Texas, Maine and nine other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.
The lawsuit announced Wednesday includes Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. The challenge, which asks a judge to declare the directive unlawful, follows a federal directive to U.S. schools this month.
The Obama administration has "conspired to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights," the lawsuit reads.
Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."
The inspector general's review on Wednesday also revealed that hacking attempts led forced then-Secretary of State Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the investigation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t made a decision about endorsing Donald Trump, NBC News reported.
"I haven't made a decision," Ryan told reporters in an off-camera briefing Wednesday. "I don't have a timeline in my mind."
A spokesperson for Ryan shot down accounts that an endorsement was imminent.
Ryan announced earlier this month he was “not ready” to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee. But he says his team is working closely with Trump’s campaign, saying the two staffs meet “virtually every day.”
Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have questioned four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who may have planned new attacks in the country.
All four suspects were charged with participating in the activities of a terrorist group, the Federal Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. Two were ordered arrested by an investigating judge, but one of them was released with an electronic bracelet. The other two were released under strict conditions.
The statement said the four don't appear to have links to the suicide bombers who struck the Brussels Airport and subway on March 22, killing 32 people.
Seven adults and one juvenile have been arrested in the wake of Donald Trump's Wednesday rally in Anaheim after police declared an unlawful assembly of protesters outside the event.
The announcement to disperse or face arrest from a police helicopter came after shouting matches erupted between dozens of Trump opponents and a few Trump supporters outside the Anaheim Convention Center, where the candidate was speaking.
The protests began as a small but vocal group of people demonstrating amid a heavy police presence to guard against a repeat of raucous demonstrations at other Trump events.
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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be in Southern California again Wednesday during the run-up to the California primary next month.
Clinton will attend an Orange County "organizing event" at 10:15 a.m. PT at the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 324 in Buena Park before heading north for a rally in Salinas. She also will appear on the "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" broadcast Wednesday after a guest appearance taped Tuesday.
Sanders will be at a midday rally in Cathedral City in Riverside County, then return to Los Angeles County for a late-afternoon event at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster. This will be the fourth consecutive day Sanders has campaigned in Los Angeles or Orange counties in advance of the June 7 California primary.
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More than half of downtown Seattle was left in the dark Wednesday because of an equipment failure, NBC News reported.
The power outage forced employees in the city’s commercial district to stop working and powerless traffic signals caused delays.
About 60 percent of downtown Seattle was affected, according to the city’s public transportation system.
Crews were still investigating what caused the outage.
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Oakland police believe that a headless, limbless torso found near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Wednesday afternoon has been in the water for at least a month and on the rocks for a couple of days, based on the rate of its decomposition.
Oakland Police Department spokesperson Johnna Watson said investigators believe the torso might be of a young man, but it will take a few days to determine the age and gender.
The torso was discovered on rocks near the bay by a contract worker who was in the area, Watson said. She said the worker was on lunch break taking pictures of the bridge when he noticed the torso off of Burma Road near the foot of the eastern span of the bridge.
Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House of Representatives Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., tried to strike that proposal from a spending bill, but lost a 247-169 vote that broke mostly along party lines. He says the plan would pump too much water to Central Valley growers at the expense of the inland Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
The vote was a victory for Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., and other Republicans, who represent communities where the farm economy is badly suffering from a longstanding drought.
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Gisele Bundchen is fighting for sea turtles.
The United Nations said Wednesday that the Brazilian supermodel has been named a goodwill ambassador as part of an unprecedented global campaign to fight the illegal trafficking of wildlife entitled "Wild for Life."
"Knowledge is power and now is the time to set our minds to ending all illegal wildlife trade before the choice is no longer in our hands. Today, I am giving my name to change the game for sea turtles," Bundchen said in a statement.
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A link may have been discovered between antibiotics fed to livestock and global warming, according to a study published this week, NBC News reported.
Researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder helped conduct the study, and fed antibiotics to 10 cows in Finland.
According to the study, the manure from cattle fed a common antibiotic produced even more methane than normal. The antibiotics kill off bacteria that compete with methane-producing microbes, the researchers reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
"We know that there are negative consequences of antibiotics, particularly this effect of antibiotic resistance," said researcher Tobin Hammer. "But this was a pretty unexpected link between antibiotics and this other important environmental issue that we care about — greenhouse gases."
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A gunman armed with a rifle, body armor and extra ammunition opened fire on vehicles on a highway in the Phoenix outskirts, leaving at least two people injured before police captured him near a stolen car that crashed into a ditch, authorities said Wednesday. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials identified the suspect as James David Walker, 36, of San Tan Valley. They said Walker was being booked into the downtown Phoenix jail on suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, endangerment, armed robbery, theft of means of transportation and possession of dangerous drugs with additional charges pending.