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Migrants at sea are rescued by the Ocean Viking ship, operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, in the Mediterranean Sea, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. More than 500 rescued migrants are stuck in the Mediterranean on two NGO boats, as Italy and Malta continue to deny them access to their ports. French charity group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said late Monday in a tweet that it had completed "a critical rescue" of another 105 people onto the Ocean Viking, raising the total number of migrants on board ship to 356. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/SOS Mediterranee via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 1:45 pm
ROME (AP) — An Italian court has upheld an appeal by the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms, suspending the Italian Interior Ministry's decision to ban the ship from entering Italian waters. The rescue ship with 147 migrants onboard has been stuck in the Mediterranean for nearly two weeks due to the ban...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas gestures during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Balderas says his office is evaluating public safety at big-box stores and other shopping venues in the aftermath of the Aug. 3 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Balderas on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 attended a summit on domestic terrorism convened by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
August 14, 2019 - 1:22 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on domestic terrorism summit in New Mexico in response to recent mass shootings (all times local): 12:10 p.m. A summit about domestic terrorism threats has convened in New Mexico to consider expert testimony from the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas gestures during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. Balderas says his office is evaluating public safety at big-box stores and other shopping venues in the aftermath of the Aug. 3 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Balderas on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 attended a summit on domestic terrorism convened by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
August 14, 2019 - 1:19 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on domestic terrorism summit in New Mexico in response to recent mass shootings (all times local): 12:10 p.m. A summit about domestic terrorism threats has convened in New Mexico to consider expert testimony from the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League, the Southern...
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In this June 13, 2019 photo, truck driver Terry Button looks over his trailer during at stop in Opal, Va. The Trump administration has moved a step closer to relaxing federal regulations governing the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel. (AP Photo/Tom Sampson)
August 14, 2019 - 1:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has taken a step closer to relaxing federal regulations governing the amount of time truck drivers can spend behind the wheel, a move that was long sought by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates who warn it could lead to more highway...
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FILE- In this June 4, 2019, file photo, a Planned Parenthood clinic is photographed in St. Louis. Planned Parenthood says it will leave the federal family planning program by Monday, Aug. 19, unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring women for abortions. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
August 14, 2019 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising the stakes in a standoff over women's health, Planned Parenthood said Wednesday it will leave the federal family planning program within days unless a court puts a hold on Trump administration rules that bar clinics from referring patients for abortions. Spokeswoman Erica...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks at the League of United Latin American Citizens' "March For a United America," in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. More than 100 people marched through the Texas border denouncing racism and calling for stronger gun laws one week after several people were killed in a mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a man targeting Mexicans. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
August 14, 2019 - 10:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke will formally rejoin the presidential race on Thursday, resuming a campaign that has been suspended for nearly two weeks with what he promises will be a "major address to the nation" from his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where a mass shooting killed 22 people. The...
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A monarch butterfly is silhouetted suspended near its empty chrysalis soon after emerging in Washington, Sunday, June 2, 2019. Farming and other human development have eradicated state-size swaths of its native milkweed habitat, cutting the butterfly's numbers by 90% over the last two decades. It is now under considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 14, 2019 - 7:52 am
GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to play his part, 3-year-old Thomas Powell flaps his arms and...
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A police car escorts a tanker truck leaving a fuel depot in Aveiras, outside Lisbon, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Soldiers and police officers are driving tanker trucks to distribute gas in Portugal as an open-ended truckers' strike over pay enters its second day. The government has issued an order allowing the army to be used. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
August 14, 2019 - 5:51 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal braced Wednesday for possible fuel shortages as a trade union representing striking tanker truck drivers said they would defy a government order that they provide minimum deliveries to gas stations — a move that could send them to prison. The move stoked fears that...
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August 14, 2019 - 4:59 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about migrants, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Vincent Cochetel was International Red Cross envoy for the central Mediterranean. His title is UNHCR special envoy for the Mediterranean. A corrected version of the story is below: UN urges reluctant...
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Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a briefing at the White House, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 14, 2019 - 4:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official says that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about "people coming from Europe" and that America is looking to receive migrants "who can stand on their own two feet." The comments on Tuesday...
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