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The Latest: 1 suspect in Colorado school shooting identified
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an 18-year-old student accused of opening fire with a classmate inside a charter school in an affluent suburb of Denver, killing a teenager and wounding eight others.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Tuesday that Devon Erickson was taken into custody after the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. The other suspect is a juvenile whose name has not been released.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock says the gunmen were both students at the school and that he had no information about whether anyone was targeted. At least a handgun was recovered, but Spurlock didn’t release additional information about other weapons.
The public charter school has more than 1,850 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.
This story has been corrected to show the suspect’s identity was confirmed Tuesday.
Appeals court: Trump can make asylum seekers wait in Mexico
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal appeals court says the Trump administration can force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for court hearings while the policy is challenged in court.
The order Tuesday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have blocked the policy gave the president a temporary victory on his hallmark issue of immigration.
The case must still be considered on its merits at a lower court in San Francisco and could end up at the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled April 8 that the policy should be halted while the lawsuit proceeds.
Allowing the policy to remain in effect in the meantime lets the administration carry out an unprecedented change to U.S. asylum practices.
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The Latest: Nadler threatens lawyer Don McGahn with contempt
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is threatening to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress if he does not appear at a hearing later this month.
In a letter to McGahn’s lawyer Tuesday evening, Nadler also rejects the argument that McGahn has no “legal right” to turn over documents to the committee related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. McGahn defied a subpoena for the documents Tuesday after the White House directed him not to comply.
The White House suggested that the documents could be subject to executive privilege, a claim that can shield some presidential material from disclosure. Nadler said that argument is “insufficient.”
The Judiciary panel wants testimony from McGahn because he was a key witness in Mueller’s investigation.
GOP senators to be briefed on White House immigration plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican senators are scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss a new White House immigration plan.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway describes the plan as “fairly comprehensive,” saying it aims to beef up border security and maximize merit-based immigration. Conway says it will cover other changes favored by Trump, including ending some family migration and visa lottery programs.
Conway says the plan could also touch on the plight of thousands who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
The proposals are being developed by senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law. A previous attempt by Trump to reach a comprehensive immigration deal with Congress collapsed.
Trump put immigration at the center of his presidential campaign, including a promise to build a wall on the U.S-Mexico border.
Newspaper: Trump lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Times is reporting that Donald Trump’s businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, based on tax information the newspaper acquired.
The Times says it has acquired printouts from the future president’s official IRS tax transcripts, including figures from his federal tax form.
The newspaper says Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985, and a total of $1.17 billion in losses for the 10-year period.
The House Ways and Means Committee has asked the IRS to provide Trump’s personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday refused to do so, saying the panel’s request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.”
Mnuchin’s move, which had been expected, is likely to set a legal battle into motion.
US pregnancy deaths up, and report says most are preventable
A new government report finds that more U.S. women are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and that more than half of those deaths are preventable.
Deaths during pregnancy, at birth and in the following year are still relatively rare in the United States, but have been rising for decades, especially among black women. About 700 such deaths occur each year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also released new guidelines saying women should have a comprehensive heart-risk evaluation 12 weeks after delivery. Bleeding and infections used to cause most pregnancy-related deaths, but heart-related problems do now.
Chinese researchers try brain implants to treat drug addicts
SHANGHAI (AP) — Clinical trials in China using deep brain stimulation or DBS may hold the key to treating drug users, literally with the flip of a switch.
China is emerging as a hub for this research as Western attempts to push forward with human trials have foundered.
The surgery has long been used to treat a number of illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease. Critics say using the electronic brain implants for drug addiction, while promising, is risky.
But suffering wrought by the opioid crisis is changing that view. A new human trial of deep brain stimulation for opioid addicts in West Virginia could start as early as June.
The Latest: Georgia governor signs restrictive abortion ban
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant.
The signing Tuesday morning caps weeks of protests at the state Capitol and marks the beginning of a possibly costly legal battle.
ACLU of Georgia legal director Sean Young said the new law is unconstitutional and the ACLU would challenge it in court.
Anti-abortion activists and lawmakers across the country have been energized by the new conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Several GOP-controlled states are pushing abortion bans in an attack on the high court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Similar bans have been signed into law in Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio, and are being considered elsewhere.
Maroon’s OT goal lifts Blues past Stars in Game 7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pat Maroon scored 5:50 into the second overtime, Jordan Binnington made 29 saves and the St. Louis Blues outlasted the Dallas Stars 2-1 in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday night.
Maroon slammed the puck in after Robert Thomas skated in on Ben Bishop from the right wing. It was the second game-winning goal of the series for the 31-year-old St. Louis native.
Vince Dunn also scored for St. Louis, which will face the winner of the San Jose-Colorado series in the conference final.
Ben Bishop made 52 saves and Mats Zuccarello scored for Dallas, which dropped to 5-8 in Game 7s in franchise history.
US official: Intel indicates Iran moved missiles by boat
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says intelligence information that prompted the Pentagon to send an aircraft carrier and Air Force bombers to the Middle East included indications that Iran had moved short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in or near the Persian Gulf.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive information.
The official says the movement of missiles was among a wider range of troubling intelligence information that led to the decision announced Sunday to speed up the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group from the Mediterranean Sea to the Middle East.
At the Pentagon, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters the U.S. was being “very prudent and very measured” in its approach to perceived Iranian threats.
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