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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Trump administration cannot refuse asylum to immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. from Mexico. That's the ruling of a federal judge Monday after hearing arguments in San Francisco. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum. That could potentially make it harder for thousands of people who enter the U.S. to avoid deportation.

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man has been charged with child abandonment after his 6-year-old daughter strangled her 1-year-old brother with a seat belt when he left them alone in a car. Surveillance video shows Adrian Dreshuan Middleton left the children for almost 1½ hours. When he returned, his daughter was crying in the back seat. She told investigators she was playing with her brother but got angry when he wouldn't stop crying, so she wrapped the seatbelt around him. She thought he had fallen asleep.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Gulf states are getting another $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said Monday that Louisiana is getting $161 million to restore barrier islands and a headland in the Terrebonne Basin. Florida is receiving $53 million, including $16 million to protect coastal forest and wetlands along the Lower Suwanee River and Big Bend coast. Alabama's getting nearly $49 million and Texas $19 million.

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - One of President Donald Trump's few Republican critics in Congress has won re-election in a Texas swing district. Will Hurd is a former CIA officer. He accused Trump this summer of "standing idle on the world stage" and being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones conceded the close race on Monday, nearly two weeks after the election.

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