Trump official: Statue of Liberty’s poem is about Europeans

WASHINGTON — A top Trump administration official says that the famous inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants into the country is about “people coming from Europe” and that America is looking to receive migrants “who can stand on their own two feet.” The comments on Tuesday from Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of […]

New Mexico man pleads guilty in Delaware swatting case

WILMINGTON — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to making interstate bomb threats against an elementary school and a Walmart in southern Delaware. Twenty-nine-year-old Stephen Scott Landes of Roswell, New Mexico, entered the plead Monday in federal court in Wilmington. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing in November. Prosecutors say […]

Epstein death shifts federal focus to conspirators in alleged sex abuse

NEW YORK — In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide , federal prosecutors in New York have shifted their focus to possible charges against anyone who assisted or enabled him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse. Two days after the 66-year-old financier’s death in a New York jail where he was awaiting […]

China’s Xi gets tougher on Trump after new tariff threat

BEIJING — Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down. Beijing fired what economists called a “warning shot” at Washington by letting its yuan currency weaken in response to President Donald Trump’s latest threat of more punitive import duties on Sept. 1. Chinese buyers canceled […]

Hong Kong airport shuts down amid pro-democracy protest

HONG KONG — One of the world’s busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators crowded into Hong Kong’s main terminal Monday, while the central government in Beijing issued an ominous characterization of the protest movement as something approaching “terrorism.” The extreme action by the largely leaderless movement seemed calculated to prompt a […]

US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration moved on Monday to weaken how it applies the 45-year-old Endangered Species Act, ordering changes that critics said will speed the loss of animals and plants at a time of record global extinctions. The action, which expands the administration’s rewrite of U.S. environmental laws, is the latest that targets […]

Suspect in Norway mosque attack smirks in court appearance

A Norwegian man suspected of killing his stepsister and then storming an Oslo mosque with a gun appeared in court Monday with a smirk on his bruised face as evidence grew that he sought to emulate attacks by white supremacists in the U.S. and New Zealand. Security experts believe Philip Manshaus is the latest example […]

New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove […]

Muslims clash with Israeli police at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM — Muslim worshippers and Israeli police clashed Sunday at a major Jerusalem holy site during prayers marking the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha. Palestinian medics said at least 14 people were wounded, one seriously, in the skirmishes with police at the site, which Muslims refer to as the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and Jews refer […]

Epstein questions deepen after report that jail broke rules

NEW YORK — Jail staff failed to follow protocols leading up to Jeffrey Epstein’s death , according to a report from The New York Times, deepening the fallout from what led to the highly connected financier’s apparent suicide. Epstein should have been checked on by guards in his cell every 30 minutes, but that didn’t […]