WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS BACKING REPUBLICAN LEGISLATION THAT WOULD DRAMATICALLY REDUCE LEGAL IMMIGRATION AND SHIFT THE NATION TOWARD A SYSTEM THAT PRIORITIZES MERIT AND SKILLS OVER FAMILY TIES. TRUMP JOINED WITH REPUBLICAN SENS. DAVID PERDUE OF GEORGIA AND TOM COTTON OF ARKANSAS TO PROMOTE THE PLAN AT THE WHITE HOUSE. THE BILL SO FAR HAS GAINED LITTLE TRACTION IN THE SENATE.

WASHINGTON (AP) - CALLS DESCRIBED BY PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN ARE THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF DISPUTES INVOLVING HIS TANGLED RELATIONSHIP WITH FACTS. POLLS, HISTORY AND OTHER RESEARCH LEAVE OPEN THE QUESTION OF HOW IMPRESSIONS OF TRUMP'S TRUTHFULNESS AFFECT HIS JOB APPROVAL _ HOVERING AROUND ONE-THIRD OF AMERICANS. PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS HAS TRIED TO EXPLAIN THAT COMPLIMENTS TRUMP DESCRIBED RECEIVING IN CALLS FROM THE MEXICAN PRESIDENT AND THE BOY SCOUTS DID OCCUR _ JUST NOT ON THE PHONE.

AIN ISSA, SYRIA (AP) - A YOUNG INDONESIAN WOMAN REMEMBERS WITH REGRET HOW SHE PERSUADED HER EXTENDED FAMILY TWO YEARS AGO TO FOLLOW THE DREAM OF AN ISLAMIC UTOPIA ADVERTISED BY IS IN SLICKLY PRODUCED PROPAGANDA VIDEOS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. THEIR JOURNEY TOOK THEM FROM JAKARTA TO TURKEY AND TO THE HEART OF THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP'S CALIPHATE IN SYRIA. BUT THEIR HOPES OF A BETTER LIFE WERE SHATTERED AMID TERROR AND ABUSE _ AND MONTHS LATER THEY STARTED TO PLAN THEIR ESCAPE FROM THE MILITANTS.

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AP) - VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO HAS ANNOUNCED A ONE-DAY DELAY IN THE INSTALLATION OF AN ALL-POWERFUL CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY, SAYING IT WILL CONVENE FRIDAY INSTEAD OF THURSDAY AS PLANNED. THE BODY, ELECTED LAST SUNDAY, IS EMPOWERED TO REWRITE VENEZUELA'S CONSTITUTION. MADURO VOWS HE WILL USE IT TO TARGET HIS OPPONENTS AND SOLIDIFY THE SOCIALIST SYSTEM INSTALLED BY LATE PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ.

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN (AP) - A FLURRY OF NORTH KOREAN MISSILE LAUNCHES IS A NEW AND ALARMING FACT OF LIFE FOR JAPAN AND ITS NEIGHBORS, BUT IS ALSO BEING GREETED BY A SENSE OF RESIGNATION FROM MANY IN THE REGION. MANY JAPANESE, SOUTH KOREANS AND CHINESE APPEAR TO SHARE AN ATTITUDE THAT THERE'S NOT MUCH ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT NORTH KOREA'S APPARENT NEWFOUND CAPACITY TO LAUNCH MISSILES CAPABLE OF REACHING MUCH OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES.
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THE FIRST OF NEARLY 20 DEFENDANTS IN THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG CONSPIRACY CASES LINKED TO A CASPER DOCTOR, PLEADED GUILTY TO ONE FELONY COUNT ON WEDNESDAY.
AMY TOMLINSON PLEADED GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO DELIVER XANAX DURING A HEARING BEFORE JUDGE DANIEL FORGEY.

IN EXCHANGE FOR TOMLINSON'S PLEA, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY TREVOR SCHENK AGREED TO DROP A SECOND AND MORE SERIOUS COUNT TO DISTRIBUTE OXYCODONE.

FORGEY ORDERED A PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION, AND SCHENK SAID AFTERWARDS THAT SHE COULD RECEIVE PROBATION OR A ONE- TO TWO-YEAR PRISON TERM.

TOMLINSON REMAINS FREE ON BOND.

SHE IS NAMED IN AN INDICTMENT OF 15 DEFENDANTS IN NATRONA COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.

THEY ARE SEPARATE FROM THOSE NAMED IN THE FEDERAL COURT CASE: DR. SHAKEEL KAHN, HIS WIFE AND BROTHER, AND PAUL BELAND WHO ARE CHARGED IN A 23-COUNT INDICTMENT WITH DRUG, FIREARMS, CONSPIRACY AND OTHER CRIMES.

THEY REMAIN IN CUSTODY AWAITING TRIAL.

LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES DISCOVERED TOMLINSON AND THE OTHER DEFENDANTS DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF SHAKEEL AND LYN KAHN, WHO WERE ARRESTED NOV. 30.
ON A MORE LOCAL LEVEL, THE WYOMING DIVISION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION JOINED THE DEA, AND FOUND AT LEAST 15 PEOPLE IN NATRONA AND FREMONT COUNTIES WHO ALSO WOULD OBTAIN PRESCRIPTIONS FOR MOSTLY OPIOIDS FOR THEIR OWN USE OR FOR RESALE.

SOME PEOPLE ALSO WERE INVOLVED IN HEROIN TRAFFICKING.
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ROCK SPRINGS, WYO. (AP) - A MAN WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE WHO LEFT HIS WIFE BEHIND AND DROVE OFF ALONE IN A REMOTE AREA OF WYOMING HAS BEEN FOUND THREE DAYS LATER IN MONTANA.

POLICE IN MISSOULA, MONTANA, SAY THEY FOUND 82-YEAR-OLD ROBERT WINTERS AT A MISSOULA RESTAURANT EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. HE WAS UNHURT AND WAS CHECKED INTO A LOCAL HOTEL.

WINTERS AND HIS WIFE HAD BEEN DRIVING HOME TO PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON, WHEN THEY STOPPED SUNDAY IN WAMSUTTER, A SMALL TOWN OFF INTERSTATE 80 IN SOUTHERN WYOMING.

SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS IN SWEETWATER COUNTY, WYOMING, SAY WINTERS DROVE OFF BY HIMSELF IN THE COUPLE'S TRUCK. A SEARCH BEGAN IN THE HIGH-DESERT AREA. INVESTIGATORS THEN DISCOVERED WINTERS HAD USED A CREDIT CARD IN EDEN, IDAHO, ON MONDAY.

POLICE HAVE REFERRED THE CASE TO MONTANA'S ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES AGENCY.