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First lady backs school lunch rules

First lady Michelle Obama told a group of school nutrition experts Tuesday that "we have to be willing to fight the hard fight" against Republican proposals on Capitol Hill that would permit a delay in enforcing new school lunch standards. "The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids' health," she told a roundtable meeting hosted by the White House. "Now is not the time to roll back everything we have worked for." Her sharply worded foray into a Capitol Hill dispute startled backers of legislation that would allow some districts to temporarily opt out of new federal mandates to increase whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables in school lunches.

Nigeria

Impasse in rescue of Nigerian girls

Nigeria's military chiefs and the president are apparently split over how to free nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists, with the military saying use of force endangers the hostages and the president reportedly ruling out a prisoner-hostage swap. The defense chief, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, announced Monday night that the military has located the girls, but offered no details or a way forward. A human rights activist close to mediators told the Associated Press that a swap of detained extremists for the girls was negotiated a week ago but fell through because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to consider an exchange.

Isla Vista, Calif.

Thousands mourn 6 killed in rampage

Thousands gathered at the University of California at Santa Barbara on Tuesday to mourn six students killed in a rampage. The school canceled classes and declared a day of mourning and reflection, four days after the shootings and stabbings in the Isla Vista community by 22-year-old community college student Elliot Rodger, who later killed himself, authorities say.

Washington

Court rejects suit by Bush protesters

The free-speech right to protest against the president does not guarantee that opponents can be as close to the chief executive as supporters, the Supreme Court said Tuesday, throwing out a suit brought by critics of former President George W. Bush. Instead, the justices ruled unanimously that Secret Service agents have broad authority to protect the chief executive, and this includes forcibly removing groups of protesters who might threaten his safety.

Elsewhere

Washington: The White House has ordered a review of how officials accidentally revealed the name of the CIA's top spy in Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's surprise trip to the country over the weekend.

Washington: The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country.

Pakistan: A pregnant Pakistani woman was beaten to death by her family outside a courthouse in the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday because she had defied their wishes and married the man of her choice, police officials said. Such "honor killings" are relatively rare in large cities like Lahore.

South Korea: A fire broke out at a hospital annex in southwestern South Korea early today, killing 21 people and further rattling a country still traumatized by a recent ferry disaster.

First lady backs school lunch rules 05/27/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 12:11pm]
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