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Mourners take part in a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at the Star Dance Studio on Monday, in Monterey Park, California.

STATE

Texas leads lawsuit against Biden administration’s new immigration policy

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Biden administration, claiming a new immigration program the president announced last month that would allow 360,000 people a year from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela to enter the country is illegal.

Texas, which is leading a coalition of 20 states, filed the lawsuit in a federal district court in Victoria.

Last month, Biden and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced a parole program that would allow 30,000 people per month to legally enter the U.S. from the four countries if they apply from their home countries, pass a background check and prove they have a financial supporter in the U.S.

If they’re approved, they can stay in the country for up to two years and get a work permit. Once in the country, they would be able to request asylum.

As part of the plan, the Biden administration also began to use the emergency health order known as Title 42 to expel the same number of migrants from those four countries to Mexico if they attempt to enter the U.S. illegally. According to the Department of Homeland Security, Mexico agreed to accept up to 30,000 migrants a month from those countries under Title 42.

The lawsuit says the parole program was modeled after the same program that allowed Ukrainians to enter the U.S. after the Russian invasion in February 2022. But the latest parole program does not meet the criteria for it to be legal, the lawsuit claims.

NATION

California reeling from mass shootings: ‘Too much bloodshed’

As mourners were gathering Monday evening for a candlelight vigil in Monterey Park for 11 people killed by a gunman at a dance studio, word spread of another mass shooting in Half Moon Bay.

California is reeling from three mass shootings carried out in one week.

Six people were found fatally shot inside a home in Goshen, California, on Jan. 16 in a case police believe could be tied to organized crime.

On Saturday night, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran walked into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and opened fire, killing 11. He then went to a second dance club in Alhambra but was disarmed. Police think jealousy over a personal dispute might have been the motive in the attack but emphasize that the investigation is continuing. Tran carried a 9 mm MAC-10 when he walked into the Monterey Park dance hall about 10:20 p.m. Saturday and began spraying bullets as frightened patrons ducked for cover. Authorities recovered at least 42 spent shell casings from the scene.

Then Monday afternoon, seven more people were killed in two shootings in Half Moon Bay that authorities say are connected. A 67-year-old man is suspected of opening fire at two rural farms about a mile apart, shooting some of the victims in front of children who lived nearby and had recently been released from school. The shooting suspect, identified as Chunli Zhao, was believed to work at one of the farms. Police have not revealed a motive in those shootings.

“Tragedy upon tragedy,” Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was visiting Monterey Park on Monday, said of the two attacks.

After Taylor Swift ticket fiasco, Senate panel calls Ticketmaster a monopolistic anti-hero

WASHINGTON — For decades now, Ticketmaster has engendered bad blood from concertgoers angry over its fees but has managed to shake it off, growing into the largest ticketing company in America. But after crossing Taylor Swift fans, parent company Live Nation faced a Senate panel Tuesday intent on getting the company to admit, “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me.”

Live Nation drew the ire of thousands of Taylor Swift fans in the fall, after its website crashed when tickets for Swift’s upcoming “Eras” tour went on sale. Swifties also decried huge swings in the tickets’ prices and painfully long wait times. A similar debacle afflicted ticket sales for a Bad Bunny concert in Mexico City. As Swift apologized to fans, Congress swore to hold hearings, and on Tuesday the Senate Judiciary Committee held the first.

Ticketmaster merged with Live Nation, a concert venue and promotions company, in 2010, creating a live events behemoth that controls nearly every aspect of putting on a show short of the singing and dancing. On Tuesday, senators criticized how that vertical integration created a market-dominating powerhouse with little concern for average fans.

Classified documents found at former Vice President Pence’s Indiana home

A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence found 12 classified documents in a search of his Indiana home in the latest development related to the handling of secret information by officials.

Pence quickly moved to notify authorities and handed over the documents unearthed in the search, which was launched after similar searches turned up classified materials at President Joe Biden’s home and office.

Jacob said Pence, who is considering a 2024 presidential run, had no idea the documents were stored at his home and is cooperating fully with an investigation.

Ga. judge to consider release of grand jury report

ATLANTA — A Fulton County, Georgia, judge will hear arguments Tuesday from the District Attorney’s office, news media organizations and other stakeholders about whether to make public the final report of a special grand jury that investigated potential criminal interference in Georgia’s 2020 elections.

It will ultimately be up to Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney to determine whether to release the report, which is expected to include a summary of the grand jury’s findings and recommendations about whether anyone should be indicted.

U.S. sues Google to break up ad unit in heated antitrust fight

The U.S. Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet Inc.’s Google, calling for the break up of the search giant’s ad-technology business over alleged illegal monopolization of the digital advertising market.

“The lawsuit we have filed today seeks to hold Google to account for what we allege are its longstanding monopolies in digital advertising technologies that content creators use to sell ads and advertisers use to buy ads on the open Internet,” said the Justice Department’s antitrust chief Jonathan Kanter in a news conference Tuesday announcing the suit.

WORLD

Journalist deaths jumped by 50% in 2022, mostly fueled by increases in Ukraine, Mexico and Haiti, report says

The number of journalists killed last year was 50 percent higher than in 2021, mostly occuring in Haiti, Ukraine and Mexico, a new report said Tuesday.

Last year marked the deadliest for journalists since 2018, with 67 or more news media workers killed, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in its annual report. At least 41 of them were targeted for their work, the press freedom advocacy group said, while motives for the other 26 were still being investigated.

Ukraine saw 15 members of the press killed, Mexico 13 and Haiti seven. They were the highest journalist death counts CPJ has ever recorded for each nation.

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