Administration talks up immigration measures...Medicare sees more fraud...New HUD chief

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Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:15:51 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration officials are telling Congress the steps they're proposing should stem the flow of unaccompanied children across the Southwest border. They've asked for $3.7 billion to cover the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children, bolster immigration courts and increase border surveillance. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says those steps are not enough, but the Ohio Republican isn't saying whether the House would approve the president's request.

MIAMI (AP) — A new report says the government's stepped-up campaign to prevent Medicare fraud hasn't solved the problem. Improper payments within Medicare's largest sector increased for the first time in five years, jumping from $30 billion to $36 billion. The report by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging criticizes the government for not targeting its resources more effectively. Meanwhile, health care companies are complaining that they're losing millions of dollars because of what they call burdensome audits and reviews.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. With today's 71-26 vote, Castro will become one of the government's highest-ranking Hispanics. The 39-year-old Democrat is considered a possible vice presidential contender in 2016.

DENVER (AP) — The trial in the Colorado theater shootings case is being delayed again because the second sanity evaluation of defendant James Holmes will take longer than expected. No new trial date has been set. The trial had been scheduled to start with jury selection on Oct. 14, but the state mental hospital says it needs until Oct. 15 to complete the second evaluation and submit a report. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says Justin Bieber will be charged with misdemeanor vandalism today in connection with an egg-throwing incident. The signer isn't expected to appear at this afternoon's arraignment at Superior Court in Van Nuys. Surveillance footage seized from Bieber's home appears to show the pop star high-fiving friends and celebrating after throwing eggs at his neighbor's home in January.

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