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7 things to know now: Flynn resigns; another Sandusky arrested; Playboy brings back nudes

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Flynn resigns: National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned late Monday night amid reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other Trump administration officials about contacts he made with Russia prior to the Trump administration taking office in January. According to a report from The Washington Post, Justice Department officials told the White House that there was a discrepancy between what they were saying in public about Flynn’s contact with Russian officials and what had actually occurred. Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg has been named interim national security adviser until President Trump names a replacement.

2. Another Sandusky charged: Jeffrey S. Sandusky, son of Jerry Sandusky, was charged with soliciting naked photos from a 16-year-old girl and requesting a sex act from her 15-year-old sister. Jeffery Sandusky, 41, was charged on 14 counts and jailed on a $200,000 bail. Jerry Sandusky was sentence to decades in jail for sexually assaulting young boys while coaching football at Penn State University. 

3. Travel ban suit: The judge in Seattle who issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump’s travel ban ruled Monday that the suit brought by the states of Washington and Minnesota could proceed. The suit will go forward while the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides whether they will hear the government’s case for the ban. Also on Monday, a federal judge in Virginia issued a preliminary injunction that bars the administration from implementing the travel ban in Virginia.

4. Klan wizard murder: The wife and step-son of a professed Ku Klux Klan leader found dead over the weekend have been charged with this murder. Malissa Anconna, 44, and her son, Paul Jinkerson Jr., 24, were both charged in the death of Frank Ancona. According to officials in Missouri, Jinkerson shot Ancona while he slept in his Leadwood, Mo., home. Anacona’s body was dumped near Belgrade, Mo. According to the Associated press, Ancona called himself an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. 

5. No longer just reading it for the articles: After a brief respite, Playboy magazine announced Monday that it would again include photos of nude women on its pages. Nude photos were removed from the magazine about a year ago, and that was a “mistake,” according to Cooper Hefner, son of the magazine’s founder, Hugh Hefner. "I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake," Cooper Hefner said in a tweeted statement. "Nudity was never the problem because nudity isn't a problem. Today we're taking back and reclaiming who we are."

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ABC and People magazine will produce a 4-hour documentary on the life of Princess Diana. The miniseries is set to be broadcast in August, marking the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The program will "remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place," according to Monday's announcement. Diana died in a car crash in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997.

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Trump on if US-Canada border is secure: 'You can never be totally confident'

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met about their countries shared goals on Monday, but their contrasting views were also on display during a news conference where they talked about immigration and refugees.

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Trump said "you can never be totally confident" that the northern border is secure in response to a question from a reporter.

Here was the exchange:

Reporter: "President Trump, you seem to suggest that Syrian refugees are a Trojan horse for potential terrorism, while the PM hugs refugees and welcomes them with open arms. Are you confident the northern border is secure?" Trump: "You can never be totally confident. But through the incredible efforts already, I see it happen … We're actually taking people that are criminals, that are very hardened criminals with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we're getting them out. And that's what I said I would do (in my campaign). I said at the beginning we were going to get the bad ones. The really bad ones. We're getting them out. And that's exactly what we're doing." Trudeau: "Keeping Canadians safe is one of the fundamental responsibilities of any government. At the same time we continue to pursue our policies of openness toward immigration and refugees without comprising security."

Terrorists who lived or passed through Canada are associated with the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, suicide bombings in Israel, assassinations in India, the murder of U.S. tourists in Egypt, a bombing attack on the U.S. military in Saudi Arabia and the foiled plot to bomb the Los Angeles airport at the turn of the millennium, according to a Seattle Times report

Trudeau said Canada welcomed nearly 40,000 refugees last year. After Trump signed an executive order that barred travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trudeau tweeted: "To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada."

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28, 2017A Seattle judge has since halted the president's travel ban.

The young prime minister has been reluctant to criticize Trump. His government has been trying to balance his liberal view of the world while not offending the new Trump administration.

"Canada and the United States have been neighbors a long time," Trudeau said Monday. "We fought and died together in battlefields on in World War I, World War II, Korea and Afghanistan. But there have been times when we have differed in our approaches. And that's always been done firmly and respectfully. The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country (on how it) chooses to govern themselves. My role and our responsibly is to govern in such a way that reflects Canadians' approach and be a positive example in the world."

KIRO Radio reported that the number of refugees crossing the Canadian border is quickly rising. People are attempting to gain refugee status by entering Canada from the U.S.

