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TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM), a leading materials supplier to the

semiconductor industry, announced today that Edward \u201cEd\u201d Shober has been

appointed to the position of senior vice president of its Materials

segment. Mr. Shober will be responsible for the company\u2019s Process

Materials (PM) and Advanced Materials (AM) global businesses, which

produce specialty chemicals and materials utilized in the next

generation of semiconductors and displays for smart devices, as well as

high-purity, specialty gases used in the semiconductor manufacturing

process. Mr. Shober has led the AM business since 2011 and has more than

20 years\u2019 experience serving Versum Materials\u2019 customers in the

semiconductor industry.

\u201cEd will continue to support our culture of operating as an agile

organization that is relentlessly focused on building on our global

technology leadership and establishing a reputation for quality, safety

and reliability,\u201d stated Guillermo Novo, President and CEO of Versum

Materials. \u201cBecause of Ed\u2019s customer relationships, leadership,

experience and technical capabilities, we are confident that\u2019s Ed\u2019s

transition will be seamless for our customers and his industry knowledge

will continue to be an invaluable asset to our team.\u201d

Mr. Shober joined Air Products in 1994, leading engineering activities

in the electronics engineering and electronics package plants

organizations. In 1999, he was named vice president of engineering and

operations for TRiMEGA, a joint venture between Air Products and Kinetic

Systems providing turnkey solutions to semiconductor fabs, and served as

TRiMEGA\u2019s chief operating officer from 2001-2004. Mr. Shober went on to

lead DA NanoMaterials, Air Products\u2019 joint venture with DuPont, as its

chief operating officer from 2004-2007 and chief executive officer from

2007-2010. In October 2011, he served as the director of Advanced

Materials Integration, Electronics Division, until assuming leadership

of Air Products\u2019 Advanced Materials business. He previously served as

the vice president of Advanced Materials for the Materials Technologies

business of Air Products since 2012. Mr. Shober holds a Bachelor of

Science degree in civil/structural engineering from Brown University.

About Versum Materials

Versum Materials, Inc. (NYSE: VSM) is a best-in-class electronic

materials company providing high-purity chemicals and gases, delivery

systems, services and materials expertise to meet the evolving needs of

the global semiconductor, display and LED industries. Derived from the

Latin word for \u201ctoward,\u201d the name \u201cVersum\u201d (pronounced ver-SOOM)

communicates the company\u2019s deep commitment to helping customers move

toward the future by collaborating, innovating and creating cutting-edge

solutions.

A global leader in technology, quality, safety and reliability, Versum

is one of the world\u2019s largest suppliers of next generation CMP slurries,

ultra-thin dielectric and metal film precursors, formulated cleans and

etching products, and delivery equipment that has revolutionized the

semiconductor industry. Versum, which began trading October 3, 2016 on

the NYSE as an independent company, has annual sales of about US$1

billion, 1,900 employees and 10 major facilities in Asia and the North

America. It is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Versum had operated for

more than three decades as a division of Air Products and Chemicals,

Inc. (NYSE: APD).

For additional information, please visit https://versummaterials.com.

Versum Materials, Inc.

Investor Inquiries:

Nahla A.

Azmy, 480-482-4344

Nahla.Azmy@versummaterials.com

or

Media

Inquiries:

Tiffany Zinn, 480-282-6475

Tiffany.Zinn@versummmaterials.com

This press release contains \u201cforward-looking statements\u201d within the

meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities

Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933

and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These

forward-looking statements may be identified by references to future

periods, and include statements about our anticipated culture of

operating as an agile organization, our future global technology

leadership, our ongoing reputation for quality, safety and reliability,

and the anticipated seamless leadership transition. These

forward-looking statements are based on management\u2019s reasonable

expectations and assumptions as of the date the statements were made.

Actual results and the outcomes of future events may differ materially

from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements

because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without

limitation, weakening of global or regional general economic conditions

and product supply versus demand imbalances in the semiconductor

industry could decrease the demand for our goods and services; our

concentrated customer base; our ability to continue technological

innovation to meet the evolving needs of our customers; our inability to

protect and enforce intellectual property rights; operational, political

and legal risks of our international operations; hazards associated with

specialty chemical manufacturing could disrupt our operations or the

operations of our suppliers or customers; changes in government

regulations in the countries we operate; raw material shortages and

price increases; sole source and limited source suppliers; fluctuation

of currency exchange rates; increased competition; our ability to

successfully complete the transition to an independent public company;

increased costs as a separate public company; and other risk factors

described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission,

including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended

September 30, 2016, and in our periodic filings. Versum Materials

assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or

information in this press release.

Contacts

Versum Materials, Inc.

Investor Inquiries:

Nahla A.

Azmy, 480-482-4344

Nahla.Azmy@versummaterials.com

or

Media

Inquiries:

Tiffany Zinn, 480-282-6475

Tiffany.Zinn@versummmaterials.com

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WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin will speak at The

American Legion\u2019s 57th annual Washington Conference during a Commander\u2019s

Call event on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Washington Hilton \u2013 International

Ballroom Center in Washington, D.C.

Other government dignitaries who will also be speaking include U.S. Sen.

John McCain (R-AZ), chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services;

U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), chairman of the House Committee on Veterans\u2019

Affairs; and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), ranking member of the Senate

Veterans\u2019 Affairs Committee.

The Commander\u2019s Call will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. inside

the Washington Hilton\u2019s International Ballroom East & Center. This event

will be broadcast live on www.legion.org.

About The American Legion

With a current membership of over 2 million wartime veterans, The

American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong

national security, veterans affairs, Americanism and youth programs.

Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more

than 13,000 posts across the nation.

Contacts

The American Legion

Johnathon Clinkscales, 202-263-2982

jclinkscales@legion.org

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World\u2019s First Major Commercial Gateway to the Stratosphere

For photos and b-roll of the new HQ and Spaceport Tucson, visit http://bit.ly/2lCq86x

To view and embed World View\u2019s new Stratollite animation, visit this

link

TUCSON, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--World View, the stratospheric exploration company, today announced the

grand opening of its new Global Headquarters campus, collocated with

Spaceport Tucson. The 142,000-square-foot facility is the world\u2019s first

purpose-built commercial gateway to the Stratosphere.

World View\u2019s founder and CEO, Jane Poynter, formerly a Biosphere 2 crew

member with a long and successful executive career in aerospace, lauds

the moment as a major step in unlocking the untapped economic and

scientific potential of the stratosphere. \u201cWorld View and Spaceport

Tucson are at the forefront of opening an entirely new economy in the

stratosphere,\u201d said Poynter. \u201cFor decades, trillions of dollars of

commerce have been transacted in commercial airspace and in low-earth

orbit, but the stratosphere has been largely ignored. With the grand

opening of this facility and all the great work being done within its

walls, we\u2019re embarking on a new era of affordable and meaningful

commercial access to this layer of Earth\u2019s atmosphere.\u201d

World View made the decision to call Tucson, AZ home after a rigorous

nation-wide search and negotiations with multiple state agencies. The

newly constructed facility in Tucson, AZ will house the company\u2019s

stratospheric balloon manufacturing, stratocraft assembly, Stratollite

and Voyager development activities, payload integration, and flight

mission control. Among many of the unique features of the facility is a

stratospheric balloon manufacturing table stretching over 1/10 of a mile

long, a 100ft tall parafoil test and quality control tower currently

housing one of the world\u2019s largest parafoils, and a world-class mission

control room overlooking the 700ft diameter launch pad that is Spaceport

Tucson.

World View hosted a Grand Opening ceremony led by World View co-founders

Jane Poynter, Taber MacCallum, Astronaut Mark Kelly, and Dr. Alan Stern.

The ceremony included remarks from Senator John McCain, NASA\u2019s Associate

Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate Stephen

Jurczyk, and the FAA\u2019s Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Dr.

George Nield, while welcoming guests from around the world that included

spaceflight reservation holders, world-class researchers and scientists,

Silicon Valley financiers, elected officials and others.

\u201c[Arizona] has a bright and prosperous future thanks to companies like

World View that continue to push the boundaries of technology,

innovation, and exploration,\u201d said Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain. \u201cIn

just a few short years, World View has made historic breakthroughs that

have revolutionized the areas of disaster recovery, first response,

communications, and weather forecasting. World View\u2019s remarkable

research and development will soon make possible what was previously

impossible.\u201d

World View\u2019s new remotely managed, un-crewed Stratollite vehicle, offers

low-cost, long-duration (up to months at a time) persistence over

customer-specified areas of interest. Among its wide variety of uses,

the Stratollite will deliver a capability that will help researchers

greatly advance our knowledge of planet Earth, improve our ability to

identify and track severe weather, and assist first responders during

natural disaster. Similar to a geo-stationary satellite (but in the

stratosphere via high-altitude balloon) this new class of vehicle will

offer a long sought after capability in aerospace \u2013 low-cost, continuous

persistence over areas of interest. World View\u2019s proprietary

altitude-control technology allows it to harness the near-360\u00b0

countervailing stratospheric winds to steer the Stratollite to and from

desired locations, and loiter above them for weeks and months of time.

Just this month, World View and Ball Aerospace launched a collaborative

Stratollite remote sensing mission from Arizona that demonstrated the

platform\u2019s superior capability as a high-altitude imaging platform. The

mission\u2019s low-resolution test camera returned 5m resolution imagery,

successfully demonstrating the platform for a wide variety of remote

sensing applications. This mission was a major step on the path to the

commercial offering of low-cost, real-time, high-resolution imagery data

from the stratosphere. The two companies plan to build on the success of

the flight with subsequent Stratollite missions that will carry

high-resolution Ball Aerospace sensors for long-duration, persistent

flights over desired locations.

World View\u2019s new Global HQ and Spaceport Tucson are poised to open a new

economic and scientific gateway to the Stratosphere, and this grand

opening represents only a beginning of great things to come.

For a downloadable images and b-roll, please visit http://bit.ly/2lCq86x.

Additional post-event video and imagery will be posted by 9 p.m. MT.

About World View\u00ae Enterprises, Inc.

World View\u2019s innovative flight technologies offer a unique perspective

of Earth from the edge of space. World View delivers meaningful insights

to enterprises, agencies, and individuals via two primary business

segments: Stratollite un-crewed flight systems and Voyager human

spaceflight systems. Stratollites, in operation today, offer low-cost,

long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and

government agencies. Using advanced stratospheric balloon technology,

Stratollite applications include communications, remote sensing,

weather, and research. The Voyager human spaceflight experience is under

development and will launch in the near future, offering private

citizens a comfortable, safe, and perspective-changing voyage to the

edge of space via high-altitude balloon. To learn more about World View,

visit www.WorldView.space.

Contacts

World View

Andrew Antonio, 302-383-7244

andrew@worldview.space

or

Griffin

Communications Group

Melissa Wren, 281-827-4269

melissa@griffincg.com

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\"Media

Netflix's rise from a simple DVD mailing service to a full-blown production company has been as swift as it has been life-changing for its subscribers around the world -- 93 million, to be exact.

Netflix's first original series was \"House of Cards\" in 2013. Fast forward to 2016, when Netflix released an estimated 30 original series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

PrettyFamous, an entertainment site by Graphiq, ranked each Netflix original show from worst to first. To do so, PrettyFamous considered Netflix Original (TV) Series as well as shows acquired by Netflix from other networks. Children's shows were not included. Each show's quality was determined by its Smart Rating - a score out of 100 that takes into account a show's IMDb votes, IMDb rating and the number of Emmy awards won.

Note: TV show descriptions were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.

#61. \"Chasing Cameron\"

\"Brillstein

Smart Rating: 30.03
Premiere: December 27, 2016
Status: Pending

During an international tour, the social media star tries to take his career to the next level.

#60. \"Richie Rich\"

\"AwesomenessTV

Smart Rating: 30.85
Premiere: February 20, 2015
Status: Ended

A normal kid becomes an overnight millionaire and has limitless opportunities for fun and adventure.

#59. \"Netflix Presents: The Characters\"

\"Jax

Smart Rating: 34.37
Premiere: March 11, 2016
Status: Pending

Eight comedians get the opportunity to create their own 30-minute episode and do whatever they want.

#58. \"Russell Peters vs. the World\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 35.45
Premiere: October 03, 2013
Status: Ended

Behind the scenes of Russell Peters' world tour.

#57. \"Star Wars: The Clone Wars\"

\"CGCG

Smart Rating: 38.38
Original premiere: October 03, 2008
Netflix premiere: March 07, 2014
Status:
Ended

The first weekly TV series from Lucasfilm Animation chronicles the adventures of Anakin Skywalker, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and other popular characters from the \"Star Wars\" universe during the violent Clone Wars, as dwindling numbers of Jedi knights struggle to restore peace.

#56. \"Project MC2\"

\"AwesomenessTV

Smart Rating: 39.55
Premiere: August 07, 2015
Status: Season 4 due to premiere on February 14, 2017

Four super-smart teens band together to use their science skills to save the day.

#55. \"Haters Back Off\"

\"McCreery-Rein

Smart Rating: 43.43
Premiere: October 14, 2016
Status: Renewed

This comedy series, exclusive to Netflix, follows the oddball family life of a fictional YouTube star named Miranda Sings, a character created and portrayed by Colleen Ballinger, who also serves as an executive producer. Miranda is an incredibly confident, self-absorbed teenage singer/dancer/actor/model who is on the rise -- despite a complete and utter lack of talent. Miranda continues to luck into failing upward, fueled by her belief that she was born to be famous, even if no one else knows it yet.

#54. \"One Day at a Time\"

\"Act

Smart Rating: 48.63
Premiere: January 06, 2017
Status: Pending

Ann Romano struggles with her job and raising two headstrong daughters.

#53. \"Chelsea\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 52.12
Premiere: May 11, 2016
Status: Renewed for 90 episode season 2 in 2017

With years of experience as the host of a traditional talk show, comic Chelsea Handler is trying something new for her Netflix-original venture. After exploring the world -- Russia, Japan, various stops in the United States and more -- Chelsea returns to Sony Pictures Studios to tape her show in front of a studio audience. She chats with dignitaries, celebrities and surprise guests about education, health, sports, parenting, politics, international cultures, alternative lifestyles -- any topic that is of importance to guests and viewers at home.

#52. \"Easy\"

\"Sparrow

Smart Rating: 52.41
Premiere: September 22, 2016
Status: Pending

From director and creator Joe Swanberg, this Netflix-original comedy anthology series explores diverse Chicago characters, modern romance technology and culture. Scenarios include a married couple hoping to reignite their sex life, a couple looking to spice things up with another woman and middle-aged dating. The series features an impressive array of stars, including Jake Johnson of \"New Girl,\" comic Hannibal Buress, actor Orlando Bloom, actress/model Emily Ratajkowski and actor Dave Franco.

#51. \"Fearless\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 54.64
Premiere: August 19, 2016
Status: Pending

The top Brazilian professional bull riders compete in Sao Paulo and the world.

#50. \"Roman Empire: Reign of Blood\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 54.70
Premiere: November 11, 2016
Status: Pending

The reign of Commodus, an emperor whose rule marked the beginning of Rome's demise.

#49. \"Marseille\"

\"Federation

Smart Rating: 54.92
Premiere: May 05, 2016
Status: Renewed

Robert Taro, Marseille mayor for 25 years, is opposed by his young, ambitious former prot\u00e9g\u00e9.

#48. \"Fuller House\"

\"Jeff

Smart Rating: 62.01
Premiere: February 26, 2016
Status: Renewed

Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are among the original \"Full House\" cast members who have returned to star in this spinoff, \"Fuller House.\" D.J., now widowed and a mother to three sons, finds herself back in her childhood home alongside her sister Stephanie, an aspiring musician, and her lifelong friend Kimmy Gibbler, who is also a single mother. All under one roof, the women experience moments big and small together, including budding romances, holidays, parenting and life's surprises.

#47. \"Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe\"

\"Trailer

Smart Rating: 62.65
Premiere: October 28, 2016
Status: Pending

The guys leave the trailer park for a trip to Europe.

#46. \"White Rabbit Project\"

\"Beyond

Smart Rating: 62.70
Premiere: December 09, 2016
Status: Pending

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara investigate events from pop culture, science and history.

#45. \"Flaked\"

\"Electric

Smart Rating: 66.11
Premiere: March 11, 2016
Status: Renewed

\"Arrested Development\" alum Will Arnett stars as Chip, a resident of the insular world of Venice Beach, California. Chip presents himself to the world as the go-to guy for personal insights, but secretly he is a recovering alcoholic who struggles with his own baggage, and has a difficult time keeping track of his own deceptions. When a new waitress named London starts working at a local eatery, Chip and his best friend, Dennis, both fall for her. As Chip's tangled web of half-truths starts to unravel, his all-important image -- and sobriety -- are put at risk.

#44. \"Hemlock Grove\"

\"Gaumont

Smart Rating: 69.46
Premiere: April 19, 2013
Status: Ended

Based on the book by Brian McGreevy and executive produced by acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (\"Hostel\"), this Netflix original series revolves around the peculiar residents -- and killer creatures -- of Hemlock Grove, a dilapidated former steel town in Pennsylvania. The town is composed of people living in poverty and those who are extremely wealthy -- and everyone has a secret. As sinister mysteries unfold, a seamier side of the town is exposed, placing suspicion on many and revealing that nothing is what it seems.

#43. \"Lovesick\"

\"Clerkenwell

Smart Rating: 71.23
Original premiere: October 2, 2014
Netflix premiere: November 17, 2016
Status: Pending

The sometimes-disastrous exploits of a young romantic named Dylan.

#42. \"Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp\"

\"Showalter

Smart Rating: 73.01
Premiere: July 31, 2015
Status: Renewed as Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

Counselors and campers check in for what's billed as \"the summer of your life\" at Maine's Camp Firewood in 1981. The Netflix original is a prequel to the 2001 cult film \"Wet Hot American Summer,\" and features many of the same actors, portraying even younger versions of themselves than they did in the film. Reuniting the original cast was no small feat, given the busy careers of Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler. New to camp in 2015 are Chris Pine, Jon Hamm and Kirsten Wiig. Original director David Wain helms the series, and he and Michael Showalter penned the scripts.

#41. \"Chelsea Does\"

\"Borderline

Smart Rating: 73.53
Premiere: January 23, 2016
Status: Pending

Chelsea Handler explores four topics that fascinate her: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs.

#40. \"W/ Bob & David\"

\"Odenkirk

Smart Rating: 73.59
Premiere: November 13, 2015
Status: Indefinite hiatus

Bob and David are back serving the country by making sketch comedy.

#39. \"The Ranch\"

\"Ranch

Smart Rating: 75.00
Premiere: April 01, 2016
Status: Renewed

A former semi-pro football player returns home to help run the family business with his brother.

#38. \"Captive\"

\"Lightbox

Smart Rating: 75.95
Premiere: December 09, 2016
Status: Pending

The escalating international trend of hostage-taking and the efforts that are taken in response.

