WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving unresolved the issue of transgender rights in school settings. The court won't be deciding whether federal anti-discrimination law allows a Virginia high school senior to use the boys' bathroom. Gavin Grimm is a transgender teen whose court challenge tested the extent to which the federal law applies to transgender students. His ability to use the boys' bathroom was blocked by the policy of the county school board. A court ruled against that policy, but the Supreme Court put the ruling on hold in August before the school year began. It will now be up to a lower court in Virginia to decide the case.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq says a revised U.S. travel ban that removes the country from a list of Muslim-majority nations sends a "positive message" about the future of bilateral relations as the two countries work to combat the Islamic State group. An earlier version of the travel ban, which was signed in January before being suspended by the courts, banned Iraqis and the citizens of six other countries from entering the United States. The move sparked anger among many Iraqis, and prompted lawmakers to call for a reciprocal order banning Americans from Iraq. The new draft order, being signed today, doesn't include Iraq. It will temporarily stop entry into the country for people from the six other countries who are seeking new visas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has renewed its global terrorism warning for American citizens abroad, urging them to stay vigilant in public places and boost their security awareness. The latest "worldwide caution" released by the department today makes no substantial changes to the one it replaces that was issued in September. The routine renewal is, however, the first of the Trump administration. It notes that terrorists "are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds," including with edged weapons, pistols and vehicles. The warning highlights dangers in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East as well as in the western hemisphere.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House trade adviser Peter Navarro says reducing America's huge trade deficits would deliver stronger economic growth and improve national security. Speaking at an economics conference, Navarro argued that China and other trading partners use the proceeds from export sales to buy U.S. companies and technology, reducing America's self-reliance. He says, for example, that only one U.S. company is capable of repairing the propellers on Navy submarines. And he raised the prospect of the U.S. losing the next Cold War "not by shots being fired but by cash registers ringing."
NEW YORK (AP) — Tens of thousands of chickens have been destroyed at a Tennessee chicken farm due to a bird flu outbreak, and 30 other farms within a six-mile radius are being quarantined. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 73,500 chickens were destroyed and will not enter the food system. The bird flu can be deadly to chickens and turkeys. The breeder supplies Tyson Foods Inc. The company said that it doesn't expect its chicken business to be disrupted, but shares of the Springdale, Arkansas, food producer slid 3 percent in early trading.