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April 20, 2017 4:37 PM Documents: Uncle chained up teenage runaway to keep him home

PEOSTA, Iowa – The parents and uncle of a 13-year-old Iowa boy and frequent runaway are accused of chaining a weight to him to keep him home. Court records say Michael and Cynthia Kobusch, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, are charged with child endangerment. The boy told investigators that once when his parents were away, Merfeld padlocked a chain around 36

April 20, 2017 1:38 AM Arkansas courts stay execution, block state from using lethal injection drug

In one case, a state court halted an execution scheduled for Thursday night, while a state judge separately barred the use of a lethal injection drug, potentially blocking all of the planned executions. The rulings come as Arkansas, seeking to carry out its first executions since 2005, has become the epicenter of capital punishment in the United States 75

April 19, 2017 8:18 PM Cash-strapped Venezuela a major funder of Trump inauguration

President Nicolas Maduro may be struggling to feed Venezuela but his socialist administration still managed to make a $500,000 donation to Donald Trump's inauguration. Records from Trump's inaugural committee released Wednesday show that Citgo Petroleum, a U.S. affiliate of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA, was one of the biggest corporate donors 36

April 19, 2017 7:41 PM It was huge: Trump inaugural drew slew of top-dollar checks

Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a bit of a mystery: What the $107 million was spent for and how much was left over — the excess, if any, to go to charity 46

April 19, 2017 6:01 PM APNewsBreak: Grand jury won't indict officer who shot at car

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A grand jury has refused to bring an attempted murder charge against a South Carolina police officer who stepped in front of a teen's car and then fired seven shots at the vehicle as it drove away. Court records show Solicitor Dan Johnson sought the indictment last week. The document doesn't say why authorities thought Forest Acres police 32

April 19, 2017 5:02 PM Stephen Colbert Does His Part for Transparency By Revealing a Fake White House Visitor Log

Stephen Colbert took the White House to task after last week's announcement that it would not make its visitor logs public, marking a break from predecessors. Officials told TIME that they anticipated criticism of the decision not to release the records, formally known as the Workers and Visitors Entry System, and that they got from late night television 45

April 19, 2017 9:49 AM The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say

While Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, was walking to a taxi station in Calexico, Calif., a Border Patrol agent on a bicycle stopped him, asking him for identification. Having accidentally left his wallet in a friend’s car, Montes claims he had no identification on him, and no way of proving his status as a “dreamer” allowing him to live in the United 48

April 19, 2017 4:52 AM Mexican’s immigration status is in dispute over deportation

SAN DIEGO — A 23-year-old man sued the federal government Tuesday over his deportation to Mexico, saying he was entitled to remain in the United States under a program that shields people who came to the country as young children. Juan Manuel Montes’ attorneys said their client is believed to be the first known person who qualifies for the Deferred Action 48

April 19, 2017 1:16 AM Trump moves to limit visa program for tech workers

Returning to his campaign pledge to protect American workers, President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that could reduce the supply of entry-level foreign workers that many companies say they need to fill technical jobs. Employers and immigration experts reacted warily to Trump’s order, praising some efforts at overhauling the technology 80

April 18, 2017 11:34 PM Steve King toasts 'Dreamer' deportation with beer tweet

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Tuesday praised federal agents for deporting the first “Dreamer” of President Trump’s tenure. Juan Manuel Montes, who first arrived in the U.S. at age 9, is reportedly now in his native Mexico despite having been part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, according to USA Today. DACA lets qualifying 68