#37. \"Lady Dynamite\"

\"Wounded

Smart Rating: 76.20
Premiere: May 20, 2016
Status: Renewed

Maria Bamford stars as a fictionalized version of herself in this comedy, loosely based on what the dynamic comic and actress has accepted to be her life. Bamford also serves as an executive producer alongside Pam Brady and the creator of the critically acclaimed \"Arrested Development,\" Mitch Hurwitz. Occasionally featuring surreal episodes, the series tells the tale of a woman who loses it and then finds herself. The series features several big names in comedy as guest stars, including Sarah Silverman, Jon Cryer, Ana Gasteyer, Patton Oswalt and Jenny Slate.

#36. \"3%\"

\"Boutique

Smart Rating: 76.95
Premiere: November 25, 2016
Status: Renewed

A cruel selection process chooses three percent of the candidates to move to a better world.

#35. \"Love\"

\"Apatow

Smart Rating: 78.17
Premiere: February 19, 2016
Status: Season 2 due to premiere on March 10, 2017

When his cheating girlfriend leaves him, people-pleasing nice-guy Gus moves into a trendy apartment complex inhabited by lots of college students. A chance encounter introduces him to wild-child Mickey (Gillian Jacobs, \"Community\"), also recently single, and who despises her job in radio. Though wildly different, the two are drawn to each other, and that relationship is the basis for the Judd Apatow-helmed Netflix original series. And in the end, their differences may be what help them figure out just what love is.

#34. \"F Is for Family\"

\"Wild

Smart Rating: 84.08
Premiere: December 18, 2015
Status: Renewed

A family in the 1970s: when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.

#33. \"Marvel's Luke Cage\"

\"Marvel

Smart Rating: 84.10
Premiere: September 30, 2016
Status: Renewed

This gritty, action-packed drama follows the evolution of Luke Cage (Mike Colter), a man with super strength and unbreakable skin caused by a sabotaged experiment. After a failed relationship with fellow superhero Jessica Jones, Cage tries to rebuild a quiet life in Harlem, New York -- until he is pulled out of the shadows and forced into a battle for his city. Along the way, Cage cannot avoid confronting his past, which he has worked hard to bury. \"Marvel's Luke Cage\" is the third show in the Netflix-original Defenders series.

#32. \"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt\"

\"Little

Smart Rating: 84.18
Premiere: March 06, 2015
Status: Renewed

Rescued after 15 years in a cult, Kimmy Schmidt decides to reclaim her life by venturing to New York, where she experiences everyday life with wide-eyed enthusiasm. On a whim, she rents a room from Titus, a gay wannabe Broadway actor, who makes ends meet as a street performer in Times Square. The unlikely pair find they're well-suited to help each other out, with Titus reintroducing Kimmy to modern life, and her providing him with the inspiration that you should never give up. Together they'll make it through whatever life throws at them.

#31. \"Hibana (Spark)\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 84.18
Premiere: June 02, 2016
Status: Pending

Tokunaga, a comic who is down on his luck, runs into a kind and experienced comic named Kamiya during a job at a fireworks event. Kamiya agrees to let Tokunaga be his apprentice in exchange for Tokunaga writing Kamiya's biography. The men regularly meet, so Kamiya can teach Tokunaga about the philosophy behind comedy -- until their careers and lives take different paths. As Tokunaga starts to find success, Kamiya's career starts to decline, and he eventually disappears, burdened with debt. A year later, a reunion occurs.

#30. \"Club de Cuervos\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 84.20
Premiere: August 07, 2015
Status: Pending

When the patriarch of a prominent family dies, his heirs battle to determine who will gain control of his beloved soccer team: The Cuervos of Nuevo Toledo.

#29. \"Grace and Frankie\"

\"Skydance

Smart Rating: 84.26
Premiere: May 08, 2015
Status: Renewed

For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. This Netflix original re-teams Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie, respectively, bringing their chemistry to the small screen. It's a casting reunion on a grand scale, as Tomlin is reunited with her co-star from \"The West Wing,\" Martin Sheen, who plays Grace's husband, Robert. And Fonda is back with Sam Waterston, her co-star from \"The Newsroom,\" who plays Frankie's husband, Sol.

#28. \"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life\"

\"Dorothy

Smart Rating: 84.30
Premiere: November 25, 2016
Status: Pending

The Gilmore girls are back! Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel reprise their roles as Lorelai and Rory, the fast-talking, coffee-loving, mother-daughter duo, along with many other cast members of the original series. This revival takes viewers back to Stars Hollow for an entire year, with an episode for each season -- starting with winter and concluding with fall. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino direct, write and serve as executive producers for all of the new installments.

#27. \"The OA\"

\"Plan

Smart Rating: 84.35
Premiere: December 16, 2016
Status: Pending

In addition to her role as creator and executive producer of this mind-bending series, Brit Marling also plays the role Prairie Johnson, a young woman who returns home after a 7-year disappearance. Her sudden return is not the only miraculous occurrence: everyone is shocked to learn that Prairie is no longer blind. While the FBI and her parents are anxious to discuss Prairie's disappearance, she won't talk about what happened during the time that she was missing. Zal Batmanglij, the co-creator and an executive producer of the series, is the director of every episode.

#26. \"Cooked\"

\"Jigsaw

Smart Rating: 84.36
Premiere: February 19, 2016
Status: Pending

An examination of the primal human need to cook and a clarion call for a return to the kitchen.

#25. \"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events\"

\"Paramount

Smart Rating: 84.52
Premiere: January 13, 2017
Status: Renewed

This series follows the tragic tale of three orphans -- Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire -- who are investigating their parents' mysterious death. The siblings are saddled with an evil guardian named Count Olaf (portrayed by award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris), who will do whatever it takes to get his hands on the Baudelaire's inheritance. Violet, Klaus and Sunny must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling devious plans and disguises. The series is based on the best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler).

#24. \"Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 84.53
Premiere: October 21, 2016
Status: Pending

A small eatery called Meshiya -- also referred to as the Midnight Diner -- resides in the back alley of a bustling district. Despite the eatery's unusual hours, 12 a.m. to 7 a.m., a menagerie of customers flock to the establishment each night for a bite to eat and to visit with the proprietor, known as the Master. While there is a menu, which includes pork miso soup set, sake, beer and shochu, the Master makes whatever his customers request. As patrons bond with the Master, they find nourishment for their bellies and their souls.

#23. \"Marco Polo\"

\"The

Smart Rating: 84.59
Premiere: December 12, 2014
Status: Ended

As a youth of 15 or 16, Marco Polo first met his father and uncle and embarked on an epic adventure, crossing thousands of miles of unforgiving terrain, through political unrest and upheaval, to the court of Kublai Khan in what is now Beijing. A Netflix original, rife with warfare and political/sexual intrigue, spotlights the years at the Chinese court and the journeys. A global roster of stars includes Italian newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco. Filming sites are Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, as producers couldn't get permission in China.

#22. \"Longmire\"

\"Warner

Smart Rating: 84.72
Original premiere: June 03, 2012
Netflix premiere: September 10, 2015
Status: Renewed for sixth and final season

Based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson, this contemporary crime drama stars Australian actor Robert Taylor in the title role, the charismatic and dedicated sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Longmire patrols the county with a brave face and sense of humor, but deep inside he hides the pain of his wife's recent death. With the urging of his daughter, Cady, and the help of Vic, a new female deputy, Longmire gains a new appreciation of his job and decides to run for re-election. He's committed to putting his life back together, one piece at a time, and he often calls on best friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear for support.

#21. \"DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge\"

\"DreamWorks

Smart Rating: 84.90
Premiere: June 26, 2015
Status: Season 6

The further adventures of Hiccup and his friends on the Island of Berk.

#20. \"Bloodline\"

\"Sony

Smart Rating: 84.96
Premiere: March 20, 2015
Status: Renewed for third and final season

From the creators of \"Damages,\" \"Bloodline\" is a dramatic thriller that explores the demons lurking beneath the surface of a contemporary American family. The Rayburns are hard-working pillars of their Florida Keys community, but their past contains dark secrets that they hope remain buried. Paranoia and mistrust build as lies pile up, alliances are shattered, and an unthinkable crime takes place. The tight-knit family's formerly harmonious relationship deteriorates, and good people are forced to consider doing very bad things.

#19. \"Master of None\"

\"Alan

Smart Rating: 84.97
Premiere: November 06, 2015
Status: Renewed

Personal and professional life of a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble making decisions.

#18. \"BoJack Horseman\"

\"The

Smart Rating: 84.99
Premiere: August 22, 2014
Status: Renewed

A humanoid horse, BoJack Horseman -- lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze -- decides it's time for a comeback. Once the star of a '90s sitcom, in which he was the adoptive father of three orphaned kids (two girls and a boy). The show was the hottest thing around, then suddenly, was canceled. Now 18 years later, BoJack wants to regain his dignity. With the aid of a human sidekick and a feline ex-girlfriend who is his agent, he sets out to make it happen. But Hollywood is vastly different from those days, and getting used to stuff like Twitter may take some time. This first animated series from Netflix -- with plenty of references to sex, drugs and alcohol -- is not for the little ones.

#17. \"The Get Down\"

\"Bazmark

Smart Rating: 85.00
Premiere: August 12, 2016
Status: Part 2 of season 1 due to premiere in 2017

The multi-talented Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators -- Oscar-winner Catherine Martin, legendary MC Nas, Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer-winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis and hip-hop historian Nelson George -- have created a music-driven drama that documents the emergence of a new art form. Set in the late 1970s, when New York was at the brink of bankruptcy and disco was dying out, the rise of hip-hop is told through the lives, art, music and dance of a group of young people in the South Bronx.

#16. \"The Killing\"

\"Fox

Smart Rating: 85.04
Original premiere: April 03, 2011
Netflix premiere: August 01, 2014
Status: Ended

Based partly on a popular Danish TV series, \"The Killing\" is a moody, character-driven detective procedural that weaves a murder mystery through a full season or more. The stories unfold through the eyes of Sarah Linden, a detective with the Seattle Police Department and who, at first, must mentor Detective Stephen Holder, a former narcotics cop. While their backgrounds produce investigative styles that clash -- she's by-the-book, he's freewheeling -- they manage to pull together for the case.

#15. \"Last Chance U\"

\"Cond?

Smart Rating: 85.08
Premiere: July 29, 2016
Status: Renewed

This Netflix original series follows a group of young men on the brink of becoming NFL stars. The players are the most recent recruits at East Mississippi Community College, which boasts three national championship titles over five years. The team is led by intimidating coach Buddy Stephens, whose win-or-else methods have helped players reach the NFL. As the Lions enter another season, the players are faced with personal challenges, and their judgments are tested on and off the field. Methods are questioned as the team does whatever it takes to achieve success.

#14. \"Trailer Park Boys\"

\"Trailer

Smart Rating: 85.14
Original premiere: April 22, 2001
Netflix premiere: September 05, 2014
Status: Renewed

Nova Scotia's trailer parks are colorful thanks to residents Ricky, Bubbles and Julian. Together, they plan mad capers, usually get-rich-quick schemes, with plenty of screw-ups along the way. They're constantly being hunted by their former trailer park supervisor, Jim Lahey, and his perpetually shirtless, pot-bellied assistant, Randy. There are a host of other quirky characters that make up this zany locale of below-income characters in this Canadian mockumentary series that has spawned two feature films.

#13. \"Chef's Table: France\"

\"Boardwalk

Smart Rating: 85.24
Premiere: September 02, 2016
Status: Pending

This documentary series, original to Netflix, profiles the most renowned chefs in France. Each episode takes viewers into the life and kitchen of an exceptional French chef. The chefs share deeply personal stories, their inspirations and their unique styles. Each chef's discipline and culinary talent is explored as he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation. The program is created by filmmaker David Gelb (\"Jiro Dreams of Sushi\").

#12. \"Marvel's Jessica Jones\"

\"Marvel

Smart Rating: 85.26
Premiere: November 20, 2015
Status: Renewed

This Netflix original chronicles the life of one of the darker Marvel characters, the mysterious Jessica Jones. When a tragedy puts an the end to her short-lived career as a superhero, Jessica settles in New York City and opens her own detective agency, called Alias Investigations, which seems to be called into cases involving people who have special abilities. Suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, Jessica wants to do good, but her primary interest isn't in saving the world, it's saving her apartment and getting through each day. Based on a graphic novel intended for adults, this is not a superhero story for the kids.

#11. \"Sense8\"

\"Sense8

Smart Rating: 85.38
Premiere: June 05, 2015
Status: Season 2 due to premiere on May 5, 2017

Eight strangers around the globe find themselves connected -- first by a violent vision, then by their shared ability to connect with one another's thoughts and actions, and finally by the urgent need to find out what happened and why. Their need to know goes beyond simple curiosity -- as they pursue answers, a mysterious organization hunts them down, intent on destroying them. The intense thriller is the first foray into television (or, more accurately, Netflix) for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (\"The Matrix Reloaded\"), who created the series with J. Michael Straczynski (\"Thor\"). The international cast includes veteran actors known to U.S. audiences, like Daryl Hannah (\"Kill Bill\") and Naveen Andrews (\"Lost\"), and others well-known in their home countries, like German actor Max Riemelt and Doona Bae of South Korea. In keeping with the global premise of the series, shooting takes place all over the world, including London, Reykjavik, Nairobi and Mumbai.

#10. \"Chef's Table\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 85.46
Premiere: April 26, 2015
Status: Season 3

This documentary series, original to Netflix, profiles the most renowned chefs in the world. Each episode takes viewers into the life and kitchen of an exceptional chef. The chefs, including Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann, Magnus Nilsson, Dominique Crenn and Enrique Olvera, share deeply personal stories, their inspirations and their unique styles. Each chef's discipline and culinary talent is explored as he or she prepares an awe-inspiring creation. The program is created by filmmaker David Gelb (\"Jiro Dreams of Sushi\").

#9. \"The Crown\"

\"Left

Smart Rating: 85.80
Premiere: November 04, 2016
Status: Renewed

Based on an award-winning play (\"The Audience\") by showrunner Peter Morgan, this lavish, Netflix-original drama chronicles the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. The series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who ascended the throne at age 25 after the death of her father, King George VI. As the decades pass, personal intrigues, romances and political rivalries are revealed that played a big role in events that shaped the later years of the 20th century.

#8. \"Making a Murderer\"

\"Netflix\"

Smart Rating: 85.87
Premiere: December 18, 2015
Status: Renewed

Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. She was last seen on Avery's property, where she was to photograph a vehicle. Avery and nephew Brendan Dassey were tried and (spoiler alert) convicted of the crime. But that's not the end of the story. When Columbia graduate students Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos read about Avery, they felt his story would make an interesting documentary. Neither PBS nor HBO were interested, but Netflix took on their concept to produce the 10-episode docuseries, which generated plenty of publicity and prompted petitions to have Avery's case reviewed, though officials in Wisconsin insist all the evidence is not presented in the program.

#7. \"Black Mirror\"

\"Zeppotron

Smart Rating: 86.57
Original premiere: December 04, 2011
Netflix premiere: October 21, 2016
Status: Renewed

Featuring stand-alone dramas -- sharp, suspenseful, satirical tales that explore techno-paranoia -- \"Black Mirror\" is a contemporary reworking of \"The Twilight Zone\" with stories that tap into the collective unease about the modern world. Each story features its own cast of unique characters, including stars like Bryce Dallas Howard (\"The Help\"), Alice Eve, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Cullen and Jerome Flynn (\"Game of Thrones\"). Joe Wright, Dan Trachtenberg, and James Watkins are among the featured directors.

#6. \"Orange Is the New Black\"

\"Lionsgate

Smart Rating: 86.78
Premiere: July 11, 2013
Status: Renewed for seasons 5, 6, and 7

Piper Chapman is a public relations executive with a career and a fiance when her past suddenly catches up to her. In her mid-30s she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women's prison in Connecticut for her association with a drug runner 10 years earlier. This Netflix original series is based on the book of the same title. Forced to trade power suits for prison orange, Chapman makes her way through the corrections system and adjusts to life behind bars, making friends with the many eccentric, unusual and unexpected people she meets.

#5. \"Marvel's Daredevil\"

\"Marvel

Smart Rating: 86.89
Premiere: April 10, 2015
Status: Renewed

The first in a planned series of shows detailing the Marvel universe, \"Daredevil\" follows Matt Murdock, attorney by day and vigilante by night. Blinded in an accident as a child, Murdock uses his heightened senses as Daredevil to fight crime on the streets of New York after the sun goes down. While Murdock's day job requires him to believe in the criminal justice system, his alter ego does not follow suit, leading him to take the law into his own hands to protect his Hell's Kitchen neighborhood and the surrounding communities.

#4. \"Narcos\"

\"Gaumont

Smart Rating: 87.18
Premiere: August 28, 2015
Status: Renewed for seasons 3 and 4

Netflix takes on the infamous Medell\u00edn drug cartel in \"Narcos,\" which follows the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Drug Enforcement Agency agents hunting him. The story is told largely from the points of view of Escobar, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, and U.S. DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), on opposite sides of what would become an all-out war. The gritty drama begins with the early days of the drug battle, when the biggest offenders were \"hippies in flip-flops\" caught with up to a kilo of marijuana, continuing to the violent, bloody battles between members of the cartel peddling tons of kilos of cocaine and drug agents from Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. -- a struggle estimated to have cost at least 4,000 lives over two decades. Pedro Pascal (\"Game of Thrones\") co-stars as Mexican DEA Agent Javier Pe\u00f1a.

#3. \"Stranger Things\"

\"21

Smart Rating: 88.06
Premiere: July 15, 2016
Status: Renewed

This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 -- inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce's 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces and a very unusual little girl.

#2. \"Arrested Development\"

\"Imagine

Smart Rating: 89.22
Original premiere: November 02, 2003
Netflix premiere: May 26, 2013
Status: Pending

Michael Bluth finds himself forced to stay in Orange County and run the family real estate business after his father, George Bluth Sr., is sent to prison for committing white-collar crime. He tries to juggle the wants and needs of his spoiled and eccentric family while being a good role model for his teenage son, George Michael.

#1. \"House of Cards\"

\"Media

Smart Rating: 89.36
Premiere: February 01, 2013
Status: Season 5 due to premiere on May 30, 2017

U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood of South Carolina starts out as a ruthless politician seeking revenge in this Netflix original production. Promised the post of Secretary of State in exchange for his support, his efforts help to ensure the election of Garrett Walker to the presidency. But Walker changes his mind before the inauguration, telling Underwood he's too valuable in Congress. Outwardly, Underwood accepts his marching orders, but secretly he and his wife, an environmental activist, make a pact to destroy Walker and his allies. Based on the U.K. miniseries of the same name, the U.S. version offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption in American politics. A number of real-life media figures make cameo appearances.

