firearm and ammunition

The executive actions ease the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and set up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves.

Hoback said Lenhart was demonstrating along the north fence of the White House complex when authorities saw a holstered handgun on her hip.

She was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition, and carrying a pistol without a license. Hoback said she refused to make statements to authorities.

She has worked at Alibaba in various capacities since 2008, serving before that as COO in charge of TV power Star’s operations in China. Though she’s only in her early 40s, her résumé includes stints as managing director of CNBC China, a consultant to Bain & Co. and finance specialist for General Electric Co.

For a time after getting her MBA at Harvard in 1999, Zhang lived her dream, working at Star (then owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.) as host of Common Ground, a talk show on Beijing TV. With the slogan, “Building a bridge between China and the world,” Zhang took on topics that were considered daring, including AIDS and drug abuse. In a segment on Internet dating, an American man proposed to a Chinese woman he’d met online.

At Harvard, Zhang was one of a dozen students from China who had left the country after the 1989 crackdown on dissidents, described in a Newsweek profile in 2000 as part of an influential “Tiananmen Generation” who had received American educations and were debating whether to accept lucrative offers from U.S. companies or return to help build the Chinese economy. Classmates included The Lego Movie producer Dan Lin as well as Media Rights Capital co-chairmen Modi Wiczyk and Asif Satchu. Then described as “a buoyant 29-year-old woman whose dream was to become China’s answer to … Oprah Winfrey,” Zhang urged her classmates to return to help their country.

number of foreign tourists

“There’s a lot of room to boost the number of foreign tourists coming to Japan with these growing economies in our neighborhood,” said Daiki Takahashi, an economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo. “They’ll have a big impact if the current trend continues.”

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategy faces opposition on many fronts — from farmers fighting tariff cuts to corporations against outsiders on their boards — fostering tourism has few detractors. It’s a bright spot in an economy that dropped into recession last quarter as Japanese consumers cut spending after the government increased the sales tax in April to help rein in the world’s biggest debt burden.

Hou is doing her part, spending about 1 million yen over a week in October, half of it on shopping.

“I can get more stylish products in Japan than what I can find back in China,” she said, with shopping bags in each hand at the Mitsukoshi department store in Ginza.

temporary residency

In a move that infuriated his Republican critics, Obama said nearly all undocumented people living in country for more than five years and who have a child who is a US citizen or legal permanent resident can apply for three-year work authorization.

The president also broadened the program he launched in 2012 that provides temporary residency to young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before the age of 16.

“There are actions I have the legal authority to take as president – the same kinds of actions taken by Democratic and Republican presidents before me – that will help make our immigration system more fair and more just,” Obama said in a 15-minute speech broadcast from the White House.

The order will affect about 44 percent of the 11.3 million people — mostly from Mexico and Central America — living in the United States illegally.

But he quickly stressed that the sweeping order, the most comprehensive immigration step in years, “does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.

Since 1986, when then-Republican president Ronald Reagan granted a sweeping amnesty, all attempts at major reform of the country’s immigration system have failed.

Faced with congressional stalemate, Obama — who made immigration a top priority on taking office in 2009 — has decided, with two years left in the White House, to take the matter into his own hands.

Under the new rules, those applying for deferred action must have a clean criminal record, pass a background check, and pay taxes.

Its attorney general Greg Abbott, the incoming governor, said: “I am prepared to immediately challenge President Obama in court, securing our state’s sovereignty and guaranteeing the rule of law.”

The political firestorm unleashed by Obama does not bode well for relations between Congress and the White House in coming months.

Republicans cannot halt a presidential decree, but they can make Obama’s last two years extremely difficult — by blocking his choices for ambassadorial and administration posts, as well as judgeships.

celebrate this outcome

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Wednesday that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause.

“This Court recognizes that not everyone will celebrate this outcome,” Morris wrote. “This decision overturns a Montana Constitutional amendment approved by the voters of Montana. Yet the United States Constitution exists to protect disfavored minorities from the will of the majority.”

The state’s Republican attorney general, Tim Fox, plans to appeal, but he said he wouldn’t seek to block marriages in the meantime.

At least two counties — Missoula and Park — started issuing marriage licenses to gay couples Wednesday.

The ruling follows a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in September that struck down Idaho’s and Nevada’s bans as unconstitutional. Montana is part of the 9th Circuit, and Morris cited the appeals court’s opinion in his ruling.

“The time has come for Montana to follow all the other states within the Ninth Circuit and recognize that laws that ban same-sex marriage violate the constitutional right of same-sex couples to equal protection of the laws,” he wrote.

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in May challenging Montana’s ban, including Angie and Tonya Rolando. “Love won today,” Angie Rolando said.

