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Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat

Jun. 18, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could have a tough time making good on his threat to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally. But maybe that wasn't his point. Trump's late-night messages Monday promised that starting next week his administration "will begin the process of removing...

Panel hears case on conditions for young migrants on border

Jun. 18, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. government lawyer on Tuesday said a longstanding settlement agreement requiring sanitary conditions for detained immigrant children may not necessarily mean a toothbrush and soap must be provided for shorter stays. Sarah Fabian, senior litigation counsel for the Department of...

Photographer recounts facing Dallas gunman

Jun. 18, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Waiting outside a federal courthouse, photographer Tom Fox took in Dallas' 8 a.m. bustle. People dressed for work got out of cars. A homeless man danced on a street pole. But when what initially sounded like a truck backfiring clarified into gunshots, the routine assignment for a veteran...

Canada reapproves contentious Pacific coast pipeline

Jun. 18, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once again approved the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would nearly triple the flow of oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Pacific Coast. The approval Tuesday comes 10 months after the Federal Court of Appeal halted the project...

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Jun. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by...

Canadian man gets 26 years for role in suicide attack

Jun. 18, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a Canadian man to 26 years in U.S. prison for supporting a group of jihadists who committed a 2009 suicide attack that killed five American soldiers in Iraq. The sentence came over the objections of several family members of the soldiers, who appeared in...

Collins casts 7,000th straight vote as reelection race looms

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Tuesday took her 7,000th consecutive vote as a member of the U.S. Senate, extending a streak she has carefully maintained during more than two decades in the Senate. The 66-year-old Collins is gearing up for a reelection race in 2020 that is expected...

Federal jury indicts Delaware man on 'swatting' hoaxes

Jun. 18, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Delaware man accused of making hoax emergency calls to locations across the country, causing police and SWAT teams to respond. An indictment handed down May 16 against 29-year-old Rodney Allen Phipps of Georgetown was unsealed Monday. Prosecutors...

Masked gunman killed in shootout at Dallas courthouse

Jun. 17, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An Army veteran wearing a mask and carrying more than 150 rounds of ammunition for his high-powered rifle was shot dead Monday after he opened fire outside a busy federal courthouse in downtown Dallas, authorities said. Federal officers killed 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde of Fort Worth...

North Carolina GOP pushes back on redistricting allegations

Jun. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for North Carolina Republican lawmakers pushed back hard in state court on Monday over accusations the legislators misled federal judges in an earlier redistricting lawsuit. Republican legislative leaders filed a response to a motion from attorneys for Common Cause, the state...