Correspondent Jason Markusoff, who reports for Canada news publication Maclean's magazine, told KIRO Radio that an agreement between Canada and the U.S., the Safe Third Country Agreement, could become a problem for people seeking refugee status.  Under the agreement, refugee claimants are "required to request refugee protection in the first safe country they arrive in unless they qualify for an exception to the agreement."

Another potential problem is if the number of people seeking refugee status grows too much.

"If people started coming across the border en masse … that's going to be a very big policy change," Markusoff said.

Gov. Jay Inslee stood with the former president when Barack Obama pledged in 2015 to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year's time. The city of Seattle recently passed a resolution to become a "welcoming city," which means that it works with city departments to reduce the barriers that immigrants and refugees often face.

Hundreds arrested in multi-state immigration raids

Immigration officials arrested hundreds of people across the country last week in what appeared to be a crackdown on illegal immigration prompted by President Donald Trump, although federal officials said the operations were planned weeks before the president took office.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents targeted "immigration fugitives, re-entrants and at-large criminal aliens" last week as part of a "targeted enforcement operation," according to ICE officials. More than 600 people were arrested in at least 11 states, The New York Times reported.

Those detained included nearly 200 people apprehended in the Carolinas and Georgia, more than 150 in southern California and about 40 in New York, according to ICE officials.

Trump took credit for the raids on Sunday, writing on Twitter that "the crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise."

The crackdown on illegal criminals is merely the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealers & others are being removed!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017

A Salvadoran gang member and a Brazilian drug trafficker were among those apprehended, The Associated Press reported.

However, ICE officials told multiple news agencies that the immigration operations were planned before Trump took office.

An ICE official who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity told the newspaper that the state's operation was "part of a national action that was planned several weeks ago," and focused on specific people.

>> Related: Congressman confirms ICE conducting immigration operations in Texas

"All these people are in violation of some sort of immigration law," the unidentified official told The New York Times. "We're not going out to Walmart to check papers — we know who we are going out to seek."

David Marin, ICE's field office director for enforcement and removal operations in greater Los Angeles, told the AP that the California operation was in its planning stages "before the administration came out with their executive orders."

>> Related: Here is every executive order Trump has signed

Trump signed a sweeping executive order in his first days in office that expanded on the groups of illegal immigrants whose deportations would take priority and to bolster the number of agents on the southern border.

7 things to know now: Grammys; dam emergency; Verizon plan

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Dam emergency: Emergency officials in California have ordered more than 200,000 people to evacuate from the area around the Oroville Dam, the nation’s tallest dam. Engineers discovered a crack in the spillway of the dam. Heavy rains in the area for the past month has pushed the water level in man-made Lake Oroville which is about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, to overflowing, and officials say the spillway could crack and break “at any time.”

2. Flynn and Russia: National security adviser Michael Flynn is on the hot seat over reports that he spoke with Russian officials about sanctions before Donald Trump was sworn in as president. Flynn first denied the report, then said he remembered talking with the Russians but was not sure if sanctions were discussed. Vice President Mike Pence previously denied that Flynn had talked about sanctions.

3.  Adele big Grammy winner: Adele was a big winner in Sunday’s Grammy Awards, beating the woman she says she looks up to, Beyonce, in three of the top awards for the evening. The singer had some trouble with a tribute performance to George Michael during the show, but bounced back to give a heartfelt speech honoring Beyonce to end the awards ceremony. Other winners Sunday included Chance the Rapper, the late David Bowie and Maren Morris.

4. Verizon announces plan: Verizon is bring back an unlimited talk, text and data plan that will go into effect on Monday. Customers may keep their current plan, Verizon says, or can take the new plan. The new plan will cost $80 a month. The nation’s largest wireless provider will also provide a family plan where four lines will cost $45 per line. Verizon’s three biggest competitors – AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – all have unlimited data plans.

5. Joe Piscopo for governor: Joe Piscopo, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, says he is considering a run for governor of New Jersey. "I'm doing my due diligence," Piscopo said on CNN's Michael Smerconish’s show Saturday. "The people of New Jersey are ticked off and it's my home state that I have immense love for," Piscopo said.

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The Westminster Dog Show, which has grown into one of the most watched events on television, begins Monday in New York City. There will be nearly 3,000 dogs participating in the show. Among the 3,000 are representatives of three new breeds competing this year – the Pumi, the Sloughi and the American Hairless Terrier.

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World’s heaviest woman to have weight reduction surgery

The world's heaviest woman arrived in Mumbai from Egypt and was admitted to a hospital Saturday to undergo weight reduction surgery, the Times of India reported.

