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Police in Washington state find body of girl

– A four-day search for a missing Washington girl who vanished from her home over the weekend came to a tragic end, as authorities said they believe they have found the body of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

“This is going to be a criminal investigation, there’s no doubt about that,” said Deputy Scott Wilson with the Kitsap County sheriff’s office. An autopsy scheduled for Friday will determine the manner and cause of death, Wilson said, but “we suspect that she just did not go off by herself and fall into some bushes and die.”

Jenise was last seen when she went to bed Saturday night. Her parents waited a day before calling for help because they say the girl had wandered around the Steele Creek Mobile Home Park on her own in the past.

Drop in children crossing border

Far fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

The Department of Homeland Security released data Thursday showing that about 5,500 unaccompanied children were arrested in July, barely half the number in May and June and the fewest children arrested in a month since February. Similarly, arrests of parents with children dropped by more than half last month, to just over 7,400. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson welcomed the decline but said the current numbers are still much higher than in previous years.

Republican defeats tea party challenge

Republican Lamar Alexander became the latest U.S. senator to fend off a tea party challenge in a primary race, defeating a state senator who had used a familiar tactic in trying to cast him as an out-of-touch insider.

State Sen. Joe Carr had high-profile endorsements from tea party-allied figures, but he could not overcome Alexander’s fundraising advantage.

Child trespasses on White House lawn

It’s usually someone jumping over the White House fence that causes Secret Service agents patrolling the grounds to scramble. But on Thursday night, a toddler passing through slats in the gate caught the eyes of the gun-toting officers who are charged with protecting the president.

Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan says the child was returned to his parents. Neither the boy nor his parents were identified.

Donovan joked that agents were going to wait until the toddler learned to talk to question him about the incident, but says the boy instead was given a “timeout” and was returned to his parents.

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