Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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White House appeals 'sanctuary cities' ruling

The administration of President Donald Trump is appealing a judge's ruling that blocks its effort to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. The administration filed the appeal with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. U.S. District Judge William Orrick has temporarily halted President Donald Trump's order in two lawsuits one brought by the city of San Francisco, the other by Santa Clara County. The judge rejected the administration's argument that the executive order applies only to a relatively small pot of money and said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The administration has since moved to withhold one particular law enforcement grant from sanctuary cities, prompting a new round of lawsuits. A federal judge in Illinois blocked that move Friday.

Three congressmen arrested at Trump Tower protest * Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges at a protest outside Trump Tower. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois and Adriano Espaillat of New York were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on New York's Fifth Avenue on Tuesday and refused to move. The protesters were demanding that Congress pass legislation protecting thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

White man arrested in attacks on blacks * A white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family's home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated. A law enforcement official said authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at the home of Kenneth James Gleason, 23, and investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing linked him to the crimes. Authorities said he would be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work. …

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