February 26th, 2017

World News

Police say drunk driver caused Mardi Gras crash that hurt 28

By Rebecca Santana, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

NEW ORLEANS – Authorities on Sunday identified the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being ... Read More »

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Midwest, Wyoming lawmakers target wolf protections again

By Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS – Pressure is building in Congress to take grey wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming off the endangered list, which would allow farmers to kill the animals if they threaten livestock. Representatives from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming have asked House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin for a fast floor vote ... Read More »

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Aquarium of Niagara expanding to protect threatened penguins

By The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says work has begun on a $3.3 million project to create a new penguin exhibit at the Aquarium of Niagara. The exhibit and gallery will include a rock beach modeled after the ... Read More »

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Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

By Ben Nuckols And Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

WASHINGTON – A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act has two main components for expanding coverage: subsidized private health insurance ... Read More »

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Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

By Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

BEIRUT – Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighbourhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad’s forces pushed ahead in Syria’s offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human ... Read More »

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Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

By Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the two churches. Francis and the Anglican bishop in Europe, Robert Innes, prayed side-by-side in the All Saints Church not ... Read More »

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Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

By Susannah George, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

MOSUL, Iraq – “We have wounded!” the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his driver to stop and leaped out. “Put one inside and the other on top!” he called ... Read More »

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School seminar near Chicago sparks civil rights, race debate

By Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

WINNETKA, Ill. – When a largely white public school nestled in Chicago’s wealthiest suburbs planned a daylong civil rights seminar, it drafted two National Book Award winners as keynote speakers and crafted a syllabus that would be the envy of most liberal arts colleges. But New Trier, a high-achieving, 4,000-student high school regularly ranked among ... Read More »

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Naming airport after Clintons doesn’t fly with GOP lawmaker

By Tafi Mukunyadzi, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Republican state lawmaker wants to remove the names of Arkansas’ most famous Democrats from Little Rock’s airport. Sen. Jason Rapert says pilots have complained to him about flying into Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport. He says Little Rock’s airport commission dishonoured a National Guard captain when it renamed the ... Read More »

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Air Force officer’s sexual assault sentence called lenient

By The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – An Air Force noncommissioned officer convicted of misconduct with eight women, including three who accused him of sexually assaulting them, was sentenced to three months confinement and another month of hard labour, a punishment a victims’ rights advocate called “shockingly light.” Tech. Sgt. Anthony Lizana, 35, also was reduced in rank to ... Read More »

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New Dem Party chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

By Hope Yen And Bill Barrow, The Associated Press on February 26th, 2017

ATLANTA – Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on 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 ... Read More »

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