A federal judge in Hawaii has extended an order blocking President Trump?s March 6 travel ban, putting on indefinite hold a presidential directive that had suspended new visas for citizens of six Muslim-majority countries and barred all incoming refugees for 120 days. The ruling, by US district judge Derrick Watson, turns an earlier restraining order into a preliminary injunction, as part of a legal challenge brought by the state of Hawaii against what it alleges is an unconstitutional religious ban. The Trump administration had asked Mr. Watson to narrow that earlier restraining order to encompass no more than the visa suspension, arguing that the halt of the US refugee program did not affect Hawaii.Fighting famine in Yemen vs. aid for Saudis. Does the US have to choose?
The Trump administration is moving toward deeper US military involvement in Yemen?s civil war ? a conflict that has left the impoverished country in a dire humanitarian crisis and on the brink of famine. Indeed, as President Trump considers a Pentagon request to increase US assistance to the Saudi-led coalition battling Yemen?s Houthi rebels, the United Nations has declared the Arabian Peninsula country to be in extreme need of food aid. Hundreds of thousands of children will die of starvation in the coming weeks unless aid delivery conditions improve rapidly, the UN warned.North Carolina inches closer to repealing 'bathroom bill'
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, and top Republican legislators in the state say they have reached a tentative compromise on a repeal of the so-called ?bathroom bill,? after the NCAA announced it would not consider the state for championship events from 2018 through 2022 unless changes were made to a law it considers discriminatory. The repeal bill would wipe away the state?s existing law, House Bill 2, or†HB2, which requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, when present at schools and government buildings. Recommended: How much do you know about gay rights in America?Trump?s bid to federalize cops faces roadblock: cops
Sheriff Scott Berry is the highest elected law-enforcement official in Georgia?s Oconee County, where President Trump received 67 percent of the votes. Just last week, he says, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents came to pick up someone from his Watkinsville, Ga., jail.Democrats pen letter to Trump on working together for health care reform. What can they achieve?
As Republicans led by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gear up for a second swing at health care reform, Democratic senators say they?re willing to work with the president ? if he stops attacking their party?s landmark health care law. In a letter signed by 44 of the Senate?s 48 Democrats, the bulk of the party calls on President Trump to rescind his efforts to completely abolish the Affordable Care Act, the legislation, known as Obamacare, passed in 2010.'True heroes': Melania Trump honors 13 women of courage
The award, given annually by the State Department since 2007, acknowledges the recipients? work advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women?s empowerment, often at their own personal risk. "These honorees, who have fought on the front lines against injustice, are true heroes,? Mrs. Trump said at the ceremony, according to Associated Press. This year?s honorees include Malebogo Molefhe of Botswana, who became an advocate for female victims of gender-based violence after being attacked and shot eight times by an ex-boyfriend in 2009.A neighborly rebuke to a wayward Venezuela
If there is the equivalent of a ?neighborhood watch? on a global level, it is the various groupings of countries by region ? the European Union being the most well known. A majority of the OAS?s 34 active members, including heavyweights Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina, called for talks to end a political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. ?We cannot remain indifferent,? said Costa Rica?s representative, Rogelio Sotela.It may not be the White House, but Clinton declares she is 'out of the woods'
Several months after losing the 2016 presidential election in a surprise result, Hillary Clinton may be ready to return to the political arena. On Tuesday, the former Democratic presidential candidate spoke to a packed house of 6,000 for the Professional BusinessWomen of California conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Secretary Clinton also criticized the Republican administration and weighed in on recent events.US-Turkey deal on ISIS assault? Why that's a tough sell for Tillerson.
On paper, the United States and Turkey are on the same side in the fight against the Islamic State jihadists. Frustration is mounting on both sides, with the US and Turkey backing competing Syrian proxies as the primary attacking force in the Raqqa offensive. Recommended: How well do you understand the conflict in Syria?Why California prosecutors charged anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood
Two anti-abortion activists who secretly filmed conversations with Planned Parenthood staff now face felony charges. On Tuesday, California prosecutors charged David Daleiden of Davis, Calif., and Sandra Merritt of San Jose, Calif., with 15 felonies. At issue is California?s ?two party consent? law, which requires both sides of a conversation to know that they are being recorded for it to be legal, as CNN reported.Scottish Parliament backs new independence vote
When Scotland voted to remain part of Great Britain back in 2014, it was seen as a resolution to the independence debate ? at least for a while. On Tuesday, the Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69 to 59 in favor of asking Westminster for another independence vote. The referendum would take place in late 2018 or early 2019, said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, after the details of Britain?s withdrawal from the European Union are clearer.To address opioid crisis, Trump to give Chris Christie the helm
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be taking on an advisory role within the White House as chair of a special commission to fight the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. The commission will also consist of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and another five members from†state governments, law enforcement, and other groups. The panel will assist the Trump administration in identifying federal funding streams that could help address the epidemic, including treatment for those affected, according to STAT.In Debbie's wake, Australia begins to pick up the pieces
Cyclone Debbie made landfall on Australia?s northeast coast Tuesday, with rains, storm surges, and winds as fast as 160 miles per hour scouring the state of Queensland. Local residents ? especially those in Bowen, Proserpine, and Mackay ? had been warned to brace for this scenario, The Christian Science Monitor reported on Monday, with authorities urging 30,000 locals to evacuate. Recommended: Think you know Australia?