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His name is Johan.

He drank a bottle of milk and played with a purple ball as he waited for the immigration judge, The Associated Press reported.

John W. Richardson, the judge at the Phoenix courthouse, said he was "embarrassed to ask" if the defendant understood the proceedings. "I don't know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law," he told Johan's attorney.

Investigating Flood Insurance

Jul 8, 2018

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In the shadow of remote Dry Mountain in central Oregon, branding is the only way to guarantee a fair sorting of cattle among ranchers in the fall. Ear tags can rub off in the rough, sage-studded country.

So each year, before cattle are let out to graze on the summer range, the young are branded, castrated and vaccinated. Neighbors gather in the early morning to do the work.

In June, 17-year-old Ahmed Burhan Mohamed recited passages of the Quran nearly perfectly in front of a panel of judges.

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Richmond's Confederate Monuments

Jul 8, 2018

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The Steelworkers Argument For Tariffs

Jul 7, 2018

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Now we'll hear from one of the groups that supports the tariffs. We're joined now by Holly Hart. She's legislative director and assistant to the president of United Steelworkers.

Holly, thanks so much for talking with us.

HOLLY HART: Well, thank you for having me.

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We're turning now to Jeff Padnos. His grandfather started the family business, Padnos Recycling, in 1905. He's with us on the line now from Holland, Mich., where the company is based.

Mr. Padnos, thanks so much for joining us once again.

Is 'Trade War' Accurate?

Jul 7, 2018

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Sandra Lopez hasn't left the house for eight months. If she does, she could be deported.

People come to her instead; the English tutor might stop by one day, the yoga instructor the next. Lopez says these visits are welcome distractions from the boredom that comes with being in sanctuary.

"When you enter sanctuary, you know the date, the hour, the minute, but you don't know when you're going to leave," says Lopez, who's originally from Mexico. "It could be months. It could be years."

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David Wessel, let me turn back to you now. We just heard Holly Hart of the United Steelworkers say that there have been new hires in the steel industry since these recent tariffs took effect. Can you tell us what you know about that?

Updated at 10:02 p.m. ET Sunday

A U.S. service member was killed and two others wounded in what NATO and Pentagon officials are calling "an apparent insider attack" in southern Afghanistan.

In a statement on Sunday, the Pentagon identified the dead solider as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, Calif. He died Saturday "from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack" in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.

Excessive heat and fire warnings remain in effect from the National Weather Service across much of California, where crews are battling a number of powerful wildfires.

As of Saturday morning, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said, there were close to a dozen fires that crews were working to contain. A map from the department shows they span from the Oregon border south to San Diego County, and from the west, in Santa Barbara County, to the east, on the border with Nevada.

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A man almost ran over a campaign volunteer with his car after threatening to kill supporters of President Trump and Rep. Lee Zeldin at the New York Republican congressman's campaign headquarters on Long Island on Friday, police said.

Lots of controversial cases at the intersection of religion and the law wind up before the Supreme Court.

And, for most of U.S. history, the court, like the country, was dominated by Protestant Christians. But today, it is predominantly Catholic and Jewish.

It has become more conservative and is about to get even more so with President Trump's expected pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is stepping down from the court at the end of July.

The island of Vieques, Puerto Rico, is an isolated place known both for its remote beaches and the decades during which the U.S. Navy used those beaches for bombing runs and training exercises.

Vieques has long been a hard place to stay for locals, but a good place for visitors. Now, nine months after Hurricane Maria, that dynamic is even more at play.

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Media Coverage And The Supreme Court

Jul 7, 2018

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Air Force Faces Pilot Shortage

Jul 7, 2018

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Federal prosecutors said Friday they will drop all of the remaining cases stemming from the Inauguration Day demonstrations in Washington, D.C. last year.

As NPR reported then, a protest turned confrontational when a small number of "black-clad protesters broke windows and police responded with pepper spray and a concussive device."

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ACLU Family Separation Hearing

Jul 6, 2018

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Trade War Draws Lines In Congress

Jul 6, 2018

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China, U.S. Plunge Into Trade War

Jul 6, 2018

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The World Cup Quarterfinals

Jul 6, 2018

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And we are down to just six teams left in the World Cup. Today was the start of the quarterfinals. Belgium is through. That's thanks to a 2-1 win over Brazil. France is also on its way to the semis after defeating Uruguay 2-nil.

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Smack in the middle of the Florida peninsula, Lake Okeechobee, one of the largest lakes in the U.S., has a nagging problem. Nearly every year now, large blooms of algae form in the lake.

On a recent visit, even Steve Davis, a senior ecologist with the Everglades Foundation, was surprised.

"Oh my gosh," he exclaimed, "look how thick this blue-green mat is right here."

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