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Iraqi police vs. IS ... Top US officials in Mexico ... Dakota Access holdouts

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 1:44 a.m.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say the country's militarized federal police forces have entered Mosul International Airport, taking over the runway amid fierce clashes with the Islamic State group. The advance is part of a major assault that started five days ago to drive IS militants from the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are scheduled to meet today with top Mexican officials, including President Enrique Pena Nieto. President Donald Trump sent the two to Mexico on a mission to mend fences complicated by the actual one he wants to build on the border between the two countries.

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Some holdouts remain at the Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp — about 25 to 50, according to North Dakota's governor. Officials are pleading with the protesters who are left to pack up and leave. Most of the campers marched out of the area ahead of yesterday's deadline. Authorities arrested 10 people who defied the order in a final show of dissent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It will now be up to states and school districts to determine whether students use restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity, or with their biological sex. The Trump administration has lifted Obama-era federal guidelines that Republicans had characterized as an example of overreach.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a California law that allows actors and other entertainment professionals to force a popular website to remove their ages. The law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last year was intended to prevent age discrimination in Hollywood. It affected the Internet Movie Database, which provides information about movies, TV shows and their casts and crews.

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