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Second U.S. judge halts Trump's ban on transgender troops

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A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounts to unconstitutional discrimination.

U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policies

BOSTON The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws by discriminating against Asian-American applicants.

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U.S. Rep. Conyers denies harassment allegation

WASHINGTON House of Representatives Democrats called for an investigation on Tuesday into allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt.

Politics, Election 2016, 2:33pm EST

Doubts linger after Florida's Scott pitches biggest budget

NEW YORK After deep cuts in spending for Florida schools and other public programs following the Great Recession, outgoing Republican Governor Rick Scott this month proposed an $87.4 billion budget he says boosts spending on some depleted services to record levels.

Politics, Election 2016, 10:22am EST

Additional remains found of U.S. soldier killed in Niger

WASHINGTON Investigators found additional human remains in early November of U.S. Army Sergeant La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush last month in Niger along with three other U.S. soldiers, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

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Smithsonian, Christo stole credit from top photographer, lawsuit says

NEW YORK The Smithsonian Institution and the artist Christo were sued on Tuesday by a New York photographer who accused them of stealing credit for his photos of "Running Fence," a 1976 installation that remains one of Christo's best-known works.

Arts 1:57pm EST

U.S. jury finds former Swiss banker not guilty of aiding tax fraud

NEW YORK A former Swiss banker was found not guilty on Tuesday of U.S. charges that he conspired to help Americans hide millions of dollars in offshore accounts to evade taxes.

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U.S. charges two with bribing African officials for China energy firm

WASHINGTON The United States has charged a former Senegalese foreign minister and a former top Hong Kong government official with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate with bribing high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts for the mainland company.

U.S. border officials violated court orders on travel ban: watchdog

WASHINGTON The Department of Homeland Security violated two court orders in the days after U.S. President Donald Trump issued a temporary travel ban on citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, according to the department's watchdog.

Politics, Election 2016, 11:26am EST

U.S. appeals court revives claims in $1.7 billion Iran terrorism lawsuit

NEW YORK A federal appeals court in New York on Tuesday revived part of a $1.68 billion lawsuit against Iran's central bank, Bank Markazi, by families of soldiers killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon.

World, 12:14pm EST

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