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BEIJING  | South Korea leader urges denuclearization steps from North



BEIJING — South Korea’s president on Wednesday urged Pyongyang to show a plan for concrete steps toward denuclearization, raising the pressure on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Beijing to discuss the outcome of his summit with President Donald Trump.

Kim is in Beijing on his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbors.

A report by the Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed his gratitude to Chinese President Xi Jinping when they met on Tuesday.

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SAN FRANCISCO  | California to defend immigration laws against Trump



SAN FRANCISCO  — After repeatedly suing the Trump administration over U.S. immigration policies, California will find itself in an unusual position Wednesday: defending protections for people in the country illegally against a court challenge by the federal government.

U.S. Judge John Mendez in Sacramento will hear arguments from attorneys for the state and the U.S. Justice Department about a federal request to block three California laws. He was not expected to rule immediately.

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MCALLEN, Texas  | No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children



MCALLEN, Texas  — Trump administration officials say they have no clear plan yet on how to reunite the thousands of children separated from their families at the border since the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy in which anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally is criminally prosecuted.

“This policy is relatively new,” said Steven Wagner, an acting assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services “We’re still working through the experience of reunifying kids with their parents after adjudication.”

Federal officials say there are some methods parents can use to try to find their children: hotlines to call and an email address for those seeking information.

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LOS ANGELES  | Hearing set for California parents accused of shackling kids



LOS ANGELES  — Prosecutors were expected to begin making their case Wednesday against a Southern California couple suspected of starving and shackling their children in a case that drew worldwide headlines when the parents were arrested last winter.

David and Louise Turpin are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in Superior Court in Riverside, where a judge will weigh whether authorities have amassed enough evidence for a trial.

The couple has pleaded not guilty to torture, child abuse and other charges.

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APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters



Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

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SINGAPORE  | Asian stocks take a breather from trade tensions; markets up



SINGAPORE  — Asian markets were mostly higher on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the U.S. and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead.

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Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.2 percent to 22,540.07 and South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.4 percent to 2,373.50. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rebounded 1.5 percent to 29,908.50 and the Shanghai Composite in mainland China increased 0.4 percent to 2,918.60.

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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii  | Sailors honor Pearl Harbor survivor during one last visit



PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii  — Ray Emory survived the early morning attack on Pearl Harbor that killed nearly 2,400 servicemen in shower of bombs and explosions nearly 80 years ago.

The 97-year-old never forgot those who died that day, spending the past few decades doggedly pushing for the remains of those buried as unknowns to be identified and returned to their families.

Clutching a walker and stepping tentatively, Emory returned to Pearl Harbor for one last visit before he leaves his Hawaii home to live in Boise, Idaho, with his son.

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TIGARAS, Indonesia  | Families plea for bigger search for 178 from Indonesia ferry



TIGARAS, Indonesia — Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for at least 178 people missing since a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week.

The wooden vessel, overcrowded with passengers as well as dozens of motorbikes, didn’t have a manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the number of people it was carrying as family members who rushed to Lake Toba in northern Sumatra provided information.

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NEW YORK  | Maddow breaks down reading AP story on ‘tender age’ shelters



NEW YORK  — MSNBC political commentator Rachel Maddow broke down while trying to read an exclusive Associated Press story about babies and toddlers taken from their parents at the southern border and sent to “tender age” shelters.

The host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” was live on the air Tuesday evening when she tried to read the AP’s exclusive story . After trying to get through the first couple of sentences she said, “I’m sorry.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | AP Explains: US has split up families throughout its history



ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some critics of the forced separation of Latino children from their migrant parents say the practice is unprecedented. But it’s not the first time the U.S. government has split up families, detained children or allowed others to do so.

Throughout American history, during times of war and unrest, authorities have cited various reasons and laws to take children away from their parents. Here are some examples:

SLAVERY

Before abolition, children of black slaves were born into slavery and could be sold by owners at will.

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BEIJING  | Survey: Companies in China feel pressure to give up tech



BEIJING  — One in five foreign companies in China feels compelled to hand over technology for market access, a business group said Wednesday, highlighting a key irritant in an escalating U.S.-Chinese trade dispute.

The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China’s report follows President Donald Trump’s order for tariffs on additional Chinese goods in response to complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.

