Apple Refuses to Build iPhone 'Backdoor,' South Dakota Passes Bathroom Bill, No Gluten-Free Meals in Ted Cruz's Army: A.M. Links


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  • Apple will refuse a federal court order saying it must unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. "We have great respect for the professionals at the FBI, and we believe their intentions are good," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a letter. But in requesting the company build a backdoor to the iPhone, the agency has "asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create." 
  • Ted Cruz scoffs at the idea of providing members of the military with gluten-free meals.
  • Celinda Lake, Democratic strategist, says young liberals aren't that fazed by the possibility of a female president but would really like to back a gay or transgender candidate. 
  • Celebrities take selfies in refugee blankets. You know, for art.
  • "The Constitution is pretty clear about what's supposed to happen now," said President Obama, chiding Republican senators for suggesting they would refuse to confirm any Supreme Court nominee he offers. 
  • The South Dakota legislature has passed a bill that would prohibit public-school students from using bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex. 
  • A former student at the University of Montana has been awarded $245,000 over the university's "unfair and biased" rape investigation.
  • Carnegie Mellon researchers have attempted to quantify the amount of sex-trafficking that takes place around major events such as the Super Bowl. To do so, they classified every online escort ad stating "new to town" or "first appearance" as an obvious sex slave. 

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