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Eman Ahmed, who weighs more than 1,100 pounds, entered Mumbai's Saifee Hospital early on Saturday. It was her first trip outside of her home in Alexandria more than two decades, the Times reported.

Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala will perform the weight-reduction bariatric surgery on the 36-year-old woman. Lakdwala petitioned union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj two months ago to allow Eman to travel to Mumbai for treatment.

Confirming Eman's admission, a spokesman for the doctor said that a thorough evaluation will be carried about over the next two days.

Eman suffers from severe lymphedema and water retention. She has suffered a stroke resulting in paralysis of her right arm and leg, has Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and hypothyroidism, the Times reported. She also has severe obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism, according to a hospital release.

Ahmed’s family contacted Lakdawala last October and he agreed to take the case, The Hindu reported. But since she was unable to leave her home, her medical visa was denied. But the doctor contacted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, and within a day Ahmed was granted a visa. Swaraj tweeted her best wishes on Friday.

World's heaviest woman, Eman Ahmed will get her treatment at Saifee Hospital over the next few months:https://t.co/Ap08c6FX6l— SheThePeople (@SheThePeopleTV) February 11, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

@DrMuffi Lakdawala has informed me that Eman Ahmed is reaching Mumbai from Egypt for her surgery. I wish her a successful surgery here.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 10, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Thank you ma'am you are the one who started it all from your hospital bed . You have given Eman a second chance at life @SaveEmanCause https://t.co/ELqjsxLUPX— Dr Muffi Lakdawala (@DrMuffi) February 10, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Coast Guard catches suspected human smuggler, 14 migrants headed for US

Fifteen people, including a U.S. resident suspected of human smuggling, were taken to Miami on Tuesday after they were found apparently trying to enter the country illegally earlier this week, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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The suspected smuggler, who was identified as a Cuban national and legal permanent U.S. resident, is under investigation, Coast Guard officials said.

"These smuggling operations and illicit networks care nothing about the people who put their lives and money in their hands," said Coast Guard 7th District Chief of Enforcement Capt. Mark Gordon. "They callously risk both their passengers' and the public's lives."

The group was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection airplane crew on a vessel near the Bahamas. About 40 miles separate the country's coast from the southern coast of Florida.

A Customs and Border Patrol boat crew attempted to stop the vessel about 12 miles southeast of Government Cut in Miami. The vessel did not stop.

Officials fired warning shots and disabling fire at the vessel, Coast Guard officials said. The group disembarked the vessel after U.S. Coast Guard cutter Paul Clark arrived.

Authorities found 15 people on board. Of them, 14 were illegal migrants from four countries: one from Ecuador, one from Jamaica, six from China and six from Sri Lanka, Coast Guard officials said. The unnamed suspected smuggler appeared to be operating the vessel.

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Here’s what Hillary Clinton said to Donald Trump about the travel ban ruling. Here’s Kellyanne Conway’s answer.

You may think more of President Donald Trump when you think of pointed exchanges on Twitter, but, it seems, he’s not the only one crafting 140-word commentary.

Following the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Thursday that upheld a temporary restraining order on the Trump administration’s travel ban, Hillary Clinton jumped into the fray trolling Trump with a tweet that read, “3-0,” apparently referring to the vote by the three-judge federal appeals court panel. The three judges ruled unanimously.

Top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was quick to answer Clinton’s tweet Thursday night, tweeting, “PA, WI, MI,” a reference to the “must-win” states during the 2016 presidential election. Clinton lost all three of those states – Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan – to Trump. 

Travel ban ruling: What does it say; could there be a new travel ban; what happens next?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Thursday that it will not reinstate President Donald Trump’s 90-day ban on immigrants traveling to the United States.

The Trump administration was seeking a stay (the lifting) of a temporary restraining order that halted the order that banned immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

What happens now that the ruling by judges Michelle Friedland, William Canby and Richard Clifton has been issued?

Some background 

On Friday, the states of Washington and Minnesota asked for a temporary restraining order that would halt, among other immigration actions, the 90-day ban on travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The states asked in their motion that the travel ban be halted because it harmed individuals, businesses and universities in their states. They also claimed that the ban was based on religion and was, in essence, a ban on Muslims entering the country.

>>What you need to know about the travel ban

On Saturday, Judge James Robart granted the request from the states, and issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) that blocked the travel ban.

On Sunday, the administration appealed the TRO and asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments and uphold its assertion that the president has the constitutional power to restrict entry to the country.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department argued before a panel of the 9th Circuit that it is within the president’s powers to decide who should be allowed to enter the country. They also argued that the two states did not have “standing” to bring such a suit. To have standing means that a person, or in this case a state, has a personal stake in the outcome of a trial – that they have or will be sufficiently affected by the other's actions.

