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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

 

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn’t block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible.

 

U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order halting the ban last week after Washington state and Minnesota sued. The Justice Department appealed to the 9th Circuit.

 

Government lawyers argued that the ban was a “lawful exercise” of the president’s authority and that the seven countries have raised terrorism concerns.

 

The states said Trump’s executive order unconstitutionally blocked entry based on religion.

Katherine Jackson has just been granted a temporary restraining order against her nephew, Trent Lamar Jackson, by a Los Angeles judge.

Court documents allege that Trent, who is Katherine's longtime driver, has been accessing bank accounts without her authorization, using her credit cards for personal purchases without approval and emotionally abusing the 86-year-old.

The described abuse claims that "Trent has manipulated Mrs. Jackson so much, and preyed on her known kindness, that whenever the police arrive or efforts to press elder abuse charges have been undertaken, she ultimately recants or changes her mind."

The paperwork continues, "Mrs. Jackson does not want to hurt anyone, and has always erred on the side of enduring abuse to save everyone else."

The legal team on behalf of Katherine further states that she "will have moments of strength, and tell her kids that Trent is abusing her, and by the time they get Adult Protections Services to the house, he has convinced her by crying or begging not to report him, and the cycle starts all over."

As of now, Trent has not made any public statements nor has he responded to the temporary restraining order.

Earlier Katherine was seen visiting her daughter Janet Jackson and her newborn son Eissa in London for the very first time.

In the rare public outing, Katherine was seen walking into Janet's home with the help of her 66-year-old daughter Rebbie Jackson.

"It seems like her family is staying close to help and support Janet," a sourcesaid as it was revealed that the mother and daughter duo stayed at the songstress' home for approximately four hours.

 

Sir Tom Jones is dating Elvis Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla.

Although it is still early days, pals say the actress, 71, has put a smile back on old friend Tom’s face after the death of wife Linda last year.

Tom, 76, has regularly spoken of his friendship with Priscilla’s ex Elvis, who died aged 42 in 1977.

“Tom has had a difficult year with Linda’s death and Priscilla has been an amazing support.”

A pal revealed: “Tom and Priscilla are courting. There is a spark between them but they are taking it slowly. It really is early days but they get on so well.

Voice UK coach Tom was coy when asked about Priscilla. He said: “We have been friends for a long time. She’s a lovely lady. We do enjoy our nights out together.”

They were seen going for dinner together last month, pulling up at A-list Hollywood restaurant Craig’s in a white Rolls-Royce.

Last night a spokesman for Tom said: “Priscilla Presley and Tom have known each other for many, many years.”

Priscilla, who starred in hit US soap Dallas and the Naked Gun films, married singer Elvis in 1967. They divorced in 1973.

She has since been in relationships with actor Mike Edwards, writer Marco Garibaldi and former Pop Idol judge Nigel Lythgoe.

Sir Tom — who once admitted to sleeping with 250 groupies — was left heartbroken last April when his wife of 59 years Linda died of cancer aged 75.

A Russian newspaper has claimed victims of domestic abuse should be 'proud of their bruises'.

A column in Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the country's most popular papers, has said that they should 'find solace' in the fact that women who suffer domestic violence are more likely to give birth to boys.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Tuesday which decriminalises domestic violence, sparking allegations his government is 'trivialising' the problem.

The article, by writer Yaroslav Korobatov, stated: ‘For years, women who have been smacked around by their husbands have found solace in the rather hypocritical proverb, “If he beats you, it means he loves you!”

‘However, a new scientific study is giving women with irascible husbands new grounds to be proud of their bruises, insofar as women who are beaten, biologists confirm, have a valuable advantage – they’re more likely to give birth to boys!’

He cites research by controversial evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa, who in 2005 published an article called 'Violent men have more sons'.

The new Russian law reduces battery of a relative to a civil offence instead of a criminal one in first instances, when the victim suffered no serious harm.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday hit out at the new legislation, telling Parliament: 'We see this as a retrograde step by the Russian government. Repealing existing legislation sends out absolutely the wrong message on what is a global problem.'

