7 things to know now: Travel ban hearing; Spears asks for prayers for niece; DeVos vote
Jamie Lynn Spears poses with her then-6-year-old daughter, Maddie Aldredge, and Minnie Mouse in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World in August 2014. (Chloe Rice/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.
What to know now:
1. Travel ban court fight: A panel of federal appellate court judges will hear arguments from state and federal attorneys Tuesday in the fight over President Donald Trump's executive order that suspended the refugee admissions program for 120 days. The states of Washington and Minnesota maintain that Trump's ban is overreaching his authority, while the Justice Department says the ban is necessary to protect Americans from terrorists. The hearing comes after U.S. District Judge James Robart issued a restraining order Friday that temporarily put the travel ban on hold.
2. Spears asks for prayers: Britney Spears is asking fans for prayers for her niece who was injured in an ATV accident last weekend. The daughter of Spears sister, actress and singer Jamie Lynn Spears, was injured when she drove an ATV into a pond on the family's property as she tried to avoid a ditch. The 8-year-old was trapped underwater, held by the ATV's seat belt and safety netting, according to police reports. She is in critical but stable condition according to the Tangipahoa Parish sheriff.
3. DeVos's confirmation: Vice President Mike Pence may have to assume his role as tie breaker Tuesday when the Senate votes on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education. DeVos' confirmation process has been contentious, and she became the subject of a marathon Democratic speaking session Monday as senators took turns slamming her qualifications for the job. The vote is set for noon Tuesday, and is expected to be tied at 50-50, thus requiring Pence to break the tie. Republicans have a majority in the Senate, but two GOP senators have said they will not vote for DeVos.
4. Mass hangings: A report from Amnesty International says Syrian authorities have hanged at least 13,000 people since the start of the 2011 rebel uprising against President Bashar al Assad's government. Between 20 and 50 people were hanged each week, according to Amnesty, at Saydnaya Prison. The group has recorded at least 35 different methods of torture used by the government in Syria since the late 1980s, the report said.
5. Country's most expensive listing: What's the most expensive home for sale in America? A $250 million mansion in Bel Air gets that honor. The 38,000-square-foot home built by Bruce Makowsky features 12 bedroom suites, 21 bathrooms, five bars, three kitchens a 40-seat theater and much, much more. Makowsky is a developer and handbag tycoon. If you want to buy it, Makowsky says he will pay for a staff to run it for the next two years.
And one more
Guess who is back? Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar (Mike Myers and Dana Carvey), that's who. There will be special screenings of the movie "Wayne's World" Tuesday in theaters across the country on the 25th anniversary of the release of the film. Myers and Carvey will be seen in a taped interview aired prior to the film. The movie is set to be shown in some 400 theaters across the country.
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