By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration said on Tuesday it plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision that blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions aimed at shielding millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. The Justice Department said it will appeal a 2-1 decision by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday affirming a lower court's decision halting Obama's immigration actions. The legal challenge to Obama's actions was made by 26 Republican-governed states that contend the president exceeded his presidential powers by bypassing Congress and acting unlilateraly.
A judge on Tuesday denied a request for a new trial and prepared to decide whether a white supremacist convicted of shooting three people to death at two Jewish centers in Kansas last year should be sentenced to death. A jury in early September convicted Frazier Glenn Cross, 74, a former senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, of the murders and recommended that he be put to death. Cross, sitting in a wheelchair in jail clothing, contended on Tuesday that his trial was unfair and asked for a new one, but Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan ruled against him.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she was not ready to support a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants, although she said the United States needs to improve its efforts to fight the group. To have a declaration of war, she said, requires understanding the resources available and the goals involved. "If you have a declaration of war, you'd better have a budget that backs it up," said Clinton, who was campaigning in New Hampshire.
"Tyshawn was not in the wrong place. The murderer, the executioner, the assassin, he was in the wrong place," Father Michael Pfleger said Tuesday at the funeral for a 9-year-old boy executed in a gang dispute while on his way to play basketball.