Out of 532 European companies that responded to a survey, 19 percent “felt compelled to transfer technology in exchange for market access” despite Chinese assurances that it isn’t required, the chamber said.

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SEOUL, South Korea | South Korean crypto exchange loses $31 million from hack



SEOUL, South Korea — A leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchange said Wednesday that $31 million worth of virtual currencies have been stolen by hackers, a latest in the series of recent hacks that raised security concerns.

Bithumb, South Korea’s second-largest exchange, said cyberattacks from late Tuesday night to Wednesday morning led to the loss of 35 billion won worth of cryptocurrencies.

Bithumb said it has suspended trading and exchanging cryptocurrencies to Korean won following the hacking.

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WASHINGTON  | US leaving UN’s Human Rights Council, cites anti-Israel bias



WASHINGTON  — The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution.

Haley said Tuesday the U.S. had given the human rights body “opportunity after opportunity” to make changes. She lambasted the council for “its chronic bias against Israel” and lamented the fact that its membership includes accused human rights abusers such as China, Cuba, Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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WASHINGTON  | Trump stands firm on immigration policy, sees it as a winner



WASHINGTON  — Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies.

“You have to stand for something,” Trump declared Tuesday, as he defended his administration’s immigration policy amid mounting criticism over the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The chorus of condemnation includes Democrats, as well as Republicans, who are increasingly worried that reports about bereft children taken from their parents could damage the GOP’s chances in November.

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WASHINGTON | House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told House Republicans he is “1,000 percent” behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the southern border.

And it’s uncertain if Trump’s support will be enough to push any legislation through the divided GOP majority.

GOP lawmakers, increasingly fearful of a voter backlash in November, met with Trump for about an hour Tuesday at the Capitol to try to find a solution that both holds to Trump’s hard-line immigration policy and ends the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally.

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PAUL, Minn.  | Another test of loyalty looms over Trump’s Minnesota visit



  1. PAUL, Minn.  — President Donald Trump’s campaign trip Wednesday to Minnesota could signal whether he’ll wade into the GOP’s primary for governor between a former two-term governor who once called him “unhinged” and an underdog who is an avowed supporter.

The rally in Duluth is for Pete Stauber, a Republican congressional candidate running in a traditionally Democratic district. Home of the state’s famed Iron Range, Minnesota is important ground for Trump as a place where his new tariffs on foreign steel could play especially well.

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WASHINGTON | House Republicans turn up the heat in standoff with DOJ



WASHINGTON— House Republicans say the FBI hasn’t adequately addressed the issue of bias within the agency and are threatening to hold top department officials in contempt or even impeach them.

The department’s internal watchdog issued a report last week criticizing the FBI’s handling of the 2016 probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. But it said political bias didn’t affect the outcome of the investigation that eventually cleared her.

At a House hearing Tuesday, Republicans angrily asked inspector general Michael Horowitz how anti-Trump texts between some employees who worked on the Clinton probe didn’t influence the outcome.

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WASHINGTON  | Commerce chief denies transactions involved insider trading



WASHINGTON  — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made a trade betting that the stock in a shipping company with Russian-government ties would fall, a transaction coming just days after he learned of a possible negative news story about his investment in the company.

Ross reported on a government form released Monday, as required by federal ethics rules, that he shorted stock in Navigator Holdings in October. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the transaction came three business days after a Times reporter submitted questions to Ross about Navigator.

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WASHINGTON  | DC voters nominate mayor for another term, approve tips law



WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser easily secured the Democratic Party nomination as she seeks a second term in office.

Voters on Tuesday also approved a ballot initiative that will restructure the payment system for waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees in bars and restaurants.

Bowser campaigned on her record of leading the District of Columbia through an economic turnaround and a development boom. However, her administration has struggled in recent months to contain multiple scandals in the Washington public school system, including the revelation that chronic student absences were ignored or covered up in order to maintain high graduation rates.

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CHICAGO  | Chicago teen to be sentenced in 2014 Facebook feud slaying



CHICAGO  — A Chicago teenager is set to be sentenced for killing another girl during a 2014 street fight that started as a Facebook feud over a boy.

Among the reasons the case drew widespread attention was because the defendant’s uncle gave her the gun right before the fight.

The teen was 14 years old at the time and isn’t being named because she was charged as a juvenile. She pleaded guilty in January to first-degree murder in the April 2014 killing of 14-year-old Endia Martin and attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of the girl she went to fight that day.

