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'Tremendous' Traffic Impact Expected after Atlanta Bridge Collapse

Georgia officials inspecting the fiery collapse of a major interstate highway bridge in Atlanta said on Friday the fix timetable was unclear but expect a "time-consuming event". Authorities worked through the night to access the bridge and ensure the risks from the collapse are contained. Amelia Ford, who lives in Atlanta , opted to find another route to work by auto Friday said it took her 45 minutes to travel 3 miles from her home to the nearest open interstate exit.

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A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

Department of Justice attorney Chad Readler argues Hawaii has only made generalized concerns about effects to students and tourism. Any harm to Hawaii would be minimal because only 20 of the nearly 500,000 refugees who came to the US during the past eight years settled in the state, Readler said.

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North Carolina OKs rolling back 'bathroom bill'

At 4:10 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he has signed the bill repealing House Bill 2. If approved, the bill would then go to Cooper. " Compromise requires give and take from all sides, and we are pleased this proposal fully protects bathroom safety and privacy ", Berger and Moore said in a statement .

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Hawaii Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump Travel Ban

A judge there blocked the six-nation travel ban but said it wasn't clear that the suspension of the refugee program was similarly motivated by religious bias. The ruling will stay in place until Watson orders otherwise and won't be suspended if the government appeals. The government attorney replied that 20 is simply a small number of refugees.

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Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

Republican leaders kept a procedural vote open for over an hour after two GOP senators, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, joined Democrats trying to block the measure. "The Department is proposing to amend the regulations at 42 CFR 59.3 to require that project recipients that do not provide services directly may not prohibit subrecipients from participating on bases unrelated to their ability to provide Title X services effectively", read the proposed rule at the time.

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Environmental groups vowing to fight Trump climate actions

While signing the executive order , Trump said that his approach "will start a new era of production and job creation". He ordered a review of emissions limits on coal-fired power plants and restrictions on federal leasing for coal production.