WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says it could not substantiate 16 complaints by advocacy groups who accused the government of abusing unaccompanied child immigrants apprehended along the Mexican border.<br />
The department's inspector general's office launched its investigation after the American Civil Liberties Union and four other organizations in June alleged widespread abuses by federal immigration authorities in border-area detention facilities.<br />
Inspector General John Roth says in a memo to DHS Secretary Jeh (jay) Johnson that federal prosecutors reviewed his agency's findings and declined to prosecute because of a lack of criminal activity. The memo was made public Tuesday.<br />
Roth says 100 more complaints are still being investigated by officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the department's Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, released Wednesday a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he's elected to the White House.