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Pew: Hispanics before Trump inauguration split on issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Pew Research Center survey says more than half of Hispanic immigrants who were neither U.S. citizens nor legal permanent residents said they were concerned about their place in the United States....

Bills targeting transgender bathroom access are floundering
Bills to curtail transgender people's access to public restrooms are pending in about a dozen states, but even in conservative bastions such as Texas and Arkansas they may be doomed by high-powered opposition....

Dakota Access oil pipeline camp cleared of protesters
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) -- Authorities on Thursday cleared a protest camp where opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline had gathered for the better part of a year, searching tents and huts and arresting three dozen holdouts who had defied a government order to leave....

Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news....

Kansas man charged with murder in bar shooting
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, but authorities declined to say if the attack was racially-motivated....

Off-duty officer's fight with teens sets off protests
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- An off-duty California officer who didn't want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy and other youths, igniting unruly protests after video of the fight surfaced and two boys were arrested....

NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence....

Blacks and whites join in opposition to fees in Alabama city
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Blacks who celebrate the civil rights movement and whites who commemorate the Civil War are suddenly finding themselves fighting on the same side in historic Selma, Alabama: against City Hall....

Former tech CEO gets prison in US after self-exile in Africa
NEW YORK (AP) -- A wealthy former CEO who dodged securities fraud charges by spending a decade in Africa with a $50 million nest egg was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison by a judge in New York City who blasted him as "foolish" for hatching his scheme and fleeing justice for so long....

St. Louis ordinance seeks to pre-empt Missouri abortion laws
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A new ordinance in St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions," an effort by the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt a slew of anti-abortion measures advancing through Missouri's Republican-controlled Legislature....

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