Trump plans border wall visit with no end to shutdown near

Lawmakers return Thursday to Washington, but there's no deal in sight to end a partial government shutdown, with neither President Trump nor Senate Democrats backing down from the standoff over border security spending.

Digging in for a fight, Mr. Trump said he planned a trip next month to the unfinished ...

Michael Williams, Georgia ‘deportation bus’ candidate, reports to jail

ATLANTA — A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has turned himself in to county jail after being indicted on charges including insurance fraud.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports an attorney for state Sen. Michael Williams said Wednesday that the indictment presented a "one-sided story" and ...

Alabama editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:

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Dec. 18

The Opelika-Auburn News on a professor who called for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby to take a stronger leadership role in helping to address immigration:

An Auburn University professor who immigrated to the United States from India has called on U.S. Sen. Richard ...

Kentucky editorial roundup

Summary of recent Kentucky newspaper editorials:

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Dec. 21

The Lexington Herald-Leader on a ban on bump stocks:

The U.S. Justice Department's recent ban of bump stocks - devices that allow semi-automatics to fire at a faster pace - is welcome news after congressional gun-safety efforts stalled earlier this year.

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Tornillo, Texas migrant teen tent city to stay open into 2019

The Trump administration says it will keep a tent city holding more than 2,000 migrant teenagers open through early 2019.

The announcement was made Wednesday about the Tornillo facility, which opened in June in an isolated corner of the Texas desert for up to 360 children.

It later expanded into ...

AP Exclusive: Migrant teen tent city staying open into 2019

The Trump administration says it will keep a tent city holding more than 2,000 migrant teenagers open through early 2019.

The announcement was made Wednesday about the Tornillo facility, which opened in June in an isolated corner of the Texas desert for up to 360 children.

It later expanded into ...

Some facts about immigrant children in US custody

The deaths of two migrant children in U.S. custody this month are bringing increased attention to how the nation is grappling with a surge of families and children traveling alone across the southern border, especially from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The Christmas Eve death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy ...

Sabah al-Saidi, Iraqi lawmaker, denounces Trump visit

The head of one of two main blocs in Iraq's Parliament is denouncing President Donald Trump's unannounced visit, calling it a "blatant violation of Iraq's sovereignty."

Sabah al-Saidi says he is calling for an emergency session of Parliament to discuss Trump's visit Wednesday evening.

Al-Saidi, who heads the Islah bloc, ...

Deaths of 2 children raise doubts about US border agency

HOUSTON (AP) - The deaths of two migrant children in just over two weeks raised strong new doubts Wednesday about the ability of U.S. border authorities to care for the thousands of minors arriving as part of a surge of families trying to enter the country.

An 8-year-old boy identified ...

Chicago Women’s March canceled amid anti-Semitism accusations

CHICAGO — Organizers have canceled next month's Women's March in Chicago citing logistical issues, as accusations of anti-Semitism dog the national movement.

Local organizers blamed high costs and not enough volunteers as key reasons for abandoning the rally that would have taken place Jan. 19, when similar marches are scheduled ...

Sean Hannity’s ratings slump amid bad news for Donald Trump

NEW YORK — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn't been good for his most prominent backer in the media.

While Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news' most popular personality for the second year in a row, he's been slumping in the ...

Judge restricts media coverage of trial for boy in gun case

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A judge has issued restrictions for media coverage of the trial of a 12-year-old eastern Iowa boy accused of trying to shoot a junior high school teacher.

The Quad-City Times reported Wednesday that the Scott County District Court judge ruled the media can't name the boy ...