• Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family
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    Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family

    Nery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever and died hours later while in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. "Because she'd never seen a big

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    Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignments

    President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down at the end of December, the latest senior official to exit Trump's high-turnover administration. An ex-congressman from Montana, Zinke has faced scrutiny over several matters. Trump gave no reason for Zinke

  • As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week
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    As Zinke departs, Trump says he will name new interior secretary next week

    Trump did not give a reason for Zinke's departure. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation," Trump said on Twitter. "The Trump administration will be announcing the new secretary of the Interior next week." Zinke has

  • Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
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    Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional

    A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed

  • Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida
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    Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida

    Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ballot initiative launches one of the largest enfranchisement efforts in modern U.S. history. Democrats and voting rights advocates cried foul this week when

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    Police search ranch belonging to missing Colorado woman's fiance

    Police looking for a Colorado mother who was reported missing from her small mountain town nearly two weeks ago searched her fiance's ranch on Friday but stopped short of calling him a suspect in the case. The police chief of Woodland Park, Colorado, also publicly called on Patrick Frazee, 32, to

  • Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court
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    Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court traditionally has been viewed as the court of last resort in the United States, but Trump's Justice Department increasingly has tried to enlist it in paring back or halting unfavorable rulings by lower courts on signature Trump policies, often at early stages of litigation. In

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    U.S. government watchdog to probe child's death after border arrest

    WASHINGTON/TAOS, New Mexico (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant which occurred after she was detained by U.S. border agents, officials said on Friday. The Trump administration defended the treatment

  • Police probe hoax bitcoin bomb threats across U.S., Canada
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    Police probe hoax bitcoin bomb threats across U.S., Canada

    U.S. law enforcement officials on Friday were investigating a wave of hoax emailed bomb threats demanding bitcoin payment that caused worry but no damage in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The threats led to scattered evacuations of schools and transit stations before the Federal

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    Saudi man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to lying about al Qaeda training

    Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, who was arrested in February, faces up to 18 years in prison, the department said in a statement. Alfallaj's fingerprints turned up on documents found by the U.S. military at an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, the statement said. The documents included an application

  • ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency
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    ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency said on Friday. The 158,851 people arrested in the 2018 fiscal year by ICE's Enforcement and Removal

  • Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list
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    Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list

    When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance. Aimed at sending a message, the legislation is unlikely to become

  • California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators
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    California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators

    California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration. The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously on the

  • Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre
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    Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre

    Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and educators were killed in 2012, received a threatening phone call around 9 a.m. EST, said police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde. "It was a bomb threat over the phone," Bahamonde said. Bahamonde said the threat was unrelated to a Thursday

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    U.S. sues YRC Worldwide freight units, alleges overcharging

    U.S. officials have filed a lawsuit against several units of freight company YRC Worldwide Inc alleging that they systematically overcharged the federal government for services and lied to hide their misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday. The YRC units named in the lawsuit are YRC

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    Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed

    A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released. "Tonight

  • Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible
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    Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

    One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said. Two weeks previously, a married couple inspired by Islamic State had killed 14 people at a California county

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    Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies

    WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. "Given the widespread nature of these malicious

  • Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report
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    Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report

    The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Information Center reported on Friday. Fewer than 2,500 inmates are awaiting execution as 2018 draws to

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    U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan

    A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant

  • Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary
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    Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary

    Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections. Manderfield said Jimenez made no final statement. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder

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    No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back

    East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several motorists abandoned their cars to chase the money. Videos posted on social media showed a Brinks armored

  • Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post
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    Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post

    A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said

  • No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica
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    No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers at U.S. research station in Antarctica

    The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-managed McMurdo Station, the agency said. While the science foundation, a U.S. government agency, said

  • U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules
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    U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules

    Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings