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Kansas shooting: Indian victim says attack does not reflect state’s ‘true spirit’

  • Alok Madasani says he wishes killing of his best friend was a dream
  • Tech worker deplores ‘senseless crime’ at vigil for Srinivas Kuchibotla

An Indian man who was shot and wounded at a bar in suburban Kansas City last week says he wished the killing of his best friend during the attack had all been a dream, but that the incident, apparently fueled by racism, “doesn’t reflect the true spirit of Kansas”.

Related: Kansas shooting: injured man says suspect asked victims about visas

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/kansas-shooting-indian-vigil-alok-madasani

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Texas county pulls out of program for local police to act as immigration agents

Activists celebrate a victory in resisting Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants but Republicans are weighing other methods to force compliance

Oscar Hernández recalls how his uncle paid a double price when he was arrested for failing to pay road tolls: local police in Houston handed him to immigration officials who deported him to Mexico.

In the years since, Hernández, also an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has campaigned to end a program that deputises local officials to act as federal immigration agents, potentially turning a minor infraction into a life-altering event.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/texas-harris-county-police-immigration-agents-program

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Is Colorado’s homeless surge tied to marijuana legalization?

An 8% rise in homelessness has fueled speculation over whether legalization boosted the numbers of displaced in America’s unofficial legal cannabis capital

Annie Mae Noel has been on the streets since her Denver house, which had been in her family for more than a century, went into foreclosure in 2015. She also happens to smoke pot.

“I use marijuana to treat my MS, it has nothing to do with me not having a home,” she said recently, standing outside the Denver Rescue Mission.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/marijuana-legal-homeless-denver-colorado

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Trump navy secretary nominee withdraws citing disruption to financial interests

Philip Bilden announces his decision only days after White House said he was 100% committed to the role

President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the navy has withdrawn from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

Related: Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/trump-nomination-navy-secretary-withdraws-philip-bilden

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Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

  • Trump spokesman says FBI called links ‘BS’ but agency has yet to comment
  • Ex-CIA chief John Brennan warns White House to ‘steer clear’ of investigation

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links.

Related: Father of Navy Seal killed in Yemen calls for investigation into ‘stupid mission’

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/white-house-scrambles-to-damp-down-scandal-over-fbi-inquiry-into-russia-ties

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Driver accused in New Orleans truck crash had blood alcohol level of .232

  • Suspect Neilson Rizzuto’s blood alcohol level three times over limit
  • Five people in ‘guarded’ condition but not thought to be in danger

A driver accused of injuring 28 people in New Orleans after plowing a pickup truck into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit soon after the crash, police said on Sunday.

Related: New Orleans: dozens injured after pickup truck ploughs into parade crowd

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/driver-new-orleans-truck-crash-blood-alcohol-232

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Up to 100 gravestones vandalized at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

  • Police say 75-100 headstones desecrated at Mount Carmel Cemetery
  • Israeli foreign ministry calls attack ‘shocking and a source of worry’

Police said on Sunday that scores of headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Related: ‘It has to stop’: Trump condemns antisemitism after Jewish cemetery vandalized

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/jewish-cemetery-vandalized-philadelphia

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‘Party for the people’? Democrats seek Perez unity but doubters are vocal

Former labor secretary and main rival Keith Ellison – seen as representing the establishment and party activists respectively – must work to win over base

Moments after former labor secretary Tom Perez narrowly defeated Representative Keith Ellison in a battle to lead the Democratic party, the rivals appeared together at a press conference in downtown Atlanta. Pinned to his suit jacket, Ellison wore a blue “Team Tom” button. Perez wore a green “Keith for DNC” button.

Related: How the humble town hall became a battle arena for the Trump resistance

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/democrat-national-committee-tom-perez-analysis

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Leading French academic threatened with deportation at Houston airport

  • Henry Rousso was due to take part in a symposium at Texas A&M University
  • Ten-hour ordeal highlights ‘total arbitrariness and incompetence’

A prominent French historian has said he was detained for more than 10 hours in Houston and threatened with deportation, in the latest of several examples of high-profile individuals being questioned extensively at US airports before being allowed entry.

Henry Rousso flew from Paris to Houston last Wednesday to take part in a symposium at Texas A&M University but was wrongly detained and almost sent back to France after a border guard failed to understand Rousso’s entitlements under visa rules, university officials said.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/henry-rousso-french-academic-deportation-houston-airport

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The United States Postal Service isn’t ‘in decline’ – far from it | Letter from Fredric Rolando

A recent article (theguardian.com, 1 February) made the interesting proposal that the United States Postal Service help distribute food to America’s hungry, but in the initial version the author described the postal service as in decline. In fact, the evidence suggests the opposite.

The USPS delivers to 155m homes from coast to coast, six – and now increasingly seven – days a week as deals such as the one with Amazon are signed. Daily, an average of 3,630 new household, business or organisation addresses are added to the postal delivery network.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/feb/26/the-united-states-postal-service-isnt-in-decline-far-from-it

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Democrats’ show of unity around Tom Perez yet to convince doubters

The former labor secretary and his main rival Keith Ellison – seen as representing the establishment and party activists respectively – must work to win over base

Moments after former labor secretary Tom Perez narrowly defeated Representative Keith Ellison in a battle to lead the Democratic party, the rivals appeared together at a press conference in downtown Atlanta. Pinned to his suit jacket, Ellison wore a blue “Team Tom” button. Perez wore a green “Keith for DNC” button.

Related: How the humble town hall became a battle arena for the Trump resistance

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/democrat-national-committee-tom-perez-analysis

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White House scrambles to damp down scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

  • Trump spokesman says FBI called links ‘BS’ but agency has yet to comment
  • Ex-CIA chief John Brennan warns White House to ‘steer clear’ of investigation

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links.

Related: Father of Navy Seal killed in Yemen calls for investigation into ‘stupid mission’

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/white-house-scrambles-to-damp-down-scandal-over-fbi-inquiry-into-russia-ties

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Mnuchin: Trump will not cut social security and Medicare ‘entitlements’

Donald Trump’s first budget proposal will spare big social welfare programs such as social security and Medicare from cuts, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Related: CPAC conservatives drink the Trump Kool-Aid, but who will pick up the tab?

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/mnuchin-trump-social-security-medicare-entitlements

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Father of Navy Seal killed in Yemen calls for investigation into ‘stupid mission’

Bill Owens says he refused to meet Donald Trump who authorised the special forces raid, in which 25 civilians also died, days after his inauguration

The father of a Navy Seal killed in a raid in Yemen last month has demanded an investigation into the planning and timing of what he called a “stupid mission”.

Related: Questions mount over botched Yemen raid approved by Trump

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/father-navy-seal-yemen-trump-investigation-stupid-mission

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Donald Trump is not the first US president to boycott press events

Missing a White House correspondents’ dinner is a serious sense of humour failure but is not without precedent

The annual dinner hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association, in Washington, is traditionally an occasion when the US president is lampooned and ridiculed to his face, and is expected to take the ribbing in good part.

So Donald Trump’s decision to boycott this year’s event looks like a serious sense of humour failure, indicative of his rapidly deteriorating relationship with the media.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/donald-trump-not-first-us-president-fall-out-with-the-press