The Latest: White House says Trump ‘likes and respects’ May
BRUSSELS (AP) — The White House press secretary is offering reassurance that President Donald Trump “likes and respects” British Prime Minister Theresa May “very much” following an interview in which he said she was ruining what her country stands to gain from Brexit.
Trump also told The Sun newspaper that May’s “soft” blueprint for the U.K.’s future dealings with the European Union would probably “kill” any future trade deals with the United States. The interview was published Thursday as Trump was leaving a black-tie gala hosted by May.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated that Trump told The Sun that May was “a very good person” and that he “never said anything bad about her.”
Trump is set to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday.
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The Latest: House committees finish grilling FBI agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers have finished grilling an embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias.
Peter Strzok (struhk) testified publicly Tuesday for the first time since being removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team following the discovery of the texts last year. He said the texts reflected purely personal opinions that he never once acted on, though he did acknowledge being dismayed during the campaign by the Republican candidate’s behavior.
Republicans argued that the texts had tainted two hugely consequential FBI probes he had helped steer: inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s email use and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight committee, said, “Agent Strzok had Donald Trump impeached before he even started investigating him.”
Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Associated Press analysis has found that detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually.
That’s a tenfold increase over the past decade.
Health and Human Services grants for detaining unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million dollars in 2017.
Currently, more than 11,800 children, from a few months old to 17, are housed in nearly 90 facilities in 15 states. They are being held while their parents await immigration proceedings or are reviewed for possible asylum themselves.
The Latest: ACLU eyes date to reunify kids, deported parents
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is proposing that the Trump administration be given no more than a week to reunite 12 young children with their now-deported parents, from whom they were separated at the border.
The ACLU proposes in a court filing Thursday in San Diego that the clock should start ticking as soon as the parent obtains travel documents for the child.
The Trump administration says in the filing that it is difficult to determine how much time is needed and that reunifications should occur “on a flexible schedule.”
Both sides are due back in court Friday to expand on their proposals.
The administration says it has reunited 57 children under 5 with their parents, meeting this week’s court-ordered deadline for all who were eligible.
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The Latest: Stormy Daniels readies 2nd Ohio club appearance
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio strip club says porn star Stormy Daniels is planning a performance a day after police arrested her at another club.
Vanity Gentlemen’s Club confirmed the Thursday night show.
Prosecutors dropped charges against Daniels earlier, saying they couldn’t be proved. Daniels was accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers’ faces against her bare breasts during her strip club performance.
Daniels’ lawyer wants an investigation into the arrest. He says some of the officers had social media pages that appeared to be very much in favor of President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denied having an affair with Daniels.
Columbus police say the officers’ motivations will be reviewed internally.
This item has been corrected to show the club’s name is Gentlemen’s, not Gentleman’s.
Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal.
The Justice Department said Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, which blessed one of the biggest media deals ever following a landmark antitrust trial.
Leon rejected the government’s argument that the phone and pay-TV giant’s $81 billion takeover of the entertainment conglomerate would hurt competition, limit choices and jack up prices for consumers to stream TV and movies.
Leon’s ruling allowed Dallas-based AT&T to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.
Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying.
Timothy Tyson told reporters Thursday that he turned over interview recordings and other research materials.
Tyson’s 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that the black teen made sexual advances at a Mississippi store six decades ago.
A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that information in the 2017 book was what led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity.
New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom
It’s been two decades since doctors fully recognized the health consequences of sleep apnea, but there still isn’t a treatment that most people find easy to use.
People with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep, then awake with loud gasping and snoring. They are more likely than others to have strokes, heart attacks and heart rhythm problems, and they’re more likely to die prematurely.
Airway pressure masks are the most common therapy, but many people won’t use them. About 5 million Americans have tried the masks, but up to a third gave up during the first several years because of discomfort and inconvenience.
Now, new remedies including mouthpieces and a surgical implant are vying for a place in the bedrooms of millions of people craving a good night’s sleep.
The Latest: Tourists flown out of Arizona canyon after flood
SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — Most of the 200 tourists stranded by a flash flood have been flown out of an Arizona canyon known for its blue-green waterfalls.
Abbie Fink is a spokeswoman for the Havasupai (hav-uh-SU’-peye) Tribe. She says the tourists who were staying on the reservation deep in a gorge off the Grand Canyon are safe.
She says a single helicopter flew about five tourists at a time out of Supai Village. Several tourists were still waiting their turn early Thursday evening.
The reservation was hit with two rounds of flooding Wednesday and early Thursday.
Officials plans to start assessing the damage Friday to determine when it’s safe for tourists to return.
Fink says the reservation accessible only by foot, mule or helicopter will be closed at least a week.
The Latest: Syrian troops raise national flag over Daraa
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state TV says the government has raised the national flag over Daraa, the south Syrian city that was the cradle of the 2011 revolt against President Bashar Assad’s rule.
The al-Ikhbariya TV station is broadcasting footage of officials raising the government’s two-star flag over the rubble of the city after rebels agreed to give up the town earlier Thursday.
Daraa has suffered catastrophic damage as one of the cities at the center of Syria’s seven-year-long civil war. At least 400,000 people have been killed and 11 million people displaced in the fighting between the government, rebels, and the Islamic State group.