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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services drops 'nation of immigrants' from m...
by Stephen Dinan
22 Feb 2018 at 10:18pm
The federal agency that oversees legal immigration to the U.S. has removed the words "nation of immigrants" from its mission statement, as the Trump administration moves to put Americans as the top priority.
The new statement reads: "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the nation's lawful immigration system, safeguarding its ...
'Twitter purge' of conservative accounts prompts backlash, lawsuits
by Dan Boylan
22 Feb 2018 at 9:24pm
Prominent conservative Twitter users pushed back hard on Wednesday after an overnight purge of their accounts that culled thousands of their followers, as the embattled social media platform faced mounting charges of left-wing bias and suppression of right-wing viewpoints.
San Francisco-based Twitter said it acted to reduce the flow of ...
Teachers contract addresses school safety, security
by Deborah Simmons
22 Feb 2018 at 8:31pm
So, President Trump wants teachers to strap themselves with firearms and get extra pay in the process, eh?
He wants to stake a claim on federal policy for gun control and school safety following last week's massacre in Florida's Broward County.
Then, with all deliberate speed please draw his ...
Michael Behenna seeks Trump pardon
by James Varney
22 Feb 2018 at 7:57pm
Almost a decade after he killed a terrorism suspect in the Iraqi desert, former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna seeks a shot at redemption. It may be a long shot.
Behenna's cause was launched by his attorney on Jan. 17, but the former Ranger's bid has picked up a lot ...
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Columbine High School killers, inspire mass sh...
by Valerie Richardson
22 Feb 2018 at 7:27pm
LITTLETON, Colo. — Policymakers seeking to counter the rise of U.S. mass shootings after Parkland, Florida, are looking at everything from gun laws to mental health, but there is no obvious legislative fix for the Columbine effect.
The 1999 Columbine High School massacre gave rise to a fascination with the ...
Transgender movement rejected by growing body of research
by Bradford Richardson
22 Feb 2018 at 6:53pm
Is Caitlyn Jenner a woman? A growing body of research from scientists, philosophers and feminists says no.
The latest contribution to the debate is "When Harry Became Sally," a just-released book by Heritage Foundation senior research fellow Ryan T. Anderson, who critiques the transgender movement on the grounds ...
Joseph Tobin 'nighty-night, baby' tweet for sister, church says
22 Feb 2018 at 6:33pm
NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey archbishop raised a few eyebrows when he tweeted "Nighty-night, baby. I love you," but his spokesman says it was an errant message intended for his sister.
Cardinal Joseph Tobin's spokesman says the leader of the Newark Roman Catholic archdiocese later deleted Wednesday's tweet because ...
Scot Peterson, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed resource deputy, re...
22 Feb 2018 at 5:32pm
A Florida sheriff says the deputy who was on duty at a high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced during a Thursday news conference that Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after being suspended ...
Marine Corps again lowers requirements for Infantry Officer Course
by Douglas Ernst
22 Feb 2018 at 5:20pm
The Marine Corps is on the defensive for a second time this month over changes to its famous Infantry Officer Course (IOC).
Military communities were abuzz in early February when officials confirmed that successfully completing the Combat Endurance Test (CET) — the rigorous first stage of IOC — would no ...
Eric Greitens, Missouri governor, indicted over nude photo
by Victor Morton
22 Feb 2018 at 5:17pm
The governor of Missouri was indicted Thursday on a felony charge that accuses him of taking a nude photo of a woman without her consent, a move that Gov. Eric Greitens called a "misguided political decision" by a "reckless liberal prosecutor."
Mr. Greitens was charged with invasion of privacy by ...
Megan Barry affair: Nude photos found on phone of Rob Forrest, ex-bodyguard
22 Feb 2018 at 5:05pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Court documents say the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has found a nude and partially nude photo of a woman on the phone of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's former bodyguard.
The agency believes the evidence shows that Barry engaged in an affair with former Sgt. Rob Forrest while ...
Robert Mueller files superseding indictment against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates
by Jeff Mordock
22 Feb 2018 at 4:31pm
Former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates face new charges, including bank fraud and submitting false tax returns, according to a 32-count indictment filed Thursday afternoon by special counsel Robert Mueller.
It is the second indictment against the two, who were charged in October with conspiracy and money ...
Michigan House votes to make English official state language
22 Feb 2018 at 3:32pm
LANSING, Mich. — House lawmakers want to make English the official language of Michigan.
Republicans led the way in passing a bill Thursday that would require its use in public records. State departments and local governments still could publish documents in other languages.
Rep. Tom Barrett, a Republican from Potterville, ...
Tony Mendoza, California Democrat accused of sexual misconduct, resigns
by Jonathan J. Cooper and Don Thompson
22 Feb 2018 at 3:15pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation process a farce.
Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of the Los Angeles area said he may still run for the ...
Donald Trump targets children's internet access in school safety discussion
by Andrew Blake
22 Feb 2018 at 2:25pm
President Trump on Thursday suggesting restricting internet access to children amid a discussion about school safety held in response to last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
"We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young ...
MLK's daughter supports students, says gun changes overdue
by Jonathan Landrum Jr.
22 Feb 2018 at 1:38pm
ATLANTA (AP) — As the 50th anniversary of her father's assassination approaches, the daughter of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. said Thursday that limiting access to guns is long overdue.
The Rev. Bernice King, speaking at The King Center in Atlanta, offered condolences to the families of the ...
Court rejects request to return Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel to prison
22 Feb 2018 at 1:08pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Supreme Court has rejected a request by state prosecutors to revoke Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's bail and send him back to prison while his murder case appeal remains pending.
The court ruled late Wednesday but did not elaborate.
Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. ...
Governor, legislators announce steps to prevent gun violence
by Lisa Rathke
22 Feb 2018 at 12:52pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic legislative leaders on Thursday announced steps to reduce gun violence, with the governor saying his stance on gun restrictions has changed since the arrest last week of a Vermont teen accused of plotting to shoot up his former high ...
BMW Financial Services pays $2M to settle claims it refused to refund militar...
by Jeff Mordock
22 Feb 2018 at 12:24pm
German automaker BMW's American financing subsidiary has agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims it illegally refused to refund payments made in advance by military personnel who terminated their vehicle leases because they were called to duty.
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Woodcliff Lake, N.J.-based BMW ...
Philadelphia building fire affects Amtrak, local service
22 Feb 2018 at 11:36am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A warehouse fire near train tracks in Philadelphia has disrupted Amtrak and local train service.
Amtrak and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority say service for certain lines, including the busy Northeast Corridor, was initially suspended due to the blaze in the southwestern part of the city.