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Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city case

Philadelphia beats U.S. appeal in sanctuary city caseIn a 3-0 decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said the U.S. attorney general lacked power to condition that city's receipt of $1.6 million for local law enforcement on its compliance with three new requirements. In Friday's decision, Circuit Judge Marjorie Rendell said the attorney general has only limited oversight of the program for awarding the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants. "Allowing the attorney general to withhold all funds because a jurisdiction does not certify compliance with any federal law of the attorney general's choosing undermines the predictability and consistency embedded in the program's design," Rendell wrote.



Trump declares U.S.-Mexico border emergency; Democrats protest

Trump declares U.S.-Mexico border emergency; Democrats protestThe Republican president's move circumventing Congress represented a new approach to a 2016 presidential campaign pledge to halt the flow of immigrants into the country, which Trump maintains spreads crime and drugs. Trump made no direct mention in his Rose Garden comments of the funding bill, which represents a legislative defeat for him since it contains no money for his proposed wall - the focus of weeks of conflict between him and Democrats in Congress. Trump's demand that Congress provide him with $5.7 billion in wall funding as part of legislation to fund the agencies triggered a historic, 35-day December-January government shutdown that damaged the U.S. economy and his opinion poll numbers.



California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump's emergency declaration

California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump's emergency declarationCalifornia and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump's move would circumvent Congress, and he predicted in comments made in the White House's Rose Garden that the emergency declaration would face a lengthy legal challenge. New York state's Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, fired back almost immediately after Trump announced his action.



Police have 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

Police have 'potential suspects' in alleged attack on 'Empire' actorAuthorities had previously said only that the pair, whose names have not been released, were persons of interest after they were recognized from surveillance camera footage taken in the area where Smollett said two men shouted slurs at him and put a rope around his neck on Jan. 29. "Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigationĀ continues," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. "While we haven't found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is no evidence to say that this is a hoax.



Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraud

Russia detains prominent U.S. investor on suspicion of fraudCalvey, senior partner at Baring Vostok, was first detained on Thursday along with three other executives after investigators accused him and others of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles ($37.61 million). Calvey, who is well known in financial circles as one of Russia's most prominent investors, told the court he was innocent and that the accusations against him had been initiated by Russian businessmen embroiled in a commercial conflict with him and his fund over a Russian bank. "Almost everything said here is false," said Calvey.





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