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OCEANPORT, N.J. | Business up at New Jersey track, casino with sports bets



OCEANPORT, N.J. — Arthur Rosen puzzled over the photocopied sheet of paper listing all sorts of exotic bets on baseball games, including one in which the number of runs scored and hits made in Tuesday night’s New York Yankees-Seattle Mariners game had to exceed 29.

“I lived in Vegas 20 years and I never heard of a bet like that,” the 83-year-old retired truck driver said.

Rosen was one of more than 100 people at a New Jersey racetrack at 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon, ready to plunk down money on professional sports in the first week it has been legal here.

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Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino (ex-Revel) seeks license



ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Eight days before it plans to open, Atlantic City’s Ocean Resort Casino will go before state gambling regulators to seek a casino license.

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission will begin hearing Ocean Resort’s licensing case Wednesday afternoon, and has set aside time on Thursday should more consideration be necessary.

The casino, formerly known as Revel, shut down in September 2014. It was sold in January to Colorado developer Bruce Deifik (DIE’-fick), who renamed it and set about changing much of what customers didn’t like about it.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: AMA calls for an end to border separations



WASHINGTON— The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT):

12:01 a.m.

The largest U.S. doctors’ group, the American Medical Association, is urging the Trump administration to end promptly the practice of separating children from their migrating families at the southern border.

The AMA’s chief executive officer, Dr. James Madara, writes in a letter that families seeking refuge in the U.S. “already endure emotional and physical stress” and that separation only makes it worse.

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LAS VEGAS | Unionized MGM workers in Las Vegas ratify contract



LAS VEGAS — Thousands of unionized workers at Las Vegas casino-resorts operated by MGM Resorts International, including Bellagio, Aria and Mandalay Bay, approved a new five-year contract Tuesday.

The contract includes wage increases, new paid bereavement leave and stronger protections against sexual harassment for 24,000 bartenders, housekeepers, food servers and other members of the Culinary Union.

Thousands of workers last month, including employees of MGM — one of the largest resort operators in the tourist destination — authorized a strike over the lack of progress in contract negotiations covering 50,000 union members.

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WASHINGTON | Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: ‘Wah wah’



WASHINGTON — A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic “Wah wah.”

Corey Lewandowski appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss President Trump’s hard-line immigration policy, which has led to the practice of taking migrant children from parents charged with entering the country illegally.

Earlier Tuesday, a Mexican official said one of those children was a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome.

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CHICAGO | Cubs beat Dodgers 2-1 in 10 innings for doubleheader split



CHICAGO — Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Tuesday night to salvage a split of their day-night doubleheader.

Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field.

Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

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HOUSTON | Houston’s win streak ends at 12 games with 2-1 loss to Rays



HOUSTON — C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night to snap a 12-game winning streak by the Houston Astros.

Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, but had to pitch around a career-high seven walks for his fifth straight win. Sergio Romo pitched for the third straight game, taking over with one out in the ninth and allowing one hit for his third save a night after blowing the save in Houston’s 5-4 win.

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WASHINGTON | Trump takes swipe at South Carolina’s Sanford in GOP meeting



WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump took a sarcastic dig at Rep. Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican who has been critical of the president, during a meeting on immigration with House Republicans Tuesday night. Sanford fired back later, telling The Associated Press that he found it “startling” that Trump would attack him during a meeting about “a crisis.”

Trump told the lawmakers in a closed-door Capitol Hill meeting that he wanted to “congratulate Mark on a great race,” according to two attendees.

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SINGAPORE | Asian stocks take breather from trade tension; markets mixed



SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the U.S. and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1 percent to 22,287.42 and South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.9 percent to 2,361.39 in early trading. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng increased 0.1 percent to 29,508.83 while the Shanghai Composite in mainland China slipped 0.9 percent to 2,881.33.

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DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. | Fans grieve as detectives search for XXXTentacion’s killers



DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — For hours, the fans came in a steady stream to mourn and pay their respects at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down, some leaving behind expressions of sympathy along a fence and on the sidewalk.

No arrests have been announced in the shooting of the 20-year-old rapper, who Broward County sheriff’s officials say was ambushed by two suspects as he left an upscale motor sports dealership Monday afternoon in his electric BMW.

