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Report: 12 injured as car runs into crowd at New Orleans parade

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WASHINGTON -- Twelve people were injured Saturday in New Orleans when a car struck a crowd watching a parade, local media reported.

"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in a critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington said, in comments published by the local Times-Picayune newspaper.

"The number could increase as...Read more

Transgender California GOP delegate says the Trump administration will protect the LGBTQ community

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Gina Roberts, a champion target shooter and supporter of President Donald Trump, says she wishes everyone would take a deep breath and relax about the controversy over transgender students using bathrooms.

Roberts was one of hundreds of GOP loyalists attending the California Republican Party convention in Sacramento this ...Read more

Mexico says it won't accept deported Central Americans

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has informed the Trump administration that it cannot accept non-Mexican nationals whom U.S. authorities arrest along the border and seek to remove from U.S. territory, the nation's internal security chief said.

Last week, the Trump administration rolled out a broad immigration crackdown that included a proposal to send non...Read more

California Republicans mostly united behind Trump at state GOP convention

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--A flurry of smartphone snapshots with a cardboard Donald Trump and blazing red "Make California Great Again" hats signaled that many of the GOP delegates at the California Republican Party convention this weekend have embraced the new president and his aggressive tactics to shift the nation to the right.

But a fair number of...Read more

Trump's choice for commerce secretary leaves Russia questions unanswered

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WASHINGTON -- Wilbur Ross is likely to be confirmed as President Donald Trump's secretary of commerce Monday despite unanswered questions about his ownership of a Cyprus bank that caters to wealthy Russians.

Ross, a business turnaround specialist, has not responded to a Feb. 16 letter from six Democratic senators asking him to explain his ...Read more

Guess who is not coming to dinner? Donald Trump

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The annual White House Correspondents dinner will be missing a key guest this year: President Donald Trump.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted he will not be attending the April 29 dinner, considered the premier social event of the Washington press corps--and typically an evening of good-natured bantering between presidents and reporters.

His ...Read more

Doubts hit congressional investigations of Russia's election meddling

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats are questioning whether recent comments from leading Republicans, made at the request of the White House, have compromised Senate and House investigations into possible Russian influence on the recent election.

The comments were from the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees, which are ...Read more

Democrats select former Labor secretary Tom Perez to lead the DNC

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WASHINGTON--The Democratic Party put its faith in its old guard Saturday to guide it out of the political wilderness, choosing as the new leader of the Democratic National Committee an Obama-era Cabinet secretary over the charismatic congressman backed by the progressive wing of the party.

Tom Perez, a former secretary of Labor with strong ties...Read more

Out of power in Washington and most states, Democrats struggle to preserve Medicaid funds

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic governors came to Washington Saturday in an unusually weakened position.

There are only 16 of them. They don't control Congress or the White House. And they are eager to preserve the expansion of Medicaid, the health care program for lower income people.

Some are turning to a public relations strategy. Some, such as ...Read more

Democrats elect Tom Perez, former labor secretary, as chairman

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ATLANTA -- By a razor-thin margin, Tom Perez was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee Saturday, putting a veteran of the Obama administration in charge of rebuilding a party devastated by the results of the 2016 elections.

The new Democratic leader immediately promised to make President Donald Trump a one-term president, ...Read more

Suspect in California killing of 3 is arrested in Mississippi

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GULFPORT, Miss. –– A man suspected of killing a woman and her two grandsons in a Sacramento, Calif., housing project last year was arrested in Biloxi, Miss., on panhandling charges before police linked him to the Sacramento crimes.

Jerod Michael Watson of Sacramento, was taken into custody about 3 p.m. Friday, Biloxi Police Chief John ...Read more

Tom Perez, former labor secretary, elected to lead Democratic Party

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ATLANTA--Democratic leaders picked a political veteran with ties to the party's establishment as a new face of the resistance to Donald Trump at a party meeting Saturday in Atlanta.

Perez becomes the first Latino chairman of the party, just as the Trump administration begins to implement the Republican president's promise to build a wall on the...Read more

Protests in South Africa against foreigners get out of hand

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African authorities are under fire for allowing an anti-immigrant "march of hatred" in Pretoria Friday, soon after a series of violent attacks against Somalis, Nigerians and other foreigners.

The results were predictable: Police arrested 136 people, many of them protesters and looters armed with clubs, sticks, pipes and ...Read more

Jared Kushner, who owns federally subsidized apartments, to distance himself from policy discussions

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BALTIMORE -- Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, will recuse himself from any policy discussion related to federal rental assistance for low-income tenants because his real estate company's Baltimore-area properties receive money from the U.S. housing department's voucher program, the White House said.

Three ...Read more

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa tells Bill Maher a special prosecutor should investigate Russian election interference

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Friday night that a special prosecutor should be tapped to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, a stance that mirrors the calls of congressional Democrats to sideline the U.S attorney general from such inquiries.

Appearing on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," Issa was prodded by Maher, the ...Read more