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June 25, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Girl, 6, inspires national fund-raising effort

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — After learning of separated migrant families at the U.S-Mexico border, a 6-year-old girl from Atlanta wanted to help.

Armed with lemonade, the girl went to work raising funds Sunday. His mother, Shannon Cofrin Gaggero, set a broad goal of $1,000, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After the first day, they raised more than $1,100.

Now —from the virtual fundraiser and physical lemonade stand— a total of more than $13,000 has been raised. More than 200 donations have rolled in for the Gaggeros family's cause.

Proceeds will benefit the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Service, a nonprofit in Texas that offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrants.

Upon learning of separated families, many people in the U.S. raised money to help them. One Silicon Valley couple has raised more than $20 million.


The Latest: Wounded firefighter released from hospital

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a wounded firefighter has been released from the hospital after a 77-year-old man opened fire on first responders who rushed to a report of an explosion at a Southern California retirement home.

The Long Beach Fire Department says on Twitter that Ernesto Torres was released Monday.

Police Chief Robert Luna says investigators believe, based off a preliminary investigation, that Thomas Kim, set a fire early Monday morning to target first responders to the retirement home.

A fire captain, Dave Rosa, who had worked for the department for 17 years, was shot and killed. Authorities said another retirement home resident was also shot and remained in critical but stable condition

Kim was arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson. It isn't clear if he has an attorney.


Detainees released from UAE-run prisons days after AP report

CAIRO (AP) — Well-known Yemeni actor Nasser al-Anbari and at least three other detainees have been freed from prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates.

They had been held in southern Yemen without charges for nearly a year.

The release came days after The Associated Press revealed that hundreds of Yemeni prisoners swept up in anti-terror raids by Emirati-backed forces have been subjected to torture and sexual abuse.

In Aden's Beir Ahmed prison, where al-Anbari was held, hundreds of inmates were forced to undress. Emirati officers searched their anal cavities, claiming to be looking for contraband cellphones.


The Latest: Trump revisits old battles as he campaigns in SC

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump revisited past battles Monday night as he rallied supporters behind South Carolina's Republican governor ahead of a tense runoff election.

Trump urged Republicans to back Gov. Henry McMaster in Tuesday's contest for the GOP nomination. The president also dug into favorite conflicts, including tough trade negotiations with U.S. allies, his ongoing fight with Democrats over immigration and his 2016 election victory.

Trump arrived an hour late after storms forced Air Force One to circle South Carolina's capital city.

Trump pointed to his frequent nemesis, the news media, and warned that a loss for McMaster — who backed Trump in early 2016 — would be portrayed as a defeat for him.

(NOTE: In encouraging McMaster's election, Trump told supporters, "So please, get your asses out tomorrow and vote.")


The Latest: Divers re-enter Thai cave to search for 12 boys

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — About a dozen navy SEAL divers and other rescuers have re-entered a cave in northern Thailand to search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who've been stranded three nights by flooding.

Even though rain has been falling in the area since Monday night, the first two chambers inside the cave were dry. A power line was extended into the cave overnight to provide light and ventilation and help divers communicate with those outside.

Navy Lt. Naponwath Homsai said Tuesday morning that divers will enter the water after they reach the third chamber, which was flooded almost to its ceiling on Monday. "We hope that the water level has gone down, but we will have to see."

The sprawling cave extends several kilometers with chambers and passageways that change elevation, and officials have said they are hopeful the boys found a safe space away from the floods.


The Latest: California's drought prompts wildfire concerns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A forestry scientist says it's difficult to forecast how severe California's wildfires will be this year, but said the drought-dried vegetation throughout the state is a bad omen.

Keith Gilless, the dean of the University of California, Berkeley's department of environmental science, said Monday that the dry grass and brush is cause for concern.

Gilless and others also said Lake County in Northern California has been particularly hard hit by four destructive fires since 2015.

Jim Steele, an elected county supervisor, said the community is impoverished and its fire-fighting equipment antiquated. He also said the county has just a few roads into and out of the region, which can hinder response time.

Fire Battalion Chief Jonathan Cox said more than 230 firefighters using helicopters, bulldozers and other equipment were battling the fire in a rugged area that made it difficult to get equipment close the blaze.


The Latest: Mourners: Boy shot by police not just a hashtag

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Family and friends of Antwon Rose Jr. say they remember him as a caring young man who deserves to be known as more than just a hashtag that's given to unarmed black men killed by police.

Antwon's funeral was held Monday. He was fatally shot Tuesday by a police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as he fled a traffic stop.

Friends gave emotional tributes to the 17-year-old, an avid skater and skier who also played the saxophone.

The program included a poem Rose wrote in 2016. In it, he said he never wanted his mother to feel the pain of burying a son.

Rose was shot by the officer just seconds after running away from a car that had been stopped in a shooting investigation. The case remains under investigation.

This story has been corrected to show Antwon Rose Jr. wrote the poem in 2016, not two weeks before his death.



Heather Locklear arrested for alleged attack on deputy, EMT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Heather Locklear has been arrested on suspicion of fighting with first responders for the second time this year.

Ventura County Sheriff's Capt. Garo Kuredjian says Locklear was released from jail Monday after posting $20,000 bail.

He says Locklear appeared extremely intoxicated when deputies arrived at her Southern California home after a domestic dispute call at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

He says Locklear kicked one deputy and then kicked a paramedic who came to evaluate her.

The 56-year-old actress was taken to a hospital then taken to jail and booked on two battery counts.

Locklear's managers did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

In February, she was arrested under similar circumstances and charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery on an officer. She has pleaded not guilty in that case.


Houston's Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — James Harden of the Houston Rockets is the NBA's Most Valuable Player.

He joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.

Harden led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.

Harden beat out four-time winner LeBron James of Cleveland and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.

He received the trophy at the NBA Awards on Monday night. Harden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage and credited her for being his backbone.


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The Latest: Britain's Parliament OKs 3rd runway for Heathrow

LONDON (AP) — The British Parliament has approved plans to make Europe's biggest airport even bigger, backing what the government has described as the most important transportation decision in a generation.

The House of Commons voted 415-119 late Monday to clear the way to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport after hours of debate on the 14 billion-pound ($18.6 billion) project. The decision follows decades of study and argument over how to expand airport capacity in southeastern England, and it is certain to be challenged in the courts.

Prime Minister Theresa May believes the project will boost economic growth while signaling the country's commitment to expand international trade and transport links as it prepares to leave the European Union.

Neighbors and environmentalists object because of concerns about pollution, noise and the communities that will be destroyed.

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