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 disregarded State Department cybersecurity guidelines by using a private email account and server, an internal audit found Wednesday. Her staff twice brushed aside specific concerns that she wasn't following federal rules.
The inspector general's review also revealed that hacking attempts 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 State Department investigation.
Earlier this month, Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, stressed that she was happy to "talk to anybody, anytime" about the matter and would encourage her staff to do the same.
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.
Police have declared an unlawful assembly of protesters outside a Donald Trump rally in Anaheim, California, Wednesday and have ordered demonstrators to disperse or face arrest.
The announcement 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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A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife reported to have been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun was instead used as a canvas for children's finger-painting parties, the former owner of the horse said.
Doreen Weston said the horse was never injured. Her comments came on the same day the former "Daily Show" host's wife, Tracey, officially adopted the white mare named Lily at a facility in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The Stewarts partnered with Farm Sanctuary last year to open an animal sanctuary at their farm in Middletown, New Jersey.
Lily was found seemingly abandoned at an auction stable in New Holland, Pennsylvania, in March. Police said she was covered in paint and extremely sore to the touch.
Protesters rallied outside a McDonald's for higher wages, and the company says employees at its headquarters were working from home Wednesday ahead of more planned demonstrations tied to its annual shareholders' meeting.
The world's biggest burger chain also told employees to work from home last year, when protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union gathered outside its buildings.
Two South African campers had a close encounter with lions who licked the tent they were in at a campsite in Botswana.
Danie and Fransie Lubbe said Wednesday that they were in their tent at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park earlier this month when they heard a sound and looked outside to see two female lions licking the moisture off the tent's canvas. A third lioness was nearby.
"My wife said 'There are lions at the tent!'" said Danie Lubbe. She closed the tent flap, but Danie quickly reopened it to see the lions right at their tent.
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Documents show the number of medals slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle received for his military service is different from what he indicated in his best-selling memoir about his four tours of duty in Iraq.
Navy documents show Kyle earned one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with valor, instead of the two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars his book says he received.
The documents were obtained by online magazine The Intercept through an open records request, and the Navy on Wednesday confirmed the contents of the documents to The Associated Press.
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A Missouri man accused of fatally shooting his 8-month-old son turned himself in Wednesday, according to police, NBC News reported.
Diata Crockett was taken into police custody Wednesday, according to a statement from the St. Louis Police Department.
Crockett was arguing with his wife and shot at her as she got out of the car with their son. The bullet struck the boy, police said.
The man fled with the couple’s two other children, who were later found safe at a relative’s house in a St. Louis suburb.
Police would not provide any other details and it was unclear whether Crockett was charged on Wednesday.
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As firefighters braved the smoke and flames from the ground and rooftops, a small object soared above their heads Wednesday morning, trying to assist their efforts as a five-alarm fire ripped through a Santa Clara, California, strip mall.
The drone was sent up by the Santa Clara Fire Department volunteers to try to pinpoint how to best fight the blaze, which affected about a dozen small shops and restaurants in the Koreatown mall.
The use of drones by fire departments and police agencies has grown across the country from Connecticut to Spokane, Washington, though there are some controversies and hurdles surrounding their use.