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U.S. judge blocks Trump sanctuary city order

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SAN FRANCISCO A U.S. judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to the administration's immigration priorities.

Lawyer for ex-NFL star Hernandez denies letter mentioned prison lover

BOSTON A lawyer for former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday denied media reports that the athlete wrote a letter to a prison lover before hanging himself in his prison cell last week.

Sports, People, 5:26pm EDT

Former Trump adviser Flynn likely broke law with Russia trip: lawmakers

WASHINGTON Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law by failing to get permission to be paid for a trip to Russia in 2015, the leaders of a House of Representatives committee said on Tuesday. | Video

Illinois House ignores veto threat by passing abortion expansion

CHICAGO The Democratic-led Illinois House defied a veto threat by the state’s Republican governor by passing legislation on Tuesday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents and for state employees.

5:24pm EDT

Officer says 'minimal but necessary force' used on United passenger

CHICAGO One of the police officers who forcibly removed a passenger from a United Airlines flight said "minimal but necessary force" was used in the incident that became a public relations disaster for the carrier, according to a report released by the city. | Video

Aerospace & Defense, 5:05pm EDT

Prosecutors open probe of Wisconsin inmate's dehydration death: media

Prosecutors in Wisconsin have begun investigating the 2016 death of a mentally ill man who died of dehydration in a Milwaukee-area jail run by conservative Sheriff David Clarke, local media reported.

5:26pm EDT

Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls major freeways

LOS ANGELES Two big rigs and several cars collided on a major freeway north of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, sparking an explosion and fire, killing at least one person and forcing authorities to shut down two major arteries into the city.

5:07pm EDT

Ex-prosecutor, retired cops charged in New York corruption probe

Three retired New York City police officers and a former Brooklyn prosecutor were arrested Tuesday on charges that they took part in a bribery scheme involving gun licenses, becoming the latest people caught up in a wide-ranging corruption probe. | Video

4:27pm EDT

U.S. appeals court to reconsider Ohio execution protocol

A federal appeals court on Tuesday agreed to reconsider its recent decision blocking Ohio from using its lethal injection protocol to execute three death row inmates.

5:13pm EDT

Palestinian-born activist agrees to deportation from U.S.

DETROIT A Palestinian-born activist who spent 10 years in an Israeli prison on a terrorism conviction before moving to the United States and gaining citizenship pleaded guilty on Tuesday to immigration fraud, agreeing to be deported rather than sent to prison.

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