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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom hear the stories of three migrants who fled El Salvador due to violence and poverty and tried to reach the United States with last year's migrant caravans, during his visit to La Chacra Immigration Center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Monday, April 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
April 09, 2019 - 1:09 am
PANCHIMALCO, El Salvador (AP) — David Escobar Fuentes fled El Salvador because gangs were extorting his ranching family, while Bryon Melgar Menjivar wanted to escape the pressure to join a gang that started when he was 15. Sandra Monroy headed north for a good job. They told California Gov. Gavin...
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, second from right, walks out with San Salvador Mayor Ernesto Muyshondtof, far left, after they visited the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero at Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador, Sunday, April 7, 2019. Behind are, from left, Karla Belismelis de Muyshondt, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California state Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
April 07, 2019 - 10:44 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Sunday his visit to El Salvador serves as a counter-narrative to what he called President Donald Trump's demoralizing and toxic rhetoric about Central American migrants. "Right now you have a president that talks down to people,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo, a migrant woman helps carry a handmade U.S. flag up the riverbank at the Mexico-U.S. border after getting past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, as a group of migrants tries to reach the U.S. Activists, officials and social workers in Central America were staggered by the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump thinks he will help reduce immigration, by cutting off nearly $500 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador; exactly the opposite will happen, they say. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
April 02, 2019 - 7:19 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Government officials, aid workers and activists in Central America are mystified by U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to cut off nearly $500 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to what he calls an immigration crisis. Over time, they...
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This undated photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Eric Holder. Los Angeles police are seeking Holder, who they believe shot and killed rapper Nipsey Hussle Sunday, March 31, 2019, outside the rapper's clothing store where he was trying to remake his community. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
April 02, 2019 - 5:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Tuesday arrested the man suspected of fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle, authorities said. Eric Holder, 29, had been on the run for two days before he was captured in Bellflower, a Los Angeles-area city about 20 miles southeast of where Hussle was gunned down two...
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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Thomas Kokoraleis. The convicted murderer who is suspected of being a member of the notorious "Ripper Crew" that brutally killed as many as 20 women in the 1980s is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 29, 2019. Kokoraleis was initially sentenced to life in prison for the 1982 slaying of 21-year-old Lorry Ann Borowski. But after his appeal request was granted, prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty in exchange for serving half of his 70-year prison term.(Illinois Department of Corrections via AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 11:26 am
AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of the Illinois city of Aurora said he was "blindsided" when a convicted murderer and reputed member of the "Ripper Crew" registered as sex offender to live at a facility in the Chicago suburb. Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin said he hopes Wayside Cross Ministries...
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Fans of rapper Nipsey Hussle mourn his death at a makeshift memorial on the parking lot of the Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles, Monday, April 1, 2019. Hussle was killed on Sunday in a shooting outside the clothing store he founded in South Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
April 02, 2019 - 1:55 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say they have identified a man suspected of gunning down Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store the rapper hoped would be a catalyst for reviving the impoverished Los Angeles community where he grew up. Police said late Monday that they are searching for Eric...
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In this Dec. 27, 2018, photo, video blogger Shawn Cotton, left, poses for a portrait with rapper Wayne Walker, who performs under the stage name 30 Rich, after Cotton interviewed Walker for his YouTube channel “Say Cheese TV,” in Fort Worth, Texas. The killing of Zack Stoner, a pioneer in a new genre of news in which videographers interview street gangs and rappers in high-crime areas, has unnerved other gangland reporters nationwide, including Cotton. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)
March 04, 2019 - 5:50 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips into his pocket. Cotton, 28, quit his $7-an-...
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February 23, 2019 - 11:09 pm
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also...
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Supporters of the Grand National Alliance for Unity cheer for their presidential candidate Nayib Bukele in San Salvador, El Salvador, Feb. 3, 2019. Bukele, a former mayor of El Salvador's capital, was making a strong run Sunday to end a quarter century of two-party dominance in the crime-plagued Central American nation. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
February 03, 2019 - 11:02 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A former mayor of El Salvador's capital romped to victory in Sunday's presidential election, winning more votes than his two closest rivals combined to end a quarter century of two-party dominance in the crime-plagued Central America nation. The Supreme Electoral...
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In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Honduran asylum seekers enter the U.S. at San Diego's Otay Mesa port of entry, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. A federal judge has blocked restrictive Trump administration policies that prevented some immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
December 19, 2018 - 7:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that then-Attorney...
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