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Bathroom break ... US-Mexico meeting ... VP visits vandalized cemetery

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 2:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students. They say the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that's best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet today with top Mexican officials, including President Enrique Pena Nieto (PAYN'-yuh nee-EH'-toh).

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. He said there is "no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism." The cemetery posted on Facebook that 154 headstones were vandalized in the damage discovered Monday.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say federal police forces have seized control of the runway at Mosul International Airport amid fierce clashes with the Islamic State group. The advance is part of a major assault to drive IS militants from the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

BEIJING (AP) — An American-born panda has started 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 on Wednesday after a 16-hour flight in a Boeing 777.

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