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July 29, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans police chief says two armed individuals wearing hoodies walked up to a crowd gathered outside a strip mall Saturday evening and opened fire, killing three people and wounding seven more. Chief Michael Harrison told reporters the shooters appear to have fired indiscriminately into the crowd. He says one had a rifle and the other a handgun, and before fleeing they took time to stand over one person.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump says there are “consequences when people cross our Border illegally,” and that many who do so are “using children for their own sinister purposes.” Trump’s tweet Sunday came several days after the government said more than 1,800 children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border have been reunited with parents and sponsors after a federal judge ordered the reunions. Hundreds of children still remain separated.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies pursuing exemptions from President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their requests. The president of one company calls objections raised by U.S. Steel and Nucor to his waiver request “literal untruths.” His alarm is echoed by other executives and is evidence of the backlash over how the administration is evaluating bids to be excused from the tariff.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen and environmentalists are at odds over changes to American fishing laws approved by the House of Representatives. The House passed changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, a 42-year-old set of rules designed to protect American fisheries from overharvest. Environmental groups say the changes defeat the purpose of the act, which many credit with saving American fish stocks. Supporters and some fishing groups say the changes merely provide managers with flexibility and refocus the act on sound science.

SODUS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that killed five children and their mother at a Michigan motel appears to have been an accident. The Berrien County sheriff’s office says experts found no evidence of an accelerant that would have started the deadly blaze early Saturday at the Cosmo Extended Stay Motel in Sodus (SOH’-dihs) Township. The precise cause still is under investigation.

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