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State to reduce deportations: Governor signs law to reduce penalty for minor crimes
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law Monday reducing the maximum penalty for misdemeanors by one day — a change expected to significantly reduce the number of immigrants in the country legally who are deported for lesser crimes. Federal law allows legal immigrants to be deported if they a...
By Don Thompson The Associated Press FULL STORY
White House reports drop in minors crossing border
WASHINGTON — The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest says about 150 children daily — on average — were apprehended along the Rio Grande border in the first two weeks of July. He says that...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Migration spotlights Mexican ‘coyote’ smugglers
TECUN UMAN, Guatemala — The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?” Dressed as a migra...
By E. Eduardo Castillo and Christopher Sherman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Friend convicted of impeding Boston Marathon probe
BOSTON — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room three days after the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov, a baby-faced 20-year-o...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts
SACRAMENTO — Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB2100 following an April emergency order prohibiting homeowner associations from penalizing residents who conserve w...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A high-level attempt by the U.N. chief and the U.S. secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel’s prime minister said he’ll do whatever i...
By Karin Laub and Yousur Alhlou The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire
CAIR — With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants — the third since 2009. Voicin...
By Lara Jakes The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.N. calls for probe of plane downed in Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure. The re...
By Alexandra Olson The Associated Press FULL STORY
Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet
HRABOVE, Ukraine — Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine. With body parts decaying in sweltering heat and sign...
By Nicolas Garriga and Nicolae Dumitrache The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police probe other attacks after transients killed
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three teenagers accused of fatally beating two homeless men beyond recognition with cinderblocks, bricks and a metal fence pole may have been terrorizing transients around Albuquerque for months, police said Monday. Alex Rios, 18, and two boys, ages 16 and 15, are scheduled fo...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
200 pairs of panties stolen at Georgia mall
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Authorities are investigating after a thief at an east Georgia shopping mall made off with a bagful of women’s unmentionables. Richmond County sheriff’s officials say a thief stole 200 pairs of panties from Victoria’s Secret in Augusta Mall shortly before noon Saturday. The ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Black-and-white stripes are the new orange
SAGINAW, Mich. — A Michigan sheriff says he’s trading his inmates’ orange jumpsuits for black-and-white stripes, in part due to pop culture. Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel tells The Saginaw News that all-orange jumpsuits are increasingly viewed as fashionable, especially because t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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