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O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

CANTON, Miss. (AP) - Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people - kicking off a new phase…

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Friday 08/16/2019
Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [05:53 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel's "oppressive" conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred Tlaib…

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [05:51 PM]

SANTA ANA, California (AP) - After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist's home, he decided to leave his village behind and flee to the United States, hoping he'd be granted asylum and his little boy, whose heart was…

Beer named for Pacific island nuke test site draws criticism
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [05:49 PM]

Nation HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A Texas-based company is facing criticism for naming a beer after the location of nuclear tests that resulted in the contamination of a Pacific island chain, a report said. Manhattan Project Beer Company is under…

CEO of Hong Kong's flagship airline resigns amid pressure from China
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [02:26 PM]

Special To The Washington Post HONG KONG - The chief executive officer of Cathay Pacific Airways, Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, resigned on Friday, the company said, after coming under intense pressure from officials in Beijing for its employees’ taking part…

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but we're not for sale
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [02:24 PM]

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) - Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they're definitely not warming up to the U.S. president's talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. "We see it as an expression of greater interest in…

Puerto Rico governor to stay, fight corruption
icon Posted: 16 August 2019 [02:20 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - As a child, Puerto Rico's newest governor said she would stand on her balcony and hold imaginary trials, always finding the supposed defendants guilty. Now, after more than 32 years of public service as…

Thursday 08/15/2019
Coroner: Ohio gunman had drugs in system
icon Posted: 15 August 2019 [05:38 PM]

CINCINNATI (AP) - The gunman in Dayton who killed nine people had cocaine, an antidepressant and alcohol in his system during the mass shooting, and was cut down by a barrage of at least two dozen police bullets that penetrated…

India's Modi defends Kashmir policy amid clash
icon Posted: 15 August 2019 [04:49 PM]

NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday used an Independence Day speech to defend his decision to strip Kashmir of its special status as about 7 million residents of the disputed region endured an unprecedented security…

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that U.S. sought to seize
icon Posted: 15 August 2019 [04:48 PM]

MADRID (AP) - The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1…

Review details sex abuse claims against Boys and Girls Clubs
icon Posted: 15 August 2019 [04:47 PM]

NORWALK (AP) - At least 250 people have said they were sexually abused as children by employees, volunteers and others at Boys and Girls Clubs of America affiliates, according to an investigation by Hearst Connecticut Media. The review of criminal…

6 police shot in standoff that 'could have been far worse'
icon Posted: 15 August 2019 [04:46 PM]

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A gunman holed up for 7½ hours in a Philadelphia rowhouse, firing on police and wounding six in a dramatic standoff that trapped two officers inside all while the commissioner and his attorney tried to negotiate his…

Wednesday 08/14/2019
Threat of Mississippi flooding looms as hurricane season heats up
icon Posted: 14 August 2019 [07:40 PM]

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies. For months now,…

Epstein accuser sues as questions swirl about his apparent suicide
icon Posted: 14 August 2019 [07:40 PM]

The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) - Jail guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required, according to a…

Tuesday 08/13/2019
Tempers flare on second day of Hong Kong airport protest
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [08:11 PM]

HONG KONG (AP) - Riot police clashed briefly with pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong’s airport Tuesday night in a chaotic end to a second day of demonstrations that caused mass cancellations and disruptions at the Chinese city’s busy transport hub.…

Opera superstar Domingo accused of sexual harassment
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [08:07 PM]

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told…

New rules aim to restrict legal immigration
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [01:44 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is moving forward with one of its most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance,…

Poland honors wartime group that collaborated with Nazis
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [01:42 PM]

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Polish officials joined war veterans on Sunday to pay tribute to a World War II-era underground force that collaborated with Nazi German forces toward the end of the war in their battle against the Communists, who…

Puerto Rican political turmoil simmers down
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [01:41 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rico’s political turmoil seemed to be at least temporarily easing on Monday with attention shifting from protests to policy following the replacement governor’s move to suspend a hurricane recovery contract. In one of…

Cost-conscious overhaul for Endangered Species Act
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [01:40 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes…

Barr alleges 'irregularities' in prison where Epstein died
icon Posted: 13 August 2019 [01:38 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Attorney General William Barr said Monday that there were “serious irregularities” at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life as he awaited trial on charges he sexually abused underage girls. The 66-year-old financier…

Sunday 08/11/2019
Muslims clash with Israeli police at holy site
icon Posted: 11 August 2019 [09:02 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with…

UAE-backed separatists pull back after seizing Yemen's Aden
icon Posted: 11 August 2019 [09:01 PM]

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni separatists backed by the United Arab Emirates began withdrawing Sunday from positions they seized from the internationally-recognized government in the southern port city of Aden. Both the southern separatists and the government forces are ostensibly…

