HOUSTON (AP) — Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new generation. Castro also seemed to allude to speculation about the 76-year-old Biden's mental acuity during an exchange about health care. When Biden denied that his health plan required people to buy into Medicare, Castro exclaimed, "Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?"
NOME, Alaska (AP) — In western Alaska, rape survivors and their supporters say the Nome Police Department has often failed to investigate sexual assaults or keep survivors informed about what is happening with their cases. The city has hired a new police chief who announced that his department was performing an internal audit of over 460 old sexual assault cases. The City Council has passed an ordinance to create a civilian oversight committee to monitor police conduct.
UNDATED (AP) — The judge overseeing national litigation over the opioids crisis for months has urged all sides to reach a settlement that could end thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments. But the chaotic developments this week in the case against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma underscore how difficult that goal is. By Thursday, half of the nation's state attorneys general said they would reject a tentative deal crafted by the other half, and many criticized the terms as grossly insufficient.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has begun enforcing radical new restrictions on who qualifies for asylum as tens of thousands of migrants wait on the Mexican border, seeking refuge. The new U.S. policy would effectively deny asylum to nearly all migrants arriving at the southern border who aren't from Mexico. It would disallow anyone who passes through another country without first seeking and failing to obtain asylum there. The rule will fall most heavily on Central Americans.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration has revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution. The Waters of the United States rule was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups are criticizing the administration's action. It's the latest in a series of moves to roll back environmental protections put into place under President Barack Obama.
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