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Sanctuary Cities Face Aid Cuts as Justice Dept. Tightens Screws

Sanctuary cities to be punishedThe Trump administration escalated its confrontation with so-called sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, threatening them anew Friday with the loss of grant money if they do not remove certain barriers.

The Justice Department sent letters to officials in New York City, Philadelphia, California and other places that were singled out last year by the agency’s inspector general for regulations that interfere with the ability of police or sheriffs to communicate with federal immigration authorities about the status of prisoners in their custody.

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DOJ: Russian ‘Superhacker’ Gets 27 Years in Prison

DOJ jails Russian hackerThe Russian “superhacker” who stole and sold millions of credit-card numbers, reportedly causing more than $169 million worth of damage to businesses and financial institutions, was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison.

As The Daily Beast previously reported, Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, aka Track2, son of a prominent Russian lawmaker, was convicted last year on 38 counts of computer intrusion and credit-card fraud.

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AmeriCorps now fighting for own survival under Trump

Americorps struggling under TrumpNearly a decade after former President Barack Obama provided a major shot in the arm for the U.S. government's premier civil service program with a healthy infusion of cash, it now faces the end of the road under the Trump administration.

Exactly eight years ago Friday, Obama pledged an additional $6 billion for AmeriCorps, the government's 23-year-old civil society program that provides much-needed work on a number of fronts from coast to coast.

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Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years

Arkansas carries out first execution in 12 years; more to followArkansas has carried out its first execution in 12 years, according to local news media reports.

The southeastern US state executed Ledell Lee on Thursday at its Cummins Unit in Grady, which houses the state's death chamber.   Lee was pronounced dead four minutes before his death warrant was due to expire at midnight.

The US Supreme Court had cleared the way earlier in the day for Arkansas to conduct the execution by removing holds on the lethal injection, just 30 minutes before the state's death warrant expired.

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Massachusetts Throws Out More Than 21,000 Convictions In Drug Testing Scandal

Annie DookhanMassachusetts formally dropped more than 21,000 tainted drug convictions Thursday that were linked to a disgraced state chemist who in 2013 admitted to faking test results.

It's the largest single dismissal of convictions in U.S. history, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Thursday's dismissals by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had been expected after several district attorneys on Tuesday submitted lists of 21,587 cases they said they would be unwilling or unable to prosecute, The Associated Press reports.

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Sources: US prepares charges to seek arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

Julian Assange to be arrestedUS authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former US Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning.

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Tesla to recall 53,000 cars over parking brake issue

Tesla recallTesla Inc (TSLA.O) said on Thursday it would recall 53,000 of its Model S and Model X cars globally to fix a parking brake issue.

Shares of the U.S. luxury electric car maker were down nearly 1 percent at $302.77 in afternoon trading, following its biggest ever recall. (bit.ly/2ovjTzb)  Tesla's total production for 2016 was 83,922 vehicles and included both Model S and Model X.

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