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Judge hears sanctuary lawsuit against state

updated: 06/21/2018 3:34 a.m. Discuss

After repeatedly suing President Donald Trump's administration over U.S. immigration policies, California found itself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending state protections for people in the country illegally against a court challenge by the federal government.

Judges: No suing military contractor

posted: 06/21/2018 3:31 a.m. Discuss

Military veterans who claim that the use of open burn pits during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan caused myriad health problems cannot move forward with dozens of lawsuits against a military contractor, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The nation in brief

updated: 06/21/2018 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Rains spawn flooding on Texas coast

Names and faces

updated: 06/21/2018 3:18 a.m. Discuss

Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, doubled down on his dismissive comment regarding a girl with Down syndrome. On Wednesday, Lewandowski tweeted that he "mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children" after he appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss Trump's hard-line immigration policy. Trump's policy has led to the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally.

In the news

updated: 06/21/2018 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Dennis Flint, 52, of Fort Myers, Fla., convicted of repeatedly kicking a sheriff's deputy and a police dog as he fought being arrested after he crashed and then abandoned his car, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

posted: 06/20/2018 5:33 p.m. Comment 1

WASHINGTON — In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs.

EU to tax Harleys, bourbon and other U.S. goods

posted: 06/20/2018 3:49 p.m. Comment 1

BRUSSELS — The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports Friday, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum.

FULL TEXT: President Donald Trump's executive order on family separation at border

posted: 06/20/2018 3:08 p.m. Discuss

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Many in Puerto Rico still under tarps as storm threat looms

posted: 06/20/2018 11:34 a.m. Comment 1

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria ripped away part of the steel roof from Carmen Lidia Torres Mercado's home in the Puerto Rican capital. Nine months later, she is still relying on a blue plastic tarp to protect her home, even with a new storm season already 2 weeks old.

In reversal, Trump signs order stopping family separation at border

updated: 06/20/2018 5:49 p.m. Comments 65

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the process of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally.

End policy of separating children from parents at border, Arkansas bishop, Congress members urge

posted: 06/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 51

It's immoral for hard-hearted officials to separate children from their parents, Catholic Bishop Anthony B. Taylor said Tuesday.

Rule advances cheaper, skimpier health plans; ‘you’re going to save a fortune,’ president promises small-business owners

posted: 06/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 6

President Donald Trump's administration issued a new rule Tuesday to make it easier for small businesses to band together and set up health insurance plans that skirt many requirements of the Affordable Care Act, offering lower costs but also fewer benefits.

Trump backs GOP effort on immigration

posted: 06/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 14

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threw his support behind two Republican immigration bills in the House that would end a much-criticized administration policy that has separated families caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.

West Point's 'commie cadet' gets the boot, Army decides

posted: 06/20/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to reveal the message: "Communism will win."

In the news: In the news

updated: 06/20/2018 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Richard Tarsa, police chief of Adams, Mass., said investigators think a woodchuck carried off more than a dozen small U.S. flags from a cemetery to line its burrow, after residents reported that flags -- including replacements -- were being taken from veterans' graves.

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