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March 27, 2017 - 2:50 am


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.


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.


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 wounded.

Patrons at the crowded Cameo club were sent diving to the ground to dodge bullets early Sunday.

The shooting erupted following a dispute among several patrons. At least five people are still hospitalized.


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

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

The Oregon chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says Francisco J. Rodriguez Dominguez was picked up at his home by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Immigration activists say Dominguez had a misdemeanor for DUI.


NEW: Powerful winds, large hail hit Southern Plains

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Large hail and strong winds hit parts of Texas and Oklahoma as a storm system rolled through the Southern Plains.

Heavy rains also occurred during Sunday's storms, and video from KWTV showed a funnel cloud near Ada, Oklahoma, about 70 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Denton, Texas, police told the Dallas Morning News that hail up to the size of softballs fell on the area.

The National Weather Service issued multiple storm advisories throughout the day Sunday.

The severe weather happened as residents in the Deep South cleared branches and worked to restore power from earlier weekend storms.

A tornado destroyed four mobile homes and damaged others near Cato, Arkansas, late Friday night. In northwest Louisiana, sheriff's officials said a church was destroyed by an apparent tornado, though no injuries were reported.


NEW: Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless

SEATTLE (AP) — Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, the mayor of Seattle is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem.

In making his case, Mayor Ed Murray says the problem has grown exponentially, and federal and state help is unlikely. He's hoping residents will support a proposed initiative that would raise $275 million over five years to pay for rent subsidies, treatment and other homeless services — almost doubling what Seattle spends each year.

But some are pushing back, saying the city already spends millions to combat homelessness and things have gotten worse, not better.


NEW: Sheriff: ICE arrests 26 parolees during community service

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Fort Worth say federal immigration agents arrested 26 parolees living in the country illegally as they performed community service.

Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn tells KXAS-TV his office participated in Sunday morning's operation at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An ICE spokesman confirmed the operation, but didn't provide additional details.

Spokesman Carl Rusnock tells the station "ICE routinely conducts immigration enforcement operations locally and nationwide."

Waybourn says those arrested were convicted of high-level misdemeanors or low-level felonies and were released from jail by mistake. He also says the families of the detainees had been notified.

The sheriff says they were taken to an ICE facility in Dallas for processing, and some may be released.


NEW: New Zealand and China plan to renegotiate free trade deal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and China say they plan to renegotiate their 9-year-old free trade deal.

The countries made the announcement Monday during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said the deal had been a huge success and resulted in trade between the countries tripling. He said an upgrade to the agreement would help expand trade further and that talks would begin next month.

Li also praised the deal, saying it was the first that China had signed with a developed nation and remained the most advanced.

New Zealand hopes that a renegotiated agreement would allow it to sell more dairy products to China. And China would like to erase a small trade deficit it runs with New Zealand by selling more of its products.


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.


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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