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Kelly: No mass deportations...Trump targets human trafficking...Severe weather threatens Midwest

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.



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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is pledging that America won't enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations." The declarations came as senior Trump administration officials sought to temper Latin American concerns about a new U.S. immigration crackdown. Kelly spoke in Mexico City after he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with their Mexican counterparts. Kelly said all deportations will honor human rights and the U.S. legal system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will bring the "full force and weight" of the U.S. government to combat an "epidemic" of human trafficking. Trump calls human trafficking a problem that is "not talked about enough." He says he will order the departments of Justice and Homeland Security to take a hard look at the resources they are devoting to addressing the issue. The president is meeting at the White House with senior advisers and representatives of organizations that deal with trafficking. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, is among those in attendance.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds and possibly tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California moves into the Midwest. The severe weather will ramp up Friday from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the atmosphere is operating as though it is spring even though it's really still winter. Moist air from the Gulf will send temperatures toward 70 in northern Indiana and southern Michigan tomorrow — about 30 degrees above normal.

OCILLA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia say they believe they have solved the case of a Georgia teacher who has been missing for 11 years. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a suspect is in custody in connection with the disappearance of Tara Grinstead. She was 30 years old when she vanished in October 2005 from her home in the farm town of Ocilla in south Georgia.

MIDFIELD, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say a 6-year-old boy was killed in the lobby of a dentist's office when a Mercedes SUV smashed through the window. Al.com reports that the crash happened this morning at Vital Smiles in Midfield, a suburb of Birmingham. The fire chief says the driver, who wasn't hurt, was trying to park and was struggling with the gearshift when the vehicle crashed through the window. Authorities said the kindergartner was pinned beneath the SUV and others were injured.

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