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West Virginia Mayor, Official Lose Jobs Over Post Calling Michelle Obama ‘Ape In Heels’

Beverly WhalingThe director of a state and federal-funded nonprofit in West Virginia has been removed after writing a racist Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels.”

Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor wrote the offensive post after Donald Trump was elected president in an exchange that also embroiled the mayor of Clay, a small town near Charleston.

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LAPD Takes A Stand Against Trump Immigration Enforcement

Charles BeckOne of the nation’s largest police forces isn’t supporting Donald Trump’s   deportation plans.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move is an apparent act of defiance against the president-elect’s promise to deport or imprison up to 3 million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration.

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North Dakota Access pipeline delayed

Dakota pipelineA federal decision on the Dakota Access pipeline shows Washington is listening, though parties to the debate differed on the wisdom of that attention.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said further review was needed in order to assess tribal interests associated with the construction of the last few hundred feet of the Dakota Access pipeline. The decision means pipeline consortium Energy Transfer Partners is delayed in the construction of a $3.7 billion pipeline meant to carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil from North Dakota oil fields to Illinois and then onto the southern U.S. coast.

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Court hears case of florist sued for refusing gay couple

SCOTUS to hear florist caseA florist who was sued for refusing to provide services for a same sex-wedding says she was exercising her First Amendment rights, but Washington Supreme Court justices questioned whether ruling in her favor would mean other businesses could turn away customers based on racial or other grounds.

The court heard arguments Tuesday in the case against Barronelle Stutzman, who was fined for denying service to a gay couple in 2013.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state and federal constitutions confer no right to discriminate against people.

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5 Utah students stabbed at high school, teen in custody

Utah school stabbingFive students were stabbed inside the boy's locker room of their Utah high school Tuesday and a 16-year-old boy identified as a suspect was taken into custody, police and students said.

The stabbings of the male students happened about 8 a.m. at Mountain View High School, a city of about 90,000 people about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, authorities said.

All of the victims were stabbed at least once and were being treated for their injuries at local hospitals. Their conditions ranged from critical to fair, Orem police Lt. Craig Martinez told reporters.

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Prominent PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies

Gwen Ifill diesGwen Ifill, one of the nation's most prominent African-American journalists, has died after several months of cancer treatment, PBS confirmed Monday.

Ifill, 61, was moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour."  In 2009, she also wrote a political book President Obama, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.

"It is with extreme sadness that we share the news that Gwen Ifill passed away earlier today surrounded by family and friends," according to a statement from Paula Kerger, PBS' CEO. "Gwen was one of America’s leading lights in journalism and a fundamental reason public media is considered a trusted window on the world by audiences across the nation."

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Justice Ginsburg shines in opera debut (really)

Justice Ginsburg opera debutYou didn't have to watch "Saturday Night Live" last night to be convinced that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can survive the Age of Trump.

There she was on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, playing the Duchess of Krakenthorp in "The Daughter of the Regiment," her Washington National Opera debut at age 83.

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