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Custom Officials Enforcing Trump Immigration Ban At US Airports
Customs officials began detaining travelers to the U.S. hours after President Trump signed an executive order suspending visa entry into the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, according to reports Saturday. Other travelers were being stopped from boarding U.S.-bound flights at overseas airports as the Trump refugee ban went into effect Friday night. Early Saturday, immigration lawyers in New York sued to block the order, claiming that numerous people have already been unlawfully detained at U.S. airports, Reuters reported. Fox News
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Tech Leaders Condemn Trump's Immigrant Ban
The ink was barely dry on Trump's sweeping order Friday when people and firms started speaking out. The executive order bans about 134 million people from entering the U.S. Google (GOOG) sent out a memo to its employees urging anyone with a visa or green card from one of the banned countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- to cancel any travel plans. "Please do not travel outside of the U.S. until the ban is lifted. While the entry restriction is currently only in place for 90 days, it could be extended with little or no warning," the memo, which was reviewed by CNN, reads. CNN

Democratic Congressman: President Trump Is 'Mentally Unstable'
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego said Friday that he thinks President Donald Trump is "mentally unstable." "Yes, I do believe the president is mentally unstable," Gallego, a Democrat, said on KTAR News 92.3 FM's Mac & Gaydos. "I've said this thousands of times." Gallego made similar comments on CNN in August when Trump was the Republican nominee, arguing at the time that, "this man is unstable, he's unfit to be a presidential candidate." Gallego, who was among the members of Congress to boycott Trump's inauguration, said in the interview that he would not work with Trump because the president has not been transparent and because he is "not normal." CNN
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FBI Request For Twitter Account Data May Have Overstepped Legal Guidelines
The FBI appeared to go beyond the scope of existing legal guidance in seeking certain kinds of internet records from Twitter (TWTR.N) as recently as last year, legal experts said, citing two warrantless surveillance orders the social media company published on Friday. Twitter said its disclosures were the first time the company had been allowed to publicly reveal the secretive orders, which were delivered with gag orders when they were issued in 2015 and 2016. Their publication follows similar disclosures in recent months by other major internet companies, including Alphabet's Google (GOOGL.O) and Yahoo (YHOO.O). Reuters

Countries Where Trump Does Business Not Hit By New Travel Restrictions
The seven nations targeted for new visitation restrictions by President Donald Trump on Friday all have something in common: They are places he does not appear to have any business interests. The executive order he signed Friday bars all entry for the next 90 days by travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. Excluded from the lists are several majority-Muslim nations where the Trump Organization is active and which in some cases have also faced troublesome issues with terrorism. According to the text of the order, the restriction applies to countries that have already been excluded from programs allowing people to travel to the United States without a visa because of concerns over terrorism. Hewing closely to nations already named as terrorism concerns elsewhere in law might have allowed the White House to avoid angering some more powerful and wealthy majority Muslim allies, such as Egypt. Philadelphia Inquirer

Customs Agents Ignore Judge, Enforce Trump’s Travel Ban
The ACLU is getting “multiple reports” that federal customs agents are siding with President Trump — and willfully ignoring a Brooklyn federal judge’s demand that travelers from seven Muslim countries not be deported from the nation’s airports. “The court’s order could not be clearer… they need to comply with the order,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights project, told The Post late Saturday. “It’s enough to be a serious concern,” Jadwat said of the reports. Jadwat and other ACLU lawyers had earlier Saturday night won an emergency stay of Trump’s deportation order from Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly. NY Post

White House Warns Prince Charles Against ‘Lecturing’ On Climate Change
President Trump is being a royal pain to Prince Charles’ climate-change agenda. Members of Trump’s inner circle have warned British officials that it would be counterproductive for Charles to “lecture” Trump on green issues during the president’s June visit to Britain, and that the president will “erupt” if pushed, the Sunday Times of London reported. Trump has called climate change “a hoax.” Hours after he took office, references to the issue were removed from the White House Web site. By contrast, Charles has called climate change “the wolf at the door.” A source close to Trump told the newspaper the president “won’t put up with being lectured by anyone.” NY Post

