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The Latest: Sanford says he's confused by Trump's jab at him

Jun. 19, 2018 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT): 11:10 p.m. Congressman Mark Sanford tells The Associated Press that he's confused by President Donald Trump's latest attack on him, but glad his colleagues showed displeasure at Trump's broadside. At a closed-door meeting Tuesday on...

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Jun. 19, 2018 9:51 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. SEARCH ON FOR MIGRANT-KIDS FIX Trump and Republican lawmakers struggle to find a way to end the administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings. 2. WHAT'S ALARMING CHILD...

With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight

Jun. 19, 2018 9:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies. "You have to stand for something," Trump declared Tuesday, as he defended...

California advances biggest US change to police use of force

Jun. 19, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change a...

Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas voting to ratify contract

Jun. 19, 2018 7:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, were casting ballots Tuesday to decide whether to approve a new five-year contract. The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave...

3 more killed as Nicaragua's political unrest hits 2 months

Jun. 19, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Three people were shot dead in the city of Masaya as security forces and allied groups tried to regain control of the area, a human rights group reported Tuesday, the two-month anniversary of political unrest that has shaken Nicaragua. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan...

The Latest: EU says it's committed to Human Rights Council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations' main human rights body (all times EDT): 6:35 p.m. The European Union says the Trump administration's decision to pull the United States out of the U.N.-backed Human Rights Council "risks undermining the role of the U.S. as a...

Sharpton, other leaders plan to visit children at border

Jun. 19, 2018 6:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling on the Trump administration to end its "insensitive policy," the Rev. Al Sharpton and a coalition of social justice leaders announced Tuesday that they plan to visit immigrant children separated from their families at the U.S. border with Mexico. In a Capitol Hill news conference,...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Jun. 19, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's...

Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members

Jun. 19, 2018 6:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang. Many people were erroneously listed in the database simply because of a...