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Court: Mother and daughter deported to Guatemala need to be returned to U.S. immediately

Court: return mother and daughter from GuatemalaA mother and her 12-year-old daughter who were deported to Guatemala on Friday need to be immediately returned to the United States, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge ordered.

In a rare move, Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has order U.S. officials to search for the 34-year-old mother, Ana, and her daughter, who were pulled from their rooms at a Pennsylvania family detention center at 3 a.m. Friday and placed on a plane flying to Panama City.


Derecho: Strong Storms Cause Damage Across Midwest

Derecho windsSouth Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the state capitol, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Haley is set to speak at a press conference at 4 p.m. ET Monday. According to CNN and AP, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will join the governor and call for the flag to be placed in a museum.

Graham previously said the flag "is part of who we are," but that he would be "fine" with taking the symbol down.


Darryl Hamilton, Ex-MLB Player, Killed In Apparent Murder-Suicide

Darryl HamiltonMajor League Baseball analyst and former player Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a suburban Houston apartment on Sunday, gunned down in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

Cops found the bodies of 50-year-old Hamilton and Monica Jordan, 44, in Jordan's home at about 4:45 p.m., the Houston Chronicle reported. Cops were responding to a 911 call about a disturbance at the address, and found Hamilton dead in the front entryway, and Jordan dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in another room.


Pentagon reprimands Army general after 3-year misconduct investigation

Maj. Gen. Dana PittardFollowing a lengthy investigation by the U.S. Department of Defense, a key Army commander who was responsible for training Iraqis to fight the Islamic State was reprimanded earlier this year by the Pentagon for misconduct and will result in his retirement, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

According to Defense Department documents obtained by the Post through the Freedom of Information Act, Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard was the subject of a three-year probe that concluded he engaged in misconduct by steering a defense contract to a firm operated by two former West Point classmates.


Society calls for Scottish fracking review

scottish frackingHydraulic fracturing in Scotland could give the Edinburgh government some autonomy over the energy sector with few environmental impacts, a policy paper read.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the premier scientific academy in Scotland, said the controversial drilling practice known also as fracking offers Scotland important options for onshore natural gas.


EU ministers launch navy operation against migrant traffickers

EU luanches migrant trafficking operationThe European Union began a naval operation Monday to try to stop human traffickers from bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy boats, a lucrative and sometimes deadly practice.

More than 100,000 migrants have entered Europe so far this year, with some 2,000 dead or missing during the perilous quest to reach the continent. Dozens of boats set off from lawless Libya each week, with most heading for Italy and Greece.


High court strikes down raisin program as unconstitutional

rasin farmer ruling from SCThe Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional.

In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said forcing raisin growers to give up part of their annual crop without full payment is an illegal confiscation of private property.

The ruling is a victory for California farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, who claimed they were losing money under a 1940s-era program they call outdated and ineffective. They were fined $695,000 for trying to get around the program.


Germany releases Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour

Ahmed Mansour freedGerman authorities have released Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, who had been detained at Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian government.

Mansour's lawyers, who told Al Jazeera of the German decision, were expected to meet him following his release on Monday.

Earlier reports had said a court in Germany was about to consider Egypt's request to extradite Mansour, one of the Arab world's most respected journalists.


UN report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes

UN Gaza ReportA much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict.

Both Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers quickly rejected the report's findings, which said Palestinian militants targeted civilians in their rocket attacks, while Israeli forces likely used "disproportionate" force in civilian areas of the Gaza Strip — both identified by the U.N. committee as potential war crimes.


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