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Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a presidential candidates forum sponsored by AARP and The Des Moines Register, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
July 16, 2019 - 2:23 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden is taking an aggressive approach to defending the Affordable Care Act, challenging not just President Donald Trump but also some of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination who want to replace the current insurance system with a fully government-run...
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Roadways and yards are flooded after heavy rain from Tropical Depression Barry fell in Lake Charles, La. Monday, July 15, 2019. Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm on Sunday afternoon, but its torrential rains continued to pose a threat Monday. Much of Louisiana and Mississippi were under flash-flood watches, as were parts of Arkansas, eastern Texas, western Tennessee and southeastern Missouri. (Kirk Meche/Lake Charles American Press via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 9:14 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the...
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Annie Farmer, left, and Courtney Wild, right, accusers of Jeffery Epstein, stand outside the courthouse in New York, Monday, July 15, 2019. Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 15, 2019 - 8:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge...
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A police officer guards the front of a road block near the Northwest Detention Center, Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. (Rebekah Welch/The Seattle Times via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 5:06 pm
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say an armed man who threw incendiary devices at an immigration detention center in Washington state died of multiple gunshot wounds after four police officers opened fire. The Pierce County medical examiner's office said Monday that Willem Van Spronsen, 69, of...
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FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, a group of asylum seekers cross the border between El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, Thursday, July 4, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants. A rule published Monday bars migrants from seeking asylum in the United States if they've traveled through another country first. Tens of thousands of migrant families from Central...
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Steve Bergeron collects downed branches from a Tropical Storm Barry damaged backyard tree, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Morgan City, La. Bergeron and his wife, Lois Bergeron, far background, spent much of their Sunday morning cleaning up tree limbs, clumps of leaves and other storm debris. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 14, 2019 - 10:10 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry dumped rain as it slowly swept inland through Gulf Coast states Sunday, sparing New Orleans from a direct hit but stoking fears elsewhere of flooding, tornadoes, and prolonged power outages. Though the system was downgraded to a tropical depression...
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People holds hands as they chant at a rally before the start of a march in opposition to the Trump administration's plans to continue with raids to catch immigrants in the country illegally, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julius Constantine Motal)
July 14, 2019 - 6:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation. A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the...
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July 14, 2019 - 1:31 pm
Organizers of a demonstration against the Trump administration’s immigration policies say that a rogue group of protesters pulled down the American flag from in front of a privately run facility that houses immigrants, stringing up a Mexican flag in its place, the Denver Post reports.
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Police Officer Sam Lopez turns away would-be protesters in front of a road block near the Northwest Detention Center, Saturday July 13, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. A man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. (Rebekah Welch/The Seattle Times via AP)
July 14, 2019 - 3:35 am
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 69-year-old man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded...
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Jeffrey Epstein's Zorro Ranch in Stanley, N.M. is shown Monday, July 8, 2019. Epstein is entangled in two legal fights that span the East Coast, challenging his underage sexual abuse victims in a Florida court hours after he was indicted on sex trafficking charges in a separate case in New York. (KRQE via AP)
July 13, 2019 - 8:33 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — At the center of Jeffrey Epstein's secluded New Mexico ranch sits a sprawling residence the financier built decades ago — complete with plans for a 4,000-square-foot (372-square-meter) courtyard, a living room roughly the size of the average American home and a nearby...
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