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  • Trump's expansion of deportation rules means 'a new reality' for immigrants in Utah, U.S. February 22, 2017
    Under an expansive rewrite of immigration policy, President Donald Trump’s administration has outlined aggressive plans to speed deportations and expand sweeps of people in the country illegally — whether or not they have otherwise violated the law. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch calls the revamped rules “common sense” while the ACLU of Utah disparaged the action […]
  • 7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life February 22, 2017
    Cape Canaveral, Fla. • For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The […]
  • Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate February 22, 2017
    Washington • The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate whose death sentence may have been tainted by disturbing references to race. Lawyers for inmate Duane Buck said the result of the court’s 6-2 decision is that Buck must either be given a sentence of life in […]
  • Navajo officials: Plan in place to fix vets housing program February 22, 2017
    Window Rock, Ariz. • Navajo Nation officials say they have a plan for improving a problem-plagued veterans housing program. Tribal President Russell Begaye’s office says the Navajo Nation Veterans Administration submitted a corrective action plan in response to critical audit findings. The findings included poor accountability for building materials, selection of ineligible veterans for homes, […]
  • DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump February 22, 2017
    Atlanta • Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains. The tight race between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison […]
  • Anxiety over President Trump stems flood of Mexican shoppers to El Paso February 22, 2017
    El Paso, Texas • Stroll down South El Paso Street on a Friday evening past shops named “House of Blouse” and “Best Choice Fashion” hawking three pairs of pants for $9.99 and you will find sidewalks teeming with shoppers as cumbia music blares from store speakers. Valerie Padilla and her boyfriend Diego Munoz, both 16, […]
  • Source: Administration to lift transgender bathroom guidance February 22, 2017
    Washington • The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, a government official said Wednesday. The decision, not yet announced, would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive issued in May requiring public schools to grant bathroom access even […]
  • House speaker getting firsthand look at US-Mexico border February 22, 2017
    McAllen, Texas • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is visiting the Rio Grande valley for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall. It’s the first time the Wisconsin Republican has visited the border, and protests have […]
  • Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry February 22, 2017
    Washington • While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions. This was shown by emails released under court order late Tuesday after an Oklahoma judge ruled that Pruitt […]
  • NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites February 22, 2017
    Denver • Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world’s mountain snows — water that sustains a substantial share of the global population. A NASA-led experiment called SnowEx is using five aircraft to test 10 sensors […]