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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools. The judge in Fort Worth issued the preliminary injunction yesterday. Texas and 12 other states asked the judge to step in after the federal government told U.S. public schools in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just yesterday that Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, insisted that Trump "doesn't hurl personal insults." But today, Trump is back on Twitter, taking aim at the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe." He says Mika Brzezinski is "off the wall, a neurotic and not-very-bright mess." And the show, he says, is "unwatchable." He also suggested he has damaging information about Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough -- something Trump has claimed about others in the past, without ever producing that information.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says all Russian warplanes that were based in Iran, from which they launched airstrikes in Syria, have returned back to Russia. The ministry says that as long as Iran agrees, Russia could use the Iranian air base again "depending on the situation" in Syria. Russia first announced last week that its planes had flown combat missions from Iran.

PARIS (AP) — France's former conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy (sar-koh-ZEE') has formally announced he is running for the presidency again in next year's elections. In an excerpt of a book released on his Facebook page, he said he has "the force to wage this battle" at what he calls a "tormented time of history." He's expected to lead a campaign based on hardline ideas on immigration and security in a country marked by recent terror attacks. Sarkozy lost the presidential election to Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') in 2012 after his first term.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wildfire that has burned some homes west of Spokane, Washington, doubled in size overnight as it raged uncontained. Fire officials tell a TV station (KHQ) that the fire in Lincoln County scorched more than 15 square miles by this morning. People in the community of Wellpinit have been told to evacuate. The town also lost power, making the battle by firefighters more difficult. Two other wildfires are burning in the Spokane region, also causing evacuations and destroying an unknown number of buildings.

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