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March 22, 2017 - 11:38 pm


Police says 5 people died in London attack

LONDON (AP) — British police say five people died in the terror attack outside Parliament.

Counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley said one policeman, three civilians and the attacker died.

He said a further 40 people were wounded.

The assailant has not been identified. Rowley said police think they know the identity of the man but would not reveal details. He said Islamic extremism is suspected in the attack.

He said extra armed police would be on the streets in the coming days to reassure the public, and hundreds of police officers are working on the case.

He identified the police officer who died as Keith Palmer, 48.


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."


UPDATE: Pa. moderate Dent to vote no on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Republican moderate from Pennsylvania says he'll be voting against the GOP health care bill expected to go to the House floor Thursday.

Rep. Charlie Dent, whose district spans counties north and west of Philadelphia, said in a statement Wednesday night that the GOP's American Health Care Act "will lead to the loss of coverage and make insurance unaffordable for too many Americans, particularly for low-to-moderate income and older individuals."

Dent is urging the House to step back from what he calls"an arbitrary deadline" and try to come up with a better bill.

GOP leaders are hoping to send a powerful political message by passing the bill Thursday, the 7th anniversary of former President Barack Obama's signing of the Affordable Care Act, derided by Republican foes as "Obamacare."


Police arrest 54 during Capitol protest

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman says 54 people, many in wheelchairs, were arrested Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda as the protested the health care bill being considered in the House.

Spokeswoman Eva Malecki says the 41 women and 13 men arrested were charged under District of Columbia law that makes it illegal for someone to obstruct passage through a public building and continue to do so after being instructed by police to cease.

One of the protesters said she is part of ADAPT, an organization that promotes rights for people with disabilities.

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.


Officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin shootings

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Police in northern Wisconsin say an officer and three other people were killed in what apparently began as a domestic dispute in a bank.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said the slain officer was from his department. Sparks did not release the officer's name. The names of the other three dead also were not released.

Sparks said a suspect was in custody.

The violence in the small town of Rothschild began shortly after noon on Wednesday, after police were summoned to what they called a "domestic situation" at Marathon Savings Bank.

They say they arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds and the suspect gone. Authorities say a second shooting happened soon after at a law firm and a third at an apartment complex.


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.


Ex-Baylor football player accused of 2013 sexual assault

WACO, Texas (AP) — A former Baylor football player has been arrested after a grand jury indicted him on three second-degree felony sexual assault counts arising from a 2013 incident while he was with the Bears.

The Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/2n8Zp0j ) reports former tight end Tre'Von Armstead was arrested Wednesday near his hometown of Port Arthur. The McLennan County grand jury handed down the indictment last week but it remained sealed until Wednesday.

Armstead was jailed in Beaumont with bonds totaling $150,000. Jail records listed no attorney for the 22-year-old.

The indictment alleges Armstead forced a woman to perform sex acts in mid-April 2013.

Last week, Armstead was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with domestic battery, resisting arrest and damaging a police vehicle after a disturbance between Armstead and a woman.

Ten women have sued Baylor, alleging the university was indifferent to their sexually assault complaints while students.


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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