Washington, D.C.

Deportations are lowest since 2006

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006, according to government figures obtained by the Associated Press. Deportations of criminal immigrants have fallen to the lowest levels since President Obama took office in 2009, despite his pledge to focus on finding and deporting criminals living in the country illegally. The overall total of 231,000 deportations includes roughly 136,700 convicted criminals deported in the last 12 months. Total deportations dropped 42 percent since 2012.


Boy, 11, charged with murder in girl's death

An 11-year-old boy killed his 8-year-old neighbor with a shotgun in an argument over puppies, according to authorities in Jefferson County. The 11-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the girl's death. Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig said each child had a puppy. The 11-year-old "wanted to see the 8-year-old's, and she said no, and then he went and retrieved a gun," McCoig said. The boy fired the 12-gauge shotgun from inside of his house, striking the girl as she stood in her yard, according to the sheriff. The gun, which was stored in a closet without locks, belonged to the boy's father.


Death Valley ties wettest day on record

The official weather station at Death Valley National Park — known for its extreme heat — recorded a preliminary total of 0.55 inches of rain Monday, tying the wettest 24-hour period on record. It has only rained that much in 24 hours two times in the past — on Oct. 3-4, 1972 (also an El Niño year), and before that on Oct. 16-17, 1934. The downpour also set a record for the Oct. 4-5 period. The previous record for the period was 0.2 inches in 1912.

New York

U.N. president accused of accepting bribes

A former president of the U.N. General Assembly turned the world body into a "platform for profit" by accepting over $1 million in bribes and a trip to New Orleans from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday. John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post as head of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014, faces tax fraud charges in what authorities call a conspiracy with five others.


Military destroys homes of suspected militants

The Israeli military has demolished the homes of two Palestinian militants in east Jerusalem, the army's first concrete steps following a late night Cabinet meeting in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a "strong hand" to quell recent deadly attacks. The demolitions come amid weeks of heightened Palestinian unrest in east Jerusalem and the West Bank and a bloody holiday weekend in which four Israelis were killed in shooting and stabbing attacks. Israeli forces have killed four Palestinians amid violent protests.

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