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APNewsBreak: Lawsuit says 'bathroom bill' effects still felt

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 07:10
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Transgender people in North Carolina are still effectively prevented from using restrooms matching their gender identity under a law that replaced the state's notorious "bathroom bill" earlier this year, according to a lawsuit filed Friday....

Burundi robotics teens may have 'self-initiated' vanishing

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:41
McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- Organizers of an international robotics competition in the U.S. capital believe the disappearance of six teens from Burundi may have been "self-initiated."...

Ex-Florida escort to be sentenced for trying to hire hit man

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 05:47
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A former Florida escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband could get up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Friday, perhaps ending a drawn-out case that drew notice for its startling videos and salacious characters....

Endurance athlete overcomes paralysis to race, coach again

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 03:47
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- When Beth Sanden crashed her bike after speeding over a wet, broken patch of asphalt 15 years ago, the elite endurance athlete was left paralyzed. She figured her competition days were over, along with her career as a personal trainer and triathlon coach....

Hot mics and neckties: Shareable OJ Simpson parole moments

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 03:12
The world watched live as O.J. Simpson convinced a Nevada parole board he should be released after spending nine years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel heist....

Statues to Confederacy in its ex-capital spur soul-searching

Associated Press News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 02:44
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- When a French artist's statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee arrived by train in Richmond in 1890, thousands helped haul the enormous pieces to what is today the city's grandest boulevard. Many took home pieces of the rope they used as souvenirs, so beloved was Lee as a top Confederate commander and native Virginia son....

US says ban on lap

Associated Press News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 18:33
DALLAS (AP) -- The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security....

US buildings, NFL stadium check panels amid fears of fire

Associated Press News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:13
In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air."...

Layoffs begin at Carrier plant that drew Trump's criticism

Associated Press News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:39
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump....

Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

Associated Press News - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 16:01
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts....