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U.S. rolls back protections for transgender prison inmates

Trump rolls back protections for trans prisonersThe Trump administration has rolled back protections for transgender prison inmates introduced under former President Barack Obama after some prisoners challenged the policies in court.

An inmate’s biological sex will now be used to make the initial decision as to where transgender prisoners are housed, instead of the gender to which they identify, according to a change in guidelines announced on Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

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Canada: Monitor to track hate groups amid far-right rise

Anti- hate protesters outside US embassy in OttawaA new organisation has been set up to track hate groups in Canada amid what experts say is a marked rise in far-right sentiment across the country.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network (CAN) was launched earlier this month, just as news broke that one of the most prominent neo-Nazi propagandists in North America was living and recruiting members in Montreal.

The Montreal Gazette identified Zeiger - as he is known online - as a local IT professional named Gabriel Sohier Chaput. He is the second-most prolific writer on a neo-Nazi website, The Daily Stormer, the newspaper reported.

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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill to allow adults to carry gun without a license

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill to allow gun carry without a licenseThe Republican governor of Oklahoma, one of the nation's reddest states, vetoed a bill late Friday that would have permitted adults to carry firearms without a permit.

The move by Gov. Mary Fallin marked a rare defeat in such a conservative state by the National Rifle Association, which strongly backed the measure.

The bill is similar to so-called “constitutional carry” legislation adopted in a dozen other states. It would have authorized people 21 and older and military personnel who are at least 18 to legally carry a handgun, either openly or concealed, without a state-issued license or permit.

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Mike Pompeo offers aid to North Korea in exchange for forfeiting nukes

Mike Pompeo offers aid to N Korea for forfeiting nukes

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has offered economic help to impoverished North Korea if it gives up its nuclear weapons, as the two countries prepare for an historic summit between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

A day after returning from a trip to Pyongyang, Pompeo said he had “good” and “substantive” conversations with Kim during his visit, during which he secured the release of three Americans who had been detained in North Korea. In a joint news conference with South Korea’s top diplomat, he offered a glimpse of what US-North Korean relations could look like if they succeed in reaching a nuclear accord.

“If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends,” Pompeo said.

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AT&T, Novartis CEOs apologize for payments to Michael Cohen

ATT and Novartis say they regret hiring Cohen

The chief executives of AT&T and Novartis are both in damage control mode for their dealings with Michael Cohen, apologizing to employees for poor judgment in paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump's personal attorney for insights into the president's thinking.

AT&T also announced Friday that its top public policy official is retiring amid the furor, which it acknowledged has hurt its reputation in Washington.

The fallout showed no signs of letting up as details continued dribbling out about the arrangements both companies made with Cohen, a longtime Trump fixer with no known policy chops. Cohen billed himself as a political consultant who could offer advice on how the new administration and its top officials think — and at a time when the new president’s policy positions were largely unknown, the companies shelled out big bucks for guidance.

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Retired 3-star general and Fox News guest says torture ‘worked’ on John McCain

Lt. Gen. Thomas McInernyA Fox Business Network host is apologizing for a remark a retired three-star general and Fox News guest made on his program Thursday – saying Sen. John McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel becoming CIA director was because torture “worked” on McCain.

“The fact is John McCain – it worked on John,” retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney told host Charles Payne. “That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.'”

McCain has always denied giving up harmful information when he was a prisoner of war and when critics distributed a flyer during the 2008 South Carolina presidential primary claiming he did, it was debunked by the fact-finding website PolitiFact.

TVNL Comment: Ugly Network, Ugly Host, Ugly Guest, Ugly lies.

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Meghan McCain wonders how White House staffer who mocked her dad can 'still have a job'

Meghan McCain wonders why Trump aide still has a jobMeghan McCain, the daughter of six-term Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, once again had to use her platform as a host of ABC's The View to defend her father, who is currently under treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

Thursday, multiple media reports said White House communications staffer Kelly Sadler dismissed concerns about McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel, saying, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."

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Toxic gas alert for Hawaii volcano eruption; new areas at risk

 Toxic gas alert for HawaiiResidents on the Big Island of Hawaii were alerted on Thursday to rising levels of toxic gas from lava-oozing fissures, and geologists warned that new areas east of the erupting Kilauea volcano may be at risk of molten rock bursting from the ground.

Hawaii County authorities sent a text message to residents of the southeast corner of the island warning them of a wind change that would bring rising levels of sulfur dioxide gas, which can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities.

“It’s just horrible. You can’t breathe in there,” said evacuated resident Robynn Stagg, 58, who drove through the thick, orange sulfur dioxide haze earlier this week in a failed attempt to check on her home.

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