What does the ruling mean?

In short, the travel ban remains suspended nationwide. The ruling was not the end of the legal arguments over the ban. It simply means that government lawyers failed to convince the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that it should be reinstated. 

The 9th circuit’s ruling applies only to the question of whether or not the earlier ruling by district judge James Robart, in Seattle, was correct.

What did the ruling say?

In Thursday’s ruling:

1. The judges rejected the administration's argument that courts did not have the authority to review the president's immigration and national security decisions

“In short, although courts owe considerable deference to the president’s policy determinations with respect to immigration and national security, it is beyond question that the federal judiciary retains the authority to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action.”

2. They told the administration it presented no evidence that any foreigner from the seven countries on the banned list was responsible for a terrorist attack in the United States

“Although we agree that ‘the government’s interest in combating terrorism is an urgent objective of the highest order’ … the government has done little more than reiterate that fact …

The government has pointed to no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order has perpetrated a terrorist attack in the United States.”

3. They said they did not see “an urgent need” for the ban to be reinstated:

“Although the government points to the fact that congress and the executive identified the seven countries named in the executive order as countries of concern in 2015 and 2016, the government has not offered any evidence or even an explanation of how the national security concerns that justified those designations, which triggered visa requirements, can be extrapolated to justify an urgent need for the executive order to be immediately reinstated.”

4. They took Washington and Minnesota’s side on every issue except for one – that the appeals court was not the right forum to hear the government’s argument that the TRO should be lifted. 

“While under ninth circuit precedent such orders are not typically reviewable, the panel ruled that due to the intense public interest at stake and the uncertainty of how long it would take to obtain a further ruling from the lower court, it was appropriate to consider the federal government’s appeal.”

5. The made no finding on claims by the states of Washington and Minnesota that it was a Muslim ban, based on religious discrimination. But the judges said future hearings could take into account statements made by Trump during the campaign in which he had said he would impose such a ban.”

“The states have offered evidence of numerous statements by the president about his intent to implement a ‘Muslim ban’ as well as evidence they claim suggests that the executive order was intended to be that ban …

The states’ claims raise serious allegations and present significant constitutional questions. In light of the sensitive interests involved, the pace of the current emergency proceedings, and our conclusion that the government has not met its burden of showing likelihood of success on appeal on its arguments with respect to the due process claim, we reserve consideration of these claims until the merits of this appeal have been fully briefed.”

What happens next?

Thursday’s ruling does not end all litigation over the executive order.  Instead, it says the government cannot enforce the order as the legal battle over the ban moves forward.

The suit brought by Washington and Minnesota continues in Robart’s court, where it was filed. The states asked the court to determine if the travel ban is constitutional.

In addition to the suit brought by Washington and Minnesota, there are around 20 other lawsuits filed against the ban in various states.

Will this case end up in the U.S. Supreme Court?

An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would seem likely, but that doesn’t mean the court would hear the case.

Even if it agrees to hear the case, there is still a vacancy on the court. With only eight members, four who typically lean conservative and four who lean more liberal, it may not matter if they do agree to hear it.

 If the justices vote along conservative and liberal lines and end up with a 4-4 tie, the ruling from the 9th Circuit Court would remain in place.

In other words, there would not be a winning majority in the Supreme Court, so there would be no change in the ruling in the 9th Circuit court.

Could President Trump write a new order?

Yes, he could. In fact, in the ruling, the judges suggested that a less broad order that did not ban citizens from the seven majority-Muslim countries would have a better chance of surviving lawsuit challenges.

The judges pointed to the proposal by the administration’s counsel made after the order was issued that allowed travel by lawful permanent residents of the United States.

You can read a pdf of the court ruling here.

4 arrested after explosives seized in French raid

Anti-terrorism forces in France arrested four people, including a 16-year-old girl, and discovered a makeshift laboratory that contained ingredients for building a bomb, The Associated Press reported Friday.

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The Paris prosecutor's office said around 70 grams of the explosive triacetone triperoxide, known as TATP, were seized in the home of a 20-year-old man in the area of the southern France city of Montpellier, along with a liter each of acetone, oxygenated water and sulfuric acid. TATP was used in the November 2015 attack in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels carried out by Islamic State extremists. The AP reported.

Two other men were arrested, a 33-year-old and a 26-year-old, along with the 16-year-old girl, according to the prosecutor's office.

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