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Trump expected to revoke rules on transgender bathrooms - draft document

Republican President Donald Trump's administration was expected to revoke landmark guidelines issued to public schools in defense of transgender student rights, according to a draft document seen on Wednesday by Reuters.

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U.S. appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld Maryland's ban on assault rifles, ruling gun owners are not protected under the U.S. Constitution to possess "weapons of war," court documents showed.

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Mexico says will 'not accept' unilateral U.S. immigration policies

MEXICO CITY Mexico will not accept new "unilateral" U.S. immigration proposals, and will not hesitate in approaching the United Nations to defend immigrants, the country's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Wednesday, ahead of a meeting with senior U.S. officials.

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Showdown looms for protesters near Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. Demonstrators opposed to the Dakota Access pipeline braced for a showdown with authorities on Wednesday, as protest leaders said at least some would defy a deadline to abandon the camp they have occupied for months to stop the project. | Video

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Global stocks ease after records, dollar gains

NEW YORK Global stocks pulled back from record highs on Wednesday while the dollar rose ahead of minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's January policy meeting, which could offer clues about the next interest rate rise.

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Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters. | Video

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Muslims raise $60,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery in Missouri

NEW YORK Muslim Americans have helped raise more than $66,000 to repair vandalized headstones at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to an online fundraising page, amid attacks and threats against Jewish institutions.

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British suicide bomber in Iraq had won compensation for Guantanamo stay

LONDON/CAIRO An Islamic State suicide bomber from Britain who blew himself up in an attack on Iraqi forces this week had been given compensation for his detention in the Guantanamo Bay military prison, Western security sources said on Wednesday.