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In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks at a news conference at the department's headquarters in Baltimore, in response to the Department of Justice's request for a 90-day delay of a hearing on its proposed overhaul of the police department. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Cities respond to DOJ threat to withhold crime-fighting funds

- The Washington Times

Baltimore officials found themselves in a quandary when the Justice Department told them that in order to be eligible for a federal crime-fighting program, they would have to prove city policies do not block federal immigration agents’ access to local jails.

Ray Cooper, volunteer for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, preps his equipment to provide live video of the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse at the state fairgrounds in Salem, Ore., Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Solar eclipse: Americans stake out prime viewing spots to see sun go dark

- Associated Press

Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history.

In this May 20, 2005, file photo, plumes of steam drift from a cooling tower of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant along Lake Erie in North Perry, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Trump administration’s nuclear energy plans hanging on by a thread

- The Washington Times

The next generation of U.S. nuclear power, which the Trump administration views as a key part of the nation’s energy supply, is hanging on by a thread as two key projects have run into serious trouble and are raising doubts about the viability of new nuclear facilities moving forward.

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is removed from the University of Texas campus, early Monday morning, Aug. 21, 2017, in Austin, Texas. University of Texas President Greg Fenves ordered the immediate removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism." (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

University of Texas in Austin removes Confederate statues

- Associated Press

The University of Texas quickly removed statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures overnight from the main area of the Austin campus, a spokesman said Monday morning, just hours after the school’s president ordered they be taken down.

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Defense Secretary James Mattis listens during a news conference with Japanese officials, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

James Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan

- Associated Press

After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Jan. 23, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

New signs of life for Pacific TPP trade deal Trump nixed

- The Washington Times

The New Zealand government has decided to move forward with a modified version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breathing new life into the regional free-trade deal despite President Trump's decision to withdraw in January, said New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015 file photo, Juan Escalante, of the immigration reform group America's Voice, conducts interviews in New York. Young immigrants protected by executive action from deportation say they won't "rest easy," even if President Donald Trump said they should. Nearly 800,000 people living illegally in the U.S. qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump said Friday, April 21, 2017, that his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals. Escalante , who was brought to the U.S. from Venezuela at age 11, told the AP Friday, April 21, 2017,  "I don't think anyone should feel comforted." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Judge keeps anti-Dreamer lawsuit alive

- The Washington Times

A federal judge on Thursday preserved the path for Texas to challenge the 2012 deportation amnesty for Dreamers, delivering a blow to immigrant-rights advocates who'd hoped to short-circuit the case.