Saturday, April 21, 2018
News Roundup

Court deportations drop 43 percent in past five years

Washington

Deportations drop 43 percent in past 5 years

Deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in the nation's immigration courts have declined steadily since 2009 and judges increasingly have ruled against deportations, leading to a 43 percent drop in the number of deportations through the courts in the past five years, according to Justice Department statistics released Wednesday. In 2013, judges ordered deportations in 105,064 cases nationwide. The statistics present a different picture of President Barack Obama's enforcement policies than the one painted by many immigrant advocates.

Bismarck, N.D.

Court overturns abortion limit

A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the law "invalid and unconstitutional." Abortion rights supporters called the law the most restrictive in the nation.

Abuja, Nigeria

Attack kills 20; most teens freed

Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more than 100 teenage students kidnapped on Tuesday are free.

Perth, Australia

Sub finishes first full plane search

A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner, authorities said today. Two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water. The Bluefin-21 covered 35 square miles of seabed in its first three missions, the search coordination center said. It said nothing of note had yet been discovered.

Huntsville, Texas

Man is executed for triple slayings

A man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a Corpus Christi home was executed Wednesday. Texas prison authorities lethally injected Jose Villegas, 39, after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. He is the third Texas inmate executed this year with a new stock of pentobarbital from a provider corrections officials won't identify.

Elsewhere

Washington: The freight railroad industry said Wednesday just a fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the Dec. 31, 2015, deadline set by Congress.

Jordan: Warplanes on Wednesday destroyed three vehicles trying to enter the country from neighboring Syria in an unusual strike that underscored Jordan's intensive efforts to maintain control over a border crisscrossed by smugglers, Syrian insurgents and refugees.

Wyoming: Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

Times wires

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Published: 04/21/18