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Netanyahu Backs Trump's Mexico Wall, Touts Similar One On Egypt Border As 'Great Idea'
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday expressed his support for President Trump’s controversial plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the barrier he built along his country’s southern border “stopped all illegal immigration” and was a “great idea.” Trump on Wednesday signed executive actions to start construction of a continuous, “physical” wall, making good on a campaign promise to keep out illegal immigrants from Mexico, particularly “rapists” and drug dealers. "Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders," Trump declared. "We are going to save lives on both sides of the border." Trump has forged ahead on the wall promise, despite Mexico refusing to pay the bill, as Trump said it would. Fox News

Iran Says To Ban U.S. Visitors In Retaliation To Trump Move
Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington's visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump. "While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted," a Foreign Ministry statement said.
"The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America... are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists," said the statement, carried by state media. Reuters
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What Is ‘Repeal And Replace?’ A Guide To Trump’s Health Care Buzzwords
President Donald Trump and GOP lawmakers have yet to come up with a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. But in the meantime, there's already a complicated vocabulary to describe the process and its goals. The terminology can be difficult to follow, starting with the now-ubiquitous phrase "repeal and replace." Adding to the confusion is that Trump often makes statements that appear to contradict past Republican health care proposals, either on policy or on the procedure for enacting them, while Republicans insist that no such contradiction exists. MSNBC

Republican Party Retreat Sidetracked By Trump ‘Distractions’
Republicans left their highly anticipated retreat in Philadelphia with cautious optimism about their immediate future. Optimistic because of their political fortunes — control of two branches of government — but cautious because of the complexity of their ambitious agenda further complicated by an unpredictable president. House and Senate Republicans began their two-day session not how they anticipated: sidetracked by what some admitted to be "distractions." Hoping to focus on their six-year long mission to undo the last president's signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, they were forced to respond to a new president invoking his own priorities without notifying his Congressional partners and Trump's obsessions over his legitimacy and popularity. MSNBC

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First Lawsuit Filed To Challenge Trump’s Refugee Policy
Civil liberties groups filed the first lawsuit Saturday morning challenging President Trump’s pause on migration from countries troubled by terrorism, saying the halt has already snared two Iraqis who’d already been approved to come to the U.S., and who fear for their lives back home. The lawsuit says that when lawyers for one of the men demanded to speak to the person responsible for keeping them out, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers told them they would have to take it up with new chief: “Call Mr. Trump.” One of the two men refused entry is an interpreter and engineer who was to be admitted under a program rewarding those who helped the U.S. efforts in Iraq, at risk to themselves. The man’s family was admitted, but he was detained. Washington Times

Trump Touts Promises Kept, Fast-Pace Of First Week In Saturday Radio Address
In his first weekly address, President Trump on Saturday boasted that his administration had “hit the ground running” and had already made good on his campaign promises. “This administration has hit the ground running at a record pace, everybody is talking about it,” Mr. Trump said in the recorded message. “We are doing it with speed and we are doing it with intelligence and we will never, ever stop fighting on behalf of the American People.” Mr. Trump reviewed his progress during his first week in office, including meeting with U.S. business leaders and labor union officials. Washington Times
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Donald Trump's Business Record: Marketer, Promoter, But Not CEO
One week into the new administration, Americans are witnessing an unprecedented transformation as reality star and business tycoon Donald Trump transitions to leading the world’s oldest constitutionally based representative government. To better understand the man in the Oval Office, CBS News spoke to some of the individuals who know his business career best for the new documentary “America’s CEO,” airing Monday on CBSN. Mr. Trump is “a man who pushes every negotiation to the extreme,” biographer Michael D’Antonio told CBS News in “America’s CEO.” CBS

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Oscar-Nominated Film's Director Can't Attend Amid Trump Immigration Ban, Group's Leader Says
The director of an Oscar-nominated film can’t attend next month’s Academy Awards after President Trump banned entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim majority nations for 90 days, according to the leader of an Iranian-American group in Washington. Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said on Twitter early Saturday that Iranian director Asghar Farhadi “won’t be let into” the U.S. to attend the Feb. 26 ceremony. The ban also appeared to have an effect on American companies. Late Friday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an internal email that at least 187 Google employees were affected by the ban, according to The Wall Street Journal. CBS

