Detained Mexican in Seattle pushed into immigration debate
Latin America & the Caribbean / National

Detained Mexican in Seattle pushed into immigration debate

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina say he was asleep in a suburban Seattle house last week morning when immigration agents showed up to arrest his father, who authorities described as a previously deported felon. Despite Ramirez’s participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, … Continue reading

Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules
Politics

Congressional Republicans move to dismantle Obama rules

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s rules on the environment, gun ownership and financial disclosure as they look to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during the Democrat’s presidency. House Republicans are expected to vote Wednesday, Feb. 2, to scuttle a new regulation … Continue reading

Obama honors Mel Brooks, others in arts and humanities
Art / Arts & Entertainment / Celebrities

Obama honors Mel Brooks, others in arts and humanities

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday paid tribute to comedian Mel Brooks, chef Jose Andres, NPR interviewer Terry Gross and others at a White House ceremony celebrating “creators who give every piece of themselves to their craft.” The three were among two dozen artists, writers, playwrights and performers awarded the 2015 National Medals … Continue reading

Obama meets with Laotian president
Politics

Obama meets with Laotian president

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama’s trip to Asia (all times local): 10:30 a.m. President Barack Obama is meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachit on the first visit to the Southeast Asian country by a sitting American president. Obama arrived at the Presidential Palace in Vientiane in the pouring rain Tuesday. … Continue reading