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Judge Loosens Travel Ban:  A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled to loosen the recently-implemented Travel Ban restrictions on U.S. visitors from six middle eastern countries.  Brent Kendall of the Wall Street Journal reports that District Judge Derrick Watson disagrees with the ban's definition of close family members a visitor must have in the U.S. in order to enter the country.  While a traveler with a spouse, parent or sibling was allowed, those with grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews were not.  The judge's order requires that the government include these relatives. 

NY Heroin/Cocaine Ring Taken Down:  Suffolk County Police and agents from the DEA have arrested 16 people involved in a drug smuggling ring that distributed heroin and cocaine to communities across Long Island.  Andrew Smith of Newsday reports that members of the ring would make deliveries across the county from 8:00 AM to midnight, ferrying the drugs to a network of stash houses in expensive cars.  Along with drugs, thousands in cash, a $50,000 Rolex watch and several vehicles, police confiscated several firearms, some modified to fire up to 50 rounds.  In another drug bust $2.7 million in cocaine was seized by Customs Enforcement agents from a fishing boat in Miami earlier this week.  Magnetic Media reports that five people were taken into custody including one underage child.        

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