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A cat stands on a playhouse in New Jersey, which could become the first state to ban the practice of declawing cats.

A Declaw Law? Veterinarians Divided Over N.J. Cat Claw Bill

Veterinarians are sharply divided over a New Jersey bill that would make it a crime to declaw cats. New Jersey would be the first state to ban a practice that critics call painful and barbaric.

When Gordon Stull graduated from veterinary school more than 40 years ago, declawing was routine.

"I did it for a while, and it started to bother me," Stull says. "It just seemed like this is not a procedure I should be doing. Because it's not helping the animal. It's a convenient surgery for the client. And it's a mutilation."

President Trump blasted leaks from within his administration and to the news media and denied ties to Russia.

'Nobody That I Know Of': Trump Denies Campaign Contacts With Russia

Updated 8:50 p.m. ET

President Trump said at a wide-ranging news conference Thursday that he didn't direct resigned national security adviser Michael Flynn to talk about U.S. sanctions on Russia in a pre-inauguration phone call Flynn had with Russia's U.S. ambassador, but he would have.

3,000-Pound Rooster Statue Stolen From North Carolina Farm

Updated 5:15 p.m. ET

In the dead of night last weekend in North Carolina's Alexander County, a massive concrete statue of a rooster disappeared from its perch in front of a poultry farm.

The white rooster stands about 4 feet tall and has a bright red wattle, Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman tells The Two-Way. It is valued at more than $1,000. But perhaps the most impressive aspect of the lawn ornament is its considerable weight — approximately 3,000 pounds, according to Bowman.

Pakistani soldiers cordon off the shrine of 13th-century Sufi saint Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, in the town of Sehwan, after a bomb killed dozens of worshippers Thursday.

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 70 People At Sufi Shrine In Pakistan

Dozens of people were killed and more than 100 others wounded after a bomb tore through a crowded Sufi shrine in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday. The blast was triggered by an Islamic State suicide bomber, according to a claim by the Sunni militant group's semi-official Amaq news agency.

A recluse spider bite (left) can be confused with skin cancer.

Is That A Brown Recluse Spider Bite Or Skin Cancer?

The best way to diagnose a strange skin bump is often to decide what it's not. So say the researchers who have devised a mnemonic device useful for determining that the lesion or lump isn't a bite from a brown recluse spider — a diagnosis that can be very common and very false, they say.

Two Iraqi children push a bicycle past the scene of a massive car bomb blast on Thursday that killed dozens of people in southern Baghdad.

Baghdad Bombing Kills At Least 45 People

A bomb exploded in Iraq's capital city on Thursday, killing at least 45 people.

It happened on a street filled with car dealerships and garages in southern Baghdad, according to Reuters. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility in a statement released on social media that said the group was targeting Shiites Muslims.

President Trump addressed a variety of topics Thursday during a news conference announcing Alexander Acosta as the new labor secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Trump Press Conference On Labor Secretary And Russia, Annotated

President Trump began his press conference Thursday afternoon naming his new nominee for labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta. He also announced his decision to issue a new executive action while his travel ban is held up in court.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, visited the White House this week, ahead of a court date related to lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

Court Moves 'Bridgegate' Case Forward, Setting A Date For Christie

Nearly four months after a former aide testified that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about a looming traffic nightmare that sparked a political scandal, a municipal judge says a criminal complaint against Christie can move forward.

In finding there is probable cause for a complaint of official misconduct to proceed against Christie, Bergen County Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady is extending a probe into the governor's involvement in a case that has generated federal charges against several former aides to Christie.

China Grants Trump A Valuable Trademark Registration

President Trump took a big step forward this week in his long-running legal battle for more control over one of his most valuable assets in China: his name.

On its website on Wednesday, China's Trademark Office announced the trademark registration for a Trump construction-services business in China.

President Trump speaks during a news conference Thursday at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Trump Says He Will Issue 'New Executive Action' Related To Travel Ban

President Trump says his administration will continue to fight for his existing travel ban in the court system, and that he will also issue a new, "very comprehensive order" next week.

Trump provided no details on what that new order would entail, but said it would "comprehensively protect our country." The president made the remarks during a news conference Thursday at the White House.

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