Trump's education pick on thin ice a

Trump's education pick on thin ice a Committee Democrats on Tuesday had boycotted the vote, forcing Republicans to scrap a requirement that at least one Democrat be present for a vote. DeVos's vision for public education includes religious academies; charter schools with for-profit management companies, including fully online operators; and specialized public schools. [Full Article...]

Airlines offer waivers to flyers affected by travel ban

The ban is in effect for the next 90 days, so many travelers from these seven countries will have to cancel or delay their U.S.travel plans. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is offering free housing to "refugees or anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US -bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence". [Full Article...]

California may become sanctuary state to defend undocumented immigrants from Trump plans

California may become sanctuary state to defend undocumented immigrants from Trump plans The new bill would restrict police and local agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities without a court order. De Leon's SB54 would prohibit state and local law enforcement from assisting in immigration investigations or detaining people for immigration violations or without a judicial warrant. [Full Article...]

Judge temporarily blocks Trump's executive order on deportations

Judge temporarily blocks Trump's executive order on deportations The judges issued the ruling in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU, Church and other lawyers initially on behalf of two University of Massachusetts Dartmouth professors, both Muslim green card holders from Iran, who were detained and interrogated for about three hours Saturday at Logan International Airport. [Full Article...]

Multiple Victims Injured in Hollywood Attack

A suspect was shot dead following a stabbing spree in broad daylight after a shooting involving police at a Jack in the Box. CNN reporter Maeve Reston witnessed some of the chaos and said on Twitter that she saw a male suspect - who officers later shot - trying to stab people. [Full Article...]

Insider says Trump could pull America out of Paris deal within days

As attorney general for the state of Oklahoma, Pruitt is a climate sceptic who has earned the nickname "Polluting Pruitt". Previously, Pruitt has contradicted the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community on the climate crisis, falsely claiming that "scientists continue to disagree" about its causes. [Full Article...]

Tillerson Inches Closer to Confirmation in Senate

Tillerson Inches Closer to Confirmation in Senate Sen. Angus KingAngus KingAngus King: I'm voting for Tillerson but against Sessions Angus King: Trump travel ban "worst foreign policy decision" since Iraq war Overnight Energy: Senate begins moving Trump's energy, environment team MORE (I-Maine) on Tuesday said he will vote in favor of President Trump's nominee for secretary of State, but against his choice for attorney general. [Full Article...]

Senate committee gives Zinke favorable recommendation for interior seat

Republicans are muscling more of Trump's Cabinet nominees to the cusp of Senate confirmation over Democratic objections, with committees poised Tuesday to advance his picks to head agencies amid partisan battles over health care, legal protections, education and the economy. [Full Article...]

Trump's immigration policy won't be affected by federal judge's order, says Conway

Trump's immigration policy won't be affected by federal judge's order, says Conway After the heated segment Sunday, Wallace and Conway found common ground: "You didn't rip me a new one", Wallace said. Even though she only held the post for three months, it was nevertheless an impressive feat. Slate writer William Saletan has called Conway "the slipperiest political flack in history", and said that the media needs a better way to handle interviews with her. [Full Article...]

The bait-and-switch of ACA repeal

The bait-and-switch of ACA repeal Those enrolling now will begin to be covered March 1. An attorney from Syria said, "President Trump he said those people who are Muslim are terrorists, we are not". Obamacare just hasn't worked, and this misguided law needs to be repealed. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a repeal of Obamacare would lead to 18 million uninsured Americans in the first year alone and more than ... [Full Article...]

UH offers support to students, faculty affected by controversial executive order

Following President Donald Trump's executive order to temporarily ban travel to the United States by citizens of seven countries, Missouri's universities are feeling the effects. Trump also suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days. Bollinger also urged community members and visiting scholars from the banned countries to suspend their plans for global travel. [Full Article...]

Marijuana now legal in ME; will other states join in?

Marijuana now legal in ME; will other states join in? The state is now having a dilemma in choosing rules that should rightfully govern the marijuana-selling businesses, such as retail stores and social clubs, according to the US News . Opponents of legalized marijuana in ME say they will continue fighting to make sure its implementation is done with public safety in mind. He says those who opposed the ballot question have gone "from a campaign to... [Full Article...]

Topeka weather for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Topeka weather for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 It will be chillier with highs in the upper 30s. Monday's high in Topeka was 65 degrees at 3:58 a.m., 5 degrees shy of the record of 70 for January 30 set in 2012. SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy with snow showers. Winds mainly from the west again at 5 to 10 miles per hour. Winds will be in the 5-15 miles-per-hour range, coming from the west-southwest direction. [Full Article...]

Karen Klaas: 1976 Murder of Righteous Brothers Singer's Ex-Wife Solved

The family of a Los Angeles man suffering from dementia has been accused of abandoning him in Great Britain, leaving the man to own devices until he was found at a bus stop in November with no ID and no recollection of how he got there. They divorced in 1970, after which Klaas gave birth to a second son, Damien. It was a chilly winter morning on January 30, 1976, and Karen Klaas had just dropp... [Full Article...]

Moose breaks into family home and poops all over their basement

Moose breaks into family home and poops all over their basement A family member called the Hailey Police Department and officers, along with Blaine County Sheriff deputies and Idaho Fish and Game officers, went to the home. According to a post on the local Idaho Fish and Game department's Facebook page , the moose had fallen through a window well. "With all hands on deck, the sleeping giant was carried up the stairs and out the front door", he wrote. [Full Article...]

Massachusetts Becomes the Second State to Sue Trump over Muslim Ban

According to Healey's office , the suit claims that Trump's order - parts of which were temporarily halted by federal judges Sunday - is unconstitutional because it takes away rights from lawful residents and other visa holders without due process. [Full Article...]

People Are Deleting Uber For Undermining Strike Against Muslim Ban

Drivers from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance refused to pick up airport passengers between 6pm and 7pm in protest as protesters joined together against Trump's ban inside John F. Last Friday, Trump chose to ban people from seven predominantly Muslim nations including Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya. Uber subscribers shared screen grabs in which they can be seen deleting th... [Full Article...]

DHS chief defends rollout of Trump's executive order

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's executive order suspending travel from seven majority Muslim countries and temporarily halting the refugee resettlement program is neither a ban on travel nor on Muslims. [Full Article...]

Tillerson nomination clears a Senate hurdle

Democratic-leaning independent Sen. Angus King of ME also voted to advance Mr. Tillerson's nomination. Senators voted 56-43 on a procedural hurdle. If Rubio had voted no, it could have stalled Tillerson, although GOP leaders planned to move his nomination to the floor regardless. [Full Article...]

Nebraska shocks No. 20 Purdue

Nebraska shocks No. 20 Purdue The Boilermakers fell two games behind league-leading Wisconsin and Maryland in the loss column. But thanks in part to a 7-for-11 shooting performance from deep, the Huskers outscored Purdue , 30-15, in the final 11-and-a-half minutes to take a six-point lead into the half. [Full Article...]

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