Reuters US Domestic News Summary

Following is a summary of current US domestic news briefs.

U.S. judge blocks Medicaid work requirements in New Hampshire

A federal judge on Monday overturned the Trump administration's approval of a plan by the state of New Hampshire to impose work requirements on people seeking to obtain benefits from the Medicaid health insurance program. The ruling by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., came after the judge earlier this year blocked the Republican-led states of Arkansas and Kentucky from moving forward with similar plans.

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez float plan to lift low-income communities in climate plans

U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday introduced a bill that would ensure any climate change legislation considered by Congress prioritizes low-income and vulnerable communities. The Climate Equity Act would ensure that Congress and the White House are held accountable for putting low-income and indigenous communities and minority groups that are on the "front lines" of climate change at the core of climate proposals, such as the Green New Deal.

Teen gunman scorned California garlic festival on social media before mass shooting

A California teenager was identified by police on Monday as the gunman who opened fire with an assault rifle at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people, including two children. Santino William Legan, 19, cut through a fence at the festival on Sunday evening and shot people seemingly at random with an "AK-47-style" assault rifle, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee told reporters. Legan was fatally shot by three police officers armed with handguns.

Trump signs measure to permanently extend compensation for Sept. 11 responders

Calling emergency first responders "heroes," U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a measure authorizing permanent benefits for police, firefighters and others suffering from illnesses connected to their work reacting to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The legislation, known as the "Never Forget the Heroes Act," approves federal funding through 2092 for an estimated 18,100 people who are likely to qualify for benefits, according to government estimates.

Trump administration enacts another obstacle to asylum cases

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration imposed another obstacle for asylum-seekers on Monday, finding that being persecuted on the basis of threats against a family member is usually not enough to be granted asylum in the United States. Attorney General William Barr issued a ruling that will set the standard for all immigration judges, using the same power his predecessors Jeff Sessions and Matthew Whitaker used to try to narrow the field of people potentially eligible for asylum.

A$AP Rocky goes on trial in Stockholm

U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky will appear in a Swedish court on Tuesday for the first day of his trial for assault that has angered U.S. President Donald Trump. The 30-year-old performer, producer and model, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl in Stockholm in the early hours of June 30, and later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

Trump issues full pardons for five convicted criminals

U.S. President Donald Trump issued full pardons on Monday for five criminals who served sentences on charges including drug trafficking, weapons sales and illegal gambling, the White House said in a statement. It cited the men's acceptance of responsibility for their crimes and the community service or charitable work each has performed since their release.

Man charged with four murders in one-day shooting spree in Los Angeles

A 26-year-old man accused of gunning down two family members and two others during a shooting spree last week in Los Angeles was charged on Monday with four counts of murder, officials said. The accused gunman, Gerry Dean Zaragoza, was arrested on Thursday, the same day the shootings unfolded in the San Fernando Valley section of the city.

New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo's legalization call

New York state on Monday decriminalized recreational marijuana use, meaning possession of small amounts of the drug will be punished with fines rather than jail time, a step short of Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal of legalizing pot. Cuomo said the measure would also allow a mechanism for clearing the records of people who had been criminally convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana.

Accused 9/11 mastermind open to role in victims' lawsuit if not executed

The accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has indicated a willingness to be deposed by victims who are suing Saudi Arabia for damages, if the United States decides not to seek the death penalty against him. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's offer was disclosed late Friday in a letter filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan by lawyers representing individuals and businesses seeking billions of dollars in damages.