September 15, 2017

London's Metropolitan Police are calling a fire on a train at the Parsons Green Tube station in southwest London during Friday's morning commute a "terrorist incident." It is "too early to confirm the cause of the fire, which will be subject to the investigation that is now underway by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command," police say. The London Ambulance Service says 18 people were taken to the hospital, none with serious or life-threatening injuries.

BBC London correspondent Riz Lateef was at the station and reported widespread panic after people heard "what appeared to be an explosion," and a photo posted on social media showed a white bucket in a bag with fire coming out. BBC News anchor Sophie Raworth said she saw people with bad burns being carried from the station.

Media consultant Richard Aylmer-Hall, 53, said he saw some people injured in the panic to leave the train, too. "I saw crying women, there was lots of shouting and screaming, there was a bit of a crush on the stairs going down to the streets," he told the BBC. Another witness described what she saw to Raworth.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the city "will never be intimidated or defeated by terrorism" and encouraged Londoners to remain "calm and vigilant." Peter Weber

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout.

September 12, 2017
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a federal appeals court ruling issued last week that would have let refugees with support from resettlement agencies enter the United States, despite President Trump's travel ban.

About 24,000 people could be affected by the ruling, which was issued without comment and with the support of at least five justices. The Supreme Court in June lifted a block on Trump's executive order that barred certain people from Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Libya, and Yemen from entering the country, making an exception for those with a "bona fide" relationship to the United States. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments over the legality of the executive order on Oct. 10. Catherine Garcia

August 30, 2017
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On Wednesday night, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the state from implementing most provisions of Senate Bill 4, a "sanctuary cities" law that lets law enforcement ask about immigration status during routine interactions and punishes local officials who do not cooperate with requests from federal immigration agents to turn over immigrants for possible deportation.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that there is "overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe." He did not rule against allowing police officers to ask the immigration status of people they detain if they so desire, but Garcia said police can't then arrest the people on immigration charges, and he halted the requirement that all jail officials transfer undocumented immigrants to federal agents, as that likely violates the Fourth Amendment.

SB 4 was supposed to go into effect on Sept. 1, but this ruling puts it all on hold, and Garcia will soon set a date to determine if it is constitutional, The Texas Tribune reports. Gov. Greg Abbott (R), an enthusiastic backer of the bill, said the decision will be appealed. Catherine Garcia

July 28, 2017
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Democrats in voting no early Friday morning for the Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare, with the bill failing on a vote of 49 to 51.

The bill, dubbed the Health Care Freedom Act, would have repealed ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates, defunded Planned Parenthood for a year, and allowed states to request waivers from benefits mandated by ObamaCare. It was the third defeat for the GOP this week, with two earlier proposals to repeal ObamaCare failing, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it's now "time to move on."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is "relieved millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the three proposals put forward will at least retain their health care, be able to deal with pre-existing conditions ... We are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people." Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released the text of the GOP's "skinny repeal" health-care bill, which has been named the Health Care Freedom Act.

The amendment would repeal ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates for eight years, increase contribution limits to health savings accounts for three years, repeal a tax on medical devices for three years, defund Planned Parenthood for a year, and allow states to request waivers from benefits mandated by ObamaCare.

Although the proposal was just released, and several Republicans said they don't like the bill, a final vote is expected late Thursday or early Friday. Earlier in the evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said his chamber is open to a conference committee to work on the bill. Catherine Garcia

July 19, 2017
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A week after undergoing a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

McCain's office released a statement Wednesday from the Mayo Clinic, which says after the procedure, "subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot. The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation." McCain, 80, has represented Arizona since 1987, and battled melanoma in the past. Catherine Garcia

July 17, 2017
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Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) announced Monday night they will not support the motion to proceed on the current version of the Republicans' health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Moran released a statement saying "we should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy," while Lee said he won't back the BCRA because it does not repeal "all of the ObamaCare taxes, it doesn't go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families, nor does it create enough free space from the most costly ObamaCare regulations." Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already come out as "no" votes.

The vote was postponed due to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) needing to recover from surgery, and now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) does not have the votes to pass the bill. Catherine Garcia

July 14, 2017
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A federal judge in Hawaii ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot stop grandparents and other close relatives from entering the United States under the president's travel ban.

Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's 90-day travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority nations and 120-day refugee ban could go through, as long as it was not enforced against travelers who had a "bona fide relationship" with a person or entity in the United States. The Trump administration decided that only spouses, parents, children, siblings, and fiancés counted as close family members, and the state of Hawaii requested an injunction, arguing that this was too narrow of a list. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson agreed, saying "common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members."

On Twitter, an attorney for the state of Hawaii, Neal Katyal, called the ruling a "sweeping victory," Reuters reports. Catherine Garcia

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