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FILE - In this July 15, 2019, file photo, protesters hold signs outside of the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children while members of Congress tour the facility in Homestead, Fla. The government will be able to hold immigrant children detained at the Mexican border for a longer period of time under a move by the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
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August 21, 2019 - 6:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end an agreement limiting how long migrant children can be kept in detention, the president's latest effort to curb immigration at the Mexican border. A court fight is almost certain to follow, challenging the attempt to hold migrant families...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, walks past reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, as she heads to a briefing on election security. National money is already flowing into Maine’s 2020 Senate race, offering the latest indicator that incumbent Collins faces a stiff reelection fight. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 21, 2019 - 5:39 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Democrats vowed last year to make Republican Sen. Susan Collins pay for her vote confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Republicans declared they would have her back. Neither has forgotten its promises. Money is pouring into Maine's high-profile Senate race,...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2019 file photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, center, arrives at the Capitol in Washington to extend her perfect Senate voting record to 7,000. National money is already flowing into Maine’s 2020 Senate race, offering the latest indicator that incumbent Collins faces a stiff reelection fight. Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, is challenging Collins in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 20, 2019 - 11:08 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins hasn't officially announced whether she's seeking reelection. But that isn't stopping campaign dollars from pouring into Maine. Observers predict the race will set a spending record in the state. Advertising data shows Democrats plan to spend at...
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FILE - In this April 15, 2019, file court sketch, Yujing Zhang, left, a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, listens to a hearing before Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Fla. Zhang, 33, who is accused of trespassing at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents will be tried by a jury after frustrating the federal judge hearing her case. Zhang is acting as her own attorney but repeatedly did not answer Judge Roy Altman's questions Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, including when he asked if she had considered a prosecution suggestion that he decide her guilt or innocence. (Daniel Pontet via AP, File)
August 20, 2019 - 7:48 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents is frustrating the federal judge hearing her case as she ignores his questions and leaves him bewildered with her answers. The woman, 33-year-old Yujing...
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August 20, 2019 - 5:38 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. Police officers found Randy Constant dead in a vehicle in...
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August 20, 2019 - 11:41 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a...
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Shawn Terry, a Democratic candidate for the state legislature in Texas, meets with supporters during a campaign event in Dallas on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Terry has already raised $235,000 as Democratic donors pour money into legislative races nationwide in hopes of flipping statehouse chambers in 2020. (AP Photo/Paul J. Weber)
August 20, 2019 - 9:53 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors' offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races. In a...
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FILE - This May 22, 2018, file photo, shows a voter access card inserted in a reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after 2019. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, issued the order after voting integrity advocates and individual voters asked her to order the state to immediately switch to hand-marked paper ballots. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
August 17, 2019 - 10:22 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a...
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August 16, 2019 - 8:24 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced the mastermind of the largest known organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history to 10 years in prison, saying he cheated thousands of customers into buying products they didn't want. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams said Randy Constant...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019 file photo, a Guatemalan man poses for a photo with his young son at the new Casa del Refugiado in east El Paso, Texas. Behind him is a full-wall mural which reads Esperanza, or hope. A federal appeals court ruling will allow the Trump administration to begin rejecting asylum at some parts of the U.S.- Mexico border for migrants who arrived after transiting through a third country. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
August 16, 2019 - 8:15 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
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