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June 17, 2018 - 12:00 am


Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Letters to the House Intelligence Committee outline the contact.

The letters say Stone met with a man in May 2016 who wanted $2 million in exchange for information about Clinton's campaign. Stone rejected the offer.

The meeting was arranged by Michael Caputo, who worked for Trump's campaign at the time.

Stone and Caputo now say they believe the man was an FBI informant trying to set them up. The man has denied that to The Washington Post.

Their lawyers say they didn't remember the episode when the committee interviewed them.


The Latest: SUV in fatal Texas crash suspected of smuggling

BIG WELLS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says the SUV that crashed, killing at least five people, was being chased by an agent who suspected it was part of a "smuggling event."

The Border Patrol said in a statement Sunday night that the agent noticed three vehicles traveling in tandem around 11 a.m. Sunday. The agent stopped one vehicle and another agent stopped the other. Multiple arrests were made from both vehicles.

The third vehicle — the SUV — kept going, and a sheriff's deputy joined the chase before the fatal crash.

Authorities say most of the 14 occupants of the SUV were thrown from the vehicle. Many were believed to be living in the country illegally. The sheriff says a driver and passenger who are believed to be U.S. citizens were arrested.


Hundreds of children wait in Border Patrol facility in Texas

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of children are waiting away from their parents inside a Border Patrol holding facility in South Texas, with groups of 20 or more children to a single cage. There are bottles of water, bags of chips, and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

The U.S. Border Patrol on Sunday allowed reporters to briefly visit the facility where the agency is holding children and adults after arresting them at the border.

Nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy against people entering the U.S. without legal permission.

The Border Patrol says it's providing adequate meals, bathrooms access and medical care to people being held.

But Michelle Brane of the Women's Refugee Commission says she's met a teenager caring for an unrelated young child because they've been separated from their adult guardians.


The Latest: 3 confirmed dead in western Japan earthquake

TOKYO (AP) — A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s have been killed by a strong earthquake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.

The Osaka prefectural government reported two deaths, and an Ibaraki city official confirmed a third.

The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck north of Osaka city Monday shortly after 8 a.m.

It set off multiple building fires and toppled walls. Train service was suspended across a wide area during the morning commute.


The Latest: Ex-rebels want to meet with new Colombia leader

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Demobilized members of Colombia's once biggest rebel group say they want to meet with President-elect Ivan Duque to discuss implementation of the nation's peace accord.

Ex-guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono congratulated Duque for his victory in Sunday's presidential runoff election and said Colombians should work together because "the road of hope is open."

In his victory speech, Duque said earlier that he doesn't want to "shred the accord to pieces" but also promised to make changes to ensure victims get justice.

Many Colombians oppose generous terms for high-ranking guerrillas involved in atrocities, such as allowing them to enter politics and escape any jail time.

The former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is now a political party. Londono himself ran for president but withdrew his bid amid health complications.


Art festival on verge of being shut down when shots rang out

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a 24-hour arts and music festival in New Jersey was on the verge of being shut down because of numerous fights when gunfire erupted.

One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two other suspects, were injured early Sunday morning.

About 1,000 people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films when shots rang out.

Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri says numerous fights inside and outside the venue had prompted police to tell organizers that the event needed to be shut down.

Authorities believe several neighborhood gangs had a dispute, and multiple suspects began shooting at each other, with police returning fire.

One suspect, 33-year-old Tahaij Wells was killed. Two other suspects were injured and remain hospitalized.


The Latest: Defending champion Koepka wins another US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka has won a second consecutive U.S. Open, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989.

Coincidentally, Strange was covering Koepka's twosome for Fox.

Koepka shot 16 under par last year at Erin Hills for his first major victory, winning by four shots. He was in a four-way tie for the lead after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills and shot 68 on a benign course for a 1-over 281 total as no player could match par.

Koepka's birdie at the par-5 16th stretched his lead to two shots over Tommy Fleetwood, who tied the U.S. Open single-round record with a 63. Fleetwood missed an 8-footer for birdie on the 18th that would have given him the record for this tournament and tied the 62 Branden Grace shot in last year's British Open for lowest round in any major.

Then Koepka parred 17 and had the luxury of making bogey at 18.

The USGA admitted Saturday it had lost a handle on the course. So Shinnecock Hills was relatively tame in the final round.

Fleetwood, who finished much earlier, wound up alone in second place at 282.

Retief Goosen was the most recent player with a good chance of repeating since Strange did it. The South African won at Shinnecock in 2004, then led by three shots at Pinehurst the next year. But he shot 81 in the final round and Michael Campbell was the surprise winner.

There have been 22 multiple winners since the U.S. Open first was played in 1895.


Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.

The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.

Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post. Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th. Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina was held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.


More AP World Cup coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/WorldCup


The Latest: Melania Trump says US should govern 'with heart'

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband's administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents.

Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham says the first lady believes "we need to be a country that follows all laws," but also one "that governs with heart."

She says that Mrs. Trump "hates to see children separated from their families" and hopes "both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform."

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

Trump has tried to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats that doesn't exist.


Erosion of immigrant protections began with Trump inaugural

The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has been brewing since the week President Donald Trump took office, when he issued his first order signaling a tougher approach to asylum-seekers.

Since then, the administration has been steadily eroding protections for immigrant families.

Jennifer Podkul is director of policy at Kids in Need of Defense, which represents children in immigration court.

She says the administration is willing to risk harm to children to deter illegal immigration.

The parents' plight was preceded by a series of measures making it harder for kids arriving on the border to get released from government custody and to seek legal status here.

About 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period ending in May.

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