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The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.
The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting it and its four liberal members saying they would not have. The order from the court was brief and procedural, with no elaboration from the justices.
As a result of the court's decision, the Pentagon can implement a policy so that people who have changed their gender will no longer be allowed to enlist in the military. The policy also says transgender people who are in the military must serve as a member of their biological gender unless they began a gender transition under less restrictive Obama administration rules.
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When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll.
Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit and the dome of smog over Salt Lake City that engineer Caleb Gregg steps into when he walks out his door in winter.
"I look at it every day," Gregg said from Salt Lake City, where winter days with some of the country's worst air starting a few years ago dinged the city's reputation as a pristine sports city and spurred state leaders to ramp up clean-air initiatives. "You look out and see pollution just sitting over the valley."
A tentative deal has been reached between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the striking teachers union that will allow instructors to return to classrooms in the nation's second largest school district.
Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the proposed agreement, which will be voted on Tuesday by the union, at a news conference with union and district representatives Monday morning. LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and union president Alex Caputo-Pearl joined Garcetti for the announcement at City Hall.
Garcetti said teachers would be returning to classrooms on Wednesday.
The union issued a statement Monday, saying that any agreement cannot be enacted until a vote of its membership.
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The White House is moving forward with plans for President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week in front of a joint session of Congress — despite a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting he delay it.
The White House sent an email to the House Sergeant-at-Arms on Tuesday asking to schedule a walk-through for the speech in anticipation of a Jan. 29 delivery, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the planning.
At the same time, the White House is continuing to work on contingency plans and has been considering potential alternatives, including a rally, as a back-up venue.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences unveiled nominations to the 91st Oscars Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The nominations were announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross.
A group of five black men shouting vulgar insults while protesting centuries of oppression. Dozens of white Catholic high school students visiting Washington for a rally to end abortion. And Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples across the globe who have seen their lands overrun by outside settlers.
The three groups met for just a few minutes Friday at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, an encounter captured in videos that went viral over the weekend — and again cast a spotlight on a polarized nation that doesn't appear to agree on anything.
At first the focus was on a short video showing one of the high school students, Nick Sandmann, wearing a red "Make America Great Again" hat and appearing to smirk while a crowd of other teens laughed derisively behind him, as he faced off against a 64-year-old Native American, Nathan Phillips, who played a traditional chant on a drum.
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Senate Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday with a plan to reopen the government and finance President Donald Trump's long-stalled wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but Democrats said the legislation offers inadequate protections for "Dreamer" immigrants and Trump should reopen the government before negotiations can start.
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The White House rejected a trade planning meeting with Chinese counterparts this week due to outstanding disagreements between the two sides over the enforcement of intellectual property rules.
Officials from the U.S. Trade Representative's office were set to meet with two Chinese vice ministers this week to try to resolve trade differences before the March 1 deadline, but the meeting was called off, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to CNBC's Kayla Tausche.
Should Beijing and Washington fail to agree on a permanent solution, President Donald Trump has said he will reinforce punitive tariffs on roughly half of all Chinese exports to the U.S.
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Authorities have released a photo of a person of interest wanted for questioning in connection with the case of a missing 23-year-old woman who was last seen leaving a Boston bar Saturday night.
Boston police also released a timeline of events and locations in downtown Boston and the nearby Charlestown neighborhood in an effort to get more tips surrounding Olivia Ambrose's disappearance.
Silicon Valley has driven San Francisco into a “train wreck” of inequality, with homelessness being a severe issue in the city, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told CNBC on Tuesday.
Benioff added that though the Valley is the home of “an incredible technology industry” that “every city in the world craves,” some executives in the sector are ignoring issues such as gentrification and homelessness.
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President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday walked back comments he made about discussions Trump had with his former personal attorney about a real estate project in Moscow during the presidential election campaign.
Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower project in January 2016 even though prosecutors say he actually pursued it into June.
Giuliani suggested in a TV interview Sunday that Trump remembers conversations with Cohen about the project "up to as far as October, November," or right up until the election. That extends the timeline for the Russian business deal well beyond what the president has publicly acknowledged.
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U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people were remanded in custody in Paris on Tuesday after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said.
The Grammy-winning singer was detained Monday on potential charges of aggravated rape and drug infractions, a judicial official said. According to the same source, Brown and the other suspects were still detained by Tuesday evening.
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Two University of Oklahoma students who faced backlash over a blackface video posted to social media "will not return to campus," the school's president said Monday.
In the video posted late last week on social media, a young woman is seen painting her face black, laughing and uttering a racist slur, while the other student was filming.
OU President James Gallogly said the students, both sophomores, were not expelled but "decided on their own to withdraw," NBC News reported.
"This type of behavior is not welcome here and is condemned in the strongest terms by me and by our university," Gallogly said.
The school is still investigating to determine if any other students were involved in making the video. The Tri Delta sorority confirmed earlier in the day that at least one of the women involved in the video is now a former member.
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The Supreme Court won't hear the appeal of a Washington state high school football coach whose refusal to stop praying on the field after games lost him his job, NBC News reported.
Joseph Kennedy was fired as an assistant coach at Bremerton High School in 2015, something President Donald Trump called "very, very sad and outrageous" at a campaign event the next year.
School district officials told Kennedy that his longstanding practice of praying after games violated a policy prohibiting school staff from encouraging or discouraging students engaging in religious activity. Kennedy persisted and was placed on leave, then wasn't re-hired the next season.
Kennedy sued over the restriction of his rights to free expression and religious freedom, lost in lower federal courts and insisted in his appeal that his religious beliefs "require him to give thanks through prayer at the end of each game."
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