Chinese court sentences U.S. businesswoman accused of spying

HOUSTON — An American woman detained during a business trip to China was convicted of spying and sentenced Tuesday to 3 years in prison, raising the possibility that she may be allowed to return home soon. Phan Phan-Gillis has faced an uncertain fate since March 2015, when she disappeared from her group traveling in southern China. She was later accused of espionage, which carries a possible death sentence. A United Nations panel has said her detention violated international norms, and the U.S. has long pressed China to resolve the case fairly. Her Chinese lawyer Shang Baojun told The Associated Press Wednesday that a deportation order has been issued, and that… Read More

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Arizona man convicted of killing best friend, woman, 4 kids

YUMA, Ariz. — An Arizona prisoner was convicted Tuesday of the gruesome killings of his best friend, the man’s girlfriend and her four young children 12 years ago in what prosecutors called a crime motivated by money. A jury found Preston Strong, 50, guilty of six counts of first-degree murder following a monthslong trial. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, and the jury will begin considering Strong’s eligibility Friday. Prosecutors said Strong, who is already serving a life sentence for a separate slaying, spent hours killing 35-year-old Luis Rios, 29-year-old Adrienne Heredia and her four children, ages 6 to 13, in Yuma in 2005. They said he suffocated Heredia and… Read More

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Immigration crackdown fears fuel uncertainty for undocumented students

JUDY WOODRUFF: About 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools each year. Most are protected from deportation because of an Obama administration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which allows those brought here illegally at a young age to go to school and get work permits. President Trump tried to reassure those young people, often called dreamers, again this week that he doesn’t plan to go after them. But a lawsuit filed last week claimed one dreamer has been deported, and DACA students are on edge. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of our partner Education Week traveled to Los Angeles and spoke to three DACA recipients to see… Read More

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Bernie Sanders says he could work with Trump on trade policy

On the campaign trail, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump both agreed that in order to revitalize the middle class, good-paying manufacturing jobs have to stay in America. As the White House moves forward with tax reform and trade policies, Sanders reaffirmed his commitment towards protecting middle-and-working-class Americans from large corporations, indicating it’s an area on which he’d be open to working with Trump. RELATED CONTENTTrump’s order on energy promises coal jobs and a clean environment. What does that look like?Trump approves Keystone XL, calling it ‘great day’ for jobsFactory jobs exist, CEOs tell Trump. Skills don’t. “We have lost our manufacturing base and it’s an issue that… Read More

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Column: I’m a teacher, a ‘Dreamer’ and I know why my students are scared

Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump vowed to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created under the Obama Administration. DACA provides temporary deportation stays and work permits to more than 750,0000 undocumented immigrants, people brought to the United States illegally as children. Katherine Huete is one such young person. She teaches junior high special education at a charter school in the Gage Park community of Chicago. Huete is in her second year of Teach for America, which has 100 undocumented members teaching 6,000 students across 11 states. Huete says Teach for America was one of the few places that recognized her skill set… Read More

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Did President Trump deliver on his 100-day contract with voters?

Trump’s road to the White House, paved in big, sometimes impossible pledges, has detoured onto a byway of promises deferred or left behind, an AP analysis found. Of 38 specific promises Trump made in his 100-day “contract” with voters — “This is my pledge to you” — he’s accomplished 10, mostly through executive orders that don’t require legislation, such as withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. He’s abandoned several and failed to deliver quickly on others, stymied at times by a divided Republican Party and resistant federal judges. Of 10 promises that require Congress to act, none has been achieved and most have not been introduced. In… Read More

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