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‘No choice but to act’: Trump directs troops sent to border

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has directed the deployment of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, saying the situation has reached “a point of crisis.” In a memo authorizing the move, Trump said Wednesday that “the lawlessness that continues at our southern border is fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the…

County planning board recommends rejecting wind project

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – The Davison County Planning Commission has recommended rejecting a wind project between Mitchell and Mount Vernon. The Daily Republic reports the panel voted 4-3 Tuesday against giving conditional use permits for the nine-turbine wind project in Beulah Township. The vote was only a recommendation to Davison County commissioners, who will weigh the project April 10. The…

Iowa case dropped after feds charge Sioux City man

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – A man arrested on drug and weapons charges after a Sioux City slaying now faces federal charges. A U.S. District Court record filed Tuesday says 60-year-old Liborio Martinez-Rubio is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and with a firearms crime. The Iowa charges have been dropped. He was arrested Jan. 11, hours after 26-year-old Javier…

US says its military mission in Syria nears end

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says the U.S. military mission to eradicate the Islamic State group in Syria is coming to a “rapid end” but offers no timetable for withdrawal. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he wants to bring troops home to start rebuilding the U.S. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the U.S. and…

Iowa advances immigration bill banning ‘sanctuary cities’

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa is expected to become the latest Republican-led state to target so-called sanctuary cities by withholding money from local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration laws. A bill outlining an expansive immigration enforcement plan is expected to receive final legislative approval this week. It comes as President Donald Trump ramps up calls for more…

Up to 87M affected in Facebook privacy scandal

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook says as many as 87 million people may have had their data accessed in the Cambridge Analytica scandal – an increase from the 50 million disclosed in published reports. Cambridge Analytica, a data-mining firm affiliated with President Donald Trump’s campaign, has been accused of using ill-gotten data from Facebook users to try to influence elections….

US soybean group calls tariffs ‘devastating’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The American Soybean Association, a lobbying group that says it represents 21,000 U.S. soybean producers, says China’s proposed 25-percent tariff on soybeans would be “devastating” to U.S. farmers. China is the largest consumer of U.S. soybeans, buying about one-third of all U.S. soybean production each year, the group says. Association President John Heisdorffer, an Iowa farmer, is…

YouTube shooter was angry with the company

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) – San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini says the YouTube shooter was angry about the policies and practices of the company and had visited a gun range before she drove to the company’s headquarters near San Francisco. He says 39-year-old Nasim Najafi Aghdam got into the building through a parking garage. Barberini said Wednesday that investigators…

Minnehaha County deputy collapses, dies on duty

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Minnehaha County sheriff’s officials say a veteran deputy has died while on duty. Sheriff Mike Milstead says Deputy Steve Maciejewski collapsed at the Public Safety Building Tuesday. Attempts to revive him at the sheriff’s department and Sanford Hospital were unsuccessful. Maciejewski was a 23-year veteran on the department. Milstead the deputy’s steadiness, good nature and…

BMW could face big hit from China’s US tariffs

FILE PHOTO: The logo of BMW before the company’s annual news conference in Munich, southern Germany, March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Dalder/File PhotoWASHINGTON (AP) – Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein are saying that BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Tesla are the biggest potential losers from higher Chinese tariffs on U.S. auto imports. Bernstein said in a note Wednesday that BMW sends 89,000 vehicles…

Top spy official: US will take more steps against Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – The top U.S. intelligence chief says America is considering taking additional retaliation against Russia for its actions against the United States and its allies. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats told reporters on Wednesday that they should “stay tuned” because more retaliatory measures will be announced – and “soon.” Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016…

Hundreds gather for MLK march in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Hundreds of people gathered at a union headquarters Wednesday morning hours before a march marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. Workers at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees office chanted, banged drums and held signs saying “I Am” – one of the…

Iowa Board of Regents considers tuition increases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents has proposed raising tuition at the state’s three public universities by 3.5 percent, but thousands of students would see much higher increases under the board’s plan. The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State University officials are seeking to expand the practice of charging different tuition rates for certain majors,…

Minneapolis police toughening body camera rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police in Minneapolis are announcing new steps to make sure officers use body cameras in the wake of last summer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911. The new requirements will include stricter requirements for activation and progressive discipline for officers who don’t do it. Chief Medaria Arradondo (meh-DAIR’-ee-uh air-ah-DON’-do) and Mayor Jacob…

Ellsworth B-1 bombers return to Southwest Asia

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Ellsworth Air Force Base airmen and two B-1 bombers have returned to Southwest Asia. The Air Force says it’s the first B-1 deployment to the region since 2016 when the planes were pulled back for critical upgrades. The $127 million upgrade involved installing an integrated battle station. Half of the 62-bomber fleet has been upgraded…

House panel says Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify April 11

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of a House oversight committee say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the panel on April 11. In an announcement Wednesday, Reps. Greg Walden and Frank Pallone say the hearing will focus on the Facebook’s “use and protection of user data.” Facebook is facing scrutiny over its data collection following allegations that the political…

Minnesota Joins Federal Lawsuit Regarding Citizenship Question on Census

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has joined 16 other states, the District of Columbia and six cities suing the federal government to block the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the lawsuit Tuesday, saying the Trump administration’s planned requirement will prevent an accurate count. Democratic officials worry that immigrants will…

Chamberlain Woman Charged With Drug Possession, Child Abuse

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. – A mid-June trial has been scheduled for a Chamberlain woman accused of having opioids in her home that were easily accessible to two young children. Twenty-five-year-old Talyn Douville has pleaded not guilty to multiple felonies including drug possession and child abuse. The charges stem from a January search of her home. The child abuse charge is punishable by…