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Questions remain over travel ban...Trump picks Gottlieb for FDA post.... Indiana extends disaster declaration for lead contamination

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 10, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.



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SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is set to go into effect next Thursday. It bars new visas for people from six predominantly Muslim countries and temporarily shuts down the U.S. refugee program. The federal judge in Seattle who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of Trump's initial travel ban says he won't immediately rule on whether his restraining order applies to the new ban because of procedural reasons.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Donald Trump is choosing a conservative doctor-turned-pundit with deep ties to Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry to lead the powerful Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served as a deputy commissioner under George W. Bush, would be tasked with Trump's goal of cutting red tape at the FDA, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals to seafood.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is extending a state disaster declaration covering East Chicago's lead contamination problem for another 30 days. The governor's office says it gives the state more time to work with new federal agency leaders and to continue coordinating with local officials who are trying to relocate residents of a public housing complex who must move because of lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police are planning to deploy nearly 20,000 officers and hundreds of buses on Saturday to separate opponents and supporters of ousted President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) who was stripped of her powers by the Constitutional Court over a corruption scandal. Three people died and dozens were injured in clashes between police and Park's supporters in Seoul after the ruling on Friday.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - President Donald Trump's spokesman is confirming that Trump has invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House. The invitation came during a phone conversation on Friday. An Abbas spokesman says he plans to meet with Trump "very soon" to discuss resuming peace talks. There's been no comment from the Israeli government.

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