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June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

SHOOTINGS-NEWSPAPER-THE LATEST

The Latest: APME to support Capital Gazette reporters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Associated Press Media Editors have promised to help Capital Gazette journalists as they recover from the deadly attack at their Maryland office.

In a statement Thursday, the APME called on newspapers across the country to help the victims of the shooting so they can continue to cover their community and fight for freedom of the press.

The APME said it hopes to announce more "concrete" plans in the coming days to aid in the newspaper's recovery.

TRUMP-SUPREME COURT-THE LATEST

The Latest: Biden urges Americans to 'rise up'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is urging Americans to "rise up" to demand President Donald Trump nominate a "consensus candidate" to the Supreme Court.

Biden sided with Democrats who have said the Senate should postpone the confirmation process until after the mid-term elections.

He said, "so many of our fundamental rights, freedoms, and liberties -- and the rule of law -- are all at risk."

Biden said, "It's up to us, America. Speak out. Rise up. Be heard."

Republicans are pushing forward with a vote this fall despite having blocked then President Barack Obama's nominee during the 2016 election year. They often pointed to a Biden speech from 1992, when he was a senator calling for the delay of Supreme Court confirmation votes during presidential elections.

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SHOOTING-NEWSPAPER-CAPITAL

Maryland paper's staff reports through grief after 5 shot

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Staffers at The Capital Gazette worked through their grief to publish the news at what appears to be one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.

Staffers were huddled in a covered parking deck of a shopping mall Thursday as they simultaneously mourned and made plans to put out the next day's paper.

The mall was just a block or so away from their newsroom, which had become a crime scene. Police say five people were killed and others were injured when a gunman opened fire in their newsroom.

Staffers at the Annapolis daily were resolute in wanting to work through the tragedy. One reporter tweeted: "I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."

IMMIGRATION-SEPARATING FAMILIES-THE LATEST

The Latest: Senate panel OKs head of agency overseeing kids

CHICAGO (AP) — A Senate committee has narrowly approved the nomination of Lynn Johnson as assistant Health and Human Services secretary for family support despite protest by the panel's senior Democrat.

The position includes heading the agency that has custody over the children being held near the U.S.-Mexico border who were separated from parents seeking asylum.

The 16-11 vote by the Senate Finance Committee sends Johnson's nomination to the full Senate.

Earlier Thursday, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden said he would vote against the Trump nominee.

Wyden said at a Finance Committee hearing that Johnson, who headed Colorado's child welfare program, "green-lighted a law allowing foster kids to be placed in juvenile detention facilities."

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-CONGRESS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Ex-Trump aide Papadopoulos gets sentencing date

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sentencing date has been set for former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

Court records show that Papadopoulos (pah-puh-DAHP'-uh-luhs) is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 7.

Sentencing memoranda are due from prosecutors and defense lawyers in August.

Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to investigators about his contacts with people linked to Russia during the Republican campaign. He then became a key cooperator for special counsel Robert Mueller as Mueller investigates Russian election interference and possible coordination with President Donald Trump's associates.

In recent weeks, Papadopoulos' wife has said in media interviews that her husband had nothing to do with Russia. She has also called for Trump to pardon her husband.

AP-LT-LATIN-AMERICA-PENCE-THE-LATEST

The Latest: Pence demands more from Central American nations

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence called on Central American governments to do more to contain illegal immigration because the "need for stronger actions is more urgent than ever."

Speaking in Guatemala City to the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, Pence said that "this exodus has to end."

"It is a threat to the security of the United States and just as we respect your borders and your sovereignty, we insist that respect ours," Pence said.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez were present for late Thursday's meeting.

The three Central American countries are the home nations of many migrants detained and separated in recent weeks amid Trump administration policies that led to the separations of more than 2,000 children and the White House's decision to reverse them.

Guatemalan presidential spokesman Alfredo Brito said that the topic of the meeting would be the situation of immigrants due to the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy for those who cross the U.S. border illegally.

The U.S. vice president made Thursday's remarks on the final day of a trip that took him to Brazil and Ecuador before Guatemala.

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SPACE ROBOT

Robot with artificial intelligence about to invade space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a robot with true artificial intelligence is about to invade space.

The round head of a robot named Cimon (SIE-mon) is part of SpaceX's latest delivery to the International Space Station. Liftoff is set for early Friday from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Don't worry about AI running amok on the space station. Cimon's human handlers promise the robot will behave. No mutinous takeovers like HAL from the 1968 film classic "2001: A Space Odyssey."

German astronaut Alexander Gerst will introduce the robot, a German experiment, to space life. Already savvy about Gerst's science research, the self-propelling Cimon will float at the astronaut's side and help, when asked, with research procedures. They'll converse in English.

EUROPE-MIGRANTS-THE LATEST

The Latest: EU leaders reach breakthrough deal on migrants

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — European Union leaders got a breakthrough deal on how to deal with migration after all-night talks to overcome Italian demands for more help.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet early Friday that the 28 EU "leaders have agreed" on a migration compromise which was at the heart of their two-day summit.

EU diplomats said that the leaders finally found agreement on a vaguely worded concept centering on reception centers to deal with migrants and asylum seekers in EU nations which would volunteer to have them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been under intense pressure to find a breakthrough to stave off a government crisis at home.

SODA TAXES-CALIFORNIA-THE LATEST

The Latest: California governor OKs 12-year soda tax ban

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a measure blocking new local taxes on soda and other sugary drinks for the next 12 years.

Beverage companies such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have moved to convince state Legislatures around the country to block local taxation of sugary drinks. A growing number of cities are looking toward taxes to discourage people from drinking beverages linked to obesity.

Brown's signature Thursday clears the way for the California Business Roundtable to withdraw a ballot measure that would ask voters to make it harder for local governments to raise taxes of any kind.

Brown took heat when a photo emerged showing him alongside beverage industry lobbyists at the governor's mansion. Brown's spokesman says the meeting earlier this month was unrelated to the deal.

TRUMP-PUTIN-THE LATEST

The Latest: Schumer questions Trump tweet of Russia's denial

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is questioning why President Donald Trump appears to believe the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over senior Republican officials in his own country.

The New York Democrat is also encouraging Trump to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russia probe.

Schumer tweeted in response to an earlier message from Trump in which he parroted the Russian government's denial that it had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The president's position has put him at odds with U.S. intelligence agencies, a bipartisan consensus in Congress and Trump's own appointees who have all said there is clear evidence that the Kremlin attempted to influence the campaign.

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