By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. The House last month attached provisions to block spending on Obama's immigration orders to a $39.7 billion bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
The storm came as a surprise in North Carolina, where weather models were slow to predict the snowfall generated by cold, moist air over much of the state, resulting in many roads being untreated ahead of the precipitation. Winter weather advisories were in effect across the region, with snow reaching as far east as the North Carolina coast. Another round of wintry precipitation was expected on Wednesday. A 24-year-old man died in a weather-related crash in Utica, Mississippi, after losing control of his vehicle and slamming into a tractor-trailer, local officials said.
In a brief electronic ruling, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole denied the request that attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made in late December, saying that the small groups seen around the courthouse advocated "various conspiracy theories" about the bombings but did not speak for their client. O'Toole had previously rejected the request in a closed court session, according to court records.