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  • Terrebonne Parish worker accused of extortion

    By Associated Press

    Authorities say a Spanish language interpreter employed by the Terrebonne Parish Office of the Public Defender is accused of soliciting payments from the illegal immigrants she worked with. Published July 24, 2014

  • Texas officials discuss human trafficking

    By Associated Press

    Members of a Texas legislative panel are parsing the distinctions between unaccompanied immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally and human trafficking victims who get assistance from state programs. Published July 24, 2014

  • House members question $17 billion VA request

    By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

    Lawmakers questioned Thursday morning how the Department of Veterans Affairs could ask for more than $17 billion in emergency funding, but only provide a handful of pages to describe how the money would be spent. Published July 24, 2014

  • News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

    By Associated Press

    Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law. Published July 24, 2014

  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    By Associated Press

    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with Congress' annual August recess looming. Published July 24, 2014

  • Obama takes aim at 'corporate deserters'

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    President Obama said Thursday that Congress should work with him to ensure more American companies don't become "corporate deserters" — firms that still do business in the U.S. but technically are headquartered abroad to avoid paying higher taxes. Published July 24, 2014

  • Ga. governor chides president over young migrants

    By Associated Press

    Georgia's governor on Thursday chided the president in a letter for failing to communicate with the governor's office before sending unaccompanied young migrants to the state. Published July 24, 2014

  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    By JOSH LEDERMAN and JULIE PACE - Associated Press

    The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. Published July 24, 2014

  • Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    A bipartisan group of senators is urging the Obama administration to ensure that any cease-fire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas still affords Israel the ability to defend itself from incoming rocket fire and underground tunnel attacks. Published July 24, 2014

  • Branstad asks Obama for immigration information

    By Associated Press

    Gov. Terry Branstad wants the federal government to notify state officials about any immigrant children placed in Iowa. Published July 24, 2014

  • DC activists to seek local aid from congressman

    By Associated Press

    District of Columbia activists plan to ask a congressman who wants to block the city from liberalizing its marijuana laws to handle a host of other local concerns. Published July 24, 2014

  • Gang violence, fears for children fuel rush to US

    By TAMI ABDOLLAH - Associated Press

    Many immigrants flooding across the southern border of the U.S. say they're fleeing violent gangs in Central America. Published July 24, 2014

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