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States will now decide on transgender bathroom rights in schools ...McCain visits Syria... Ryan goes to US-Mexico border

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender students are losing federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Trump administration came down on the side of states' rights on Wednesday, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the decision means President Donald Trump "cannot be trusted to defend the rights of LGBT Americans."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain, who is one of President Donald Trump's harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria last week to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists. The Arizona Republican recently has expressed concern over how national security decisions are being handled. McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee,

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — In the words of House Speaker Paul Ryan, "Congress is committed to securing the border and enforcing our laws, and together with the Trump administration, we will get this done." Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the Trump administration steps up immigration enforcement and prepares to ask Congress to pay for a border wall. It's the first time Ryan has visited the border. He was met by protesters at McAllen, Texas.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land but state officials say about 50 people remain. Authorities say police did take about 10 people into custody for failing to heed commands to leave. They were arrested outside the camp. Officers have not entered the camp and have offered no timetable for doing so.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sports doctor who treated elite female U.S. gymnasts is charged with sexually assaulting girls. Roughly two dozen charges were filed today against Dr. Larry Nassar. They're the first criminal cases related to his work at Michigan State University where he was the preferred doctor for gymnasts in the region who had back or hip injuries. He's also being sued by dozens of women and girls. Nassar, who is 53, has denied the abuse,

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