The move came after North Carolina last month became the first U.S. state to require transgender people to use restrooms and changing rooms in schools and other public facilities that match their sex at birth rather than their gender identity. Backers of the measure in the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature say it is meant to protect privacy rights and keep children and women safe from sexual predators. PayPal Holdings and Deutsche Bank are among the companies that halted projects in North Carolina following the bill's passage.
Two brothers suspected in the presumed murder of a married couple who lived next door to one of the men in Washington state may be trying to flee to Mexico, a county sheriff's office said on Tuesday. Detectives believe the brothers, one of whom according to court records was locked in an "ongoing and constant" property dispute with the couple, ditched a Volkswagen on Monday in Phoenix and were in possession of an Acura, the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. The Acura's license plates were electronically scanned at an unspecified location near the Calexico, California, which borders on Mexico, the office said.
The U.S. attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara, has written to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), requesting additional details to aid his investigation, the newspaper said. The ICIJ published the documents that have become known as the Panama Papers on April 3. The 11.5 million confidential documents contain information on about 214,000 offshore companies compiled by Panamanian lawyers Mossack Fonseca that illustrate how individuals and corporations hide assets from public scrutiny and avoid taxes.