District of Columbia

Secret Service stops White House intrusion

The White House said Saturday that an individual was apprehended after jumping a low metal barrier just outside the White House fence, a week after an intrusion raised questions about lapses in security under the watch of the U.S. Secret Service.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter that the individual “jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave” but did not make it onto White House property.

President Trump was not at the White House on Saturday. He and his family are spending the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Feb. average temp was

2nd highest on record

WASHINGTON — Even without an El Niño warming the world’s waters, Earth in February sizzled to its second hottest temperature on record, behind only last year.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculated that February 2017 averaged 55.66 degrees. That’s 1.76 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average.

North Dakota

Appeals court refuses to stop oil in pipeline

BISMARCK — An appeals court on Saturday refused a request from two American Indian tribes for an “emergency” order that would prevent oil from flowing through Dakota Access pipeline.

The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil to a distribution point in Illinois could be operating as early as Monday, even as the tribes’ lawsuit challenging the project moves forward.

The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes have challenged an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg not to stop final construction of the pipeline, and they wanted the appeals court to halt any oil flow until that’s resolved.

New York

Plane that landed gets stuck in snowdrift

NEW YORK — A plane from Chicago that landed at LaGuardia Airport on Saturday got stuck in a snowdrift while turning off the runway and had to be pulled out by a tug.

The pilot of the Republic Airline flight operating under Delta was trying to leave the runway in order to taxi to the gate when the plane got stuck. The delay took about an hour.

There were 73 passengers on board and no one was injured, and there was no damage to the Embraer 175 regional jet.

2 transgender women attacked; man arrested

NEW YORK — Police say a man hurled slurs and blows at two transgender women on a New York City street, sending one to a hospital in what authorities are calling a hate crime.

Court records show Patrick O’Meara, 38, was being held on $5,000 bond after being arraigned Saturday on hate-crime assault and other charges. The encounter happened Friday in the Jackson Heights neighborhood.

Wire reports