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Homeland Security: Terror report not final...Syria sanctions sought...Rapist parental rights

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 7:50 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is confirming the authenticity of a report obtained by The Associated Press that found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the U.S. But a spokeswoman says the draft is not a final comprehensive review.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons use are seeking a Security Council vote next week. The nations say action needs to be taken after attacks the U.S. envoy has called "barbaric." Russia is vowing a veto. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley charges that Russia is babysitting the regime and making excuses for it.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker says the state should close a legal gap that allows convicted rapists to gain custody or visitation rights to children conceived through rape. Sen. Sara Howard of Omaha said a young woman contacted her last summer looking for help from the Legislature because courts were requiring her to let her daughter spend time with the girl's biological father. He pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual assault after impregnating the woman.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say. The 35-year-old had spent about 22 hours playing the online wargame "World of Tanks" on the streaming platform Twitch.tv. He told followers he was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Washington, D.C. man has been issued a $280 citation in Wyoming for frightening 1,500 elk into a stampede. He's accused of launching a drone from a highway and flying it over a feeding area. The animals ran a half mile through deep snow, something experts say can create deadly stress levels.

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