Am I in a lawful status? Am I just authorized to stay?
USCIS does not consider pending AOS as "status". You are pending AOS now, that USCIS considers as being in lawful "pending" status, until final adjudication of your AOS. You are definitely authorized to stay and can work with a duly issued EAD.
You can travel out of the country with a valid Advance Parole travel document.
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