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Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage

Jun. 18, 2018 10:41 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children...

Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage

Jun. 18, 2018 10:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S....

California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

Jun. 18, 2018 9:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry. The legislation would require feature film...

Sanders joins Maryland's Jealous to help fire up voters

Jun. 18, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders may not be endorsing his own son's congressional bid, but he rallied on a hot Monday night in Maryland to fire up voters for Ben Jealous' campaign for governor. The senator known for his reluctance to endorse politicians joined the former NAACP president...

Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

Jun. 18, 2018 8:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is determined to not repeat any of the mistakes identified in a harshly critical watchdog report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Director Chris Wray said Monday at a congressional hearing at which he repeatedly sought to distance himself from his...

2K children alone: Trump's self-inflicted domestic crisis

Jun. 18, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of children split from their families at the U.S. southern border are being held in government-run facilities. A look at how we got here, what's real and what's not, and what might happen next. HOW DID WE GET HERE? Tens of thousands of parents and children, mostly from Honduras,...

The Latest: Cruz promises bill to deal with border crisis

Jun. 18, 2018 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times EDT): 8 p.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says he is introducing emergency legislation intended to keep migrant families together. Cruz has released a statement saying: "All Americans are rightly horrified by the images we are seeing...

Case challenging Wisconsin's 'cocaine mom' law is dismissed

Jun. 18, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

A three-judge federal appeals panel dismissed a lawsuit Monday that challenged Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom" law, saying the case is moot because the woman who brought the action has moved out of state. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by then-Wisconsin resident Tammy Loertscher, who claimed her rights were...

The Latest: Senate backs bill promoting film diversity

Jun. 18, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on legislation related to California's film tax credit program (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The California Senate is supporting a bill aimed at promoting diversity in California's film and television industry. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. The state...

Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm

Jun. 18, 2018 7:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday approved a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military and would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive...