President Barack Obama on Thursday announced broad executive action on immigration policy, offering temporary relief from deportation to millions of undocumented migrants and giving them a chance to "get right with the law," NBC News reported. "We're going to keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mother who's working hard to provide for her kids," Obama said in a speech to the nation. The plan will allow as many as five million undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., including the undocumented parents of children born here. Crowds of immigration reform advocates rallied outside the White House during the president's address. Republicans, calling the executive order a constitutional overreach and a largely political maneuver, are vowing to fight the executive action.
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Three children and two adults were killed when their vehicle veered off the interstate and rolled over during the North Texas family's trip to Disney World, Louisiana state police said. The family's 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe was driven by a 16-year-old who likely fell asleep at the wheel just before 11 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 20 near Calhoun, state police spokesman Michael Reichardt said. State police said none of those who died wore seat belts.
The gunman who opened fire inside a library at Florida State University early Thursday and was shot dead by police was a lawyer who graduated from the school, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The suspected shooter injured three students before being shot dead, authorities said. Two of the wounded students were admitted to Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare hospital and the third was treated and released at the scene, police and a hospital spokeswoman confirmed.
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One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion at an out-of-production oil platform about 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans on Thursday, NBC News reported. An explosion was reported at Fieldwood Energy's Echo Platform at about 3 p.m. local time, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. Fieldwood Energy would not immedately confirm the incident.
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A mother and her three young children were killed in a mobile home fire in Caribou, Maine on Thursday morning. A team of fire marshal investigators and inspectors have begun working to determine the cause of the blaze, which was reported around 7 a.m. local time, officials said. Public safety officials said it is the deadliest fire in modern times in Caribou. It also comes only a few weeks after six people died at a fire in an apartment building in Portland. Twenty-five people have died in fires this year in the state, the most in 21 years.
A man arrested with weapons in his car outside the White House Wednesday afternoon told the Secret Service the president called him directly and asked him to go to the White House, according to the police report. R.J. Kapheim, 41, pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon to one count of unlawful possession of a rifle. The judge ordered him held until a hearing at 9 a.m. Friday.
Buffalo was bracing for 3 more feet of snow after being pounded by a severe weather system for a third day that may leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done.
Richard Rosario is now serving the 18th year of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1996 Bronx murder, even though he insists he was 1,000 miles away in Florida on the day of the crime -- and at least 13 alibi witnesses swear Rosario is telling the truth. Among the witnesses who can vouch for him are a sheriff’s deputy, a pastor, and a federal correctional officer. “Do you believe I’m still here?” he said, “It’s insane.”
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A 23-year-old woman was arrested for carrying an unregistered handgun near the White House late Thursday evening. Secret Service officials say she has not been cooperative in interviews.
Crowds of protesters swarmed the streets of downtown Los Angeles Thursday night as they marched to the Mexican Consulate-General to call for the removal of Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and demand justice for a group of missing college students. Hundreds of marchers could be heard chanting and counting to 43 — the number of Mexican students who were last seen alive Sept. 26 in the city of Iguala, when police reportedly attacked a group of student protesters, killing six people and taking away dozens of students.
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With Prince William and Kate Middleton scheduled to make a stop in Washington, D.C. in early December, memos have been sent to U.S. journalists reminding them to adhere to a proper dress code during the Royals' visit. That means a jacket and tie for men and pants or a skirt suit for women, including technicians.
The leader of a vigilante fighter group in Nigeria says Boko Haram militants have killed about 45 people in an attack on a village, The Associated Press reported. Muhammed Gava of the Nigeria Vigilante Group said the assault occurred Wednesday in Azaya Kura village in northeastern Nigeria's Borno state. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that the heavily armed Boko Haram militants surged through the village in several trucks, destroying houses and carting away food and livestock.
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Republicans are furious over President Obama's executive action curbing deportations, so furious that some are calling for a measure to deny the administration funding to carry it out. But one top Republican says that plan won't work. House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which would be the primary agency for implementing Obama's executive order, is entirely self-funded through fees, and thus immune to such actions by Congress. The only way to "defund" USCIS would be to pass a separate law, which is unlikely. Leadership sources, however, say that House Speaker John Boehner has a few other, more creative, options on the table.
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