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A lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to halt what it sees as the criminalization of minor property code violations, which can hit homeowners with thousands of dollars in cost recovery fees.

Several cities in California have privatized and criminalized minor nuisance and code violations. Some families have been slapped with giant "cost recovery" legal bills they cannot afford to pay. A non-profit law center filed suit Tuesday to try to stop the practice.

In California, officials continue to investigate the Thomas Fire — the largest wildfire in modern California history. A growing number of lawsuits claim a failed water system is a key reason hundreds of homes burned.

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and acted as an anti-deficit crusader. That is, until he became President Trump's budget director.

The FBI director laid out a timeline for the background check investigation of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter that conflicts with what President Trump's staff has said. Porter resigned amid allegations of domestic violence.

Israeli police announced that they're recommending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu face charges for corruption. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file a case, but Netanyahu says the police are biased against him.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is part of the so-called "Gang of Six" — a group of six Republicans and Democrats from the Senate who have been working on a DACA deal for months. He speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about what he hopes will come out of this week's immigration debate, what the most challenging obstacles to a deal still are and what he thinks consensus can be reached on.

The billionaire philanthropist says the country needs a simpler system to help the poor navigate housing, health care and job opportunities.

The world's newest nation, South Sudan, is teetering on the brink of famine in the midst of a civil conflict. The man who runs the United Nations mission there came to Washington, D.C., hoping for continued U.S. help to put the country back on track.

President Trump is proposing a budget plan that gives up the fight against deficit spending, which has long been a Republican goal. But Trump's budget concedes that goal; tax revenues will not catch up to spending as far as the eye can see.

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