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hamas on the two-state solution and a new charter | israel


in an extended interview with senior hamas leader and spokesman osama hamdan, we discuss the release of a new hamas charter that may eliminate its anti-semitic language."when we are talking about the jews, we are not against their religion, we are not against their beliefs, we are not against them as a people," says hamdan. "we are against the one who is occupying our cities, villages."when asked about an independent palestine, hamdan said they would support a "palestinian state on the lines of june 4, 1967, including the right of return and jerusalem as a capital for the state", but declined to call it a "two-state solution".for more from this interview, click here.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news






mitchell scores 22 to lead no. 15 ohio state women to win


columbus, ohio — kelsey mitchell scored 22 points and no. 15 ohio state rolled to its fifth straight victory, beating nebraska 95-75 on sunday.with 2,309 points, mitchell, a junior, p ed jessica davenport for no. 3 on the ohio state career scoring list and jumped two spots to no. 8 on the big ten list, p ing davenport (2,303) and anucha browne (2,307) of northwestern.mitchell was only 3 of 12 from the arc but made 7 of 8 free throws and had seven ists. stephanie mavunga added 13 points and linnae harper 12 for the buckeyes (19-5, 9-1).jessica shepard scored 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting and had 13 rebounds for the cornhuskers (5-17, 1-9), who have lost five straight. hannah whitish added 12 points and six ists.ohio state led by 11 at halftime and broke the game open in the third quarter b






minnesota duluth edges st. cloud state in ot for final north star college cup ti


it was announced last week that the north star college cup would be discontinued because of a lack of fan interest. urday, st. cloud state and minnesota duluth gave the spectators at xcel energy center something to remember it by.kyle osterberg scored six minutes into overtime, giving umd a 2-1 victory over the huskies in the championship game. the second-ranked bulldogs (17-5-4) hoisted the minnesota red oak trophy for the first time, becoming the fourth school to win the four-year-old tournament. alex iafallo also scored for umd, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd's hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament's most valuable player. the freshman from stacy, minn., ended the tournament with 68 saves on 71 s s in victories over st. clo






california looks to build $7 billion legal pot economy


sacramento, calif. — a handful of california government workers face a difficult task: by jan. 1, craft regulations that will govern the state's emerging legal pot market.californians last year approved a ballot measure that legalized the recreational use of marijuana, starting next year.now, state workers are trying to build the framework of rules under which the fragrant buds will be grown, processed, transported and sold.the new industry has a projected value of $7 billion.state and local governments could eventually collect $1 billion a year in taxes.getting it wrong could mean the robust cannabis black market stays that way — outside the law.gov. jerry brown has recommended spending more than $50 million to establish programs to collect taxes and issue licenses, while hiring more work






texas mosque goes up in flames hours after white house announces muslim ban


police in victoria, texas are investigating a mysterious fire that burned down a mosque late friday night, reports ktrk.according to victoria fire marshal tom legler, he has asked for additional help from the state as part of his investigation of the torching of the  islamic center of victoria.fire officials state the fire began about 2 a.m.  local time, just hours after the white house issued an executive order limiting the travel of visitors or immigrants from seven muslim-majority countries in the middle east.police state that worshipers who showed up to pray on urday used a facility across the street, with the islamic center’s president, shahid hashmi saying they will rebuild.according to hashmi, the building was burglarized one week ago.watch the video below via ktrk:






minnesota duluth edges st. cloud state in ot for final north star college cup ti


it was announced last week that the north star college cup would be discontinued because of a lack of fan interest. urday, minnesota duluth and st. cloud state gave the spectators at xcel energy center something to remember it by.kyle osterberg scored six minutes into overtime, giving umd a 2-1 victory over the huskies in the championship game. the second-ranked bulldogs (17-5-4) hoisted the minnesota red oak trophy for the first time, becoming the fourth school to win the four-year-old tournament. alex iafallo also scored for umd, which rallied from a 1-0 deficit vs. st. cloud state (12-13-1).umd’s hunter miska stopped 31 of 32 s s and was named the tournament’s mvp. the freshman from stacy, minn., had 68 saves on 71 s s in wins over scsu and the gophers (3-2).“our guys talked about it be






california politics podcast: reactions to president trump's first week


even before the weekend controversy and protests, california's top elected officials spent much of the last week reacting to the first moves by president donald trump. on this week's california politics podcast, we take a closer look at the sharp words offered by gov. jerry brown in his state of the state speech when it comes to the new politics of washington.