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\"Reed

Of the many ways to measure the success and quality of great actresses, the number of Academy Award nominations is one of the best barometers. Admittedly, many legendary women in Hollywood have flown under the radar -- perhaps a symptom of the fickleness of the academy or the lack of complex, deep roles for women in film.

But for now, with the Oscars and International Women's Day on the horizon, we'll focus on the prolific women who have garnered those critical nods. PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, acknowledged the most Oscar-nominated women of all time. The PrettyFamous team found the actresses with the most Oscar nominations for the best supporting actress and/or best actress awards. In the case of a tie, the actress with the most Oscar wins was ranked higher, followed by the younger actress.

From Audrey Hepburn to Kate Winslet, these legendary leading ladies will be remembered for decades to come.

#88. Eleanor Parker

\"Evening

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 2013 (age 91)
Nominated films: Caged (1950), Detective Story (1951), Interrupted Melody (1955)

#87. Angela Lansbury

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 91
Nominated films: Gaslight (1944), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

#86. Edith Evans

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1976 (age 88)
Nominated films: Tom Jones (1963), The Chalk Garden (1964), The Whisperers (1967)

#85. Piper Laurie

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 85
Nominated films: The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976), Children of a Lesser God (1986)

#84. Gloria Swanson

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1983 (age 84)
Nominated films: Sadie Thompson (1928), The Trespasser (1929), Sunset Boulevard (1950)

#83. Greta Garbo

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1990 (age 84)
Nominated films: Anna Christie / Romance (1930), Camille (1936), Ninotchka (1939)

#82. Diane Ladd

\"Tex

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 81
Nominated films: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Wild at Heart (1990), Rambling Rose (1991)

#81. Gladys Cooper

\"Sasha

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1971 (age 82)
Nominated films: Now, Voyager (1942), The Song of Bernadette (1943), My Fair Lady (1964)

#80. Sigourney Weaver

\"Frazer

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 67
Nominated films: Aliens (1986), Working Girl (1988), Gorillas in the Mist (1988)

#79. Debra Winger

\"Alice

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 61
Nominated films: An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Terms of Endearment (1983), Shadowlands (1993)

#78. Joan Allen

\"Chris

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 60
Nominated films: Nixon (1995), The Crucible (1996), The Contender (2000)

#77. Michelle Pfeiffer

\"Kevork

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 58
Nominated films: Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Love Field (1992)

#76. Laura Linney

\"Vince

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 53
Nominated films: You Can Count on Me (2000), Kinsey (2004), The Savages (2007)

#75. Viola Davis

\"ROBYN

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 51
Nominated films: Doubt (2008), The Help (2011), Fences (2016)

#74. Natalie Wood

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1981 (age 43)
Nominated films: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Splendor in the Grass (1961), Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

#73. Joan Fontaine

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2013 (age 96)
Nominated films: Rebecca (1940), Suspicion (1941), The Constant Nymph (1943)

#72. Celeste Holm

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2012 (age 95)
Nominated films: Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Come to the Stable (1949), All About Eve (1950)

#71. Claudette Colbert

\"Fox

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1996 (age 92)
Nominated films: It Happened One Night (1934), Private Worlds (1935), Since You Went Away (1944)

#70. Claire Trevor

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2000 (age 90)
Nominated films: Dead End (1937), Key Largo (1948), The High and the Mighty (1954)

#69. Wendy Hiller

\"Sasha

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2003 (age 90)
Nominated films: Pygmalion (1938), Separate Tables (1958), A Man for All Seasons (1966)

#68. Anne Revere

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1990 (age 87)
Nominated films: The Song of Bernadette (1943), National Velvet (1944), Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

#67. Teresa Wright

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2005 (age 86)
Nominated films: The Little Foxes (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

#66. Julie Andrews

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 81
Nominated films: Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), Victor Victoria (1982)

#65. Fay Bainter

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1968 (age 76)
Nominated films: White Banners (1938), Jezebel (1938), The Children's Hour (1961)

#64. Faye Dunaway

\"Vince

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 76
Nominated films: Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Chinatown (1974), Network (1976)

#63. Joan Crawford

\"William

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1977 (age 72)
Nominated films: Mildred Pierce (1945), Possessed (1947), Sudden Fear (1952)

#62. Kathy Bates

\"Frazer

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 68
Nominated films: Misery (1990), Primary Colors (1998), About Schmidt (2002)

#61. Anjelica Huston

\"Kevork

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 65
Nominated films: Prizzi's Honor (1985), Enemies, A Love Story (1989), The Grifters (1990)

#60. Marisa Tomei

\"Jason

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 52
Nominated films: My Cousin Vinny (1992), In the Bedroom (2001), The Wrestler (2008)

#59. Ren\u00e9e Zellweger

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 47
Nominated films: Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Chicago (2002), Cold Mountain (2003)

#58. Pen\u00e9lope Cruz

\"Frazer

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 42
Nominated films: Volver (2006), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Nine (2009)

#57. Natalie Portman

\"MARK

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 35
Nominated films: Closer (2004), Black Swan (2010), Jackie (2016)

#56. Sally Field

\"Jason

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 70
Nominated films: Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984), Lincoln (2012)

#55. Dianne Wiest

\"JEFF

Acting Oscar nominations: 3
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 68
Nominated films: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Parenthood (1989), Bullets over Broadway (1994)

#54. Barbara Stanwyck

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1990 (age 82)
Nominated films: Stella Dallas (1937), Ball of Fire (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

#53. Jane Alexander

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 77
Nominated films: The Great White Hope (1970), All the President's Men (1976), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Testament (1983)

#52. Marsha Mason

\"Alan

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 74
Nominated films: Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Goodbye Girl (1977), Chapter Two (1979), Only When I Laugh (1981)

#51. Agnes Moorehead

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1974 (age 73)
Nominated films: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Mrs. Parkington (1944), Johnny Belinda (1948), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

#50. Rosalind Russell

\"McKeown

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1976 (age 64)
Nominated films: My Sister Eileen (1942), Sister Kenny (1946), Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), Auntie Mame (1958)

#49. Annette Bening

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 58
Nominated films: The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004), The Kids Are All Right (2010)

#48. Michelle Williams

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 36
Nominated films: Brokeback Mountain (2005), Blue Valentine (2010), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Manchester by the Sea (2016)

#47. Lee Grant

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 91
Nominated films: Detective Story (1951), The Landlord (1970), Shampoo (1975), Voyage of the Damned (1976)

#46. Jane Wyman

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2007 (age 90)
Nominated films: The Yearling (1946), Johnny Belinda (1948), The Blue Veil (1951), Magnificent Obsession (1954)

#45. Joanne Woodward

\"Evening

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 86
Nominated films: The Three Faces of Eve (1957), Rachel, Rachel (1968), Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973), Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)

#44. Maureen Stapleton

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2006 (age 80)
Nominated films: Lonelyhearts (1958), Airport (1970), Interiors (1978), Reds (1981)

#43. Ethel Barrymore

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1959 (age 79)
Nominated films: None But the Lonely Heart (1944), The Spital Staircase (1946), The Paradine Case (1947), Pinky (1949)

#42. Julie Christie

\"Vince

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 75
Nominated films: Darling (1965), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Afterglow (1997), Away from Her (2007)

#41. Helen Mirren

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 71
Nominated films: The Madness of King George (1994), Gosford Park (2001), The Queen (2006), The Last Station (2009)

#40. Diane Keaton

\"Kevin

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 71
Nominated films: Annie Hall (1977), Reds (1981), Marvin's Room (1996), Something's Gotta Give (2003)

#39. Frances McDormand

\"GABRIEL

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 59
Nominated films: Mississippi Burning (1988), Fargo (1996), Almost Famous (2000), North Country (2005)

#38. Holly Hunter

\"AFP

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 58
Nominated films: Broadcast News (1987), The Firm (1993), The Piano (1993), Thirteen (2003)

#37. Emma Thompson

\"JEFF

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 57
Nominated films: Howards End (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), The Remains of the Day (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995)

#36. Nicole Kidman

\"Jason

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 49
Nominated films: Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Hours (2002), Rabbit Hole (2010), Lion (2016)

#35. Julia Roberts

\"Michael

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 49
Nominated films: Steel Magnolias (1989), Pretty Woman (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), August: Osage County (2013)

#34. Jennifer Lawrence

\"Ethan

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 26
Nominated films: Winter's Bone (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012), American Hustle (2013), Joy (2015)

#33. Shelley Winters

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Died: 2006 (age 85)
Nominated films: A Place in the Sun (1951), The Diary of Anne Frank (1959), A Patch of Blue (1965), The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

#32. Glenda Jackson

\"Mike

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 80
Nominated films: Women in Love (1970), Sunday, Bloody Sunday (1971), A Touch of Class (1973), Hedda (1976)

#31. Jodie Foster

\"Frazer

Acting Oscar nominations: 4
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 54
Nominated films: Taxi Driver (1976), The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Nell (1994)

#30. Irene Dunne

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1990 (age 91)
Nominated films: Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939), I Remember Mama (1948)

#29. Amy Adams

\"Jason

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 42
Nominated films: Junebug (2005), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), The Master (2012), American Hustle (2013)

#28. Jennifer Jones

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2009 (age 90)
Nominated films: The Song of Bernadette (1943), Since You Went Away (1944), Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

#27. Shirley MacLaine

\"ROBYN

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 82
Nominated films: Some Came Running (1958), The Apartment (1960), Irma la Douce (1963), The Turning Point (1977), Terms of Endearment (1983)

#26. Norma Shearer

\"General

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1983 (age 80)
Nominated films: The Divorcee / Their Own Desire (1930), A Free Soul (1931), The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934), Romeo and Juliet (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938)

#25. Anne Bancroft

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 2005 (age 73)
Nominated films: The Miracle Worker (1962), The Pumpkin Eater (1964), The Graduate (1967), The Turning Point (1977), Agnes of God (1985)

#24. Susan Sarandon

\"TIMOTHY

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 70
Nominated films: Atlantic City (1980), Thelma and Louise (1991), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), The Client (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995)

#23. Audrey Hepburn

\"AFP

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1993 (age 63)
Nominated films: Roman Holiday (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Wait Until Dark (1967)

#22. Susan Hayward

\"Hulton

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1975 (age 57)
Nominated films: Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947), My Foolish Heart (1949), With a Song in My Heart (1952), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955), I Want to Live! (1958)

#21. Julianne Moore

\"Kevork

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 56
Nominated films: Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), The Hours (2002), Far From Heaven (2002), Still Alice (2014)

#20. Olivia de Havilland

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 100
Nominated films: Gone with the Wind (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), To Each His Own (1946), The Snake Pit (1948), The Heiress (1949)

#19. Elizabeth Taylor

\"AFP

Acting Oscar nominations: 5
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Died: 2011 (age 79)
Nominated films: Raintree County (1957), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), BUtterfield 8 (1960), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

#18. Deborah Kerr

\"Baron

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 2007 (age 86)
Nominated films: Edward, My Son (1949), From Here to Eternity (1953), The King and I (1956), Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957), Separate Tables (1958), The Sundowners (1960)

#17. Glenn Close

\"Jason

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Age: 69
Nominated films: The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Albert Nobbs (2011)

#16. Thelma Ritter

\"Wikipedia\"

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 0
Died: 1969 (age 63)
Nominated films: All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951), With a Song in My Heart (1952), Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

#15. Ellen Burstyn

\"Chris

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 84
Nominated films: The Last Picture Show (1971), The Exorcist (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), Same Time, Next Year (1978), Resurrection (1980), Requiem for a Dream (2000)

#14. Vanessa Redgrave

\"Keystone

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 80
Nominated films: Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Julia (1977), The Bostonians (1984), Howards End (1992)

#13. Sissy Spacek

\"STAN

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 67
Nominated films: Carrie (1976), Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Missing (1982), The River (1984), Crimes of the Heart (1986), In the Bedroom (2001)

#12. Maggie Smith

\"John

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 82
Nominated films: Othello (1965), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), Travels with My Aunt (1972), California Suite (1978), A Room with a View (1986), Gosford Park (2001)

#11. Jessica Lange

\"DAN

Acting Oscar nominations: 6
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 67
Nominated films: Tootsie (1982), Frances (1982), Country (1984), Sweet Dreams (1985), Music Box (1989), Blue Sky (1994)

#10. Greer Garson

\"Sasha

Acting Oscar nominations: 7
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Died: 1996 (age 92)
Nominated films: Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939), Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), The Valley of Decision (1945), Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

#9. Judi Dench

\"TIMOTHY

Acting Oscar nominations: 7
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 82
Nominated films: Mrs. Brown (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Philomena (2013)

#8. Kate Winslet

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Acting Oscar nominations: 7
Acting Oscar wins: 1
Age: 41
Nominated films: Sense and Sensibility (1995), Titanic (1997), Iris (2001), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Little Children (2006), The Reader (2008), Steve Jobs (2015)

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\"Christopher

Acting Oscar nominations: 7
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Age: 79
Nominated films: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), Klute (1971), Julia (1977), Coming Home (1978), The China Syndrome (1979), On Golden Pond (1981), The Morning After (1986)

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Acting Oscar wins: 2
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Acting Oscar nominations: 7
Acting Oscar wins: 3
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Acting Oscar nominations: 8
Acting Oscar wins: 1
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Acting Oscar nominations: 10
Acting Oscar wins: 2
Died: 1989 (age 81)
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Acting Oscar nominations: 12
Acting Oscar wins: 4
Died: 2003 (age 96)
Nominated films: Morning Glory (1933), Alice Adams (1935), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Woman of the Year (1942), The African Queen (1951), Summertme (1955), The Rainmaker (1956), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959), Long Day's Journey into Night (1962), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), On Golden Pond (1981)

#1. Meryl Streep

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Acting Oscar nominations: 20
Acting Oscar wins: 3
Age: 67
Nominated films: The Deer Hunter (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Sophie's Choice (1982), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), Ironweed (1987), A Cry in the Dark (1988), Postcards From the Edge (1990), The Bridges of Madison County (1995), One True Thing (1998), Music of the Heart (1999), Adaptation (2002), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Doubt (2008), Julie and Julia (2009), The Iron Lady (2011), August: Osage County (2013), Into the Woods (2014), Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

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CYPRESS, Texas (AP) \u2014 Mack Beggs could win a Texas state wrestling title on Saturday.

Win or lose, the debate over whether a 17-year-old transgender boy should be wrestling girls will continue.

Beggs won two matches on Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinals, moving him within two victories of a gold medal.

Beggs' family has said he would rather be wrestling boys. Some girls and their advocates agree, arguing that the testosterone treatments Beggs has been taking while in transition from female to male have made him too strong to wrestle fairly against women. But under the state's governing policy for athletics, students must wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Beggs beat Taylor Latham in the 110-pound class Friday. The score was 18-7.

It was a match Latham's mother didn't want to happen. Her daughter, she said, was wrestling someone whose body was chemically toned for strength.

\"Completely unfair advantage,\" Lisa Latham said. \"I've called the UIL, the ACLU, writing a letter to the governor. I think it's just a complete disadvantage to the female wrestlers.\"

But Lisa Latham also feels for the boy in the center of this controversy.

\"It's a no-win win situation,\" she said. \"Mack wants to wrestle boys. (But) he'll never be recognized as a boy because of the birth certificate in the state of Texas. The female wrestlers don't have a chance. It's a no win ... for either one.\"

At match's end Beggs shook hands with Latham before pointing high in the stands to cheering fans wearing the colors of his school, Euless Trinity. He celebrated for a few seconds. Then Beggs and his grandmother, led by his coach, jogged across the mats and into an area restricted to athletes and coaches.

While many cheered Beggs, others said the match was unfair. Patti Overstreet, a self-described wrestling parent, left her seat shouting, \"that's cheating\" and \"big cheater!\"

\"Look at how beefed up she is,\" Overstreet said, referring to Beggs. \"It's because she's taking an enhancement. Whether she's a boy, girl, wants to be purple or blue it doesn't matter. When you're using a drug and you're 10 times stronger than the person you're wrestling because of that drug that (shouldn't be) allowed.\"

Later Beggs beat Mya Engert 12-4 to push his record to 54-0 and leave him two victories away from a state title. Beggs got a bloody nose during that match and had to stuff gauze up his right nostril to stop the bleeding. It didn't slow him down much as he added several points after that to capture another decisive win.

Beggs hugged Engert and pumped his fist in the air after the win before darting off the mat. Engert was weeping as she walked away, and her coach shooed reporters from the area with a stern: \"No comment.\"

Beggs, who reached the state tournament after two opponents forfeited, will face Kailyn Clay in the semifinals on Saturday morning. It will be a rematch after he already beat Clay at the regional tournament.

The controversy over Beggs' participation in the women's sport comes at a crucial moment, as the public and politicians debate how they should react to the growing belief that gender is fluid. Just this week, the Trump administration announced an end to federal protections which allowed transgender students to use facilities based on their gender identity, leaving states and school districts to determine their own policies.

And in Texas, lawmakers are considering a bill similar to the controversial HB2, a law in North Carolina that prompted the NBA to move this year's All-Star game out of that state. If passed, the Texas version, called SB6, would require transgender people to use the bathroom of their \"biological sex.\"

The University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletics in Texas public schools, enacted the birth certificate policy on Aug. 1.

Attorney Jim Baudhuin tried and failed to get injunctions before both the district and regional meets to prevent Beggs from competing while he transitions. He told The Associated Press earlier this week that he doesn't blame Beggs for the situation, but faults the UIL.

\"The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's just trying to live her life and her family is, too,\" Baudhuin said of Beggs. \"She's being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that's not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.\"

Despite criticism of the policy, UIL executives don't envision a change.

\"Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates,\" UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison said. \"So any rule can be reconsidered, but ... given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don't expect it to change anytime soon.\"

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) \u2014 In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to \"get out of my country,\" witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Hours later, the 51-year-old former air traffic controller reportedly told a bartender in another town that he needed a place to hide because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men.

In India, the father of one of the wounded men called Wednesday's attack in the Kansas City suburbs a hate crime, but authorities on Friday declined to discuss a motive as they investigated. The shooting swiftly stoked fears about the treatment of immigrants, who feel targeted by President Donald Trump's promises to ban certain travelers, build a wall along the Mexico border and put \"America first.\"

The president has been especially vocal about the threat posed by Islamic terrorist groups. Both of the Indian men were Hindu.

The slain man was identified as Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32. His widow said he came to the U.S. in 2005 to pursue a master's degree at the University of Texas at El Paso and worked in Iowa for six years before moving to the Kansas City area.

\"He did not deserve a death like this,\" Sunayana Dumala said Friday at a news conference organized by her husband's employer, the GPS device-maker Garmin. \"I don't know what to say. We've read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening somewhere. I was always concerned, 'Are we doing the right thing staying in the U.S. or America?' But he always assured me good things happen in America.\"

Though she did not mention Trump by name, she directed anger at the U.S. government, asking what officials would do to stop hate crimes.

\"Not everyone will be harmful to this country,\" she said.

