ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General on Wednesday announced that it is reviewing the DHS’ implementation of President Trump’s controversial executive order issued last week that bans immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations and puts a halt to admitting refugees.

In a statement released late Wednesday night, the Inspector’s General’s office said the review of how the executive order was rolled out is in response to “congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints.”

Last Friday, President Trump announced a ban that immediately suspended immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa — Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya — for 90 days, ended for 120 days the entry of any refugees into the U.S., and indefinitely stopped the entry of Syrian refugees.

The action set off an immediate firestorm of national protests and more than a dozen legal challenges, including over the fact that a number of U.S. green card holders returning from travels had been refused entry at several airports across the country.

On Jan. 29, Democratic Sens. from Illinois, Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General John Roth to request an investigation into what they called the “chaotic execution” of the order.

Wednesday’s statement noted that “in addition to reviewing the implementation of the Executive Order, the OIG will review DHS’ adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel.”

“If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review,” it added.

The statement indicated that a final report would be issued to DHS Secretary John Kelly.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Cleveland 125, Minnesota 97
Indiana 98, Orlando 88
Miami 116, Atlanta 93
Boston 109, Toronto 104
Detroit 118, New Orleans 98
NY Knicks 95, Brooklyn 90
Dallas 113, Philadelphia 95
Utah 104, Milwaukee 88
LA Clippers 124, Phoenix 114
Memphis 119, Denver 99
Chicago 128, Oklahoma City 100
Golden State 126, Charlotte 111


Washington 5, Boston 3
Calgary 5, Minnesota 1
LA Kings 5, Colorado 0


(3) Kansas 73, (2) Baylor 68
(4) Villanova 66, Providence 57
(9) Virginia 71, Virginia Tech 48
(11) UCLA 95, Washington St. 79
(14) Cincinnati 57, Tulsa 55
(15) Florida St. 75, Miami 57
(19) South Carolina 88, LSU 63
(23) Purdue 80, (25) Northwestern 59

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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — Police in North Dakota have ordered dozens of “rogue” protesters to vacate the property of the North Dakota Access Pipeline.

Police officers with representatives of the camp, including American Indian activist and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member Chase Iron Eyes, according to the sheriff’s department. The group was told they were criminally trespassing on private property and that they needed to leave immediately, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Wednesday.

“In response to the actions of a rogue group of over 40 protesters who were attempting to establish another illegal camp on private property in southern Morton County, law enforcement officers warned them to vacate the area or face enforcement actions,” police said.

The group was given a period of time to begin dismantling the camp and leave, but they did not show signs of vacating despite “multiple warnings,” police said, adding that the group insisted they would not leave.

“This led to the decision to take action to enforce the law and evict the rogue group of protesters,” the sheriff’s department said.

[PRESS RELEASE] Rogue Protesters try to Establish Illegal Camp on Private Property #dapl #nodapl #ndresponse

— MortonCountySheriff (@MortonCountySD) February 1, 2017

A group of demonstrators from one of the already established protest sites attempted to set up a new camp across the road from the existing one, one of the group leaders told ABC News Wednesday. The leader said the group believed they had the rights to use the land, although it is now private property, under a 19th century treaty.

When the group did not disperse within the time allotted by police, officers moved in and arrested about 20 protesters, the group leader said. The arrests were “relatively peaceful,” the leader added, saying that while national guardsmen were on the scene to assist the sheriff’s office, they did not participate in the arrests.

Days after he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum aimed at advancing the pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may issue an easement in the coming days, which is one of the steps necessary to proceed with the controversial pipeline, according to two Republican lawmakers.

However, recent statements from the Army and the project’s opponents indicate a decision is not imminent.

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pandemin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may issue an easement in the coming days needed to finish the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, according to two Republican lawmakers. But statements from the Army and the project’s opponents indicate a decision is not imminent.

The 1,172-mile, four-state crude oil pipeline is almost finished, except for a section under Lake Oahe in North Dakota that’s been the focus of massive protests in recent months.

Within the final days of President Obama’s administration, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy announced on Dec. 4 that an easement would not be granted for the pipeline to cross under the large reservoir on the Missouri River, just upstream of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation.

Darcy said at the time of the decision that the Army Corps “shall engage” in additional review and analysis to include a “robust consideration and discussion of alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River,” additional consideration of the tribe’s treaty rights and more detailed reviews of the potential risks and impacts of an oil spill.

All these steps, Darcy determined, would best be accomplished by the Army Corps preparing a full Environmental Impact Statement allowing for public input, a process that could take years. Darcy is no longer in the position after the change in administrations.

The move to deny the easement was hailed by the tribe and other pipeline opponents as a major victory, but on his second weekday in office, President Trump signed a memorandum aimed at advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline through a presidential memorandum, along with one directed at the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Then late Tuesday, Sen. John Hoeven said in a statement that U.S. Army Acting Secretary Robert Speer “has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement” necessary to complete the $3.8 billion Dakota Access project. The North Dakota Republican said he spoke with Speer as well as Vice President Mike Pence.