And human rights group Amnesty International described the move as a 'sickening attempt to trivialise domestic violence'. 

Those who support new legislation, including members of Putin's United Russia party, say they want to protect parents' right to discipline their children and to reduce the state's ability to meddle in family life.

They say anyone who inflicts serious physical harm will still be criminally liable.

But critics say the move is a step backwards which will exonerate 'tyrants in the home' and discourage victims from reporting abuse.

Each year, about 14,000 women die in Russia at the hands of husbands or other relatives, according to a 2010 United Nations report. 

In a statement on its website, the Kremlin said Putin had signed the law after it was approved by both chambers in Russia's parliament.

The State Duma, or lower house of parliament, passed the bill in January in its second of three readings by 385 votes to two.

Ivanka Trump's beleaguered fashion brand has taken another kicking after the bosses of TJ Maxx and Marshalls demanded stores throw out her advertisements and take down her special displays.

Last week workers at the chains - which are both owned by TJX Companies - were told that her products would no longer hold pride of place in the stores.

'Effective immediately, please remove all Ivanka Trump merchandise from features and mix into [other products on the racks]', the note, leaked to The New York Times, read. 'All Ivanka Trump signs should be discarded.'

It's yet another blow for the socialite's business, which has already been dropped entirely by a string of retailers, including luxury chains Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, as a major anti-Trump boycott continues.

TJX Companies has tried to play down the change, saying it often reorganizes its products.

But one worker said that in several years working at the store, she'd never once seen an order demanding that a brand's adverts be thrown in the trash.

And having Ivanka's luxury brand mixed in with other lines will do nothing for her sales.

The store is infamous for is cluttered and disordered racks and bins, where individual lines are lost in piles of other merchandise.

It's so famous for being messy, in fact, that parody site The Onion once joked that it was impossible to tell whether the store was operating normally or in the middle of a closing-down sale. 

Doreen Thompson, a spokesperson for TJX Companies played down the significance of the change, telling Racked that the chains would continue to sell the brand.

'We aim to offer a merchandise mix that gives our customers a choice in what they may want to purchase,' she said.

And while she said the company still hosted Ivanka's products 'at this time,' she didn't say whether they would continue to buy them in once stocks were sold out - or, like Nordstrom, drop them completely. 

Nordstrom claimed that its decision to ditch Ivanka Trump's line was purely based on the 'steady decline' of sales, and a visit by DailyMail.com to a Nordstrom store did indeed show a number of her products marked down by almost 50 per cent. 

But the timing - in the midst of the anti-Trump #GrabYourWallet boycott movement that began in October - may seem suspicious.

It was certainly taken as a shot across Ivanka's bows by Donald Trump himself, who took Nordstrom to task in a tweet on Wednesday.

'My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,' he wrote. 'She is a great person - always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!'

But it's not just Nordstrom and TJX Company that have given Ivanka the cold shoulder since the boycott began.  

Last Friday her brand was dropped by luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, which ditched all of her jewelry and other items from its website, and removed her name from its designer brands A-Z list. 

Her products have also been removed from its stores. The company blamed poor sales of the items for their removal.

Department store Belk has followed suit; on Monday all references to Ivanka Trump disappeared from its website - it also said her line failed a regular performance review of her brands.

One company that has openly stated that it was influenced by the #GrabYourWallet campaign is Shoes.com.

In a now-deleted tweet the company told three people - including Shannon Coulter, one of the brains behind the boycott - that their 'voices have been heard.'

'We have removed the products from our website,' it promised. 

Nordstrom shares rose by two points in the hours after Donald Trump's furious tweet,The Washington Post noted - unlike the effect previous Trump tweets have had on Lockheed Martin, Toyota and General Motors.

But as Kimberly Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia, told The Washington Post, Trump has less direct control over them than on government contractor Lockeed Martin, or the US auto industry. 

And, she said, consumers might also be getting used to his furious tirades, which are a daily occurrence on his Twitter feed.

'At some point, with the velocity of Trump’s tweets, it's likely that investors may become more "numb" to his tweets and react in a more muted fashion,' she said.

