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11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

| The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia.

Women leaders no longer a rarity in today's Navy


Having women command Navy warships is routine, but it wasn't always that way. And now the last restrictions keeping them from direct combat have been dropped.

Mirrors spark fire at world's largest solar-thermal plant


Firefighters had to climb about 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System after the fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage


Enrique Pena Nieto said he signed initiatives that would seek to add same-sex marriage provisions to Mexico's constitution and the national civil code.

Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute


The Supreme Court rid itself of a dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control, asking lower courts to take another look.

When a transgender person uses a public restroom, who is at risk?


Supporters of North Carolina's "bathroom law" say it blocks sexual predators' access to victims. There's little evidence backing that, while research suggests transgender people face greater threats.

California Amtrak train slams into pickup, killing 3 men


The collision happened in Madera County north of Fresno surrounded by vineyards. The unidentified men were in their late 20s or early 30s.

Black tar's dangerous rise: from Mexico's heroin fields to the streets of LA


A potent form of heroin, known as black tar, is flooding the market in Southern California and could signal an alarming trend in the opioid epidemic in the country.

How could Brazil's political crisis affect the rest of Latin America?


Latin America's largest economy and most populous country reached a new level in its political crisis – and it comes at a critical time, just month's before playing host to the Olympics.