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California governor approves gender-neutral restrooms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral. The measure requires that businesses and governments post non-gender-specific signs on single-occupant restrooms by March 1, 2017.

Voters Choosing Among 'Lesser of Two Evils,' Survey Finds

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- During a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday, Hillary Clinton called attention to a common theme in this contentious presidential campaign season: voting for one candidate solely because of a disdain for the other. "I want this election to be about something, not against somebody," Clinton said to a crowd of 2,000 at an outdoor park where Trump supporters protested across the street.

Markets Finish Flat on Thursday

(NEW YORK) -- A projected price increase pushed stocks lower on Thursday. The Dow closed down 196 points to close at 18,143.45. The NASDAQ fell 49 to close the session at 5,269.15 and the S&P gave up 20 to end the day at 2,151.13. Healthcare stocks took a plunge with EpiPen maker Mylan giving up more than 2 dollars a share.

Lady Gaga Confirms She'll Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is headed back to the Super Bowl, this time as the headliner of the halftime show. The pop star and the NFL confirmed Thursday night that she will perform during the halftime show of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017. The big game will be broadcast on Fox. Gaga, referring to her new single "Perfect Illusion," tweeted , "It's not an illusion.

LEADING OFF: Wild-card chases in AL and NL, rainy forecasts

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: ___ AL CHASE Toronto (at Boston, facing 22-game winner Rick Porcello) and Baltimore (at Yankee Stadium) hold the top two wild-card spots in the American League going into the final weekend of the regular season schedule. Detroit (at Atlanta) is next in line. NL RACE The Mets control the top NL wild-card slot as rookie Robert Gsellman starts at Philadelphia.

Nick Hillary's Daughter Says Race Was 'Definitely' a Factor in Garrett Phillips Murder Case

(POTSDAM, N.Y.) -- Nick Hillary, one of the small number of black men in the small upstate New York village of Potsdam, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in the murder of his white ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old son. While Hillary is now a free man, to his eldest child, 19-year-old Shanna, race "definitely [did] play a factor" in the murder accusation that turned Hillary's life upside-down.

Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting

CAIRO (AP) -- An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies.

Lady Gaga will perform during Super Bowl halftime show

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's official: Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL and Pepsi announced Thursday that the pop star will take the stage Feb. 5 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Gaga sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year in Santa Clara, California. Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay headlined the halftime show. Gaga will release a new album, "Joanne," on Oct. 21.

University of Alberta Responds to Racist Signage

(EDMONTON, Canada) -- The University of Alberta found a unique way of responding to a racist incident.   Students and faculty were shocked when someone put up posters of a Sikh man with the phrase "F*** your Turban" and wanted to do something to flight such blatant racism. Rafaela Mancuso and hundreds of others put together and event called "Turban, eh?" "This is more than I thought, they brought everyone," Mancuso said.

Rainout in Cleveland could affect AL wild card race...Browns Gordon enters rehab

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Today's game between the Tigers and Indians in Detroit has been postponed by rain. Detroit starts the day a game back of Baltimore for the final wild card in the American League. The game will be made up Monday if it impacts who makes the playoffs, or the seedings. CLEVELAND (AP) -- Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon says he's entering a rehab facility to "gain full control of my life.

Europe sends out its heavy (Olympic) medal at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) -- Europe is sending out some heavy metal to start the Ryder Cup -- Justin Rose and his Olympic gold with Henrik Stenson and his silver claret jug. Captain Darren Clarke put his strongest partnership in the opening foursomes match Friday morning at Hazeltine. Rose and Stenson won all three of their matches together at Gleneagles two years ago.

David Ortiz given standing ovation in Yankee Stadium finale

NEW YORK (AP) -- Playing in the Bronx one last time, Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was given a 30-second standing ovation at Yankee Stadium instead of the usual boos. There were many fans in Red Sox colors in Thursday night's crowd, which chanted his nickname "Pa-pi! Pa-pi!" Only a smattering of booing could be heard.

Vontaze Burfict active for Bengals' game vs Dolphins

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Linebacker Vontaze Burfict was active Thursday night for the Cincinnati Bengals' game against the Miami Dolphins. Burfict was suspended by the NFL for the first three games because of illegal hits. He was added to the roster Thursday morning. Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) and tight end Tyler Eifert were inactive. Eifert returned to practice on a limited basis last week after recovering from ankle surgery.

Thank You for Being a (Plastic) Friend

Funko - 2016 (NEW YORK) -- As it is every year, next week's New York Comic Con is famous for its exclusive products -- that is, toys and other items that you can only buy there, which in turn causes massive lines of fans waiting to get their hands on them.  This year, however, the company Funko is releasing action figures of four unlikely heroines that will have geeks clamoring: Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sofia.

Parks close Halloween ride amid charges of stereotyping

BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) -- More than 3,000 people have signed a petition asking Knott's Berry Farm to reopen a Halloween horror attraction that was closed after mental health advocates said it was insensitive to the mentally ill. The virtual reality attraction was shut down this week at Knott's in Buena Park, California's Great America in Santa Clara and Canada's Wonderland near Toronto.

White House Slams Congress for 'Buyer's Remorse' Over 9/11 Bill

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House slammed Congress for questioning the effects of a bill that would allow individuals to sue foreign governments after overriding President Obama's veto of the measure, saying that lawmakers were beginning to have "buyer's remorse" and saying that "ignorance is not an excuse.