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Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate....

Conservatives welcome Trump with delight _ and wariness
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House....

Trump sends top aides to Mexico amid deep strains with US
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Donald Trump dispatched his top diplomat and homeland security chief to Mexico on Wednesday on a fence-mending mission complicated by the actual fence he wants to build on the southern border. Mexico's government signaled it was in no mood to be lectured by the new U.S. administration....

Analysis: As China ups heat on NKorea, US faces questions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- China's surprising suspension of North Korean coal imports puts pressure not only on Pyongyang, but also on President Donald Trump. The question for him: Should the U.S. respond with new North Korea negotiations?...

DNC race remains tight as energized Democrats combat Trump
ATLANTA (AP) -- Just days before Democratic activists pick a new party chair, the contest to head the Democratic National Committee remains fluid, as national leaders grapple with how to turn an outpouring of liberal protest against President Donald Trump into political gains....

Kansas lawmakers scramble for budget fix after tax hike veto
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas legislators pushing to roll back Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's signature income tax cuts scrambled Wednesday to find a new plan to fix the state's dire budget problems after he vetoed their bill....

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection....

Emails: EPA's Pruitt cozy with fossil fuel industry
WASHINGTON (AP) -- While serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions, newly released emails show....

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall....

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities....

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Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Washington, after the Department of Education and the Justice Department announce plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Up to the Minute
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Proposed DNC resolution mocks FBI Director James Comey

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South Dakota tries to limit outsiders' money in initiatives

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Essay: Of Kennedys and Kings _ and Lincolns, too

A worried America chooses its course for change

Finally: Decision time for a deeply divided USA

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