Judge cites Trump's comment in 'sanctuary city' ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to support his decision to block the president's order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not cooperate with U.S. immigration officials.

3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a panel of 11 judges hear the case next month. Appeals are typically heard first by a three-judge panel before they are possibly examined by the larger panel.

Judge seems reluctant to issue another travel ban injunction

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Friday seemed reluctant to issue another nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying two courts already have halted the bid to stop immigration from six predominantly Muslim counties. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said at a hearing in the nation's capital that blocking the executive order might be an "academic exercise" given similar rulings from courts in Hawaii and Maryland.

Attorneys general to Trump: Don't cut drug treatment funds

The top government lawyers from 19 states are telling President Donald Trump and the Republican leaders of Congress not to pass health insurance changes that would stop the flow of federal drug treatment money. A letter sent Friday by a group of attorneys general for 19 states plus Washington D.C., is the latest in a series of actions from Democrats who hold those offices to oppose Trump's policies and actions.

Hawaii lawmakers criticize Sessions' island judge remarks

HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's Democratic lawmakers on Thursday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions after he expressed amazement on a radio show that a "judge sitting on an island in the Pacific" could stop the president's travel ban. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono responded by trying to give Sessions a civics lesson on Twitter, saying Hawaii has been a U.S. state for 58 years.

Father of fallen Muslim-American soldier decries travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The father of a Muslim-American soldier who died in combat in Iraq filed an amicus brief on Wednesday supporting a federal judge's decision to block President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Attorneys for Gold Star father Khizr Khan filed his brief in San Francisco where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is considering an appeal to the ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson.

Attorneys general from 16 states, DC fight travel ban appeal

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The top attorneys from 16 states and the District of Columbia say President Donald Trump's revised travel ban would hurt their higher education and medical institutions and have a chilling effect on tourism. The attorneys general urged the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a brief Wednesday to uphold a ruling that blocked the travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.

Emirates cuts US flights, blaming Trump administration curbs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20 percent Wednesday, blaming a drop in demand on tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travelers from some Muslim-majority nations. The Dubai government-owned carrier's decision is the strongest sign yet that new measures imposed on U.S.

Black Muslims aim for unity in challenging time for Islam

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- In her job as a refugee case manager, Fatimah Farooq would come to work in a hijab and speak with her clients in Arabic. Nonetheless, she found herself being asked whether she was Muslim. It's not easy, Farooq says, navigating her dual identities as black and Muslim. "I'm constantly trying to prove that I belong," said Farooq, who now works in public health.

The Latest: Letter asks big city mayors to end travel bans

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on friction over North Carolina legislation that critics say allows discrimination against LGBT residents (all times local): 4 p.m. The mayors of some of North Carolina's biggest cities are asking their colleagues across the country to end travel boycotts over a law critics say continues discrimination against LGBT people.

Detained Afghan family gets permanent US resident status

SEATTLE (AP) -- An Afghan family that traveled to the U.S. on special visas and was detained by immigration officials at the Los Angeles airport in March received status as permanent residents Thursday, their attorneys said. A spokesman for the law firm representing the family, Joshua Busch of Public Counsel, said the family had final interviews Thursday with U.S.

California keeps travel ban despite 'bathroom bill' repeal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- California's attorney general says North Carolina's repeal of a strongly criticized "bathroom bill" doesn't protect LGBT people from discrimination. Consequently, he says the country's most-populous state will continue its ban on taxpayer-funded travel to North Carolina. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (ha-vee-AIR buh-CEH-rah) announced the decision in a statement Wednesday.

Hawaii asks full court to hear Trump travel ban appeal

HONOLULU (AP) -- Attorneys representing Hawaii in the state's challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban are asking that the full panel of a federal appeals court hear the case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case May 15. Hawaii's request filed Tuesday notes that the full 15-judge panel of another federal appeals court will hear a similar case challenging the travel ban.

EU extends sanctions on Iran over human rights violations

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union has extended sanctions against Iran by another year over what the bloc says are serious human rights violations. The EU said in a statement it extended a travel ban and asset freeze against 82 people and also a ban on EU exports that might help in the repression of internal dissent.

14 states urge appeals court to reinstate travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Texas, Florida and a dozen other states are urging a San Francisco-based federal appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. In court documents submitted to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, the states say the ban falls within the president's authority to block foreigners from the U.S. They also reject the argument that it targets Muslims.

Syrian refugees see glimmer of hope in Trump's policy shift

KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq (AP) -- For the millions of Syrian refugees scattered across camps and illegal settlements, the chemical attack on a town in northern Syria and subsequent U.S. strike was a rare moment when the world turned its attention to Syria, before turning away again. Some cheered the U.S. cruise missiles that hit an air base in central Syria -- the first U.S.

Trump administration: Travel ban is religiously neutral

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- President Donald Trump's revised travel ban does not discriminate on the basis of religion and was wrongly second-guessed by a federal judge in Hawaii, the Trump administration said in court documents filed with an appeals court on Friday that seek to reinstate the ban. U.S.

Clinton: 'Deeply concerned' about Russian election role

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hillary Clinton said she is "deeply concerned" about allegations of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election and says there needs to be an independent, nonpartisan investigation to make sure it doesn't happen again. Speaking Thursday in New York at a summit on women's issues, Clinton said Russian involvement was meant to sow "distrust and confusion.