Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Add the director of national intelligence to the list of Trump administration officials who say they didn’t write the anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times that said an internal “resistance” was working to thwart some of President Donald Trump’s efforts. Dan Coats says speculation that either he or his top deputy was the author is “patently false.”
CINCINNATI (AP) — Police say four people are dead, including the gunman, in a downtown Cincinnati bank shooting. Police Chief Eliot Isaac said the shooter opened fire early Thursday morning at the loading dock of the Fifth Third Bank building. Isaac said the gunman then entered the bank’s lobby where he exchanged gunfire with police. One of the victims died at the scene. Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the gunman was “actively shooting innocent victims” and that it was a “horrific” scene.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to circumvent a longstanding court agreement on how children are treated in immigration custody. That means families will be kept in detention longer. The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it would terminate the agreement, which requires the government to release immigrant children generally after 20 days in detention. Advocates for immigrant families have opposed Trump’s detention policies.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging senators to reject the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, the group’s chairman, says Kavanaugh would weaken protections under the Voting Rights Act.
GUCHENG, China (AP) — When a friend offered a Myanmar teenager a job in China, she thought she had found a way to support her impoverished family. Within days, though, she was drugged and dragged nearly 3,000 kilometers (2,000 miles) away to a rural house deep in China. When she finally escaped six years later, she returned home traumatized with stories of abuse, rape — and the son she had to leave behind. The Chinese family denies the allegations.