Reuters US Domestic News Summary

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

Exclusive: Air Force suspends fee payments to landlord Balfour Beatty following Reuters report

The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified maintenance records at an Oklahoma base to help it qualify for millions of dollars in bonuses. The Air Force previously had suspended fees at three Balfour Beatty bases. Now, it has halted such payments at all 21 company sites after new allegations of improper handling of maintenance records arose at another base in Idaho, Mountain Home Air Force Base, John Henderson, the Air Force assistant secretary for installations, said in a statement to Reuters late on Friday.

Deep budget cuts put University of Alaska in crisis mode; 'grappling with survival'

The University of Alaska board of regents, facing deep budget cuts exacted by the governor that will eliminate about 40% of the university's state funding, voted at an emergency meeting on Monday to declare the academic equivalent of bankruptcy reorganization. The regents’ 10-1 vote puts the university into "financial exigency," a status allowing administrators to summarily fire tenured faculty and other staff, close whole academic programs and even shut down entire campuses. Up to 2,000 employees could lose their jobs, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has said.

Chelsea Clinton gives birth to third child

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave birth to her third child on Monday morning, she said on Twitter. "This morning we welcomed our son, Jasper Clinton Mezvinsky," Clinton, who is married to the investor Marc Mezvinsky, wrote on Twitter. "We are overflowing with love and gratitude and can't wait to introduce him to his big sister and brother."

Trump, justices pay respects to late U.S. jurist Stevens

President Donald Trump, members of the U.S. Supreme Court and others paid their respects on Monday to liberal Justice John Paul Stevens, who died last week, as his body lay in repose in the courthouse's stately great hall. Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 and retired from top U.S. judicial body in 2010, died on July 16 at age 99 of complications from a stroke in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was one of the longest-serving justices in U.S. history.

Thousands expected to demonstrate Monday against Puerto Rico's governor, hold general strike

Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of San Juan on Monday morning in massive demonstrations to demand that the U.S. territory's governor resign over offensive chat messages. The Washington Post reported late Sunday that organizers expected more than 1 million residents, about a third of the population, to join in the protests.

Explainer: What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump

A dark cloud of impeachment has threatened President Donald Trump for many months, with Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, where any such effort to remove him from office would begin, divided about whether to proceed. In American politics, few procedures are as arduous or as divisive as the Constitution's carefully balanced law for ousting a chief executive found to be unfit to serve.

Mexico foreign minister says Pompeo did not discuss 'safe third country' plan

Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Monday, the deadline for an agreement with the United States to reduce migration, that his U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo did not mention in talks the previous day an earlier demand that Mexico become a safe third country. Ebrard added that the proposal, which would have made most asylum seekers apply for refuge in Mexico rather than the United States, was not discussed because Mexico was able to reduce migration as part of a deal struck in June that averted tariff threats.

Louisiana policemen fired over Facebook post suggesting Ocasio-Cortez be shot

A Louisiana policeman who suggested on Facebook that high-profile U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez needed to be shot was fired on Monday, along with a second officer who "liked" his post. Officers Charles Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the Gretna Police Department who made the social media comment on Thursday, and Angelo Varisco, who "liked" it, were terminated following a swift internal investigation, Chief Arthur Lawson told a news conference.

Longtime New York District Attorney, scourge of white-collar criminals, dies at 99: NYT

Robert Morgenthau, 99, who became the scourge of white-collar criminals over three decades as the Manhattan district attorney, died on Sunday, his family told the New York Times. He passed at a hospital in Manhattan, after a short illness, his wife Lucinda Franks told the Times. He would have turned 100 on July 31.

Trump pushes on with immigration crackdown despite legal hurdles

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration pushed ahead with its attempts to crack down on migration at the southern border on Monday, defending in court a virtual ban it imposed on asylum seekers and issuing its second sweeping order within a week. A U.S. district judge in Washington heard arguments about whether to temporarily strike down the first new rule, which is designed to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the country's southern border.