U.S. Supreme Court takes up transgender rights case
By 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
The 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
Bridget 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
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
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
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.