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July 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has picked a favorite of the Republican legal establishment, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. With Kavanaugh, Trump is replacing a swing vote on the nine-member court with a staunch conservative already being cheered by top Republican senators. The Democratic leader in the Senate, New York’s Chuck Schumer, has wasted no time to say he’ll oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination.

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The Thai official overseeing the effort to rescue members of a teen soccer team trapped in a flooded cave says a third rescue operation has begun and aims to bring out the remaining four boys and their coach. The Chiang Rai governor says the rescue mission involves 19 divers. He said a medic and three SEALS in the cave, who’ve been looking after those trapped, will also come out.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s four-nation European tour has allies fretting over the risk of damage he could do to the decades-old NATO alliance. They’re also worried about his potential embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin during a summit in Helsinki. The trip that begins Tuesday in Brussels will also take Trump to London, where Prime Minister Theresa May’s government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles federal judge has rejected a Trump administration request to detain immigrant families together, calling it a “cynical” attempt to undo a longstanding court settlement. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said Monday that the federal government had failed to present new evidence to support revising a court order that limits the detention of children who crossed the border illegally.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A group still angry South Carolina removed a Confederate flag from the Statehouse lawn is again temporarily raising the rebel banner at the capitol. The South Carolina Secessionist Party says it will fly the Confederate flag on a temporary pole for several hours Tuesday.

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