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U.S. net for illegals widens; get shady ones and the risky, memos say

posted: 02/22/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

President Donald Trump's administration outlined a thorough crackdown on illegal aliens Tuesday, proclaiming that the government would seek to swiftly deport many more people without court hearings and target aliens charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous, not just convicts.

For immigrants, securing citizenship gains urgency

updated: 02/22/2017 4:14 a.m. Discuss

Andres Dorantes has long been content with the green card that lets him live in the U.S. and work as a tattoo artist in Los Angeles.

Texas blocked on cut to Planned Parenthood

updated: 02/22/2017 4:12 a.m. Discuss

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that started Republican efforts across the United States to defund the nation's largest abortion provider.

Trump denounces wave of threats to Jewish centers

updated: 02/22/2017 4:11 a.m. Comments 3

President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil.

At EPA, Pruitt emphasizes 'rule of law'

updated: 02/22/2017 4:09 a.m. Discuss

In his first full workday as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Tuesday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the agency's regulatory overreach during former President Barack Obama's administration.

U.S. court upholds Maryland gun ban

updated: 02/22/2017 4:08 a.m. Discuss

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maryland's ban on semi-automatic guns with certain military-style features that the state passed after the 2012 mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

Justices debate foreigners' right to sue in border killing

updated: 02/22/2017 4:07 a.m. Discuss

Examining a shooting death on the U.S. border with Mexico, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday puzzled over the rights of foreigners to sue in U.S. courts.

Texans' tale, now called lie, added to call for wall

updated: 02/22/2017 4:05 a.m. Discuss

Guides Walker Daugherty and Michael Bryant were leading a hunting party in southern Texas in early January, when they claimed people crossing the nearby Mexico border, converged on their camp in the middle of the night and tried to rob them.

The nation in brief

posted: 02/22/2017 3:45 a.m. Discuss

Virginian vetoes clinic cutoff bill

Names and faces

updated: 02/22/2017 3:44 a.m. Discuss

Jill Biden, an educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, has been named board chairman of Save the Children. Biden, who still teaches English to college students, said she was honored to be asked to lead the international aid organization's board and thought its emphasis on education was a perfect fit for her.

In the news

updated: 02/22/2017 3:42 a.m. Comment 1

John Pallone, school superintendent in New Kensington, Pa., signed a settlement that calls for the removal of a 6-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument outside a high school and payment of $164,000 in legal fees to settle a 2012 federal lawsuit filed by a student and her atheist mother.

Trump picks security adviser

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump on Monday appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, picking a military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days.

Pence to EU: U.S. support steadfast

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

BRUSSELS -- Vice President Mike Pence told a Europe rattled by President Donald Trump's criticisms of European institutions and threats to upend foreign policies that would affect them that Trump fully supports the European Union and NATO.

Spike in opioid thefts seen at VA hospitals; 3 accused in Little Rock case

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers because of a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions and unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.

Russia's U.N. ambassador, 64, dies on job

updated: 02/21/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died "suddenly" while at work in New York on Monday morning, the Russian government announced, without offering details about the cause of death. He would have been 65 today.

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