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Israel passes law legalizing thousands of settlement homes

On Jan. 25, 2017,  heavy machinery works at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel. (Ariel Schalit / Associated Press)
Israel’s parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure.

Prosecutors: Bergdahl to get fair trial despite Trump jabs

In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. (Ted Richardson / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s campaign-trail condemnation of Bowe Bergdahl – the Army sergeant charged with desertion while serving in Afghanistan – won’t prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial, according to military prosecutors.

Texas Rangers searching for missing Tom Brady game jersey

New England Patriots' Tom Brady, left, talks to Atlanta Falcons' Joe Vellano after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (David J. Phillip / AP)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is asking the state’s top law enforcement officers to help locate Tom Brady’s missing game jersey, which disappeared from the New England Patriots’ locker room after the Super Bowl. The Republican said in a statement Monday that Brady’s jersey “was stolen” after the Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 at Houston’s NRG Stadium, and that city police were already investigating.

7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of abuse

Seven percent of priests in Australia’s Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children over the past several decades, a lawyer said Monday as officials investigating institutional abuse across Australia revealed for the first time the extent of the crisis.

Super Bowl ads normally avoid politics, but not this year

This photo provided by Budweiser shows a scene from the company's commercial for Super Bowl 51. The scene depicts when Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch, foreground left, is welcomed to St. Louis after traveling by boat from Germany. (AP)
Messages about America, inclusiveness – and, yes, even “four years of awful hair” – kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light humor for those who weren’t into the politics.

U.S. Senate offices received 1.5 million calls each day last week, many from opponents for Betsy DeVos

This photo provided by the office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., taken, Jan. 31, 2017, shows Sen. Daines, left, help with a surge in constituent telephone calls to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. via AP)
President Donald Trump uses the tools of the 21st century to express his views, demonstrating a singular ability to rivet the nation with little more than a series of late-night tweets. His opponents, on the other hand, have recently rallied around a communications tool that dates to the 19th century: the congressional telephone exchange. Americans flooded Senate offices with 1.5 million calls each day last week, according to Matt House, communications director for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Michigan GOP leader apologizes for tweeting: ‘Time for another Kent State’

Ohio National Guardsmen from a line across the center of the Kent State University campus during disorders Monday. In the foreground is the burned-out  ROTC building. Behind building at upper left is the spot where four students were fatally shot at the height of the school unrest. (AP (Associated Press))
A county Republican leader in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is under fire for seeming to suggest in his social media posts there should be a Kent State type of crackdown on violent protests like the one that erupted at a university in California last week. But in an interview Sunday with the Free Press, Dan Adamini, the secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party, said he apologizes, supports peace and was merely trying to prevent further violence and hatred.

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