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Government falls short of deadline to reunite kids, parents

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remained in government custody away from relatives as federal officials fell short of meeting a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of ...

Hugs and sobs: Families separated in US return to Guatemala

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter's hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked ...

Court nominee Kavanaugh begins making his case to senators

By LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm ...

Trump pardon of Oregon ranchers sparks concern, jubilation

By ANDREW SELSKY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two imprisoned ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires in 2012 on public land in Oregon will be freed after President Donald Trump pardoned them on Tuesday. The move by Trump raised concerns that others ...

Man says he left baby after car crash because he was heavy

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man told investigators he left a 5-month-old baby boy in the woods after a weekend car crash because the baby was very heavy, court records said. Officers found the baby — cold and hungry — under a pile of debris and sticks early Sunday, several hours after the ...

Judge rejects request to detain migrant families long-term

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families for long terms, calling it a "cynical attempt" to undo a longstanding court settlement. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said the ...

Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has ...

Trump has decided his court nominee; big reveal tonight

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed Monday, hours before a prime-time TV announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle. As others speculated ...

Baby survives 9 hours buried in western Montana woods

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 5-month-old infant who miraculously survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana suffered only minor injuries despite wearing wet and soiled clothes in cold weather, authorities said Monday. The baby boy ...

Superhero pose: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot visits kids’ hospital

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Movie star Gal Gadot surprised children at a Virginia hospital with a superpowered superhero moment: She visited them wearing her iconic Amazonian armor costume from the popular "Wonder Woman" film. Gadot doled out hugs, kisses, and autographs Friday at Inova ...