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    Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized; 2nd incident in a week

    PHILADELPHIA  — Between 75 and 100 tombstones were overturned and damaged Saturday night at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, police said Sunday. The incident at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming neighborhood is being classified as institutional vandalism, but investigators have not established a motive, said Detective Jim McReynolds of the police department’s Northeast Detectives Division. Cemeteries are located on each corner of the intersection, but no vandalism was found at the three Christian cemeteries, he said. “As far […]

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    89th Academy Awards: ‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture after some confusion

    LOS ANGELES — It’s an Academy Award moment that will go down in history. Not only did “Moonlight” pull out a surprise win over “La La Land” for best picture, but their big moment came after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announced the wrong winner. They initially announced “La La Land” as the night’s big winner. After the cast and producers for “La La Land” had already taken the stage and began their acceptance speeches, they were interrupted and […]

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    Navy secretary nominee withdraws

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Bilden said in a statement he informed Defense Secretary James Mattis of his decision. In the statement Bilden, a financier, cited his financial holdings as the reason, saying “after an extensive review process, I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Office of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.” […]

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    Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will call for a substantial increase in military spending and look to safeguard Social Security and Medicare from any cuts in his first major step toward compiling a budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The White House on Monday will issue the outlines of a budget proposal to federal agencies, a document that has largely been drafted by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, […]

  • Governor Chris Christie says GOP lawmakers should hold town halls, even if it means confronting angry constituents.

    Christie to lawmakers avoiding town halls: Go do your job

    WASHINGTON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says Republican lawmakers should hold town halls even if that means confronting hundreds of angry progressive constituents. “Welcome to the real world of responsibility,” Christie told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday. The governor’s comments come after a week in which massive crowds turned up at GOP town halls to protest President Donald Trump and Republicans’ efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Christie said some of the attendees are […]

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    Actor Bill Paxton, known for ‘Twister,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ dies at 61

    HOLLYWOOD – Actor Bill Paxton, whose extensive career included films such as “Twister,” “Aliens” and “Titanic,” has died, a representative for his family said in a statement. He was 61. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” the statement said. “Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved […]

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    Judge Joseph Wapner dead at 97

    LOS ANGELES — Judge Joseph Wapner, of the popular reality television program “People’s Court,” died at age 97 on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, California, according to his son Judge Fred Wapner. Wapner presided of over the TV courtroom for 12 seasons from 1981 to 1993, and almost 2,500 episodes. He died of natural causes.

  • Newly-elected DNC Chairman Tom Perez responded to President Trump's tweet that the DNC chair election was rigged by echoing calls for an independent investigation into reported contacts between Trump's campaign and Russians.

    DNC Chairman Perez: Need to investigate whether presidential election was ‘rigged’

    WASHINGTON DC — New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is joining calls for an independent investigation into reported contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians known to US intelligence. “What we need to be looking at is whether this election was rigged by Donald Trump and his buddy Vladimir Putin,” Perez said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday. Perez argued that Attorney General Jeff Sessions can’t adequately investigate any possible […]

  • Several people hurt as a pickup truck plows into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd. Police have the suspect in custody.

    Truck rams New Orleans crowd during Mardi Gras parade; 28 injured

    NEW ORLEANS — One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 28 people, five seriously, officials said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s. None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said. The incident occurred near […]

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    Truck rams crowd during Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans; many injured

    NEW ORLEANS, LA — One man is in custody after an accident at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans injured at least 21 people, five seriously, officials said. Police Chief Michael Harrison said it appeared the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, was likely highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s. None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said. The […]