A transgender flag and a personal attack: Illinois Democratic Rep. Marie Newman and Georgia Republican Rep. MarjorieTaylor Greene feud over LGBTQ rights
Rep. Marie Newman’s push for LGBTQ rights in the name of her transgender daughter has sparked a political feud with controversial Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia congresswoman who has espoused baseless conspiracy theories. The controversy featured dueling displays in the hallway of a congressional office building, a personal attack from Taylor Greene against the Illinois Democrat's daughter and an apology from Facebook after it mistakenly labeled a video posted by Newman as “hate speech.” All of it came in advance of the House’s vote Thursday to pass the Equality Act, which would ...
Michigan attorney general will close inquiry into Larry Nassar unless MSU releases 6,000 documents
DETROIT — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will close her office's investigation into who at Michigan State University was aware of former university doctor Larry Nassar's sexual assaults of patients unless the university releases roughly 6,000 withheld documents. Nessel acknowledged Thursday that she sent a letter to the college's Board of Trustees a day earlier, asking one last time for the board to release the documents so her team can review them. If the board doesn't agree, she said the investigation that began more than three years ago will end. The board is withholding the document...
The Detroit News
Trump endorses Sen. Jerry Moran — 12 days after vote to acquit him on incitement charge
WASHINGTON — Twelve days after Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran voted to acquit former President Donald Trump for incitement of insurrection, he received Trump’s endorsement for re-election. Trump made the announcement Thursday evening. Moran will run for a third Senate term in 2022 in a state that went for Trump by double digits in two elections. “Senator Jerry Moran is doing a terrific job for the wonderful people of Kansas. Strong on Military, Vets, the Border, and our Second Amendment, Jerry has my Complete and Total Endorsement for his re-election in 2022!” Trump said in a statement rel...
The Kansas City Star
Lawsuit looks to block dismantlement of Southern California's San Onofre nuclear plant
SAN DIEGO — An advocacy group based in Del Mar is taking the California Coastal Commission to court, looking to stop the dismantlement work underway at the now-shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Officials with the Samuel Lawrence Foundation say the commission should not have granted a permit to Southern California Edison, the majority owner of the plant, to take down buildings and infrastructure at the plant. "We felt compelled to file this lawsuit because the Coastal Commission really didn't do what they are supposed to do as an agency to protect the public interest, to protect ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Pelosi slams Republicans for watering down Capitol probeHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republicans on Thursday for trying to distract attention from the role of right-wing radicals in the Capitol siege. The California Democrat trashed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for insisting that the commission study not just include the violence at the Capitol but also last summer’s racial justice protests. “We are talking about domestic terrorism,” Pelosi said. “That’s what we are trying to get to the bottom of. ... We’re not going to get into every case of mob violence.” Pelosi accus...
Tribune News Service
Ex-US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to Larry Nassar kills himself after being charged
DETROIT — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach from the Lansing area with ties to disgraced sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar died from suicide Thursday, hours after Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed human trafficking, sexual assault and racketeering charges against him, the attorney general's office confirmed. "My office has been notified that the body of John Geddert was found late this afternoon after taking his own life," Nessel said in a statement. "This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved.” Geddert's body was found by Michigan State Police troopers at 3...
The Detroit News
Texas manufacturing accelerates despite uncertainty over Biden, snowstorm and oil
A key measure of Texas manufacturing suggested productivity sharply accelerated in February as it notched one of its best scores since the start of pandemic. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ latest survey of manufacturing executives across the state also found marked upticks in the number reporting increases in new orders, shipments and capacity usage after a brief dip in January that followed another uptick in December. A measure of manufacturing jobs slipped some from January, but Emily Kerr, a senior business economist at the bank, noted in an analysis that it still indicated increased h...
Did Xavier Becerra sue a Catholic charity over contraceptives?
WASHINGTON — Republicans trying to sink California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nomination to join President Joe Biden’s Cabinet as health secretary are frequently citing California’s ongoing litigation involving the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic nonprofit run by nuns. The charge centers on a lawsuit Becerra filed against the administration of former President Donald Trump in 2017, hours after the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed rule to expand religious exemptions for employers that did not want to provide coverage for contraceptives through insurance...
The Sacramento Bee
8 Texas fire departments battle huge recycling plant fire
RICHLAND HILLS, Texas — Eight North Texas fire departments responded Thursday afternoon to a five-alarm industrial fire at a foam recycling facility at 2525 Handley Ederville Road in Richland Hills. The address is listed online with a company called Advanced Foam Recycling. About 125 fire department personnel including a hazardous materials team and officials from Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Bedford, Hurst, Watauga and Grapevine responded to the fire, which was reported about 12:30 p.m. and continued to burn more than three hours later. The 134,000-square-foo...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
House passes bill to provide long-sought legal protections for LGBTQ+ people
With little Republican support, House Democrats passed a bill Thursday that would lock in long-sought legal safeguards for LGBTQ+ people — but the historic measure faces stiff opposition in the Senate. The “Equality Act,” which tweaks existing civil rights law to spell out that sexual orientation and gender identification are protected characteristics that cannot form the basis for discrimination, passed the House in a 224-206 vote, with just three Republicans joining the chamber’s 221 Democrats in supporting the measure. Supports of the bill say the protections will ensure that LGBTQ+ people ...
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