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Number of migrant kids sent to Nogales dwindles

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:43

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Immigrant children caught crossing the Mexican border into Texas illegally and alone are no longer being sent to a massive Nogales facility.

The steep fall in the number of child border crossers means the U.S. Border Patrol in Texas no longer needs to send ...

Putin moves quickly to control of Malaysia Airlines crash information

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:37

Russian President Vladimir Putin loomed over the catastrophe of a downed Malaysia Airlines passenger jet from the start Thursday, as Russian news agencies reported that he was the first to inform President Obama of the crash and he quickly placed blame on his adversaries in the Ukrainian government.

"Obviously, the ...

Inside the Beltway: 'Conservatarians' poised to make noise

Thu, 2014-07-17 18:04

Political hybrids are beginning to emerge and assert themselves. Here come the "conservatarians," who are complicated, edgy and attracting some name-brand GOP talent. They also represent a mashup of conservative and libertarian ideas, amped up with cutting edge technology, social media and some attitude. Conservatarians will be out in force ...

Massachusetts Senate approves sweeping gun bill

Thu, 2014-07-17 17:32

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Senate approved a sweeping overhaul of the state's gun laws Thursday, but not before stripping out a key provision that would have given local police chiefs more discretion over issuing firearms identification cards needed to buy rifles or shotguns.

The Senate bill had ...

Ill. Supreme Court won't hear term limits appeal

Thu, 2014-07-17 17:15

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Supreme Court decided Thursday not to immediately consider whether voters should get a chance to limit terms for state legislators.

Without comment, the court took a pass on an appeal of a circuit court's June ruling that barred the question from appearing ...

Christie in Iowa pitching for locals, not himself

Thu, 2014-07-17 17:02

MARION, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was making his way across politically important Iowa on Thursday, but kept the conversation away from his own political future and focused instead on Republicans running here this year.

It's a high-profile venue for the potential 2016 presidential candidate, ...

Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:32

DETROIT (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden told protesters Thursday he shared their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.

Biden was interrupted by protesters shouting, "Stop deporting our families," during a speech at Netroots Nation, a major annual meeting of liberal activists. ...

More than 100 SW Fla warehouse workers detained

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:23

MIAMI (AP) - Florida authorities have arrested more than 100 workers at a Naples vegetable packing plant for allegedly using fake identities to get their jobs.

The state's Division of Insurance Fraud led Wednesday's raid, in which at least 105 people were taken to the Collier County jail. ...

Gov. Christie would help immigrant children

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:10

MARION, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday during a visit to Iowa that he would consider requests to help unaccompanied immigrant children who come to New Jersey, but would not encourage families to send them to his home state.

"I have great empathy for that situation," ...

Official: Fewer kids detained recently at border

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:09

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol has detained fewer unaccompanied children entering South Texas illegally in the past 10 days, agency officials said Thursday.

In recent months, the Border Patrol's facilities in South Texas have been overwhelmed by a surge in the number of children entering ...

Boehner: No bill on border surge

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:06

House Speaker John A. Boehner was pessimistic Thursday that Congress will pass a bill to address the surge of illegal immigrant children before lawmakers head home for a monthlong August vacation, as the gap between Democrats and Republicans grows wider.

President Obama had called for $3.7 billion in new spending ...

Golden Hammer: $1.5 billion spent on Afghan structures that could easily burn down, watchdog says

Thu, 2014-07-17 15:40

A big chunk of taxpayer investment in Afghanistan could go up in smoke because American-paid contractors built structures in danger of catching fire, a new investigation has found.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has spent $1.57 billion constructing roughly 2,000 buildings for the Afghan military forces to use as ...

Blumenthal to visit border to see migrant children

Thu, 2014-07-17 15:36

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is traveling to the U.S. border with Mexico to see firsthand the crisis involving tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into Texas.

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, the Democrat ...

Syracuse mayor seeks to shelter young migrants

Thu, 2014-07-17 15:01

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The mayor of Syracuse asked President Barack Obama on Thursday to speed along the approval process to provide a local shelter for young Central American migrants surging across the border.

Mayor Stephanie Miner wrote a letter to the president saying the city and its ...

DeLAY: Obama's misguided message on immigration

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:54

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

My experience with the immigration issue and the problems posed along the border go a lot farther back than my first political campaign.

I was born right on the Mexican border in Laredo. I spent a good part of my childhood in Venezuela because of my dad's work in ...

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:33

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform - not that they're complaining.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive has even said the Big Five conferences could break away from the NCAA if players aren't compensated ...

Employers ordered to notify workers of cuts to birth-control coverage

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:28

The Obama administration ordered employers Thursday to notify their workers if they plan to cut birth-control coverage from their health plans in the wake of the Supreme Court's "Hobby Lobby" decision.

Labor Department officials announced the policy just a day after Senate Republicans filibustered a bill that would have overturned ...

Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:05

WASHINGTON (AP) - Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about the tens of thousands of migrant children streaming into South Texas.

Republican Sen. ...

Ben Carson fundraisers outspend Hillary Clinton PAC

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:55

As the next presidential election draws nearer, both Republicans and Democrats have shown strong support for possible candidates, but new campaign finance records show that conservatives might be more eager to promote their ideal bid.

The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee reported receipts of roughly $3.4 million ...

Patrick: No final decision on sheltering migrants

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:48

BOSTON (AP) - No final decision had been made on whether Massachusetts will shelter some of the unaccompanied children crossing the nation's southern border illegally, Gov. Deval Patrick said Thursday.

Patrick did confirm that Camp Edwards military base on Cape Cod was among the possible sites being considered ...

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