Louisiana

Appeals court blocks immigration plan

A federal appeals court refused to lift a lower court's ruling blocking President Obama's executive actions aiming to shield 5 million people from deportation. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said it denied the stay "because the government is unlikely to succeed on the merits of its appeal." The administration can appeal to the full Fifth Circuit.

Nebraska

Bill to abolish death penalty is vetoed

Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, vetoed a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state, testing the strength of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who said they would try to override his decision. Nebraska could become the first conservative state in more than 40 years to strike down the death penalty.

Illinois

High shooting toll logged in Chicago

At least 56 people were shot in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend between Friday afternoon and early Tuesday morning. Twelve people died from their wounds. Twelve others shot between late Monday morning and early Tuesday morning survive, bringing the total of nonfatal gunshot victims for the weekend to 44.

Washington, D.C.

Obama makes case for U.S. data sweeps

President Obama called on the Senate to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire, including the government's ability to search Americans' phone records. With the May 31 deadline near, there was scant evidence of a search for a deal on Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are in recess for the week.

Yemen

Government forces seize crucial city

Fighters backing Yemen's exiled government captured a key city on the road to the port city of Aden, the pro-government forces' first victory since a Saudi-led coalition began targeting Shiite rebels. The fighters took Dhale, home to an army unit loyal to former Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh has backed the rebels, known as Houthis, in a power grab that began in 2014.

Malaysia

Body exhumed at abandoned camp

Forensics teams exhumed a body from a shallow grave at an abandoned jungle camp used by human traffickers, the first of what police predicted would be more grim findings. Authorities say there are 139 suspected graves in a remote area that trafficking syndicates used as a transit point to hold migrants and refugees.

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