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June 23, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Trump promotes tax cuts, reduced regulations

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Donald Trump is promoting his administration's business policies, particularly tax cuts, during a roundtable on tax reform in Las Vegas.

The "USA Open for Business" event follows Trump's speech Saturday to the Nevada Republican Party convention.

Trump revisited familiar economic themes such as the Republican tax cut package, reduced regulations, renegotiating trade deals, and low unemployment nationwide.

Trump also extolled his recent summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and he drew applause from the Nevada audience when he said his administration is upholding Second Amendment rights.

Others on the business panel report how the tax cuts and other policies have helped Nevada businesses.

The president's trip to Nevada is designed in part to boost the campaign of Republican Sen. Dean Heller.


Administration seeks to expand immigrant family detention

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration is calling for the expanded use of family detention for immigrant parents and children who are stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Immigration authorities on Friday issued a notice that they may seek up to 15,000 beds to detain families. The Justice Department has asked a federal court in California to allow children to be detained longer and in facilities that don't require state licensing while they await immigration court proceedings.

Immigrant advocates say the proposed expansion is a cruel, ineffective attempt to deter families from coming to the United States.

The proposal comes days after a public outcry moved the administration to cease the practice of separating children from their migrant parents on the border. More than 2,300 children have been taken from their parents since April.


DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after GOP lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says DOJ has partially complied with multiple requests from the House intelligence and Judiciary committees. House Republicans gave the department a Friday deadline for all documents, but Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the department asked for more time on some outstanding items and the request was "reasonable."

In a letter sent to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes late Friday, DOJ said it had that day provided a classified letter to Nunes regarding whether the FBI used "confidential human sources" before it officially began its Russia investigation in 2016.


The Latest: Congressman says kids at center get good care

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Kansas Rep. Roger Marshall is returning from a visit to the Texas border saying that several hundred immigrant children detained in a center there are getting good care.

Marshall traveled Saturday to the El Paso area as part of a bipartisan congressional group to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and to tour a center holding 400 young immigrants near the Tornillo port of entry. The immigrants are mostly teenage boys and housed in tent-like structures.

The Kansas Republican spent 90 minutes at the center and described it as a camp providing good food and medical care. He said he played soccer with some of the children.

He said 26 children were separated from their parents during a recent crackdown on illegal border crossings.



Mattis to visit China as Taiwan, S. China Sea tensions rise

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of "intimidation and coercion" in the South China Sea, is visiting Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing's expanding military presence overseas.

Mattis will be the first defense secretary in President Donald Trump's administration to visit China. His mission comes amid a looming trade war with Beijing over tariffs and reliance on China to help get North Korea deliver on denuclearization promises made at a summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Beijing was seen as taking home a major win when Trump announced at the summit that the U.S. would suspend joint U.S.-South Korea war games that North Korea and China have long opposed.


Sanders says she was asked to leave Virginia restaurant

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledges in a tweet that she was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant Friday night.

Sanders says she was told by the owner of The Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, that she had to "leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left."

Sanders says the event says far more about the owner of the restaurant than it does about her.

She says, "I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so."

Sanders' treatment at the restaurant has created a social media commotion with people on both sides weighing in to provide their critique of the incident.


The Latest: US prepares coffins for Korean War remains

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military says it has moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for North Korea's returning of the remains of American soldiers who have been missing since the 1950-53 Korean War.

U.S. Forces Korea spokesman Col. Chad Carroll also said Saturday that the military sent 158 metal transfer cases to a U.S. air base near South Korea's capital and will potentially use them to send the remains home.

U.S. Forces Korea says the 100 wooden "temporary transit cases" sent to the Joint Security Area at the border were part of preparations to "receive and transport remains in a dignified manner when we get the call to do so."

North Korea agreed to send home U.S. war remains during the June 12 summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.


The Latest: Police say 6 arrested after Ethiopia blast

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Police in Ethiopia say six people have been arrested and are under investigation after a deadly explosion at a huge rally for the new prime minister.

At least one person died after a thwarted attempt to throw a grenade at Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed led to an explosion in the crowd.

The health minister says 155 people were injured, including nine in critical condition.

The prime minister's chief of staff says on Twitter that Abiy later visited some of the victims in hospital "and offered his heartfelt encouragement."

Tens of thousands of people had gathered in an enthusiastic show of support for a wave of reforms since Abiy took office in April.


Romney making final pitch ahead of Senate primary in Utah

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — Mitt Romney is flashing his familiar smile at city parks and backyards in Utah's mountains and suburbs this week, making his final pitch after being forced into a Republican primary against a conservative state lawmaker.

At stake is the party's nomination to vie for the Senate seat long held by retiring Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch.

His opponent says he's an outsider who can't get along with President Donald Trump, but Romney has quieted his once-strident criticism.

Romney said during an interview with The Associated Press on the campaign trail that he's not going to be a daily commentator on the president and supports many of his policies, but he feels a "moral obligation" to speak out on significant issues.

Romney is heavily favored to win in the state where he's a popular adopted son.

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