State sues to block six Syrian refugees
Texas has sued the U.S. government in an effort to block six Syrian refugees from resettling in Dallas this week, while Indiana's governor is asking the Catholic Church not to resettle a Syrian family in his state.
Texas' suit, filed Wednesday, comes after a nonprofit defied orders from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to halt the arrival of Syrian refugees in Texas, citing last month's Paris attacks.
Texas wants to delay the arrival of the refugees for at least a week, until a federal judge can hear the challenge.
The Obama administration has said states don't have the authority to block refugees. Abbott is among more than two dozen governors who have vowed to keep new Syrian refugees from resettling in their states.
In Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence on Wednesday asked the archdiocese to reconsider and not settle a Syrian family in the state later this month. - AP
No foul play in death
The new mayor of Alaska's capital, Juneau, appears to have died from natural causes. Police on Wednesday announced the cause of death shortly after an autopsy was completed on the body of Mayor Stephen Fisk. The death was "consistent with an injury due to falling or stumbling into objects. No foul play is indicated," police said. Fisk, 70, a political newcomer, was elected in October. - AP
Hill staffer arrested