Purinton was jailed on murder and attempted murder charges. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in the suburb of Olathe said Purinton used racial slurs before firing. He was taken into custody about five hours later after speaking with another bartender at an Applebee's some 70 miles away in Clinton, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reported Purinton's comments to the second bartender. The paper did not cite its sources.

The other men who were shot were identified as 32-year-old Alok Madasani, who was released from the hospital Thursday, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who remained hospitalized.

Madasani's father, Jaganmohan Reddy, said he had spoken with his wounded son by phone from India and was worried about his safety.

\"I request other parents to think twice before sending their children to the United States,\" he said.

As engineers for Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked at the company's main campus just a mile from the scene of the shooting. Garmin is one of the region's best-known employers.

Local police were working with the FBI. Spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the federal agency's role is to help determine if a civil rights violation occurred.

Purinton, who is being held on $2 million bond, was moved Friday from Missouri to Kansas. Because he has not yet appeared in court, he did not have an attorney formally assigned to his case.

Beverly Morris, who has lived next door to Purinton in Olathe for about 20 years, said he never made her feel unsafe.

\"He seemed like a good guy,\" Morris said, but \"anybody who knew him knew he had a drinking problem.\"

Another neighbor, Michael Shimeall, told The Star that Purinton seemed friendly and never showed a temper \"or anything like that.\"

He recalled that Purinton was helpful with neighbors when they had to dig out after snowstorms or pick up a tree blown down by wind. He said Purinton had photos of the ships he served on in the Navy and other Navy items in his home.

FAA records from the 1990s indicate that Purinton was a pilot and was licensed to work in an airport control tower. Agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says Purinton left the FAA 17 years ago in 2000.

At the time of the attack, bar patrons were watching a college basketball game on television. When Purinton began harassing the two men, Grillot \"stood up for them,\" bartender Garret Bohnen told The Star.

Witnesses also told the newspaper about Purinton's yelling about leaving the country.

As the gunfire began, Grillot hid under a table until nine shots had been fired. Believing the suspect's magazine was empty, he chased the gunman in hopes of subduing him.

A bullet went through his right hand and into his chest, just missing a major artery but fracturing a vertebra in Grillot's neck.

\"Another half inch, I could be dead or never walk again,\" he said Thursday from his hospital bed in a video from the University of Kansas Health System.

He did not describe what led to the shooting, saying only that he felt compelled to intervene to help others.

\"I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being,\" he said.

About 60 children were playing at a church across the street from the bar when the shooting happened. Jeramie Albin, a volunteer for the youth program at First Baptist Church, said Friday that he didn't think much about a noise that sounded like \"somebody dropped a bunch of books.\"

Then he learned about the shooting.

The church immediately went into lockdown. Volunteers herded children into the church basement, careful not to scare them, while police officers arrived on the scene. For the next 20 minutes, volunteers led songs to distract the children from police lights outside and helicopters overhead.

The bar was scheduled to reopen Saturday even as the community tries to recover from the attack.

The Indian government said its diplomats would monitor the Kansas investigation. Kuchibhotla was from the southern state of Telangana, and his body was to be transported to the capital city of Hyderabad, where his family lives.

Mourners poured into Hyderabad. His parents have another son working in the United States.

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Associated Press writers John Hanna in Topeka, Jim Salter in St. Louis, Katie Kull in Olathe, and Heather Hollingsworth and Margaret Stafford in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) \u2014 Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

\"If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel,\" Pence told the group Friday night. The Republican administration is \"assessing\" whether to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, he said, and has put Iran \"on notice.\"

Pence's words served as evidence of the fruits of years of the politically active group's labors. Its annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years. The RJC also drew the entire GOP presidential field to its December 2015 forum in Washington.

Now, with the first Republican White House in eight years, the group of Republican donors and Jewish leaders was among the first to hear from the new vice president. Former Vice President Dick Cheney introduced Pence. The roughly 500 attendees also are expected to hear from Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina this weekend.

Pence told the RJC that America's bonds with Israel had already grown stronger under the young administration. President Barack Obama did not have a close relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and many Republican Jews saw the Obama administration as insufficiently supportive of Israel.

Pence also ticked through Trump's domestic agenda, saying the president had already brought back American jobs. \"This White House is in the promise-keeping business,\" he said.

The vice president shared stories from his trip to Germany last weekend \u2014 his first abroad as vice president. He'd paid a visit to the former Dachau concentration camp, where thousands of Austrian and German Jews were among those imprisoned and killed. He was joined on the tour by a survivor of the Holocaust who was at Dachau when it was liberated by American soldiers at the end of World War II.

Pence also talked about how this week he had made a surprise visit to a Jewish cemetery in Missouri where more than 150 gravestones had been toppled and vandalized. Speaking through a bullhorn at the site, he said there was \"no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism\" and then picked up a rake and helped clean up the cemetery.

In Las Vegas, the vice president effusively praised the Adelsons from the stage, saying that they \"in so many ways have given America a second chance\" through their political work in the U.S. and Israel. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, gave more than $20 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, making them among Trump's most generous benefactors, campaign records show.

\"Rest assured we're going to keep our end of the bargain, too,\" Pence said, thanking the Adelsons and RJC for \"steadfast support\" throughout the campaign.

Yet, like so many staples of party politics \u2014 including the conservative activist conference taking place this week near Washington \u2014 the RJC has fit uneasily with Trump.

Adelson, who helps finance the RJC, didn't openly support Trump until the final weeks of the presidential campaign. The wariness was mutual. Trump had called his GOP rivals \"puppets\" of Adelson and prompted major heartburn among Republican Jews with his freewheeling comments at the 2015 RJC forum.

Trump has been appreciative. At one of his final campaign stops, in Las Vegas, he called the couple \"really incredible people\" who have been \"so supportive\" The Adelsons also were front and center for Trump's swearing-in last month, and Sheldon Adelson was one of Trump's first dinner guests at the White House.

And Trump picked the leader of the super PAC that landed Adelson's money, Chicago businessman Todd Ricketts, as deputy commerce secretary.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.

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Follow Bykowicz on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bykowicz

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BEIRUT (AP) \u2014 Syrian media says multiple explosions have struck a security building in the central city of Homs, inflicting numerous casualties.

The state-affiliated Ikhbariyeh TV said the blasts Saturday morning were caused by suicide attacks.

The governor of Homs Province, Talal Barzani, told The Associated Press that there were three blasts total, killing more than 20 people, and wounding many others. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported at least 14 people were killed.

Homs is Syria's third-largest city and largely in the control of the government.

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BEIRUT (AP) \u2014 Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's \"This Week\" \u2014 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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NBC's \"Meet the Press\" \u2014 Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

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CBS' \"Face the Nation\" \u2014 Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.

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CNN's \"State of the Union\" \u2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

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\"Fox News Sunday\" \u2014 Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) \u2014 An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the Zawzjan provincial governor, said Saturday that the police officers were ambushed Friday as they were coming out of a mosque. The wife of the police commander heard about her husband being shot and rushed to the scene, where she was also killed.

IS-linked militants have been active in Afghanistan's eastern regions, but have recently begun operating in the north of the country as well.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an \"unlikely indicator\" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

Trump cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January, which also halted the U.S. refugee program. A federal judge in Washington state blocked the government from carrying out the order earlier this month. Trump said Friday a new edict would be announced soon. The administration has been working on a new version that could withstand legal challenges.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen on Friday did not dispute the report's authenticity, but said it was not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence.

\"While DHS was asked to draft a comprehensive report on this issue, the document you're referencing was commentary from a single intelligence source versus an official, robust document with thorough interagency sourcing,\" Christensen said. \"The ... report does not include data from other intelligence community sources. It is incomplete.\"

The Homeland Security report is based on unclassified information from Justice Department press releases on terrorism-related convictions and attackers killed in the act, State Department visa statistics, the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment from the U.S. intelligence community and the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.

The three-page report challenges Trump's core claims. It said that of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the United States, just over half were U.S. citizens born in the United States. The others were from 26 countries, led by Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Of these, only Somalia and Iraq were among the seven nations included in the ban.

Of the other five nations, one person each from Iran, Sudan and Yemen was also involved in those terrorism cases, but none from Syria. It did not say if any were Libyan.

The report also found that terrorist organizations in Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan are regionally focused, while groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen do pose a threat to the U.S.

The seven countries were included in a law President Barack Obama signed in 2015 that updated visa requirements for foreigners who had traveled to those countries.

Christensen said the countries were also selected in part because they lacked the ability to properly vet their citizens and don't cooperate with U.S. efforts to screen people hoping to come to the U.S.

The report was prepared as part of an internal review Trump requested after his executive order was blocked by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It was drafted by staff of the Homeland Security Department's Intelligence and Analysis branch at the direction of its acting leader, David Glawe.

White House spokesman Michael Short said this was not the full report that Trump had requested. He said he believes \"the intel community is combining resources to put together a comprehensive report using all available sources, not just open sources, and which is driven by data, not politics.\"

The intelligence document was circulated beyond Homeland Security.

The draft document reflects the tensions between the president's political appointees and the civil servants tasked with carrying out Trump's ambitious and aggressive agenda. Trump has repeatedly complained about leaks meant to undercut his policies and suggested he does not trust holdovers from the Obama administration.

Trump originally said the ban was necessary to overhaul the vetting system for both refugees and would-be foreign visitors, saying that terrorists may try to exploit weaknesses to gain access to the United States. The order sparked chaos, outrage and widespread protests, with travelers detained at airports and panicked families searching for relatives.

But several courts quickly intervened and the 9th Circuit ultimately upheld a ruling blocking the ban and challenged the administration's claim that it was motivated by terrorism fears.

Trump's ban temporarily barred citizens from the seven countries from coming to the United States for three months. The order also temporarily shut down the U.S. refugee program for four months and indefinitely banned anyone from Syria.

A senior administration official told the AP on Sunday that a draft of the revised order will target those same seven countries. The official would not be named discussing the document before it is made public.

In a speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Committee, Trump reiterated his claims on terrorism.

\"We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,\" Trump said.

He said he singled out the seven countries because they had already been deemed a security concern by the Obama administration.

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Intelligence document available at http://apne.ws/2lSKNUo

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Contact Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acaldwellap and Vivian Salama at www.twitter.com/vmsalama or https://www.ap.org/tips

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources \u2014 just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters \"make up stories and make up sources.\"

\"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name,\" he declared. \"Let their name be put out there.\"

Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference that while not all reporters are bad, the \"fake news\" crowd \"doesn't represent the people. It will never represent the people and we're going to do something about it.\"

Trump didn't expand on what he had in mind or which news organizations he was talking about. But his broadsides represented an escalation of his running battle against the press, which he has taken to calling \"the opposition party.\"

The president has chafed at a number of anonymously sourced stories, including numerous reports describing contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian intelligence agents, which the White House has sharply disputed.

However, members of his White House team regularly demand anonymity when talking to reporters. That was the case Friday morning when Trump officials briefed reporters on chief of staff Reince Priebus' contact with top FBI officials concerning the Russia reports.

Later Friday, after Trump's speech, several news organizations including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining a White House media gaggle, according to news reports.

The Associated Press chose not to participate following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement: \"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible.\"

Trump's appearance at CPAC represented a triumph for both speaker and audience \u2014 each ascendant after years when they were far from the center of the political universe.

Elizabeth Connors of New York recalled past gatherings as collections of the \"downtrodden.\"

Today, she said, \"it's energized\" after years in which \"we've been just pushed down, pushed down, pushed down.\"

Nicholas Henderson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was there in his \"Make America Great Again\" hat and pronounced Trump's speech rousing.

\"He touched on a lot of things we'd already heard before, which is reassuring, tells us he's still committed to those promises he made during the campaign,\" Henderson said.

Trump, who first appeared at CPAC as a reality TV star six years ago, recalled his past visits with nostalgia, saying the crowd helped put him on the path to the presidency.

\"I loved the commotion,\" he said. \"And then they did these polls where I went through the roof and I wasn't even running, right? But it gave me an idea.\"

From there, Trump's latest speech played out like a greatest hits reel from his 2016 campaign.

He reminisced about his victory in the Republican primaries. He vowed to \"build the wall\" along the Mexican border. He denounced Hillary Clinton's characterization of some of his supporters as belonging in a \"basket of deplorables.\"

The crowd responded to his Clinton criticism with chants of \"Lock her up!\" just as they did at Trump rallies last year.

Further blurring the line between candidate and president, Trump departed the stage to the Rolling Stones' \"You Can't Always Get What You Want,\" the same exit music he used during his campaign.

As for Trump's criticism of anonymous sources, Gregg Leslie, legal defense director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said such arrangements are \"essential to good reporting\" in many cases.

\"There are just some things that people will come forward about anonymously that they cannot discuss openly,\" Leslie said, citing potential threats to jobs and even personal safety.

The Associated Press uses anonymous sources only if the material is factual information, not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report. It must come from a person who is reliable and in a position to have accurate information.

Long ago, Trump himself played fast and loose with sourcing. In the 1990s, when his personal life was tabloid fodder, a \"spokesman\" who identified himself as John Miller, would call to offer details about the businessman's failing marriage and the girlfriends he was juggling. But The Washington Post reported it was actually Trump, posing as his own publicist. In later years Trump denied it, but he had owned up to it at the time, describing the Miller calls as a \"joke gone awry,\" according to the Post.

All presidents have their moments of tension with the press, but Trump's first weeks in office have brought a frontal attack unlike anything from any other president.

After his newest jibes, Trump turned his CPAC speech into a recitation of his top agenda items, promising bold action on health care, trade, immigration, energy and more.

\"One by one, we're checking off the promises we made to the American people,\" he said, telling the group, \"I will not disappoint you.\"

He told the conservatives the health care law he inherited from President Barack Obama threatens to bring about \"total catastrophe,\" reiterating his promise to repeal and replace it. On illegal immigration, he said that \"as we speak today, immigration officers are finding gang members, drug dealers and criminal aliens and throwing them the hell out.\"

He promised changes to the welfare system, saying, \"It's time for all Americans to get off welfare and get back to work,\" adding that: \"You're going to love it.\"

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Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.

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Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's presidential campaign. The FBI did not issue the statement requested by Priebus and has given no sign one is forthcoming.

\"I don't know what else we were supposed to do,\" Spicer said.

The Justice Department has policies in place to limit communications between the White House and the FBI about pending investigations. Trump officials on Friday not only confirmed contacts between Priebus and the FBI, but engaged in an extraordinary public airing of those private conversations.

Spicer said it was the FBI that first approached the White House about the veracity of a New York Times story asserting that Trump advisers had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign. Spicer said Priebus then asked both FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe if they would condemn the story publicly, which they declined to do.

\"The chief of staff said, well, you've put us in a very difficult situation,\" Spicer said. \"You've told us that a story that made some fairly significant accusations was not true. And now you want us to just sit out there.\"

The FBI would not comment on the matter or verify the White House account. The CIA also declined to comment.

The White House also enlisted the help of Republicans on Capitol Hill to talk to reporters about the New York Times story. Jack Langer, a spokesman for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the White House asked Nunes to speak with one reporter. He said the chairman told the journalist the same thing that he has said publicly many times before \u2014 that he had asked but not received any information from intelligence officials that would warrant a committee investigation of any American citizens' contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

Langer acknowledged that this could make it harder to convince people that the House investigation into the matter will be independent and free of political bias, but he said the White House did not tell Nunes what to tell the reporter, or give him \"talking points.\"

The ranking Democrat on the committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said if the White House indeed contrived to have intelligence officials contradict unfavorable news reports, it threatens the independence of the intelligence community.

\"Intelligence professionals are not there to serve as the president's PR firm,\" Schiff said, adding, \"For its part, the intelligence community must resist improper efforts like these by the administration to politicize its role.\"

The Washington Post reported Friday that the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee also was enlisted by the White House. The newspaper quoted Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., saying he had conversations about Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by The New York Times and CNN.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner of Virginia, said Friday night that he had called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Burr to express his \"grave concerns about what this means for the independence\" of the congressional investigation already underway.

Warner said he emphasized to the two that he would \"not accept any process that is undermined by political interference.\" He said if the Senate intelligence committee cannot conduct a proper probe, he will support whomever can do it.

Friday's revelations were the latest wrinkle in Trump's already complicated relationship with the FBI and other intelligence agencies. He's accused intelligence officials of releasing classified information about him to the media, declaring in a tweet Friday morning that the FBI was \"totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time.\"

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Priebus of \"an outrageous breach of the FBI's independence\" and called on the Justice Department's inspector general to look into all conversations Priebus and other White House officials have held with the FBI on ongoing investigations.

\"The rule of law depends on the FBI's complete independence, free from political pressure from the targets of its investigations,\" Pelosi said.

A 2009 memo from then-Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is to advise the White House on pending criminal or civil investigations \"only when it is important for the performance of the president's duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective.\"

Ron Hosko, a retired FBI assistant director who oversaw criminal investigations, said the discussions between the FBI and the Trump White House were inadvisable.

\"It is a very slippery slope,\" Hosko said. \"Do I get in the position of where I'm updating the White House on my priority criminal cases? The answer is no, I should not be doing that.\"

Other FBI veterans said the interactions between Priebus and the FBI were not unprecedented. Robert Anderson, a retired executive assistant director who served under Comey and oversaw counterintelligence investigations, said contacts between the bureau and White House are \"usually very-well documented\" in order to avoid the perception of inappropriate contacts.

CNN first reported that Priebus had asked the FBI for help, and a White House official confirmed the matter to The Associated Press Thursday night. On Friday morning, two other senior White House officials summoned reporters to a briefing to expand on the timeline of events.

The White House officials would only discuss the matter on the condition of anonymity. Two hours later, Trump panned news stories that rely on anonymous sources, telling a conservative conference that reporters \"shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name.\"

Spicer later briefed some reporters on the record. The Associated Press declined to participate in that briefing because some major news organizations were not invited, but audio of the briefing was later circulated by reporters who attended.

Trump has been shadowed by questions about potential ties to Russia since winning the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the campaign in an effort to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

On Feb. 14, The New York Times reported that intelligence agencies had collected phone records and call intercepts showing frequent communication between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence agents during the campaign. Trump has said he is not aware of such contacts.

The White House says Priebus was holding a previously scheduled meeting with McCabe the morning after the Times story was published. According to Spicer, McCabe told Priebus in \"very colorful terms\" that the report was inaccurate, prompting the chief of staff to ask if the FBI would make its view known publicly.

Spicer said McCabe told the White House the bureau did not want to be in the practice of rebutting news stories. A similar message was conveyed to Priebus later in the day by Comey, according to the White House spokesman.

The White House said McCabe and Comey instead gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly, something the FBI has not confirmed.

Priebus alluded to his contacts with the FBI over the weekend, telling Fox News that \"the top levels of the intelligence community\" had assured him that the allegations of campaign contacts with Russia were \"not only grossly overstated but also wrong.\"

During the campaign, Trump and other Republicans strongly criticized a meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, husband of Trump's general election opponent. The meeting came as the FBI \u2014 which is overseen by the Justice Department \u2014 was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and personal internet server.