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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Sanford says he’s confused by Trump’s jab at him



WASHINGTON — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT):

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Congressman Mark Sanford tells The Associated Press that he’s confused by President Donald Trump’s latest attack on him, but glad his colleagues showed displeasure at Trump’s broadside.

At a closed-door meeting Tuesday on immigration with House Republicans, participants say Trump sarcastically congratulated the South Carolina Republican for a “great race.” Sanford lost his GOP primary last week after Trump urged voters to dump him.

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. | Senator denied entry to see Florida child migrant facility



HOMESTEAD, Fla.— U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a “cover-up” after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions.

Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both Florida Democrats, went to the contractor-run Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children following reports it was receiving detained children who had arrived in the country illegally.

Wasserman Schultz said the facility was being used for an estimated 1,000 children, aged 13 to 17 — most of whom arrived as unaccompanied minors and about 10 percent of whom are children separated from their families at the border.

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TIGARAS PORT, Indonesia | Indonesia raises number of ferry sinking missing to 166



TIGARAS PORT, Indonesia — Indonesian officials say 166 people are missing from a ferry sinking Monday evening at a popular lake on Sumatra, a much higher number than previously believed.

The boat didn’t have a passenger manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the number of people it was carrying as distraught relatives who rushed to Lake Toba in northern Sumatra provided information. On Tuesday, officials said 94 people were missing and expected the number to rise.

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BEIJING | North Korea’s Xi thanks China, for support with Trump summit



BEIJING — North Korean state media say the country’s leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week’s groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump.

Kim was in Beijing on Wednesday during his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in relations between the communist neighbors.

A report by the Korean Central News Agency said Kim expressed his gratitude to Xi in a meeting on Tuesday, during which Xi “gave high appreciation and extended heartfelt congratulations” to Kim over the summit.

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WASHINGTON | DC Mayor Bowser wins; voters OK pay shift for tipped workers



WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser easily secured the Democratic Party nomination Tuesday night as she seeks a second term in office.

Voters also approved a ballot initiative that will restructure the payment system for waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees in bars and restaurants.

Bowser campaigned on her record of leading the District of Columbia through an economic turnaround and a development boom. However, her administration has struggled in recent months to contain multiple scandals in the Washington public school system, including the revelation that chronic student absences were ignored or covered up in order to maintain high graduation rates.

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NEW YORK | Yanks back stellar German with 4 HRs, beat Mariners 7-2



NEW YORK — Domingo German pitched two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York’s four home runs Tuesday night in the Yankees’ 7-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks each belted a two-run shot off Marco Gonzales in the fifth. Hicks homered for the third straight day and finished with three hits from the leadoff spot as the Yankees boosted baseball’s best record to 48-22, moving a season-best 26 games above .500.

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi-led coalition displays Yemeni arms allegedly from Iran



ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Officials in a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels for control of a crucial port in Yemen on Tuesday displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran is arming the insurgents.

Iran long has denied arming the rebels, known as Houthis, despite reports by the United Nations, Western countries and outside groups linking it to the rebels’ arsenal.

Weapons shown to reporters in Abu Dhabi and later at an Emirati military base on a government-sponsored tour included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat,” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

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U.S. Department of State News: Remarks on the UN Human Rights Council



WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State this evening released the following remarks:

SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon.  The Trump administration is committed to protecting and promoting the God-given dignity and freedom of every human being.  Every individual has rights that are inherent and inviolable.  They are given by God, and not by government.  Because of that, no government must take them away.

For decades, the United States has led global efforts to promote human rights, often through multilateral institutions. 

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Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters



Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.

Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis. The government also plans to open a fourth shelter to house hundreds of young migrant children in Houston, where city leaders denounced the move Tuesday.

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Missouri News: Springfield Man, Roosevelt Simpson Faces 20 Years in Prison for Heroin Conspiracy, Firearm



SPRINGFIELD, MO – A Springfield, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to leading a conspiracy that distributed at least a kilogram of heroin in the Springfield area.

Roosevelt Simpson, 60, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of conspiracy to distribute at least a kilogram of heroin and to one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Simpson admitted that he was a leader in the drug-trafficking conspiracy from Sept.

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TORONTO | Canadian senate passes weed bill but legalization delayed



TORONTO — Canada’s Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government’s bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government had hoped to make pot legal by July 1, but the government has said provincial and territorial governments will need eight to 12 weeks following Senate passage and royal assent to prepare for retail sales.

