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What happens if Trump pulls transgender bathroom guidance?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration could revise or withdraw an Obama-era directive requiring public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday the Justice Department is working on a new set of guidelines on bathroom access but offered no other details.

Trump administration working on trans bathroom guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is working on a new set of directives on the use of school bathrooms by transgender students, the White House said Tuesday. The announcement alarmed LGBT groups across the country that have urged President Donald Trump to safeguard Obama-era guidelines allowing students to use school restrooms that match their gender identity, not their assigned gender at birth.

State lawmakers fear backlash from giving themselves a raise

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Want to complain to your legislators about wage stagnation? Chances are they've gone just as long -- maybe longer -- without a raise. Although most state legislatures have direct control over setting their own salaries, the potential backlash from constituents poses a daunting deterrence -- particularly at a time when private sector pay barely keeps up with inflation.

Trump praises new African American museum during first visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump denounced "bigotry, intolerance and hatred in all of its very ugly forms" during his first visit to the new Smithsonian black history museum on Tuesday. Trump, in remarks after his tour, called the museum "truly great" and said he would be back to see more of the 3,000 objects illustrating African-American history.

Trump pick as security adviser is nod toward pragmatism

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them. McMaster, 54, is an independent-minded soldier widely admired for his leadership skills, but he is short on experience in Washington's trenches.

US Senate leader: Winners make policy, losers go home

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) -- Nearly 1,000 people jeered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he drove to a speech Tuesday where he told local business leaders that "winners make policy and the losers go home." Protesters crowded the American Legion Post 34 Fairgrounds, kept at bay by several police officers and a chain link fence. The crowd chanted "No ban, no wall, Mitch McConnell take our call" as McConnell drove past in a black SUV.

Chafee blasts media over Trump 'onslaught,' metric coverage

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee defended Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday against a tiresome "full onslaught" by the "mainstream media" -- and says he can relate to the commander-in-chief's struggles. Chafee, a former U.S. senator and Rhode Island governor, told WPRO-AM he saw issues with the media firsthand during his own 2016 run.

Rise in premiums lays bare 2 Americas on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through "Obamacare" offers protection from life's unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care Act. "To me, it's just been a big lie," Dorsch says, forcing him to pay more for less coverage.

Mosquito saliva vaccine? NIH tests new way to fight illness

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wanted: 60 people willing to be bitten by mosquitoes to test a new kind of vaccine -- one that acts against the bugs' saliva. Rather than separate vaccines against Zika or other mosquito-borne diseases, the new approach aims to protect against multiple infections by triggering the immune system to rev up in response to the bite itself.

Trump denounces anti-Semitism in newly forceful condemnation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully.

Supreme Court rejects Alabama inmate's death row appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alabama can again try to execute a convicted killer who has been on death row for 30 years and had seven execution dates postponed, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices turned down an appeal from Tommy Arthur, who investigators said was having an affair with a woman who paid him $10,000 to kill her husband.

The Latest: Obama official blasts Trump transgender plans

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST): 7:20 p.m. The former head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division is blasting the Trump administration's plans to alter Obama-era guidance that linked access to school bathrooms to students' gender identity. Vanita Gupta says the Trump administration can't strip transgender students of their rights because the law will continue to protect them.

Supreme Court seems split in case of boy's death near border

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Examining a tragic shooting death on the U.S. border with Mexico, a divided Supreme Court on Tuesday puzzled over the rights of foreigners to sue in American courts. The case involving a Mexican teen slain by a U.S. Border Patrol agent's gunshot, which traveled across the border, elicited questions about how a ruling could affect victims of American drone strikes.

Cases involving alleged drug theft at VA health facilities

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show that incidents of drug loss or theft at federal hospitals have jumped nearly tenfold since 2009 to 2,457 last year, spurred by widespread opioid abuse in the U.S. Federal authorities report that doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff -- mostly in the Department of Veterans Affairs health system -- had siphoned away controlled substances, while in other cases, drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.

Lawmakers urge VA to explain rising cases of drug theft

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The heads of two congressional committees said Tuesday they want the Department of Veterans Affairs to better explain its efforts to stem drug theft and loss in light of rising cases of missing prescriptions and other unauthorized use at VA hospitals. Rep. Phil Roe, who chairs the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said his panel had scheduled a hearing for Monday.