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  • Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:13:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House.

  • Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:03:57 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — It's that time of day — just before 6 p.m. to be exact — when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station. It's a grim routine that will likely define the life of the iconic "revolutionary" for the next three years.

  • North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:56:38 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death .

  • Teens accused of plot to rob, kill girl found shot in ditch

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:56:03 GMT

    LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Two teenage boys charged with shooting a 14-year-old girl in the back of the head and leaving her wounded in a ditch lured her to the spot in a small Utah town with a plan to rob and kill her, prosecutors said.

  • Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:46:28 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a California criminal justice reform initiative played no role in the length of the prison sentence of a gang member who is accused of shooting two police officers, one of whom died.

  • Pakistani lawyers protest court bombing that killed 7

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:58:08 GMT

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Lawyers in northwestern Pakistan boycotted court hearings in protest on Wednesday, a day after a suicide bombing killed seven people outside a courthouse in the region, officials said.

  • Officials: 4 ex-workers at boarding school molested students

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:17:36 GMT

    MILTON, Mass. (AP) — A prestigious boarding and day school near Boston says four former workers engaged in sexual misconduct with several students decades ago.

  • Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:06:19 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

  • Second man arrested in fatal shooting of Rutgers student

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:14:27 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A second man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Rutgers University student last year.

  • Hearing resumes on new trial request in prep school case

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:10:00 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A hearing resumes Wednesday in New Hampshire on whether a prep school graduate convicted of using a computer to lure a girl for sex deserves a new trial.

  • Today in History

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:01:11 GMT

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  • Philippines to deport convicted US pedophile

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:34:51 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday it had arrested a convicted American pedophile wanted by U.S. authorities for a string of crimes.

  • The Latest: Son of slain N. Korean not in Malaysia: police

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:17:59 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

  • Evidence of rising anti-Semitism, but data mostly elusive

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:46:06 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Has anti-Semitism accompanied Donald Trump's rise to power? Some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. But data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection — a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren — and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice.

  • Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:40:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration.

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 02:32:39 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

  • Official: Reforms didn't cut sentence of suspect in killing

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:59:26 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gang member suspected of shooting two California police officers, killing one of them, was released from prison last year on probation under a criminal justice reform initiative that had no impact on how long he spent behind bars, a prison official said Tuesday.

  • 2 Oregon police officers shoot, kill man on roof

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:45:08 GMT

    BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Two police officers in Oregon responding to a 911 call shot and killed a man standing on a roof in a residential area Tuesday, police said.

  • The Latest: Suspect in slaying may have been high on drugs

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:44:50 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

  • State lawmakers channel grief into fight against opioids

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:38:13 GMT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In statehouses across the country, lawmakers with loved ones who fell victim to drugs are leading the fight against the nation's deadly opioid-abuse crisis, drawing on tragic personal experience to attack the problem.

  • Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:29:27 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.