The couple said they plan obtain a wedding license as soon as their courthouse opens Thursday.

Montana and two other states, Kansas and South Carolina, continued their legal fight against same-sex marriage despite rulings from federal appeals courts that oversee them that concluded gay and lesbian couples have the right to wed.

In South Carolina, a judge issued the first gay marriage licenses and a couple wed Wednesday, even as the state attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and block the unions.

Before Wednesday, same-sex couples could marry in 32 states, parts of Kansas and Missouri and the District of Columbia.

Similarly Nichols family

The family will hold a private service this week; a memorial will be held at a later date, Goldston said.

During a career spanning more than 50 years, Nichols, who was married to ABC’s Diane Sawyer, managed to be both an insider and outsider, an occasional White House guest and friend to countless celebrities who was as likely to satirize the elite as he was to mingle with them. A former stand-up performer who began his career in a groundbreaking comedy duo with Elaine May and whose work brought him an Academy Award, a Grammy and multiple Tony and Emmy honors, Nichols had a remarkable gift for mixing edgy humor and dusky drama.

“No one was more passionate than Mike,” Goldston wrote in an email announcing Nichols’ death.

His 1966 film directing debut “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” unforgettably captured the vicious yet sparkling and sly dialogue of Edward Albee’s play, as a couple (Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor) torment each other over deep-seated guilt and resentment.

“Angels in America,” the 2003 TV miniseries adapted from the stage sensation, blended rich pathos and whimsy in its portrait of people coping with AIDS and looking to the heavens for compassion they found lacking in Ronald Reagan’s 1980s America.

Similarly, Nichols’ 2001 TV adaptation of the play “Wit” packed biting levity within the stark story of a college professor dying of ovarian cancer.

Nichols, who won directing Emmys for both “Angels in America” and “Wit,” said he liked stories about the real lives of real people and that humor inevitably pervades even the bleakest of such tales.

“I have never understood people dividing things into dramas and comedies,” Nichols said in a 2004 interview with The Associated Press. “There are more laughs in ‘Hamlet’ than many Broadway comedies.”

He was a wealthy, educated man who often mocked those just like him, never more memorably than in “The Graduate,” which shot Dustin Hoffman to fame in the 1967 story of an earnest young man rebelling against his elders’ expectations. Nichols himself would say that he identified with Hoffman’s awkward, perpetually flustered Benjamin Braddock.

Mixing farce and Oedipal drama, Nichols managed to capture a generation’s discontent without ever mentioning Vietnam, civil rights or any other issues of the time. But young people laughed hard when a family friend advised Benjamin that the road to success was paved with “plastics” or at Benjamin’s lament that he felt like life was “some kind of game, but the rules don’t make any sense to me. They’re being made up by all the wrong people. I mean no one makes them up. They seem to make themselves up.”

At the time, Nichols was “just trying to make a nice little movie,” he recalled in 2005 at a retrospective screening of “The Graduate.” ”It wasn’t until when I saw it all put together that I realized this was something remarkable.”

Nichols won the best-director Oscar for “The Graduate,” which co-starred Anne Bancroft as an aging temptress pursuing Hoffman, whose character responds with the celebrated line, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.”

hundreds of students

University police fatally shot a gunman at the campus library early Thursday in a shooting that left three students wounded as hundreds studying inside the library fled or took cover in panic.

Officers confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop his weapon, but he fired one shot at them and they unleashed a volley of shots, Tallahassee Police spokesman said.

While police did not say if the wounded were shot by the gunman, senior Sarah Evans from Miami said she was inside the library and heard a male student say he had been shot. When she looked at him, he was on the ground with blood spreading on his pants leg.

Northway said authorities did not believe there were any other threats related to the incident. Shortly after 4 a.m., a loud tone sounded across the campus followed by an announcement that the campus was “all clear.”

At the same time, authorities allowed hundreds of students who had been shepherded in a classroom building next to Strozier Library, a multistory building in the center of the Tallahassee campus, to return to their homes.

Hours after the shooting, detectives could be seen inspecting the body of the suspected gunman, who was lying face down at the top of an access ramp just outside the library. A gray baseball cap lay near his head.

China’s official Relations

best known in the West for his role as a tough detective in Ridley Scott’s “Black Rain”, came to prominence in China when Japanese movies were allowed into the country in the late 1970s.

He died last week of lymphoma at the age of 83, reports said Tuesday, after a decades-long acting career dotted with starring roles, often as a mobster or a police officer or other strong, silent types enduring hardship in the pursuit of justice.

“Ken Takakura is a witness to the history of friendship between the Chinese and Japanese people,” one user wrote Wednesday on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.

Others hailed him as “Japan’s last tough guy” and “a Japanese national treasure who loves China”.

