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Mexican man arrested despite protected status to be released

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 was expected to be released from custody as soon as Wednesday pending deportation proceedings, his lawyers said. It comes after Judge John Odell in Tacoma approved freeing Daniel Ramirez Medina, 24, until his next immigration court hearing. Immigration agents arrested him last month in suburban saying...

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DeVos faults predecessor for wasting money on school reform

WASHINGTON (AP) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her predecessor wasted billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools. DeVos says former Education Secretary Arne Duncan's signature $7 billion project targeting failing schools did not produce significant results. Therefore, she says, it is vital to give American parents the options of charter, private and other schools. She asked, "At what point do we accept the fact that throwing money at the problem isn't the spoke at the...

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Chinese demand for elephant ivory drops, new report says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday. Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. The Chinese government in recent years has taken steps to stop the trade in ivory, which is used for ornamentation and souvenirs. China's ivory factories are to be shut down by Friday, followed by...

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