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July 01, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Trump congratulates Mexico's Lopez Obrador

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is sending his congratulations to Mexico's Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on his apparent victory in Sunday's presidential election.

In a tweet about the leftist populist candidate, Trump says: "I look very much forward to working with him. There is much to be done that will benefit both the United States and Mexico!"


Zero tolerance sowed confusion from start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and others tell The Associated Press that how or whether families separated at the border would be reunited wasn't much of a concern to those behind the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

That policy mandates criminal prosecution for anyone coming to the U.S. illegally.

As it turned out the policy sowed confusion and anger not only in the border region, but in Washington.

Looking back on the policy and its fallout, officials tell the AP there was a lack of coordination among some of the government agencies involved.

Officials say there was no system set up beforehand to link separated families and no plan on how to bring parents and children back together.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter by name and requested anonymity.


Key GOP senator: No Roe v Wade opponent for high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key vote for President Donald Trump's upcoming pick for the Supreme Court, is warning that she would oppose any nominee who would consider overturning the ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalizes abortion.

Collins says a nominee who demonstrated "hostility" to the Roe decision "would not be acceptable to me." The Maine senator spoke as the White House began focusing on five to seven potential candidates to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the court.

Trump has said he will pick a nominee by July 9 from a list of 25 judges. He said Friday that he was focusing on five to seven candidates whom he planned to interview this week.

Collins spoke on ABC and CNN.


LeBron agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time to join one of the NBA's most iconic franchises.

James' agency made the announcement Sunday in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract. The game's best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in Ohio, and although he's leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city's 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.


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Bolton: US has plan to dismantle NK nuclear program in year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser says the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year.

John Bolton suggests he expects the North Koreans to cooperate because they want to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow.

Bolton says, "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing this with the North Koreans in the near future about really how to dismantle all of their WMD and ballistic missile programs in a year."

He adds: "If they have the strategic decision already made to do that, and they're cooperative, we can move very quickly."

Bolton spoke Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."


Canada tariffs on US goods from ketchup to lawn mowers begin

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada has begun imposing tariffs on $12.6 billion in U.S. goods as retaliation for the Trump administration's new taxes on steel and aluminum imported to the United States.

Some U.S. products, mostly steel and iron, face 25 percent tariffs, the same penalty the United States slapped on imported steel in May. Other U.S. imports, from ketchup to pizza to dishwasher detergent, will face a 10 percent tariff at the Canadian border, the same as America's tax on aluminum.

Speaking in Leamington, Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked Canadians for standing united against President Donald Trump's sanctions. He urged Canadians to "make their choices accordingly" in considering whether to buy American products.

Trump enraged Canada and other U.S. allies by declaring imported steel and aluminum a threat to America's national security.


The Latest: Vigil planned for mass stabbing victims in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Community groups and refugee organizations in Boise, Idaho, are planning a candlelight vigil and raising money to help victims of Saturday night's stabbing attack at a local apartment complex.

Police say the attack targeted children attending a 3-year-old girl's birthday party. Nine people, including six children, were stabbed, some with life-threatening injuries.

Thirty-year-old Timmy Kinner of Los Angeles has been charged with several felonies in connection with the attack. Police say he briefly stayed at the apartment complex but was recently asked to leave because of behavior problems.

Kinner is an American, but the apartment complex is home to many refugee families and refugees from Iraq, Syria and Ethiopia were among the victims.

A candlelight vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Monday on the steps of Boise's City Hall. The International Rescue Committee and the Agency for New Americans were among the organizations launching fundraising campaigns to aid the victims.


The Latest: Iran says 230 people poisoned by untreated water

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that 230 people have been poisoned by drinking polluted water in the county's southwest.

The report Sunday quoted Shahrokh Refaei, the head of crisis management in Khuzestan province's Ramhormoz county, as saying the polluted water came after a 20-hour water outage.

Refaei says that the water wasn't treated with chlorine, causing the poisoning.

People in the country's oil-rich Khuzestan province have protested over water scarcity since Friday. The demonstrations initially were peaceful, with protesters chanting in both Arabic and Farsi.

But late Saturday and into early Sunday, protesters began throwing stones and confronting security forces in the city of Khorramshahr. Officials say one person was wounded.


APNewsBreak: Border Patrol arrests drop sharply in June

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that Border Patrol arrests fell sharply in June to the lowest level since February, ending a streak of four straight monthly increases.

The drop may reflect seasonal trends or it could signal that President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy to criminally prosecute every adult who enters the country illegally is having a deterrent effect.

The agency made more than 34,000 arrests on the border with Mexico during June, down 16 percent from more than 40,000 in May. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the numbers are not yet intended for public release.

Arrests were still more than double from roughly 16,000 in June 2017, but the sharp decline from spring could undercut the Trump administration's narrative of a border in crisis.


The Latest: AP source says Sabres trade O'Reilly to Blues

A person with direct knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres acquired two draft picks, including a 2019 first-rounder, and three players in dealing center Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues.

Buffalo also acquired veteran centers Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund, and center Tage Thompson, the Blues first-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Buffalo also acquired a second-round selection in 2021.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow

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