Epstein suicide sparks conspiracy theories
icon Posted: 11 August 2019 [09:00 PM]

Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein’s ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people. Online…

Report: Jail staff failed to check in on Epstein
icon Posted: 11 August 2019 [08:59 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Jail staff failed to follow protocols leading up to Jeffrey Epstein’s death as the fallout from the highly connected financier’s apparent suicide deepened, according to a report from The New York Times. Epstein should have been…

Saturday 08/10/2019
Officials: Jeffrey Epstein dies by suicide in jail cell
icon Posted: 10 August 2019 [12:53 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, killed himself while awaiting trial in a New York prison, officials said Saturday. Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell Saturday morning at the Metropolitan…

Friday 08/09/2019
Michael Brown's father seeks new investigation into killing
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [06:38 PM]

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - On the fifth anniversary of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, his father urged St. Louis County's top prosecutor Friday to reopen the investigation into the white police officer who fatally shot the black and unarmed 18-year-old.…

Trump says he wants background checks, also reassures NRA
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [06:37 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and…

Trump picks new acting national intelligence director
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [03:52 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday named Joseph Maguire, the nation's top counterterrorism official, as acting national intelligence director, part of a leadership shake-up at the agency that oversees 17 U.S. spy agencies. Maguire will become acting director…

Documents: Epstein ducked sex abuse questions in deposition
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [03:19 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Confronted about allegations that he orchestrated a sex trafficking ring that brought girls to him and his high-profile acquaintances, financier Jeffrey Epstein repeatedly refused to answer so as not to incriminate himself, according to court records…

El Paso suspect said he was targeting Mexicans, police say
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [02:53 PM]

The Washington Post EL PASO, Texas - The suspect accused of killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart told authorities that he was targeting “Mexicans” and confessed to carrying out the shooting rampage when he surrendered to authorities, according…

Salvini and Conte go toe-to-toe with Italian government on brink
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [02:52 PM]

Bloomberg Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signaled he won’t leave office without a fight as his deputy, Matteo Salvini, took steps toward bringing the government down and forcing snap elections. Italian bonds plunged on the prospect of political uncertainty and a…

China cracks down on Cathay after staff join Hong Kong protests
icon Posted: 09 August 2019 [02:47 PM]

Bloomberg China clamped down on Cathay Pacific Airways after employees of Hong Kong’s dominant airline joined anti-Beijing protests, one of the strongest signs that Chinese authorities are losing patience with the months-long demonstrations sweeping the former British colony China’s civil…

Thursday 08/08/2019
Indian PM: Kashmir changes will rid it of 'terrorism'
icon Posted: 08 August 2019 [08:11 PM]

The Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation Thursday night that he stripped Kashmir of its statehood and special constitutional status in order to free the disputed Himalayan region of…

Calls grow for domestic terrorism law after attacks
icon Posted: 08 August 2019 [08:10 PM]

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) - Seven days, three mass shootings, 34 dead. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks, at a Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism - acts meant to…

Wednesday 08/07/2019
Trump visits to Dayton and El Paso rife with politics and protest
icon Posted: 07 August 2019 [07:48 PM]

The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Aiming to play the traditional role of healer during national tragedy, President Donald Trump paid visits Wednesday to two cities reeling from mass shootings that left 31 dead and dozens…

U.S. sanctions on Venezuela anger Maduro backers, endanger talks
icon Posted: 07 August 2019 [07:48 PM]

The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path…

Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez sworn in as Puerto Rican governor
icon Posted: 07 August 2019 [07:48 PM]

The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez became Puerto Rico’s new governor Wednesday, just the second woman to hold the office, after weeks of political turmoil and hours after the island’s Supreme…

Tuesday 08/06/2019
Puerto Rican court's decision on governor expected within days
icon Posted: 06 August 2019 [08:23 PM]

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Attorneys have submitted arguments by a noon deadline in what many consider the biggest decision in the 119-year history of Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court: who will be the governor of the U.S. territory mired…

India's vote on Kashmir's status increases fears of war with Pakistan
icon Posted: 06 August 2019 [08:20 PM]

NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that strips the statehood from the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown in the disputed Himalayan territory, actions that neighboring Pakistan warned could lead to war.…

U.S. envoy to Russia quits, may run for Utah governor
icon Posted: 06 August 2019 [08:18 PM]

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. has submitted his resignation, signaling the end of a two-year stint during what he called a historically difficult time in relations between the two countries. Huntsman is planning…

Fired agent Strzok sues FBI chief, attorney general
icon Posted: 06 August 2019 [08:16 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - A veteran FBI agent who wrote derogatory text messages about Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that the bureau caved to “unrelenting pressure” from the president when it fired him. The suit from Peter Strzok also…