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March 26, 2017 - 2:09 pm


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, leaving one person dead and more than a dozen others wounded.

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

Isaac identified the man who died as 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes. He says two of the wounded are in critical condition, one "extremely critical."

Authorities are still working to identify the shooters and are asking for help from witnesses.

Police do not think the shooting was terrorism-related. They said the nightclub has a history of gun violence.


NEW: Coroner identifies 2 adults, 2 children killed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have released the identities of four people killed in a quiet Northern California neighborhood.

The Sacramento County coroner's office on Sunday confirmed the victims as 45-year-old Angelique Vasquez; her 14-year-old daughter, Mia Vasquez; her 11-year-old son, Alvin Vasquez; and 21-year-old Ashley Coleman.

Sacramento police Officer Matthew McPhail says detectives didn't immediately know what relationship Coleman had to the Vasquez family.

The victims were found in a single-story home Thursday. McPhail says investigators are still processing the scene and are treating the entire house as evidence.

Police arrested 56-year-old Salvador Vasquez-Oliva on suspicion of homicide in connection to the killings. They have not named a motive or said what relationship Vasquez-Oliva has to the dead.

Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said Thursday that the killings don't appear to be random.


UPDATE: Man arrested over possible links to 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.

As controversy swirled over the encrypted messages, police made another arrest in Birmingham, England, where Masood had lived. The 30-year-old is one of two men now in custody over possible links to the attack. Neither has been charged or publicly named.

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.


UPDATE: Syrian Kurdish forces battle IS over air base

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces have reached the Tabqa air base in northern Syria and are fighting to seize it from Islamic State control.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces are firing on Islamic State militants inside the air base, which they seized from the Syrian government in 2014.

The activist-run Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently says the SDF have "controlled" several parts of the air base, while the media arm for the Kurdish PYD political party, which is aligned with the SDF, says fighters have seized a village one kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the air base.

The air base lies 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital in Syria.

The U.S. has provided substantial air and ground support to the SDF, who are closing in on the IS capital.


NEW: UN official says 6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A U.N. official says that six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013.

Eugene Owusu, the top U.N. humanitarian official in South Sudan, said in a statement Sunday that the attack took place on the road from Juba, the capital, to Pibor, where there have been recent reports of fighting. He did not identify the nationalities of the aid workers or their organization.

The ambush is the latest of several attacks on aid workers in South Sudan, which is one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. At least 12 aid workers have been killed so far this year and 79 have been killed since civil war began in South Sudan.


EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming.

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold since last year while a federal appeals court considers a challenge by coal-friendly Republican-led states and more than 100 companies.

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," Pruitt said Trump's intention is to bring back coal-mining jobs and reduce the cost of electricity.

Supporters of former President Barack Obama's plan say it would spur thousands of clean-energy jobs.


Trump aide says president to court Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus is making clear that President Donald Trump will be seeking support from moderate Democrats for upcoming legislative battles. He also is leaving open the possibility that the president could still revisit health care legislation after the failure of the Republican bill to replace Obamacare.

He scolded conservative Republicans, explaining that Trump had felt "disappointed" that a "number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren't."

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

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Priebus said: "I think more so now than ever, it's time for both parties to come together and get to real reforms in this country whether it be taxes, whether it'd be health care, whether it'd be immigration, whether it'd be infrastructure, this president is ready to lead."


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.


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."


'Beauty and the Beast' dances off with top box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has continued to enchant audiences in its second weekend in theaters.

Studio estimates say the film added $88.3 million to its total this weekend, down only 49 percent from its massive debut. The box-office juggernaut has earned $317 million to date from North American theaters.

In a distant second, Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" opened with a strong $40.5 million. The PG-13 reboot of the campy television show cost a reported $100 million to produce.

Not so mighty were the totals for the two R-rated films that opened this weekend. Warner Bros.' raunchy action comedy "CHIPS" and Sony's space thriller "Life" failed to gain much traction.

"Life" earned $12.6 million, while the critically derided "CHIPS" brought in $7.6 million.

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