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Ecuador quake hit hard...US official talks about Zika virus... NC governor defends law affecting transgender people



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QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The number of casualties from Ecuador's powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake is expected to rise. The country's vice president says there's a long list of missing people authorities are looking for. He says 246 people are confirmed dead and more than 2,500 are injured. The quake struck Saturday evening in a sparsely populated coastal area with tourist beaches.

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Legislators pushing to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are approaching victory, with a wide margin more than half way through the voting in the Chamber of Deputies. The pro-impeachment camp is leading 236 to 84 more than two hours into voting. If they win, the proceedings move to the Senate. There lawmakers will vote on whether to hold a trial.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top public health official says any talk about women in the United States delaying pregnancy because of fears about the Zika (ZEE'-kuh) virus "is not even an issue for discussion at this point." Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee) of the National Institutes of Health says there's been no local transmission of the virus in the U. S. The mosquito-borne virus can cause birth defects.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —North Carolina's governor says the media have wrongly conflated his state's law barring transgender access to public bathrooms with religious rights legislation in other states. Gov. Pat McCrory tells NBC that the law allows private businesses to set their own policies and doesn't allow merchants with religious objections to deny service to customers.

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — There will be no production freeze by the oil-rich nations -- at least for now. At a summit in Qatar that just ended, 18 oil-producing nations said they need "more time" before agreeing to a freeze. Iran didn't attend. Meanwhile, crude oil prices are taking a hit as a result of the no-decision. U.S. crude and Brent crude were both down more than five percent early Monday.

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