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Collins opposes a nominee who would overturn abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Susan Collins says she would oppose any nominee she believed would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

She would be a key vote on President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court in the closely divided Senate.

The White House is focusing on five to seven potential candidates to fill the vacancy of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the court. The Maine senator said Sunday that she would only back a judge who would show respect for settled law such as the 45-year-old Roe decision, which has long been anathema to conservatives.


Police: Motive unclear in birthday party stabbing attack

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Several families who had fled danger and violence overseas were enjoying a 3-year-old’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho, when a man ran up and began chasing and stabbing the children and the adults who tried to intervene.

The attack Saturday night was at an apartment complex that is home to refugee families.

Nine people were injured, including the birthday girl and five other children ranging in age from 4 to 12.

Thirty-year-old Timmy Kinner was arrested a short distance away. He has been charged with several felonies.

Boise Police Chief William Bones says Kinner, who is not a refugee, had recently been asked to leave the complex after staying there for a short time.

Bones says there’s no evidence that the attack was a hate crime.


Tearful reunion for mom, daughter separated at border

MIAMI (AP) — After being separated at the U.S. border nearly two months ago, a Guatemalan woman has been reunited with her 7-year-old daughter.

Buena Ventura Martin Godinez held her daughter Janne in a tight embrace at a Miami airport Sunday during a reunion she had feared may never happen.

Fleeing violent Guatemalan gangsters, Martin carried her infant son from Mexico into the U.S in May. Her husband followed two weeks later with the young girl.

But the family was caught by the Border Patrol and scattered about under President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. Her husband awaits almost certain deportation at a jail in Atlanta. Martin was held for a week with her baby in detention facilities before she was released with a monitoring device.

Her daughter was placed in the custody of welfare officials in Michigan.


APNewsBreak: Border Patrol arrests drop sharply in June

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that Border Patrol arrests fell sharply in June to the lowest level since February, ending a streak of four straight monthly increases.

The drop may reflect seasonal trends or it could signal that President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy to criminally prosecute every adult who enters the country illegally is having a deterrent effect.

The agency made more than 34,000 arrests on the border with Mexico during June, down 16 percent from more than 40,000 in May. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the numbers are not yet intended for public release.

Arrests were still more than double from roughly 16,000 in June 2017, but the sharp decline from spring could undercut the Trump administration’s narrative of a border in crisis.


Divers with extra supplies advance in Thai cave passageway

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers are advancing in the main passageway inside the flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing more than a week.

Thai navy SEALs said in a Facebook post early Monday that divers since Sunday night had reached a bend where the kilometer- (half-mile-) long passage splits in two directions.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach entered Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23. Heavy rains that flooded key passages are believed to have trapped the soccer players and have thwarted their rescue.

The divers, supplied with rope and extra oxygen, are aiming for a sandy chamber on higher ground in the cave, where they hope the 13 were able to stay dry.


I never said that! High-tech deception of ‘deepfake’ videos

WASHINGTON (AP) — New technology on the internet lets anyone make videos of real people appearing to say things they’ve never said.

Republicans and Democrats predict this high-tech way of putting words in someone’s mouth will become the latest weapon in disinformation wars against the United States and other Western democracies.

This technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos that appear so genuine it’s hard to spot what is phony. Lawmakers and intelligence officials worry that the bogus videos — called deepfakes — could be used to threaten national security or interfere in elections, including the U.S. midterms this fall.

Realizing the implications, U.S. defense researchers are developing technologies that can detect fake images and videos. Right now, it takes extensive analysis to identify phony videos.


LeBron agrees to 4-year, $154 million contract with Lakers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time to join one of the NBA’s most iconic franchises.

James’ agency made the announcement Sunday in a release, saying he has agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract. The game’s best all-around player and biggest star will now lead a young Lakers team that has been overmatched in recent years while rebuilding but will instantly rise with James.

Los Angeles also provides James with a larger platform for his business interests and social activism.

This is the third time in eight years James has changed teams. He returned to the Cavs in 2014 after four seasons in Miami.

The 33-year-old had previously said he wanted to finish his career in Ohio, and although he’s leaving home again, Cleveland fans are more forgiving after he ended the city’s 52-year sports championship drought in 2016.


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The Latest: AP source says Sabres trade O’Reilly to Blues

A person with direct knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres acquired two draft picks, including a 2019 first-rounder, and three players in dealing center Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues.

Buffalo also acquired veteran centers Vladimir Sobotka and Patrik Berglund, and center Tage Thompson, the Blues first-round pick in the 2016 draft.

Buffalo also acquired a second-round selection in 2021.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow


US plans for dismantling NKorea nukes may face resistance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. That from President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton on Sunday.

But U.S. intelligence is reporting signs that Pyongyang doesn’t intend to fully give up its arsenal.

Bolton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo will be discussing that plan with North Korea in the near future. Bolton added that it would be to the North’s advantage to cooperate to see sanctions lifted quickly and aid from South Korea and Japan start to flow.


The Latest: Mexico’s AMLO claims win in presidential vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has claimed victory in Mexico’s presidential election, calling for reconciliation after what he called a “historic day.”

Lopez Obrador vows that profound change is coming, but says individual and property rights will be guaranteed. He promises respect for the autonomy of the Bank of Mexico and says his government will maintain financial and fiscal discipline.

He also says contracts obtained under energy reforms will be scrutinized for any corruption or illegality, but there will be no confiscation or expropriation of property.

The candidate spoke late Sunday shortly after electoral authorities announced that a quick count forecast he had won over half the votes, a remarkable mandate not seen in the country for many years.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised message to the nation that he had congratulated Lopez Obrador.

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