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Lynch: NC transgender law part of civil rights struggle

Lyncg: Nc law violates civil rights lawsIn suing her home state for discriminating against transgender people, Attorney General Loretta Lynch invoked the defining civil rights struggles of the last century and made clear that the federal government sees its dispute with North Carolina as about far more than bathrooms and showers.

Lynch, a native North Carolinian and the first black woman to run the Justice Department, elevated the profile of her agency's clash with North Carolina over its new bathroom law by placing it in the context of America's Jim Crow era - when signs above water fountains and restaurants fostered race discrimination - as well as more recent efforts to deny gay couples the right to marry.

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NC Files Suit Against Feds Over Bathroom Law

NC files suit against fedsNorth Carolina on Monday filed a lawsuit against the federal government in response to a letter from the Justice Department that gave the state until the end of the day to scrap a controversial law regarding access to public bathrooms or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Gov. Pat McCrory was given until Monday to notify the Justice Department that he would not enforce House Bill No. 2, which the federal government says limits protections for LGBT people. The measure has drawn a firestorm of protest from across the country.

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Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

Dataminr not fiving info to fedsTwitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy.

The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence official and other people familiar with the matter. The service—which sends out alerts of unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events—isn’t directly provided by Twitter, but instead by Dataminr Inc., a private company that mines public Twitter feeds for clients.

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Stonewall Inn regulars applaud Obama amid monument plans: 'It's about time'

Stonewall Inn riotsIn an upstairs room at the Stonewall Inn in New York, drag legend Lady Bunny paused her stream of filthy jokes and Adele parodies just long enough to tell her audience: “This is ground zero for LGBT rights in this country – and the world.”

Most did not need telling. They may have been too young to have taken part in the 1969 uprising that began when lesbian and gay patrons fought back during a police raid, but they were acutely aware of the place in history that the bar enjoys.

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Tornadoes hit Colo.; more storms today in Plains

Tornadoes hit ColoradoSevere storms and tornadoes lashed eastern Colorado Saturday, damaging property but causing no fatalities. Overall, there were 15 reports of tornadoes, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

One twister injured five people in Wray, Colo. More storms are forecast to batter the Plains on Sunday and Monday.

Several trailers were also toppled near Wiggins, Colo., Saturday afternoon after the National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado had touched down in the area.

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Professor suspected of being a terrorist because of a math equation

Professor suspected of terrorismA math equation landed an Ivy League professor on an American Airlines flight in questioning Thursday under suspicion of being a terrorist.

Guido Menzio, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania, was working on a differential equation while waiting for the Syracuse-bound plane to take off from Philadelphia, the Washington Post reported. He had to present the findings of a working paper at Queen's University. But a passenger somehow mistook the equation for Arabic or some sort of Islamic code for a terrorist attack.

That's how the 41-minute flight ended up delayed by two hours—a false alarm the olive-skinned, curly, dark-haired native Italian chalked up to racial profiling.

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Sister of former Justice O'Connor killed in Arizona crash

Sister of Sandra Day O'Connor killed in crashThe sister of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was killed a car crash Saturday in Arizona.

Ann Day, 77, suffered fatal injuries after her vehicle was struck by two other cars in the Tucson area, Pima County sheriff's spokesman Ryan Inglett said.

Day was a former Arizona Republican state senator and Pima County supervisor.  She was driving eastbound on Ina Road around 7:40 a.m. when an oncoming car crossed the median. Day's vehicle was hit head-on, Inglett said.

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