China’s official Xinhua news agency on Tuesday described Takakura as an actor who “helped redefine the image Chinese males hoped to obtain for an entire generation”.

“His iconic cool exuded on screen captured numerous hearts in China,” Xinhua wrote, noting that Takakura’s 1976 hit “Manhunt” was among the first Japanese films to be screened in China after the Cultural Revolution.

China’s foreign ministry also mourned Takakura’s passing, with spokesman Hong Lei calling him “a well-known Japanese artist to the Chinese people who made important and positive contributions to cultural exchanges between China and Japan”.

Relations between Beijing and Tokyo have plummeted over the past two years amid disputes over a chain of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea and Japan’s World War II past.

The company is focusing

a is spearheading Alibaba’s hunt for Hollywood movies and television shows as it expands its video and entertainment content on set-top boxes.

Alibaba prefers to invest in specific films rather than in movie studios, a person familiar with the matter said this month. The Hangzhou-based company wants to become a more significant distributor of content by using customer shopping and viewing data to forecast what productions will become hits among Chinese viewers, the person said.

The company is focusing on health and entertainment because China’s biggest troubles in 10 years will be in health and happiness, Ma said today.

Hangzhou-based Alibaba released its first set-top box in collaboration with Wasu Media Holding Co. (000156) in September 2013. A month later, it announced another box under the Tmall brand, the name of one of Alibaba’s biggest e-commerce platforms.

Users of Alibaba’s set-top boxes can watch TV channels and high-definition movies, shop online and play games. Alibaba buys rights from studios that control films and TV content to show them online for a fee, often by territory.

Alibaba already has $11 billion in loans and credit lines, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Should Alibaba raise $8 billion, the bond sale would be the largest ever denominated in U.S. dollars in Asia, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Ma sees many opportunities for Alibaba around the world and doesn’t want to compete with EBay Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. in the U.S.

federal government is downsizing

As the federal government is downsizing its presence on Texas’ southern border, key state officials are proposing that when about 1,000 National Guard troops go home in the spring they be replaced with state troopers who would remain on duty until August.

The plan calls for spending an extra $86 million to extend a border security mission that Gov. Rick Perry ordered in June as unaccompanied immigrant children crossed into the state in record numbers. While local law enforcement agencies say the extra resources are no longer needed, outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended the strategy.

“The law enforcement surge is working,” he said Wednesday. “It’s important that we keep it working.”

During the summer, U.S. Border Patrol sent agents from other stations to South Texas to help deal with the influx of Central American immigrants. But Border Patrol officials have said most of those agents have since returned to their original stations as the number of illegal crossings fell.

“While the rate of unaccompanied children apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley appears to be moving downward compared to earlier this year, we continue to prepare for any change in current conditions,” the Border Patrol said in a statement.

an additional 500 state troopers to the border, and the outline of the new spending plan could help him reach that goal.

The funding for the extension of the operation will come from bond service funds and disaster funds, among other sources.

Opponents of the surge voiced their concerns about the increase in state forces along the border.

“The people crossing the border were not terrorists,” Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said. With “the continuation of law enforcement officers, I don’t have a problem. But I don’t believe we ever needed the National Guard; they are not trained in law enforcement.”

Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said he’d like to see funding go to sheriffs’ departments. He said he’d like to replace vehicles and hire more deputies.

the night they disappeared

Both women, who grew up in the area, were shot to death and appeared to have been killed the night they disappeared, Sabillon said.

“They were not very astute about assessing the people around them. They were just friendly,” the sisters’ mother Teresa Munoz told Televicentro. “They were taken out by people they hadn’t known very long.”

An accomplice, Aris Maldonado, was also being held. Sabillon said the two men allegedly buried the bodies near the river so they would decompose quickly.

He said Ruiz allegedly shot his girlfriend, Sofia, because she was dancing with another man. After a fierce argument, he pulled out a pistol and fired at Sofia first, then at Miss Honduras as she tried to flee. Munoz said Ruiz called her the following morning, acting nervous and claiming the young women had left the party in a car with some other people.

Alvarado was crowned Miss Honduras in April and was expected to compete in the Miss World Pageant in London next month. She was supposed to have left for London this week. A pageant representative said Honduras would not compete in the contest this year, given the tragedy.

Honduras, overrun with streets gangs and drug trafficking, has the highest murder rate in the world for a country not in war, with an estimated 90 to 95 killings per 100,000 people. It is one of Latin America’s poorest countries and earlier this year was the main source of a surge in unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States, many to escape the violence.

Alvarado had also worked as a model on the game program “El Show X O da Dinero” of television personality and former presidential candidate Salvador Nasrallah. He said he was very saddened by the news.