Spicer said he was not aware of an FBI investigation into Trump campaign advisers' contacts with Russia. Administration officials have acknowledged that the FBI interviewed ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the transition.

Flynn was fired after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about the content of those conversations.

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Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Eric Tucker, Vivian Salama, Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to Trump, Democrats have invited the Iraqi-American doctor who discovered elevated levels of lead in the blood of many children living in Flint, Michigan; a Pakistani-born doctor who delivers critical care to patients in Rhode Island; and an American-born daughter of Palestinian refugees who aids people like her family in their quest to come to the United States.

\"I want Trump to see the face of a woman, the face of a Muslim, and the face of someone whose family has enriched and contributed to this country despite starting out as refugees,\" said Rep. Luis Guti\u00e9rrez, D-Ill., whose guest Tuesday will be Fidaa Rashid, a Chicago immigration attorney.

Soon after taking office, Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and pausing the entire U.S. refugee program. The order sparked worldwide confusion about who was covered by the edict, with thousands gathering at airports and in other settings to protest. An appeals court blocked the order.

Trump has said he will issue another order along similar lines. Trump has also expanded the range of immigrants living in the country illegally who have become a priority for removal. The president has argued that the steps are necessary to protect the nation.

One of the people caught up in Trump's executive order was Sara Yarjani, a 35-year-old Iranian graduate student studying in California. She was held at Los Angeles International Airport for nearly 23 hours before being sent back to Vienna, Austria, where she had been visiting family. She was able to resume her studies at the California Institute for Human Sciences after a judge halted implementation of Trump's order. She'll attend Trump's speech as a guest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.

\"Mr. Trump needs to see the people he has hurt,\" Chu said.

The focus on welcoming immigrants will also extend to the response that Democratic leaders plan for Trump's speech. Astrid Silva, who was brought into the United States as a young child, will provide the Spanish-language rebuttal; former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will give the standard opposition-party response. Under President Barack Obama, hundreds of thousands of unauthorized youth brought into the country as children were given a reprieve from deportation.

While Trump vowed to immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during the campaign, he has kept it in place as president.

All will be on high alert for any Joe Wilson moments in Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress since his inaugural address. Wilson, a longtime Republican congressman from South Carolina, shouted, \"You lie!\" as Obama addressed Congress in 2009 about his health care plan. The debate over \"Obamacare\" sparked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, much as Trump's executive order and statements on immigration have done.

Trump's comments on immigration play well with his supporters, but unnerve some Republicans who represent congressional districts with quickly growing immigrant populations.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., invited a constituent he describes as a hero for helping to expose the Flint water crisis. He said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha came to the United States with her Iraqi parents, who were fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein. She has recently questioned whether her family would have been allowed into the country under the policies of the Trump administration.

A group of Democratic lawmakers recently wrote a letter to colleagues earlier this month urging them to invite guests who have, despite discrimination, made positive impacts on their communities. One of the leaders of that effort, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., asked Dr. Ehsun Mirza, the Pakistani-born doctor, to be his guest.

\"I am proud to call Dr. Mirza a friend, and I hope that his presence on February 28th will serve as a reminder to the president that true Americans come in every color and creed - and not all are born here,\" Langevin said.

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This version of the story deletes a description of Mona Hanna-Attisha as Iraqi-born. Hanna-Attisha was born to Iraqi immigrants.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.

The 105-page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline that GOP leaders recently gave lawmakers. The document is 2 weeks old, and GOP aides said it is subject to change.

Still, it provides some new details of Republican thinking and reaffirms others, such as blocking federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year.

It also shows Republicans have begun translating their ideas into legislative language, even as they continue their seven-year struggle to unify their party behind a bill repealing Obama's 2010 overhaul.

Though just a preliminary document, the package drew quick criticism from Democrats.

\"This isn't a replacement, it's a recipe for disaster,\" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He said it would \"put insurance companies back in charge\" while boosting health care costs for millions and kicking millions of others off their plans.

\"The Republican bill raises families' costs, weakens coverage and pushes millions of Americans off of health coverage of any kind,\" said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Congressional leaders say they want committees to write legislation reshaping the nation's health care system in March. That represents slippage from earlier suggestions by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders of quicker action, reflecting internal Republican disagreements about what to do.

It is uncertain how their plans will be affected by this week's town halls during Congress' recess where GOP lawmakers were confronted by noisy defenders of Obama's law.

According to the Republican draft, insurers could charge older customers five times more than what they charge younger ones, who are generally healthier and less costly to cover. That ratio is limited to 3-1 under Obama's statute.

The GOP plan would end an expansion of Medicaid to people just over the poverty line that has been adopted by 31 states \u2014 many with Republican governors \u2014 and has led to coverage of 11 million additional low-income people.

Overall, Medicaid serves more than 70 million people who automatically receive coverage for much of their medical care. Under the GOP bill, Medicaid spending would be curbed by providing states fixed annual amounts per beneficiary.

The tax penalty on people who don't purchase policies would be eliminated, as would federal subsidies for lower earners who buy insurance.

Instead, those who don't get coverage at work or under government programs would get annual tax credits based on age, growing from $2,000 for people under age 30 to $4,000 for those age 60 and over. Republicans would also make it easier for people to contribute more money to health savings accounts.

Under Obama's overhaul, people with lower incomes currently get larger subsidies. Democrats say the GOP proposals would leave people short of what's needed to afford medical bills and that most are already too strapped to save money.

The GOP proposal would also:

\u2014Let insurers charge 30 percent higher premiums for people who have let their coverage lapse.

\u2014Repeal taxes Obama's law imposed to pay for its coverage expansions including on health insurers and pharmaceutical companies, investment income of higher earners and on many medical devices.

\u2014Tax partial value of health coverage that people get at work if their plan ranks among the costliest 10 percent in the nation.

\u2014Scrap Obama's requirement that insurers cover 10 kinds of services like prescription drugs and maternity care, instead letting states decide.

\u2014End the tax penalty on larger employers who don't offer health coverage to workers.

\u2014Provide $100 billion over 10 years for grants to states to restrain health costs.

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Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days \u2014 the middle of political tumult.

As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump administration and Russia.

It's an unusual position for a crime-fighting organization with a vaunted reputation for independence and political neutrality. Yet Comey, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who later became deputy attorney general of the United States, is known for an unshaking faith in his own moral compass.

\"I'm not detecting a loss of confidence in him, a loss of confidence in him by him,\" said retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, noting the broad recognition that \"these are very tumultuous, polarized, angry, angry times.\"

The latest flare up occurred Friday, when White House officials told reporters that chief of staff Reince Priebus had 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. The officials said the FBI first raised concerns about New York Times reporting but told Priebus the bureau could not weigh in publicly on the matter. The officials said Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Comey instead gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly, something the FBI has not confirmed.

As the FBI declined to discuss the matter, pressure mounted on Comey to either counter or affirm the White House's account. Even the Trump administration urged him to come forward, which as of Friday was not happening.

\"Politicized assertions by White House chief of staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave consequence to our democracy,\" Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. \"The American people deserve real transparency, which means Director Comey needs to come forward, in an open hearing, and answer questions.\"

The push on Comey to publicly discuss the bureau's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is especially acute given his statements in the run-up to Nov. 8 that many Democrats believe cost Clinton the election. He detailed the results of the FBI's investigation at an unusual July news conference, testified on it for hours on Capitol Hill and alerted Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the FBI would be reviewing new emails potentially connected to the case.

But it's not clear that Comey, now in the fourth year of a 10-year term, will be swayed by any public hand-wringing. People who have worked with the FBI director describe him as holding strong personal convictions.

As deputy attorney general, he confronted White House officials in the hospital room of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in an effort to quash the reauthorization of a counterterrorism surveillance program.

When nominating Comey for FBI director in 2013, President Barack Obama praised him for his \"fierce independence and deep integrity.\" Comey stood apart from the administration on a few occasions after that, including when he floated the possibility that police concerns over being recorded on video were causing officers to pull back and contributing to an uptick in homicides, a viewpoint the White House refused to endorse.

His decision to announce the FBI's recommendation against criminal charges in the Clinton email case was made without any notice to the Justice Department, and his notification to Congress about the new emails was not supported by department leaders, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Decisions that reach the desk of the top leadership of the FBI are generally not easy, said Robert Anderson, a retired FBI executive assistant director.

\"The director of the FBI is a hard job, even when it's an easy day or nothing's in the newspaper,\" Anderson said. \"By the time it makes it up to Jim, it's all hard at that point.\"

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Sydney Wiese called the sellout crowd for No. 10 Oregon State's showdown with No. 8 Stanford one of the highlights of her four years with the Beavers.

The win made it all the more special.

Marie Gulich made a go-ahead putback with 14.4 seconds left and Oregon State clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 50-47 victory over Stanford on Friday night.

The 9,604 fans in attendance marked a record for a women's game at Gill Coliseum.

\"It seemed like the whole state was at Gill tonight,\" Wiese said. \"That definitely fueled us.\"

Wiese led the Beavers (26-3, 15-2) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, while Kolbie Orum added 12 points and six rebounds.

Erica McCall and Alanna Smith each had nine points for Stanford (24-5, 14-3), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinal had not dropped a conference game on the road this season.

\"They have an excellent team. They had a great crowd. It was very exciting. Great environment,\" Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. \"And we just needed to make some more plays down the stretch.\"

Oregon State won the regular-season title outright in 2014, snapping Stanford's run of 14 straight seasons with at least a share of it. Then last season the Beavers claimed a share of the regular-season title before winning the Pac-12 tournament and advancing all the way to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four.

\"This conference is so good, and for this team to do what they've done this year \u2014 with all the new people, with several teams that had more experience on the court than they did \u2014 the heart and the grit and the togetherness that they've displayed to make this possible, that's something to celebrate,\" Beavers coach Scott Rueck said. \"To go back-to-back-to-back in this conference? It's unbelievable.\"

Back-to-back layups from Brittany McPhee and Marta Sniezek pulled Stanford into a 33-all tie with 8:02 left. The Cardinal weren't able to move in front until Nadia Fingall's layup made it 41-40 with just over 5 minutes left.

Stanford extended the lead on McCall's layup but Wiese hit her fifth 3-pointer to tie it at 43. Wiese missed the first of two free throws but Oregon State reclaimed the edge.

After McCall's layup put Stanford in front 47-46, Gulich's layup gave the lead back to Oregon State. Karlie Samuelson missed a 3-pointer on the other end and Gulich made free throws for the final margin.

\"We're up one with how much time to go? 14 seconds,\" VanDerveer said. \"We didn't find a way to win. It was disappointing.\"

The Beavers also beat the Cardinal 72-69 in double overtime on Jan. 8, Oregon State's first victory at Maples Pavilion.

The teams were knotted at 10 at the end of the first quarter and the Beavers went to the break with a 20-18 lead. Wiese led all scorers with 10 points.

It was a defensive struggle, with Stanford shooting 8 for 28 (29 percent) from the floor and Oregon State 6 of 30 (20 percent). The Beavers, ranked seventh nationally for field goal defense, were outrebounding the Cardinal 26-20 at the break.

Wiese hit another 3 that put the Beavers up 25-22. She later made another that extended the lead to 33-27 and it looked as if Oregon State was going to pull away.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: If the teams finish as co-champions, Oregon State would have the top seed in the tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker. ... The Cardinal had won four straight games against top-10 opponents before Friday.

Oregon State: The Beavers honored VanDerveer before the game for her 1,000th career win on Feb. 3. The crowd at Gill gave her a standing ovation. ... Gulich finished with six points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

If the Beavers can take care of the finale against Cal on Sunday, Oregon State should pop up a few spots in the rankings heading into the Pac-12 tournament. VanDerveer said the real impact of these final games comes in seeding, because the conference is so strong and the top four teams are so close.

\"We'll bounce back. This is a tough game, but we'll bounce back,\" she said. \"We're going to the tournament. We'll see them there.\"

NO 3s:

It was the first time that Stanford had not made a 3-pointer during a game since February 2014, a 61-35 victory over Arizona State.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal will visit the Oregon Ducks on Sunday. Oregon fell to Cal 55-49 earlier Friday night. It was Stanford's first

Oregon State: The Beavers will host California on Sunday. While it's senior day and the team will honor Wiese, Hanson and Orum, it will probably not be their last appearance at Gill. Oregon State is expected to host early round NCAA Tournament games.

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MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) \u2014 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.

Thousands of government supporters, some wearing clothing adorned with Mugabe's image, converged in Matabeleland on Saturday for a birthday bash and show of strength for the ruling ZANU-PF party, beset by squabbling in the past year as the elderly president weakened and factions, one including his wife Grace, sparred ahead of an expected power vacuum.

Mugabe, a former rebel leader who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980, declared a few days ago that most Zimbabweans think nobody can replace him. The longevity of the world's oldest head of state is a source of heartache for Zimbabwe's splintered opposition and uncertainty for investors, leaving the economically struggling country in limbo.

Zimbabwe's challenges include a strike by doctors over working conditions that has forced army and police doctors to deploy in public hospitals. Conditions at hospitals were already deteriorating because of poor staffing and low supplies of medicine. The government has endured other crises, rejecting decades of opposition and Western allegations about human rights violations, voting irregularities and economic mismanagement.

Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday, has been serenaded at a palace cake-cutting by singers who wished him \"many more\" birthdays. Air Zimbabwe, the cash-strapped national carrier, and other entities took out birthday notices in pro-government media. Dancers and musicians performed ahead of Saturday's party at a school in Matopo Hills, on the outskirts of Bulawayo city with caves and rock art dating back thousands of years.

The region, whose mystical-looking rock formations have been the setting for religious ceremonies, is also associated with the often violent fissures of pre- and post-colonial Africa. British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is buried there. It is also the site of mass graves of some of the thousands of Ndebele people killed in the 1980s by a North Korea-trained military unit loyal to Mugabe, a member of the rival Shona ethnic group.

The memory of that episode prompted some anti-government activists to denounce the selection of Matopo Hills for Mugabe's birthday party, though ruling party figures said it will promote tourism in the area.

Mugabe's state security minister at the time of the killings, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is now a vice president and possible successor. Some ruling party members who support him have criticized Grace Mugabe, a leader in a rival faction who recently said her husband should run as a \"corpse\" if he dies before the next elections.

Mnangagwa is also sticking to the official script that Mugabe is the only option for now, denouncing any \"mad young people\" in the ZANU-PF party who want him to oust Mugabe. Such dissenters, some born after independence in 1980, should be expelled from a party with \"a liberation struggle history,\" he said, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

The ruling party, Mnangagwa said, \"will rule forever\" and will vote for Mugabe in next year's elections.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) \u2014 Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.

The Interior Ministry says the three were working to repair the tunnel a day after the Egyptian military blew it up.

The bodies were recovered Saturday and sent to a hospital in the town of Rafah.

Egypt has recently resumed cracking down on the few remaining tunnels from Gaza after an increase in smuggling.

Earlier this month, Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said the resumption of Egyptian tactics along the border, including flooding the tunnels or blowing them up, were \"unjustified.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Obamas just can't quit Broadway.

Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's \"The Price.\" They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on Friday.

In \"The Price,\" a police officer feels that life has passed him by while he took care of his now-dead father. He and his estranged brother must reunite to sell off dad's possessions.

The Obamas were big boosters of Broadway during his presidency, especially \"Hamilton,\" ''A Raisin in the Sun\" and \"Joe Turner's Come and Gone.\" Members of the Obama family also attended \"Memphis,\" ''Kinky Boots,\" ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,\" ''Sister Act,\" ''The Trip to Bountiful,\" ''Motown the Musical\" and \"The Addams Family.\"

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) \u2014 GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters \u2014 a largely white Kansas City suburb \u2014 didn't reflect it.

It's the place 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla came to work a few years ago. By his wife's account Friday he willingly spent long hours on an aviation systems engineering team alongside Alok Madasani, a friend and colleague also 32 and from India.

Kuchibhotla's trek led him to have a kinship with his boss, Lebanese native Didier Popadopoulos, who says he moved to America at Kuchibhotla's age and once held the same Garmin job.

But Garmin \u2014 a billion-dollar tech giant launched in Kansas as a startup by two men nearly three decades ago \u2014 now is reeling, trying to digest Kuchibhotla's shooting death Wednesday at a bar just a mile down the road from work. Madasani was wounded, along with a stranger who tried to help.

Witnesses say the gunman, Adam Purinton, yelled at the two Indian men to \"get out of my country\" and opened fire. Purinton, who was arrested hours later at a bar in Missouri, remains jailed on murder and attempted murder charges.

The shooting happened at a time when many have concerns about the treatment of immigrants in the U.S., some of whom feel targeted by the current administration. President Donald Trump has promised to ban certain travelers and been especially vocal about the threat posed by Islamic terrorist groups.

On Friday, Garmin tried to comfort grieving employees at a closed-door vigil inside the auditorium on its campus in Olathe, Kansas. Kuchibhotla's widow, Sunayana Dumala, addressed the group of about 200 workers that included Madasani, who was released from the hospital Thursday.

Laurie Minard, Garmin's vice president of human resources, doesn't believe the shooting will jeopardize its recruitment of workers from overseas.

\"We tend to be a family here,\" she said at the Garmin campus, which is waging a $200 million expansion, with plans announced last August for a new manufacturing and distribution center. \"We want people to feel safe. We embrace it. We encourage it. We support it. It's extremely important to us about acceptance.\"

At any given time, she said, more than 100 Garmin employees are in the H-1B program, which lets American companies bring foreigners with technical skills to the U.S. for three to six years.

In an eight-year period until fiscal year 2016, Garmin on average obtained 49 certifications for foreign labor \u2014 a prerequisite for hiring with an H-1B visa \u2014 for an average of 70 positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. During that time, 81 percent of the certified positions were in Olathe, the Labor Department says.

Olathe, whose name means \"beautiful\" in the Shawnee language, is a well-to-do Kansas City suburb where the median household income is above $77,000 a year.

Worldwide, Switzerland-based Garmin Ltd. \u2014 the Kansas operation's corporate parent \u2014 has more than 11,400 workers in 60 offices and last year logged $3.02 billion in revenue. Roughly 2,800 workers are at the Kansas headquarters, which Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Pam Whiting cast as regionally \"one of our entrepreneurial success stories\" and biggest employers.

Recruiting from overseas isn't at all unusual in the tech industry, which contends there aren't enough Americans with specialized skills the companies need.

Indian immigrants in the U.S. has spiked from about 200,000 in the 1980s to more than 2 million today, as Indian-born scientists and engineers fueled the American tech boom. India received more H-1B visas in the U.S. for its temporary high-skilled workers, about 70 percent, than any other country in 2014.

Stunned by Kuchibhotla's death, Popadopoulos, the Lebanese native who was the man's boss, said he plans to stay the course.

