Texas

Judge halts Obama's immigration action

A federal judge temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally from deportation. The federal government is expected to appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

California

Boy, 17, dies in game of Russian roulette

A game of Russian roulette ended with the death of a Southern California teenager who shot himself in the head early Monday. The 17-year-old fatally shot himself while playing the game inside an apartment in Torrance just after midnight, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The potentially lethal game typically involves putting a single bullet into a revolver, spinning the cylinder and then placing the muzzle of the gun against one's temple.

Greece

Eurozone issues bailout ultimatum

European creditors issued Greece an ultimatum, saying the country must accept a key condition in bailout talks by the end of the week or face having to meet its debt commitments on its own — a prospect that many think would leave Greece little option but to leave the euro. After a meeting of eurozone finance ministers broke down, Greece was told it has to ask for an extension to its bailout program before further negotiations can take place.

Hong Kong

Captain gets 8 years for 2012 sea collision

A Hong Kong ferry captain was sentenced to eight years in prison for the deaths of 39 people in a 2012 accident that was the southern Chinese coastal city's biggest maritime disaster in decades. A judge handed down the sentence to Lai Sai-Ming after his conviction Saturday on charges of manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea. The captain of the other boat, Chow Chi-Wai, was given a nine-month sentence. He was convicted of endangering others at sea.

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