see a collection of ornate antique pool tables


six murals that have been cleaned and repaired by conservators are reinstalled in the governor's reception room and anteroom at the minnesota state capitol in st. paul on friday, january 27, 2017. the paintings were taken down, conserved, and stored offsite during the minnesota state building capitol restoration.






genuine matthews st. francis basketball


genuine matthews st. francis, senior basketball, trackgenuine matthews is a senior at st. francis, who placed second in the 400-meter dash in last season’s track and field state meet. his boys’ basketball coach, ryan hauge, said matthews’ speed makes him an elite defender. matthews is committed to run track at north dakota state next year.q: does your track speed help your hoops game?a: i use it to my a ntage to get down the court quickly and break through the t s that are set when the opposite teams press. in the halfcourt, i use it to create a lot of separation between defenders and me.q: is track and field your favorite sport? if so, why? if not, which sport is and why?a: track and field is my favorite sport. before this past summer it was always basketball, but when i did summer aau tr






lawmakers won't publicly commit to 'bathroom bill' repeal


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina's governor insists there are enough votes to kill the state's "bathroom bill." but a survey by the ociated press and eight north carolina newspapers shows less than a third of lawmakers are willing to publicly commit to that stance.the law is best known for requiring transgender people to use restrooms in many public buildings that correspond to the on their birth certificates.only 12 of 50 state senators and 40 of 118 current house members said they support abolishing the law, nearly all of them democrats. on the other side, 13 representatives and six senators said firmly that they want the law to remain.but in both chambers, those giving a "yes" or "no" were outnumbered by those on the fence or declining to participate.






33% off h&r block tax software deluxe federal and state 2016 - deal alert


step-by-step interviews guide you through a customized experience relevant to your tax situation. everything you need to prepare your federal and state taxes in one complete program. additionally, the h&r block refund bonus program offers you the option of using some or all of your federal individual income tax refund to purchase electronic gift cards from amazon.com, and as a special bonus they'll add up to 10% to your e-gift card. the pc is available on amazon now for 33% off its retail price. mac version available for the sale price as well. see the popular tax software now on amazon.this story, "33% off h&r block tax software deluxe federal and state 2016 - deal alert" was originally published by techconnect.to comment on this article and other macworld content, visit our faceb






essential politics: california politicians speak out against trump's actions on


supporters of the  paign for california to secede from the united states can now begin collecting the hundreds of thousands of signatures they need to get a proposed "calexit" initiative on the ballot. california secretary of state alex padilla cleared the proposed initiative to begin collecting signatures on thursday. if the measure gets on the ballot and gains approval by a majority of voters, it would repeal clauses in the california constitution stating that the state is an "inseparable part of the united states" and that the u.s. constitution is the "supreme law of the land," according to the title and summary prepared by the state attorney general's office. the measure would place another question on the ballot in 2019, asking whether california should become a separate country.






henry kissinger to speak at harvard's kennedy school


bridge, m . — former republican secretary of state henry kissinger will speak at a forum at harvard university's kennedy school of government this week."a conver ion with henry kissinger" will be held thursday at 6 p.m. the event will be moderated by graham allison, director of the belfer center for science and international affairs at harvard.kissinger was a national security adviser and secretary of state during the nixon and ford administrations. he is now chairman of kissinger ociates, an international consulting firm.he graduated from harvard college in 1950 and received master's and ph.d. degrees from harvard university in 1952 and 1954. he was a member of the harvard faculty from 1954 to 1969.






underground fires, toxins in unfunded cleanup of old mines


preston county, w.va. — an underground coal mine fire still smolders in northern west virginia, releasing smoke from gashes in a hillside only a stone's throw from some houses.state officials say the fire, which may have started by arson, lightning or a forest fire, had burned low for several years before bursting into flames last july in rural preston county.the growing fire moved the mine to the top of cleanup list in west virginia, which has some of the worst old mine problems in the country.state officials expect to spend $5 million this year to put it out. it's in a mine abandoned before 1977, among 3,400 old sites still posing health and safety threats with fixes estimated to cost $4.5 billion.






