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U.S. judge blocks Trump order to restrict funding for 'sanctuary cities'

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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 efforts to toughen immigration enforcement.

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

Cleveland officer in Tamir Rice shooting 'did not know was kid': video

CLEVELAND The partner of a Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 said he "didn't know it was a kid" when he responded to an emergency call about an armed man at a park, according to video released on Tuesday.

6:37pm EDT

Automakers ask California to ease rules for self-driving car tests

WASHINGTON Automakers on Tuesday urged the state of California to further ease its proposed regulations for autonomous vehicles, saying the state did not respond to their earlier objections by making enough revisions to its planned set of rules for self-driving cars.

Tech, 7:18pm EDT

Former President H.W. Bush still hospitalized, has bronchitis

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has recovered from pneumonia but will remain in a Houston-area medical center until the end of the week while he is treated for chronic bronchitis, the hospital said on Tuesday.

7:01pm EDT

Citing flaws, Oklahoma group calls for extended execution moratorium

OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma should extend its moratorium on executions indefinitely until "systemic flaws" in the state's capital punishment system are repaired, a bipartisan group said on Tuesday after a year-long review prompted by problems with prior lethal injections.

6:31pm EDT

Massive Los Angeles crash kills one, snarls freeways

LOS ANGELES Two big rigs and several cars collided on a 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 for hours.

7:48pm EDT

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

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