A U.S. federal court on Friday, March 10, refused to put an emergency halt to Republican President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.
Wildfires devastated a Smithfield Foods Inc hog farm in Laverne, Oklahoma, killing at least several thousand pigs, company and local officials said on Friday, March 10. The exact number of swine killed in the Oklahoma fire, which began on Monday, was not immediately known. Smithfield did not say how many died in the blaze, but said no workers were harmed. The Smithfield farm housed about 45,000 sows, according to the company's website. Luke Kanclerz, spokesman for the Oklahoma Forestry Services, said on Friday that several thousand hogs "were lost."
BERLIN -- Pope Francis has said he is willing to consider ordaining older married men as priests in isolated communities, but has ruled out making celibacy optional to tackle a shortage of clergy. The shortage has prompted calls from some progressives to end the ancient tradition of celibacy for Roman Catholic priests. Such a move would represent revolutionary change for the Catholic Church and would likely face massive resistance.
WASHINGTON -- The United States and Mexico will launch a new round of negotiations to resolve a years-long trade dispute over Mexico's sugar exports to the United States, senior officials in both governments said on Friday, March 10. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said the talks would be aimed at resuming imports of Mexican sugar to the United States after they had been halted earlier this week as Mexico reached a temporary limit on sugar exports to its northern neighbor.
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of Native American demonstrators and their supporters marched to the White House on Friday, March 10, to voice outrage at President Donald Trump's support for the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, which they say threaten tribal lands. The protest follows months of demonstrations in a remote part of North Dakota, where the Standing Rock Sioux tribe demonstrated in an attempt to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing upstream from their reservation.
BERLIN -- The U.S. travel sector is bracing for a year in which a strong dollar and uncertainty over President Donald Trump's travel ban could deter visitors, industry representatives said at the world's biggest tourism trade fair in Berlin. Trump on Monday, March 10, signed a revised executive order banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States. Those countries account for a tiny percentage of U.S. visitors, but there is growing concern that the order could hurt the image of the United States and scare other tourists away.
TORONTO -- Three families who helped shelter former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in Hong Kong in 2013 after his mass leak of information about surveillance programs have asked Canada for asylum, their lawyer said on Friday, March 10. The families - three Sri Lankan adults, a Filipina, and three stateless children - have had long-pending asylum claims in Hong Kong that they fear may soon be rejected, lawyer Marc-Andre Seguin said in a phone interview from Hong Kong.
HOUSTON -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, March 10, his government was working with American officials to address security concerns stemming from immigrants traveling north from the United States. "We don't compromise on security," Trudeau said during a news conference in Houston. "We are committed to protecting the privacy rights of people in Canada." He also said he was open to working with the Trump administration to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement.
NEW YORK -- More than two dozen tank cars hauling ethanol derailed Friday morning, March 10, in northwestern Iowa, causing some to catch fire and sending an unknown volume of the biofuel into a nearby creek, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. There were no reported injuries, according to the NTSB, which is sending a 15-member team to Iowa to investigate the incident. The derailment occurred around 1 a.m., on a Union Pacific Corp rail line near Graettinger and along Jake Creek, about 160 miles northwest of Des Moines, the NTSB said in a press release.
NFL teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, according to a Washington Post story based on sealed court documents contained in a federal lawsuit filed by former players against the league and reviewed by the newspaper. The documents showed that the league disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, the Post said. The NFL denied the allegations made in the lawsuit which was brought against the league by a group of retired players.