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Appeals panel won’t lift hold on Obama immigration action

Court won't lift hold on Obama immigration actionNEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Barack Obama's plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. from deportation remained on hold Tuesday after a federal appeals court panel refused to allow it to take effect immediately.


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Amtrak to install cameras to monitor train engineers after crash

Emergency workers inspect the engine of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(Reuters) - Amtrak plans to install video cameras to monitor the engineers of locomotives on its heavily traveled routes in the northeastern United States following a deadly derailment, the nation's largest passenger rail service said on Tuesday. The move to add cockpit cameras in trains on the Northeast Corridor line by the year's end follows a derailment outside Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured about 200. "Inward-facing video cameras will help improve safety and serve as a valuable investigative tool," Amtrak Chief Executive Joe Boardman said in a statement.


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Maryland lawmakers take up police reform after Baltimore unrest

People gather at city hall in Baltimore, MarylandBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baltimore rioting over the death of a black man from injuries in police custody is spurring Maryland lawmakers to take action on criminal justice reform after legislation stalled in the statehouse. Legislators hope that the death of Freddie Gray, 25, can galvanize the Democratic-controlled state Assembly after bids for reforms, especially one that would alter a state law giving police special rights, went nowhere in the last legislative session. "Unfortunately for Freddie Gray, he becomes symbolic of similar type of issues facing police departments across the nation," said state Senator Catherine Pugh, co-chair of a 20-member bipartisan working group appointed this month to study police issues.


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Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

Local residents and Sunni tribal fighters welcome newly-arriving Iraqi Shiite Hezbollah Brigade militiamen, brandishing their flag, who are joining the fight against Islamic State group militants in Khalidiya, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi.


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Washington Post reporter on trial in Iran for spying

The Washington Post's executive director, Martin Baron, said the newspaper had tried to obtain a visa for a senior editor to travel to Iran but its request was never acknowledgedWashington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran Tuesday on charges of spying, in a case that has clouded a rapprochement with the United States. The United States blasted the trial's "complete lack of transparency", and renewed calls for Tehran to drop "absurd" spying charges that Rezaian's brother called "laughable". Rezaian's wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who is also a journalist, appeared in court alongside her husband and a female press photographer, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.


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Lawyer says allegations B.B. King was poisoned ‘ridiculous’

Patty King leaves a memorial service for her father B.B. King Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas. Friends and family members gathered Saturday at a funeral home in Las Vegas to remember the Blues legend. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two B.B. King heirs who've been most outspoken about the blues legend's care in his final days have accused King's two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King's estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.


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Homicide probe to be launched into B.B. King’s death: officials

U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux(Reuters) - Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The Clark County, Nevada coroner's office said in a posting on Twitter that it had taken jurisdiction over King's body, and that autopsy results would take a minimum of six to eight weeks. "Our coroner takes jurisdiction over #BBKing body, performs autopsy.


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Governor says deadly flooding is worst ever seen in Texas area

San Marcos Firefighter Jay Horton rescues a woman from in flood waters in San Marcos TexasBy Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday likened the ferocity of flash flooding that killed at least three people to a tsunami, and authorities said a dam had given way in a state park. Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electricity. "This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen," Abbott said.


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Cleveland, U.S. Justice Department reach settlement over police: New York Times

Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, the New York Times reported on Monday. The settlement could be announced as ea...

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