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|U.S. justices weigh immigrant's bid to avoid deportation over sex conviction - |
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday considered a Mexican immigrant's claim that he should not be deported for having consensual sex with his under-age girlfriend, with several justices indicating sympathy for his plight. The case involving Juan Esquivel-Quintana, a lawful permanent U.S. resident who came to the country at age 12, was argued before the eight justices as President Donald Trump's administration plans to ramp up deportations and broaden the categories of immigrants targeted.
|U.S. Jewish centers report another wave of hoax bomb threats: NBC - |
At least 16 Jewish community centers and schools around the United States reported receiving bomb threats on Monday, NBC News reported, the fifth wave of such threats this year that have stoked fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitism. The threats, all of which appeared to be hoaxes, were received at centers in North Carolina, Delaware, Alabama, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida and Indiana, according to NBC News. The JCC Association, an umbrella group for U.S. Jewish community centers, confirmed there had been a number of threats, but was still compiling details.
|Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House - |
A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State has been delivered to the White House and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will brief senior administration officials later on Monday, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that it was the framework for a broader plan and looked at Islamic State around the world, not just Iraq and Syria. Davis said the plan would define what defeating Islamic State meant and was one that would rapidly defeat the militant group.
|Trump seeks 'historic' increase of 9 percent in U.S. military's budget - |
President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" increase in military spending of more than 9 percent, a huge rise even as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power. Trump will seek to boost Pentagon spending in the next fiscal year by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid, a White House budget official said on Monday. The president does not have the final say on federal spending.
|Minnesota officer pleads not guilty in shooting death of black motorist - |
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who according to media reports is Latino, entered a not guilty plea during a hearing at the Ramsey County District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, for the shooting death of Philando Castile, said Beau Berentson, spokesman for the state court administration office. Castile, 32, was killed on July 6 in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights during a traffic stop. The shooting, along with that of a black man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the day before, fueled public debate in the United States over the use of excessive force by law enforcement.