Trump Considering Executive Actions On Lobbying Ban, Plans For ISIS
President Donald Trump is considering executive actions to ban former administration officials from lobbying and direct his top military advisers to draw up plans to defeat ISIS, according to a senior administration official. One of the actions, which Trump could sign as early as Saturday, would give the Joint Chiefs of Staff 30 days to present Trump with plans to "accomplish the defeat of ISIS," the official said. Another would restructure the White House National Security Council, which advises the president on foreign policy and security matters, reorganizing the office and put new procedures in place. ABC

Iran Summons Swiss Envoy Over US Ban
Iran has summoned the Swiss envoy to Tehran over U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order suspending the entry of refugees and citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying Sunday that the temporary travel ban is a "violation of mutual obligations, such as the 1955 treaty between the two countries." Iran and the U.S. have not had diplomatic relations since 1979, when Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy and took 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Switzerland looks after U.S. interests in Iran. Tampa Tribune

Princess Diana Statue To Mark 20 Years Since Car Crash Death
The sons of the late Princess Diana plan to build a statue to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a Paris car crash in 1997. Princes William and Harry have commissioned the statue, which will be paid for with private funds and erected in the public gardens of Diana's former London home, Kensington Palace. They said "the time is right to recognize her positive impact in the U.K. and around the world with a permanent statute." No timetable has been announced, though the princes hope the statue will be unveiled this year. Tampa Tribune

Trump's Refugee Policy Raises A Question: How Do You Tell A Christian From A Muslim?
In President Trump’s telling, the Middle East is a place where Christians run a daily gantlet of persecution, threatened at every corner by religious zealots eager to chop off their heads. The U.S. government under previous administrations, he alleged, showed little pity. “If you were a Muslim, you could come” to the U.S., he said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on Friday, “but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.” In an executive order he signed Friday, he suspended refugee resettlement from seven Muslim-majority countries for 120 days.  (Late Saturday night, a federal judge in New York issued an order halting the removal of refugees or others who hold valid visas to enter the U.S. The order appears to affect up to 200 people who were detained in transit to the United States.) Sun Sentinel

Gorbachev Urges Trump And Putin To Introduce UN Resolution Banning Nuclear War
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has issued a dire warning: "The world is preparing for war." And with a phone call scheduled on Saturday between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev is urging the leaders to put a halt to a such a deadly path by spearheading a United Nations resolution that essentially bans nuclear war. "I urge the members of the United Nations Security Council -- the body that bears primary responsibility for international peace and security —- to take the first step," the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner wrote in a Time magazine op-ed this week. "Specifically, I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought." Then, taking direct aim at the superpower leaders, he writes, "I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin -– the presidents of two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world's nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility." ABC

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Trump, Merkel Discussed NATO, Middle East In First Phone Call
Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed issues ranging from NATO to Russia to the situation in the Middle East during a 45-minute telephone call on Saturday, their first since the Republican’s inauguration. The conversation affirmed the importance of close German-American cooperation to each country’s security, the White House said in a statement on the call. Trump accepted Merkel’s invitation to attend the G-20 summit in Hamburg in July and said he looked forward to hosting the chancellor in Washington soon. The talk between the two leaders came an hour before Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump spoke later with French President Francoise Hollande. Bloomberg

Audis, VWs Recalled For Air Bag Defects, Coolant-Pump Fire Risks
Volkswagen AG is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars and SUVs in the U.S., almost all of them Audi models, to fix two air-bag defects and coolant pumps that may overheat and cause fires. The larger of two air-bag recalls applies to 234,054 Audi Q5 vehicles from model years 2011 through 2017, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a notice posted Saturday on its website. The sunroof drainage system on those SUVs may allow water to soak the foam surrounding the side-curtain air bag’s inflator canister and corrode it, possibly causing the canister to rupture and spray the driver or occupants with metal fragments in an accident, the agency said. Bloomberg

Super Bowl Comes As Houston Recovering From Latest Oil Bust
In May 2013, when Houston was awarded the right to host this year's Super Bowl, the city's economy was booming as many of the oil and gas companies that call Houston home and have earned it the nickname "the energy capital of the world" were riding high on a wave of oil selling at more than $100 a barrel. But that wave soon collapsed. Oil plummeted — bottoming out at around $26 a barrel — energy firms declared bankruptcy and more than 80,000 local workers lost their oil-related jobs over the last two years. While this wasn't as bad as the infamous oil bust of the 1980s and the city's economy is now more diversified, it still hit Houston hard. Office space and newly built apartments stood empty, car sales fell and local tax revenues dropped. Las Vegas Sun

