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Obama looks for help with immigrants...More charges planned against Libyan...Wildfire not contained

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 29, 2014 at 6:41 a.m.



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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas, and he'll ask for new powers to return immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents. Obama calls it an "urgent humanitarian situation."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is planning still more charges against the Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly Benghazi attacks that have become a flashpoint in U.S. politics. Ahmed Abu Khattala (hah-TAH'-lah) appeared briefly for the first time in an American courtroom yesterday, pleading not guilty to a terrorism-related charge nearly two weeks after he was captured by military special forces. He's being held at an undisclosed location.

VERNON, Ariz. (AP) — Crews have made headway with burnout operations and fire retardant drops, but a wildfire that has charred nearly 8 square miles in eastern Arizona's White Mountains still has no containment. The fire has not grown, and winds that have whipped the flames in recent days have slowed. Communities mostly populated with summer homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A three year old girl has been killed by a metal security grate that fell from the facade of an Italian ice shop in Philadelphia. The girl was at the Rita's Water Ice store in north Philadelphia with her mother during a fundraiser for a sorority and fraternity. Fraternity members rushed to help and a witness estimates it took as many as 30 men to lift the gate.

NEW DELHI (AP) — Two construction company directors are in custody today after an apartment building under construction in southern India collapsed, killing at least 11 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.

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