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March 24, 2017 - 7:06 am

CAR THEFT-BOYS ABDUCTED

UPDATE: Boys found safe

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Two young brothers who were in a vehicle that was stolen in Southern California have been found safe.

Police in Cathedral City say the 1- and 2-year-olds were with their babysitter when she got out of the car to run an errand last night.

Someone took off with the car, with Jaden and Carlos Cortez inside.

Police say the children were found early today in Desert Hot Springs, about 14 miles away from Cathedral City.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE

House to vote on GOP health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior officials say the Trump administration will approve the Keystone XL pipeline today.

Officials say the State Department will recommend the pipeline is in U.S. interests, clearing the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline.

It still faces obstacles — most notably from Native American tribes and landowners who've joined environmental groups in opposing the project.

BRITAIN-ATTACK

Westminster attacker born Adrian Russell Ajao

LONDON (AP) — London's top terror officer says Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain's Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao.

Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley revealed the name in a briefing Friday outside Scotland Yard in which he also said there've been two more significant arrests.

That brings the total number of people in custody for the Wednesday attack to nine.

The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.

CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL

Trump threatens to walk away from health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if a House vote on a Republican replacement health care plan fails on Friday.

The outcome of the planned vote is impossible to predict.

Even after a long day of talks Thursday, both conservative and moderate lawmakers claimed the bill lacked the votes.

MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL-RAPE

Maryland high school thrust into immigration debate

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a school bathroom by two classmates. One is an 18-year-old from Guatemala who came to the U.S. illegally.

Protesters on both sides of the debate converged on a nearby elementary school Thursday during a visit by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

And the White House has weighed in on the incident, saying the president has made a crackdown on illegal immigration a priority "because of tragedies like this."

IVANKA TRUMP-ETHICS

Ivanka Trump: A White House force, just not an 'employee'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government watchdogs have written a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn, asking him to reconsider the move to give President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka security clearance and a West Wing office.

Ivanka Trump won't be considered an employee, and that has critics concerned that her position could give her a loophole if she improperly mingles her government policy roles with her business and financial interests.

TRUMP HOTELS-EXPANSION

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain.

Scion will be the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name, and they'll offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night, about half what it costs at some hotels in Trump's luxury chain.

The Trump family won't be putting up any money to build the hotels.

Instead, their company, the Trump Organization, plans to get local real estate developers and their investors to foot the bill, as do most major hotel chains.

ISRAEL-US BOMB THREATS

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

JERUSALEM (AP) — A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew is accused in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers.

The threats had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.

The man's name isn't being released, but he's described as a hacker who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship.

Israeli police say during an arrest raid, the 19-year-old tried to grab an officer's gun but was stopped by another officer.

NKOREA-SANCTIONED AID

UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea

TOKYO (AP) — International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report.

The report issued this week by the U.N.'s senior resident official in Pyongyang said sanctions are inadvertently hindering legitimate operations on the ground and have indirectly contributed to a "radical decline" in donations it said are badly needed by millions of North Korean women and children.

It said "chronic food insecurity, early childhood malnutrition and nutrition insecurity" continue to be widespread in the North, which it noted ranked 98th out of 118 countries in the 2016 Global Hunger Index.

More than 10 million people — or about 41 percent of the North Korean population — are undernourished, it said.

SEPT 11-SAUDI ARABIA LAWSUITS

Lawsuits blaming Saudi Arabia for 9/11 get new life

NEW YORK (AP) — Family members of 9/11 families and others harmed in the terrorist attacks are on a fresh quest to hold Saudi Arabia responsible.

Lawyers for thousands of family members of the dead and other victims have filed over a dozen lawsuits since September. That's when Congress overrode a veto by former President Barack Obama to pass a law making it easier to sue Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and 15 of the 19 hijackers. Saudi Arabia has repeatedly said it was not responsible. Its lawyers have not responded to new lawsuits, but are expected to submit papers by June seeking dismissal of the suits.

A magistrate judge presiding over a Thursday hearing says she hopes to streamline the legal process to speed the lawsuits along.

GERMANWINGS CRASH

Father seeks to clear name of Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz

BERLIN (AP) — The father of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps, killing everybody on board, wants to exonerate his son.

Guenter Lubitz is holding a news conference today at which he'll present a report suggesting that investigators failed to examine all possible angles to the March 24, 2015, crash that killed 150 people.

The timing of the event, on the second anniversary of the disaster, has angered families of others who died.

German prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz intentionally slammed the Airbus A320 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf into the ground, after locking the captain out of the cockpit.

Duesseldorf prosecutor Christoph Kumpa told The Associated Press that shortly before the crash Lubitz had been diagnosed with psychological problems and was taking drugs used to treat depression.

PENN STATE-ABUSE

Deliberations to resume in Penn State ex-president's trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors will resume deliberating Friday in the trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who faces charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case.

Spanier is accused of conspiracy and two counts of endangerment for his handling of complaints about the former assistant football coach more than 15 years ago.

Spanier was forced out as university president in 2011.

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