Frederick Douglass’ July 4 speeches trace U.S. history

FILE - This undated file image shows African-American social reformer, abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass. Douglass was the country's most famous black man of the Civil War era, a conscience of the abolitionist movement and beyond and a popular choice for summing up American ideals, failings and challenges. His withering 1852 oration in Rochester, New York ranks high in the canon of American oratory and is still widely cited as a corrective to the day’s celebratory spirit. (AP Photo, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a century after his death, Frederick Douglass and July 4 remain profoundly intertwined.

Trump’s Supreme Court search begins, youth a key factor

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. President Donald Trump has said he plans to pick a young Supreme Court justice who could be on the court for 40 years or more. But other factors will also be in play as the candidates are vetted: their ideological bent, gender, ability to be confirmed and even whether they meet Trump’s requirement that they be “not weak.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has already said he plans to pick a young Supreme Court justice who could serve for decades. But other factors will also be in play as the candidates are vetted: their ideological bent, their ability to win confirmation and even whether, according to a key adviser, they are “not weak.”

On both sides of Atlantic, migrants meet hostile reception

MILAN (AP) — On both sides of the Atlantic, migrants flooding across borders by the hundreds each day have met a hostile reception and governments unable to agree on how to cope with the arrivals. In Europe, where far-right parties have joined the governments in Italy and Austria and made gains elsewhere, even the most basic decision of which port would accept a ship filled with migrants has been fraught.

Evangelicals downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal

FILE - In this May 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, right, gives a thumbs up as Liberty University president, Jerry Falwell Jr., left, watches during of commencement ceremonies at the school in Lynchburg, Va. For evangelical Christian icons like Jerry Falwell Jr., a Supreme Court that opposes abortion rights is their political holy grail. The Liberty University president is among many religious conservatives who suspect the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately lead to the reversal of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NEW YORK (AP) — For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail.

Critics see pattern to Trump’s approach

President Donald Trump speaks at a roundtable discussion on tax reform Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe it’s not so easy after all. President Donald Trump’s struggles to push immigration legislation through Congress and his about-face on breaking up immigrant families are putting a spotlight on his competence in carrying out his policies.

Violence drives Central Americans to U.S., despite Trump

FILE - In this March 15, 2017 file photos, vendors watch forensic workers investigate the scene of a shootout between private security guards and gang members at the central market in San Salvador, El Salvador. At least 30 people, mostly gang members, died in those last 24 hours in El Salvador, one of the most violent days that year. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Nightfall in El Salvador’s capital was fast approaching and Ernesto Pena was waiting for a bus that never arrived. His work day delivering rice and cooking oil to street vendors in the bustling district of Santa Tecla had ended and like most people he was anxious to get home before the gangs that control the poor neighborhood where he lives enforce an informal curfew.

Protections for immigrants erode under Trump

FILE - In this June 1, 2018, file photo, children hold signs during a demonstration in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Miramar, Fla. The Trump administration's move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has turned into a full-blown crisis in recent weeks, drawing denunciation from the United Nations, Roman Catholic bishops and countless humanitarian groups. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

The Trump administration’s move to separate immigrant parents from their children on the U.S.-Mexico border has grabbed attention around the world, drawn scorn from human-rights organizations and overtaken the immigration debate in Congress.

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer’s

This undated photo provided by Mount Sinai Health System shows slices of human brains in the Mount Sinai Brain Bank that researchers are using to study Alzheimer’s disease. Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday, June 21, 2018, in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease. (Mount Sinai Health System via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

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