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Trump threatens U.C. Berkeley after protests stop far-right speech

Berkely protestsU.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley after protesters smashed windows and set fires at the liberal-leaning school, forcing the cancellation of an appearance by a far-right Breitbart News editor.

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" Trump wrote on Twitter at 6:13 a.m. EST (1113 GMT). He did not elaborate.

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Texas mosque destroyed in fire will be rebuilt after $1 million in online donations

Mosuq burned in Victoria, TexasThe Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas was destroyed by a massive fire on Saturday, hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The tragedy inspired an online fundraising campaign that raised over $1 million for the mosque.

On behalf of the center, Omar Rachid, a physician recruiter at a county-owned hospital in Victoria, Texas, created a GoFundMe campaign to financially assist any rebuilding efforts.

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'Sopranos' actor Frank Pellegrino dies at 72

Frank PellegrinoActor Frank Pellegrino, recognizable to mob-drama fans from Goodfellas and The Sopranos, has died at 72 after battling lung cancer, Variety and People report.

He played FBI New Jersey bureau chief Frank Cubitoso, the boss of Tony Soprano's nemesis, Agent Harris (Matt Servitto). Cubitoso and his team tried to turn Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after learning his own mother tried to have him killed. Their pitch failed but they later had more luck with Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), the girlfriend of Tony's nephew.

Pellegrino's other roles include TV's Law & Order and New York Undercover and the films Cop Land and It Could Happen to You.

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Boy Scouts will allow transgender boys to join

Boy Scouts allow transgender members- Two years after a controversial decision to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to join the Boy Scouts of America, the organization announced Monday it will do the same for transgender young people as well.

The Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender youths to join local troops, the national organization announced Monday, ending a 100-year-old practice of determining eligibility for the group based on the gender listed on a birth certificate and bringing it into line with other youth-oriented groups in the country.

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State Dept. Officials Draft Dissent Memo After Trump’s Ban

Dept.pf StateConsider this a major bureaucratic uprising on the part of career foreign service officers against the President on his executive order on refugees.

Numerous Foreign Service officers and other diplomats have drafted a dissent memo expressing opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States. ABC reported this morning on the draft, which is likely to be submitted today.

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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.”

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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.”

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