mitchell scores 28, leads no. 13 louisville over nc state


louisville, ky. — donovan mitchell scored the first 14 points for louisville and finished with 28 as the no. 13 cardinals routed north carolina state 85-60 on sunday.with louisville down two guards because of injuries, mitchell took charge right away. the sophomore hit four early 3-pointers, with two of them propelling a 15-0 run that made it 21-9.mitchell led louisville (18-4, 6-3 atlantic coast conference) to a second straight romp. he scored a career-high 29 wednesday in a 106-51 win over pittsburgh.abdul-malik abu and maverick rowan each had 13 points for the wolfpack (14-8, 3-6), who s 38 percent and failed to follow up on their upset at no. 17 duke.the cardinals made 12 of 24 from long range — matching their season high set at pittsburgh — and s 50 percent for the second straight gam






colorado state edges sdsu


by jay paris, the ociated presssan diego — gian clavell had the ball in his hands with colorado state trailing in the final seconds against san diego state on urday night, and rams coach larry eustachy couldn’t have been happier.“when you got someone like him,” he said, “you’ve got a chance.”clavell drove the length of the floor for a layup with 3.8 seconds remaining and his basket lifted colorado state past san diego state, 78-77.after clavell scored, jeremy hemsley immediately took the inbounds p and ran the floor, but his 3-point attempt from the top of the arc hit the back of the rim at the buzzer.clavell’s bucket capped a remarkable comeback for the rams (14-8, 6-3 mountain west) as they trailed by 10 points at halftime and erased a 13-point deficit early in the second half.but the az






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump's refugee ban


amman, jordan — jordan's king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn't among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jordan






california gets ready to punch back / boing boing


threats from the trump administration to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities have caused california to start looking for methods to not pay taxes to the federal government. california's long-time status as a "donor state," one that pays more tax than it receives in federal funding, has been a contentious issue. teapublicans have also long claimed the government has no right to tax people, anyways, and it'd be super fun to see what they have to say about liberals using their rhetoric against them. regardless, it should scare the ill-fitting pants off our illegitimately elected president that the most populous state, contributing the most money to his coffers, has state officials looking for ways to not pay taxes, and a public movement to secede. he may be in a place to push his






trump visa ban blocking visitors to us will be applied to those with dual nation


as if the late friday executive action by president donald trump hasn’t already caused m ive problems with green card holders and visitors to the united states, the state department is in the process of issuing an advisory saying the visa ban will also be applied to those who claim nationality in two countries.according to the wall street journal, the state department is set to extend friday’s immigration and travel lockdown to other visitors coming and going from the u.s.according to the statement, the 90-day ban imposed by the president’s executive action extends beyond citizens of iraq, iran, somalia, sudan, syria, libya and yemen.should a visitor who hails from one of those countries, but travels on a p port from another country, attempt to leave of visit the u.s., they could find them






kneel before the khan of illinois, or suffer pain


if you pay taxes in this fiscally broken state, if you've tried to find a job but can't because businesses have left, or if you're waiting to join the flood of refugees leaving illinois, you might take an hour to see a new movie:"madigan: power, privilege, politics."it is the documentary on illinois...if you pay taxes in this fiscally broken state, if you've tried to find a job but can't because businesses have left, or if you're waiting to join the flood of refugees leaving illinois, you might take an hour to see a new movie:"madigan: power, privilege, politics."it is the documentary on illinois... (john k )






republican redistricting is taking a beating in the courts, right now


recent court decisions in three states are putting carefully carved republican-drawn state legislative districts at risk — and could even threaten the entire process of partisan map drawing.on friday, a federal court ordered wisconsin’s legislature to redraw the state’s house districts after finding in november the districts were unconstitutionally partisan. the order will essentially require lawmakers to redraw state senate maps as well.the november decision was the first time this decade that a court has thrown out legislative maps because they favored voters of one party over another. subsequently, this will be the first time in a decade lawmakers will have to redraw maps specifically to make them more fair for both parties.thirty-seven states allow their legislatures draw their elector






fatal crash on i-94 in st. paul is among at least three on minnesota roads


at least one person died urday afternoon in a crash on interstate 94 in st. paul, bringing the day’s death toll on minnesota roads to at least three, according to the state patrol.the 31-year-old minneapolis man killed in the crash was not wearing a seat belt and the car's air bag deployed, the state patrol said late urday. the man of the man, killed in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near prior avenue at 2:36 p.m., is to be released monday.the car, a 2017 hyundai elantra, left the road and rolled in the right shoulder of i-94, the patrol said.earlier urday, two people died in separate one-vehicle crashes on icy roads in southern minnesota.an iowa man was killed when a pickup in which he was a p enger lost control on westbound interstate 94 in jay township, in martin county, went into t






