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North Carolina Senate passes repeal of transgender bathroom law

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. North Carolina's Senate on Thursday approved a bill to retool a law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities, a measure that had triggered boycotts by companies and sports leagues. | Video

Fourth-quarter economic growth revised higher, boosted by consumer spending

WASHINGTON U.S. economic growth slowed less than previously reported in the fourth quarter as robust consumer spending spurred the largest increase in imports in two years.

9:38am EDT

Green groups sue Trump administration for approving Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON Six environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Thursday to challenge its decision to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Politics, Election 2016, 12:13pm EDT

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday vetoed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), saying he could not support legislation that provided tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Volkswagen settles 10 U.S. state diesel claims for $157 mln

WASHINGTON Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it has agreed to pay $157.45 million to settle environmental claims from 10 U.S. states over its excess diesel emissions, as the world's largest automaker looks to move past the scandal.

Environment 11:54am EDT

Federal judge in Hawaii extends court order blocking Trump travel ban

HONOLULU A federal judge in Hawaii indefinitely extended on Wednesday an order blocking enforcement of President Donald Trump's revised ban on travel to the United States from six predominantly Muslim countries.

Politics, Election 2016 6:46am EDT

At least 13 killed after Texas church bus crash

AUSTIN, Texas At least 13 people were killed, and two injured, when a Texas church bus carrying senior citizens collided head-on with another vehicle on Wednesday, the church and a Texas state trooper said. | Video

10:10am EDT

SpaceX to launch first reused rocket, testing cost-cutting model

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. SpaceX is aiming for another space industry first on Thursday when it plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that has flown before, a key step in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's quest to cut the cost of space flight.

Science, Tech 9:47am EDT

U.S. awards AT&T contract to build wireless network for first responders

The United States on Thursday awarded a contract to AT&T Inc to build a nationwide wireless broadband network to better equip first responders, years after a federal commission recommended setting up such a system following the 9/11 attacks.

Tech 11:00am EDT

Gulf airlines Etihad, Qatar work around U.S. cabin laptops ban

DUBAI Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways are lending some passengers laptop computers and tablets to use on board following the U.S. ban on most electronics devices from being taken into the cabin on United States-bound flights.

11:24am EDT

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