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Court Allows Trans Military Ban...Pelosi Focuses on Health Care...Brown Detained After Rape Accusation

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue. The high court on Tuesday reversed lower court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing its plans. The court for now declined to take up cases about the plan. They’ll continue to move through lower courts.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s plan to reopen the government heads for Senate action this week, but its prospects are uncertain. The bill, which includes funding for most domestic agencies, has immigration provisions aimed at mollifying Democrats but which have alienated some conservatives. With the government in its fifth week of a partial shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to push the bill through the Senate. It includes money for Trump’s proposed wall, which Democrats oppose.

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is laying out her strategy on health care and first up is improvements to “Obamacare” and legislation to lower prescription drug costs. Hearings on “Medicare for all” will follow. Pelosi and President Donald Trump have been sounding similar themes about the need to address high drug costs. Democrats believe voters gave them a mandate on health care in the midterm elections that returned the House to their control.

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A Catholic boys school in Kentucky is closed for the day while protests continue over videotaped encounters between some of their students, members of a black religious sect and Native American marchers outside the Lincoln Memorial last week. President Donald Trump tweeted that the Covington Catholic High School students “have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be” but says he hopes the teens will use the attention for good, and “maybe even to bring people together.”

PARIS (AP) – American singer Chris Brown is in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint. French officials say he is also facing drug infraction charges and one of his bodyguards is also held. His representatives are not commenting on the accusations. Brown has had several run-ins with police since pleading guilty to felony assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.


Shutdown Now a Month Old...Taliban Attack Kills 45...Gunmakers Gather in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON (AP) – The partial government shutdown has stretched into its 32nd day, with another missed paycheck looming for hundreds of thousands of workers. Senate Republicans have released legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposal to break through the budget deadlock, its centerpiece the $5.7 billion Trump has demanded for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Democrats say they’re unwilling to negotiate any border security funding until Trump reopens the government.

BEIJING (AP) – China is demanding the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that Meng Wanzhou’s case was out of the ordinary and Canada’s extradition treaty with the U.S. infringed on the “safety and legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens.” Hua said China demands that the U.S. withdraw the arrest warrant against Meng and “not make a formal extradition request to the Canadian side.”

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – Afghanistan is reeling from a Taliban attack on a military base in the country’s east the previous day that killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 70, mostly military personnel and trainees at the base. It was one of the deadliest Taliban attacks in Afghanistan’s 17-year war. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office strongly condemned the assault, describing it as a “terrorist attack” against “honest sons of this homeland who were defending their country and protecting their people.”

UNDATED (AP) – Gunmakers and dealers are gathering this week in Las Vegas for the industry’s largest annual conference. Last year, the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade, or SHOT Show, was subdued. And gunmaker Gary Ramey is expecting the same this year. The gun industry has been grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics. Ramey says a gun-friendly Donald Trump means, “There was no one to beat up.”

UNDATED (AP) – Additional video of protesters at the Lincoln Memorial show a group of men called the Black Hebrew Israelites shouting racial insults at Native Americans marching to end injustice for indigenous peoples and at dozens of visiting white Catholic high school students. At first the focus was a short video showing student Nick Sandmann, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and appearing to stare down a Native American man playing a drum while some classmates shouted “Build that wall!”