edina gymnast battles back from state-meet ending injury


edina’s megan haug lay on the landing mat behind the vaulting table before the 2016 cl 2a gymnastics state meet last march, her competition over before it began. in her first year as a high school gymnast after a lifetime of club training, haug, then a junior, had planned to unveil a new vault, a double-back tuck, for the state meet. an event championship, maybe even an all-around title, was reachable.two vaults into her warmup, the unthinkable happened.“when i hit the vaulting table i could tell something was off,” haug said. “but i just went for it and landed short. i just crunched my ankle. i got up and tried to keep going, but i could not walk on it at all. i was mad. i was so excited to compete.”she tried tape and ice and tried to walk it off, but she realized there would be no kerri






steph curry scores 43 as warriors hand clippers 46-point loss


stephen curry scored 25 of his 43 points in the third quarter following his first halfcourt buzzer-beater of the season at the end of the first half to lead the golden state warriors to their ninth win in 10 games, 144-98 over the los angeles clippers on urday night. curry's 51-foot s was the spark on a night that began with his playing status in doubt because of a sore left quad. after testing his leg in warmups, curry was cleared to play and showed no signs of being slowed by the injury, hitting nine 3-pointers. kevin durant added 23 points and klay thompson scored 16 to give golden state its eighth straight win over its southern california rival. blake griffin scored 20 points for the struggling clippers, who have lost four of five since star point guard chris paul went down with a torn






essential politics: california politicians speak out against trump's actions on


california driver's licenses and birth certificates could have a third option for gender in addition to male or female under legislation unveiled thursday by democratic lawmakers. the bill by state sens. toni atkins (d-san diego) and scott wiener (d-san francisco) would establish a new nonbinary gender marker for official state documents. lawmakers framed the measure as an expansion of rights for transgender, inter and other people who do not identify as male or female. "it will keep california at the forefront of lgbtq civil rights," atkins said at a capitol news conference. the bill, sb 179, also would streamline the process for people to change their gender on such documents. it would remove the requirement that an individual obtain a sworn statement from a physician certifying med






trump immigration order will ‘give isis some more propaganda’


u.s. senator john mccain said on sunday that president donald trump’s order targeting immigration from seven predominantly muslim countries has been “confusing” and raised a number of questions.“it’s been a very confusing process,” mccain, a republican and chairman of the senate armed services committee, told cbs’ ‘face the nation.’ mccain said the effect of trump’s immigration order “will probably, in some areas, give isis (islamic state) some more propaganda,” and asked why the countries targeted by the order included iraq, where u.s. forces are fighting alongside iraqi forces against islamic state.mccain said he was “worried” about the addition of trump’s chief strategist and former paign chief steve bannon to the u.s. national security council. mccain said this was “a radical departure






can't we all agree on fixing roads, bridges, dams?


there aren’t many things california leaders and president donald trump agree on, but here’s one:infrastructure.roads, bridges, tunnels, rails, dams — the basics we need to live our lives and conduct our business in an interconnected society and cannot pay for individually. they’re s . nearly every other developed country does it better.it’s agreed. so let’s fix that.don’t get stuck on what we should have been doing all along to maintain the system. that’s like having your car break down on the freeway and having the tow truck dispatchers drone on about how you should have taken it in for service more often. valid points but pathetically unuseful.during the paign, trump repeatedly said he would “transform america’s crumbling infrastructure” and make “investments in transportation, clean wat






boat with 31 mostly chinese tourists missing in malaysia


kuala lumpur, malaysia — a boat carrying 31 people, including around 20 chinese tourists, is missing after sailing out from an eastern malaysian city, chinese state media said sunday.the chinese consulate general in kota kinabalu in the malaysian state of sabah said the boat lost contact after leaving kota kinabalu on urday morning, according to the official xinhua news agency said. it was bound for pulau mengalum, an island about 60 kilometers (38 miles) west of the city.the report cited the malaysian maritime enforcement agency as saying there were 28 chinese tourists on board. but the chinese consulate could only confirm the p port details of 18 chinese citizens, xinhua said.malaysia deployed search and rescue ships and helicopters after receiving a call urday night about the boat's dis






gas tax gaining popularity -- but what about electric cars?


