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Federal judge in Hawaii extends court order blocking Trump travel ban

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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.

North Carolina lawmakers reach deal to repeal transgender bathroom law

North Carolina Republican lawmakers said late on Wednesday they had reached a deal to repeal the state's controversial law prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms in accordance with their gender identities.

Politics, Election 2016, 12:51am EDT

At least 13 killed after Texas church bus crash

AUSTIN, Texas At least 13 people were killed and two others 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.

12:49am EDT

California to seek death penalty in salon massacre

LOS ANGELES California's attorney general said on Wednesday his office would press ahead in seeking the death penalty for a man who pleaded guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage, even though local prosecutors were sanctioned for acting improperly.

Mar 29 2017

U.S. judge to consider objection to Trump University settlement

NEW YORK A U.S. judge will hear arguments on Thursday over whether to grant final approval to a $25 million settlement of fraud lawsuits against President Donald Trump over his Trump University real estate investment seminars, with at least one former student objecting to the deal.

Politics, Election 2016, Mar 29 2017

Bedbugs, peacocks add to uptick in U.S. animal insurance claims

Bedbugs in hotel rooms and aggressive peacocks are some of the creatures behind an uptick in animal-related insurance claims filed by U.S. businesses, according to a study published on Thursday by insurer Allianz SE.

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State Department employee charged in making contacts with Chinese agents

WASHINGTON A U.S. State Department employee with access to sensitive information was accused of failing to report contacts with Chinese foreign intelligence agents who provided her with gifts in exchange for diplomatic and economic information, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. | Video

Mar 29 2017

Seattle sues Trump administration over threat to 'sanctuary' cities

SEATTLE The city of Seattle sued U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday over its executive order seeking to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary cities," arguing it amounted to unconstitutional federal coercion.

Mar 29 2017

Natural gas line ruptures in Providence, Rhode Island: local media

A high-pressure natural gas line ruptured near the Manchester Street Power Station in Providence, Rhode Island on Wednesday, according to a local media report.

Mar 29 2017

Mexican state attorney general arrested in San Diego on drug charges

LOS ANGELES The attorney general of Mexico's Pacific coast state of Nayarit, hard hit by drug cartel violence in recent years, has been arrested in San Diego on U.S. narcotics trafficking conspiracy charges, federal officials said on Wednesday.

Mar 29 2017

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