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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker in North Carolina said the state would not be "bullied" by the U.S. Justice Department into meeting a Monday deadline to change a new law regulating which bathrooms transgender people can use. "We will take no action by Monday," House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters in Raleigh on Thursday, the day after the federal government told the state that the law enacted in March violated the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The Justice Department said North Carolina was discriminating against transgender state employees and it had until Monday to say whether it would remedy the violations.
By Emily Stephenson and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shifted focus on Thursday from a bruising primary campaign to the November White House election, announcing his head of fundraising and fleshing out economic policy ideas. With little of the warm party embrace that is traditionally thrown around a candidate who emerges as the presumptive nominee, Trump turned his attention to the campaign infrastructure and policy details he will need to face off against the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. As he moved on after beating 16 rivals in the nominating contests, prominent Republicans grappled with how robustly to support a candidate who eschews the party line on free trade and has upset the establishment with offensive comments about women and immigrants.
Just 248 days after he underwent a kidney transplant, Olympic gold medallist Aries Merritt will on Friday take part in the first Diamond League meeting of the season. The 30-year-old American will be taking his first steps in international competition since his life-changing surgery and, he hopes, the beginning of a path which leads to the Rio Olympics in August and maybe even defending the 110m hurdles title he won at London. "If I won, it would just be a movie for sure," Merritt, who is also the current world record holder in his event, told AFP.