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Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions

Dec. 15, 2018 12:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the...

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

Dec. 15, 2018 12:31 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through...

Mueller says FBI not to blame for Flynn's false statements

Dec. 15, 2018 12:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he "chose to make false statements" and did not need a warning that it was against the law to do so. The filing from...

Rep. Brown to discuss Army initiative on STEM-related fields

Dec. 14, 2018 4:28 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Anthony Brown is scheduled to discuss a U.S. Army initiative to expose more young people to fields related to science, technology, engineering and math in national security. Brown will be joined by Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy for the event at City Hall in...

No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen

Dec. 13, 2018 6:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday. Even if Republicans assemble enough votes to approve the wall...

Italian anti-terror prosecutor: "lone wolves" latest threat

Dec. 13, 2018 3:59 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy's top anti-terrorism prosecutor says recent terror arrests in Italy have been aimed at containing individuals who might be preparing to carry out an attack alone. Federico Cafiero De Raho was quoted by the news agency ANSA on Thursday as saying that the new phase of terrorism deriving...

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

Dec. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the detentions in China of two Canadian men (all times local): 3:55 p.m. China has confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security." Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that entrepreneur...

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

Dec. 13, 2018 9:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington. Nixon, currently homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, will manage a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New...

Trump's 10 'Terrorists': The evolution of a statistic

Dec. 13, 2018 8:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For some time now, President Donald Trump has been encouraging people to think of Mexico as a portal for international terrorists who "pour" into the U.S. Except, he says, for 10 who were recently caught by the U.S.: "These are very serious people." These 10 do not exist, except as a...