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Lawyers: Judge orders ICE to release Chinese immigrant

Jun. 20, 2018 10:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese immigrant with a young American family in New York has won an emergency stay that temporarily prevents his deportation. The Legal Aid Society said Wednesday a federal judge also ordered Xiu Qing You (show-ching-YOU') to be released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Jun. 20, 2018 9:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. It was a dramatic...

West Virginia Supreme Court justice indicted

Jun. 20, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In public, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry gave speeches about honesty and integrity in government. In private, federal prosecutors say, he was raking in money by defrauding others. FBI agents arrested Loughry on Wednesday morning and took him to the federal...

Judge tells US: Stop meddling with detained Iraqi nationals

Jun. 20, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has ordered U.S. immigration officers to stop talking to detained Iraqi-Americans about their cases after lawyers claimed staff members were trying to pressure them to agree to deportation. The American Civil Liberties Union says Iraqi natives who were arrested last year have been...

Top Brazil court acquits head of Workers' Party of graft

Jun. 20, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Justices on Brazil's highest court acquitted the Workers' Party president of corruption and money-laundering charges in a case stemming from the country's mammoth graft investigation. Supreme Court justices ruled late Tuesday that prosecutors provided no evidence corroborating the...

ACLU asks Vermont Gov. Scott to stop blocking online critics

Jun. 20, 2018 4:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union asked Republic Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday to stop deleting critical posts and blocking constituents on Facebook. Scott's office said it is simply trying to maintain a civil dialogue on social media. In a letter addressed to...

Prosecutor: Greed corrupted ex-state Senate leader and son

Jun. 20, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor told a jury at the opening of a criminal trial Wednesday that former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son were motivated by greed when they pressured businesses to funnel over $300,000 to the son. Defense lawyers disputed the claims of Assistant U.S. Attorney...

Appeals court tosses veterans' lawsuits over burn pits

Jun. 20, 2018 3:16 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Military veterans who claim that the use of open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused myriad health problems cannot move forward with dozens of lawsuits against a military contractor, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S....

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

Jun. 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also blasted the federal government for what he called its "abysmally poor policy...

The Latest: Judge questions US lawyer in California lawsuit

Jun. 20, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a court hearing in the Trump administration's immigration lawsuit against California (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A judge says he's not convinced that California passed three laws protecting immigrants in the country illegally to obstruct U.S. immigration...