U.S. Supreme Court takes up transgender rights case

A sign protesting a recent North Carolina law restricting transgender bathroom access in Durham, North CarolinaBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed for the first time to rule on transgender rights in a case in which a Virginia public school district is fighting to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys' bathroom. The justices agreed to hear the Gloucester County School Board's appeal of a lower court's April 19 ruling that transgender students are protected under U.S. laws barring sex-based discrimination. The case involves a 17-year-old transgender student named Gavin Grimm, who identifies as male and sued to win the right to use the school's boys' bathroom.

Three in Florida, Virginia charged with criminal voter fraud

An election volunteer holds a box outside Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York CityThe charges targeted a Florida woman and a Virginia man accused of filing bogus voter registration forms and a Florida woman alleged to have tampered with absentee ballots she was opening at the Miami-Dade Elections Department. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has charged in recent weeks that the election will be rigged in favor of Democrat Hillary Clinton, though he has shown no proof for these claims and many Republicans have called them unfounded.

New Jersey's 'Bridgegate' defendants executed 'vicious' scheme: prosecutor

Kelly, former deputy chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, arrives to testify in the Bridgegate trial at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, New JerseyBridget Kelly, the governor's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, abused their power to create a massive traffic jam in order to punish a local mayor for failing to back Christie's re-election campaign, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee Cortes told jurors in Newark, New Jersey. "As cruel and callous as that scheme was, what makes it unlawful was that they misused government resources to carry it out," Cortes said in closing arguments at federal court in Newark, New Jersey.

Correction: Twitter-In Need Of Change story

This Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, photo shows a sign at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Twitter announced Thursday it is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide. The company's third quarter performance topped Wall Street's expectations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)NEW YORK (AP) ? In a story Oct. 27 about changes awaiting Twitter users, The Associated Press misidentified the Twitter user who made comparisons to YouTube. The remarks came from Brant Moeller, CEO of a Brooklyn-based creative agency, rather than New York attorney Danny Mann.

The Latest: First lawsuit filed in deadly casino bus crash

In this Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, photo, a parked truck marks the road to the Red Earth Casino in Thermal, Calif. Bus tours have been a fixture across the American landscape for years, shuttling gamblers from cities to rural places casinos are located, particularly in California where tribal operations are often hours away. Gamblers usually get $20 to $30 in tokens or casino credits. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Latest on a casino bus crash that killed 13 people near Palm Springs (all times local):

APNewsBreak: Man's mom doesn't blame police for shooting

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ? A man killed during an armed confrontation with police in a Montana hotel had stopped taking medications needed for his mental illness and may have been on illegal drugs, according to the man's mother, who said she does not hold police responsible for his death.

Pa. Turnpike closure in Bristol Twp. may last through rush hour

Pa. Turnpike closure in Bristol Twp. may last through rush hourDowned power lines have shut down the Pennsylvania Turnpike in both directions between the Delaware Valley and Bensalem interchanges in Bristol Township.

Former Putin aide's curious death in DC deemed an accident

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Nearly a year after the curious death of a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Washington hotel room, authorities announced Friday that he died accidentally from numerous bodily injuries after "days of excessive consumption of alcohol."

TripAdvisor gets feds' OK to book travel services to Cuba

NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) ? Travel website TripAdvisor announced Friday that it can now help you book a flight to Cuba, find a place to stay there and see the attractions it has to offer.

Crossing guard killed by truck may have been shielding child

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) ? Authorities in New York say a longtime crossing guard has been struck and killed by a tractor-trailer.

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