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Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities

Sanctuary cities can't be punisheddPresident Donald Trump's effort to crack down on sanctuary cities suffered another legal setback Thursday as a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a nationwide injunction against making federal grant funding contingent on cooperation with immigration enforcement.

A three-judge panel—all of whom are Republican appointees—ruled that there were strong indications that the administration exceeded its legal authority in trying to implement the new conditions without approval from Congress.



US: Georgia town of Newnan braces for neo-Nazi rally

Georgia braces for New Nazi rally

The small Georgia town of Newnan is bracing for neo-Nazi events this weekend, while local community members have organised a festival to oppose the far-right gatherings.

The National Socialist Movement (NSM), described by the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) hate monitor as one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States, will hold its annual national meeting in Newnan on Friday and Saturday.

On Saturday, the far-right group will march through the town centre.


Tennessee Strips $250,000 From Memphis As Payback For Removing Confederate Statues

Tennessee strips Memphis of $350,000 because of

Tennessee's House of Representatives has voted to strip $250,000 from the city of Memphis as punishment for local lawmakers' removal of Confederate statues.

The measure was part of a last-minute amendment added to an appropriations bill that included money to be used for a bicentennial celebration next year, the Associated Press reported.

The amendment stirred heated debate on the House floor, where Democratic Rep. Antonio Parkinson was booed after calling it racist.


Leading bump stock maker to stop selling rapid-fire device

Bump stock maker to stop selling rapid-fire device

The leading maker of the rapid-fire accessory used by the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre will stop selling the devices next month.

Slide Fire Solutions, which holds several patents and describes itself as “the official bump stock”, has been under mounting pressure since 58 people were killed and hundreds injured when a 64-year-old man opened fire on concertgoers last October.

After 17 people were killed at a Florida high school in February, Donald Trump ordered the US justice department to ban bump stocks, which were not used by the shooter in that incident.


Federal court rejects Ohio law diverting public funds from Planned Parenthood

Federal court rejects Ohio law defunding Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an Ohio law that blocked public funds from going to Planned Parenthood.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati ruled in favor of the women's health-care provider on the law, which stopped funds from going to organizations that offer or promote abortions, according to the Associated Press.

Planned Parenthood said that the law violated its constitutional rights, arguing it was being denied funds “in retaliation for” offering abortions.


Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

Barbara Bush dies at 92Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at her home in Houston, Texas. She was 92.

"A former first lady of the United States of America and relentless proponent of family literacy, Barbara Pierce Bush passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the age of 92," reads a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Bush.


One person dies after engine explodes on Southwest flight near Philadelphia

Southwest Airlines engine explodes, kills passengerA crew member on a Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Tuesday reported to air traffic controllers that a piece of the plane was missing and “someone went out”.

The Boeing 737 apparently blew an engine at 30,000ft and was hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, damaged the fuselage, killed one passenger and injured seven others, authorities said on Tuesday. Bound from New York to Dallas with 149 people aboard, the plane made an emergency landing in Philadelphia just before noon.


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