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Four states sue U.S. to void cap on state and local tax deduction

Four states sue U.S. to void cap on state and local tax deductionFour U.S. states sued the federal government on Tuesday to void the new $10,000 cap on the federal deduction for state and local taxes, included as part of the 2017 tax overhaul signed by President Donald Trump. New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey filed their complaint with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Previously, the deduction for state and local taxes, known as the SALT deduction, had been unlimited.



U.S. court ruling 'buys time' for separated immigrant families: lawyers

U.S. court ruling 'buys time' for separated immigrant families: lawyers(Reuters) - Lawyers for immigrant families separated by the U.S. government at the border with Mexico said a federal judge's order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give them breathing room as they struggled for access to clients. The families had been separated amid a broader crackdown on illegal immigration by President Donald Trump's administration, sparking an international outcry. Judge Dana Sabraw, in Monday's order, sided with the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued that parents facing imminent deportation should have a week to decide if they want to leave their children in the United States to pursue asylum separately.



Suspected Houston serial killer in custody after crime spree-police

Suspected Houston serial killer in custody after crime spree-policeOfficials said they arrested Jose Gilberto Rodriguez, 46, who they described as having gang ties and having days earlier removed a monitoring device that he wore as a condition of his parole before his crime spree. Police said they would release more details on Rodriguez' capture later on Tuesday. The Houston area had been on edge after three people were killed beginning Friday.



California woman expected to survive 'head to toe' bee ordeal

California woman expected to survive 'head to toe' bee ordealA rescue crew found the woman, who officials said is about 50 years old, outside a home in Lake Forest on Monday morning after answering a call about a bee sting, the Orange County Fire Authority said. With the woman "literally covered from head to toe" with bees and barely conscious, rescuers did not stop to put on their own protective gear, but used carbon dioxide spray to disperse the insects and rushed her to a hospital, Fire Captain Tony Bommarito told KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. Two firefighters were stung multiple times and were treated and released at the hospital, the fire authority said on Twitter.



Reviving supersonic passenger flights to harm environment: study

Reviving supersonic passenger flights to harm environment: studyReviving supersonic passenger flights will harm the environment as the jets will not likely be able to comply with existing fuel efficiency, pollution and noise standards for subsonic aircraft, according to a study released on Tuesday. U.S. based startups Aerion Supersonic, Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are all aiming to revive ultra-fast flights by the mid-2020s by modifying existing engines rather than spending billions of dollars to make a new one to serve a market that has been dormant since Concorde stopped flying in 2003. Modified engines will burn five-to-seven times more fuel per passenger than subsonic jets, exceed global limits for new subsonic jets by 40 percent for nitrogen oxide and 70 percent for carbon dioxide, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said.





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