By Julia Edwards and Emily Stephenson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Monday argued that halting President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration from taking effect threatens national security, in a request for an emergency stay to put on hold a Texas judge's decision that temporarily blocked the actions. The Department of Homeland Security would sustain "irreparable harm" if a stay is not granted, the Justice Department argued in its request. The Obama administration is using a similar argument to push Congressional Republicans to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which they have threatened to shut down in order to block the immigration action.
EDITOR'S NOTE — On Feb. 23, 1945, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took a photograph that would become one of the most recognizable and reproduced images in history. It showed five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.
GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Lawyers for an Alabama woman charged in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter shouldn't get to raise questions about the past of the doctor who performed the girl's autopsy, prosecutors told a judge.
MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — An employee of an armed security company opened fire on a co-worker inside the business Monday morning before fatally shooting himself outside amid what police described as an "ongoing domestic situation."
Voters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes. With the congressional review period for the new measure set to expire on Wednesday, District of Columbia pot users will be left in a murkier position than those in Colorado and Washington state, which fully legalized marijuana last year. You can possess a small amount ... but you can only get it, I guess, illegally," said Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington's non-voting representative in Congress. A key argument by supporters was that marijuana laws unfairly victimized black people in Washington, who represent about half the city's population.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas doesn't open the voting in presidential campaigns like Iowa and New Hampshire do, but the 2016 Republican race already feels well underway in America's largest conservative state.