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Compromise to undo 'bathroom law' passes key hurdle
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is intended to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections....

'Bathroom bill' could cost North Carolina more NCAA events
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Basketball-mad North Carolina is bracing for what could be another costly hit from its "bathroom bill" as the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports....

Crews to investigate head-on crash that killed 13 in Texas
CONCAN, Texas (AP) -- Federal officials on Thursday began an investigation into a head-on collision between a pickup truck and small church bus in southwest Texas that crumpled the front of the bus and killed 13 senior adults returning from a church retreat....

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday....

Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef
NEW YORK (AP) -- Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef....

'Angel of Death' serial killer dies after attack in prison
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- A serial killer known as the "Angel of Death" after he admitted killing three dozen hospital patients in Ohio and Kentucky died Thursday, two days after investigators said he was attacked in prison, Ohio's prisons department said....

Helicopter joins search for 91-year-old Pennsylvania judge
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- State police took to the air Thursday as the search intensified for a 91-year-old federal judge who suffers from memory loss and was reported missing from his northeastern Pennsylvania home....

'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Their hug was silent, their smiles broad. After more than six weeks in custody, a Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was freed Wednesday pending deportation proceedings....

The Latest: Spacewalking astronauts lose piece of shielding
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on a spacewalk at the International Space Station (all times local):...

Distraction cited as pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year - the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday....

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Compromise to undo 'bathroom law' passes key hurdle