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Judge gives US 6 months to identify children split at border

Apr. 25, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The federal government has six months to identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border early in President Donald Trump's term, a judge ordered Thursday. Trump administration officials said they had a goal of six months but...

Arizona governor won't remove Easter Facebook greeting

Apr. 25, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is rejecting demands to take down a social media post sending Easter greetings and citing a Bible verse. The Republican who is a practicing Catholic on Thursday posted on Twitter and Facebook his response to a Secular Communities for Arizona request to remove the...

Musk still working on pact with SEC to avoid contempt ruling

Apr. 25, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators say they are still trying to work out an agreement that would avoid the Tesla CEO being held in contempt of court over his tweets. In a filing late Thursday, Musk and a counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission asked U.S. District Judge...

California seeks lessons from Florida for fire evacuations

Apr. 25, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — With Hurricane Michael strengthening as it took aim at Florida's Panhandle, Mark Bowen and his employees watched the live footage through tears. They weren't looking at increasingly dire storm forecasts last October. They were watching cameras trained on rural Bay County's three main...

In New Zealand, Prince William says extremism must be fought

Apr. 25, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Britain's Prince William has told survivors of the mosque attacks in New Zealand that people must unite to fight extremism in all its forms. The Duke of Cambridge on Friday visited one of the two Christchurch mosques where 50 people were killed and 50 others wounded in a...

At Kim-Putin summit, hearty handshakes and manspreading

Apr. 25, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The ambiance was friendly. Nice, comfy seats. An exchange of polite welcomes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even managed to match Russian President Vladimir Putin's manspreading — the two sat with knees spread wide apart as they chatted before the start of their first summit, which...

Ex-cop: Saw woman at window, fired 'to stop threat'

Apr. 25, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he saw fear in his partner's eyes, then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at the partner's window and raise her right arm before he fired his gun "to stop the...

California towns at risk from fires often have few ways out

Apr. 25, 2019 8:23 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden...

Canada privacy watchdog taking Facebook to court

Apr. 25, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's privacy czar said Thursday that he is taking Facebook to court after finding that lax practices at the social media giant allowed personal information to be used for political purposes. A joint report from privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien and his British Columbia...

Waffle House shooting suspect's father pleads not guilty

Apr. 25, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — The father of the man accused of killing four people at a Waffle House in Tennessee last year pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to the gun used in the shooting. Jeffrey Reinking is accused of giving an AR-15-style rifle to his 30-year-old son, Travis Reinking, who...