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Frustrated immigration activists urge Obama to curb deportations, warning of political peril

WASHINGTON - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists' only hope.

White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, likely will face federal charges that also could carry the death penalty in the killings Sunday afternoon in Overland Park, Kansas, an upscale suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

Alabama man sentenced in murder-for-hire plot to kill neighbor

(This April 14 story was corrected to say "raping" instead of "having an affair" in paragraph 3, and changes "trial" to "hearing" in paragraph 4) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - An Alabama man who tried to hire members of the Ku Klux Klan to torture and murder his African-American neighbor was sentenced on Monday to six years in prison. Allen Wayne Densen Morgan, 30, pleaded guilty in October to charges of using interstate facilities in an attempt to commit a murder for hire.

Boston remembers marathon victims one year on

Boston paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings that traumatized the northeastern US city and stunned the nation one year ago. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line of the city's famous marathon on April 15, 2013. The attacks were allegedly carried out by two brothers of Chechen descent who had lived in the United States for years.

Boston remembers marathon victims one year on

Boston paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings that traumatized the northeastern US city and stunned the nation one year ago. Three people were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the finish line of the city's famous marathon on April 15, 2013. The attacks were allegedly carried out by two brothers of Chechen descent who had lived in the United States for years.

Murder charges filed in shootings at Kansas Jewish sites

Prosecutors filed a death penalty murder charge Tuesday against a white supremacist accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites over the weekend, judicial sources said. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, was charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 69-year-old physician and his teenaged grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City. He also faces one count of first-degree murder for the death of a 53-year-old woman at the nearby Village Shalom retirement community where she was paying a weekly visit to her mother.

Obama to visit Japan on April 23-25: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Japan for three days from April 23 on the first leg of a weeklong Asian tour that will also take him to South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines, the White House said Monday. Obama will move on to South Korea on April 25, Malaysia on April 26 and the Philippines on April 28 before departing for Washington the following day, it said. On April 24, Obama is scheduled to hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and meet with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Obama to visit S. Korea next week

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, April 15 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will visit South Korea next week for talks with President Park Geun-hye on the alliance between the two countries, North Korea and its nuclear program, and other regional and global issues, both sides announced. Obama will arrive on April 25 for a two-day visit, Seoul's presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook said. It will be Obama's first trip to Seoul since Park took office last year. Park made a state visit to Washington last year, and the two leaders have since met on the sidelines of international gatherings.

Hate crimes charge awaits suspect in Kansas shooting

Hate crime charges on Monday awaited a reputed anti-Semite and former Ku Klux Klan leader suspected of killing three people at Jewish sites in Kansas on the eve of Passover. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, shouted "Heil Hitler" from a police car as he was taken into custody after Sunday's bloodbath in Overland Park, an affluent suburb of 174,000 outside Kansas City. "We will be filing hate crime charges," US District Attorney Barry Grissom told reporters. "We are in a very good place from an evidence standpoint, and we will be presenting to a grand jury."

Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.
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