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Judge in Virginia declines to block Trump's new travel ban

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In a decision hailed by the White House, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Friday that the revised travel ban could go forward, seeing the latest version as markedly different from the Trump administration's initial effort. As previously reported on The Root, Trump's original ban was signed on January 27 and halted a week later by a federal judge in Washington State. Read More »

Democrats Will Try to Block Neil Gorsuch Confirmation

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Addressing Republicans, Schumer said if Gorsuch "cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama's nominees and George Bush's last two nominees, the answer isn't to change the rules". During the confirmation hearing, Democrats on the committee regularly expressed their anger that President Barack Obama's nomination for a post that was vacated 13 months ago was refused a hearing by Republicans. Read More »

Rex Tillerson to attend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting after all

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The officials will ask the applicant's travel history, addresses and work history for 15 years; and all phone numbers, email addresses and social media handles used by the applicant in the past five years during the interview. Per the same memo, visa applicants that fall within one of these identified population groups should be considered for higher-level security screening. Read More »

Menendez Keeps Focus on Budget Battles, As Legal Battle Looms

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Toscano said the nonprofit service, which served 66,000 meals in this area a year ago, not only provides nourishment and visits to low-income homebound residents, many of them elderly, but it also saves money. "We're here for everybody that needs our help and we plan on being here for a long time", Jackson said. Those with Mobile Meals said they'll continue to help the elderly regardless of how the budget shakes out. Read More »

Post-firing, NY prosecutor's office likely to plot similar course

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What complicated the situation with Bharara was both his prominence and his having been asked , during the presidential transition, to stay on in the job. And now, speculation is rampant that the real reason behind firing Bharara was his role of an investigator in the Fox News sexual allegations controversy. Read More »

Turkey Claims to Have Killed 71 US-Backed Kurds in Syria Attacks

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The vote will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will gain greater powers under a USA -style executive presidency. As for the Syrian army, the SDF operations in Raqqa and elsewhere could be a positive thing since there is an undeclared coordination between both forces, observers say. Read More »

Cummings, Trump meeting on drug prices back on

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The Congressmen pitched a House bill that would expand the federal government's ability to negotiate drug prices, and they left feeling optimistic about what Trump will do. And, Welch said, "the price is starting to kill us, we just can't afford it". The latest proposal would direct the HHS Secretary to establish a formulary. Read More »

Fault running from San Diego to LA could cause 7.3 magnitude quake

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A stepover is a section in between faults where they don't directly meet. The only question is how long it will be before the "Big One" strikes. Most of the earliest quakes "appear to be quite large", between magnitude-7.0 and magnitude-7.5, said study lead author Kate Scharer of the USGS. Read More »

Hawaiian Airlines plane diverts to Los Angeles over blanket incident

A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu was diverted to Los Angeles on Wednesday when a passenger became irate after being told he had to pay $12 for a blanket. The flight attendant said the cabin was "on secured lock-down". Passenger Claudia Rodriguez, a Dallas resident, said the airline did not provide much information during the incident. Read More »

Daycare worker accused of pushing 4-year-old girl down stairs

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A U.S. day care worker who allegedly pushed a child down a staircase was shocked when she looked up and saw a freshly-installed security camera. Sarah Gable was charged with assault after pushing a child down a staircase. As the 52-year-old bends over she spies the recently installed security camera and freezes momentarily. She is out on a $25,000 bail ahead of a trial. Read More »

Supreme Court Sends Gavin Grimm Transgender Rights Case Back to Appeals Court

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The appeals court's decision was stayed pending the Supreme Court's decision, which means that Grimm , now a senior, is still not allowed to use the bathroom that matches his gender identity and birth certificate. However, to clarify Title IX's protections for gender identity, the appeals court called on the federal government to define whether Title IX protects against discrimination for gender identity, not just sex at birth, in the USA educational system. Read More »

Pence calls on AP to apologize over wife's publicized email

Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said the news organization removed the email address when they realized Karen Pence still used the account. The two stories suggested that the AOL email account was used by Pence to discuss seemingly confidential subjects such as terror attacks and to receive Federal Bureau of Investigation updates. Read More »

USA to temporarily suspend premium processing of H1-B visas

Although the suspension will be in force for six months from April 3, the IT industry feels that the impact will last an entire year. H-1B visas, often referred to as high-skilled visas, let US companies temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Read More »

Seven Baltimore Cops Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

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The seven officers are accused of falsely detaining people, stealing their money and property, and faking reports to cover up their crimes. One officer also is charged with dealing drugs and tipping off drug suspects. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each count. The action may have been in response to a complaint [text, PDF] filed in January against the police department of Baltimore . Read More »

Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman David Parry arrested in Scottsdale

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The driver of the golf cart taxi (common in Scottsdale) told police he picked a group of people up from a bar and dropped them off another location. Per the report, Parry and two others were allegedly given a ride from a bar, and when the driver went to collect payment from the other two, Parry allegedly hit him in the head and stole his "transportation cart". Read More »

Justice Department Changes Position on Texas' Discriminatory Voter ID Law

Her bill would add options for Texans who say they can not "reasonably" obtain one of seven forms of ID now required at the polls, similar to court-ordered rules temporarily in place for last November's election. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department joined the plaintiffs in arguing that the Texas law should be struck down. Now the nonprofits are left to fend for themselves in court, as Sessions, a vocal proponent of voter ID laws , and his DOJ support Texas officials. Read More »

Gunman kills girl, 8, after vehicle accident

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Thomas's daughter was hit by gunfire. "I don't know who it was and I don't know why she was shooting", Thomas said. "I was going through the light and through my peripheral vision I could see a auto coming at a high rate of speed", Thomas said. Read More »

Most Americans want USA to keep funding expanded Medicaid

The plan would also scale back the ACA's Medicaid expansion, which provides coverage to roughly 12 million low-income people, according to Bloomberg's report , shifting pressure onto states to find funding streams to pay for the residents who received coverage under the expansion. Read More »

Alt-right leader Richard Spencer expelled at CPAC conference

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But Schneider used the CPAC forum, held at Maryland's National Harbor just outside Washington, to make clear that from their perspective the alt-right has no place in conservativism. "We owe it to you". Trump is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Thursday will culminate with a speech from Vice-President Mike Pence. Richard Spencer's removal from the Conservative Political Action Conference ( CPAC ) came as one of the organisers attacked his views. Read More »

What's open, closed on President's Day 2017?

If history is any help, stocks tend to inch higher on George Washington's birthday. "What if we don't want to celebrate all presidents?" Abraham Lincoln has it all over George Washington when it comes to Presidents Day at the Chicago History Museum. Read More »

Baton Rouge PD thanks woman for helping police officer

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The suspect, Thomas Bennett, had been found by the officer asleep in his vehicle with drug paraphernalia and became aggressive when apprehended. "You don't have time to think about it.I did what God needed me to do". He said Williams-Tillman helped Aime regain control of the situation. Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was being hailed as a hero, The Advocate reported . Read More »

Oakland Active Shooter: Man Armed With Rifle Detained; Interstate Reopens

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Reports of an active shooter near Interstate 580 in Oakland shut down a section of the highway Friday morning and caused a lockdown at a high school, officials said. In a statement, Oakland police officer Johnna Watson said: 'This is extremely concerning for the Oakland police Department. Calls to an Oakland police spokeswoman were not returned Friday morning. Read More »