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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is sworn in to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 18, 2019 - 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. At the center of Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago, complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway. Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general's office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 2:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sex trafficking charges against Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 2 p.m. A U.S. senator and a Florida congresswoman are praising a federal judge's decision to keep financier Jeffrey Epstein behind bars. Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, the chairman of the Senate...
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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the U.S. State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
July 18, 2019 - 1:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said that China was responsible for the "stain of the century" of human rights abuses, citing mass detentions of Muslims and other minorities. Pompeo denounced China for its large-scale detentions in the western Xinjiang region , where an...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a photo opportunity with members of the 2019 U.S. Special Olympics athletes and staff, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 18, 2019 - 1:12 pm
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local): 1:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he "was not happy" when his supporters at a rally Wednesday night in North Carolina chanted "send her back" in reference to Democratic Rep...
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Sea-Watch3 German captain Carola Rackete leaves after being questioned in court in the southern Sicilian town of Agrigento, Italy, Thursday, July 18, 2019. Rackete, who forced a government block docking at an Italian port after rescuing migrants, faces questioning by Italian prosecutors over allegedly aiding illegal immigration. (Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/ANSA via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 12:38 pm
ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was...
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This booking photo released by the Polk County, Iowa, Jail, shows Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana. Authorities say the Guatemalan man, charged with killing shooting 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez, her 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son, had been deported twice from the U.S. and is believed to be in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday night, July 17, 2019, that the 31-year-old Escobar-Orellana gave Des Moines police a false name, Marvin Esquivel-Lopez. (Polk County Jail via AP)
July 18, 2019 - 12:38 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 18, 2019 - 12:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, but the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. Passage was assured after centrists won concessions for a slower phase-in, over...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2008, file photo, Jeffrey Epstein, center, appears in court in West Palm Beach, Fla. At the center of Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago, complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby private airplane runway. Known as the Zorro Ranch, the high-desert property is now tied to an investigation that the state attorney general's office says it has opened into Epstein with plans to forward findings to federal authorities in New York. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
July 18, 2019 - 12:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday, saying the danger to the community that would result if the jet-setting defendant was free formed the "heart of this decision." Epstein, with his hands folded before him, showed no reaction...
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., left, arrives for a House Democratic caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 18, 2019 - 12:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on legislation to raise the federal minimum wage (all times local): 12:05 p.m. The House has approved legislation to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour. Democrats pushed through the bill Thursday with a party-line vote of 231-...
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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is sworn in to testify before a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 18, 2019 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children...
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