1. President Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail in a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said he expects to do “very well” against the lawsuit, adding that he had an “absolute right” to make the declaration. (PressHerland)
2. Rep. Ryan Tipping of Orono is sponsoring a bill that would require most children to be vaccinated in order to attend school. That bill has stirred anger among a number of parents who say vaccines have injured their children and fear they will injure others. The opponents were at the State House Tuesday to lobby lawmakers against the bill. They say Maine’s current system allows parents to opt out of vaccinations for religious or philosophical reasons, as well as medical ones. The bill would only allow for medical exemptions, which opponents say are hard to get. Dr. Deborah Hagler is Vice President of the Maine Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine. She says the risk from vaccines is “miniscule”, compared to the risk of sickness or even death from those illnesses the vaccines are designed to prevent. (NewsCenterMaine)
3. A 47-year-old man tried to get away from police by jumping out of a second-story window in Biddeford on Monday, but was arrested after he landed on ice and hurt himself, police said. Jamison Snyder, who was recently released from state prison, was believed to have violated probation conditions, according to police. (PressHerland)
4. Southern Maine is home to a Chick-fil-A, at least for this week. The company’s food truck will be at the Eastpoint Christian Church on today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hundreds of people waited for more than two hours yesterday to try Chick-fil-A. Maine’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant is in Bangor, but there has been talk about one opening in Westbrook in the future. (WGME)
5. Queensland, Australia, drivers will be able to add emojis to their personalized license plates starting on March 1. Five of the cartoon faces familiar to smartphone users will be available: “laugh out loud,” “wink,” “sunglasses,” “heart,” and “smile.” A Queensland law expert is questioning whether the plates will be a hindrance to vehicle identification. “Clearly the government is trying to sex up number plates, with a view to making more money, and I can understand that,” Queensland Law Society president Bill Potts says. “But the purpose of number plates is for the police to be able to identify vehicles.” (DailyMail)
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