U.S. attorney general escalates pressure on 'sanctuary' cities

U.S. attorney general escalates pressure on 'sanctuary' citiesAttorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers. Sessions' statements were aimed at a dozens of cities and other local governments, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, that have joined a growing "sanctuary" movement aimed at shielding illegal immigrants from stepped-up deportation efforts. Police agencies in those jurisdictions have barred their officers from routinely checking on immigration status when making arrests or traffic stops.



How two teens in leggings became a PR mess for United Airlines

How two teens in leggings became a PR mess for United AirlinesThe girls, who were flying standby on Sunday from Denver to Minneapolis using free passes for employees or family members, were told by a gate attendant that they could not get on the plane while wearing the form-fitting pants. Passengers using the passes are considered airline representatives, United Air Lines Inc spokesman Jonathan Guerin said, subject to a dress code that prohibits sleep or swimwear, torn clothing and revealing attire.



Lack of security footage hampers Ohio nightclub shooting probe

Lack of security footage hampers Ohio nightclub shooting probeUnlike last year's massacre at a Florida nightclub, there was no indication that the Cincinnati shooting was "terrorism-related," authorities said on Sunday. The best witnesses to the shooting were those who had been shot and were still recovering, Isaac said at a televised hearing of the public safety panel.



Perry pushes Nevada nuclear waste site in first official visit

Perry pushes Nevada nuclear waste site in first official visitU.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry pushed for opening Nevada's Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site in a meeting with the state's governor on Monday, but the local leader said he remains staunchly opposed to the project. The visit with Governor Brian Sandoval was Perry's first official travel since becoming energy secretary. The multi-billion-dollar nuclear storage project, which was rejected by former President Barack Obama, has been championed by the Trump administration.



Brazil meat scandal fuels calls for U.S. ban on Brazilian raw beef

Brazil meat scandal fuels calls for U.S. ban on Brazilian raw beefBy Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - A cadre of U.S. lawmakers and food safety advocates are pressuring the federal government to join other nations blocking shipments of raw beef from Brazil in the face of a scandal in that country's meatpacking sector. The United States has already started testing all beef from Brazil for pathogens. A slew of major meat buyers suspended imports after Brazilian federal police on March 17 unveiled an investigation into alleged payments to government health officials by meat processing companies to forego inspections and cover up health violations.





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