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Russia probe disagreements...Transgender restroom ruling...Egg lawsuit tossed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 27, 2017 at 6:50 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee says Congress should not begin what he says would be a McCarthy-style investigation based on news reports speculating about Trump campaign contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign. Rep. Devin Nunes says he's heard of no evidence so far. But there were revelations last week that the White House enlisted key lawmakers, including Nunes, to push back against news negative reports. Democrats say it's too early to make any conclusions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary. The vote was 72-27. Ross says he'll get busy on a White House priority, re-writing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Critics of the pact say it has boosted trade with Mexico and Canada, but at the expense of laid-off workers, especially in the Midwest.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge in Pittsburgh has ruled that three transgender students at a Pennsylvania high school can use bathrooms that correspond to their stated gender identities while their lawsuit challenging the school district's policy continues. The judge issued a preliminary injunction after deciding they were reasonably likely to win the case on equal protection grounds.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —A new survey suggests teens are almost as politically divided and disillusioned as their parents. The survey was conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research with the permission of the respondents' parents. Eight in 10 of the teens, ages 13 to 17, feel that Americans are divided when it comes to the nation's most important values and 6 in 10 say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to require labels on egg cartons indicating the conditions in which the chickens were raised. The court ruled that several federal agencies had acted reasonably in rejecting the labeling regulations. The suit was brought by animal advocacy groups and egg consumers who wanted the cartons to be carry the labels "Free-Range Eggs," ''Cage-Free Eggs" or "Eggs from Caged Hens."

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