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ACLU: Less than half of child reunions will meet deadline

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss a court-ordered deadline to reunite young children who were separated at the border with their parents in more than half of the cases. The ACLU said late ...

Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder. Plastic straws have become a ...

Capital staffer remembered as ‘smart, beautiful, talented’

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press OLNEY, Md. (AP) — Capital Gazette staffer Rebecca Smith was remembered as sweet and quiet, a good person with a beautiful smile. Dozens attended a visitation on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to Smith, The Baltimore Sun reported. "Smart, ...

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one. Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged ...

Crews battle destructive wildfires raging in US West

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters continued to build containment around several destructive wildfires burning in California, though one stubborn blaze in the northern part of the state grew significantly and crossed the border into Oregon. The blaze on the California-Oregon state line known as ...

Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In ...

Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua." Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a ...

Trump lawyers call Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Mueller

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian," dishonest and "unbounded by law and ...

Prosecutor: 2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspected

NEWFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A house exploded in New Jersey early Saturday, killing a husband and wife and reducing the two-story home to piles of scattered rubble, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said. The blast initially reported as a gas explosion shattered windows in nearby homes, ...

Judge insists timeline be met to reunite children at border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge insisted on Friday the Trump administration stick to a deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. U.S. ...