Long-lost footage of the Beatles performing on their first north American tour is expected to sell for more than £10,000 at auction.

The 8mm film is from the band's performance in Montreal, Canada in September 1964 - when the group were at the height of their fame.

It also contains rare colour footage of the Fab Four backstage.

Shot by the father of one of The Four Frenchmen, who were supporting the Beatles, the film shows part of their performance and a press conference after the show.

The 10-minute recording also reveals a heavy police presence at the gig after death threats had been made towards drummer Ringo Starr.

It was discovered by the cameraman's grandson, Ron Notarangelo, after his grandfather recently passed away.

The sale of the film is part of Omega Auctions' annual Beatles auction and is being held in Warrington on March 18.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: 'This is an incredible find of great historical importance as there is no known footage from this performance, together with the fact that it is so clear and in colour, which is rare for the early 60s.'

 

Actor Richard Hatch, who was known for his role as Captain Apollo in the TV series "Battlestar Galactica," died Tuesday, according to his manager Michael Kaliski.

Hatch died at around 1:30 p.m. in Santa Clarita, California, with his son, Paul, by his side, Kaliski said. The 71-year-old actor had been battling pancreatic cancer, according to a statement from his family.

In the original "Battlestar Galactica" series that ran from 1978-1979, he played Captain Apollo and in the 2003 remake, he played Tom Zarek. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the first series.

"In my case, 'Battlestar Galactica' was a milestone," he wrote on his personal website. "It afforded me the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams and fantasies. Hurtling through space with reckless abandon, playing the dashing hero, battling Cylons, monsters and super-villains -- what more could a man want?"

His connection with the series won him legions of sci-fi fans as he appeared at comic book conventions and cruise ship events. He also wrote several "Battlestar Galactica" books.

Hatch was born in Santa Monica, California.

He wanted to become an Olympic pole vaulter before becoming interested in acting. He started his career in theater before landing a role on "All My Children" in 1970 and in the 1976 series "The Streets of San Francisco."

 

Amid growing pressure for stores to drop the first daughter’s brand, it is no longer being sold on Belk, Jet, ShopStyle, and Home Shopping Network.

Days after Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus announced they would stop selling the Ivanka Trump collection due to lagging sales, the brand has also disappeared from Belk, Jet, ShopStyle, and Home Shopping Network.

The removal of the first daughter’s brand from multiple retailers follows the widespread #GrabYourWallet campaign to boycott businesses the Trump family profits from.

Ivanka Trump doesn’t have a direct relationship with Jet, ShopStyle, or Home Shopping Network, a brand spokesperson said, adding that any Ivanka Trump products they previously stocked would have come from other sources.

Shannon Coulter, founder of #GrabYourWallet, reported the brand’s disappearances from Jet, ShopStyle, and Home Shopping Network on Tuesday after tracking the amount of Ivanka Trump stock across retailers.

ShopStyle, a shopping “search engine” that links out to other retailers, was selling 1,328 and 1,769 Ivanka Trump items (and around 300 on its UK site) since late November. Both no longer showed any Ivanka Trump items for sale as of Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the website said that the site doesn’t hold inventory.

“When our major retail partners remove products from their site it is reflected on ShopStyle.com,” the spokesperson said. “Similarly, corresponding to the decline in demand for Ivanka Trump products our retailers are seeing, we saw the same decrease in demand. We are therefore removing Trump products from our database to allow higher-performing products greater visibility on our platform.”

A spokesperson for Home Shopping Network, which stocked Ivanka Trump products until last week, confirmed the brand’s removal but said it was not a politically motivated decision.

“At HSN we are non-partisan and our product decisions are based solely on a continual evaluation related to our business,” Jill Kermes, the company’s head of corporate affairss.

“While we don’t take a political position at HSN, we recognize that our employees, our partners and our customers will have wide-ranging views on politics and public policy. That sometimes means people will have differences of opinion, but we welcome and encourage that diversity of thought,” she said.

Belk, a department store popular in the South, also said the brand’s disappearance was based on performance.

“We continually review our assortment and the performance of the brands we carry. And, we make adjustments as part of our normal course of business operations,” a Belk spokesperson explained.

