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    Tom Perez elected as first Latino DNC chair

    ATLANTA (CNN) — The Democratic National Committee elected Tom Perez as its new chairman Saturday, voting for the former labor secretary over Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in a 235-200 vote. Moments later, at Perez’s request, Ellison was approved as his deputy chair. Perez, who drew support from backers of Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, argued that the party needs to focus on voting access and down-ballot battles. Ellison’s allies, who were aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders’ progressive wing, […]

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    UPDATE: Suspect in custody in New Orleans parade crash

    (CNN) — 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 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 were life-threatening, officials said. The incident occurred […]

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    Trump declines to attend White House correspondents’ dinner

    (CNN) — President Donald Trump has announced that he will not attend this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, a move that comes amid increasingly hostile relations between the media and the White House. “I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!” Trump tweeted on Saturday. The black-tie dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, takes place every spring and is usually attended by the president, journalists, […]

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    Razzies announces winners of 37th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards

    (CNN) — Is it the best of the worst or the worst of the worst? The winners (or losers, perhaps) of the 37th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards, also known as the Razzies, were announced Saturday. The voters went political this year, with “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” winning worst picture. It faced superhero-tough competition for the year’s worst film with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” “It all came down to two decidedly different examples of […]

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    Homeland Security seeking border wall proposals

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Have an idea on how to build the border wall? The Department of Homeland Security wants to hear from you. Customs and Border Protection gave notice Friday that it will soon collect proposals to design and build “prototype wall structures” near the US-Mexico border, setting a mid-April timeline for awarding contracts. The pre-solicitation notice comes as President Donald Trump once again pledged to build a border wall in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on […]

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    J.C. Penney closing up to 140 stores and two distribution centers

    Problems continue to mount for troubled retailer J.C. Penney The department store chain announced it will close up to 140 stores in the coming months, as well as two distribution centers. J.C. Penney is expected to reveal which stores will close next month. It’s unclear how many jobs will be lost by the closures, but J.C. Penney said it would also offer early retirement to 6,000 of its full-time workers. The move is the latest example of retailers cutting back […]

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    VX nerve agent used to kill Kim Jong Nam, police say

    (CNN) — The chemical substance used to kill Kim Jong Nam was a VX nerve agent, an internationally-banned chemical weapon that can kill within minutes, according to a preliminary report by the Chemistry Department of Malaysia. Malaysian police said in a statement Friday that tests on Kim’s eyes and face revealed the presence of the substance. Nerve agents are the most toxic and fast-acting substance known in chemical warfare — and VX is the most potent of all of them, […]

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    Car bombing blamed for at least 60 deaths in Syria

    (CNN) — A car bomb in a northwestern Syrian town killed as many as 60 people and wounded dozens more, activists said Friday. The attack killed between 53 and 60 people in Sousian village, according to activist groups Aleppo Media Center and UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkey’s state media also reported the attack. The groups said ISIS militants are believed to be behind the attack.

  • Little Tikes is voluntarily recalling 540,000 toddler swings after 140 reports of the swing breaking, posing a fall hazard. There have been 39 reports of injuries, including two children with broken arms.

    Little Tikes recalls 540,000 swings after injuries

    (CNN) — Little Tikes is voluntarily recalling 540,000 toddler swings after 140 reports of the swing breaking, posing a fall hazard. There have been 39 reports of injuries, including two children with broken arms. On Thursday, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure pink toddler swings. The recall includes swings manufactured in the United States from November 2009 through May 2014 with model number 615573 molded on the back of the […]

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    Trump administration hints at ‘greater enforcement’ of marijuana laws

    WASHINGTON – The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted. “I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance. That’s a reversal from the Obama administration’s stance, which laid out in an official memo that the federal government […]

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    Move over, Amazon: Here comes Walmart

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Walmart’s online sales grew at a faster pace in the fourth quarter than Amazon’s. Yes, you read that correctly. Walmart reported its latest results Tuesday: Earnings topped forecasts, while overall sales missed estimates slightly. The surprising news was that Walmart’s e-commerce revenue in the United States rose 29% from a year ago. That compares with a 22% increase in total sales at Amazon. Walmart didn’t say how much money it generated from its digital business. And […]

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    Long-term stress might make you fat, study says

    (CNN) — Could constant stress be making you fat? To find out, English researchers compared stress levels and body weight of more than 2,500 men and women over age 54 who participated in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. The study, published Thursday in the journal Obesity, looked at the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in locks of hair gathered from participants. “We found levels of cortisol in the hair to be positively and significantly correlated to larger […]