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11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity....

The Latest: Tiny Texas school district joins in lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on 11 states suing the Obama administrative over a federal directive about transgender students in public schools (all times local):...

The Latest: More bad weather, maybe twisters, due in Plains
DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) -- The Latest on severe weather affecting parts of the central U.S. (all times local):...

South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization....

TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday....

What to know about long lines at airport security
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fliers should brace for long waits at airport security over the holiday weekend. In recent weeks, some major airports saw wait times exceeding 90 minutes at peak hours, and passengers missed flights waiting to get through security....

A wrestler, a website and maybe a billionaire go to the mat
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Is Hulk Hogan's courtroom cage match with Gawker being bankrolled by a high-tech billionaire with a grudge against the news-and-gossip site?...

Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death....

Gunman captured after shootings on Phoenix-area highway
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) -- A gunman armed with a rifle, body armor and extra ammunition opened fire at cars on a highway in the Phoenix outskirts, leaving at least two people injured before police captured him near a stolen car that crashed into a ditch, authorities said Wednesday....

Documents: Hiker found dead in '15 survived at least 26 days
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Documents show an Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were found last year in Maine survived at least 26 days after getting lost. During that time, her texts went undelivered because of poor cell reception....

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A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
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Feds question Alabama governor's ex-law enforcement chief

Shipwreck from 1800s uncovered in Boston's Seaport District

The Latest: Alabama House Speaker's former staff chief talks

Chief Justice John Roberts speaks on diversity, consensus

Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, self; both die

Gunman captured after shootings on Phoenix-area highway

Feds say Turkish celebrity who faces prison is a flight risk

Phones fuel great growth potential for US Internet gambling

Protesters rally ahead of McDonald's shareholders' meeting

Ex-husband charged with murder of missing Florida woman