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Ex-Officials: Israeli Leader Spurned Secret Peace Offer

(AP) — Israel’s prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, according to former U.S. officials.  The officials confirm that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a secret summit that Kerry organized in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba last February and […]

Trump Steps Up Security Aide Search, Focuses On Health Care

(AP) — President Donald Trump is stepping up his search for a national security adviser, with several interviews on tap today as the president continues his Florida weekend.  He’s also meeting with his health and budget chiefs to talk about health care. Meanwhile, Trump’s chief of staff used appearances on the Sunday news shows to […]

Times Square Rally Protests Trump Immigration Policies

(AP) — Over a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.  The “I Am A Muslim Too” rally was held in Times Square Sunday and was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.  The protesters waved […]

DHS Drafts Guidelines Aimed At Immigrants

(AP) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.  A pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly outline the plans under consideration. The memos dated Friday seek to implement President Donald Trump’s broad directive to crack down on illegal […]

Ex-CBP Officer Acquitted Of Attempted Murder

A Hidalgo County jury has found a former CBP officer not guilty of trying to kill his girlfriend’s brother.  Jurors deliberated less than two hours Friday before acquitting Randal Sutterfield of attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident three years ago. Sutterfield had shot Gustavo Guerra after a night […]

Parole Board Postpones Prison Release Date For Joe Lopez

He’s still getting paroled, but the release date for Brownsville-based Tejano star Joe Lopez has been pushed back another nine months. The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole has ordered Lopez to complete a 9-month sex offender treatment program, which means Lopez won’t be out of prison until about a year from now. Lopez, who […]

Federal Grant Awarded To Assist Construction Of The Raymondville Drain

Hidalgo County has been awarded a $7 million federal grant that will go toward the construction of a second floodway. The new floodway, dubbed the Raymondville Drain, is to be constructed north of the existing IBWC floodway – providing another wide channel for floodwaters to drain into the Laguna Madre. The grant will enable Hidalgo […]

Woman At Center Of Roe v. Wade Dead At 69

(AP) – Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” at the center of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, has died. She was 69.  Journalist Joshua Prager, who is working on a book about McCorvey, says she died Saturday morning at an assisted living center in Katy, Texas. Although McCorvey was the plaintiff in […]

Spain Rescues 112 Migrants Off Libyan Coast, 36 More At Sea

(AP) – Spain’s defense ministry says one of its naval ships has rescued 112 migrants off the coast of Libya.  The Spanish frigate Canarias found the migrants’ vessel adrift on Saturday morning, according to the ministry, which says all 112 of the migrants were male and “the large majority” were from sub-Saharan Africa.  The frigate […]

Thousands In Barcelona Urge Spain To Take In More Refugees

(AP) – Thousands of protesters are marching in Barcelona to demand that Spain’s conservative-led government increase efforts to take in more refugees who have fled the war in Syria and other violent conflicts.  Spain has taken in just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to accept.  Marchers on Saturday held a large […]