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States that challenged ban aren't satisfied...Afghan family is being released...Transgender teens will still wait for ruling

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — States that challenged Donald Trump's original travel ban aren't satisfied with the revised version that Trump has signed today. The attorney general of Massachusetts, Maura Healy, calls the new ban misguided, and an effort to "fulfill a discriminatory and unconstitutional campaign promise." She says she's considering all legal options. Virginia's attorney general says while the new version appears to be "significantly scaled back," it still sends "a horrible message to the world." The new version still prevents people from six Muslim-majority countries from getting new visas. A seventh country, Iraq, was removed from that list. And the nation's refugee program is temporarily shut down.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for an Afghan family of five who traveled to the United States on special visas and was detained in Los Angeles says immigration officials have agreed to release them. The family was detained after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday on their way to resettle in Washington state. Lawyers say the father obtained special immigrant visas for his family after working for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. A federal judge ordered a court hearing for today on the family's case after earlier blocking government officials from removing the family from California.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the Supreme Court has decided not to rule on which bathroom a transgender Virginia teen can use at school, a lawyer for the teen says other transgender youth will have to wait another year or two for the issue to be resolved. The case had been scheduled for argument later this month. Instead, a lower court in Virginia will now have to evaluate the federal Title 9 law, and the extent to which it applies to transgender students.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say tornadoes are possible from Arkansas and Oklahoma to Minnesota as warm weather reaches well into the nation's midsection. The area at the greatest risk today runs from near Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Joplin, Missouri, into eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. Storms should begin late this afternoon and continue into the night. The storm threat covers 22 million people.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in western Pennsylvania and a Catholic bishop have announced reforms aimed at fighting child sex abuse at a Pennsylvania Catholic diocese. Two former bishops allegedly helped cover up abuse there. Under the new plan, the diocese has just 12 hours to report credible abuse allegations to police. The diocese also will pay for counseling experts to be chosen by victims who need it.

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