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Administration will defend original travel ban...Tornado destroys dozens of homes...Texas court hears gay marriage case

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 9:10 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration is still determined to defend its original travel ban that was blocked by the federal courts. In an interview with CBS "This Morning," Pence said a variety of agencies are putting the "final touches" on a revised executive order that temporarily bans travelers from certain countries and restricts refugees from entering the U.S. President Donald Trump's original order, signed in January, sparked immediate confusion, panic and outrage as some travelers were detained in U.S. airports. Federal courts stepped in. Pence says that the administration will defend Trump's original ban which, he says, "we fully believe is in his presidential authority." Pence would not address details of the revised ban, saying he doesn't want to get "ahead of the deliberation."

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a tornado that killed a man near Perryville, Missouri, destroyed more than 100 homes in the area. The state Highway Patrol says the man was killed when the tornado blew his vehicle off of Interstate 55 last night. A second person in the vehicle wasn't harmed. About 20 other people in the county suffered minor injuries. Authorities say crews assessing damage have determined that nearly 110 homes have been left uninhabitable. The storm was part of a spring-like system that also killed at least two other people in Illinois and damaged property in several states.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian appeals court says the country didn't violate the human rights of mass murderer Anders Breivik by isolating him in jail. The court is overturning last year's lower court ruling. The appeals panel says Brevik -- who is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage -- "has not been subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment." A defense lawyer says Breivik will now appeal to Norway's top court — the Supreme Court — and possibly to the European Court of Human Rights.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is mainly ruling for African-Americans in Virginia who say lawmakers packed 12 legislative districts with black voters to make other districts whiter and more Republican. The justices said today that a lower court that upheld the 12 districts used the wrong legal standard when it determined that race did not play too large a role in creating the districts. African-Americans made up at least 55 percent of eligible voters in each district.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that conservatives hope will provide an opening to challenge the landmark 2015 ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. The all-Republican court initially refused to hear the lawsuit, which challenged Houston's decision to offer same-sex spousal benefits to municipal employees. The court deferred to the U.S. Supreme Court declaring gay marriage constitutional. But the court reversed itself last month amid pressure from Texas' governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and leading religious and conservative activists. They argue that the case may help Texas limit the scope of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, especially in how it's applied at the state level.

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