Judge approves release of jailed Seattle-area 'dreamer'

SEATTLE (AP) -- A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled. Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, told The Associated Press they expect him to be released as soon as Wednesday following the decision by Judge John Odell in Tacoma.

Salvador gang arranged 'black widow' killing for insurance

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) -- El Salvador's brutal street gangs have been involved in every kind of criminal activity imaginable: drugs, extortion, prostitution, murder, kidnapping. But even authorities were surprised when a woman escaped the Mara Salvatrucha gang and told prosecutors its members had kidnapped her and forced her into a "black widow" arranged marriage. After the wedding, her new husband was killed in order to collect an insurance policy.

Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States. Pulisic made an outstanding individual move to spin a defender and feed Clint Dempsey for his 56th international goal, and the Americans hung on for an important 1-1 draw against Panama on Tuesday night that kept up their rebound in World Cup qualifying.

APNewsBreak: Judge approves release of jailed Mexican man

SEATTLE (AP) -- A Mexican man who has spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children can be released from custody pending his deportation proceedings, an immigration judge ruled Tuesday.

Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-SCHEDULE Warriors make it 8 straight UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have learned how to succeed without Kevin Durant. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 32 points and the Warriors gained their eighth straight win by beating the Rockets, 113-106 at Houston. Klay Thompson finished with 24 points to help the Warriors overcome James Harden's 20th triple-double of the season.

After late goals broke Panama's hearts in 2013, US returns

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- With Panama about 90 seconds from reaching a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson scored in second-half stoppage time four years ago to give the already qualified United States a 3-2 win and eliminate the hosts. "You felt this place dip," Jozy Altidore recalled Monday. "You heard people crying." The U.S.

Judge won't release Mexican man jailed near Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge upheld a decision not to release a Mexican man arrested near Seattle, despite his participation in a program designed to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children. In the decision Friday, U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez said "many questions remain regarding the appropriateness of the government's conduct" in the arrest of 24-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina.

AP Exclusive: Colombia 'panic buttons' expose activists

It is supposed to help protect human-rights activists, labor organizers and journalists working in risky environments, but a GPS-enabled "panic button" that Colombia's government has issued to about 400 people could be exposing them to more peril. The pocket-sized devices are designed to notify authorities in the event of an attack or attempted kidnapping.

Blunt and sarcastic, Arena relaxes US after Klinsmann

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Alejandro Bedoya missed a goal in training, and Bruce Arena wanted to make sure the midfielder knew he noticed. "He threatened to chop my man bun off," Bedoya said, smiling. "That's the kind of grief I get around here." Humor has returned to the U.S. national team since Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as coach in November, following losses in the first two games in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Update on the latest in business:

FINANCIAL MARKETS Asian stocks weaker as US health overhaul failure lingers SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks got off to a weak start on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure. The Nikkei 225 finished 1.4 percent lower while South Korea's Kospi closed 0.6 percent lower, Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined 0.

Mexico's Catholic Church: Work on Trump wall is treason

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico said Sunday that Mexican companies expressing interest in working on a border wall in the United States are betraying their country. The archdiocese said in an editorial that Mexican companies have expressed willingness to supply materials or work on the wall proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. Mexico opposes the wall.

Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state of Indiana as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own.

Pulisic becomes heartbeat of US team at age 18

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Christian Pulisic gallops elegantly past defenders like a gazelle, with the enthusiasm of youth and a sense of positioning that belies his inexperience. At age 18, he's getting significant playing time at European power Borussia Dortmund. And he's American. "I just think he's so much further ahead than I was or than any of us were at that age," Landon Donovan said.

Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras 6-0 to rebound

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Just before they walked onto the field for a critical World Cup qualifier, American players received a message from Bruce Arena. "I have this copyrighted, but it was something to the effect of: first shot, first tackle, first goal," the returning coach said. "I have T-shirt rights to that." Their response was emphatic, elders and youth alike.

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Outside a Maryland high school dragged into the national immigration debate by an alleged rape, a makeshift sign reflects that strain: "Rockville Strong." Rockville High School students and parents declined to comment Thursday about the case involving a 14-year-old girl and a suspect authorities say came to the U.S. illegally from Central America. One mother would only point to the sign made of red plastic cups in a ballpark fence.

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