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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the military and intelligence agencies are focused and that the U.S. will win the war on terror. Obama was given an update Wednesday at CIA headquarters by national security advisers. He noted successful strikes against extremists in locations including Yemen and Somalia. He said the U.S. will do what it can to support Syrian peace talks being held in Geneva.

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials say there's enough evidence to show that the Zika virus causes a birth defect called microcephaly (my-kroh-SEF'-uh-lee) and other brain abnormalities. Babies with microcephaly have abnormally small heads and brain damage. The virus, transmitted mainly by mosquitoes, is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean. Pregnant women are being advised to avoid the regions.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools officials say elevated lead or copper levels have been found in 19 schools amid ongoing testing. The district began collecting water samples two weeks ago. A spokeswoman said at the time that a number of factors, including the lead-tainted water crisis in nearby Flint, led to "proactive and precautionary" testing.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Transgender people say a South Carolina bill requiring them to use a public bathroom corresponding to their "biological sex" puts them in danger of harassment and violence, while supporters contend it protects children's safety. The overwhelming majority of people attending a state Senate hearing opposed the measure. It mimics part of a North Carolina law that has brought a national backlash.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A handful of former contestants on the reality show "The Apprentice" say Republican Donald Trump should not be president. Six contestants from the TV show are planning a news conference on Friday. In statements, the contestants slammed Trump's rhetoric as divisive and accused him of running a "campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate."

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