Elizabeth Warren, John Lewis, Other Reps Go To Airports To Protest Trump's Immigration Ban
As thousands of regular citizens descended on airports across the country Saturday night, they were not alone. Several members of Congress joined the protests at airports in their home states, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.). Both influential members were spotted showing their opposition to the the immigration ban. Fox 5 Atlanta reporter Marissa Mitchell posted on Twitter that Lewis told her, "he's going to sit at airport and wait for info on delays for processing Iranian families returning home." In a video posted to Warren's Twitter feed, the senator is seen leading the crowd at Boston's Logan International Airport in a chant against the ban. "It is illegal, it is unconstitutional and it will be overturned," Warren said in the video. Many have decried the ban, an executive order that went into effect early on Saturday before being halted that night, as a ban against Muslims. The seven countries that were included in the ban all have predominately Muslim populations. USA Today
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What Does Georgia Import From Mexico?
After the White House floated a proposal this week to implement a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for President Donald Trump’s pledged wall on the southern border with Mexico, guacamole and Corona have born the brunt of consumers’ attention on social media. But Georgia imports a lot more than just agricultural and foodstuff products: More than $6 billion a year is imported from Mexico, according to the state’s Department of Economic Development. What is the state importing from Mexico? According to data provided by the Department of Economic Development to the AJC, the biggest category is “lamps and lighting fittings and parts.” Georgia imported $688 million in this category in 2015.  And about that guac? The New York Times estimated that a 20 percent border tax could add approximately 10 cents to the price of each avocado, with Mexico supplying around 60 percent of the avocados consumed in the United States. Atlanta Journal

Uber Drivers Earn About $15.68 An Hour But Disparities Are Significant, Survey Finds
A survey of Uber drivers found that their average salary is $15.68 before deducting expenses -- or just a little above what labor advocates have been pushing for the minimum wage. The survey of active drivers for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare services also found that Lyft is overall a better deal for drivers, both in pay and satisfaction. But what's perhaps most striking were pay disparities uncovered by the survey: African-American drivers for Lyft and Uber reported making an average $13.96 an hour, compared to $16.08 for all Uber and Lyft drivers. Women earned less than men at $14.26 an hour. In other words, the new gig economy is looking in some ways like the old one. "The trend is, honestly, I think, not positive," said Harry Campbell, who conducted the driver survey for his blog, The Rideshare Guy. "The pay is becoming more akin to a service worker like McDonald's or like Burger King." Atlanta Journal

Environmentalists Preparing To Battle Trump, GOP In Court
The night before Donald Trump's inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies have targeted for elimination, considering it burdensome to landowners. The move served as a warning that environmentalists, facing a hostile administration and a Republican-dominated Congress, are prepared to battle in court against what they fear will be a wave of unfavorable policies concerning climate change, wildlife protection, federal lands and pollution. Advocacy groups nationwide are hiring more staff lawyers. They're coordinating with private attorneys and firms that have volunteered to help. They're reviewing statutes, setting priorities and seeking donations. Houston Chronicle

Officials Say Trump, Putin Avoided Topic Of Sanctions
Officials say the thorny matter of U.S.-imposed sanctions on Russia didn't come up during President Donald Trump's first phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which suggests that the more difficult obstacles to warmer relations between their nations can wait. Statements from the White House and the Kremlin described the conversation Saturday in positive terms, the same tone used in White House accounts of other calls Trump made to world leaders. Only later did a White House official, responding to a question, acknowledge that sanctions were not among the topics the two leaders discussed. In the first week of his presidency, Trump has been noncommittal on lifting sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Barack Obama, in response to U.S. findings of interference by Russia in the election. Sanctions by the U.S. and its allies were in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea and other actions in the Baltic region. Houston Chronicle

