Judge issues injunction against Pennsylvania district in transgender case
U.S. District Court Judge Mark Hornak ordered the Pine-Richland School District to stop enforcing a rule adopted in September for students to use facilities corresponding to their biological sex or unisex facilities, court documents showed. The ruling comes five days after President Donald Trump's administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.
U.S. Jewish centers report another wave of hoax bomb threats
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jewish community centers and schools in at least 13 U.S. states reported receiving bomb threats on Monday, the fifth wave of such threats this year that have stoked fears of a resurgence of anti-Semitism. The threats, all of which appeared to be hoaxes, were received in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia, the JCC Association of North America said. Police in Mercer Island, Washington, also reported a community center was targeted by a bomb threat.
One dead, 4 hurt after small plane crashes into California home
One person was killed and four others injured on Monday after a small plane crashed into a neighborhood near the airport in Riverside, California, destroying a home and touching off fires in several others, local news media reported. Images broadcast by KABC-TV from the scene showed firefighters covering what appeared to be a body with a tarp and pouring water on the home in Riverside, about 60 miles (100 km)east of Los Angeles. Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said that a Cessna 310 crashed "under unknown circumstances" about a half mile northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport.
Review faults Washington police handling of inaugural protests
Washington police who clashed with protesters at President Donald Trump's inauguration potentially breached department guidelines and the rights of demonstrators, including through use of pepper spray, a civilian review board said on Monday. Officers from Washington's Metropolitan Police Department repeatedly used pepper spray and stun grenades at the Jan. 20 inauguration without warning protesters or ordering them to disperse, as procedures called for, the report by the District of Columbia's Police Complaints Board said.
Arkansas sets eight executions for April despite drug shortage
Arkansas on Monday scheduled eight executions for April, the U.S. state's first since 2005, despite lacking one of the three drugs needed to put the men to death. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an order for the executions, which will take place in pairs from April 17 to 27. It was not clear how Arkansas would get a new supply of potassium chloride in time for the executions.
Trump seeks 'historic' U.S. military spending boost, domestic cuts
President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" increase in defense spending, but ran into immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress who must approve his plan and said it was not enough to meet the military's needs. The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to $603 billion comes as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power. The plan came under fire from Democratic lawmakers, who said cuts being proposed to pay for the additional military spending would cripple important domestic programs such as environmental protection and education.
U.S. attorney general still deciding whether to impose reforms on Chicago police
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday the Justice Department was still deciding whether it would seek to impose reforms on the Chicago police force, which was the subject of a critical report by the former Obama administration. In a report issued on Jan. 13, a week before President Donald Trump took office, the Justice Department said Chicago police routinely violated the civil rights of people. It cited excessive force, racially discriminatory conduct and a "code of silence" to thwart investigations into police misconduct.
Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House
A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State was delivered to the White House on Monday and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to brief senior administration officials, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that it was the framework for a broader plan and looked at Islamic State around the world, not just Iraq and Syria.
Countering anti-Trump protests, president's fans stage rallies
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump rallied in communities across the country on Monday, partly as a rebuttal to anti-Trump protests that have taken place since his election in November. Trump was not scheduled to appear at any of this week's events, which were taking place at venues ranging from a park in the small town of Gravette, Arkansas, to the plaza outside the Georgia State Capitol building in downtown Atlanta. "I just think we need to support our president," said Vivian Phillips, a 60-year-old retired schoolteacher who drove more than seven hours from her West Virginia home to Atlanta, where about 200 people gathered on an overcast day.
Georgia pair sentenced to prison over Confederate flag confrontation
Defendants Jose Torres, 26, and Kayla Norton, 25, were convicted earlier this month of charges that include making "terroristic threats" during the confrontation in Douglas County near Atlanta, which occurred at a time of heated national debate about a flag that many consider a symbol of racism. Georgia Superior Court Judge William McClain sentenced Torres to serve 13 years in prison, and Norton to serve 6 years in prison, Douglas County District Attorney Brian Fortner said in a phone interview.
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