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Officials: Fire at black Louisiana church caused by arson

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 4:04am

Officials say a fire at a small predominantly black church in Louisiana was caused by arson.

Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as 'VIP treatment' to US

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:50am

When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.

Tennessee couple charged in child death in car

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:40am

A Tennessee couple whose 2-year-old son died after being left in a vehicle overnight have been arrested on murder charges.

2 injured in officer-involved shooting in North Las Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:27am

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police say the shooting of a man and woman by its officers came after they investigated a stolen vehicle that they thought had been used in another crime.

House rejects effort to move money around to fund VA program

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:04am

The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups.

When he travels, Trump favors states that voted for him

Julie Bykowicz and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 3:00am

President Donald Trump surveyed the crowd of thousands of Boy Scouts at their summit Monday and assessed, "There's a lot of love in this big, beautiful place. And a lot of love for our country." He singled out for affection West Virginia, a state that gave him his largest margin of victory in November.

EPA chief taps taxpayer dollars for weekend flights home

Michael Biesecker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:52am

Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense.

AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions

Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:40am

President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

Vast support for Russia sanctions quashes potential for veto

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:30am

Strong congressional support from Republicans and Democrats for a new package of Russia sanctions effectively scuttles the potential for President Donald Trump to derail the legislation.

4 meetings with Russians disclosed by Jared Kushner

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:30am

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, disclosed in a statement to members of Congress four distinct interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign and transition period. The 11-page statement provides his first detailed account of meetings over the last year with the Russian ambassador to the United States, a Russian lawyer and a Russian banker.

McCain's return, heavy with drama for 'Obamacare' repeal

Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 2:18am

At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years.

Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for 2nd day of interviews

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 1:56am

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee.

Tractor-trailer survivor says truck had no ventilation

Frank Bajak, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 25th - 12:25am

Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.

Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:44pm

A teenage driver lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities say killed her younger sister in California.

Fiancee: Driver in truck trafficking case helped people

Claire Galofaro and Jim Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:31pm

When a long-haul truck driver called his fiancee Sunday from a jail more than 1,000 miles from home, he had only a few minutes to describe the gruesome events that led to him being charged with a crime in which he could face the death penalty.

Mexican officials: At least 25 people in truck were Mexican

Frank Bajak and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 11:22pm

The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

Trump blasts newspaper's reporting on US-Syria policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:50pm

President Donald Trump has assailed The Washington Post in connection with a story about termination of U.S. efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad.

Teenage driver livestreams crash that killed sister

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:50pm

A teenage driver lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities said Monday killed her younger sister in California.

Trump jokingly threatens to fire Price if health vote fails

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:32pm

President Donald Trump on Monday jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal "Obamacare" fails.

10 family members killed in flash flood mourned in Arizona

Anita Snow and Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 10:30pm

The 10 white caskets belonging to three generations of a Mexican immigrant family were arranged in a horseshoe around the altar at the Catholic church, each one bearing a metal crucifix inside its satin-lined lid.