U.S. Supreme Court takes up major transgender rights case

FILE - In this Monday Aug. 22, 2016 file photo, transgender high school student Gavin Grimm poses in front of his home in Gloucester, Va. The Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent Grimm, a transgender teenager from using the boys' bathroom at his high school, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 . (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed for the first time to rule on transgender rights in a case in which a Virginia public school district is fighting to prevent a female-born transgender high school student from using the boys' bathroom. The justices agreed to hear the Gloucester County School Board's appeal of a lower court's April 19 ruling that transgender students are protected under U.S. laws barring sex-based discrimination. The case involves a 17-year-old transgender student named Gavin Grimm, who identifies as male and sued in 2015 to win the right to use the school's boys' bathroom.

American Airlines jet catches fire on takeoff at Chicago airport

Soot covers the fuselage of an American Airlines jet that blew a tire, sparking a fire and prompting the pilot to abort takeoff before passengers were evacuated from the plane via emergency chute, at O'Hare International Airport in ChicagoBy Timothy Mclaughlin CHICAGO (Reuters) - An American Airlines jet caught fire moments before it was due to depart O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Friday, prompting the crew to abort takeoff and evacuate passengers via emergency chutes, authorities said. The takeoff of American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 767 bound for Miami with 161 passengers and a crew of nine, was prompted by an "engine-related issue," the airline said in a statement. The Federal Aviation Administration cited a blown-out tire reported by the flight crew as the plane was rolling down the runway before takeoff was aborted.

U.S. prosecutors regroup for second trial in Oregon occupation

Activists are seen in police jail booking photos released by the Multnomah County Sheriff's OfficeBy Scott Bransford PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday regrouped to strategize for their next trial of armed militants who occupied a wildlife center in Oregon the day after seven others at a related trial were surprisingly acquitted of all charges. The group's leader, Ammon Bundy, and six others were declared not guilty on Thursday of conspiracy charges stemming from their role in the armed takeover and 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The stinging defeat left federal prosecutors scrambling as they prepare to try in February seven others who were part of the same occupation.

Episcopal Church elects 1st black woman to lead diocese

This undated photo provided by Charlie Simokaitis shows the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. The Episcopal Church has elected the first black woman to lead one of its dioceses. The Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows was elected Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 to head the Diocese of Indianapolis. (Charlie Simokaitis via AP)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Episcopal Church has elected the first black woman to lead one of its dioceses.

FedEx plane catches fire at Florida airport; no injuries

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a FedEx plane caught fire while landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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