What to Know
- Thirteen people were killed and two others were injured when a van carrying church members collided with a pickup truck on a Texas highway
- U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson decided to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban
- Mindy Kaling and Hulu announced the upcoming sixth season of "The Mindy Project" will be the last
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Federal Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump's Travel Ban
A federal judge in Hawaii decided to extend his order blocking President Trump's travel ban. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments. Hawaii says the policy discriminates against Muslims and hurts the state's tourist-dependent economy. The government says the ban falls within the president's power to protect national security. The Trump administration had asked Watson to narrow his ruling to cover only the part of Trump's executive order that suspends new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries.
13 Dead, 2 Injured in Church Bus, Truck Collision, Officials Say
Thirteen people were killed and two others were injured when a van carrying 14 church members collided with a pickup truck on a two-lane Texas highway, authorities said. The group of senior adults from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels was returning from a retreat when the crash occurred, a church statement said. The vehicles collided at about 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 83, said a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The lone person in the truck and one passenger on the bus were the two survivors. The cause of the crash hasn't been determined.
Ivanka to Become Official White House Employee, First Daughter Announces
Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father's administration, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts. The first daughter announced she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had "heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in my personal capacity." She added that she has been "working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role." A White House official said her title will be Assistant to the President. In a statement, the White House said it was "pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as First Daughter and in support of the President. "
Lawmakers Reach Agreement to Repeal 'Bathroom Bill,' Officials Say
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and state lawmakers have reached an agreement to repeal HB2, the controversial "bathroom bill," according to statements from officials. The legislation will be debated and voted Thursday. It's unclear if the votes are there to pass it. HB2 blocks expansion of LGBT rights in local ordinances and requires transgender people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate. Republicans have been taking heat from social conservatives who want to keep HB2 on the books. The NCAA has said North Carolina won't be considered for championships from 2018 to 2022 unless HB2 is changed.
Ex-Christie Aides Both Sentenced to Prison in Bridge Scandal
Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government. Bill Baroni, Christie's appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced to two years in prison, and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, was sentenced to 18 months at separate hearings in the 2013 lane-closing case. Both must also serve 500 hours of community service. U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton said it was clear there was never a legitimate traffic study, as they claimed during the trial, and said the defendants sought to mislead the jury with their testimony.
EPA Denies Petition to Ban Pesticide Used on Crops
The Environmental Protection Agency denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban a common pesticide used on citrus fruits, apples, cherries and other crops, reversing a proposal by the Obama administration to revoke all uses of the pesticide on food. The EPA administrator said by not banning chlorpyrifos the agency is providing "regulatory certainty" to thousands of American farms that rely on the pesticide. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years. Traces have been found in waterways, threatening fish, and experts say overuse could make targeted insects immune to the pesticide. U.S. farms use more than 6 million pounds of the chemical each year.
Aunt Viv Slams 'Fresh Prince' Star After Reunion Pic
Aunt Viv is ticked off. Janet Hubert, the original Aunt Viv of the 90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” wrote a scathing Facebook post about former co-star Alfonso Ribeiro after he posted a reunion photo on Instagram. The photo did not include her. Ribeiro posted a picture of the cast on Instagram and wrote, “Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family.” The photo included Will Smith, Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Joseph Marcell. Hubert wrote in the post that she was not offended that she wasn’t invited to the “Fresh Prince” reunion. But she bashed “Carlton,” calling him a suck-up to Will Smith when they filmed the show. She also accused him of being in desperate need for attention.
'The Mindy Project' Ending With Season 6, Kaling Announces
"The Mindy Project" will be completed: Mindy Kaling and Hulu announced the upcoming sixth season will be the last. "I mean this half-jokingly, but at a certain point it was like, I think she's dated every man in Manhattan. "Sex and the City" lasted for, what, six seasons with 10 episodes each? I don't know that there's been a show about a woman trying to find love in New York City that has lasted quite this long. And frankly, there's no more actors in Hollywood left to date," Kaling told EW about the decision to end the comedy. Hulu rescued "The Mindy Project" after Fox canceled it following its third season on the broadcast network. The series stars Kaling as Dr. Mindy Lahiri, an OB/GYN in her own romantic comedy.