AP-TX--Texas News Digest 12 am, TX
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HOUSTON — The mother of a toddler who died weeks after being released from the nation’s largest family detention center filed a legal claim seeking $60 million from the U.S. government for the child’s death. Attorneys for Yazmin Juarez submitted the claim against multiple agencies. Juarez’s 1-year-old daughter, Mariee, died in May. Juarez’s lawyers said Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. They accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of releasing the pair while Mariee was still sick. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 300 words, photos.
HOUSTON — President Donald Trump’s administration said it would appeal a judge’s order barring it from enforcing a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, after the president’s attack on the judge prompted an extraordinary rebuke from the nation’s chief justice. The Justice Department has filed a notice saying it will appeal the order to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It also asked the judge to stay his order pending the appeal. Trump criticized the 9th Circuit last week as biased and dismissed the judge who ruled against him — an appointee of Trump’s predecessor — as an “Obama judge.” By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 650 words, photos.
TIJUANA, Mexico — As Mexico wrestles with what to do with more than 5,000 Central American migrants camped out at a sports complex in the border city of Tijuana, President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government has signaled that it would be willing to house the migrants on Mexican soil while they apply for asylum in the United States — a key demand of U.S. President Donald Trump. Mexico’s new foreign minister also called on the Trump administration to contribute to development projects to help create jobs in Central America to stem the flow of migrants from the impoverished region, suggesting an appropriate figure would start at $20 billion. By Christopher Sherman and E. Eduardo Castillo. SENT: 970 words, photos, video. Moved on national general news services.
WASHINGTON — With a partial government shutdown looming in just 10 days, President Donald Trump is meeting with Republican leaders to hash out a spending plan that includes funding for Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico. Trump is seeking $5 billion for the wall and has said it could be a “good time” for a shutdown if he doesn’t receive the funding he wants. The wall was a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign. By Matthew Daly. SENT: 650 words, photos. Moved on national general and political news services.
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OIL PIPELINE-PROTESTER INJURY
BISMARCK, N.D. — A New York City woman who suffered a severe arm injury protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota two years ago is suing law enforcement even though she does not yet have evidence that might help her prove law officers were to blame. The pipeline is operated by a Dallas-based company. By Blake Nicholson. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— PITTSBURGH THREAT-NFL PLAYOFFS — Federal prosecutors say a San Antonio man who threatened to go through with a mass shooting and suicide at an NFL playoff game in Pittsburgh has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. SENT: 150 words. Moved on general and sports news services.
— OKLAHOMA TURNPIKE-TEXAS — Oklahoma travelers with Pikepass stickers on their vehicles can now use the payment tags on more Texas tollways. SENT: 110 words.
— GREEK SHIPPERS-OIL DISCHARGES — U.S. prosecutors say two Greek shipping companies must pay a $4 million fine for not reporting illegal oil discharges by a tanker operating last year in Texas ports. SENT: 120 words. Moved on general and financial news services.
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