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California legislator calls for Melania Trump immigration records

Melania TrumpA California state senator is calling on the White House to release documents related to Melania Trump's immigration, as part of a broader objection to President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

State Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, standing alongside Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon in the state Capitol last week, made the call as part of a protest against Trump’s executive order calling for limiting funds to “sanctuary cities.”


Lyft Pledges $1 Million to ACLU as #DeleteUber Trends

Lyft pledges $1 Million to the ACLUThe ridesharing app Lyft announced early Sunday morning that it will donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years following a controversy surrounding its rival Uber's decision to undercut a New York Taxi Drivers Alliance ban on pickups from JFK airport in response to President Trump's refugee ban.

“Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values,” Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green wrote in a letter to customers. "We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”


More U.S. judges restrict Trump immigration order

More judges ban Trump exec orderFederal judges in three states followed one in New York in barring authorities from deporting travelers affected by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order imposing restrictions on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations.

The judges in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington state issued their rulings late on Saturday or early on Sunday.


Federal judge blocks Texas law regulating fetal tissue burial

Ken PaxtonA federal judge blocked a Texas law requiring fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages be buried or cremated.

U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks blocked the law on Friday, ruling that the guidelines for disposal of fetal remains places undue burdens on access to abortion which "substantially outweigh the benefits," the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The rule would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated and appropriately buried or scattered. It did not apply to miscarriages at home or to early-term, drug-induced abortions.


New Baylor lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by football players in four-year period

Baylor rapesA former Baylor University student who says she was raped by two football players filed a federal lawsuit on Friday against the school that alleges there were dozens more assaults of women involving other players.

The lawsuit by the student, who is listed in the documents only as “Elizabeth Doe”, alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period.


Iraqi refugee, one of two held at JFK, is released

Refugees detained at JFKOne of two Iraqi refugees being held at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York under President Donald Trump's new order barring refugees from several Muslim countries was released Saturday, though his future status in the United States remains unclear.

The man, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, worked for the U.S. military as an interpreter during the Iraq war. The U.S. government had approved his asylum request and issued him a green card to move to the United States prior to Trump's executive order, but he was detained upon arrival.


Judge blocks Ohio's lethal injection plan, three executions delayed

Ohio executions delayed- A federal judge determined that Ohio's three-drug lethal injection protocol is unconstitutional, putting three executions on hold.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Merz wrote in Thursday's 119-page decision that the use of the sedative drug midazolam is not sufficiently humane.

The "use of midazolam as the first drug in Ohio's present three-drug protocol will create a 'substantial risk of serious harm' or an 'objectively intolerable risk of harm,'" he wrote.


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