Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed
The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 kids were detained there and caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.
Rep. Veronica Escobar said 30 children were at the facility near El Paso as of Monday. Her office was briefed on the situation by an official with Customs and Border Protection.
Attorneys who visited the station in Clint, Texas last week said older children were trying to take care of infants and toddlers, The Associated Press first reported Thursday. Some had been detained for three weeks, and 15 children were sick with the flu.
It’s unclear where all the children have been moved. But Escobar said some were sent to another facility in El Paso.
PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Pompeo talks to UAE leader about countering Iran
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Abu Dhabi’s influential crown prince to sell the Trump administration’s idea for maritime security in the Persian Gulf, amid heightened tensions with Iran.
Pompeo was heard telling Prince Mohammed bin Zayed on Monday that the plan would involve the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and another 20 countries.
Pompeo, in the presence of reporters traveling with him, told the prince the plan would rely on regional allies “to participate” with their “military folks.”
He added that Trump “is keen on sharing that the United States doesn’t bear the cost.”
Few concrete details have emerged about the plan.
Pompeo, who had earlier been in Saudi Arabia, is visiting with Gulf Arab allies to discuss building a global coalition to counter Iran.
Trump order seeks disclosure of hospital prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — Administration officials say President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to keep costs down. For example, if a hospital charges $3,500 for a type of echocardiogram and the same test might cost $550 in a doctor’s office, the patient might go for the lower-price procedure to save on copays.
Trump’s order sets in motion a rule-making process by federal agencies, so timing for the final result is uncertain.
Some health industry players are concerned about the administration’s approach, saying it would force them to disclose contractual information considered trade secrets.
WIFE TAKES GUNS
Help offered to woman jailed for turning in husband’s guns
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker and others are asking a State Attorney not to prosecute a woman who was arrested while giving her husband’s guns to police after he was charged with trying to run her over.
Courtney Irby spent six days in jail on charges of armed burglary and grand theft after she brought the guns from her husband’s apartment to the Lakeland Police. Joseph Irby was spending one day in jail at the time, accused of trying to run her over.
The couple is divorcing. She had obtained a temporary injunction against him, and told police her husband wouldn’t turn in the guns himself.
State Rep. Anna Eskamani tweeted that her arrest was “ridiculous.” Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, called it “horrific.”
The Latest: Truck driver’s lawyer calls bike crash a tragedy
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A lawyer for the driver of a truck in a crash that killed seven motorcyclists is not commenting on records that show his client was arrested on drunken driving charges last month and in 2013.
Volodymyr Zhukovskyy is being returned to New Hampshire to face seven counts of negligent homicide after a brief court appearance Monday in Massachusetts. The 23-year-old was arrested Monday at his home in West Springfield.
Defense attorney Donald Frank called Friday’s crash a “tragedy” but said it’s important to let the criminal justice system play out.
Connecticut prosecutors say Zhukovskyy was arrested last month in an East Windsor Walmart parking lot after failing a sobriety test. Officers had responded to a complaint about a man who was revving his truck engine and jumping up and down outside the vehicle.
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The Latest: Christensen shows no emotion to guilty verdict
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Brendt Christensen looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as a guilty verdict was announced against him in the 2017 killing of a 26-year-old Chinese scholar visiting the University of Illinois.
Jurors convicted Christensen in Peoria federal court Monday afternoon after less than 90 minutes of deliberations. Yingying Zhang was abducted at a bus stop as she headed to sign an off-campus apartment lease. Her body was never found.
The guilty verdict was expected because Christensen’s attorneys acknowledged from the start that he raped and stabbed Zhang. Prosecutors say he beat her to death with a baseball bat and decapitated her.
The case now heads to sentencing to determine whether Christensen should receive the death penalty. The judge said Monday that phase will begin July 8.
CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION
Judge: Census question might have discriminatory motive
BALTIMORE (AP) — A U.S. judge says new evidence paints a “disturbing picture” that racial discrimination may be the motive behind the Trump administration’s push to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status.
Last week, U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland ruled there’s enough evidence to warrant reopening a case focused on whether a proposed 2020 census question violates minorities’ rights.
In a court filing, Hazel wrote that new evidence “potentially connects the dots between a discriminatory purpose” and a decision by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to ask the citizenship question.
Voting rights activists have argued newly discovered emails show the citizenship question is intended to discriminate.
The Supreme Court could render Hazel’s decision moot. The high court is expected to decide this week whether the controversial question should be included.
AP-NORC Poll: Democratic voters not fully tuned in to 2020
WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Democratic voters haven’t fully tuned into their party’s presidential primary.
An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds that only 22% of Democrats say they know a lot about the candidates’ policies. Only 35% say they’re paying close attention to the race more than seven months before the first ballots are cast in Iowa.
That implies this week’s debates in Miami could have a seismic impact on the race. They’ll be an opportunity for millions of people to watch 20 candidates mix it up during prime time on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Many voters may start to form opinions after that.
What Democrats want the most is experience in elected office: Almost 75% cited that as a quality they’re looking for in a presidential candidate.
7-Eleven to deliver Slurpees, other items to parks, beaches
NEW YORK (AP) — Convenience chain 7-Eleven is launching a service that lets customers order everything from a Slurpee to a battery charger and have it delivered to a public place like a park or a beach.
More than 2,000 7-Eleven “hot spots” including New York’s Central Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles will be working starting Monday. Customers have to download 7-Eleven’s app and select “Show 7NOW Pins” to find a hot spot near them.
The strategy follows a similar service by Domino’s, which lets customers order pizza and items its menu and have them delivered to more than 150,000 public locations.
In 2018, 7-Eleven began rolling out an app-based delivery service to shoppers’ homes in 28 major metropolitan markets.
Blurred lines: Trump’s UN choice and her coal magnate spouse
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year and a half ago, an email went out from senior EPA officials to Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to Canada, following up questions she’d had about a funding matter. But the email the EPA got back wasn’t from the ambassador but her husband. That was coal magnate Joseph Craft, a wealthy GOP donor who had been taking part in a press by the coal industry for regulatory relief from the EPA.
The blurring of roles — and email accounts — since she began representing the U.S. is raising questions as senators consider Craft’s nomination as America’s ambassador to the United Nations.
The U.N. position would give her a prime seat at international talks to fight climate change, in part by encouraging limits on the burning of coal.
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