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A New Orleans police officer strings up used crime scene tape at the scene of a drive-by shooting in the Central City neighborhood. One hundred people were shot in New Orleans by Feb. 10 — about a month sooner than recent years.

New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

Murders are on the rise in the United States.

The national murder rate jumped dramatically in 2015, and early indications are that it rose again in 2016, though official numbers aren't available yet.

Homeland Security chief John Kelly, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong spoke with reporters after initial meetings in Mexico City Thursday.

Amid U.S.-Mexico Strains, Tillerson And Kelly Take On 'Tough Trip'

Amid deep strains in the U.S. relationship with Mexico, a country that's been a favorite target of President Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly took part in talks in Mexico City on Thursday that were aimed at smoothing out tensions.

"That's going to be a tough trip," the president said Thursday morning at the White House. Some of the key issues between the two countries: immigration, border security, trade and U.S. aid to Mexico.

Amid the Trump administration's decision to revoke guidance about transgender students' use of bathrooms and locker rooms, Gavin Grimm has an ongoing case about access in his Virginia school.

What's Next For Transgender Rights Lawsuits With School Guidance Rescinded

Lawyers for a 17-year-old transgender student and the Gloucester, Va., school board that wants to limit which bathroom he can use don't agree on much.

But both sides have concluded the Trump administration's decision this week to revoke guidance that protects transgender students' ability to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity only heightens the need for a hearing before the nation's highest court.

Arkansas state Sen. Bart Hester, defends his bill preventing local governments from passing their own anti-discrimination laws. On Thursday, a Fayetteville law was struck down by the state Supreme Court.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Local Anti-Discrimination Law

The Arkansas Supreme Court has struck down a local law that protected people in the city of Fayetteville from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Arkansas is one of a handful of states where it is illegal for local governments to pass anti-discrimination laws that cover classes of people not already protected under state law.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Thursday at National Harbor, Md.

DeVos, Defiant At CPAC, Walks A Fine Line On Transgender Rights

President Trump's education secretary, Betsy DeVos, struck a defiant tone in brief remarks before conservative activists at a political conference outside Washington, D.C., on Thursday. But she held back on the administration's rescinding of Obama administration guidance to schools on transgender rights.

"This issue was a very huge example of Obama administration overreach, one-size-fits-all approach to issues best solved at personal and local level," DeVos told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC.

The Siberian tigers grimly contemplate their kill: the flying drone operated by their keepers.

WATCH: In The War Between Tigers And Drone, Chalk One Up For Tigers

Never underestimate a tiger, no matter how fat.

It's an enduring truth we'd all do well to remember — and one that attendants at a tiger enclosure at the Siberian Tiger Park in China's Heilongjiang province have learned all over again.

They scrambled a flying drone to catch the attention of some of the, let's say, bigger big cats and get them some exercise. Trouble is, the tigers managed to track down the drone and bat it out of the air.

Gavin Grimm speaks during an interview at his home in Gloucester, Va., in 2015. Grimm sued his school district for the right to use the boys' bathroom; the case is scheduled to be argued before the Supreme Court next month.

Trump And Transgender Rights: What Just Happened?

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made big news regarding the rights of transgender students. But what exactly changed?

US President-elect Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a press conference January 11, 2017 at Trump Tower in New York.

Voters Trust The Media More Than Trump... Maybe

The headlines are everywhere today: Americans trust the news media more than they do President Trump.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that 52 percent of registered voters said they trust the news media more than Trump to tell them "the truth about important issues." Only 37 percent say they choose Trump.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (center) speaks onstage at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., with White House adviser Steve Bannon (left) and American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp on Thursday.

Top Trump Advisers Bannon And Priebus Emphasize Unity At CPAC

Top White House advisers Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to make the case that despite seeming like a political odd couple, the two represent the successful marriage of disparate wings of the Republican Party, united under President Trump.

The town of Centerville, N.C., sits at the intersection of two highways about 44 miles northeast of Raleigh, N.C.

The Small North Carolina Town That Wants To Dissolve Itself

More than 50 years after it was incorporated as a town, Centerville, N.C., is on its way to dissolving its charter, as the town is unwilling to impose a property tax and unable to offer services beyond streetlights.

Its leaders say the rural town, which comprises less than 200 acres and has fewer than 100 residents, is struggling to pay its bills and has run out of options.

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