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NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down Tom Brady's four-game suspension in "Deflategate." Goodell says in a statement that he needs to protect the integrity of the game. But the head of the NFL Players Association says today's ruling is a message to Goodell that he needs to act fairly. The Patriots, meanwhile, have tweeted a photo of Brady celebrating during the team's Super Bowl win last season.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president is accusing Western nations of being indifferent to the plight of refugees. And he says they share the blame for the deaths of migrants off the coast of Turkey. The Turkish leader spoke a day after 12 migrants drowned while trying to reach a Greek island. The dead included a 3-year-old boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, galvanizing a worldwide debate about migration. According to the Turkish president (Recep Erdogan), his country is hosting close to 2 million refugees, in contrast to about 200,000 in total being hosted by "many times more" prosperous Western countries.
NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis will offer a special blessing to a group of immigrants and refugees during his visit to New York City later this month, highlighting two contentious issues in American politics. Church officials say they will include youngsters from Central American countries who crossed the border alone. Others include refugees seeking green cards, struggling American-born minorities and disabled immigrants. The visit comes as questions intensify about inaction over Syria's civil war and Europe's migrant crisis. Francis has urged wealthy countries to welcome immigrants.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's another recovery day on Wall Street, where stocks have been given a boost by comments from policymakers at the European Central Bank. The bank said it's ready to give a bigger stimulus effort if inflation fails to pick up across the 19-country Eurozone. Stocks in Europe jumped, and Wall Street has seen some solid gains since the opening bell.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing a ban on discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system. This would mark an expansion of the anti-bias protections in the president's health overhaul. But officials say the rule won't explicitly require insurers to cover gender transition treatment.