\"When this happened, one of the things I started to think about with my wife (was) 'Is it time to leave?'\" he said.

Then he thought: \"Leave where? I'm from here. I really think Srinivas would want us to stick together and stand up for what's right.\"

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said he left a message with Olathe's mayor, offering to help assure people from India who live in Kansas that the actions leading to Kuchibhotla's death are \"not the norm.\"

\"This is not the nature of Kansas, and we welcome people to the United States, particularly a company like Garmin and many others,\" the Kansas Republican said.

___

AP Data Journalist Larry Fenn in New York and AP writers Martha Mendoza in Bangkok and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him.

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and producer is overseeing the launch of a vinyl record pressing plant in the back of his Third Man Records shop north of downtown Detroit. Third Man Pressing holds its grand opening on Saturday.

The eight presses represent some of the first newly built machines installed in the U.S. in more than three decades \u2014 corresponding with a vinyl revival. White told The Associated Press on Friday that \"there's so much demand for the records and so little supply.\"

\"Two years ago we could not buy new presses,\" said White, decked out in yellow shoes and custom-made Third Man shirt. \"We're the first place to really be the guinea pig of this.\"

White marvels at the bright yellow, German-made machines, which earlier this week churned out records by some legendary Detroit bands that inspired him, including The Stooges and MC5. He said the presses will kick out the jams, as it were, by pressing eye-popping, genre-spanning platters by Detroit bands of renown and then spread to other Third Man artists and those of other small labels.

The plant also is part of a revival for a part of the city where White and his former band, The White Stripes, got its start 20 years ago. White also attended high school at nearby Cass Tech, ran an upholstery shop and took \"a couple classes\" at Wayne State University.

\"Out of the darkness comes the light: What was traditionally known as the roughest neighborhood in Detroit, the Cass Corridor, is now showing the most incredible fruits and beauty and progress,\" said White, who has recently collaborated with Beyonc\u00e9 and A Tribe Called Quest.

White, who employed vinyl for his earliest releases, founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001 and both he and the business relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Detroit's retail store opened in 2015. White and Shinola, a Detroit-based maker of watches, bikes and other goods, jointly bought the building.

\"Down the street, Shinola is selling $2,500 turntables that they're making right there in front of people's eyes behind glass. We're going to be making records two doors down in front of glass. Can you believe this?\" he mused. \"This is in the Cass Corridor. You would have never have guessed any of this was going to happen. It's worth every cent, every second of energy people have put into it.\"

His goal is to keep expanding in Nashville and Detroit so that \"there's nothing involved in the record that is not part of the Third Man system,\" including making record sleeves and metal plates for the presses. He likens the goal to that of another famous Detroit manufacturer, automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

\"They had an idea about pouring raw materials into one end and out the other end came Model T cars,\" he said. \"We're going to get there.\"

____

Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffkaroub . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/jeff-karoub.

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URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) \u2014 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 name, Young quickly replied: \"I don't know much about him.\"

\"On the subject of the president, I want you to know that although he's the president, he's not my boss,\" the lawmaker said, struggling to be heard over yet another round of raucous chants that echoed across the suburban Des Moines auditorium.

Just call it the Trump tango.

A little more than a month into Trump's term, Republicans like Young find themselves squeezed between a polarizing president and hundreds of angry voters flooding their Capitol Hill phone lines, protesting at their offices and shouting them down at rowdy town halls. The national pushback has left some Republicans wary, complicating Trump's ability to get his agenda through Congress and raising the possibility that midterm elections that should favor the GOP may end up being far more challenging.

\"You can't write the protesters off simply because they've got loud voices,\" said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. \"That's kind of what the Democrats did in 2009. They wrote it off then as astroturf. If we do the same thing in '17 and '18 we could be paying the price in November.\"

Trump has made it clear that he has little intention of changing his approach, dismissing what he described on Twitter as \"so-called angry crowds\" in Republican districts that have been \"planned out by liberal activists.\" Republican leaders label the protesters sore losers, unhappy with the results of the November elections.

\"You all are surely not falling for the notion these are unbiased citizens,\" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters in Covington, Kentucky, this week.

Congressional GOP leaders plan to stay the course, pushing ahead with repeal of the health care law, overhaul of the tax system and other efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama's policies despite the outcry.

But the rowdy town halls and protests may make it more difficult for some of their more moderate members to support the proposals.

Some Republicans skipped town halls altogether. Those who did appear used the events as an opportunity to hedge their support for Trump's and the congressional leadership's agenda \u2014 calling on the new president to release his tax returns, provide greater transparency on his dealings with Russia, striking a more moderate tone on \"Obamacare\" and even offering some veiled criticism of Trump's chaotic style.

\"I said this at the meeting: No one would confuse my personality with Donald Trump. And I am comfortable with my own personality,\" said Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., who had more than 1,150 people show up for a town hall in his swing district on Wednesday night. Typically, his events get around 100 attendees, he said.

Some of the divides between Trump and the GOP date to the contentious 2016 election, when much of the Republican establishment tried to stop the populist Trump from winning the nomination.

\"It's inevitable that the agenda remains in flux because Donald Trump has not reflected the dominant views of most Republicans and conservatives,\" said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, a veteran adviser to Republican Senate campaigns who worked on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid.

But much of the outrage has focused on the yearslong Republican pledge to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. With polls showing the law becoming more popular since Trump's election, Republican lawmakers are struggling to respond to constituents worried about losing their coverage, even as an energized GOP base demands a swift \u2014 and complete \u2014 repeal.

Though he'd backed repeal efforts when Obama was in office, Young now finds things to like about \"Obamacare.\" Popular provisions like allowing adult children to remain covered by their parents' insurance and barring denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions are part of what makes the law difficult to uproot, he told the shouting crowd at his town hall.

\"We're likely not to have a full repeal,\" he said. \"We need to repair, fix, amend.\"

The outcry among angry voters was part of what convinced Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley to endorse the simultaneous repeal and replacement of the health care law, where he had said just weeks earlier that he would be willing to pull the plug on the law without an alternative in place.

\"That wouldn't have meant much to me in November and December, but it means a lot now,\" Grassley told reporters after an hourlong meeting with more than 100 Tuesday in rural northern Iowa.

And Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week in her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature that she would not vote to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal the healthcare law's expansion of Medicaid \u2014 contradicting two GOP election-year promises.

Those kinds of town hall promises could complicate Republicans ability to get a replacement plan through Congress \u2014 a prospect that cheers Democrats.

\"If Obamacare repeal fails and there's similar turmoil around taxes in the Senate, it can turn out to be a very unproductive year for Republicans,\" said Democratic pollster Geoff Garin. \"The die is often cast very early in midterm election cycles.\"

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ATLANTA (AP) \u2014 Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories.

With the outcome of Saturday's vote uncertain, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison made a final push Friday to cajole support from the hundreds of state party leaders, donors and activists who make up the Democratic National Committee and determine the party's direction.

Perez supporters say he's on the cusp of the required majority. Ellison maintains that he is still a viable candidate. A handful of other candidates are holding out hope that neither Ellison nor Perez can command a majority, opening up the race for an upset in later rounds of voting.

Each of the front-runners promises an aggressive counter to the Trump administration, while rebuilding a depleted organization at the state and local level \u2014 a tacit admission that party infrastructure withered during Barack Obama's eight years in the White House, despite the president's personal electoral success. The results have shown: Republicans now control the White House, Capitol Hill and nearly two-thirds of state legislatures and governorships.

\"We are fighting for a party that is not the status quo,\" Ellison told his supporters late Friday, arguing that Democrats have become too timid and lost touch with too many voters across much of the country by abandoning working people. The key, he said, is too \"knock on doors and engage people\" while pushing policies that benefit them. \"Let's have a debate it,\" he said. \"You're not scared. I'm not scared. Let's do it.\"

At a nearby reception, Perez said the party must be the center of Trump resistance.

\"The most important word in a democracy is that simple two-letter: 'We,'\" he said, promising he would help Democrats capitalize on the budding opposition movement. \"It's amazing what we can accomplish when we have strong parties everywhere that allow us to put those values into action,\" he said.

Perez got into the race at Obama's urging, but he has pushed back on the notion that represents the same \"establishment\" label that dogged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Ellison has endorsements from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But he has the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Ellison also brought in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin to glad-hand DNC members Friday. Former DNC leader Howard Dean, widely hailed as a successful party chair, worked the hallways on behalf of a third candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

Clinton has stayed out of the DNC contest, but she made a video appearance at the party gathering Friday.

\"Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country,\" she said, praising the Jan. 21 women's marches across the country and other signs of public criticism of Trump. She also indirectly noted her popular vote victory, which Trump has insisted was not legitimate. \"Nearly 66 million votes,\" she said, \"are fueling grassroots energy and activism.\"

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 One day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a bizarre killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police said Saturday that they have raided a condominium and were awaiting lab results on what they found.

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place amid crowds of travelers in a budget airport terminal, has boosted speculation that North Korea dispatched two killers to take out an outcast member of the ruling family. Kim's younger half brother is Kim Jong Un, the ruler of North Korea.

Though Kim Jong Nam was not an obvious political threat to his sibling, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with poison. The four fled Malaysia shortly after the killing.

On Saturday, police confirmed a raid earlier this week on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur was part of the investigation. Senior police official Abdul Samah Mat, who is handling the investigation, did not specify what authorities found there, but said the items were being tested for traces of any chemicals.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living abroad for years, was approached by the two women on Feb. 13 as he waited for a flight home to Macau. In grainy surveillance footage, the women appear to rub something onto his face before walking away in separate directions.

Malaysian police said they had been trained to go immediately to the washroom and clean their hands.

Both women seen in the video are in custody.

The oily poison was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, experts say, and is banned under international treaties. North Korea never signed that treaty, and has spent decades developing a complex chemical weapons program that has long worried the international community.

VX is an extremely powerful poison, with an amount no larger than a few grains of salt enough to kill. An odorless chemical, it can be inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Then, in anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, it can cause a range of symptoms, from blurred vision to a headache. Enough exposure leads to convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

It has the consistency of motor oil and can take days or even weeks to evaporate. It could have contaminated anywhere Kim was afterward, including medical facilities and the ambulance he was transported in, experts say.

Airport officials and police have insisted the facility is safe. Abdul Samah, the police official, said police are tracing the suspects' steps to ensure public safety.

Asked if the airport cleanup had started, he said: \"It is already in process.\"

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) \u2014 An economic boycott by the NAACP is the latest fallout over North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill and other conservative policies.

The civil rights organization urged religious conferences, athletic events and musicians Friday to take their business elsewhere. They cited a state law that limits protections for LGBT people as well as ongoing legal fights over voting rights. The group stopped short of telling its members to cease all travel and spending in North Carolina \u2014 a component of previous boycotts -- but said it might add other economic measures later.

The NAACP's national president Cornell Brooks also warned that the group would consider similar actions in any other state that seeks to limit voting access or pass discriminatory laws, calling the use of boycotting \"a serious matter.\"

\"The NAACP does not take this matter cavalierly,\" he said.

His comments came two days after Republican President Donald Trump's administration rescinded federal guidance that public schools nationwide should allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity.

North Carolina has been at the center of the transgender rights debate because of the state law that says transgender people must use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings.

\"Right now in the state of North Carolina we have children -- Dear God, children! -- who are being imperiled, who face the prospect of being bullied as a consequence of politicians using them as political pawns while we talk about bathrooms,\" Brooks said.

The Rev. William Barber, who leads the state's NAACP chapter, proposed the boycott late last year after a deal fell apart to repeal the law, often referred to as House Bill 2, which also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

But Barber stressed that the boycott would also pressure the Republican-controlled legislature over efforts to limit the new Democratic governor's power as well as legal battles over voting rights and how electoral districts are drawn.

\"What has happened in North Carolina makes this state a battleground ... for the soul of America,\" said Barber, who has drawn thousands to rallies protesting conservative policies in recent years.

The NAACP was part of a coalition that successfully sued to overturn much of a 2013 North Carolina elections law that required photo ID from voters who cast ballots in person. A federal appeals court said that provision and others disproportionately targeted black voters. Republicans have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger called on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to \"condemn William Barber's attempt to inflict economic harm on our citizens, and work toward a reasonable compromise that keeps men out of women's bathrooms.\"

Asked about the boycott, Cooper's spokesman Ford Porter said in an email: \"While Governor Cooper continues to urge business to come to North Carolina in spite of HB2, Republican legislative leaders need to stop holding our economy hostage to this disastrous law.\"

The NAACP's boycott resolution says the group won't hold future national meetings in North Carolina and urged other large groups to take their business elsewhere, too. The resolution says the organization could take other steps, such as urging the divestiture of North Carolina-related investments.

Brooks declined to offer further specifics or a timetable for deciding whether to escalate the effort, but suggested the group's previous boycotts could serve as a model.

The NAACP boycotted South Carolina for 15 years over flying the Confederate battle flag on Statehouse grounds. When that boycott was approved, the group urged all of its members nationwide to avoid visiting or spending money in the state. The flag was removed in 2015.

Already, House Bill 2 has caused numerous conventions, concerts and sporting events to pull out of North Carolina, depriving it of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. The state also lost several large-scale business projects with hundreds of jobs because of the law.

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Follow Drew at www.twitter.com/jonldrew

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) \u2014 A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say.

Brian Vigneault, 35, had spent about 22 hours playing the online wargame \"World of Tanks\" on the streaming platform Twitch.tv. He told followers watching him play the game that he was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

But early Sunday, he stood up from his computer to take a smoke break. The father of three who played under the name PoShYbRiD never appeared on screen again.

\"He was in rough shape,\" said Jessica Gebauer, 29, a friend of Vigneault's and fellow streamer who lives in Humboldt in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

\"I watched him until about half an hour before he said he'd be right back,\" she said. \"He just looked really, really tired. We were telling him, 'Go to sleep. The stream can wait.'\"

Virginia Beach police said they responded to a 911 call for cardiac arrest. Vigneault was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause and manner of his death remain under investigation, the medical examiner's office said.

One of the most popular websites in the United States, Twitch is a \"congested marketplace\" in which streamers are vying for eyeballs, according to Nicholas Thiel Taylor, a digital media professor at North Carolina State University.

\"There is pressure on a lot of these folks to go to extremes to build an audience,\" he said. \"It doesn't seem that grueling on the surface, but you're interacting with people and playing a video game and temporarily putting off your biological needs.\"

Gebauer, Vigneault's friend in Canada, said 24-hour marathons are not uncommon. She did one herself.

\"By doing it for so long, you get people from all different time zones,\" she said. \"There's more opportunity for donations.\"

Gebauer described Vigneault as funny and sarcastic, someone whose anger at the game was as entertaining as he was. He told his friends he used to work as an auto mechanic, she said, and loved his three children.

Gebauer said Vigneault appeared to take enough breaks to prevent a blood clot during the marathon. She said he even took one of his kids to soccer practice.

\"I have a hard time believing that streaming for so long was the cause of his death specifically,\" she said. \"But at the same time, I know it wasn't good for him.\"

Vigneault's Twitch profile says he had raised nearly $11,000 for various charities during his five-year streaming career.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Josh deBerge told The Associated Press in an email that the organization is \"looking into whether or not Brian had entered into any agreements, whether formally or informally, related to his fundraising efforts.\"

Gebauer is now the administrator of a GoFundMe page set up for Vigneault's children. As of Friday evening, it had raised more than $17,000.

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Associated Press researchers Jennifer Farrar and Monika Mathur contributed to this report.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake defeated Northern Iowa 70-57 on Friday night and clinched outright the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. The outright conference title, coming with two games remaining for the Bulldogs, is the first for Drake since the 1999-2000 season.

Drake took an 88-79 double-overtime victory at UNI on Jan. 27 but had an easier time Friday against the second-place Panthers (20-7, 13-3), using a 13-2 run, with nine points from Wendell, to lead by 13, 47-34, after three quarters. The lead stayed in double figures in the final quarter.

Becca Hittner added 12 points for Drake, which shot 52 percent. Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas scored 10 points each. Caitlin Ingle had eight assists with nine points.

Madison Weekly scored 19 points to lead UNI, which shot 28 percent.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) \u2014 Seanna Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 straight for Iowa State in the third quarter, and the Cyclones upset No. 6 Texas 70-66 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Down two with seven minutes remaining, Iowa State (17-11, 8-9 Big 12) took control with a 9-0 run.

Bridget Carleton scored points 18 for Iowa State, but she committed two turnovers in the final minute to give Texas an opportunity. The Longhorns (21-7, 14-3) had a chance to tie it after the second turnover, but Carlton blocked Ariel Atkins' driving shot with nine seconds left and then made two free throws.

Jadda Buckley added 14 points for Iowa State.

Texas has lost three straight games for the first time this season. Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with 12 points, and Brianna Taylor added 11.

No. 10 OREGON STATE 50, NO. 8 STANFORD 47

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Marie Gulich made a go-ahead layup with 14.4 seconds left and Oregon State clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular season title with a victory over Stanford.

Sydney Weise led the Beavers (26-3, 15-2) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and Kolbie Orum added 12 points and six rebounds. The crowd of 9,604 was a record for a women's game at Gill Coliseum.

Erica McCall and Alanna Smith each had nine points for Stanford (24-5, 14-3), which had won four straight. The Cardinal had not dropped a conference game on the road this season.

No. 15 UCLA 79, ARIZONA 56

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) \u2014 Jordin Canada and Nicole Kornet scored 21 points apiece and UCLA beat Arizona.

Monique Billings added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help UCLA (21-7, 12-5) win its third straight. LaBrittney Jones had 26 points for Arizona (13-15, 4-13).

No. 19 DEPAUL 77, VILLANOVA 50

CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Brooke Schulte scored 17 points, and senior Jessica January scored 13 for DePaul in her return from a broken hand.

Jacqui Grant added 12 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul (23-6, 15-2), which moved a half-game ahead of Creighton (14-2) in the Big East.

Mary Gedaka led Villanova (16-12, 11-6) with 12 points.

No. 21 DRAKE 70, NORTHERN IOWA 57

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake beat Northern Iowa to wrap up the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. Madison Weekly scored 19 points for the Panthers (20-7, 13-3).

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LAS VEGAS (AP) \u2014 Vice President Mike Pence assured the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

\"If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel,\" Pence told the group Friday night. The Republican administration is \"assessing\" whether to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, he said, and has put Iran \"on notice.\"

Pence's words served as evidence of the fruits of years of the politically active group's labors. Its annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years. The RJC also drew the entire GOP presidential field to its December 2015 forum in Washington.

Now, with the first Republican White House in eight years, the group of Republican donors and Jewish leaders was among the first to hear from the new vice president. Former Vice President Dick Cheney introduced Pence. The roughly 500 attendees also are expected to hear from Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina this weekend.

Pence told the RJC that America's bonds with Israel had already grown stronger under the young administration. President Barack Obama did not have a close relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and many Republican Jews saw the Obama administration as insufficiently supportive of Israel.