Despite the brand’s sudden disappearance, which was first reported by Racked, a brand spokesperson for Ivanka Trump said that discussions about carrying the brand will continue with Belk, and all retailers.

The first daughter’s brand has also disappeared from Jet, Mic first reported.

A search for “Ivanka Trump” on the store’s website yields zero results.

However, many pairs of Ivanka Trump shoes are can be found through Google, where they are all listed as “unavailable.”

Jet also appears to no longer be selling President Trump’s official fragrance, called Success.

Jet is, however, still selling a large amount of pro-Trump gear — but through retailers that appear to be unaffiliated with Trump.

“The Ivanka Trump brand continues to expand across categories and distribution with increased customer support, leading us to experience significant year-over-year revenue growth in 2016,” Rosemary K. Young, the senior director of marketing at Ivanka Trump’s brand pointed out. “We believe that the strength of a brand is measured not only by the profits it generates, but the integrity it maintains.”

 

 

When Céline Dion sees the Power of Love firsthand, she's not sure how to react.

The music icon recently received the surprise of a lifetime when a proposal went down right in front of her, and her reaction is absolutely amazing.

During Celine's pre-concert meet-and-greet last Friday at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Austin McMillian's now-fiancé Nick Janevski, unbeknownst to the bride-to-be and especially Celine, asked his ladylove to marry him. 

McMillian shared all the details with E! News about a moment she won't soon forget: "After the first photo with [Celine], he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him."

"I was shocked and couldn't get any words out so Celine backed up into the curtain behind us and said, 'Are you going to say yes?'" she added. 

Of course, Austin (not ready to disappoint her favorite artist) said yes, and in an Instagram post reminiscing about the engagement, she expressed her complete joy. 

"There are no words to describe this moment!" she captioned a photo of the trio. "What i thought was just going to be a special night seeing my favorite performer turned out to be a night filled with so much happiness, surprise & celebration with everyone we love & even ended with donuts and ice cream so idk how it could get better!"

"I get to marry the man of my dreams & grow old with my best friend God's timing is so perfect. nothing could be better than this!!" the post continued. 

As for how Nick planned the proposal, Austin told E! News," My boyfriend knew I loved Celine and he knew someone on her team who could help him decide this plan, but I had no idea this was coming. He told my mom the whole plan months before but I was completely unaware." 

Aww!

And as it turns out, Austin and Nick might have a wedding singer more than willing to perform at their nuptials.  "Celine was shocked," McMillian gushed. "She was super sweet and wished us a long and happy marriage like she had with her husband and then invited herself to the wedding!"

Congratulations, you two!

MADONNA has been given the go-ahead to adopt twin girls Stella and Esther Mwale from Malawi.

The Like A Virgin singer has now adopted a total of four children from the African country.

Her happy news was confirmed in a statement earlier today.

“Today the High Court made a ruling that she should go ahead and adopt the two children,” Mlenga Mvula explained.

“Within a year she should provide us with a home survey report which the court has ordered her to provide.”

She will be under observation by the court for 12 months before the adoption process is officially complete. 

A home study must also be submitted to authorities.

While there are no more details about the adoption, Mlenga added the 58 year old was smiling as she heard the ruling.

She previously denied plans she was planning to add two more children to her family, following recent reports.

After she was seen in the African region, she was forced to explain her visit.

“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi,” the singer told Us Weekly.

“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue.”

According to the Daily Mail, Madonna applied for custody of Esther and Stella on January 25th – on the same day she denied plans.

Guy Ritchie’s ex wife previously took in Malawian children David Banda and Mercy James, back in 2006 and 2009.

She also has daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, from previous relationships.

Madonna’s recent visit to Malawi was the first time in almost two years that she visited the area. 

In 2006, she founded the charity Raising Malawi, in order to address the poverty endured by the country’s orphans.

“Madonna has a deep affiliation with Malawi and has always wanted to do what she can to help those in need,” an insider told the Mirror.

“Not only does she oversee her charity she is determined to try and give it’s children a better life.”

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