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Supreme Court could pull plug on transgender bathroom case Supreme Court could pull plug on transgender bathroom case
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s reversal of a rule on transgender students’ rights could remove the controversial issue from the Supreme Court’s docket this spring — or lead the justices to render an even more significant ruling. A Virginia high school senior’s legal battle to use the bathroom of his choice was slated to be heard before the high court next month. Wednesday, administrati...
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Trump too late in denouncing anti-Semitic acts, critics say Trump too late in denouncing anti-Semitic acts, critics say
WASHINGTON — President Trump spoke out Tuesday against a series of bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the nation after coming under fire for sidestepping earlier opportunities to condemn several waves of anti-Semitic acts since he took office last month. It was a statement that anti-discrimination groups and Democrats say was too long in the making. Touring a new museum dev...
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Men outnumber women more than 2-1 among top White House aides Men outnumber women more than 2-1 among top White House aides
WASHINGTON — Men outnumber women by more than 2-to-1 among top aides to President Trump so far, according to the White House and an analysis by USA TODAY. If that ratio holds as the president finishes filling out his staff, the percentage of women in the West Wing would be smaller than at least five of the last six presidential terms, the analysis shows. The percentage of women in top White ...
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Senate clears rollback of background-check rule for president's signature Senate clears rollback of background-check rule for president's signature
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday to overturn a rule barring gun ownership for some who have been deemed mentally impaired, clearing the measure for President Trump's signature. The Obama-era rule required the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to The National Instant Criminal Background Check System after they’ve been deemed incapable of managing their f...
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Deported mom becomes face of debate on Trump immigration policy Deported mom becomes face of debate on Trump immigration policy
An undocumented mother of two American-born children who was deported to her native Mexico has become the focus of a national debate over the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration. In a matter of days, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos has gone from being one of about 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States to a poster child for critics of Donald Trump's hard line on imm...
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Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes Oroville Dam risk: Thousands ordered to evacuate homes
More than 180,000 people in northern California have been told to evacuate after two overflow channels at the US's tallest dam were found to be damaged. The 770ft (230m) high Oroville Dam is not itself at risk of collapsing, but its emergency spillway was close to caving in, officials said. Officials feared the damaged spillway could release large amounts of floodwater downstream. The exc...
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Blizzard threatens New England; snow possible in Texas Blizzard threatens New England; snow possible in Texas
A blockbuster snowstorm with blizzard conditions could bring travel to a standstill across parts of the Northeast late Sunday into Monday, just days after another storm pummeled the area. And a separate storm system will drop temperatures 55 degrees in Texas from Saturday to Monday, threatening snow, ice and rain from Amarillo to Lubbock, AccuWeather said. The most snow is expected in coasta...
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US veteran reunited with World War Two dog tag US veteran reunited with World War Two dog tag
A 93-year-old US Airforce veteran said he was "humbled and honoured" to be reunited with the dog tag he lost while in Britain during World War Two. Raymond Odom's tag was discovered at his former base RAF Knettishall in Suffolk by a metal detectorist in May. The USAF at RAF Mildenhall was contacted and helped track down Mr Odom through his daughter. 8th Air Force commander Maj Gen Thomas ...
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More and more Americans are renouncing their U.S. citizenship — here's why More and more Americans are renouncing their U.S. citizenship — here's why
More than 5,400 Americans overseas renounced their United States citizenship last year, a 26% increase over 2015 and more than triple the number in 2010, when Congress passed a law that significantly increased tax penalties for unreported foreign transactions and holdings, according to data compiled by a Connecticut tax attorney. Advocates for the estimated 7 million overseas Americans and atto...
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Protests at Phoenix immigration office over Mexican woman Protests at Phoenix immigration office over Mexican woman
Seven people have been arrested at protests outside a US immigration office in Phoenix, amid fears a woman was due to be deported to Mexico. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, was taken into custody during a routine check in at the centre, US reports say. The mother of two has been living in the US illegally since the age of 14. Protesters, who feared her deportation under President Donald Tr...
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