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UMD Responds to Trump's Travel Ban

DULUTH, Minn. - Last Friday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which banned refugees from entering the country for 120 days and immigrants from seven muslim majority countires for…

Elaine Chao Sworn In as Transportation Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elaine Chao has been sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the next transportation secretary following her Senate confirmation. Chao served as labor secretary for eight years under President George W. Bush. She is the wife…

Trump Set to Announce Nominee for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is ready to announce his choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, one of the most consequential moves of his young administration and a decision with ramifications that could long outlast his…

Cow Moose Rescued After Fall into Idaho Basement

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say a female moose is safe after she fell through an unlatched window into the basement of an Idaho home. The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the moose spent about three hours in the basement…

Senate Committee Approves Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate committee has approved Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos, for education secretary, even as two GOP senators expressed some reservations. After a heated debate Tuesday morning, senators on the Health, Education, Pensions, and…

Boy Scouts to Allow Transgender Children into Programs

DALLAS (AP) - The Boy Scouts of America says it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys-only programs. The organization announced Monday that it had made the decision to base enrollment in boys-only programs…

6 Murder Counts for Quebec Mosque Attack Suspect

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The Latest on the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Quebec mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette has made a brief court appearance at which he did not enter a plea.…

Obama Praises 'Engagement' Happening Around U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A spokesman for Barack Obama says the former president "fundamentally disagrees" with discrimination that targets people based on their religions. The statement alluded to but did not specifically mention President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees from…

North Dakota Pushes Bill to Raise Penalty for Rioting

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota law enforcement and state prosecutors are supporting a Republican-sponsored bill that would increase penalties for people involved in riots. Representative Todd Porter of Mandan told the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that the proposal…

Washington State Sues Trump Over Immigration Order

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general says he is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations and sparked nationwide protests. Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced his lawsuit Monday, becoming…

Minnesota Poultry Farmers Warily Watch Bird Flu Outbreaks

ST. PAUL (AP) - Poultry farmers in Minnesota are cautiously watching the spread of bird flu in Europe and Asia. Minnesota Public Radio reports that the World Health Organization is on "high alert" because the bird flu virus has been…

Official: Trump Wants to Slash EPA Workforce, Budget

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former head of President Donald Trump's transition team at the Environmental Protection Agency says he expects the new administration to seek budget and staff cuts. Myron Ebell left the transition team last week saying, in an…

Trump Moves to Build Border Wall, Cut Sanctuary City Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." "Beginning today the United States of…

Former S.C. Gov. Sworn in as UN Ambassador

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has been sworn in to be President Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations. Vice President Mike Pence swore in Haley on Wednesday. The Senate voted 96-4, Tuesday night, in favor…

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