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. He persists in blaming a "Democrat" law for driving families apart, though no such law...