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States Sue Trump Over Emergency Declaration...Honda to Close UK Factory...Trapped SeaWorld Riders Rescued

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sixteen states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s emergency declaration to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution, and Becerra says in a statement that Trump “knows his emergency declaration is unwarranted, and he admits that he will likely lose this case in court.”

TOKYO (AP) – Honda has announced it will close its car factory in western England in 2021, with the potential loss of thousands of jobs, as it restructures its global operations to boost its competitiveness. The Japanese automaker said Tuesday it would begin talks with affected workers the same day. The decision was a fresh blow to the British economy ahead of its March 29 exit from the European Union. Honda makes its popular Civic model at the factory, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of London.

MIAMI (AP) – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is rejecting President Donald Trump’s call for a new day in Venezuela. Trump said on Monday that the U.S. seeks a peaceful transition of power in Venezuela, and he urged the country’s military to support opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro accused Trump of speaking in an “almost Nazi style” and lashed out at Trump for thinking he could deliver orders to Venezuela’s military.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Trump confidant Roger Stone says an Instagram post featuring a photo of a federal judge with what appears to be the crosshairs of a gun is being “misinterpreted.” Nonetheless, Stone is apologizing to the judge and saying the post was improper and shouldn’t have happened. The judge is overseeing Stone’s criminal case in which he faces charges of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks.

SAN DIEGO (AP) – Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued. San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on “Bayside Skyride.” The riders were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats.


Abe Won't Confirm Trump Nobel Claim...British Accuse Facebook of Violating Privacy Laws...Smollett Investigation "Shifting"

TOKYO (AP) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declined to say whether he nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. He also emphasized he did not deny doing so. Trump’s assertion that Abe nominated him for the honor and sent him a copy of the letter has raised criticism in Japan.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Poland’s prime minister says his country is not sending a delegation to a meeting in Jerusalem after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles “collaborated with the Nazis” and “sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers’ milk.” The developments mark a new low in a bitter conflict over how to remember and characterize Polish actions toward Jews during the German occupation of Poland in World War II.

LONDON (AP) – British lawmakers say Facebook has behaved liked ‘digital gangsters’ by intentionally violating data privacy laws in the country. In a scathing report issued Monday, a parliamentary committee calls for tougher rules for social media companies, including a mandatory code of ethics. It also says an independent regulator should oversee those sites to better control harmful or illegal content.

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police say their investigation into the reported attack on actor Jussie Smollett has “shifted” after questioning two brothers who had been considered suspects. Police say the brothers were released Friday without charges and police say they’re now pursing another interview with the “Empire” actor. Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was physically attacked last month by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country!”

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Organizers of Pope Francis’ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church’s response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders. These survivors will not be addressing the summit of church leaders itself, but rather will meet Wednesday with the four-member organizing committee to convey their complaints.