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Transgender boy wins controversial girls state title

Mack Beggs, top, a transgender wrestler from Euless Trinity High School, competes in a quarterfinal match against Mya Engert, of Amarillo Tascosa, during the State Wrestling Tournament, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Cypress, Texas. Beggs was born a girl and is transitioning to male but wrestles in the girls division. (Melissa Phillip / Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)
A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage.

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs’ meeting

Actress Jennifer Garner and National Governors Association  Vice Chairman Washington Gov. Jay Inslee look at a document following Garner’s address to the NGA’s Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday. Garner spoke about the need for early education. (Cliff Owen / Associated Press)
Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people’s health coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

Trump says he won’t attend correspondents dinner this spring

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in April. (Evan Vucci / File/Associated Press)
President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won’t be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner – sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes..

Deadly insurgent attack in Homs weighs on UN-led Syria talks

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, attends a meeting of Intra-Syria peace talks with Syrian government delegation at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday. (Pierre Albouy / Associated Press)
A deadly terrorist attack in central Syria on Saturday threatened to thwart efforts to wrest a political solution at peace talks in Geneva, with the U.N. mediator decrying “spoilers” who try to derail the efforts to end the country’s disastrous six-year war.

Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is a candidate to run the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the general session of the DNC winter meeting in Atlanta, Saturday. (Branden Camp / Associated Press)
Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.

Analysis: The world is ignoring an ‘unprecedented’ starvation crisis

In this photo taken Sept. 6, 2016, and released by the World Food Programme (WFP), South Sudanese women carry bags of cereal on their heads as they return home after receiving food assistance from WFP in Malualkon, near Aweil, in the Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. (George Fominyen / WFP via AP)
The world is in the grip of an astonishing and acute crisis: More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, northern Nigeria and Yemen face starvation in the next six months, according to the United Nations. Nearly 1.4 million children are at “imminent risk” of death. The scale of the hunger epidemic was described last month by U.S.-based researchers as “unprecedented in recent decades.”

Judge won’t throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

In this Jan. 12, 2016, file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrives for a pretrial hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C. A military judge won't throw out charges against Bergdahl despite scathing comments that President Donald Trump made on the campaign trail. The Judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, wrote in his ruling Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, that he found Trump's comments disturbing but that they didn't constitute unlawful command influence. (Ted Richardson / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while “problematic,” hasn’t prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday.

GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Ohio Gov. John Kasich walks out of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, to speak with reporters following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders move to repeal and replace the Obama-era health law.

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