March 28th, 2017

City leaders defy White House threat on “sanctuary” policies

By Steve Peoples, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities” despite the financial risks. “We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday during a ... Read More »

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South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

JOHANNESBURG – Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail – many of them alongside Nelson Mandela – for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s previous white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning at 87. Kathrada’s foundation announced that he died after being admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his ... Read More »

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Club shooting victim: ‘All I was thinking about was my kids’

By Dan Sewell And John Seewer, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

CINCINNATI – A mother of five who was wounded in the Cincinnati nightclub shooting described a chaotic scene in which she and other club patrons were frantically crawling over one another to reach the exits and said that all she could think about was her kids. One man was killed and Angel Higgins and 15 ... Read More »

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Powerful cyclone slams into Australia’s tropical northeast

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

TOWNSVILLE, Australia – A powerful cyclone slammed into Australia’s tropical northeast coast on Tuesday, tearing down fences, snapping trees and knocking out power to thousands, officials said. The destructive eyewall of Cyclone Debbie, a Category 4 storm packing winds up to 260 kilometres per hour (160 miles per hour), made landfall near Airlie Beach, a ... Read More »

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Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – That mustang in the rearview mirror turned out to be a real horse running on a Northern California highway – followed by a mule. Commuters east of San Francisco on Monday were stunned to see a white horse and a brown mule running across Interstate 680. Steve Burdo with Contra Costa ... Read More »

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Heroin found hidden in dog crate at Kennedy Airport

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NEW YORK – Two men were arrested on drug charges after heroin was found hidden in the false bottom of a dog crate containing a Labrador retriever that had been shipped from Puerto Rico to New York. Samuel Seabrooks, 35, of the Bronx, and Carlos Betancourt-Morales, 27, of Carmel, were arraigned on drug possession and ... Read More »

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Finger-pointing on Hill as GOP assesses health bill loss

By Erica Werner, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans on Monday pointed fingers and assigned blame after their epic failure on health care and a weekend digesting the outcome. The divisions, coming on top of House Republicans’ inability to deliver on a priority they all share – repealing and replacing “Obamacare” – raised serious questions about whether they will be ... Read More »

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Slain Oklahoma officer was new recruit, aspiring canine cop

By Adam Kealoha Causey, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

TECUMSEH, Okla. – A 22-year-old officer and new recruit died Monday after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said. Officer Justin Terney, who had only graduated from the police academy last summer, was shot several times late Sunday and died after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police ... Read More »

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Tennessee Senate passes resolution to move Polk’s body

By The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate has passed a resolution that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place. Polk and his wife, Sarah, are currently buried on the grounds of the state capitol. The resolution would allow the bodies to be exhumed and ... Read More »

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Visit to WH grounds by Intel chairman clouds investigation

By Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press on March 27th, 2017

WASHINGTON – House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving Trump associates were caught up in “incidental” surveillance in the waning days of the Obama administration. The location of the meeting, confirmed Monday by Rep. Devin Nunes’ ... Read More »

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