“This will enable the company to complete the project, which can and will be built with the necessary safety features to protect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others downstream,” Hoeven said. “This has been a difficult issue for all involved, particularly those who live and work in the area of the protest site, and we need to bring it to a peaceful resolution.”

Rep. Kevin Cramer also issued a statement saying he “received word” on Tuesday that the Army Corps notified Congress it will grant the easement. The North Dakota Republican cheered the announcement and called Trump “a man of action.”

However, despite what Hoeven and Cramer have said, the Army has indicated the easement may not be imminent.

The U.S. Army said Wednesday it has “initiated the steps outlined” in the president’s Jan. 24 directive, which it said orders Speer “to expeditiously review requests for approvals to construct and operate the Dakota Access Pipeline in compliance with the law.” But the Army also said that an the easement has not yet been granted.

“These initial steps do not mean the easement has been approved,” Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army, told ABC News. “The assistant secretary for the Army Civil Works will make a decision on the pipeline once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the directive.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called Tuesday’s announcement “disappointing,” while noting that it is “not a formal issuance of the easement” but rather “a notification that the easement is imminent.” The tribe also renewed its vow to legally challenge any granting of the easement.

“The Corps still must take into consideration the various factors mentioned in the presidential memorandum, notify Congress, and actually grant the easement,” the tribe said in a statement on Facebook late Tuesday. “If and when the easement is granted, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will vigorously pursue legal action.”

In July, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued to block the pipeline project, claiming it was never meaningfully consulted before construction began. The tribe also cites an 1851 treaty that it says designated the land in question for Native American tribes. That lawsuit is still pending, and the Army Corps as well as the pipeline company argued in court papers that they followed a standard review process.

In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in D.C., the Army Corps noted: “Issuance of the January 31st Memorandum does not mean that a final decision on the application for an easement to construct the Dakota Access pipeline under Corps-managed Federal land at Lake Oahe has been made. The Army will make any decisions once a full review and analysis is completed in accordance with the Presidential Memorandum.”

A status hearing is slated for Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Jan Hasselman, an attorney with the nonprofit group Earthjustice representing the tribe, told ABC News on Tuesday night that the statements from Hoeven and Cramer saying the easement would be granted are premature. Hasselman said he expects the easement to be issued “soon,” but probably not before next week.

Hasselman has indicated that the tribe would likely file a renewed legal challenge to the easement, if and when it’s approved.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been at the forefront of the prolonged protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Thousands of Native Americans, environmental activists and their allies have camped out near the Standing Rock reservation for months to protest the project, making it one of the largest Native American demonstrations in decades. The protesters, who call themselves “water protectors,” argue that the pipeline will threaten the reservation’s water supply and traverse culturally sacred sites.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based firm that’s building the pipeline, has said that “concerns about the pipeline’s impact on local water supply are unfounded” and “multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — Two prison employees have been released, along with dozens of inmates, during an ongoing hostage situation in Delaware, according to authorities.

Four Delaware prison employees were being held hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, according to Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

The incident began around 10:30 a.m. when four employees were taken hostage, Bratz said at a news conference.

The first staff member, a corrections officer, was released around 2:25 p.m. and had sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said Delaware Department of Corrections Commissioner Perry Phelps. At around 5:20 p.m., eight prison inmates were released from C building, and at just before 8 p.m., another corrections officer, along with 19 inmates, were released as well.

Two Department of Corrections employees are still believed to be inside, Phelps said.

It is unclear whether the prison inmates were held against their will, said Delaware Department of Homeland Security Secretary Robert Coupe. The conditions of the inmates released are unclear as well, Coupe added. The C building houses about 100 inmates, Bratz said.

Authorities initially reported that five employees had been taken hostage, but a fifth employee, who was supposed to be in the C building, was later located at a different location on prison grounds, Coupe said.

The Department of Corrections and the FBI are continuing negotiations for a peaceful resolution through the radio of one of the corrections officers, Coupe said. The inmates in C building also have access to television and could have been watching the live press conference, he added.

When asked by a reporter what he would tell the hostage-takers, Coupe said, “I would like to tell them that we would like to resolve this peacefully.”

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” Bratz said.

Coupe said talks about prison conditions and inmates’ privileges would not begin until the hostage situation is “resolved safely.”

When asked by a reporter if the prison is understaffed, Phelps said the department had already launched a staffing analysis prior to the incident “to determine the amount of staff needed.”

“We are constantly recruiting to try and fill our vacancies, and we’re in the middle of that now,” he said.

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware’s largest male correctional facility, with approximately 2,500 inmates.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Alabama football is once again the kings of recruiting, bringing in the top-rated class in the country for the fifth time in six years.

The Crimson Tide brought in 21 of the top 300 players in ESPN’s recruiting rankings. Defensive end LaBryan Ray, the number 17 overall player, highlighted their class.

