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Young Mennonite girls gather at the health and safety clinic, which included a Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccinations in Shiloh, Ohio, on June 25, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Judge ends oversight in Amish girl chemo fight

- Associated Press

A judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital’s attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children.

A sign marks the entrance to a gender neutral restroom at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Gender-neutral bathrooms becoming law in Philadelphia

Associated Press

Philadelphia is removing gender distinctions from single-occupancy public bathrooms, a move advocates say is a small step in eliminating harassment and discrimination of transgender people.

In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, the gold mask of King Tutankhamun is seen in its glass case during a press tour, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. The restoration of King Tutankhamun's world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt's state-run news agency said Friday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Egypt to restore King Tut mask after botched epoxy job

- Associated Press

The restoration of King Tutankhamun’s world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt’s state-run news agency said Friday.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, ahead of a nomination vote to replace House Speaker John Boehner, who is stepping down, and retiring from Congress, at the end of the month, after nearly five years in the role. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Chaos! The GOP-bashing press gets stuck on a single word following McCarthy revelations

- The Washington Times

“Chaos.” That was the operative term among journalists and news organizations who got in some serious Republican bashing following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s straightforward announcement that he would not seek the role of House Speaker. News coverage immediately swung into gleeful and dramatic mode on Thursday, appearing to suggest the GOP lawmakers were in a state of near riot below the mighty dome of the U.S. Capitol itself. The headlines were very telling.

Rupert Murdoch speaks during a forum on "The Economics and Politics of Immigration," in Boston, in this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

Rupert Murdoch apologizes for ‘real black President’ tweet

Associated Press

The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, issued an apology Thursday after he faced social media backlash following his suggestion that President Barack Obama isn’t a “real black President.”

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FILE - In Aug. 19, 2015 file photo, Canna Care employee John Hough waters young marijuana plants at the medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a trio of bills, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, that created the first statewide licensing and operating rules for pot growers, manufacturers of cannabis-infused products and retail weed outlets. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California governor OKs medical marijuana regulations

- Associated Press

A trio of bills aimed at bringing order and oversight to California's medical marijuana industry nearly 20 years after the state led the nation in legalizing pot for medical use won Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, his office said Friday.

Brown rejects driver's licenses to ease border crossings

- Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Friday that would have positioned California to be the first state on the U.S. border with Mexico to issue driver's licenses that can be used to prove citizenship when entering the country as he acted on dozens of legislative measures.

California governor signs crisis pregnancy centers bill

- Associated Press

Crisis pregnancy centers that discourage women from getting abortions in California will be required to provide information about abortions and other services under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown has approved.

Health insurer to stop offering plans on Kentucky exchange

- Associated Press

A Kentucky nonprofit that emerged as one of the largest insurance providers on the state's health exchange has given notice that it won't offer plans for 2016, a decision affecting tens of thousands of customers ahead of the next enrollment period starting in a few weeks.

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. A federal judge in Massachusetts has refused to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby by three women who say he sexually abused them decades ago. The ruling Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, is a legal blow to Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Judge refuses to throw out defamation suit against Cosby

- Associated Press

A defamation lawsuit brought against Bill Cosby by three women who say he sexually abused them decades ago can move forward, a federal judge in Massachusetts ruled Friday, delivering a legal blow to the comedian as he attempts to defend himself against accusations of sexual assault by dozens of women.

'He Named Me Malala' shows courage of Pakistani teen who fought for women's education

- The Washington Times

It's hard enough to imagine a teenager forgiving a playground bully, but to absolve someone who shot you in the head requires a level of grace that is almost superhuman. But that is precisely what Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a teenage activist from Pakistan, did after a Taliban-affiliated gunman shot her and three of her friends aboard a school bus in the country's Swat valley in 2012. "The danger of film is that sometimes you make someone into this larger-than-life character, but you realize that she was an ordinary girl who was not extraordinary, but she did an extraordinary thing," said Davis Guggenheim, director of the documentary "He Named Me Malala," which opens in the District Friday.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office photos show the three suspects who were arrested Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in Portland, Ore., in the killing of Steve Carter, a tantra yoga teacher, on a hiking trail in Marin County, Calif. From left are Sean Michael Angold, 24; Lila Scott Allgood, 19; and Morrison Haze Lampley, 23. A hiker found Carter's body on Monday. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Portland police via AP)

Police: Trio used stolen gun to rob, kill 2 in California

- Associated Press

Three young transients used a handgun that was stolen from an unlocked car to rob and kill a backpacking Canadian tourist in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco then a yoga instructor two days later on a hiking trail north of the city, authorities said Friday.

This photo taken Jan. 29, 2008, shows the house of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers in Jackson, Miss.  Mississippi's Republican U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker said Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, they've filed a bill that would authorize a study on the national significance of the Evers home, as a step toward making it part of the National Park Service. The bill is similar to one filed earlier by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Proposal could make Evers home part of National Park Service

- Associated Press

The home where Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in 1963 gets thousands of visitors each year, operates as a college-owned museum and relies on state grants and private donations for maintenance funds. Now the state's U.S. senators are hoping the National Park Service can lend a hand.