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June 15, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: White House says Trump backs immigration bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump does indeed support an immigration bill crafted by House leadership that he said he wouldn't sign in a morning interview.

Trump had said in the interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday that he was looking at two House immigration bills, but that he: "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one."

The comment prompted widespread confusion on the Hill as top congressional Republicans struggled to understand why the president would oppose a bill that would achieve his top objectives on immigration and that his team had helped craft.

But White House spokesman Raj Shah clarified Friday evening that the president had been commenting on the separate — and now abandoned — effort by moderate Republicans to push votes on other legislation.

He says would sign a more conservative version "or the leadership bills."


AP Exclusive: About 2k minors separated from families

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the border over a six-week period under a policy cracking down on illegal entry.

The tally is from April 19 through May 31. In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Department of Homeland Security officials would refer all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. He says the children must be separated from their families because they can't go to jail with them.

The policy has been widely criticized by church groups, politicians and children's advocates who say it is inhumane.

Homeland Security figures obtained by The Associated Press show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults. The figures did not break down the separations by age.


The Latest: Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing in on a judge's decision to jail his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort while he awaits trial.

Trump says in a tweet he "didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob" and asks, "What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!"

The president also referred incorrectly to Manafort's pre-trial detention, calling it a "tough sentence." Manafort hasn't been convicted of any crimes or sentenced to prison.

His jailing Friday came after he was accused of attempting to tamper with witnesses in his criminal case while he was on house arrest. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson found that in light of the new charges, she couldn't trust he would follow her orders.



The Latest: China spells out tariffs it plans on US goods

WASHINGTON (AP) — China plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on roughly $50 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the Trump administration's announcement Friday that it would impose duties of the same amount on $50 billion of Chinese goods, according to a report from the official news agency Xinhua.

The tariffs will come in two steps, beginning with duties on 545 U.S. products worth $34 billion that will be focused on farm goods, cars and seafood, Xinhua said.

A second round of tariffs, to be imposed on an unspecified date, on 114 items worth $16 billion will mostly hit chemicals, medical equipment and energy products.

Trump has threatened to hit China with duties on another $50 billion of goods if it retaliates. China "has noticed the U.S. statement" and "reserves its rights to take corresponding measures," a government official said, according to Xinhua.


'Fox & Friends' unexpected Trump interview spins out

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gives few news conferences, and when one came Friday it was sudden, unexpected and chaotic.

The president walked to the portion of the White House lawn that reporters frequently use to give stand-up shots and gave an interview with Steve Doocy of "Fox & Friends," his favorite morning show.

When the Doocy interview ended, Trump talked to other reporters who had been standing nearby — a contentious session of journalists trying to shout over each other to get questions in. Trump occasionally admonished them.

Reporters who hadn't made it to the lawn before his Fox interview were shut out, since the Secret Service closed off access when the president walked out of the White House.

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AP: Trump 2020 working with ex-Cambridge Analytica staffers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A company run by former officials at the scandal-scarred consulting firm Cambridge Analytica is working for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election effort.

The Associated Press has confirmed that at least four ex-Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with Data Propria, a new company that's doing similar work to the British political consulting company that collapsed earlier this year.

Cambridge Analytica was brought down after it was revealed it had obtained Facebook users' private data.

Data Propria told the AP it was working on the 2018 campaign for the Republican National Committee but denied doing 2020 work.

Two AP reporters heard Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale and a top former Cambridge Analytica official publicly discussing their re-election efforts.

Others have confirmed Data Propria's role in re-election efforts to the AP.


Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spain

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain on Friday at the World Cup.

Ronaldo had twice given Portugal the lead with first-half goals, but Diego Costa equalized for Spain with a goal in each half. Nacho Fernandez then put 2010 champions ahead with a one-timer from outside the area in the Group B match.

Spain looked to have successfully overcome its dramatic coaching change one the eve of the tournament but Ronaldo curled a late shot over the wall to force the draw.

Ronaldo's opening goal from the penalty spot allowed him to become the fourth player to score in four World Cups, joining Pele, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.

His second goal came after a blunder by Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, who let the ball bounce off his hands and into the net.


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The Latest: Police say man tells them he shot kids, others

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) — A search warrant says a man accused of opening fire on four people in a suburban Denver parking lot told police that he shot a woman, two of her children and a male bystander.

The document released Friday says Jeremy Webster agreed to a police interview after being arrested Thursday. The warrant also says Webster told police he has mental health issues, but it doesn't provide specifics.

The shooting left a boy dead and his mother and brother in critical condition. The bystander wounds were described as less serious. Police haven't released the victims' names and ages.

Webster, who's 23, faces charges of murder and assault.


NIH to end industry-funded study of alcohol's benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is shutting down a study that was supposed to show if a single drink a day could prevent heart attacks, citing ethical problems that would undermine the credibility of its findings.

The National Institutes of Health used money from the alcohol industry to help pay for the $100 million study, which is legal under certain rules. The problem: An NIH investigation concluded that some employees had close contact with industry officials that appeared to cross those lines.

The research was supposed to track 7,800 people who either took a drink a day, or totally abstained, for several years. Only 105 people had enrolled so far. NIH Director Francis Collins said Friday the study is being terminated.


NASA's record-breaking spacewoman retires as astronaut

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, is retiring.

The space agency announced her retirement Friday, her last day on the job.

Whitson has spent more time off the planet than any other American: 665 days over three missions. She was the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and the oldest woman ever to fly in space. She was also the world's most experienced female spacewalker and the first woman to serve as NASA's chief astronaut.

The 58-year-old biochemist joined NASA as a researcher in 1986 and became an astronaut in 1996. Her last spaceflight was last year.

NASA officials say Whitson set the highest standards for human spaceflight and was an outstanding role model across the globe.

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