Pence also ticked through Trump's domestic agenda, saying the president had already brought back American jobs. \"This White House is in the promise-keeping business,\" he said.

The vice president shared stories from his trip to Germany last weekend \u2014 his first abroad as vice president. He'd paid a visit to the former Dachau concentration camp, where thousands of Austrian and German Jews were among those imprisoned and killed. He was joined on the tour by a survivor of the Holocaust who was at Dachau when it was liberated by American soldiers at the end of World War II.

Pence also talked about how this week he had made a surprise visit to a Jewish cemetery in Missouri where more than 150 gravestones had been toppled and vandalized. Speaking through a bullhorn at the site, he said there was \"no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism\" and then picked up a rake and helped clean up the cemetery.

In Las Vegas, the vice president effusively praised the Adelsons from the stage, saying that they \"in so many ways have given America a second chance\" through their political work in the U.S. and Israel. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, gave more than $20 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, making them among Trump's most generous benefactors, campaign records show.

\"Rest assured we're going to keep our end of the bargain, too,\" Pence said, thanking the Adelsons and RJC for \"steadfast support\" throughout the campaign.

Yet, like so many staples of party politics \u2014 including the conservative activist conference taking place this week near Washington \u2014 the RJC has fit uneasily with Trump.

Adelson, who helps finance the RJC, didn't openly support Trump until the final weeks of the presidential campaign. The wariness was mutual. Trump had called his GOP rivals \"puppets\" of Adelson and prompted major heartburn among Republican Jews with his freewheeling comments at the 2015 RJC forum.

Trump has been appreciative. At one of his final campaign stops, in Las Vegas, he called the couple \"really incredible people\" who have been \"so supportive\" The Adelsons also were front and center for Trump's swearing-in last month, and Sheldon Adelson was one of Trump's first dinner guests at the White House.

And Trump picked the leader of the super PAC that landed Adelson's money, Chicago businessman Todd Ricketts, as deputy commerce secretary.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) \u2014 As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills Friday to do something to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.

Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were among the speakers at the rally, organized by the United Talent Agency outside of their Beverly Hills headquarters. The talent agency, better known as UTA, planned the nearly two-hour United Voices rally in lieu of holding their annual Oscars party. Security officials estimated there were 1,200 people in attendance.

Key, who kicked things off, said the event was intended to, \"support the creative community's growing concern with anti-immigration sentiment in the United States of America and its potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas, not to mention freedom of expression.\"

He welcomed all, including a handful of Trump supporters, because he said \"this is America, where you get to believe what you want.\"

One Trump supporter walked through the crowd in a Make America Great Again hat early on saying \"you're not going to block me.\"

For the most part, however, the crowd was subdued, civil and attentive to the celebrity speakers.

Michael J. Fox, who became a United States citizen some 20 years ago, remembered being annoyed at the 8-year process to citizenship and now wonders what he was complaining about.

Turning immigrants away, Fox said, is \"an assault on human dignity.\"

One of the best-received was Jodie Foster who enthusiastically yelled \"this is a great idea! Why didn't I think of this?\"

Foster said she's never been comfortable using her public face for activism and has always found the small ways to serve, but that this year is different.

\"It's time to show up,\" she said. \"It's a singular time in history. It's time to engage. And as the very, very dead Frederick Douglass once said 'any time is a good time for illumination.'\"

The Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also spoke via video from Tehran to praise the show of unity among the cinema community. Farhadi previously said he would boycott Sunday's ceremony as a result of President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban.

\"It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures, religions and nationalities, the cinema community has joined the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition,\" Farhadi said. \"I hope this unity will continue and spread to fight other injustices.\"

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and Reza Aslan were among the others who took the podium during the event, which also included a DJ set and live performances from the X Ambassadors and Ben Harper.

UTA previously announced that it was donating $250,000 to the ACLU and the International Rescue Committee and has set up a crowd funding page to solicit more donations. At press time, over $320,000 had been raised.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 One day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a bizarre killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police said Saturday that they have raided a condominium and were awaiting lab results on what they found.

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place amid crowds of travelers in a budget airport terminal, has boosted speculation that North Korea dispatched two killers to take out an outcast member of the ruling family. Kim's younger half brother is Kim Jong Un, the ruler of North Korea.

Though Kim Jong Nam was not an obvious political threat to his sibling, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with poison. The four fled Malaysia shortly after the killing.

On Saturday, police confirmed a raid earlier this week on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur was part of the investigation. Senior police official Abdul Samah Mat, who is handling the investigation, did not specify what authorities found there, but said the items were being tested for traces of any chemicals.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living abroad for years, was approached by the two women on Feb. 13 as he waited for a flight home to Macau. In grainy surveillance footage, the women appear to rub something onto his face before walking away in separate directions.

Malaysian police said they had been trained to go immediately to the washroom and clean their hands.

Both women seen in the video are in custody.

The oily poison was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, experts say, and is banned under international treaties. North Korea never signed that treaty, and has spent decades developing a complex chemical weapons program that has long worried the international community.

VX is an extremely powerful poison, with an amount no larger than a few grains of salt enough to kill. An odorless chemical, it can be inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Then, in anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, it can cause a range of symptoms, from blurred vision to a headache. Enough exposure leads to convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

It has the consistency of motor oil and can take days or even weeks to evaporate. It could have contaminated anywhere Kim was afterward, including medical facilities and the ambulance he was transported in, experts say.

Airport officials and police have insisted the facility is safe. Abdul Samah, the police official, said police are tracing the suspects' steps to ensure public safety.

Asked if the airport cleanup had started, he said: \"It is already in process.\"

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CYPRESS, Texas (AP) \u2014 Mack Beggs could win a Texas state wrestling title on Saturday.

Win or lose, the debate over whether a 17-year-old transgender boy should be wrestling girls will continue.

Beggs won two matches on Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinals, moving him within two victories of a gold medal.

Beggs' family has said he would rather be wrestling boys. Some girls and their advocates agree, arguing that the testosterone treatments Beggs has been taking while in transition from female to male have made him too strong to wrestle fairly against women. But under the state's governing policy for athletics, students must wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates.

Beggs beat Taylor Latham in the 110-pound class Friday. The score was 18-7.

It was a match Latham's mother didn't want to happen. Her daughter, she said, was wrestling someone whose body was chemically toned for strength.

\"Completely unfair advantage,\" Lisa Latham said. \"I've called the UIL, the ACLU, writing a letter to the governor. I think it's just a complete disadvantage to the female wrestlers.\"

But Lisa Latham also feels for the boy in the center of this controversy.

\"It's a no-win win situation,\" she said. \"Mack wants to wrestle boys. (But) he'll never be recognized as a boy because of the birth certificate in the state of Texas. The female wrestlers don't have a chance. It's a no win ... for either one.\"

At match's end Beggs shook hands with Latham before pointing high in the stands to cheering fans wearing the colors of his school, Euless Trinity. He celebrated for a few seconds. Then Beggs and his grandmother, led by his coach, jogged across the mats and into an area restricted to athletes and coaches.

While many cheered Beggs, others said the match was unfair. Patti Overstreet, a self-described wrestling parent, left her seat shouting, \"that's cheating\" and \"big cheater!\"

\"Look at how beefed up she is,\" Overstreet said, referring to Beggs. \"It's because she's taking an enhancement. Whether she's a boy, girl, wants to be purple or blue it doesn't matter. When you're using a drug and you're 10 times stronger than the person you're wrestling because of that drug that (shouldn't be) allowed.\"

Later Beggs beat Mya Engert 12-4 to push his record to 54-0 and leave him two victories away from a state title. Beggs got a bloody nose during that match and had to stuff gauze up his right nostril to stop the bleeding. It didn't slow him down much as he added several points after that to capture another decisive win.

Beggs hugged Engert and pumped his fist in the air after the win before darting off the mat. Engert was weeping as she walked away, and her coach shooed reporters from the area with a stern: \"No comment.\"

Beggs, who reached the state tournament after two opponents forfeited, will face Kailyn Clay in the semifinals on Saturday morning. It will be a rematch after he already beat Clay at the regional tournament.

The controversy over Beggs' participation in the women's sport comes at a crucial moment, as the public and politicians debate how they should react to the growing belief that gender is fluid. Just this week, the Trump administration announced an end to federal protections which allowed transgender students to use facilities based on their gender identity, leaving states and school districts to determine their own policies.

And in Texas, lawmakers are considering a bill similar to the controversial HB2, a law in North Carolina that prompted the NBA to move this year's All-Star game out of that state. If passed, the Texas version, called SB6, would require transgender people to use the bathroom of their \"biological sex.\"

The University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletics in Texas public schools, enacted the birth certificate policy on Aug. 1.

Attorney Jim Baudhuin tried and failed to get injunctions before both the district and regional meets to prevent Beggs from competing while he transitions. He told The Associated Press earlier this week that he doesn't blame Beggs for the situation, but faults the UIL.

\"The more I learn about this, the more I realize that she's just trying to live her life and her family is, too,\" Baudhuin said of Beggs. \"She's being forced into that position. Who knows, through discovery we may find out that's not the case. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.\"

Despite criticism of the policy, UIL executives don't envision a change.

\"Ninety-five percent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates,\" UIL deputy director Jamey Harrison said. \"So any rule can be reconsidered, but ... given the overwhelming support for that rule, I don't expect it to change anytime soon.\"

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BEIRUT (AP) \u2014 Syrian media says multiple explosions have struck a security building in the central city of Homs, inflicting numerous casualties.

The state-affiliated Ikhbariyeh TV said the blasts Saturday morning were caused by suicide attacks.

The governor of Homs Province, Talal Barzani, told The Associated Press that there were three blasts total, killing more than 20 people, and wounding many others. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group reported at least 14 people were killed.

Homs is Syria's third-largest city and largely in the control of the government.

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BEIRUT (AP) \u2014 Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.

The 105-page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline that GOP leaders recently gave lawmakers. The document is 2 weeks old, and GOP aides said it is subject to change.

Still, it provides some new details of Republican thinking and reaffirms others, such as blocking federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year.

It also shows Republicans have begun translating their ideas into legislative language, even as they continue their seven-year struggle to unify their party behind a bill repealing Obama's 2010 overhaul.

Though just a preliminary document, the package drew quick criticism from Democrats.

\"This isn't a replacement, it's a recipe for disaster,\" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He said it would \"put insurance companies back in charge\" while boosting health care costs for millions and kicking millions of others off their plans.

\"The Republican bill raises families' costs, weakens coverage and pushes millions of Americans off of health coverage of any kind,\" said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Congressional leaders say they want committees to write legislation reshaping the nation's health care system in March. That represents slippage from earlier suggestions by President Donald Trump and GOP leaders of quicker action, reflecting internal Republican disagreements about what to do.

It is uncertain how their plans will be affected by this week's town halls during Congress' recess where GOP lawmakers were confronted by noisy defenders of Obama's law.

According to the Republican draft, insurers could charge older customers five times more than what they charge younger ones, who are generally healthier and less costly to cover. That ratio is limited to 3-1 under Obama's statute.

The GOP plan would end an expansion of Medicaid to people just over the poverty line that has been adopted by 31 states \u2014 many with Republican governors \u2014 and has led to coverage of 11 million additional low-income people.

Overall, Medicaid serves more than 70 million people who automatically receive coverage for much of their medical care. Under the GOP bill, Medicaid spending would be curbed by providing states fixed annual amounts per beneficiary.

The tax penalty on people who don't purchase policies would be eliminated, as would federal subsidies for lower earners who buy insurance.

Instead, those who don't get coverage at work or under government programs would get annual tax credits based on age, growing from $2,000 for people under age 30 to $4,000 for those age 60 and over. Republicans would also make it easier for people to contribute more money to health savings accounts.

Under Obama's overhaul, people with lower incomes currently get larger subsidies. Democrats say the GOP proposals would leave people short of what's needed to afford medical bills and that most are already too strapped to save money.

The GOP proposal would also:

\u2014Let insurers charge 30 percent higher premiums for people who have let their coverage lapse.

\u2014Repeal taxes Obama's law imposed to pay for its coverage expansions including on health insurers and pharmaceutical companies, investment income of higher earners and on many medical devices.

\u2014Tax partial value of health coverage that people get at work if their plan ranks among the costliest 10 percent in the nation.

\u2014Scrap Obama's requirement that insurers cover 10 kinds of services like prescription drugs and maternity care, instead letting states decide.

\u2014End the tax penalty on larger employers who don't offer health coverage to workers.

\u2014Provide $100 billion over 10 years for grants to states to restrain health costs.

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Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days \u2014 the middle of political tumult.

As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House over a secret surveillance program. Years later as head of the FBI, he incurred the ire of Hillary Clinton supporters for public statements on an investigation into her emails. Now, Comey is facing new political pressure as White House officials are encouraging him to follow their lead by publicly recounting private FBI conversations in an attempt to dispute reports about connections between the Trump administration and Russia.

It's an unusual position for a crime-fighting organization with a vaunted reputation for independence and political neutrality. Yet Comey, the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan who later became deputy attorney general of the United States, is known for an unshaking faith in his own moral compass.

\"I'm not detecting a loss of confidence in him, a loss of confidence in him by him,\" said retired FBI assistant director Ron Hosko, noting the broad recognition that \"these are very tumultuous, polarized, angry, angry times.\"

The latest flare up occurred Friday, when White House officials told reporters that chief of staff Reince Priebus had 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. The officials said the FBI first raised concerns about New York Times reporting but told Priebus the bureau could not weigh in publicly on the matter. The officials said Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Comey instead gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly, something the FBI has not confirmed.

As the FBI declined to discuss the matter, pressure mounted on Comey to either counter or affirm the White House's account. Even the Trump administration urged him to come forward, which as of Friday was not happening.

\"Politicized assertions by White House chief of staff Priebus about what may or may not be the findings of an FBI investigation are exactly the wrong way for the public to hear about an issue that is of grave consequence to our democracy,\" Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement. \"The American people deserve real transparency, which means Director Comey needs to come forward, in an open hearing, and answer questions.\"

The push on Comey to publicly discuss the bureau's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is especially acute given his statements in the run-up to Nov. 8 that many Democrats believe cost Clinton the election. He detailed the results of the FBI's investigation at an unusual July news conference, testified on it for hours on Capitol Hill and alerted Congress less than two weeks before Election Day that the FBI would be reviewing new emails potentially connected to the case.

But it's not clear that Comey, now in the fourth year of a 10-year term, will be swayed by any public hand-wringing. People who have worked with the FBI director describe him as holding strong personal convictions.

As deputy attorney general, he confronted White House officials in the hospital room of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft in an effort to quash the reauthorization of a counterterrorism surveillance program.

When nominating Comey for FBI director in 2013, President Barack Obama praised him for his \"fierce independence and deep integrity.\" Comey stood apart from the administration on a few occasions after that, including when he floated the possibility that police concerns over being recorded on video were causing officers to pull back and contributing to an uptick in homicides, a viewpoint the White House refused to endorse.

His decision to announce the FBI's recommendation against criminal charges in the Clinton email case was made without any notice to the Justice Department, and his notification to Congress about the new emails was not supported by department leaders, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Decisions that reach the desk of the top leadership of the FBI are generally not easy, said Robert Anderson, a retired FBI executive assistant director.

\"The director of the FBI is a hard job, even when it's an easy day or nothing's in the newspaper,\" Anderson said. \"By the time it makes it up to Jim, it's all hard at that point.\"

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Follow Eric Tucker on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/etuckerAP

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC's \"This Week\" \u2014 House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

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NBC's \"Meet the Press\" \u2014 Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

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CBS' \"Face the Nation\" \u2014 Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.

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CNN's \"State of the Union\" \u2014 Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.

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\"Fox News Sunday\" \u2014 Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) \u2014 An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the Zawzjan provincial governor, said Saturday that the police officers were ambushed Friday as they were coming out of a mosque. The wife of the police commander heard about her husband being shot and rushed to the scene, where she was also killed.

IS-linked militants have been active in Afghanistan's eastern regions, but have recently begun operating in the north of the country as well.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to Trump, Democrats have invited the Iraqi-American doctor who discovered elevated levels of lead in the blood of many children living in Flint, Michigan; a Pakistani-born doctor who delivers critical care to patients in Rhode Island; and an American-born daughter of Palestinian refugees who aids people like her family in their quest to come to the United States.

\"I want Trump to see the face of a woman, the face of a Muslim, and the face of someone whose family has enriched and contributed to this country despite starting out as refugees,\" said Rep. Luis Guti\u00e9rrez, D-Ill., whose guest Tuesday will be Fidaa Rashid, a Chicago immigration attorney.

Soon after taking office, Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and pausing the entire U.S. refugee program. The order sparked worldwide confusion about who was covered by the edict, with thousands gathering at airports and in other settings to protest. An appeals court blocked the order.

Trump has said he will issue another order along similar lines. Trump has also expanded the range of immigrants living in the country illegally who have become a priority for removal. The president has argued that the steps are necessary to protect the nation.

One of the people caught up in Trump's executive order was Sara Yarjani, a 35-year-old Iranian graduate student studying in California. She was held at Los Angeles International Airport for nearly 23 hours before being sent back to Vienna, Austria, where she had been visiting family. She was able to resume her studies at the California Institute for Human Sciences after a judge halted implementation of Trump's order. She'll attend Trump's speech as a guest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.

\"Mr. Trump needs to see the people he has hurt,\" Chu said.

The focus on welcoming immigrants will also extend to the response that Democratic leaders plan for Trump's speech. Astrid Silva, who was brought into the United States as a young child, will provide the Spanish-language rebuttal; former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will give the standard opposition-party response. Under President Barack Obama, hundreds of thousands of unauthorized youth brought into the country as children were given a reprieve from deportation.

While Trump vowed to immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during the campaign, he has kept it in place as president.

All will be on high alert for any Joe Wilson moments in Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress since his inaugural address. Wilson, a longtime Republican congressman from South Carolina, shouted, \"You lie!\" as Obama addressed Congress in 2009 about his health care plan. The debate over \"Obamacare\" sparked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, much as Trump's executive order and statements on immigration have done.

Trump's comments on immigration play well with his supporters, but unnerve some Republicans who represent congressional districts with quickly growing immigrant populations.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., invited a constituent he describes as a hero for helping to expose the Flint water crisis. He said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha came to the United States with her Iraqi parents, who were fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein. She has recently questioned whether her family would have been allowed into the country under the policies of the Trump administration.

A group of Democratic lawmakers recently wrote a letter to colleagues earlier this month urging them to invite guests who have, despite discrimination, made positive impacts on their communities. One of the leaders of that effort, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., asked Dr. Ehsun Mirza, the Pakistani-born doctor, to be his guest.

\"I am proud to call Dr. Mirza a friend, and I hope that his presence on February 28th will serve as a reminder to the president that true Americans come in every color and creed - and not all are born here,\" Langevin said.

