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Bookstore on wheels turns heads in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqis guarding Baghdad’s many checkpoints, on the lookout for car bombs and convoys, don’t know what to make of Ali al-Moussawi when he pulls up in a truck displaying shelves of glossy books. The mobile bookstore is the latest in a series of efforts by the …

LGBT employees ask Education Secretary to keep protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — LGBT employees have asked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to commit to safeguarding anti-discrimination regulations amid fears that the Trump administration may weaken those protections. In the email, obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, staffers at the Education Department urged the new secretary to issue a statement …

Gay rights supporters win UN victory to keep UN LGBT expert

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supporters of gay rights won a victory at the United Nations Monday when an African attempt to suspend the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed. African nations had urged the General Assembly’s human rights …

US defense chief: Don’t seek repayment of enlistment bonuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend its effort to seek repayments of enlistment bonuses given to thousands of California National Guard members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carter’s decision comes in the wake of angry reaction from congressional Republicans and …

Bar cars returning to Connecticut-New York commuter trains

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Railroad cars equipped with bars for serving alcohol are returning to commuter trains running between New York City and Connecticut, restoring a tradition dating back 50 years that evoked the stylish cocktail-sipping scenes of the “Mad Men” TV show. State officials plan to buy an additional …