HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — More than five years after the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case rocked Penn State University, two former administrators are pleading guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment. They are former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university Vice President Gary Schultz. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was also charged in the scandal. The case against him appears to be moving forward, with jury selection set for next week. The three handled a complaint by a graduate assistant who said he saw Sandusky, sexually abusing a boy in a team shower. They did not report the matter to police or child welfare authorities.
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is disputing claims made by the state of Hawaii in its lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Hawaii says the ban that goes into effect Thursday will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. A plaintiff in the state's challenge says the ban will prevent his Syrian mother-in-law from visiting. The federal government is asking the court to deny a temporary restraining order request to prevent the ban from going into effect. The government says Hawaii's allegations of negative impacts for tourism and universities are pure speculation.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the refugee resettlement program. The lawsuit, which was filed today by the Tennessee General Assembly, argues that the refugee program is forcing the state to spend money on additional services, such as health care and education. The suit asks that the refugee resettlement program be shut down until the federal government pays Tennessee all the costs it incurs as a result of the program.
WASHINGTON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has postponed her trip to Washington to visit with President Donald Trump due to a late-winter storm expected in the Northeast U.S. Merkel had been scheduled to arrive late tonight for meetings with Trump tomorrow, but her office says she called off the trip at the last minute due to the weather. German media reported she was rescheduling the trip for Friday but her office would only say it would take place soon. Washington, D.C., is expected to get about 6 inches of snow in the storm.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer is defending President Donald Trump's mass dismissal of top federal prosecutors as standard practice. The Justice Department on Friday asked for all remaining 46 U.S. attorneys to submit their resignations. Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara (bahr-AHR'-ah) had said after the election that Trump had asked him to stay on. But he, too, was dismissed on Friday after refusing to turn in his resignation.