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February 02, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Humanitarian Nonprofits Fear Trump’s Travel Ban Will Hinder Work

International Charities Worry Trump’s Travel Ban Will Keep U.S. Officials in the Dark: Humanitarian charities, like Save the Children, said they have had to nix plans to have experts from the seven countries that have been affected by the ban visit the United States to speak with members of Congress, think tank officials, and other leaders, writes BuzzFeed News, depriving U.S. officials of key information about the affected nations. 

Minneapolis Somali Nonprofit Cites Trump in Rejecting Federal Counterterrorism Grant: The nearly $500,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security would have been the largest ever for Ka Joog, a charity that works with Somali youths, reports the Star Tribune. The group’s executive director, Mohamed Farah, said the nonprofit was refusing the grant because of President Trump’s “an unofficial war on Muslim-Americans.” 

Much-Sought-After Boston Charity Auctioneer Admits to Defrauding Investors: Danny Flynn, who often did charity auctions for Boston-area nonprofits, pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding 80 investors out of more $20 million in various real-estate deals over a decade, writes The Boston Globe. Prosecutors say Mr. Flynn used his connections, some which were formed at the charity auctions, to persuade people to invest in his schemes. 

Lawyer Who Used Veterans Charity as Front for Gambling Ring Gets New Trial: The Florida Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case of Jacksonville lawyer Kelly Mathis, who was convicted on racketeering and other charges for allegedly running nearly 50 internet gambling parlors under the guise that the proceeds would go to veterans causes, reports the Associated Press.