Malia Obama Has Started Her Post-White House Life By Joining Pipeline Protest
While former president Barack Obama enjoys a Caribbean vacation, just over a week removed from his final days in his office, another Obama has stepped into the national spotlight. Malia Obama, the president’s 18-year-old daughter, has been spotted at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in recent days, and according to multiple media reports, she also participated in a Dakota Access Pipeline Protest, seemingly echoing her father’s beliefs on the issue. Per USA Today, Obama attended the protest Monday, but media coverage was limited because Obama, who has been accepted into Harvard University, is also set to begin an internship with filmmaker Harvey Weinstein in the near future, and Sundance is considered one of the most prestigious film festivals in the country. Charlotte Observer

1 US Service Member Killed, 3 Wounded In Yemen Raid
The U.S. military said Sunday that one service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid in Yemen targeting its local al-Qaida branch, marking the first-known combat death of a member of the U.S. military under President Donald Trump's new administration. U.S. Central Command said in a statement that a fourth service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location. The aircraft was unable to fly afterward and was "intentionally destroyed." The Central Command statement said 14 militants from al-Qaida's branch in Yemen, formally known as "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," were killed in the assault and that U.S. service members taking part in the raid captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots." Charlotte Observer

Restricting Refugee Access To The United States Didn’t Start With Trump
While perpetrators of terrorist attacks on American soil have been Muslim, none entered the U.S. as a refugee. But this is not the first time in the U.S.’ history that national security fears have led to restrictions on the refugee program. September 11th also brought worries that refugees posed a threat and could use the resettlement program to enter the country to carry out further attacks. President George W. Bush visited a mosque six days after the terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people and warmed against equating Islam with terrorism. But despite his pronouncement that “Islam is peace,” refugee admissions were frozen for more than two months as the U.S. government reviewed the program. None of the 9/11 attackers entered the country through the refugee program. But Kristin Wells, who was a counsel on the House Judiciary Committee covering immigration and refugee policy in the wake of the attacks, said support for the refugee resettlement program has always depended on the national security factors at play. Kanss City Star

Jurors Hear Terror Suspect Ordering Backpack Bomb, Grenades From FBI Informants
During phone calls with FBI informants in July 2015, Harlem Suarez said he wanted to buy a backpack bomb about half the size of a pressure cooker, along with seven grenades, ammunition and a “rocket.” Suarez, 25, believed he was talking to a connection to ISIS terrorists, federal prosecutors told jurors last week as the alleged would-be bomber’s federal trial opened in Key West. “Don’t play games with us,” “Sharif,” one informant, said in a July 13, 2015, recorded call the jury listened to for more than one hour on Thursday. “You need to keep your word. That’s what a Muslim does. Muslim keeps his word. I love you, brother.” The defense team of Richard Della Fera and Joshua Entin of Fort Lauderdale says Suarez, who lived with his parents on Stock Island, knows nothing of Islam and is anything but a homegrown would-be bomber. Miami Herald

Colorado Considers Ending Longtime Switchblade Knife Ban
The switchblade knives wielded six decades ago by the fictional Jets and Sharks street gangs in the legendary Broadway musical "West Side Story" and in Hollywood films spooked lawmakers across the U.S. and helped usher in state bans. But 54 years after Colorado enacted its prohibition of the folding knives with blades that pop out from their handles with the push of a button or a lever, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is trying to repeal it. They are citing arguments from knife rights activists and others who say switchblades have become everyday work tools that also can save lives because they can be opened with one hand instead of two. West Side Story "kind of released this sense that switchblades were what was bringing in Sharks and Jets, and that we would prevent gang activity if we outlawed these," said bill co-sponsor state Sen. Owen Hill, a Republican who argues that Colorado's law is outdated and widely ignored. SF Gate

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Conservatives Feel Happy About Trump’s Supreme Court Options
Conservatives' wishes for the next Supreme Court justice boil down to a few words: no more Souters, as in former Justice David Souter (SOO'-tur). Back in 1990, when Souter was nominated by President George H.W. Bush, a White House aide called Souter as a "home run" for conservatives. As it turned out, Souter generally was a liberal vote for most of his 18 years on the court. Conservatives say they have no such worry this time around. They feel confident that with President Donald Trump's nominee — he plans to announce the pick on Thursday — they won't look back with regret in the years to come. A person familiar with the selection process says the leading contenders are federal appeals courts judges Neil Gorsuch, Thomas Hardiman and William Pryor. Las Vegas Sun

