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El Salvador judge gives new charges for El Mozote massacre

Jul. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran judge has ruled that a group of former members of El Salvador's military, including leaders of the armed forces, will face new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre. A judge in San Francisco Gotera, a town northeast of the capital, told 13 of the 17...

South Carolina trustees to meet on new university president

Jul. 18, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina appears ready to take a vote Friday on whether to hire a retired Army general with ties to President Donald Trump as its new president. Protests by students and complaints from professors led trustees to cast no vote on Army general and West Point...

DHS leader says fewer than 1,000 family separations

Jul. 18, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been...

State says transgender soldiers welcome in National Guard

Jul. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker's administration says transgender soldiers remain welcome in the Massachusetts National Guard, despite President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. In a letter to state legislators, Secretary of Public Safety Thomas Turco said the...

Turkey calls on US to reverse decision on F-35 exclusion

Jul. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to exclude Turkey from an American-led fighter jet program goes against the "spirit of alliance," the Turkish government said Thursday, and called on its NATO ally to reverse the decision. In a major break with a longtime ally, U.S. President Donald Trump's...

Asylum ban may further strain immigrant detention facilities

Jul. 17, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A new policy to deny asylum to anyone who shows up on the Mexican border after traveling through another country threatens to exacerbate overcrowding at severely strained U.S. immigration detention centers and makeshift holding areas. Photos and video of Vice President Mike Pence's visit...

Ex-Customs and Border Patrol agent guilty of gun-running

Jul. 17, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander in Southern California has pleaded guilty to illegal gun-selling and unlawfully possessing more than 40 machine guns. Wei Xu acknowledged in a plea agreement Wednesday that he sold at least 99 guns without required licenses...

Pentagon says 2,100 more troops going to US-Mexico border

Jul. 17, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says an additional 2,100 troops will be sent to the U.S.-Mexican border to help with security. Among them are 1,100 active-duty troops who will perform a variety of missions, including aerial surveillance and logistical and administrative support. The Pentagon says the new...

US kicking NATO ally Turkey out of fighter program

Jul. 17, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major break with a longtime ally, the Trump administration on Wednesday said Turkey is being kicked out of an American-led fighter aircraft program because it is buying a Russian air defense system that would aid Russian intelligence. The decision has significant implications for the...

Florida migrant teen detention center sees dramatic downsize

Jul. 17, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The nation's largest facility for migrant children has released hundreds of teens to relatives in recent days, easing overcrowding at the South Florida center that has come under intense criticism from Democratic lawmakers who call it cramped and regimented. The company that runs the Homestead...