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The Latest on fire arms charges filed against a member of an armed civilian that detains migrants on the US-Mexico border (all times local):

1 p.m.

A member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico made an initial court appearance in following his weekend arrest on firearms charges.

FBI agents arrested Larry Hopkins, 69, at his home in northern New Mexico on Saturday on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms in November of 2017.

Wearing orange handcuffs and a green jumpsuit, Hopkins told the federal judge that he has medical problems, but didn’t detail them.

The FBI says that Hopkins had nine firearms and ammunition in his home, and has three prior felony convictions. The Bureau declined to say why it waited over a year to file the charges.

Hopkins’ lawyer said that he plans to enter a plea of “not guilty” at a bond hearing in Albuquerque next week.

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11:00 a.m.

A member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border is set to make his first court appearance following his weekend arrest on firearms charges.

Larry Hopkins was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. He reportedly faced similar charges 13 years ago in Oregon.

The 69-year-old is scheduled for an appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Armed civilian groups have been a fixture on the border for years, especially when large numbers of migrants come through. The latest influx includes many families and children.

An FBI spokesman said additional information about Hopkins would be released after his court appearance.

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Mexican police and immigration agents have detained hundreds of Central American migrants in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through Mexico last year.

Police targeted the tail end of a caravan of about 3,000 migrants who were making their way through the southern state of Chiapas.

Federal police and agents on Monday forced the migrants and their families into pickup trucks to take them to buses, presumably to deport them.

Mexico had welcomed the first caravans last year with open arms, but the reception has gotten colder since tens of thousands of migrants overwhelmed U.S. border crossings.

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A Wisconsin mother of seven has agreed to plead guilty to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State by distributing information on making explosives and biological weapons.

Federal prosecutors said they’ll hold a news conference Monday to discuss the case of Waheba Issa Dais. She initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists. She changed her plea last month in exchange for prosecutors dropping one of the counts.

Prosecutors say the woman tried to recruit people to carry out attacks for the Islamic State and provided them with information on how to make explosives and poisons.

Court documents say she used hacked social media accounts to discuss possible attacks with self-proclaimed members of the Islamic State. Authorities never connected her to any attack plots.

Dais lives in Cudahy, a city just south of Milwaukee.

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Israel has announced it will honor the head of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community during next month’s Independence Day celebrations, six months after 11 members of the community were killed in a synagogue shooting.

Israel’s Culture Ministry said Monday it had selected Jeff Finkelstein, the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, to light a torch on behalf of the Jewish Diaspora as part of the government’s May 8 Independence Day festivities. It noted Finkelstein’s work to lead “the Jewish community’s efforts to cope and rebuild” after the deadly Tree of Life attack on Oct. 28.

In a statement, Culture Minister Miri Regev praised Finkelstein embodiment of the “spirit of greatness and social cohesion among our people.”

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Syrian state media is reporting that more than 4,300 residents of a remote displaced people’s camp near the border with Jordan have returned to government-controlled areas over the last month.

SANA on Monday quoted a Syrian-Russian coordination committee that oversees efforts to vacate the Rukban camp.

The camp has been a source of tension between Russia and the U.S., as it lies near a U.S military base near the border and inside a so-called “de-confliction zone” agreed to by Moscow and Washington.

Moscow and Damascus say the U.S. is obstructing emptying the camp. Washington denies the claims. The U.N. says those leaving the camp must have safety guarantees they will not be harassed when they return to government-controlled areas. The camp houses over 40,000 people living in dire conditions.

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The Jerusalem municipality says it will “fix” a wave of fliers that have appeared in kindergartens city-wide forbidding entrance to “minorities,” using a Hebrew term considered code for Arabs.

After an anti-racism group brought attention to the fliers, the city said Monday it had followed “security protocol determined by the police and Education Ministry,” and promised to “correct” the posters, which were distributed a year and a half ago.

Noa Sattath, director of Israel’s Religious Action Center, said she noticed kindergarten security regulations this week featured the contentious rule, and pledged a lawsuit against the municipality if it did not take action.

Sattath called the fliers a “classic case of the dehumanization of Arabs in Israel,” where Arabs comprise 20 percent of the population and have faced decades of discrimination.

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Police say they arrested two people who climbed and placed Ku Klux Klan hoods on statues at a Confederate monument in North Carolina.

News outlets report that Enzo Niebuhr and Jody Anderson were detained Sunday during a protest near the North Carolina Women of the Confederacy monument. The monument is in the capital of Raleigh near the Statehouse.

Police said Niebuhr and Anderson are charged with defacing a public monument and disorderly conduct. The reports did not say whether the two have attorneys who can speak on their behalf.

The news outlets quote the “Smash Racism Raleigh” group as saying that its members were holding a peaceful protest to provide context about the history of the statues. The group says Niebuhr and Anderson shouldn’t have been arrested.

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Authorities released video Monday of a man suspected of killing two Indiana teenagers two years ago and urged the public to scrutinize the footage, which shows the man walking on an abandoned railroad bridge the girls visited while out hiking the day they were slain.

The Indiana State Police also released a new sketch of the suspect, which State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said was produced thanks to “new information and intelligence” collected during the investigation into the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. During a briefing in the girls’ hometown of Delphi, he said that a composite sketch that was previously released based on accounts from eyewitnesses who believe they saw the man is now secondary to the new sketch.

Carter said investigators believe the man is between the ages of 18 and 40, and that he either lives or lived in Delphi or regularly visits or works in the area. He vowed that police will solve the case and, during the briefing, he addressed the suspect directly.

“We believe you are hiding in plain sight. For more than two years, you never thought we would shift gears to a different investigative strategy, but we have,” he said.

The video of the suspect and additional audio that was also released Monday came from German’s cellphone. Authorities have hailed her as a hero for recording potentially crucial evidence before she was killed.

Carter urged the public to pay close attention to the mannerisms of the man in the video, which shows him walking across an abandoned railroad bridge near Delphi, which is about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis.

“Do you recognize the mannerisms as being someone you might know? And remember, he is walking on the former railroad bridge, and because of the deteriorated condition of the bridge the suspect is not walking naturally, due to the spacing between the ties,” he said.

The girls’ bodies were found in a rugged, wooded area the day after they went hiking during a day off of school.

Within days of the killings, investigators released two grainy photos of a suspect walking on the bridge and an audio recording of a man believed to be him saying “down the hill.”

The audio clip released Monday includes that same audio but is longer and captures the suspect saying, “Guys, down the hill,” said Sgt. Kim Riley with the State Police.

Investigators have reviewed thousands of leads looking for the man, but no arrest warrants have been issued and no arrests have been made.

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A Frenchman has died after his sailboat capsized off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia but his female companion has survived.

Italian news agency ANSA said strong winds Sunday turned the boat over in waters off the southern end of the Mediterranean island. The woman and the couple’s dog were rescued and were quickly plucked to safety.

ANSA said the Italian coast guard found the Frenchman’s body on a nearby rocky reef.

The sailboat capsized as it was apparently heading back to port after conditions worsened.

Elsewhere in southern Italy, wind-whipped waters caused the cancellation of ferry runs between Sicily and the Aeolian islands, isolating residents and tourists on the archipelago.

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A member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border is set to make his first court appearance following his weekend arrest on firearms charges.

Larry Hopkins was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms. He reportedly faced similar charges 13 years ago in Oregon.

The 69-year-old is scheduled for an appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico. It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Armed civilian groups have been a fixture on the border for years, especially when large numbers of migrants come through. The latest influx includes many families and children.

An FBI spokesman said additional information about Hopkins would be released after his court appearance.

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