VIRUS OUTBREAK-MIGRANT CHILDREN-HOTELS
US won’t expel migrant children detained in Texas hotel
HOUSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has agreed not to expel children it detained in a Texas hotel and will instead allow them to remain in the U.S. and pursue their immigration cases. The move comes days after The Associated Press first reported on the U.S. government’s secretive practice of detaining unaccompanied children in hotels before rapidly deporting them under an emergency declaration citing the coronavirus. Government data obtained by AP showed the U.S. had detained children nearly 200 times over two months in three Hampton Inn & Suites hotels.
Protesters sue Trump administration over Portland tactics
SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters have sued the Trump administration to rein in what they describe as an out-of-control response by federal agents to demonstrations in Portland. The nonprofit Protect Democracy filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C., on behalf of several individual protesters as well as the anti-racist organization Don’t Shoot Portland and Wall of Moms, a group of mothers who have sought to place themselves between protesters and police. The complaint argues that while federal law allows federal officials to protect federal property, the heavily militarized agents who have responded in Portland have gone far beyond simply protecting property. Federal authorities say the agents have been responding to criminal attacks.
Chicago Police: Violence drops after 2 new units rolled out
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police are reporting a drop in homicides and shooting incidents after the department rolled out two units designed to combat gun violence and ensure protests remain peaceful. Superintendent David Brown said during a news conference Monday that the city reported three homicides over the weekend compared to 12 the weekend before. It was the first weekend that the 300-member Community Safety Team was dispatched to communities on the West and South sides where there has been an uptick in violent crime. He says there were no major problems at any of the large gatherings where the 250-member Critical Incident Response Team was assigned.
KILLING BY POLICE
Video of Texas police shooting released by Austin officials
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin police have released video of an officer fatally shooting an unarmed Texas man in April as he drove away. The video released Monday shows the killing of Mike Ramos, a Black and Hispanic man, on April 24. The video shows Ramos getting out of the car with his hands and shirt raised. Police shoot Ramos with a less lethal beanbag bullet before he gets back into his car and starts driving. Then at least one officer fires multiple times, striking him fatally. Ramos was later found to be unarmed. The video was was released under a new policy that is part of a broader effort to overhaul the police department.
Trump lawyers renew legal assault on tax records subpoena
NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyers have again challenged a criminal subpoena for tax records, calling it a harassment of the president. The claim came Monday as lawyers filed a rewritten lawsuit to challenge the subpoena on grounds they believe conform with how the U.S. Supreme Court said the subpoena can be contested. The high court ruled earlier this month that a Manhattan prosecutor could subpoena tax records from Trump's accountant over his objections. But the court said he could challenge the subpoena as improper just as anyone else can. Trump's lawyers had argued that the president could not be criminally investigated while he was in office. The refreshed lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court.
Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis lies in state at Capitol
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders have praised the late Rep. John Lewis as a moral force for the nation in a Capitol Rotunda memorial service rich with symbolism and punctuated by the booming, recorded voice of the civil rights icon. In a solemn display of bipartisan unity Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Lewis “the conscience of the Congress,” while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised the longtime Georgia congressman as a model of courage. Lewis was born to sharecroppers during Jim Crow segregation, beaten by Alabama state troopers during the civil rights movement and awarded the Medal of Freedom by the nation's first Black president in 2011.
ELECTION 2020-VOTE BY MAIL-SPENDING
Wealthy donors pour millions into fight over mail-in voting
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-pocketed and often anonymous donors are pouring over $100 million into an intensifying dispute about whether it should be easier to vote by mail. In Wisconsin, cities have received $6.3 million from an organization with ties to left-leaning philanthropy to help expand vote by mail. Meanwhile, a well-funded conservative group best known for its focus on judicial appointments is spending heavily to fight cases related to mail-in balloting procedures in court. The massive effort is remarkable considering the practice has long been noncontroversial. But the coronavirus is forcing changes to the way states conduct elections and prompting activists across the political spectrum to seek an advantage.
At least 3 MLB games postponed amid Marlins' virus outbreak
MIAMI (AP) — More than a dozen Miami Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, disrupting Major League Baseball’s schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season. Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was postponed as was Tuesday’s finale of the two-game series at Marlins Park. Also postponed was the Yankees’ series opener Monday at Philadelphia, where New York would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend.
Prosecutors want no audio-visual coverage of cops' trials
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the cases against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd say they do not want audio or visual coverage of the trials. Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao are scheduled to go on trial in March in connection with Floyd's May 25 death. Under Minnesota court rules, a judge can allow the recording and reproduction of criminal proceedings that occur before a guilty verdict is reached, if both sides consent. The state filed a letter with the court Monday saying it does not consent to such coverage. The letter did not elaborate.
House approves bill to create Latino museum on National Mall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum for American Latinos that would showcase Latino history, art and culture. The bill was approved Monday by a voice vote and now goes to the Senate, where it has bipartisan support. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus hailed the bill’s passage, noting that a museum honoring Latinos has been under consideration for more than 15 years. The Texas Democrat who chairs the group, congressman Joaquin Castro, says the story of Latinos "is an American story, and our history is a central thread in the history of our nation.''
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