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LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx



A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday:

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The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then cost himself six to eight weeks with his postgame outburst. Manager Bruce Bochy said Strickland had shown maturity and progress keeping his emotions in check since a fight last year with Nationals star Bryce Harper, leading Bochy to feel “thoroughly disappointed” by this injury.

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WASHINGTON | With eyes on midterms, Trump embraces immigration fight



WASHINGTON— Calling the shots as his West Wing clears out, President Donald Trump sees his hard-line immigration stance as a winning issue heading into a midterm election he views as a referendum on his protectionist policies.

“You have to stand for something,” Trump declared Tuesday, as he defended his administration’s immigration policy amid mounting criticism over the forced separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The chorus of condemnation includes Democrats, as well as Republicans, who are increasingly worried that reports about bereft children taken from their parents could damage the GOP’s chances in November.

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WASHINGTON | After query, Ross shorted stock in Kremlin-tied firm: report



WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made a trade betting that the stock in a shipping company with Russian-government ties would fall, a transaction coming just days after he learned of a possible negative news story about his investment in the company.

Ross reported on a government form released Monday, as required by federal ethics rules, that he shorted stock in Navigator Holdings in October. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the transaction came three business days after a Times reporter submitted questions to Ross about Navigator.

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Missouri News: Demante Syms, Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for his Role in Three Homicides and Witness Tampering



ST LOUIS, MO – Demante Syms, 26, of Saint Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to life imprisonment plus one year for his participation in the killing of three individuals in furtherance of drug trafficking and his tampering with a witness.  Syms was sentenced by United States District Court Judge John A. Ross.

According to court documents, Jacobi Temple, Syms and Samuel Spires traveled in a vehicle to the area of 4467 Itaska Street. 

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DALLAS | 5 charged in immigrant smuggling scheme after Texas crash



DALLAS — Federal prosecutors charged five people Tuesday in a scheme to smuggle immigrants illegally after an SUV driven by one of them crashed in Texas while fleeing Border Patrol agents, killing five passengers.

The crash happened Sunday after Border Patrol became suspicious of three vehicles traveling in a convoy between El Indio and Carrizo Springs, Texas, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the western district of Texas. When agents tried to make “immigration inspections,” two of the three vehicles — a 2007 Suburban and a 2008 Tahoe — led authorities on a high speed chase.

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Missouri News: Former Director of Information Systems, Leaman George Crews, III, for BSI Indicted on Wire Fraud Charges



ST LOUIS, MO – Leaman George Crews, III, 44, of St. James, Missouri, surrendered this morning in federal court to an Indictment charging him with five counts of wire fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud the company he worked for – Brewer Science Incorporated (BSI), Rolla, Missouri.

The indictment alleges that between May 2, 2008 and August 11, 2017, Crews was employed as the Director of Information Systems for BSI. 

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KANSAS CITY, Mo | Rangers send Mendez to minors for breaking team rules



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Texas Rangers sent rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez back to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday for violating team rules.

Mendez was supposed to start Wednesday’s series finale against Kansas City. But right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx will get the ball instead.

“It’s not criminal, nothing involving MLB or the police,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “There will be a program that we’ll work with Yohander on.”

Daniels said at least one other player was involved, but his discipline will be handled in-house.

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Florida News: Colombian Drug Kingpin, Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño Sentenced to 31 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking



Florida – Colombian drug kingpin Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño was sentenced yesterday to 31 years in prison for importing multi-ton quantities of cocaine into the United States.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Adolphus P. Wright, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Miami Field Division, made the announcement.

A Miami jury had found Henry de Jesus Lopez Londoño, a/k/a “Mi Sangre,” 47, a citizen of Colombia, guilty of conspiring to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine with the knowledge that it would be unlawfully imported into the United States, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 959 and 963.

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NEW YORK News: California Man, Charles Rainer Sinek Sentenced to 87 Months for Conspiring to Distribute Opioids



ALBANY, NEW YORK – Charles Rainer Sinek, age 53, of Oakland, California, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison, to be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release, for conspiring to distribute opioid pills.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Special Agent in Charge James J. Hunt, New York Division, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Sinek was convicted in September 2016, after a 3-day trial.

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