Anxiety May Lead To Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments
Anxiety may prompt prostate cancer patients to opt for potentially unnecessary treatments, a new study suggests. The research included more than 1,500 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. They were more likely to choose surgery and radiation therapy than active surveillance. Active surveillance -- also known as "watchful waiting" -- is when the patient is monitored closely, but not treated. "Men's level of emotional distress shortly after diagnosis predicted greater likelihood of choosing surgery over active surveillance," said the researchers from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. UPI News

Report: Pittsburgh Hospital Deaths Linked To Mold
Health inspectors linked mold-infected bed sheets and other freshly cleaned linens used at two University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospitals to the deaths of five patients since 2014. A report, commissioned by the university medical center, found evidence of the mold at the hospitals and many areas of the Paris Healthcare Linen facility, a Pennsylvania-based company that handled the hospitals' linen. For nearly two years, investigators have been trying to pinpoint the source of the mold. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center commissioned the report privately after three people died. UPI News

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IN HOLOCAUST DAY STATEMENT THAT OMITS JEWS, TRUMP VOWS TO SPREAD TOLERANCE
In his first statement about the Holocaust as president, Donald Trump vowed to make “love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world” and made no mention of Jews. “It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust,” Trump said in a statement on Friday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day. “It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.” Jerusalem Post

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT AND MAYIM BIALIK VOW TO JOIN TRUMP'S MUSLIM REGISTRY
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and actress Mayim Bialik said they would register as Muslims if President Donald Trump creates a registry of Muslim Americans. Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton, cited her Jewish ancestry in her statement Wednesday on Twitter. I was raised Catholic, became Episcopalian & found out later my family was Jewish. I stand ready to register as Muslim in #solidarity. Albright’s parents converted from Judaism to Catholicism in 1941 after their native Czechoslavakia disintegrated at the hands of Hitler. The family eventually immigrated to the US in the late 1940s. Trump is considering a temporary ban on refugees from Muslim-majority countries such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia. During the presidential campaign, he also floated the idea of registering American Muslims in a database. Jerusalem Post

Trump Suspends US Refugee Programme And Bans Syrians Indefinitely
President Donald Trump has banned the entry of Syrian refugees into the US until further notice. He has also halted the issuing of visas to the nationals of six other mainly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for three months. Mr Trump said the measures were part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US". Rights groups have condemned the move, saying there is no link between Syrian refugees in the US and terrorism. Under Mr Trump's wide-ranging executive order, all refugee admissions have been suspended for four months. BBC

Theresa May In Turkey: UK Agrees £100m Defence Deal
Britain has agreed a £100m defence deal to help develop fighter jets for the Turkish air force. The announcement came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May met the Turkish president and prime minister in Ankara. Mrs May said the defence agreement "underlines once again that Britain is a great, global, trading nation". She said the UK would enhance trade relations with Turkey, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would increase trade to $20bn (£16bn). BBC

Hollande: Trump Administration Is 'Encouraging Extremism'
French president François Hollande has said that the Trump administration was encouraging “populism and even extremism“, as he and fellow southern European leaders urged unity to face an increasingly uncertain world. “We have to stand together in Europe,” Hollande said during a meeting in Lisbon on Saturday. “What is at stake is populism. The kind of discourse now coming from the United States encourages populism and even extremism.” Guardian

New Baylor Lawsuit Alleges 52 Rapes By Football Players In Four-Year Period
A former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players. The lawsuit by the student, who is listed in the documents only as “Elizabeth Doe”, alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period. It also alleges a “culture of sexual violence” and describes her alleged 2013 attack by two players. It doesn’t detail the other alleged attacks, but says some were recorded by the players, who shared them with friends. Fifty-two assaults would dramatically increase the 17 reports of sexual and physical attacks involving 19 players since 2011 previously acknowledged by Baylor officials. Telegraph

UN Agencies Express Hope US Will Continue Long Tradition Of Protecting Those Fleeing Conflict, Persecution
The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues today expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution. “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world,” says a joint statement from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The agencies note that the longstanding US policy of welcoming refugees has created a 'win-win' situation: it has saved the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world who have in turn enriched and strengthened their new societies. UN News

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