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Trump's top deputies hope to shore up ties with a suspicious Mexico

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MEXICO CITY -- Few international relationships have gotten off to a rockier start for the Trump administration than the one with Mexico.

Days after he took office, President Donald Trump argued on Twitter with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto over Trump's demand that Mexico pay billions of dollars to build a massive wall along the border. ...Read more

Trump administration poised to rescind guidelines on protections for transgender students

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration was set Wednesday to reverse an Obama-era directive aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender students, casting the decision as one respecting states' rights.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect new guidance from the departments of Education and Justice late ...Read more

Kenneth Arrow, Nobel Prize winner whose theories changed modern economics, dies at 95

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Kenneth Arrow, the Nobel Prize-winning Stanford economist whose groundbreaking work redefined the world's understanding of the free marketplace, has died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Stanford University, where Arrow spent much of his career, reported that the economist died Tuesday at the age of 95.

Arrow was the youngest person to win the...Read more

Trump expected to revoke Obama transgender bathroom directive

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is expected to tell public school districts across the nation that they no longer have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

When the administration would issue its directive was unclear, but word of Trump's decision drew immediate criticism ...Read more

Trump's new transgender policy could radically change HB2 fight

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Trump administration's planned rollback of federal protection for transgender students could cripple the court fight against House Bill 2 and make a political compromise to rescind the controversial North Carolina law even harder to achieve, legal and political experts say.

Up to now, the American Civil Liberties Union and ...Read more

Convicted Afghan 'kill team' leader will get new day in court at Fort Leavenworth

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WASHINGTON -- Five years after his conviction for masterminding the murders of three Afghan civilians in 2010, former Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs will get another chance to prove his innocence when he returns to a military courtroom in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., next Tuesday.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ordered a four-day hearing for a ...Read more

Germany deports 18 rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan

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MUNICH -- A Kabul-bound plane with 18 Afghan migrants on board took off from Munich Airport late Wednesday, its passengers becoming the third group of rejected asylum seekers to be deported by German authorities back to Afghanistan.

The deportations have come under fire in Germany from opposition parties and rights groups who argue that much of...Read more

White House says Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies still active?

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Melania Trump has several companies that are still active enterprises, raising questions about whether they will be used for profit while she is in the White House.

Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump's May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife.

All but one ...Read more

Mexican migrant dies after deportation in possible border suicide

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MEXICO CITY -- A Mexican man who had just been deported from the United States fell to his death Tuesday from a bridge near the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing.

A Mexican official with knowledge of the case, but who was not authorized to speak to the media, said it was unclear whether the man accidentally fell or intentionally jumped, but ...Read more

Pence condemns anti-Jewish vandalism, defends Trump's response

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FENTON, Mo. -- Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday strongly condemned vandalism at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery as a "vile act," and later donned work gloves and raked up debris at the cemetery.

Pence's speech to workers and invited guests at a Fenton Caterpillar facility, and his subsequent trip to view the damage and aid in the cleanup...Read more

Trump's federal hiring freeze forces 2 Army bases to suspend child care services

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WASHINGTON -- Major U.S. Army bases at Fort Knox, Ky., and Wiesbaden, Germany, are shutting down child care and education services for military families due to President Donald Trump's hiring freeze on federal workers.

Emily Bewley, whose family is stationed at the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, was signing out the youngest of her four ...Read more

North Carolina Republican files bill to establish life at conception

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- A North Carolina lawmaker filed a bill in the North Carolina House that would establish life at the moment of conception.

House Bill 163, also known as the "Right to Life at Conception Act," would "implement equal protection for the right to life of each born and pre-born human person" and declare "the right to life is vested ...Read more

Iran's supreme leader rejects calls to release leaders of 2009 Green Movement protests

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TEHRAN -- Three months before presidential elections in Iran, it appears incumbent Hassan Rouhani will not fulfill a key pledge he made before winning office: to free opposition leaders held under house arrest since a 2009 crackdown.

The supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has rejected calls for "national reconciliation," effectively ...Read more

Dueling consultants question what a Yosemite National Park name is worth

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WASHINGTON -- A Yosemite National Park trademark challenge now turns, in part, on two dramatically different estimates of what some famous names are worth.

In a new court filing, the government made public more of its evidence for its claim that the park's former concessionaire put an "improper and wildly inflated valuation" on its trademarks ...Read more

What you need to know about the Trump administration's new immigration rules

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WASHINGTON -- New memos issued this week by Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly brought President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on illegal immigration one step closer to reality. Kelly lifted nearly all restrictions on targeting the 11-million people in the U.S. illegally for deportation.

Here's a breakdown of what happened:

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Poll: Majority of Republicans back Trump's Russia policy

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans remain firmly supportive of President Donald Trump's overtures to Russia, even as the GOP's congressional leaders are wary.

A new McClatchy-Marist poll found large majority of Republicans, 73 percent, appear ready to dismiss leadership's concerns about getting too close to the longtime adversary amid worries about ...Read more

'Stand Your Ground' shift could impact thousands of cases in Florida, prosecutors say

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- An NRA-backed proposal to shift the burden of proof in "Stand Your Ground" cases appears to be on the fast-track for approval in the Florida House, echoing similar recent endorsements in the Senate -- and with continued vehement opposition from state prosecutors and gun control advocates.

After the proposal abruptly failed ...Read more

Father who threw baby from a bridge convicted of murder

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Tony Moreno was convicted of murder on Wednesday for causing the July 2015 death of his infant son by throwing him off the Arrigoni Bridge.

Jurors reached their verdict after deliberating Tuesday afternoon and for a short time Wednesday morning after reviewing the testimony of Middletown police Officer Austin Smith, the ...Read more

Remnants of Standing Rock pipeline protest camp go up in flames

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SEATTLE -- Surrounded on all sides by roadblocks and under threat of arrest, demonstrators against the Dakota Access Pipeline have invoked an old ally: fire.

Used by native people ceremonially since time immemorial to heal and to cleanse, demonstrators are setting ablaze their tents, tepees and other structures remaining from a protest ...Read more

Thousands evacuated as flooding hits San Jose

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose city officials said Wednesday they did not anticipate the level of flooding that submerged a neighborhood near Kelley Park because water in Coyote Creek was flowing below the capacity of the channel where the breach occurred.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, Assistant City Manager Dave Sykes said the breach ...Read more