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U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, left, walks out of the Tornillo, Texas, international port of entry with Sen. Jeff Merkley, center, and other Democratic members of a Congress, Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., , front right, and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-HI, back right, who visited a remote tent city where several thousand immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million a day Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The lawmakers urged the nonprofit running the facility not to renew a federal contract that expires Dec. 31, a longshot request that could effectively shutter the camp.  (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP)
O'Rourke, other Dems don't want tent city's contract renewedRep. Beto O'Rourke, other Democrats tour remote tent city where 2,700 immigrant teens are being held at a cost of roughly $1 million per day
The Associated Press2 hours ago
FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, State District Court Judge Ralph Strother leaves his courtroom at the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco, Texas. Judge Strother who accepted a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The District Attorney overseeing the case holds two Baylor degrees. The prosecutor who proposed the plea agreement graduated from Baylor law school. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP File)
Baylor ties pervade rape case that sparked uproarLocal leaders say plea deal allowing former Baylor student to serve no jail time highlights outsized influence alumni play in shaping local criminal justice system
The Associated Press3 hours ago
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018 file photo, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, speaks at the Statehouse, in Indianapolis. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb wants Indiana off a short list of five states that do not have a hate crimes law. But as the annual legislative session in this deeply conservative state nears, some caution that the debate could spiral into a bitter culture war. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Indiana governor says passing hate crime law 'long overdue'Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb is pushing for Indiana to join the 45 states that have hate crime laws
The Associated Press4 hours ago
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2018, file photo, Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr., poses for a portrait outside his home in Bladenboro, N.C. State investigators have described Dowless as a “person of interest” in their probe into 2018 voting irregularities involving absentee ballots. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File)
Worries about ballot security overshadow disputed House raceDemocrats and Republicans concede a do-over election might be needed in disputed North Carolina congressional race after warnings about the potential for voter fraud in a rural county went unheeded for years
The Associated Press5 hours ago
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016, file photo, helicopters fight the Soberanes Fire west of Cachagua, Calif. When a fire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground. The so-called Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls "an extreme example of excessive, unaccountable, budget-busting suppression spending that is causing a fiscal crisis in the U.S. Forest Service." (Vern Fisher/The Monterey County Herald via AP, File)
Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fightA new report criticizes decisions made to stop a 2016 fire in California's Big Sur area that became the costliest wildfire fight in U.S. history
The Associated Press8 hours ago
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