Washington, D.C.

Justices expedite deportation case

The Supreme Court has put itself in position to decide on President Obama’s latest deportation-deferral plan by next summer. At issue is the fate of Obama’s executive order to give temporary deportation relief and work permits to as many 5 million immigrants in the country illegally. Advocates had worried that Texas state lawyers who are suing to block Obama’s plan would try to push a high court decision into 2017. But after Texas lawyers recently asked for 60 days — double the usual time — to file paperwork, the court told Texas’ lawyers they would have only until Dec. 29.

 

Illinois

Chicago mayor says he won’t resign

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended his handling of a recording of a police officer, Jason Van Dyke, shooting a black teen, Laquan McDonald, and vowed to pursue police reforms in the face of growing criticism of the Chicago Police Department. Emanuel said that he has not considered resigning the seat he won for the second time in April.

 

Wisconsin

Bill would block state funds for streetcar

Republican state lawmakers are circulating a bill that would block state transportation money from being used to operate a Milwaukee streetcar. Three legislators — Reps. Jesse Kremer, Romaine Quinn and Cody Horlacher — announced the proposal in an e-mail seeking cosponsors for the measure.

 

Israel

Home of Palestinian culprit destroyed

Israel demolished the home of a Palestinian who killed two officers and wounded several others in an attack last year. Police have said that Ibrahim Al-Akri drove his minivan into a train platform then attacked bystanders. He was shot dead at the scene. Israel is struggling to contain near-daily Palestinian attacks that have been ongoing for over two months.

 

Japan

Goats sent to Nepal earthquake survivors

An organization in Toyama has begun delivering goats to those affected by Nepal’s devastating earthquake on April 25, hoping that the animals — precious food for the locals — will help support their lives. Nepal Karnali Association’s Toyama branch collected donations to obtain goats in Nepal. The price of a goat is about half the monthly salary of a civil servant there.

 

Brazil

Impeachment process begins

Impeachment proceedings were opened against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by the speaker of the lower house of Congress, an enemy of the leader. A special commission in which all political parties are represented must now weigh the decision of speaker Eduardo Cunha, who himself is facing corruption charges, to open the proceedings against her based on accusations that her government broke fiscal responsibility laws. Rousseff disputes the accusations.

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