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News of the day from across the nation, March 18
March 17, 2017
The neighboring Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes teamed up last summer in the main lawsuit against Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that granted pipeline permits at more than 200 water crossings, including the Missouri River. The judicial panel threw out laws approved two weeks before Cooper took office that limit his authority in carrying out elections and that give civil service job protections to hundreds of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s political appointees. The office of Nebraska’s attorney general filed a request to drop a 10-state lawsuit it led challenging the Obama administration’s guidance on locker room and bathroom use by transgender students. “Battles Won” is the name of the campaign that includes TV ads and online clips of Marines unloading “Toys for Tots” boxes and real video of a Marine veteran tackling an armed robber. The campaign has been in the works for months, but its release comes as the Marine Corps’ image has taken a beating amid an investigation into nude photos of female Marines posted without their consent on a private Facebook page used by Marines. Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval Friday to legislation removing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the holiday honoring slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.