MIAMI (AP) — As Florida lawmakers appear ready to allow key portions of the state's high-stakes gambling deal with the Seminole to expire, other gambling interests are watching keenly for openings in the multi-billion dollar industry if the tribe and Gov. Rick Scott can't negotiate something new.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will take a pass on a planned visit to Montevideo for the inauguration of Uruguay's president on Sunday due to illness, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday. "So we've decided to take down the first leg of this trip, to Uruguay," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for $1 billion in aid for Central America to help address crime, corruption and a lack of education.
A Republican bill to provide a three-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security cleared a procedural hurdle in the House of Representatives on Friday, indicating support for final passage in the chamber. The House voted 240-183 along strict party lines to approve a procedural rule that allows a vote on the funding extension later in the day, ahead of a midnight deadline that would trigger a partial shutdown of the domestic security agency. The House temporary funding extension is aimed at allowing Republicans to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's executive immigration orders that lift the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants. The Senate on Friday passed a full-year $39.7 billion funding measure for Homeland Security that does not include any immigration restrictions.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A lawyer for the family of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state says independent autopsy results differ in at least two key details from statements made by authorities.