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March 27, 2017 - 12:52 am


Texas Republican quits hard-line Freedom Caucus

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus is resigning after the hard line group helped scuttle the Republican health care overhaul.

Texas GOP Rep. Ted Poe says in a statement Sunday that "saying no is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do."

Poe was one of the few caucus members who'd declared support for the proposal. Most of the group's roughly three dozen members opposed it. President Donald Trump and other top Republicans are blaming them for the bill's collapse.

House Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the measure off the House floor Friday in a jarring setback for Trump and Ryan. It faced certain rejection had a roll call occurred.

The bill would have erased much of President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul.


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.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Priebus 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!"

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, acknowledged on ABC's "This Week" that he was doing a lot of "self-critiquing" after the health care defeat. He insisted the GOP overhaul effort was not over and that he regretted not spending more time with moderate Republicans and Democrats "to find some consensus."

Meadows also said he was open to a tax plan that is not fully "offset" so it is revenue neutral. That's a shift for a fiscal conservative concerned about deficits.


Schumer says Democrats willing to work with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says Democrats are willing to work with Republicans on improving the health care system if they agree to stop trying to repeal former President Barack Obama's law.

Schumer says Democrats and Republicans both have ideas on how to improve "Obamacare."

Speaking on ABC's "This Week," the New York senator says: "We never said it was perfect. We always said we'd work with them to improve it. We just said repeal was off the table."

Schumer spoke two days after House Republicans pulled their health care bill at the last minute to avoid a certain defeat. He also warned that Republicans will "lose again" on tax reform if they continue to cater to what he characterized as "hard-right wealthy special interests."


Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will announce the White House Office of American Innovation. The official sought anonymity to discuss the move in advance of the formal rollout.

The plans for the office were first reported by The Washington Post. The office will be led by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to Trump, and will report directly to the president.

Trump is preparing to announce the new office at a low point in his young administration, days after the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare imploded in the House of Representatives.


NEW: US economy to grow slower than Trump pledges, survey finds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey of economists finds that U.S. economic growth is expected to accelerate this year and next, yet remain modest, even if President Trump's promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending are implemented.

The survey by the National Association for Business Economics predicts the economy will grow a solid 2.3 percent this year and 2.5 percent in 2018.

Still, those rates are below the 3 percent to 4 percent growth that Trump has promised to bring about through steep corporate and individual tax cuts and more spending on roads, airports and tunnels. Most of the economists surveyed assume that a tax reform package will be approved by Congress this year. About two-fifths expect an infrastructure spending proposal to pass this year, while rest forecast it will happen in 2018 or beyond.


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 19-year-old Yao Cao, of Chestnut Hill, was driving and 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.

State police say speed and impairment are believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.


Mom of teen shot by cop angry over resignation

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of an unarmed black teenager who was shot to death in his bathroom by a white New York City police officer is angry that the officer has been allowed to resign.

Constance Malcolm says there's no justice for her son, Ramarley Graham, and she's appalled by how the police department and city government have treated Officer Richard Haste.

Haste was brought on departmental charges for demonstrating "poor judgment" by not taking obvious steps to defuse a fatal standoff with Graham.

Administrative Judge Rosemarie Maldonado said Friday that he should be fired. The department says Haste quit Sunday.

Haste's lawyer says the shooting in 2012 was found to be justified, and that his client should not have had to resign.

Malcolm says the officer should be in prison.


UPDATE: Police search for suspects in deadly nightclub shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati police are searching for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 15 other people injured.

Authorities say a gunfight broke out inside the crowded Cameo club early Sunday after a dispute among several people escalated into a shootout that sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets.

Twenty-seven-year-old O'Bryan Spikes was killed and 15 other people were injured. At least five victims remained hospitalized Monday morning. A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman says two are in critical condition and three are in stable.

No suspects are in custody in the shooting at the club, which police say has a history of gun violence.

Club operator Jay Rodgers says Cameo will remain closed until both an internal and a police investigation are completed.


Suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

NEW YORK (AP) — A white Army veteran accused of killing a 66-year-old black stranger in a racial attack in New York City says he regrets killing the man because he would rather have killed a younger or more successful black victim.

James Harris Jackson told the Daily News Sunday he's "sorry" he stabbed Timothy Caughman, who was collecting bottles. He says it was dark and he didn't know the victim was elderly.

Authorities say Jackson came to Manhattan from Baltimore earlier this month with the aim of killing black men and to "make a statement."

Jackson told the newspaper his goal was to force women to reconsider their interracial relationships.

The 28-year-old has been arraigned on a hate crime murder charge. He didn't enter a plea. His next court date is Monday.


'Dreamer' immigrant in Oregon detained by US authorities

NEW: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Activists say a 25-year-old man who had been allowed to stay in the U.S. because he was brought into the country as a child has been detained by immigration agents.

Immigration lawyer Stephen Manning says in a statement that Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez was picked up Sunday morning at his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

The Oregon chapter of the ACLU says in a statement that he arrived in the U.S. from Mexico when he was 5 years old. He has lived in the Portland area since then.

The ACLU says Rodriguez Dominguez participates in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which grants two years of permission to work and protection from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. These immigrants are known as "Dreamers."

The Oregonian/Oregonlive reports that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


Rocks, Bible thrown through windows of Colorado mosque

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado mosque was vandalized early Sunday when someone threw rocks and a Bible through the windows of the Islamic Center of Fort Collins.

Islamic Center president Tawfik Aboellail says video footage from a security camera showed a man in his late 20s or early 30s trying to break into the mosque at about 4 a.m. Sunday. He says the perpetrator did not get inside.

The damage prompted the center to cancel religious classes for children and was condemned by local law enforcement and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.

Fort Collins Police Chief John Hutton asked for anyone with information about the crime to step forward.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations called on authorities to investigate the vandalism as a possible hate crime.


Bahrain alleges Iran-backed group planned assassinations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain is alleging a 14-member group backed by Iran planned assassinations in the island kingdom.

The Interior Ministry issued a statement early Monday that said 11 members of the group "are suspected of receiving overseas military training under the supervision of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah in Iraq."

It said police had arrested 14 suspects in raids that saw officers seize weapons and explosives. It said the group's two leaders were abroad in Iran.

Iran's government had no immediate comment. Sunni-ruled Bahrain, like other Gulf Arab nations, remains suspicious of Shiite power Iran and periodically announces similar arrests.

Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, has seen the low-scale unrest present since its 2011 Arab Spring protests escalate recently amid a government crackdown on dissent.


NEW: Avalanche leaves 6 students unconscious in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Authorities say six Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort Monday morning.

The avalanche occurred around 9:20 a.m. in the town of Nasu in Tochigi prefecture.

The Tochigi government said three other students were also injured, and two more students and an instructor are missing.

Japanese media said they were part of a group of about 50 students who were on a mountain climbing exercise at the ski area north of Tokyo.

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