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Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear. The policy went into effect Tuesday …

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GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to approve the bill by unanimous consent, which would fast-track approval. Paul, R-Ky., questioned the bill’s 70-year time frame …

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House set to block maverick Dem’s Trump impeachment effort

Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House prepared Wednesday to easily derail a maverick Democrat’s drive to impeach President Donald Trump for his recent racial insults against lawmakers of color , an effort that party leaders consider a premature exercise that needlessly forces vulnerable swing-district lawmakers to cast a perilous and divisive vote. Even facing certain defeat, the resolution by Texas Rep. …

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Fans to descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here. The four-and-a-half day convention kicks off Wednesday when the show room floor opens to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. will get things going with a ScareDiego event promising some hair-raising new footage from “It: Chapter Two.” “We have …

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Washington talks could soon yield spending, debt deal

Nancy Pelosi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington negotiators are closing in on a budget and debt deal that would stave off the chance of a government shutdown this fall and allow Congress to speed through legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap. The emerging two-year framework would satisfy demands for an outline to guide congressional work on more than $1.3 trillion in agency …

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Number of US overdose deaths appears to be falling

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. overdose deaths last year likely fell for the first time in nearly three decades, preliminary statistics suggest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday posted the provisional numbers showing nearly 68,000 drug overdose deaths were reported last year. The number may go up as more investigations are completed, but the agency expects the …

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Myths and risks in app that gives you peek into older self

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves. People raised fears on Twitter and other social media sites that on iPhones, …

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Janet Jackson, 50 Cent to perform at Saudi Arabia concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson and rappers 50 Cent and Future have been added to the lineup for the Jeddah World Fest, the concert in Saudi Arabia that Nicki Minaj pulled out of after human rights organizations urged the rapper to cancel her appearance. The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium, …

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Stats show how AOC dominating social media attention

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

NEW YORK (AP) — Judging by the social media metrics, it was a big week for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Oh, wait. She’s not running for president. But the Democratic representative from Queens dwarfed the Democrats who are actually seeking President Donald Trump’s job in a measurement of social media interactions with news articles by the tracking …

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Big losses for railroads pull industrial companies lower

Michael Gagliano, Andrew Silverman

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were on track to extend losses into a second day on Wednesday as railroad operator CSX had its biggest drop in 11 years and pulled other industrial companies lower. Banks also fell as investors worried that lower interest rates will hurt their profits going forward. Investors expect the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates …

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