Trump says he wants skilled migrants but creates new hurdles

In this Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 photo, Akash Negi poses for a picture in front of his office in New York. Donald Trump says he wants more "merit-based" immigrants as opposed to those who arrive due to family ties, but his administration has taken steps to make life difficult for those skilled immigrants already in the U.S. “Any country wants to protect its own citizens, but you don’t just end the program when you don’t have your own population trained,” Negi said. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

It may be a while before President Donald Trump gets another chance at creating a new, “merit-based” immigration system, a keystone of his four-part plan that Congress rejected last month. In the meantime, his administration is busy making it harder, not easier, for skilled migrants to come work in the United States.

Political force or fad? Young voters’ clout uncertain

In this March 24, 2018, photo, U.S. Rep. Val Demings, from Florida's 10th congressional district, responds to demonstrators during a rally in downtown Orlando, Fla., as a part of the nationwide protest against gun violence across the U.S. They have walked out, marched and demanded action across America to stop gun violence. But it's far from certain that the young people behind the "March for Our Lives" movement will be a political force at the ballot box this fall. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — They have walked out, marched and demanded action across America to stop gun violence. But it’s far from certain that the young people behind the “March for Our Lives” movement will be a political force at the ballot box this fall.

Keeping refugee families apart, reuniting others next door

Fadumo Hussein, 45, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, listens during an interview in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Weeks before the announcement of President Donald Trump’s ban on arrivals from several, mostly Muslim countries, Hussein's parents, who are 75 and 76, had been approved for entry to the U.S. Their arrival was scheduled for February 2017. More than a year later, they remain stuck in Uganda, their case on hold. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sitting in apartment complexes on opposite sides of town, the women — one a former shopkeeper from Somalia, the other a teacher from Bhutan — waited for children to come home.

Brazil struggles to care for Venezuela’s indigenous Warao

In this March 10, 2018 photo, a Warao boy from Venezuela dons a mask fashioned from cardboard at a a shelter in Pacaraima, the main entry point for Venezuelans in the Brazilian state of Roraima. Opened late last year with the capacity to house about 250 people, the shelter, a former warehouse, today has upwards of 500, and more are arriving daily. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

PACARAIMA, Brazil (AP) — Women cook over a dozen little open fires, while men lie on hammocks inside an adjoining building and naked children with distended bellies and dirty faces run around the shelter for indigenous Warao who have fled Venezuela’s troubles.

Hurricane Harvey’s toxic impact deeper than public told

In this Jan. 24, 2018 photo, Galena Park is hemmed in by heavy industry just east of downtown Houston along the ship channel. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — A toxic onslaught from the nation’s petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property.

Why Trump’s latest steps heighten risk of a global trade war

A woman wearing a uniform with the logo of an American produce company helps a customer shop for apples a supermarket in Beijing, Friday, March 23, 2018. China announced a $3 billion list of U.S. goods including pork, apples and steel pipe on Friday that it said may be hit with higher tariffs in a spiraling trade dispute with President Donald Trump that companies and investors worry could depress global commerce. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Ronald Reagan once likened trade wars to the pie fights in old Hollywood comedies. One pie in the face leads to another. And then another.

Mueller probe witness secretly backed UAE agenda in Congress

FILE - This 1998 frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nader, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates who is now a witness in the U.S. special counsel investigation into foreign meddling in American politics, wired $2.5 million to Donald Trump's fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, through a company in Canada, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. (C-SPAN via AP, File)

A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE’s chief rival in the Persian Gulf, an Associated Press investigation has found.

74 years later, a pilot who crashed in France returns home

Marc Cooche, 84, points to the sky where as a 12-year-old in 1944 he saw a P-47 Thunderbolt piloted by Lt. Frank Fazekas fall into the family's beet farm after being hit by German fire in Buysscheure, northern France, on Thursday March 15, 2018. “When the plane fell, there were still bullets exploding” from its .50-caliber machines guns, recalls Cooche. At 86, he’s still haunted by memories of that afternoon. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

BUYSSCHEURE, France (AP) — It is early afternoon on a spring day in 1944. On a French farm 20 miles from the English Channel, two young brothers tend the cows — perhaps they goof off a bit — as their father brews beer.

Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea divers explore freedoms off the coast

In this March 7, 2018 photo, Nouf Alosaimi, a 29-year-old female Saudi dive instructor, waits in the water for Tamer Nasr, an Egyptian diving instructor to explore the waters off a sandy island in the Red Sea near King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia. Saudi has the longest coastline of any country along the Red Sea, and the kingdom's nascent tourism industry is betting on the clear, blue waters, coral reefs and idyllic islands off its western coastline to lure visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

OFF THE COAST OF JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The sky is clear, the sun is shining, and the sea is a glimmering turquoise. Nouf Alosaimi is on a discovery dive around a small, sandy island in the Red Sea that’s home to busy crabs and a few seagulls.

‘Homer can help you’: War veterans use ancient epics to cope

In this Feb. 12, 2018 photo, University of Vermont student veterans Thomas Moore, left, and Dan Wright, participate in a class studying Homer's "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" in Burlington, Vt. The Greek poet wrote in detail familiar to modern soldiers about the discipline of war and the difficulties many service members face when they return home. Homer-for-veterans is the brainchild of Dartmouth College classics professor Roberta Stewart, who is now hoping for a grant that will allow her to expand the idea nationwide. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The trials of Odysseus are really not that different from the struggles of those learning to readjust after wars of today, modern veterans are finding.



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