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White House considers pulling back on LGBT protections

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 8:13 p.m.

The White House is embroiled in a debate over whether to reverse some key protections the Obama administration extended to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers, according to several people briefed on the process.

Trump’s nominee for State clears procedural hurdle in Senate

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state cleared a Senate hurdle Monday, setting the stage for an extended debate over the president’s order banning travel from specific Muslim-majority countries and U.S. policy toward Russia.

Trump’s justice pick to trigger intense pressure on Senate

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 4:58 p.m.

President Donald Trump, photographed Jan. 27, 2017, is expected to announce his nominee for Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
When President Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice, Senate Democrats and Republicans will immediately face intense political pressure, with liberals demanding that Democrats block the choice and the new president urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to blow up long-standing rules to secure confirmation.

Six counts of murder for Quebec mosque attack suspect

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

People hold candles for victims of Sunday’s deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque, during a vigil in Montreal on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz / Associated Press)
A French Canadian suspect known for his far-right, nationalist views was charged Monday with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in the shooting rampage at a Quebec City mosque that Canada’s prime minister called an act of terrorism again Muslims.

Prosecutor: Men in animal costumes raped child repeatedly

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 3:21 p.m.

A Pennsylvania boy told state prosecutors that he was forced to dress as “Tony the Tiger” at perverse fetish parties in which he was repeatedly sexually abused by men dressed in animal costumes.

Accused airport shooter pleads not guilty to 22 charges

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Esteban Santiago, center, is led from the Broward County jail for an arraignment in federal court, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Lynne Sladky / Associated Press)
The Iraq War veteran charged with killing five people and injuring six others in a mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him on Monday. Esteban Santiago, 26, leaned over the wooden lectern in court and appeared to read along as U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Seltzer read the entire indictment aloud to him – including the names of all five people killed in the mass shooting.

George HW Bush released from Houston hospital, returns home

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

In this March 29, 2015, file photo, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, speak at a college basketball game in Houston. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)
Former President George H.W. Bush was released Monday from Houston Methodist Hospital where he received treatment for pneumonia for more than two weeks. Bush, 92, was experiencing breathing difficulties when he was admitted Jan. 14. During his treatment, which included a stay in intensive care, doctors inserted a breathing tube and connected him to a ventilator.

Analysis: Republicans say it’s not a ‘Muslim ban.’ Trump, Giuliani not helping them make that case.

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigns for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Eau Claire, Wis. (Matt Rourke / Associated Press)
A familiar talking point has permeated the many Republican defenses of Donald Trump’s controversial travel entry ban: It’s not a “Muslim ban.” But it’s unavoidable to note that the ban covers citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries -- the only seven countries it targets. And even some Republicans are suggesting that it amounts to a religious test, or at least worrying it has the appearance of one. For that perception and storyline, Trump has himself to thank.

School shootings rise when economy struggles, study suggests

Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

Parents wait at Lions Park in West Liberty, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, to pick up their children after a shooting at West Liberty-Salem Schools. (Marshall Gorby / Associated Press)
A new study finds that school shootings rise when the economy tanks, even as violent crime in general appears to be unaffected. Researchers analyzed data from 379 shootings in schools between 1990 and 2013 and found a link between changes in national and local unemployment rates and the frequency of shootings.

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