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North Carolina wants to know who owns voting-machine makers

Jun. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina won't clear voting-machine makers to sell their systems to county elections boards until it learns more about who owns them, the state's elections board chairman said Friday. The decision comes amid worries of foreign election interference that have grown since special...

Trump taps former immigration official as his border czar

Jun. 14, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as "border czar" as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem. Thomas Homan most recently...

Number of Mexican immigrants in the US illegally declines

Jun. 12, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally has declined so sharply over the past decade that for the first time, they no longer make up the majority of that category, according to an estimate by the Pew Research Center Wednesday. But the number of Central Americans in the...

Senators question FBI on Russian hack of voting firm

Jun. 12, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators asked the FBI on Wednesday to explain what it has done to investigate the suspected hack by Russian intelligence of a Florida-based voting software company before the 2016 election. In a letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon...

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...

Correction: Election Security-North Carolina story

Jun. 7, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a story published June 5 about a federal forensic analysis of electronic poll books in Durham County, North Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that paper ballots were issued after poll books malfunctioned in the county on Election Day in 2016. In fact, paper ballots...

Agency watchdog slams conditions at ICE detention facilities

Jun. 6, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California,...

Feds to test North Carolina election computers for hacking

Jun. 5, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than two years after North Carolina check-in software failed on Election Day, federal authorities will finally examine equipment from a company targeted by Russian military hackers to determine if intentional tampering aimed at disrupting voting occurred. The U.S. Department of...

Congress challenged by funding emergency at the border

Jun. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has only a few weeks to advance an emergency funding bill to deal with the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border, creating a time crunch that has lawmakers on all sides alarmed. Money to care for Central American migrants arriving in the U.S. to claim asylum runs...