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July 06, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Ruling delayed on family reunification deadline

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has put off at least until Monday a ruling on a Trump administration request for more time to reunite more than 100 children under 5 who were separated from their parents after crossing the border.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the Justice Department to share a list of the 101 children by Saturday afternoon with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued the administration to force the young children and families to be reunited by Tuesday.

Sabraw scheduled a hearing Monday in San Diego, with the hope that the two sides could agree on which of the children can be excused from the deadline.

Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian says the administration has matched 86 parents to 83 children so far.


AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that the U.S. Army has moved in recent weeks to discharge immigrant recruits and reservists who enlisted through a program that promised them a path to citizenship.

Some of these service members say they weren't told why they were being discharged. Others say the Army told them they'd been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because their background checks were pending.

The AP was not able to ascertain how many service members who enlisted through the immigrant recruitment program have been booted out of the Army because of their immigrant status, but immigration attorneys said they were aware of more than 40 enlistees who have been discharged in recent weeks.

The Pentagon declined to comment because of a pending lawsuit.


Thai coach apologizes to parents as boys write they're OK

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The soccer coach trapped in a cave with 12 Thai boys has apologized to their parents in the first letter he and the team have sent out through divers.

The 25-year-old coach says: "To the parents of all the kids, right now the kids are all fine, the crew are taking good care. I promise I will care for the kids as best as possible. I want to say thanks for all the support and I want to apologize to the parents."

Rescuers say they won't immediately attempt an underwater evacuation because the boys have not yet learned adequate diving skills. But if heavy rains start again, divers will try to take the boys out right away.

The boys also wrote they are doing well and missing their families.


Worry and relief at EPA after scandal-plagued chief's exit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency describe both relief and worry at the agency in the wake of administrator Scott Pruitt's departure.

President Donald Trump announced Pruitt's departure Thursday, saying Pruitt had decided months of ethics scandals were distracting from the agency's work.

Newly named acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler is expected to stick to the Trump administration's business-friendly regulatory policy, but without the lavish spending and perceived secretive ways of the Pruitt era.

Former senior EPA water official Elizabeth Southerland says the agency's career scientists are expressing relief at the end to the ethics scandals.

However, Kevin Chmielewski, who left earlier as Pruitt's deputy chief of staff, says agents in Pruitt's 20-member security detail and others linked to the ex-EPA head are fearful for their jobs.


Pompeo seeks clarity in denuclearization talks with NKorea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has opened a second day of talks with senior North Korean officials, with both sides saying they need clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

On his third trip to Pyongyang since April and his first since last month's historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo was meeting on Saturday with Kim Yong Chol, a senior ruling party official. Both said they needed to "clarify" certain elements of their previous discussions, but provided no detail.

A senior U.S official said they had on Friday agreed to create working groups on planning, policy implementation, and verification of what North Korea will be prepared to do under any agreement reached.


Lee reported from Tokyo.


AP Exclusive: Washington hospital is 'like going into hell'

SEATTLE (AP) — Hundreds of patients at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards.

And overworked nurses and psychiatrists say they're navigating a system that punishes employees who speak out, despite critical staffing shortages.

U.S. and state regulators for years have cited the state-run facility for violating health and safety standards. A surprise federal inspection last month found that the hospital keeps putting patients at risk.

It led the U.S. government to strip the hospital of its certification and federal funding.

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee tells The Associated Press that he wants the state to change the way it handles the mentally ill but that it "has been on a course correction to turn this ship around."


The Latest: Congressman denies knowledge of Ohio St abuse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio congressman is once again denying claims that he knew two decades ago of abuse allegations against an Ohio State team doctor.

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News Friday night he never heard such allegations and would have reported them if he had.

Jordan, a celebrated college wrestler at Wisconsin, was later an assistant coach at Ohio State before entering politics.

Jordan says if there were victims they deserve justice.

Two former wrestlers told The Associated Press that Jordan had knowledge of the allegations. Two other wrestlers have also told NBC and the Wall Street Journal, respectively, that Jordan knew of the alleged abuse.

Jordan, a conservative who has shown interest in running for House speaker, has questioned the timing of the allegations against him.


The Latest: 2nd woman goes public about Indiana's Hill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Another woman who says Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched her has come forward, citing the courage of a state lawmaker who earlier went public with her story, as well as Hill's refusal to resign.

Gabrielle McLemore, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Senate Democrats, told The Associated Press on Friday that the Republican approached, asked "Do you know who I am?" and cornered her at a bar after the state legislative session came to a close in March.

She said he proceeded to massage her back, while she worried what people who witnessed it would think. Eventually she mouthed the words "help me" to her intern, who interjected by asking McLemore if she wanted to go to the bathroom.

McLemore said she never wanted to come forward. But she said Hill's repeated denials were frustrating.

She also wants to set an example for other women so "they don't feel they have to hide, so they don't feel they did something wrong."


The Latest: Man threatened for challenging black mom at pool

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A lawyer says a white man who challenged a black mother's use of a neighborhood pool has had to leave his North Carolina house after receiving death threats.

The attorney, John Vermitsky, issued a statement Friday on behalf of his client Adam Bloom. Bloom was captured on video in the aftermath of asking a black mother for her ID and calling police to a gated pool in Winston-Salem. The video received millions of views and prompted a social media backlash.

Vermitsky said his client has had to take his wife and children away from their home to a safe location.

In Bloom's seven years as chairman of the neighborhood pool, he's occasionally had to ask people of all ages and races to leave for violating pool rules, according to the statement.

Vermitsky said his client feels terrible about the situation and didn't intend to discriminate against the woman.


Bourdain leaves bulk of $1.2M estate to 11-year-old daughter

NEW YORK (AP) — Court papers show globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month. Most of his estate has been left to his 11-year-old daughter.

Bourdain's will was filed this week in a New York court. It shows assets including $425,000 in cash and savings, $250,000 in personal property and $500,000 in intangibles like royalties and residuals.

The 61-year-old Bourdain was found dead June 8 in an apparent suicide in his French hotel room while working on his CNN series "Parts Unknown."

Bourdain wrote his will in December 2016 and named his wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, as executor.

He instructed Busia to dispose of his "accumulated frequent flier miles" and other possessions like cars, furnishings and jewelry in a way she believes he would've wanted.

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