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March 10, 2017 - 8:47 pm


Judge exempts Syrian family from Trump ban

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, has issued an order temporarily blocking President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing his new travel ban against a Syrian family trying to reach that state.

A Syrian man filed a complaint in federal court in Madison on Friday alleging the travel ban is unconstitutional and will prevent his family from leaving Aleppo and joining him in Wisconsin. The man had challenged Trump's first travel order as well but U.S. District Judge William Conley had put the lawsuit aside after a federal judge in Washington state blocked that the Trump ban in February.

Hours after the man filed his new complaint Conley issued a temporary restraining order barring Trump's administration from enforcing the ban against the man's family, saying the family is in danger. The ban doesn't go into effect until March 16 but the family is preparing to travel to Jordan for visa interviews at the U.S. embassy and the process could stretch beyond the ban's effective date.


ACLU sues over initial hearings for detained immigrants

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the federal government to limit the amount of time that people can be held before seeing an immigration judge, saying many are held for months while waiting for an initial appearance.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court on behalf of three Mexicans at a San Diego immigration detention center.

The ACLU asks to represent all people who are held on immigration violations along California's border with Mexico, an estimated 1,500 on any given day at the region's two largest centers.

The lawsuit comes as President Donald Trump moves to significantly expand border and immigration enforcement, which is likely to further strain jails and courts.

The U.S. Homeland Security Department and Executive Office for Immigration Review declined to comment.


UPDATE: 3rd protester dies as S. Korea braces for more rallies

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are bracing for more violence between opponents and supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye, who was stripped of her powers by the Constitutional Court over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into a political turmoil.

Three people died and dozens were injured in clashes between police and Park's supporters after the ruling Friday, according to police, which detained seven protesters for questioning.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency is planning on Saturday to deploy nearly 20,000 officers and hundreds of buses to separate the two crowds, whose passionate rallies have divided the streets near the presidential palace in the past several weekends.


Lawyer says gay group reviewing parade letter

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for a group of gay veterans initially barred from marching in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade says the group has received a letter allowing it to march and is "actively reviewing" it.

Organizers of this year's parade reversed course Friday and said they will allow the group of gay veterans to march. Parade organizers tweeted an "acceptance letter" had been signed by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council that would allow OutVets to take part in the March 19 parade.

The decision earlier this week to bar OutVets from marching drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians and stirred up a furor on social media.

OutVets was first allowed to participate in the parade in 2015.


Princeton University says student's lawsuit is meritless

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Princeton University says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against it by a former graduate student is meritless and contains a series of inaccurate accusations.

A student dubbed John Doe filed the lawsuit in federal court in New Jersey on Thursday. He alleges because he's a man the university didn't take seriously his reports that he was sexually assaulted twice by a man he was dating or that he had attempted suicide.

Princeton received notice of the lawsuit Friday. It says the lawsuit repeatedly mischaracterizes how it handled the student's case. It says it "responds seriously and compassionately to victims of sexual misconduct and those with mental health issues."

The student's lawsuit seeks financial damages.

Princeton says it's confident it will prevail.


NEW: Vandals target Seattle synagogue, spray-paint with graffiti

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a Seattle synagogue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood was vandalized with anti-Semitic Holocaust-denying graffiti.

The Seattle Times reports a police officer discovered the spray-painted message Friday morning on an exterior wall of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

Rabbi Daniel Weiner says the message reads "The Holocaust is fake history." The "s'' characters in the graffiti are dollar signs.

Weiner says it "really is a toxic mix of Holocaust denial, the stereotypical charge that Jews are obsessed with money, and the notion coming from the (President Trump) administration that all facts are fungible . fake facts, fake history."

Weiner says for a time Friday a bed sheet saying "Love Wins" was hung over the graffiti, but he thinks it's important for people to see what was done.

Seattle police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Gov. Jay Inslee said in a statement Friday that he that he continues to stand with the Jewish community as he has stood with all Washingtonians.


Source: Trump picks former FDA official to head agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Donald Trump is choosing a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb would be tasked with Trump's goal of cutting red tape at the FDA, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals to seafood to electronic cigarettes. Trump has called the FDA's drug approval process "slow and burdensome," despite changes to speed reviews, particularly of cutting-edge products.

Gottlieb served as a deputy commissioner under George W. Bush and currently is a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute and a partner in the venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nomination has not been formally announced.


Trump embraces jobs numbers he once scorned

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is embracing numbers he once maligned as "phony" as he tries to take credit for the latest jobs report.

The new administration on Friday praised new Labor Department statistics that show U.S. employers added 235,000 jobs in February. The unemployment also rate dipped to a low 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent.

It was a jarring contrast from the campaign, when Trump denounced the stat as "one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics."

Asked about the apparent disconnect, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was unapologetic.

He says, "They may have been phony in the past but they are very real now."


Snyder: Third of state lost electricity access in wind storm

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says that at one point close to a third of the state's land area had no access to electricity after high winds knocked out power this week to more than a million utility customers.

About 470,000 customers are still without power after Wednesday's storm — about 400,000 with DTE Energy and 72,000 with Consumers Energy, the utilities say. The utilities say power should be restored to nearly all by Sunday.

Snyder surveyed damage Friday in a Dearborn Heights neighborhood, west of Detroit.

Snyder called the storm "unprecedented in terms of the number of power lines, poles broken."

Dozens of warming centers are open across Michigan. Temperatures were around 30 degrees Friday morning in the Detroit area and expected to remain cold throughout the weekend.


Orlando judge revokes bond for wife of nightclub shooter

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge in Orlando has revoked bond for the wife of the Pulse nightclub gunman.

U.S. District Judge Paul Byron on Friday reversed the decision of a magistrate judge in Oakland, California, to release Noor Salman on $500,000 bond.

The bond revocation was made at the request of prosecutors.

Salman moved to California to be with family after the nightclub massacre and she had her first court appearance there even though charges were filed in Orlando.

Salman has pleaded not guilty to charges of aiding and abetting, and obstruction of justice.

Salman's husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack at the Pulse gay nightclub on June 12. The deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history left 49 people dead.


3 households near derailment allowed to go home

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says residents of three households that were evacuated near the site of a train derailment and fire in northwest Iowa have been allowed to return home.

The department says the three homes were each at least a half-mile from the site, where the ethanol-fueled fire was still burning late Friday afternoon.

The derailment occurred around 1 a.m. Friday near Graettinger (GREHT'-ihn-jur), about 160 miles northwest of Des Moines. It sent 27 tanker cars, each carrying 25,000 gallons of ethanol, off the tracks. The sheriff's office says two crew members escaped unharmed. No injuries had been reported by Friday evening.


Twins trumped: Winklevoss's lose bid for bitcoin trade fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — The irrepressible Winklevoss twins, known for having sued Mark Zuckerberg over the idea for Facebook, have suffered a setback from federal regulators in their push to expand the use of bitcoin to a wider universe of investors.

The Securities and Exchange Commission rejected Friday a proposed Winklevoss exchange-traded fund that could have opened the digital currency to larger numbers of ordinary investors. The SEC said the proposal from Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss was inconsistent with rules for securities exchanges designed to prevent fraud and manipulation, and to protect investors.

Bitcoin allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties. About 8 years old, it has yet to be broadly embraced and has been prone to wild price swings.

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