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March 22, 2017 - 6:55 pm


Four dead, police believe there was one attacker

LONDON (AP) — Details of today's deadly attack in London are becoming clearer. Police now confirm that the man who ran down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge is the same man who then stabbed to death an armed police officer inside the gates of Parliament before being fatally shot by police.

In addition to the attacker, three people died. About 20 others were injured.

Police say the dead policeman was one of the armed officers who guard Parliament. The other victims were on Westminster Bridge.


Democrat criticizes GOP head of intel panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is accusing the Republican leader of the committee of creating "profound doubt" about the committee's ability to conduct an independent investigation about Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff is responding after Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said Trump transition officials' communications may have been scooped up in legal surveillance and then improperly distributed.

Schiff is criticizing the GOP chairman for disclosing that information outside the White House before disclosing it to the rest of the committee. Schiff says that's not the way to conduct a credible investigation.

Schiff says Nunes must decide whether he's the committee chairman or a White House surrogate. He says he's more convinced than ever that an independent commission must investigate.


WH distances Trump from Manafort after AP report

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is distancing itself from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, saying his secret work for a Russian billionaire detailed in an Associated Press report happened during "the last decade."

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says nothing in Wednesday's AP report references any action by the president, the White House or any Trump administration official.

Spicer says Trump was not aware of Manafort's clients from the past decade and there are "no suggestions" Manafort did anything improper.

Spicer also says former presidential rival Hillary Clinton had her own Russia ties. He says Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta sat on the board of a Russian-based energy company and Hillary Clinton was "the face of a failed Russia reset policy."


Disability rights group protests health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of protesters, many in wheelchairs, have been escorted out of the Capitol Rotunda by police during an apparent protest of the health care bill being considered in the House.

Chanting "Rather go to jail than die without Medicaid," the protesters were led out individually or in pairs by members of the U.S. Capitol Police.

An agency spokeswoman, Eva Malecki, says arrests were made and additional details will be provided later.

One of the protesters being led out says she is part of ADAPT, an organization that promotes rights for people with disabilities.

One protester is displaying a sign that says "Medicaid = Life 4 Disabled."

The GOP-led bill would limit future federal financing for Medicaid.


Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An aid group says nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation.

Save the Children says more than 400,000 Afghan children, over 1,100 per day, are expected to drop out of school this year due to growing instability and the forcible return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, adding to the 3.7 million already out of school.

More than 600,000 Afghans returned from Pakistan in 2016 and around one million more are expected in 2017.

The report says over half of all returnee children do not attend school, often working on the streets because their parents cannot find jobs.


Coast Guard searches for man who fell from cruise ship

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews are searching for a Florida man who fell off a Carnival cruise ship near Cuba.

A Coast Guard news release says 23-year-old Brandon Paul went overboard from the eighth deck of the Carnival Victory at about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The ship was about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba.

Cruise ship crewmembers launched a search boat and contacted the Coast Guard, which directed a search plane and cutter to the area. The cruise ship remained at the scene to help with the search. Cuban authorities also were assisting.

A Carnival news release says crewmembers were providing support to Paul's traveling companions.

The Miami-based ship was traveling between Key West and Cozumel on a four-day cruise.


UPDATE: Shots heard at Wisconsin apartments

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (AP) — Gunshots have been heard at an apartment complex in northern Wisconsin where a suspect was holed up after a shooting that wounded at least two people other than the police officer.

WSAW-TV reports about a dozen gunshots were heard about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The station reported an ambulance went by after police said they were trying to engage the suspect.

Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten said earlier that a police officer was among the victims but would not give details on the officer's injuries.

The shootings began at a bank in Rothschild where officers responding to a domestic situation arrived to find two people had been shot.


Arctic sea ice shrivels to record low for winter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The frigid top of the Earth just set yet another record for low levels of sea ice in what scientists say is a signal of an overheating world.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado says the Arctic this month set a record low for winter peak sea ice area: 5.57 million square miles (14.42 million square kilometers).That's about 35,000 square miles (97,000 square kilometers) below 2015's record.

Center Director Mark Serreze says the less ice that grows in the winter, the deeper the melt problem is in the Arctic in the crucial summer. More areas will likely be ice-free.

Serreze says what's happening is important because Earth is losing a key part of its climate system.

Satellite records go back 38 years.


UPDATE: Magnitude 4.0 quake, 3 smaller temblors rattle Oklahoma

STROUD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.0 earthquake and three smaller temblors have struck Oklahoma.

The 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded Wednesday near Stroud, about 60 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The three smaller quakes were a magnitude 2.7 temblor near Fairview and magnitude 2.5 quakes near Mooreland and near Pawnee.

No injuries or damage are reported and geologists say damage is not likely in earthquakes below magnitude 4.0.

Thousands of earthquakes have been recorded in Oklahoma in recent years, and many have been linked to the underground injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas operations.

Regulators have directed oil and natural gas producers to close some disposal wells or reduce the volume of fluids they inject.


After a bumpy start, stocks manage gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks shook off a shaky start and finished mostly higher as technology and industrial companies rose.

Apple rose 1 percent Wednesday and Microsoft gained 1.3 percent.

The modest gains came a day after the market had its biggest drop this year.

Banks continued to fall along with bond yields, which forces interest rates on loans lower. Wells Fargo dropped 1 percent.

Sears plunged 12 percent after the struggling retailer said it was doubtful it would be able to keep operating.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index edged up 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,348.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6 points, less than 0.1 percent, to 20,661, dragged down by a big drop in Nike.

The Nasdaq composite rose 27 points, or 0.5 percent, to 5,821.


NEW: 19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race

ATLANTA (AP) — A 19-year-old candidate seeking a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia is headed to a runoff election next month.

News outlets report that Mary-Pat Hector, a sophomore at Spelman College, finished second Tuesday to George Turner Jr. in a five-way race in Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb County.

Neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing the top two finishers into a runoff April 18.

During the campaign, Turner challenged Hector's eligibility because of her age. Georgia law requires candidates to be at least 21 years old unless a city charter specifically makes an exception.

The DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections ruled Hector could run because the city's charter doesn't specifically mention an age restriction.

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