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'Shame on you!' Activists erupt as Minnesota House Committee votes to punish protesters

Minnesota House voteds to punish protestersLast week, Minnesota’s House Committee voted to punish protestors by making protestors have to pay the law enforcement costs of covering a protest.

While all but one speaker decried the bill as an attempt to intimidate protesters and curb First Amendment rights, in the end the bill passed out of the committee with a 9-6 split along party lines — with every Republican on the committee voting for it, and every Democrat against.


Federal judge halts enforcement of Trump immigration ban

Federal judge halts travel banA federal judge in Detroit has ordered the administration to stop enforcement of President Trump's executive order barring citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S, CBS Detroit reported Friday.

The executive order bans people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, temporarily halts the country's refugee resettlement program and indefinitely suspends resettlement for refugees from Syria.


Nordstrom Will Stop Selling Ivanka Trump Merchandise

NordstromNordstrom said on Thursday that it would stop selling Ivanka Trump items this season because of the controversial brand’s performance, a move that follows boycotts by some shoppers who are angered by her father, President Donald Trump, and his White House policies.

The luxury retailer, which has faced calls for months to dump Ivanka Trump merchandise, said that Nordstrom switches out about 10% of its assortment each year to refresh it as a matter of course in running its business, culling lines that aren’t selling well enough.


Trump threatens U.C. Berkeley after protests stop far-right speech

Berkely protestsU.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to cut funding to the University of California at Berkeley after protesters smashed windows and set fires at the liberal-leaning school, forcing the cancellation of an appearance by a far-right Breitbart News editor.

"If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?" Trump wrote on Twitter at 6:13 a.m. EST (1113 GMT). He did not elaborate.


Texas mosque destroyed in fire will be rebuilt after $1 million in online donations

Mosuq burned in Victoria, TexasThe Islamic Center of Victoria in Texas was destroyed by a massive fire on Saturday, hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. The tragedy inspired an online fundraising campaign that raised over $1 million for the mosque.

On behalf of the center, Omar Rachid, a physician recruiter at a county-owned hospital in Victoria, Texas, created a GoFundMe campaign to financially assist any rebuilding efforts.


'Sopranos' actor Frank Pellegrino dies at 72

Frank PellegrinoActor Frank Pellegrino, recognizable to mob-drama fans from Goodfellas and The Sopranos, has died at 72 after battling lung cancer, Variety and People report.

He played FBI New Jersey bureau chief Frank Cubitoso, the boss of Tony Soprano's nemesis, Agent Harris (Matt Servitto). Cubitoso and his team tried to turn Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) after learning his own mother tried to have him killed. Their pitch failed but they later had more luck with Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), the girlfriend of Tony's nephew.

Pellegrino's other roles include TV's Law & Order and New York Undercover and the films Cop Land and It Could Happen to You.


Boy Scouts will allow transgender boys to join

Boy Scouts allow transgender members- Two years after a controversial decision to allow openly gay troop leaders and employees to join the Boy Scouts of America, the organization announced Monday it will do the same for transgender young people as well.

The Boy Scouts of America will allow transgender youths to join local troops, the national organization announced Monday, ending a 100-year-old practice of determining eligibility for the group based on the gender listed on a birth certificate and bringing it into line with other youth-oriented groups in the country.


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