q so the california legislature can’t agree on how to pay for billions of dollars in desperately needed road repairs. simple, increase the state gas tax by 10 to 15 cents a gallon. that’s it! there is no free lunch.stan shorepalo altoa apparently a lot of other bay area drivers are starting to agree.for nearly two decades the metropolitan transportation commission has had the authority to put a proposed gas tax increase of up to 10 cents a gallon before a vote in the nine bay area counties. the mtc hasn’t done so because most surveys showed little support, falling well below the two-thirds margin needed. but as potholes sprout and roads crumble, attitudes are changing.polling last year found that 65 percent of likely voters support a 5-cent-per-gallon regional gas tax to fund local street






lakeville north gymnastics no. 1 and aims to stay that way


indya volk has felt the pain — physically and mentally —of lakeville north’s gymnastics program.the junior and her teammates are fighting through the pain while trying to regain prominence. the panthers are the no. 1-ranked team in cl 2a by the coaches ociation.the panthers’ highest finish in the state meet since the district split into two high schools in 2005 was third place 10 years later. they won 10 championships, nine of which e between 1993 and 2003, before the separation into two schools. their other state championship team was in 1986.a year ago, lakeville north finished a disappointing last (eighth place) in the state meet. volk suffered a fractured forearm and dislocated elbow in the preceding section 2 meet.“i thought i had let my team down at that moment,” volk said. “i was ha






smaller states rejoice as amazon finally collects sales tax


providence, r.i. — many online shoppers in the united states have for years had to pay state sales taxes whenever they buy goods from amazon. but the seattle e-commerce giant has dragged its feet on collecting sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have any distribution centers or corporate offices.that's quickly changing this year. and governors and state legislators looking to balance their beleaguered budgets are rejoicing as they brace for a boost of revenue from amazon sales.amazon customers in at least 10 states will begin paying sales taxes on their website purchases for the first time this winter. tax collection begins wednesday in mississippi, missouri, rhode island, south dakota and vermont. it already started this month in louisiana, iowa, nebraska a






colorado beats no. 10 oregon 74-65, ends ducks' streak at 17


boulder, colo. — derrick white scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, keying colorado's 74-65 upset of no. 10 oregon that snapped the ducks' 17-game winning streak on urday night.xavier johnson added 13 points as the buffaloes (12-10, 2-7 pac-12) kept the ducks winless in seven trips all-time in boulder.payton pritchard's 19 points led the ducks (19-3, 8-1), who lost for the first time since nov. 21 against georgetown.white had a pair of 3-pointers early in the second half that put the buffaloes ahead 45-39 while colorado's stifling defense was keeping the ducks out of rhythm at the other end of the court. and he had a 3-pointer, a three-point play and two free throws in an 11-1 run that gave colorado a 64-52 lead.the buffs are just the third team to top 70 points against the orego






brighton wrestling could bring back the bulldogs' glory days under alum tom wagn


as far as tradition goes, not many high school wrestling programs have more of it than brighton. the bulldogs claim seven team state titles — tied for ninth best in state history — with each championship coming in a span of 11 years starting in 1984.but the last of those titles e in 1994, when tom wagner was a senior at brighton. wagner, now in his 10th season as the bulldogs’ coach, finished his prep career with three team titles and two individual titles. few programs in the history of chsaa have been as dominant as the bulldogs during that time. and few prep wrestlers ever get to experience winning one individual state title, much less two.so when wagner accepted the job in the fall of 2006, he made it his mission to bring back the magic, and since then the bulldogs earned one top-five






illinois fails to support disability services, report finds


group homes mess shows what happens when politics trump peopleeditorial boardfinally, the state cracked down on a shoddy group home operator serving adults with disabilities. the illinois department of human services has yanked the license of disability services of illinois following a tribune investigation into health and safety violations — some resulting in deaths —...finally, the state cracked down on a shoddy group home operator serving adults with disabilities. the illinois department of human services has yanked the license of disability services of illinois following a tribune investigation into health and safety violations — some resulting in deaths —... (editorial board)






jordan king to visit us, 3 days after trump’s refugee ban


amman, jordan (ap) — jordan’s king abdullah ii is to begin a working visit to washington on monday, three days after president donald trump temporarily banned entry to the u.s. from seven muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.state media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of congress, but did not mention a white house visit.pro-western jordan isn’t among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the u.s. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced syrians.analyst fahed khitan said sunday that a possible u.s. shift in the military paign against islamic state extremists will likely be an issue. jo






