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PENCE - CHRISTIANS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the criticism of Christian education in America should stop.
Pence is responding to media reports of his wife returning to teach at a school that says it can refuse to employ gay and lesbian teachers or enroll children with gay or lesbian parents.
Karen Pence is teaching at Immanuel Christian School in northern Virginia.
The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group, criticized the move as an example of the Pences showing their public service “only extends to some.”
But Pence says on the Catholic news network EWTN in an interview that aired yesterday that America has a rich tradition of religious education and that “to see major news organizations attacking Christian education is deeply offensive to us.”
SHUTDOWN - INSURANCE CONCERNS
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon says she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown.
Jasmine Tool is now scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. She said yesterday that she only has enough of the formula that she gets through a feeding tube to last through today.
Tool’s situation is unusual. The U.S. government has said employees with active insurance will not experience lapses during the shutdown.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon pointed to Tool’s plight to call for an end to the four-week-long shutdown.
JUDGE ACQUITS OFFICERS IN COVER-UP OF SHOOTING OF BLACK TEEN IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rejected allegations that the shocking video of Laquan McDonald’s death proved that police officers staged a cover-up in the fatal shooting of the black teen.
Now another judge must decide how long the officer who pulled the trigger spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. He will likely be given prison time when he’s sentenced today.
But critics of the police department who cheered Van Dyke’s conviction are worried after a judge yesterday acquitted three officers accused of trying to conceal what happened to protect their colleague. He was the first Chicago officer found guilty in an on-duty shooting in a half century and likely the first ever in the shooting of an African-American.
DEMOCRATS SEARCH FOR McCONNELL
WASHINGTON (AP) — One group went to the White House with Republicans to talk about border security and reopening shuttered parts of the government.
Another, led by social media stars, marched around Capitol Hill in a widely-posted but futile search for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — hashtag #WheresMitch.
The Democrats’ two paths within a 12-hour stretch this week demonstrated the dramatic differences emerging among members of the historic freshman class of House Democrats that — together — helped flip the House from Republican control in November’s elections. The celebrity-studded group includes a record number of women, a new crop of veterans and diversity never before seen in Congress.
BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS FOILED BY HOOD
DALLAS (AP) — Police in Texas have arrested a group of people suspected in a series of bank robberies after the hood on the car they were using to flee authorities popped up and covered the windshield, obscuring the road.
Authorities say the suspects were under surveillance by law enforcement officials yesterday when they tried to rob a bank northeast of Fort Worth.
One woman was arrested at the bank, but three other suspects fled.
The car was speeding from police on I-30 when the hood snapped back. The car exited and continued for several more miles before the three people inside ran into a field and were apprehended.
Their names have not been released.