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  • At town halls, GOP caught between Trump, angry voters February 27, 2017
    Urbandale, Iowa • When hundreds of angry constituents chanted “no wall” at his Iowa town hall, Republican Rep. David Young agreed it wasn’t necessary. When they demanded that President Donald Trump release his tax returns, the second-term congressman called it a “no-brainer.” And, when they yelled at the mention of White House adviser Steve Bannon’s […]
  • Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug February 27, 2017
    San Francisco • Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use of weed. […]
  • Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis' image February 27, 2017
    Vatican City • God’s love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to “protect” the image of Pope Francis and “stop situations of illegality that may be […]
  • Family representative: 'Titanic' actor Bill Paxton has died February 27, 2017
    Los Angeles • Bill Paxton, the prolific and charismatic actor whose many memorable roles included an astronaut in “Apollo 13” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic,” has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61. A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details. Paxton, a Fort Worth, […]
  • New Dem chairman's goals: Unite party and oppose Trump's policies February 27, 2017
    Atlanta • Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from “school board to the Senate” and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election. Speaking in television interviews, Perez indicated that an important first step was joining with […]
  • Man who plowed into Mardi Gras crowd was heavily intoxicated February 27, 2017
    New Orleans • The man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said Sunday. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. He’s being held at the city’s jail […]
  • White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing February 26, 2017
    News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing on Friday. The Associated Press chose not to participate in the gaggle after White House press secretary Sean Spicer restricted the number of journalists present for the briefing. Typically, the […]
  • Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports February 26, 2017
    Washington • White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials who confirmed the unusual contact with law enforcement involved in a pending investigation. The officials said […]
  • Pagans are slowly finding a spiritual home in Idaho's Magic Valley February 26, 2017
    Twin Falls, Idaho • Wendy Koffer carried a wicker basket full of gloves, clippers, plastic baggies and a ball of string as she strolled through Rock Creek Park. Koffer’s eyes scanned the landscape beyond the paved pathway, looking for twigs, berries, plants and leaves she could use in spells and magic. Walking alongside her were […]
  • Other nations shaking heads at US transgender toilet battle February 26, 2017
    Dublin • Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys’ restrooms at school — because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn’t make a federal issue about where children do their business. As Donald […]