Earlier in the day, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban told ESPN 300 defensive end Jarez Parks that there would be no room for him to sign with the school.

The top ranked recruit in ESPN’s rankings, offensive tackle Trey Smith, signed with the Tennessee Volunteers. The only uncommitted member of the ESPN 300 entering the day, Marvin Wilson, chose Florida State University over Texas, LSU, TCU and South Florida.

The big winner on National Signing Day, however, may well have been USC. The Trojans brought in the best rated class in the Pac-12 and the ninth-best class in the country. USC snagged four-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis among their 14 ESPN 300 commitments Wednesday.

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Derek Carr (4) of the Oakland Raiders during a regular season Monday Night Football game (Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images)(NEW YORK) — The NFL announced that it would play a regular season game in Mexico City next season, marking the second consecutive season the league would host a game south of the border.

According to Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Oakland Raiders will play the New England Patriots next season. The addition of a game in Mexico City means the league will play five regular season games abroad in 2017, including four in London.

“We have a tremendous fan base in Mexico,” Goodell said Wednesday. “Their passion for football is inspiring, and we look forward to another memorable game in Mexico City between two great teams next season.”

The Raiders played in this year’s game in Mexico, defeating the Houston Texans 27-20.

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Facebook(SAN FRANCISCO) — Noor Salman, the jailed widow of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen, will remain in custody and undergo a psychological evaluation, a judge ruled Wednesday after her lawyers appeared in federal court in California fighting for her release on bond.

Salman, who appeared in court wearing a red jumpsuit with an orange T-shirt underneath, looked back at her family members who were in attendance. She and her family members cried when they saw each other. Salman wrote notes to her lawyers during the hearing.

Salman, who has been in custody since she was arrested by the FBI in the San Francisco area last month, has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against her.

The U.S. attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted Mateen’s “provision of material support” to the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL, for which she could face life in prison if convicted.

Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who questioned her about Mateen’s attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

The mass shooting killed 49 people. Mateen was killed in a police shootout after the attack.

The government on Wednesday claimed Salman knew her husband watched ISIS recruitment videos.

Prosecutors said she engaged in scouting activity by going to Pulse with Mateen. They also said she saw him leave the house the night of the massacre with a gun and a backpack filled with ammunition. Salman knew her husband was going to commit an attack and said she had a false cover story for that night, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors also said Salman poses a danger to the community and is capable of fleeing with her son.

Defense attorney Linda Moreno said at a news conference after the hearing that what the government presented was a case against Mateen, not Salman. Moreno said the government’s statements were based on “speculation” and statements prosecutors “claim she made during an 18-hour interrogation” conducted without counsel.

Salman’s defense attorneys had hoped for her release on bond into the custody of her mother or uncle, both of whom say they are willing to put up their houses as collateral.

Salman’s attorneys said in court papers that she “poses no danger” and is only connected to the crime through what they called “her tragic marriage” to Mateen. She was, the defense argued, “only present as a wife and an abused wife at that.”

The defense said it was also prepared to challenge the substance of the charges and what it describes as the public narrative of Salman’s purported involvement. Defense attorney Charles Swift cited what he called erroneous reports that Salman drove Mateen to Pulse nightclub for Mateen’s “purported scouting trip.”

“The defense proffers that the evidence will show that the purported scouting trip occurred while the family was on their way home from babysitting the children of a relative, that Mateen chose to drive into Orlando and to pass by the Pulse Night Club, and that Noor, who did not possess a driver’s license at the time, was at most a reluctant passenger who wanted to go home,” the defense said in court papers.

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Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A missing bobcat has been found after escaping its enclosure at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo on Monday.

Ollie, a 25-pound female bobcat, was found on zoo property Wednesday after a visitor spotted her by the birdhouse and alerted staff.

At a press conference, curators said they were “over the moon” that Ollie was back at home safe and sound. She has a small cut on her front paw but otherwise seems fine, they said, and will be given a full exam on Thursday.

“I think she wanted to go out have a little bit of fun, see what it was like on the outside,” Curator of Great Cats Craig Saffoe said.

Ollie went missing from her enclosure at the Washington, D.C., zoo on Monday morning. Prior to the escape, Ollie was last seen at 7:30 a.m. Monday during a routine check; however, when zookeepers returned just over three hours later for their morning feeding, Ollie was nowhere to be found.

The area around the bobcat exhibit was closed after Ollie was discovered missing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DOVER, Del.) — Four Delaware prison employees are being held hostage at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna, according to Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

The incident began around 10:30 a.m. when five employees were taken hostage, Bratz said at a news conference. Wednesday afternoon, one hostage was released and hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, Bratz said.

He said it’s unclear if there are any other injuries.

The Department of Correction employees were taken hostage in C building, in an area that houses approximately 100 inmates, he said.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone involved,” Bratz said.

The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center is Delaware’s largest male correctional facility, with approximately 2,500 inmates.

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