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Customs says hack exposed traveler, license plate images

Jun. 10, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

Customs and Border Protection said Monday that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a leading congressman called a "major privacy breach." The federal agency did not name the subcontractor whose computer network was...

Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

Jun. 10, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services starting...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

Jun. 1, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi. Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in...

Reaction to the death of former US Sen. Thad Cochran

May. 30, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Reaction to the death of longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi: REPUBLICAN FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: "Laura and I are saddened that Thad Cochran has moved on. He was a gentleman Senator. He was a patriot who represented Mississippians with class and honor....

House hearing grows heated over migrant children's deaths

May. 22, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called "appalling." The brouhaha came at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the budget for...

Congress joins debate over sending TSA employees to border

May. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed Tuesday over the Trump administration's move to send hundreds of Transportation Security Administration employees to the U.S.-Mexico border, and one airport official warned it could lead to long checkpoint lines this summer. The TSA is asking federal air marshals,...

Activist who was 1st black woman mayor in Mississippi dies

May. 14, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An outspoken civil rights activist who was born to sharecroppers in the segregated American South and rose to become the first African American woman to win a mayor's race in Mississippi has died. Unita Blackwell was 86. She died Monday at Ocean Springs Hospital, according to Cynthia...

Facebook auto-generates videos celebrating extremist images

May. 9, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The animated video begins with a photo of the black flags of jihad. Seconds later, it flashes highlights of a year of social media posts: plaques of anti-Semitic verses, talk of retribution and a photo of two men carrying more jihadi flags while they burn the stars and stripes. It wasn't...

FBI: 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism

May. 8, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow, top counterterrorism officials said Wednesday. FBI, Justice Department and Homeland Security officials gave testimony before a congressional committee on homegrown...

Court rejects appeal from unsuccessful judicial candidate

Apr. 27, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal by an unsuccessful judicial candidate, rejecting Ceola James' claims alleging that Mississippi Court of Appeals Latrice Westbrooks had improperly aligned herself with the Democratic Party. James, a Vicksburg resident, was...