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More than 100 migrant kids moved back to troubled facility

HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. government officials say they've moved more than 100 kids back to a remote border facility where lawyers reported detained children were caring for each other and had inadequate food, water, and sanitation. An official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday ...

Illinois becomes 11th state to allow recreational marijuana

By JOHN O'CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' new governor delivered on a top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation legalizing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, the 11th state to do so and the first to implement a comprehensive statewide ...

Health impact from smoke rises with more intense wildfires

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature ...

US: Once-secret Jeffrey Epstein sex offender deal must stand

By CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer MIAMI (AP) — A once-secret plea deal reached a decade ago with wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein must stand, despite objections from many of his victims who were teenagers at the time, federal prosecutors said in a new court ...

Driver pleads not guilty in motorcycle crash that killed 7

By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for a pickup truck driver blamed for causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf. Authorities said Tuesday that 23-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy waived his arraignment on ...

Trump order seeks disclosure of hospital prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down , administration officials said. Health and Human ...

Sanders, liberals, out with bill to cancel student debt

By LAURIE KELLMAN and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before the first Democratic presidential debates, Sen. Bernie Sanders and House progressives rolled out legislation to cancel all student debt, going farther than a signature proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren as the ...

Florida woman charged after giving husband’s guns to police

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only ...

High court strikes down ‘scandalous’ part of trademark law

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down a section of federal law Monday that prevented businesses from registering trademarks seen as scandalous or immoral, handing a victory to California fashion brand FUCT. The high court ruled that the ...

Official: Woman, 3 children died of heat exposure in Texas

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Four people, including three children, found dead in South Texas near the border with Mexico most likely died of dehydration and heat exposure after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S., authorities said Monday. A law enforcement official close to the investigation ...