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Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

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AUSTIN, Texas The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

Robert Durst unfaithful to wife before her disappearance, friend says

LOS ANGELES Real estate scion Robert Durst and his wife were unfaithful to each other before she went missing in 1982, a friend of Durst said in court on Tuesday, in testimony that could be used by prosecutors to show there was discord in the marriage.

Jul 25 2017

Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S.

Fire crews gained ground on Tuesday against a nearly week-old wildfire that has torched more than two dozens buildings and charred hundreds of square miles of Montana prairie and is currently the biggest fire burning in the United States.

Environment Jul 25 2017

Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges

LOS ANGELES The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said.

Jul 25 2017

Survivors of Texas truck where 10 immigrants died seek to trade testimony for visas

AUSTIN, Texas/NEW YORK Some of the illegal immigrants who survived a deadly human-smuggling journey into Texas are seeking visas to stay in the United States in exchange for testimony against those responsible for an operation that killed 10 people on a sweltering truck, a lawyer said on Tuesday.

Jul 25 2017

Wisconsin company offers employees microchip implants

A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine.

Tech Jul 25 2017

L.A. man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

LOS ANGELES A Los Angeles man was arrested on Tuesday after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters.

Oddly Enough, Jul 25 2017

New York subway chief unveils emergency plan for 'failing' system

NEW YORK The head of New York City's subway asked the city and state for $836 million on Tuesday to immediately stabilize the century-old underground transit system, plus another $8 billion for capital improvements.

Jul 25 2017

Warrant in Minnesota police shooting says woman slapped squad car

A woman slapped the back of police squad car just before the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minneapolis, according to newly released court documents.

Australia Jul 25 2017

Trump speech to Boy Scouts raises ire of parents, former Scouts

NEW YORK President Donald Trump's campaign-style address to the Boy Scouts of America touched off a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday as parents and former Scouts decried a speech peppered with partisan attacks and ridicule of "fake media."

Jul 25 2017

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