new mexico tourism chief says there are no funds to grow ad paign


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the “new mexico true” paign that has won raves for its advertisements spotlighting the state’s culture, people and natural resources cannot expand into new markets because of the same budget woes afflicting government agencies across the board, tourism secretary rebecca latham told lawmakers thursday.latham said her agency is continuing to spend more than ever to promote the state, but that has come by reducing employees and consolidating services.new mexico true promotes the state on airport billboards, print and social media in dallas, houston, phoenix, denver, san diego, chicago and most recently austin. the next logical market is san francisco, but latham said the state does not have to money to grow into that






uw-madison researchers get fed ok to test driverless cars


madison, wis. — researchers at the university of wisconsin-madison have received federal approval to start testing driverless cars at sites around wisconsin.the u.s. department of transportation recently designated uw-madison's traffic operations and safety laboratory as one of 10 groups nationwide as proving grounds for the vehicles, the wisconsin state journal (http://bit.ly/2kuchwe) reported.the lab does not have any driverless cars of its own, and has not yet partnered with a company that wants to test the technology in wisconsin. but researchers say the federal designation boosts wisconsin's profile in research into the cars, known as autonomous vehicles."it really helps put our name out there," said peter rafferty, a researcher in the transportation lab.rafferty said the lab is talki






new mexicans want ethics reforms to prevent corruption, report finds


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the vast majority of new mexicans reject the notion that political corruption in state government cannot be reversed through legislative action, according to the results of a new university of new mexico poll.but many of the people surveyed said they don’t feel they have the power to influence government decision-making, according to the report, released this week as lawmakers are considering proposals to create a statewide ethics commission.the robert wood johnson foundation’s center for health policy at unm published the report, which says 72 percent of the 1,505 adult state residents surveyed believe “the state’s political leaders should implement reforms such as an independent ethics commission.” roughly half o






smaller states rejoice as amazon finally collects sales tax


providence, r.i. (ap) — many online shoppers in the united states have for years had to pay state sales taxes whenever they buy goods from amazon. but the seattle e-commerce giant has dragged its feet on collecting sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn’t have any distribution centers or corporate offices.that’s quickly changing this year. and governors and state legislators looking to balance their beleaguered budgets are rejoicing as they brace for a boost of revenue from amazon sales.amazon customers in at least 10 states will begin paying sales taxes on their website purchases for the first time this winter. tax collection begins wednesday in mississippi, missouri, rhode island, south dakota and vermont. it already started this month in louisiana, iowa, nebra






state atty. gen. xavier becerra condemns trump's refugee order and explores chal


california state atty. gen. xavier becerra on urday condemned an executive order by president donald trump barring people from some muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s. and said he is consulting with legal advisors over a way to challenge the directive. trump has suspended all refugee entries for 120 days and barred entry to the u.s. for 90 days for those traveling from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. "justice in america doesn't live or die on the stroke of one man's pen regardless of how high his office," becerra said in a statement late urday, less than a week after taking office. "the trump administration's anti-religion, anti-refugee executive order is in so many ways unjust and anti-american" he said the order discriminates against people based on t






who is registered to vote in two states? some in trump’s inner circle


news organizations have found that several members of president trump’s inner circle were registered in more than one state during the election and several still are.donald trump spent his first week in office repeating the lie that between 3 million and 5 million people had voted illegally in the november election, first to members of congress, and then on twitter, and then in an abc news interview, and then again on twitter on friday, citing an unsubstantiated claim popular in conspiracy circles.he had announced in a pair of tweets that he would be asking for a “major investigation” into voter fraud, “including those registered to vote in two states.”since then news organizations have found that several members of trump’s inner circle were registered in more than one state during the ele






south dakota lawmakers could s voter-backed ethics rules


pierre, s.d. — south dakota legislators are set to dismantle new ethics regulations that voters imposed on them less than three months ago, a brazen test of whether elected officials or their constituents should have the final say.the ethics crackdown is one of several november ballot measures that are now facing scrutiny in statehouses across the nation. but the south dakota law appears to be under the most imminent danger of repeal and directly affects the very lawmakers who are weighing its fate."when you do something that is this unpopular with the public, like repealing a new anti-corruption law, the rational thing to do is to backtrack and to let the will of the voters prevail," said josh silver, director of represent.us, a m achusetts-based group that funded the initiative. "what th






