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Transgender protections lifted...Indonesian inequality...Panda's new home

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 22, 2017 at 10:40 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (dih-VAHS') says the issue of transgender student restrooms and locker rooms is "best solved at the state and local level." The Trump administration on Wednesday reversed an Obama administration guideline calling on schools to give transgender access in accordance with expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is denying that its agents masterminded the assassination of the half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un. A statement says a Malaysian investigation into the death of one of its nationals is full of "holes and contradictions." Malaysian police say they're seeking two more North Koreans, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, in connection with the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A report on inequality in Indonesia says its four richest men now have more wealth than 100 million of the country's poorest people. The report by Oxfam says Indonesia, with a population of more than 250 million, has the sixth-worst inequality in the world. The report says extreme poverty has declined sharply since 2000 but 93 million Indonesians still live on less than $3.10 a day.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA says another attempt will be made on Thursday by SpaceX to deliver its shipment to the International Space Station. Following an otherwise smooth flight, a navigation error forced SpaceX to back off on Wednesday. SpaceX's supply ship, the Dragon, was less than a mile from the orbiting outpost when a problem cropped up in the GPS system. The approach was aborted.

BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda is settling into her new home in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program. Bao Bao (bow bow) was born at the National Zoo in Washington to pandas on loan from China. The 3-year-old landed in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province after a 16-hour flight. Keepers will work on helping Bao Bao adapt to local bamboo and Chinese steamed bread made from corn, soybeans, rice and eggs.

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