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Transgender policy reversal...Famine catastrophe warning...Powerball numbers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 22, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying it's pushing for an "open and inclusive process to take place at the local level," the Trump administration has reversed an Obama administration directive calling for schools to allow transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity. The head of the civil rights group Lambda Legal says Donald Trump is a bully and "his attack on transgender children is a new low."

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has visited a suburban St. Louis Jewish cemetery where more than 150 headstones were damaged earlier in the week. Pence said there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism." There's been an outpouring of community support. Volunteers are helping with cleanup. Muslim groups have launched a crowdfunding campaign.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Justice Department has joined Texas' attorney general in asking a federal court to delay a hearing on the state's voter ID law. That's the latest signal that the federal government might drop its opposition to the law now that Donald Trump is president.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says $4.4 billion is needed by the end of March to prevent "a catastrophe" of hunger and famine in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Just $90 million has been collected so far. Guterres says more than 20 million people are going hungry in those four countries. UNICEF has warned that almost 1.4 million children are at "imminent risk of death."

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that's climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months. The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. During Wednesday night's drawing, it was announced that the jackpot jumped to an estimated $435 million.

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