Judge blocks Trump administration plan to roll back DACA:
A federal judge in California late Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Judge William Alsup also said the administration must resume receiving DACA renewal applications.
But the ruling is limited — the administration does not need to process applications for those who have never before received DACA protections, he said.
13 killed in Southern California deluge as rivers of mud wipe out homes:
Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California on Tuesday — leaving at least 13 people dead, destroying homes and spurring rescues as the flooding forced heavily traveled roads to close.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the death toll could rise. Officials said many of the deaths are believed to be in the coastal Montecito area, where mudflows and floodwater have inundated areas downstream from where the Thomas Fire burned thousands of acres last month.
At least two dozen people were unaccounted for and authorities rescued at least 50 people in the Montecito area. The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department is working toward determining whether those “missing” were accounted for in other locations or among those who are deceased.
Winter Olympics 2018: Look away now Russia … PyeongChang medal predictions:
Look away now Russia.
The nation which came top of the medal table at the 2014 Winter Olympics will not be at this year’s edition in PyeongChang — and Russia’s absence means there’s likely to be a lot of extra metal up for grabs.
Banned on December 5 by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Russia had already retrospectively dropped to fourth in the standings from 2014 after being stripped of a total of 13 medals for anti-doping violations
True, Russian athletes who can prove themselves to be innocent will be allowed to compete in South Korea, but they’ll be doing so under a neutral flag with the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia” (OAR).
On Tuesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland announced that 42 Russian athletes had filed appeals against disciplinary decisions taken by the IOC in relation to anti-doping violations during Sochi.
Trump says he would beat Oprah in 2020:
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would beat Oprah Winfrey in a potential 2020 presidential match-up, though he doesn’t think she will end up running.
“Yeah, I’ll beat Oprah,” he told reporters in the the Cabinet Room during a meeting on immigration with members of Congress.
Winfrey is “intrigued by the idea” of a presidential bid, best friend and CBS “This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King said Tuesday, and is taking the idea seriously, per friends of the former talk show host. Her speech on the #MeToo movement at Sunday’s Golden Globes propelled Winfrey to the forefront of political conversation on Monday, with the potential to disrupt the Democratic primary process and pose a strong challenge to Trump in 2020.
Deadly flu season hits California particularly hard:
A deadly flu season has hit hard in the Golden State.
More patients are being hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, some stores have had spot shortages of flu medications, and there have been 27 flu-related deaths reported among patients younger than 65, according to the California Department of Public Health.
“Usually, at this time of year, we have reported in the neighborhood of three or four deaths in people under age 65,” Dr. James Watt, chief of the Division of Communicable Disease Control at the state Department of Public Health, said Tuesday.