Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.
Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the high court’s order. Sotomayor says the rule upends “longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution.”
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The Latest: Attorneys general are split on opioid settlement
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State attorneys general are offering mixed opinions on a tentative opioid-crisis settlement reached between governments and OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family.
Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich says that “this is the quickest and surest way to get immediate relief for Arizona and for the communities that have been harmed by the opioid crisis and the actions of the Sackler family.”
Ohio Republican Attorney General Dave Yost’s office says the tentative deal “provides the greatest certainty for all Ohioans to receive relief as quickly as possible in light of rumored bankruptcy.”
But Democratic Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says “the scope and scale of the pain, death and destruction that Purdue and the Sacklers have caused far exceeds anything that has been offered thus far.”
Democratic Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the tentative deal is “a slap in the face to everyone who has had to bury a loved one due to this family’s destruction and greed. It allows the Sackler family to walk away billionaires and admit no wrongdoing.”
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The Latest: Crowd gathers for ‘Tribute in Light’ memorial
NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after the official ceremony ended, crowds lingered into the night at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York.
As darkness fell, people filled the streets around the firehouse at the southwest corner of the memorial plaza Wednesday to listen to a bagpipe and drum corps play songs saluting the terror attack victims.
The FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums led the crowd in renditions of the Irish folk song “The Wild River” and “God Bless America.”
Overhead, the twin beams of the “Tribute in Light” were visible.
Each year the city shines the powerful columns of light into the sky from Lower Manhattan to represent the fallen twin towers of the World Trade Center.
Democratic debate: Top 2020 contenders finally on same stage
HOUSTON (AP) — The top Democratic presidential contenders will finally be on one debate stage Thursday in Houston as Joe Biden tries to solidify his early lead over Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg will look to reclaim some lost momentum.
The ABC News debate has 10 candidates altogether and will air on a broadcast network with a post-Labor Day uptick in interest in the race. That could give candidates their largest audience yet as the campaigning heads into the fall.
It’s also the first time Warren and Biden will appear on the same stage.
But the campaigns say that doesn’t necessarily mean the three-hour debate will end up being a direct clash between the progressive Massachusetts senator and the more centrist former vice president.
Trump to propose ban on flavorings used in e-cigarettes
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping.
State and federal health authorities are investigating hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.
No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavors from the market, especially those favored by children.
The FDA regulates e-cigarettes and has authority to ban vaping flavors, but has resisted calls to take that step.
Instead, the agency has said it is studying the role of flavors in vaping products, including whether they help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.
In small section of border wall, Trump’s promise takes shape
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump says his administration plans to build up to 500 miles (805 kilometers) of border wall by the end of next year, and plans are already taking shape in Arizona and elsewhere.
But some are skeptical about whether the goal announced this week is achievable or even necessary.
Construction crews south of Yuma, Arizona, are putting up tall fencing along 5 miles (8 kilometers) of U.S.-Mexico border. The section is replacing shorter barriers meant to keep out cars, but not people.
The Border Patrol says tens of thousands of people have crossed the border illegally through the area and that the existing barriers don’t suffice.
While the number of people apprehended by the Border Patrol is up in Yuma compared with last year, the figure has dropped dramatically there and across the southern border over the past few months.
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The Latest: 3 tornadoes confirmed in Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service now says three tornadoes struck Sioux Falls overnight.
National Weather Service lead meteorologist Todd Heitkamp in Sioux Falls tweets that he has determined three separate tornadoes struck South Dakota’s largest city late Tuesday.
All three tornadoes were rated EF-2. Two had winds of about 125 mph while the third had winds of 130 mph.
The twister with the fastest winds struck the Avera Health Complex on the south side of Sioux Falls. A hospital spokesman says seven patients and one person outside the hospital suffered minor injuries.
The last tornado confirmed in Sioux Falls was an EF-0 that struck on June 12, 2001. But the weather service says it was a brief touchdown with only minor damage.
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The Latest: Dignitaries pay tribute to tycoon Pickens
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dignitaries ranging from former President George W. Bush to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy are paying tribute to legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens.
The Oklahoma native died Wednesday at his Dallas home at age 91.
In a statement, Bush said Pickens had become “a household name across the country because he was bold, imaginative and daring.” The former president also noted that Pickens “generously shared his success with institutions and communities across Texas and Oklahoma.”
In a statement, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said “Pickens’ love and pride for Oklahoma overflowed through his contribution to job creation and economic growth and his generous philanthropy to Oklahoma’s finest institutions.”
Among the institutions to benefit greatly from Pickens’ legacies was Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. University President Burns Hargis said in a statement that “It is impossible to calculate his full impact on Oklahoma State.” He said those “historic gifts to academics and athletics not only transformed the university, they inspired thousands of others to join in the transformation.”
The university’s football stadium bears Pickens’ name. Its football coach, Mike Gundy, said in a statement that “it would have been difficult for us to climb as high we have without him.”
Report: Justify failed drug test before Triple Crown run
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby.
The newspaper reported Wednesday that Bob Baffert-trained Justify tested positive for the drug scopolamine after winning the Santa Anita Derby, one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby. Justify went on to win the Derby and took the Preakness and Belmont stakes to complete the Triple Crown.
The Times said instead of a speedy disqualification, the California Horse Racing Board took more than a month to confirm the results. The newspaper also reported that instead of filing a public complaint, the board made decisions behind closed doors as it moved to drop the case and lighten the penalty for horses found to have scopolamine in their systems.
The newspaper said test results, emails and internal memorandums show how California regulators waited nearly three weeks, until the Kentucky Derby was only nine days away, to notify Baffert of the positive test. Then, two months after the Belmont victory, the board disposed of the inquiry altogether during a closed-door executive session.
The Times said Baffert didn’t respond to multiple attempts seeking comment.
Vaping group plotted lobbying efforts at Trump’s DC hotel
NEW YORK (AP) — America’s vaping industry has taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump’s doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials.
In 2017 and 2018, the Vapor Technology Association met at Trump’s hotel to strategize how to lobby the administration. A Republican lawmaker advised it to emphasize jobs created by the industry and how regulation could devastate hundreds of small vaping businesses.
It all worked until hundreds of breathing problems among users of e-cigarettes led the Trump administration on Wednesday to propose banning flavored e-cigarettes popular with teens.
Ethics experts say such a conflict is an example of why Trump should not do business with those seeking to shape policy.
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