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March 26, 2017 - 11:57 am

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-CINCINNATI

UPDATE: Police: 'Multiple' people fired shots in Cincinnati club

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's police chief says shots were fired by multiple people inside a crowded nightclub, killing a 27-year-old man and leaving more than a dozen other people wounded.

Chief Eliot Isaac says initial investigation indicates that several Cincinnati area males were in a dispute, leading to the gunfire about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at the Cameo club. Several people were involved.

He says two of the wounded are in critical condition, one "extremely critical."

Authorities don't believe there is a terrorism link. They are still working to identify the shooters and are asking for help from witnesses.

BRITAIN-ATTACK

Attacker's encrypted WhatsApp message cannot be accessed

LONDON (AP) — A top British official says London attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd used Sunday appearances on BBC and Sky News to urge WhatsApp and other encrypted services to make their platforms accessible to intelligence services and police trying to carrying out lawful eavesdropping.

She said, "We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other."

Rudd did not provide any details about Masood's use of WhatsApp. British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service just minutes before starting a rampage Wednesday that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded.

Authorities say Masood drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into Parliament's gates and rushing onto the grounds, where he stabbed a policeman to death before being shot dead.

SYRIA

Activists say IS evacuating Raqqa over dam fears

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has ordered an evacuation from its de facto capital, Raqqa, following warnings that the Tabqa Dam upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse.

The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says civilians are fleeing Raqqa en masse. It says the militants are warning residents that the dam is out of service, weakened by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, and could collapse. It says water levels are rising behind the dam.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition-run monitoring group, is also reporting the dam is out of service.

The two groups rely on local contacts to smuggle information out of IS-held territory.

U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces are battling IS near the militant-held dam as part of a broader campaign to take Raqqa.

IRAN-UNITED STATES

Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US companies

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region.

A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency Sunday said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas.

The move is seen as a response to U.S. sanctions placed on dozens of Iranian entities in February following an Iranian missile test. Iran's sanctions are unlikely to have much impact as none of the targeted U.S. companies are known to do business in Iran.

The companies include Bent Tal, United Technologies Products. ITT Corporation, Raytheon, Re/Max Real Estate, Magnum Research Inc., Oshkosh Corporation, Kahr Arms and Elbit Systems.

TRUMP-CARRIER-TAX BREAKS

NEW: Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

A state economic development board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on endorsing the package nearly four months after Trump celebrated his role in the negotiations with a visit to the plant.

Under the deal, Carrier will keep some 800 furnace production jobs in Indiana that it had planned to eliminate.

Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger says Trump's talks with Carrier parent company United Technologies about its federal contracts likely paid a big role in Carrier's decision.

HEALTH OVERHAUL

Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare.

On Twitter Sunday, Trump says: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!"

The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The bill was pulled from the House floor Friday in a humiliating political defeat for the president.

Trump initially focused his blame on Democrats for the failure and predicted a dire future for the current law.

Before the bill was pulled, Trump tweeted at the Freedom Caucus, saying Planned Parenthood funding would continue if they blocked the legislation.

LGBT RIGHTS-ARKANSAS

NEW: Opponents: Arkansas exposure bill targets transgender people

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker is proposing an expansion of the state's indecent exposure law in a move that opponents say would target transgender people's use of bathrooms.

Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger's bill would make it a crime for people to knowingly expose their sex organs to someone of the opposite sex in a public place under circumstances that are likely to cause alarm.

Ballinger says the measure was needed to protect children in situations such as when a father takes his daughter into a men's restroom. It would make it a crime for the men to deliberately expose themselves to the child.

But American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas legal counsel Holly Dickson says the bill really targets transgender people.

SPRINT CAR DRIVER KILLED

Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida.

Desoto Speedway officials said in a Facebook post on Saturday night that track owners and staff were saddened by the crash. The statement says Steele was trying to win his 100th race in Florida.

A Manatee County Sheriff's Office report says Steele was driving a sprint car when his vehicle's left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another car, causing Steele's vehicle to go up in the air, spin 180 degrees and hit the retaining wall.

Medics attempted to treat him but he was pronounced dead. He was 42.

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne tweeted that Steele was "one of the best and such a good guy to hang out and have a beer with."

CRASH-TUNNEL

1 dead, 1 injured after car strikes ceiling of tunnel

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities say one person was killed and another was injured after the car they were in went airborne and struck the ceiling of a tunnel in Boston.

Massachusetts State Police say the car was headed east on Route 90 around 2:15 a.m. Sunday when it went into the air near exit 22, tearing down wires and cables in the tunnel. Investigators are still trying to determine how the car went airborne.

Police say a 20-year-old man from Brookline who was driving was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries that weren't believed to be life-threatening. Their names were not immediately released.

The crash is being investigated by State Police and Suffolk County Detectives.

SEATTLE SEWAGE SPILL

Seattle plant failure dumps millions of gallons of sewage

SEATTLE (AP) — Millions of gallons of raw sewage and untreated runoff have poured into Puget Sound since Washington state's largest sewage treatment plant experienced equipment failures that forced it to stop fully treating Seattle's waste.

The county-run facility has been hobbling along at about half-capacity since the Feb. 9 electrical failure resulted in catastrophic flooding that damaged an underground network of pumps, motors, electric panels and other equipment.

Though the worst may be over, the plant is only partially treating dirty water that goes down Seattle toilets and washes off roofs and roads before discharging it into Puget Sound. The plant is likely to face fines for violating federal clean-water laws.

Meanwhile, the King County Council has launched an independent probe into what went wrong.

SEVERE WEATHER

Storms to take aim at Plains in turbulent week of weather

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters say storms packing tree-tumbling winds and car-denting hail could strike parts of the Plains, the latest round in a turbulent week of wild weather across the Midwest and South.

Forecasters say the worst weather Sunday will be across a wide swath of central Oklahoma and northern Texas. The area includes the Oklahoma City metro area.

Bill Bunting is chief of forecast operations at the national Storm Prediction Center. He says a "very active" weather pattern is unfolding this week after storms lashed several Southern states late Friday into Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, says golf ball-sized hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph are possible in Oklahoma Sunday.

Storms demolished mobile homes in Arkansas and a church in Louisiana over the weekend.

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