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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is trying to allay fears in Latin America that the Trump administration intends to carry out mass deportations of people living in the United States illegally. Kelly, speaking in Mexico's capital on Thursday, said the U.S. won't use its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be "no mass deportations." He said all deportations will comply with human rights requirements and the U.S. legal system.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana. That's according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer who on Thursday offered the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug. President Donald Trump does not oppose medical marijuana, Spicer added, but said "that's very different than recreational use."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration wanted to begin reducing and ultimately end the government's reliance on private prisons and last August issued a directive to the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin that process but that directive is being reversed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On Thursday, Sessions signaled his support for the government's continued use of private prisons by issuing a new directive, replacing the one issued last August.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year is now empty. Authorities cleared the camp Thursday and arrested dozens of holdouts who had defied a government order to leave on Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers says it needed to clear the camp ahead of spring flooding.

UNDATED (AP) — More than 50 million people are being warned to watch for high winds or even tornadoes as a storm system that pummeled California this week moves into the Midwest. The severe storms will ramp up Friday from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee. After the system clears, snow and cold could replace the spring-like conditions much of the region has enjoyed for the better part of a week.

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