TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-THE LATEST The Latest: Ryan, Trump at odds on birthright citizenship WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Donald Trump can’t end birthright citizenship on his own. The top Republican tells WVLK radio…
The Latest: Ryan, Trump at odds on birthright citizenship
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Donald Trump can’t end birthright citizenship on his own.
The top Republican tells WVLK radio in Kentucky, “Well you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order.”
Ryan’s comments Tuesday offered a rare challenge to the president — from his own party.
Trump tells “Axios on HBO” he wants to end birthright citizenship for babies born to non-citizens and immigrants not authorized to be in the United States.
Constitutional scholars are questioning whether changes could be made without Congress.
Ryan says Republicans didn’t like when then-President Barack Obama “tried changing immigration laws via executive action. He says “obviously as conservatives we believe in the Constitution.”
Ryan is retiring but the No. 3 House Republican, Louisiana’s Rep. Steve Scalise, said on Fox that he’s glad Trump is considering options.
The Latest: Sanders: Trump’s visit to synagogue ‘humbling’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president’s visit to the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 people were slain in the worst act of anti-Semitic violence in American history was “very humbling” and “very sad.”
Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had “wanted today to be about showing respect for the families and the friends of the victims as well as for Jewish Americans.”
She says Trump was “incredibly impressed” by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who had been conducting services when the shots rang out. And she says Trump’s visit to a local hospital included time in the intensive care unit, where he visited one of the injured first responders.
She says Trump “was incredibly moved” by how supportive the law enforcement members were of one another.
WHITEY BULGER-SOUTH BOSTON
Gangster’s death brings abrupt end to old South Boston
BOSTON (AP) — The death of gangster James “Whitey” Bulger brings an abrupt end to a notorious chapter in the history of South Boston.
But the South Boston of Bulger’s era was gone long before Bulger was slain Tuesday in a federal prison in West Virginia. He was serving two consecutive life sentences plus five years after a 2013 conviction on several charges.
Bulger’s South Boston is known as “Southie.” The neighborhood was once a place where mostly blue-collar, Irish-Catholic families raised their children and everyone knew each other.
Bulger ran his gang in the 1970s and ’80s when Southie had a gritty, rough-around-the-edges feel. Today, it has the feel of a hip, urban neighborhood.
Today, Southie is an ethnic melting pot where millennials snap up upscale condos, eat at trendy restaurants and buy drinks at pricey coffeehouses.
INDONESIA-LION AIR CRASH
Crashed Lion Air jet possibly found in Indonesian seas
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A top Indonesian military official says the Lion Air jet that crashed Monday may have been found in the Java Sea.
Armed forces chief Hadi Tjahjanto says a search and rescue effort has identified the possible seabed location of the jet. Debris and some human remains were found previously but not the main fuselage and the black boxes.
The 2-month-old Boeing jet crashed Monday just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta, killing all 189 people on board.
Tjahjanto said a team would be sent to the identified location to confirm the findings.
Relatives numbed by grief have provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the crash, which has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s fast-growing aviation industry.
The Latest: 2nd caravan reaches city in far-southern Mexico
NILTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — More than 1,000 migrants in a second caravan that forced its way across the river from Guatemala have now begun arriving in the southern Mexico city of Tapachula.
The first contingents began arriving to camp out in Tapachula’s main plaza on Tuesday.
Fifty-four-year-old Gerbert Hinestrosa of Santa Barbara in Honduras is traveling with his wife and teenage son. He says he realizes how hard it will be to make it to the U.S. border.
He says that: “Right now I feel good.” And he adds: “We have barely started, but I think it is going to be very difficult.”
The first, larger caravan also passed through Tapachula about 10 days ago, and now is about 250 miles (400 kilometers) ahead, in the Oaxaca state city of Juchitan.
TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-MUELLER ALLEGATIONS
Mueller refers plot to make false claims about him to FBI
WASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller says the office has referred to the FBI allegations that women were offered money to make up false claims about Mueller.
In a statement Tuesday, spokesman Peter Carr says that once the office learned of the allegations, it immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation.
The statement didn’t specify what the claims were.
Mueller’s office is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.
CNN goes after Trump in wake of explosive devices
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s management has taken an aggressive stance against attacks from President Donald Trump after the network was sent explosive devices from a man who allegedly targeted Trump’s perceived enemies.
Two of the network’s former presidents, Jonathan Klein and Rick Kaplan, both applauded the approach in interviews with The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The White House, however, hasn’t backed down on its criticisms of CNN. And one of its biggest media supporters, Sean Hannity, reported on what he called “CNN’s credibility crisis” on his Fox News Channel show on Monday night.
It is unusual for a news organization to directly take on a president.
The Latest: Couple says fatal fall victim captured in selfie
NEW DELHI (AP) — A Northern California machinist and his girlfriend say the pink-haired woman who fell to her death in Yosemite National Park accidentally appears in two of their selfie photos taken shortly before the 30-year-old woman and her husband plummeted from a popular overlook.
Sean Matteson said Meenakshi Moorthy and her pink hair stood out from the crowd enjoying the sunset atop Taft Point last week. He said the woman made him a little nervous because he felt she was standing too close to the edge. But he said she appeared comfortable.
Park rangers recovered the bodies of Moorthy and 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath on Thursday about 800 feet (245 meters) below Taft Point.
Matteson said Moorthy’s pink-haired visage appears in the corner of two photos he snapped of himself and his girlfriend Drea Rose Laguillo. He said Laguillo noticed the photos on Monday after photos of the two victims were published.
Matteson said he doesn’t recall noticing Viswanath.
PLAYOFF RANKINGS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame top CFP
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Notre Dame are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.
The 13-member selection committee released the first of its five weekly top 25s before the four-team field is set for the College Football Playoff semifinals on Dec. 2.
Michigan is fifth, followed by Georgia and Oklahoma.
The top four teams were no surprise. The same four teams are Nos. 1-4 in the latest Associated Press college football poll, just with Notre Dame third and LSU fourth.
Next week’s rankings figure to look a lot different. Four games matching top-20 teams will be played Saturday, including Alabama at LSU.
UCF was the highest ranked team from outside the Power Five conferences at 12th.
Electric chair builder worried Tennessee execution will fail
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Tennessee electrocutes Edmund Zagorski, it will be in an electric chair built by a self-taught execution expert who is no longer welcome in the prison system.
Fred Leuchter (LOOT’-cher) fell out of favor with corrections departments nationwide after he claimed there were no gas chambers at Auschwitz. It also came to light that Leuchter held no engineering degree or license. He had promoted himself as an engineer.
Tennessee still uses the chair Leuchter built, with some modifications. The only person executed in the chair was Daryl Holton in 2007.
Leuchter said he is concerned the modifications will cause his chair to fail.
Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s confident Thursday’s execution will proceed without problems.