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June 22, 2018 - 12:00 am

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-THE LATEST

The Latest: Kansas welfare agency says children's needs met

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Kansas' child welfare agency has concluded after an inspection that immigrant children housed in Topeka group homes are "having their needs met."

Spokeswoman Taylor Forrest issued an email statement Friday evening after the state Department for Children and Families completed an inspection of The Villages homes on a 400-acre site outside Topeka. The statement was not specific about the inspector's findings.

Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer ordered the inspection after four Democratic legislators accused him of not being aggressive enough in seeking information about the immigrant children at The Villages homes.

The nonprofit group has a contract with the federal government to house up to 50 unaccompanied immigrant children. It's not clear how many were separated from their parents during a recent crackdown at the U.S-Mexico border.

MELANIA TRUMP-JACKET MEMES

First lady's 'don't care' jacket is a gift to memers online

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump's green Zara jacket — the one reading "I really don't care, do u?" — has opened up a world of memes.

The $39 jacket, which Mrs. Trump donned before and after a visit to migrant children in Texas on Thursday, has become the perfect blank canvas to sound off online.

Detractors and supporters alike are doctoring Mrs. Trump's jacket with words ranging from the compassionate to the downright raunchy. There's "I really do care, do you?" and "I voted for Hillary" and "November is coming."

Celebrities have gotten into the act, including Instagram-happy Busy Philipps in a DIY version with yellow stick-on letters reading, "I care, do you?"

Rep. Dina Titus, a Nevada Democrat, taped a hand-drawn "I care" sign to her own jacket.

TOM ARNOLD-TRUMP TAPES-THE LATEST

The Latest: Cohen denies discussing Trump with Tom Arnold

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says he didn't discuss the president with comedian Tom Arnold, who is working on new TV show to hunt down recordings of Trump.

Cohen says in a tweet Friday he had a "chance, public encounter" with Arnold in the lobby of a Manhattan hotel and Arnold asked for a selfie.

Arnold tweeted the photo with Cohen and the caption "I love New York" and Cohen had retweeted it without comment.

The photo fueled speculation Cohen has secret tapes of Trump and is willing to share them.

Friday night, Cohen tweeted he "did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous."

Arnold is hosting a new show on Viceland called "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes" and is investigating rumored recordings of the president.

SUPREME COURT-CELLPHONE TRACKING

Supreme Court adopts new rules for cellphone tracking

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says police generally need a search warrant if they want to track criminal suspects' movements by collecting information about where they've used their cellphones.

The justices' 5-4 decision Friday is a victory for privacy in the digital age.

That's a big change from the old days when authorities could go to the phone company and obtain information about the numbers dialed from a home telephone without presenting a warrant.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, joined by the court's four liberals.

BIKE PATH ATTACK

Man charged in bike path killings speaks in court of 'Allah'

NEW YORK (AP) — The man charged with murdering eight people on a New York City bike path and injuring many more spoke out in court, invoking "Allah" and defending the Islamic State.

Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH' sah-YEE'-pawf) made a statement after U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick on Friday set an October 2019 date for the Uzbek immigrant's trial.

Saipov, through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty to the latest indictment in the Oct. 31 truck attack near the World Trade Center. A prosecutor said the Justice Department will decide by the end of the summer whether to seek the death penalty against Saipov, who lived in Paterson, New Jersey, before the attack.

After the judge warned Saipov his words could be used against him, Saipov said he was "not worried about that at all."

PLANNED PARENTHOOD-LAWSUITS

Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood are suing the Department of Health and Human Services over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people.

The lawsuits were filed Friday in federal courts in New York City and Spokane, Washington, by four different Planned Parenthood affiliates covering New York City and the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska and Washington.

Planned Parenthood says the lawsuits are intended to protect the future of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program from what they termed ineffective abstinence-only curriculums.

The Trump administration has announced that it would end funding for what Planned Parenthood called science-based portions of the program.

The agency has said it has the right to change its funding priorities.

CALIFORNIA-ASSISTED SUICIDE

Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials say 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law making the option legal took effect.

The California Department of Public Health said Friday that 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs in 2017, but not everyone used them.

Of the 374 who died, about 90 percent were more than 60 years of age, about 95 percent were insured and about 83 percent were receiving hospice or similar care.

The figures are more than double those from the first six months after the law went into effect in 2016, when 191 people received life-ending drugs, while 111 people took them and died.

A judge briefly halted the law this spring, but an appeals court has reinstated it.

SAUDI-WOMEN DRIVING

Car dealers gear up for Saudi women to hit the roads

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — This Sunday, Saudi Arabia will lift the world's only ban on women driving, a milestone for women who have had to rely on drivers, male relatives, taxis and ride-hailing services to get to work, go shopping and get around.

The move could help boost the Saudi economy by ensuring stronger female participation in the workforce, meaning increased household incomes.

Car companies also see opportunity in this country of 20 million people, half of them female. Ahead of the ban being lifted, they've put Saudi saleswomen on showroom floors and targeted potential new drivers with advertising and social media marketing.

Saudi Arabia is the largest automobile market in the Middle East, with at least 405,000 cars expected to be sold this year.

NHL DRAFT

Sabres select Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin first overall

DALLAS (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the first overall pick in the NHL draft, giving them a dynamic player who should spark their rebuilding process.

Dahlin is the second Swedish player to be taken No. 1 and the first since Mats Sundin in 1989. The smooth-skating playmaker has been considered the consensus first pick for more than a year.

After putting on a Sabres jersey Friday night, the 18-year-old will jump to the NHL right away and should help the club's league-worst offense that contributed to its last-place finish. He had six assists in seven games at the world junior championships in Buffalo and put up 20 points in 41 games in Sweden's top pro league this season.

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POLICE SHOOTING-TEEN KILLED

Lawyer: empty gun clip irrelevant in teen's fatal shooting

EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania District Attorney says a black teen fatally shot by an officer as fled from a traffic stop had an empty gun clip in his pocket, but the family's attorney says that has no bearing on whether the shooting was justified.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. was not armed during the fatal shooting Tuesday night. A message left for Zappala by The Associated Press was not immediately returned Friday.

Fred Rabner, an attorney for Rose's family, says the empty clip and two guns found in the car should not determine whether the officer was justified in firing three shots at Rose and another passenger as they ran away.

The car had been stopped for possibly being involved in an earlier shooting in another town.

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