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North Carolina legislature replaces transgender bathroom law

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North Carolina legislators on Thursday repealed a law regulating bathroom use for transgender people, hoping to lure back businesses and sports leagues that boycotted the Southern state because they saw the year-old law as discriminatory. | Video

Environmental groups sue Trump administration for approving Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON Several environmental groups filed lawsuits against the Trump administration on Thursday to challenge its decision to approve construction of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

Kansas governor vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

The governor of Kansas on Thursday vetoed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) because the measure was not fiscally responsible and would still fund Planned Parenthood.

U.S. threat to 'sanctuary' city funds likely to have little impact: S&P

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to strip Justice Department grants from cities and local governments that shield illegal immigrants from deportation would have minimal impact on municipal credit ratings, according to S&P Global Ratings.

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'El Chapo' prison conditions worst in U.S., prevent proper defense -lawyers

Held without access to sunlight or his relatives, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is under more restrictive captivity than any other U.S. prisoner and it is difficult to mount a defense, his court appointed lawyers said on Thursday.

World, Mexico, 2:46pm EDT

Court approves stalking horse bid for Trump Tower in Toronto

TORONTO An Ontario court judge on Thursday approved the sale of a downtown Toronto hotel and condominium high-rise bearing U.S. President Donald Trump's name to the tower's main debt holder, according to documents posted on the receiver's website.

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

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 12:14pm EDT

SEC: Flint, Michigan pastor defrauded churchgoers, laid-off auto workers

A Flint, Michigan pastor has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with running a $6.7 million fraud in which he misled churchgoers, retirees and laid-off auto workers hoping for real estate riches by appealing to their faith.

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Seven added to U.S. terrorism list, including jailed British preacher

WASHINGTON A high-profile British Islamist preacher who was sentenced to prison last year for inviting support for the Islamic State militancy was added to the U.S. global counter-terrorism list, the U.S. Treasury said on Thursday.

World, 1:01pm EDT

Senate votes to repeal Labor Dept. municipal retirement plan rule

WASHINGTON A divided U.S. Senate on Thursday sent a resolution to the president's desk killing a Labor Department regulation aimed at lightening federal restrictions for new municipally sponsored retirement savings plans for lower-income workers.

Politics, Election 2016 12:18pm EDT

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