Australia's highest-paid public servant quits $4.3 million job

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest-paid public servant announced his resignation Thursday, two weeks after the revelation that he made 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last year sparked a public furor and created a political headache for the government.

The latest: Conservative leader denounces alternative right

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The latest on the Conservative Political Action Conference (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

The leader of the American Conservative Union has taken the stage of an activist conference to forcefully denounce as "sinister" the alternative right. As he is speaking, a white nationalist leader is walking the hallways of the same event.

The latest: Police ready for SWAT situation at protest camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

Authorities are prepared for the possibility that they might have to use force to remove remaining protesters from the now-closed Dakota Access pipeline protest camp in North Dakota.

Emails underscore new EPA chief's cozy ties with industry

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a summer thunderstorm knocked out power to Scott Pruitt's home three years ago, the then-attorney general of Oklahoma reached out to a lobbyist for American Electric Power.

End of transgender bathroom rule draws conservative praise

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Transgender rights advocates, meanwhile, are vowing to overcome a major setback.

U.S., Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors.

Winning ticket for $435 million Powerball sold in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lottery official says the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold in an Indiana city.

Hoosier Lottery spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the name of the business in Lafayette where the winning ticket was sold will be announced Thursday. Lafayette is about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

Protests erupt after off-duty LA cop clashes with teens

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested early Thursday after they clashed with police near a Southern California home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty struggle with a 13-year-old boy and the boy's companions earlier in the week.

SpaceX makes delivery to space station a day late

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day.

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants.