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Obama to ask for money to deal with immigrant issue...AZ wildfire holds steady

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 29, 2014 at 3:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The flood of immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is getting more attention from President Barack Obama. A White House official says the president plans to ask Congress for more than $2 billion to respond to the influx. He'll also ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents.

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — The weather forecast is favorable again today for crews fighting a wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains. Lighter winds yesterday allowed firefighters to make some progress, but the blaze, although it hasn't grown, is still uncontained.

SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) — The earth shook in Arizona yesterday. Officials say a moderate earthquake struck near the New Mexico line and was widely felt across the region, but no injuries or damages were immediately reported. The magnitude 5.2 quake was felt as far away as Phoenix and El Paso, Texas, both about 175 miles from the epicenter, as well in parts of Mexico, which begins some 80 miles to the south.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Two construction company directors are in custody today after an apartment building under construction in India collapsed, killing at least nine workers. Rescuers are still digging in a search for missing workers. Earlier yesterday, a four-story, 50-year-old structure toppled in an area of New Delhi inhabited by the poor. Eleven people died. Building collapses are common in India.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean official says North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into its eastern waters today, in an apparent test just days after the country tested what it called new precision-guided missiles. A South Korean military official says the missiles are presumed to be short-range Scud ballistic missiles. North Korea fired the missiles without designating no-sail zones, which the South Korean military views as provocative.

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