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off-duty deputy wounded in gold coast triple shooting


gold coast shooting protesteralyssa pointer / chicago tribunea woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state and division streets, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of (gun violence)," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said. "every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with this sign until he does something."a woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state and division streets, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of (gun violence)," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said. "every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with th






state atty. gen. xavier becerra condemns president trump's refugee order, explor


california state atty. gen. xavier becerra on urday condemned an executive order by president donald trump barring people from some muslim-majority countries from entering the u.s. and said he is consulting with legal advisors over a way to challenge the directive. trump has suspended all refugee entries for 120 days and barred entry to the u.s. for 90 days for those traveling from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen. "justice in america doesn't live or die on the stroke of one man's pen regardless of how high his office," becerra said in a statement late urday, less than a week after taking office. "the trump administration's anti-religion, anti-refugee executive order is in so many ways unjust and anti-american" he said the order discriminates against people based on t






ohio’s transportation research center gets $45m to expand smart mobility testing


ohio’s transportation research center (trc) is getting a new 540-acre facility specifically for testing and researching smart mobility solutions, with on-site plans for a 12-lane intersection and reconfigurable test platform wider than 50 highway lines and as long as 10 football fields. that comes courtesy of a new $45 million grant from ohio state university, ohio state funds and jobs ohio.the new facility will be able to simulate conditions in urban, rural and suburban settings, including the ability to simulate traffic, car crashes, different network connectivity and smart infrastructure and more.the ohio testing facility is billed as the “largest independent test facility and proving grounds in north america,” though it wasn’t on the list of 10 official proving grounds named by the u.s






fatal crash on i-94 in st. paul is among at least three on minnesota roads


at least one person died urday afternoon in a crash on interstate 94 in st. paul, bringing the day’s death toll on minnesota roads to at least three, according to the state patrol.details were few urday night, but the patrol said the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near prior avenue at 2:36 p.m.earlier urday, two people died in separate one-vehicle crashes on icy roads in southern minnesota.an iowa man was killed when a pickup in which he was a p enger lost control on westbound interstate 94 in jay township, in martin county, went into the median and rolled over. charles e. bilek, 61, of clinton, iowa, was killed. he was wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said.bilek was in a vehicle driven by cynthia ann pleau, 60, of siren, wis., who suffered noncritical injuries, as did






boat with 31 mostly chinese tourists missing in malaysia


kuala lumpur, malaysia (ap) — a boat carrying 31 people, including around 20 chinese tourists, is missing after sailing out from an eastern malaysian city, chinese state media said sunday.the chinese consulate general in kota kinabalu in the malaysian state of sabah said the boat lost contact after leaving kota kinabalu on urday morning, according to the official xinhua news agency said. it was bound for pulau mengalum, an island about 60 kilometers (38 miles) west of the city.the report cited the malaysian maritime enforcement agency as saying there were 28 chinese tourists on board. but the chinese consulate could only confirm the p port details of 18 chinese citizens, xinhua said.malaysia deployed search and rescue ships and helicopters after receiving a call urday night about the boat’






gophers women's hockey team routs st. cloud state to complete sweep


the gophers fired 55 s s on net — their second-highest total of the season — in routing st. cloud state 5-0 on urday afternoon to sweep the wcha series at the herb brooks national hockey center. minnesota won the opener 2-1 and now has 34 consecutive wins over the huskies, gong back to 2010.“everybody played and got significant minutes,” gophers coach brad frost said. “… our players that play a lot really encourage those [reserve] guys when they got out there [and that] was really special to see. really enjoyable game here. we just played tremendously well, so excited about that.”five different players scored for the no. 4 gopher (19-5-3, 15-4-3-2 wcha) and sidney peters made 12 saves for her sixth shutout this season. madeleine dahl had 50 stops for the huskies (7 -3, 5-15-2-2).sarah poto






off-duty deputy wounded in gold coast triple shooting


gold coast shooting protesteralyssa pointer / chicago tribunea woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state parkway and division street, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, urday, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of [gun violence]," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said." every time there is a shooting, i'm coming up with this sign until he does something."a woman, who asked not to be identified, holds a sign at the intersection of state parkway and division street, near the scene of a shooting involving multiple victims, urday, jan. 28, 2017, in the gold coast. "i've been a direct target of [gun violence]," the woman, a resident of the englewood community, said." every time there is a sho