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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ may pose big test for sports leagues

In this Jan. 11, 2017, photo, Brad Kent, Chief Sales and Services Officer for Visit Dallas, holds at sign a news conference at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, to oppose Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s bathroom bill. Texas has been a prime location for major sports and entertainment events, but a “bathroom bill” proposed in the state legislature could put that status in question. The bill would require people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. (Jay Janner / Associated Press)
Texas knows how to throw a party, and for the Super Bowl in Houston, a new 29-story luxury hotel with a rooftop pool shaped like a meandering “lazy river” is the kind of glitzy welcome mat that keeps big events coming back. But that status may soon be put to the test.

Final Obamacare enrollment figures lag under Trump

Enrollment in Obamacare health plans sagged markedly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, according to new federal data that show sign-ups slowed in the final two weeks of the 2017 open enrollment period as Trump stepped up attacks on the health care law.

How legal challenges to Trump travel ban are playing out

Hassan Alaskry, the son of Munther Alaskry, surveys the arrival area as his sister Dima, and mother Hiba Alaskry arrive Friday at New York’s JFK International Airport in New York. The family spent nearly a week in limbo in Baghdad. (Richard Drew / AP)
Legal battles are playing out across the U.S. as opponents of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly Muslim nations take their fight to the courtroom. Hearings were being held Friday in a few of the cases.

Belarusian leader lashes out at Russia

Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko speaks during a briefing in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. In a televised broadcast on Friday, Lukashenko asked the country's interior minister to press charges against Russia's top food safety official, alleging charges of "damaging the state" because Russia stopped the import of Belarusian products due to quality issues and suspicions that Belarus resells EU-made dairy products that are banned in Russia. The Kremlin responded to the outburst, listing the loans and reduced taxes that Russia gave to Belarus. (Maxim Guchek / AP)
In a sign of growing friction between the two ex-Soviet neighbors, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko criticized Russia Friday for cutting oil supplies, ordered his interior minister to press charges against Russia’s top food safety official and firmly refused to host a Russian air base.

’El Chapo’ lawyers say jail conditions are too strict in NYC

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, talks with reporters as she leaves Brooklyn federal court following her husband’s court appearance, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 in New York. Guzman is charged with running a massive drug trafficking operation that laundered billions of dollars and oversaw murders and kidnappings. (Elizabeth Williams / AP)
NEW YORK – He’s locked up 23 hours a day. His wife can’t visit him. He can’t call anyone, except his lawyers. He even was denied water, his lawyers say. The strict jail conditions for notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman were outlined on Friday by defense attorneys in a failed bid to get a judge to loosen them.

Norway: Russian hackers hit our spy agency, government

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Nine personal civil-servant email accounts in Norway have been targeted by hackers in “spear-phishing” attacks believed to be associated with Russian intelligence, the Norwegian security service said Friday. It said no classified information has been taken. PST spokesman Martin Berntsen says the agency was warned earlier this year by a foreign agency about “targeted attacks” on the security service, Norway’s Labor Party, the military and government agencies. He declined to name the foreign partner.

Trump hits Iran with new sanctions for missile test

In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, Iran, on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf. (Amir Kholousi / AP)
The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China on Friday in retaliation for Iran’s recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country.

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