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This version of the story deletes a description of Mona Hanna-Attisha as Iraqi-born. Hanna-Attisha was born to Iraqi immigrants.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign advisers had been frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents.

President Donald Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, argued Priebus had little choice but to seek Comey's assistance in rebutting what Spicer said were inaccurate reports about contacts during last year's presidential campaign. The FBI did not issue the statement requested by Priebus and has given no sign one is forthcoming.

\"I don't know what else we were supposed to do,\" Spicer said.

The Justice Department has policies in place to limit communications between the White House and the FBI about pending investigations. Trump officials on Friday not only confirmed contacts between Priebus and the FBI, but engaged in an extraordinary public airing of those private conversations.

Spicer said it was the FBI that first approached the White House about the veracity of a New York Times story asserting that Trump advisers had contacts with Russian intelligence officials during the presidential campaign. Spicer said Priebus then asked both FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe if they would condemn the story publicly, which they declined to do.

\"The chief of staff said, well, you've put us in a very difficult situation,\" Spicer said. \"You've told us that a story that made some fairly significant accusations was not true. And now you want us to just sit out there.\"

The FBI would not comment on the matter or verify the White House account. The CIA also declined to comment.

The White House also enlisted the help of Republicans on Capitol Hill to talk to reporters about the New York Times story. Jack Langer, a spokesman for Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said the White House asked Nunes to speak with one reporter. He said the chairman told the journalist the same thing that he has said publicly many times before \u2014 that he had asked but not received any information from intelligence officials that would warrant a committee investigation of any American citizens' contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

Langer acknowledged that this could make it harder to convince people that the House investigation into the matter will be independent and free of political bias, but he said the White House did not tell Nunes what to tell the reporter, or give him \"talking points.\"

The ranking Democrat on the committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said if the White House indeed contrived to have intelligence officials contradict unfavorable news reports, it threatens the independence of the intelligence community.

\"Intelligence professionals are not there to serve as the president's PR firm,\" Schiff said, adding, \"For its part, the intelligence community must resist improper efforts like these by the administration to politicize its role.\"

The Washington Post reported Friday that the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee also was enlisted by the White House. The newspaper quoted Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., saying he had conversations about Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by The New York Times and CNN.

The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, Mark Warner of Virginia, said Friday night that he had called CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Burr to express his \"grave concerns about what this means for the independence\" of the congressional investigation already underway.

Warner said he emphasized to the two that he would \"not accept any process that is undermined by political interference.\" He said if the Senate intelligence committee cannot conduct a proper probe, he will support whomever can do it.

Friday's revelations were the latest wrinkle in Trump's already complicated relationship with the FBI and other intelligence agencies. He's accused intelligence officials of releasing classified information about him to the media, declaring in a tweet Friday morning that the FBI was \"totally unable to stop the national security 'leakers' that have permeated our government for a long time.\"

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi accused Priebus of \"an outrageous breach of the FBI's independence\" and called on the Justice Department's inspector general to look into all conversations Priebus and other White House officials have held with the FBI on ongoing investigations.

\"The rule of law depends on the FBI's complete independence, free from political pressure from the targets of its investigations,\" Pelosi said.

A 2009 memo from then-Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is to advise the White House on pending criminal or civil investigations \"only when it is important for the performance of the president's duties and appropriate from a law enforcement perspective.\"

Ron Hosko, a retired FBI assistant director who oversaw criminal investigations, said the discussions between the FBI and the Trump White House were inadvisable.

\"It is a very slippery slope,\" Hosko said. \"Do I get in the position of where I'm updating the White House on my priority criminal cases? The answer is no, I should not be doing that.\"

Other FBI veterans said the interactions between Priebus and the FBI were not unprecedented. Robert Anderson, a retired executive assistant director who served under Comey and oversaw counterintelligence investigations, said contacts between the bureau and White House are \"usually very-well documented\" in order to avoid the perception of inappropriate contacts.

CNN first reported that Priebus had asked the FBI for help, and a White House official confirmed the matter to The Associated Press Thursday night. On Friday morning, two other senior White House officials summoned reporters to a briefing to expand on the timeline of events.

The White House officials would only discuss the matter on the condition of anonymity. Two hours later, Trump panned news stories that rely on anonymous sources, telling a conservative conference that reporters \"shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name.\"

Spicer later briefed some reporters on the record. The Associated Press declined to participate in that briefing because some major news organizations were not invited, but audio of the briefing was later circulated by reporters who attended.

Trump has been shadowed by questions about potential ties to Russia since winning the election. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the campaign in an effort to help Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

On Feb. 14, The New York Times reported that intelligence agencies had collected phone records and call intercepts showing frequent communication between Trump advisers and Russian intelligence agents during the campaign. Trump has said he is not aware of such contacts.

The White House says Priebus was holding a previously scheduled meeting with McCabe the morning after the Times story was published. According to Spicer, McCabe told Priebus in \"very colorful terms\" that the report was inaccurate, prompting the chief of staff to ask if the FBI would make its view known publicly.

Spicer said McCabe told the White House the bureau did not want to be in the practice of rebutting news stories. A similar message was conveyed to Priebus later in the day by Comey, according to the White House spokesman.

The White House said McCabe and Comey instead gave Priebus the go-ahead to discredit the story publicly, something the FBI has not confirmed.

Priebus alluded to his contacts with the FBI over the weekend, telling Fox News that \"the top levels of the intelligence community\" had assured him that the allegations of campaign contacts with Russia were \"not only grossly overstated but also wrong.\"

During the campaign, Trump and other Republicans strongly criticized a meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton, husband of Trump's general election opponent. The meeting came as the FBI \u2014 which is overseen by the Justice Department \u2014 was investigating Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and personal internet server.

Spicer said he was not aware of an FBI investigation into Trump campaign advisers' contacts with Russia. Administration officials have acknowledged that the FBI interviewed ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the transition.

Flynn was fired after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about the content of those conversations.

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Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann, Eric Tucker, Vivian Salama, Jill Colvin and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources \u2014 just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.

Unleashing a line of attack that energized an enthusiastic crowd at the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists, Trump said Friday that unethical reporters \"make up stories and make up sources.\"

\"They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name,\" he declared. \"Let their name be put out there.\"

Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference that while not all reporters are bad, the \"fake news\" crowd \"doesn't represent the people. It will never represent the people and we're going to do something about it.\"

Trump didn't expand on what he had in mind or which news organizations he was talking about. But his broadsides represented an escalation of his running battle against the press, which he has taken to calling \"the opposition party.\"

The president has chafed at a number of anonymously sourced stories, including numerous reports describing contacts between his campaign advisers and Russian intelligence agents, which the White House has sharply disputed.

However, members of his White House team regularly demand anonymity when talking to reporters. That was the case Friday morning when Trump officials briefed reporters on chief of staff Reince Priebus' contact with top FBI officials concerning the Russia reports.

Later Friday, after Trump's speech, several news organizations including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining a White House media gaggle, according to news reports.

The Associated Press chose not to participate following the move by White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Lauren Easton, the AP's director of media relations, said in a statement: \"The AP believes the public should have as much access to the president as possible.\"

Trump's appearance at CPAC represented a triumph for both speaker and audience \u2014 each ascendant after years when they were far from the center of the political universe.

Elizabeth Connors of New York recalled past gatherings as collections of the \"downtrodden.\"

Today, she said, \"it's energized\" after years in which \"we've been just pushed down, pushed down, pushed down.\"

Nicholas Henderson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, was there in his \"Make America Great Again\" hat and pronounced Trump's speech rousing.

\"He touched on a lot of things we'd already heard before, which is reassuring, tells us he's still committed to those promises he made during the campaign,\" Henderson said.

Trump, who first appeared at CPAC as a reality TV star six years ago, recalled his past visits with nostalgia, saying the crowd helped put him on the path to the presidency.

\"I loved the commotion,\" he said. \"And then they did these polls where I went through the roof and I wasn't even running, right? But it gave me an idea.\"

From there, Trump's latest speech played out like a greatest hits reel from his 2016 campaign.

He reminisced about his victory in the Republican primaries. He vowed to \"build the wall\" along the Mexican border. He denounced Hillary Clinton's characterization of some of his supporters as belonging in a \"basket of deplorables.\"

The crowd responded to his Clinton criticism with chants of \"Lock her up!\" just as they did at Trump rallies last year.

Further blurring the line between candidate and president, Trump departed the stage to the Rolling Stones' \"You Can't Always Get What You Want,\" the same exit music he used during his campaign.

As for Trump's criticism of anonymous sources, Gregg Leslie, legal defense director for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said such arrangements are \"essential to good reporting\" in many cases.

\"There are just some things that people will come forward about anonymously that they cannot discuss openly,\" Leslie said, citing potential threats to jobs and even personal safety.

The Associated Press uses anonymous sources only if the material is factual information, not opinion or speculation, and is vital to the news report. It must come from a person who is reliable and in a position to have accurate information.

Long ago, Trump himself played fast and loose with sourcing. In the 1990s, when his personal life was tabloid fodder, a \"spokesman\" who identified himself as John Miller, would call to offer details about the businessman's failing marriage and the girlfriends he was juggling. But The Washington Post reported it was actually Trump, posing as his own publicist. In later years Trump denied it, but he had owned up to it at the time, describing the Miller calls as a \"joke gone awry,\" according to the Post.

All presidents have their moments of tension with the press, but Trump's first weeks in office have brought a frontal attack unlike anything from any other president.

After his newest jibes, Trump turned his CPAC speech into a recitation of his top agenda items, promising bold action on health care, trade, immigration, energy and more.

\"One by one, we're checking off the promises we made to the American people,\" he said, telling the group, \"I will not disappoint you.\"

He told the conservatives the health care law he inherited from President Barack Obama threatens to bring about \"total catastrophe,\" reiterating his promise to repeal and replace it. On illegal immigration, he said that \"as we speak today, immigration officers are finding gang members, drug dealers and criminal aliens and throwing them the hell out.\"

He promised changes to the welfare system, saying, \"It's time for all Americans to get off welfare and get back to work,\" adding that: \"You're going to love it.\"

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Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.

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ATLANTA (AP) \u2014 Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories.

With the outcome of Saturday's vote uncertain, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison made a final push Friday to cajole support from the hundreds of state party leaders, donors and activists who make up the Democratic National Committee and determine the party's direction.

Perez supporters say he's on the cusp of the required majority. Ellison maintains that he is still a viable candidate. A handful of other candidates are holding out hope that neither Ellison nor Perez can command a majority, opening up the race for an upset in later rounds of voting.

Each of the front-runners promises an aggressive counter to the Trump administration, while rebuilding a depleted organization at the state and local level \u2014 a tacit admission that party infrastructure withered during Barack Obama's eight years in the White House, despite the president's personal electoral success. The results have shown: Republicans now control the White House, Capitol Hill and nearly two-thirds of state legislatures and governorships.

\"We are fighting for a party that is not the status quo,\" Ellison told his supporters late Friday, arguing that Democrats have become too timid and lost touch with too many voters across much of the country by abandoning working people. The key, he said, is too \"knock on doors and engage people\" while pushing policies that benefit them. \"Let's have a debate it,\" he said. \"You're not scared. I'm not scared. Let's do it.\"

At a nearby reception, Perez said the party must be the center of Trump resistance.

\"The most important word in a democracy is that simple two-letter: 'We,'\" he said, promising he would help Democrats capitalize on the budding opposition movement. \"It's amazing what we can accomplish when we have strong parties everywhere that allow us to put those values into action,\" he said.

Perez got into the race at Obama's urging, but he has pushed back on the notion that represents the same \"establishment\" label that dogged Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Ellison has endorsements from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who challenged Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But he has the endorsement of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Ellison also brought in New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and NFL wide receiver Anquan Boldin to glad-hand DNC members Friday. Former DNC leader Howard Dean, widely hailed as a successful party chair, worked the hallways on behalf of a third candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana.

Clinton has stayed out of the DNC contest, but she made a video appearance at the party gathering Friday.

\"Let resistance plus persistence equal progress for our party and our country,\" she said, praising the Jan. 21 women's marches across the country and other signs of public criticism of Trump. She also indirectly noted her popular vote victory, which Trump has insisted was not legitimate. \"Nearly 66 million votes,\" she said, \"are fueling grassroots energy and activism.\"

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that citizenship is an \"unlikely indicator\" of terrorism threats to the United States and that few people from the countries Trump listed in his travel ban have carried out attacks or been involved in terrorism-related activities in the U.S. since Syria's civil war started in 2011.

Trump cited terrorism concerns as the primary reason he signed the sweeping temporary travel ban in late January, which also halted the U.S. refugee program. A federal judge in Washington state blocked the government from carrying out the order earlier this month. Trump said Friday a new edict would be announced soon. The administration has been working on a new version that could withstand legal challenges.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen on Friday did not dispute the report's authenticity, but said it was not a final comprehensive review of the government's intelligence.

\"While DHS was asked to draft a comprehensive report on this issue, the document you're referencing was commentary from a single intelligence source versus an official, robust document with thorough interagency sourcing,\" Christensen said. \"The ... report does not include data from other intelligence community sources. It is incomplete.\"

The Homeland Security report is based on unclassified information from Justice Department press releases on terrorism-related convictions and attackers killed in the act, State Department visa statistics, the 2016 Worldwide Threat Assessment from the U.S. intelligence community and the State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.

The three-page report challenges Trump's core claims. It said that of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the United States, just over half were U.S. citizens born in the United States. The others were from 26 countries, led by Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Of these, only Somalia and Iraq were among the seven nations included in the ban.

Of the other five nations, one person each from Iran, Sudan and Yemen was also involved in those terrorism cases, but none from Syria. It did not say if any were Libyan.

The report also found that terrorist organizations in Iran, Libya, Somalia and Sudan are regionally focused, while groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen do pose a threat to the U.S.

The seven countries were included in a law President Barack Obama signed in 2015 that updated visa requirements for foreigners who had traveled to those countries.

Christensen said the countries were also selected in part because they lacked the ability to properly vet their citizens and don't cooperate with U.S. efforts to screen people hoping to come to the U.S.

The report was prepared as part of an internal review Trump requested after his executive order was blocked by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It was drafted by staff of the Homeland Security Department's Intelligence and Analysis branch at the direction of its acting leader, David Glawe.

White House spokesman Michael Short said this was not the full report that Trump had requested. He said he believes \"the intel community is combining resources to put together a comprehensive report using all available sources, not just open sources, and which is driven by data, not politics.\"

The intelligence document was circulated beyond Homeland Security.

The draft document reflects the tensions between the president's political appointees and the civil servants tasked with carrying out Trump's ambitious and aggressive agenda. Trump has repeatedly complained about leaks meant to undercut his policies and suggested he does not trust holdovers from the Obama administration.

Trump originally said the ban was necessary to overhaul the vetting system for both refugees and would-be foreign visitors, saying that terrorists may try to exploit weaknesses to gain access to the United States. The order sparked chaos, outrage and widespread protests, with travelers detained at airports and panicked families searching for relatives.

But several courts quickly intervened and the 9th Circuit ultimately upheld a ruling blocking the ban and challenged the administration's claim that it was motivated by terrorism fears.

Trump's ban temporarily barred citizens from the seven countries from coming to the United States for three months. The order also temporarily shut down the U.S. refugee program for four months and indefinitely banned anyone from Syria.

A senior administration official told the AP on Sunday that a draft of the revised order will target those same seven countries. The official would not be named discussing the document before it is made public.

In a speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Committee, Trump reiterated his claims on terrorism.

\"We are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country,\" Trump said.

He said he singled out the seven countries because they had already been deemed a security concern by the Obama administration.

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Intelligence document available at http://apne.ws/2lSKNUo

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Contact Alicia A. Caldwell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acaldwellap and Vivian Salama at www.twitter.com/vmsalama or https://www.ap.org/tips

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LAS VEGAS (AP) \u2014 Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly policies at home and supporting Israel abroad.

\"If the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel,\" Pence told the group Friday night. The Republican administration is \"assessing\" whether to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, he said, and has put Iran \"on notice.\"

Pence's words served as evidence of the fruits of years of the politically active group's labors. Its annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years. The RJC also drew the entire GOP presidential field to its December 2015 forum in Washington.

Now, with the first Republican White House in eight years, the group of Republican donors and Jewish leaders was among the first to hear from the new vice president. Former Vice President Dick Cheney introduced Pence. The roughly 500 attendees also are expected to hear from Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina this weekend.

Pence told the RJC that America's bonds with Israel had already grown stronger under the young administration. President Barack Obama did not have a close relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and many Republican Jews saw the Obama administration as insufficiently supportive of Israel.

Pence also ticked through Trump's domestic agenda, saying the president had already brought back American jobs. \"This White House is in the promise-keeping business,\" he said.

The vice president shared stories from his trip to Germany last weekend \u2014 his first abroad as vice president. He'd paid a visit to the former Dachau concentration camp, where thousands of Austrian and German Jews were among those imprisoned and killed. He was joined on the tour by a survivor of the Holocaust who was at Dachau when it was liberated by American soldiers at the end of World War II.

Pence also talked about how this week he had made a surprise visit to a Jewish cemetery in Missouri where more than 150 gravestones had been toppled and vandalized. Speaking through a bullhorn at the site, he said there was \"no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism\" and then picked up a rake and helped clean up the cemetery.

In Las Vegas, the vice president effusively praised the Adelsons from the stage, saying that they \"in so many ways have given America a second chance\" through their political work in the U.S. and Israel. Adelson and his wife, Miriam, gave more than $20 million to a pro-Trump super PAC, making them among Trump's most generous benefactors, campaign records show.

\"Rest assured we're going to keep our end of the bargain, too,\" Pence said, thanking the Adelsons and RJC for \"steadfast support\" throughout the campaign.

Yet, like so many staples of party politics \u2014 including the conservative activist conference taking place this week near Washington \u2014 the RJC has fit uneasily with Trump.

Adelson, who helps finance the RJC, didn't openly support Trump until the final weeks of the presidential campaign. The wariness was mutual. Trump had called his GOP rivals \"puppets\" of Adelson and prompted major heartburn among Republican Jews with his freewheeling comments at the 2015 RJC forum.

Trump has been appreciative. At one of his final campaign stops, in Las Vegas, he called the couple \"really incredible people\" who have been \"so supportive\" The Adelsons also were front and center for Trump's swearing-in last month, and Sheldon Adelson was one of Trump's first dinner guests at the White House.

And Trump picked the leader of the super PAC that landed Adelson's money, Chicago businessman Todd Ricketts, as deputy commerce secretary.

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Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Sydney Wiese called the sellout crowd for No. 10 Oregon State's showdown with No. 8 Stanford one of the highlights of her four years with the Beavers.

The win made it all the more special.

Marie Gulich made a go-ahead putback with 14.4 seconds left and Oregon State clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title with a 50-47 victory over Stanford on Friday night.

The 9,604 fans in attendance marked a record for a women's game at Gill Coliseum.

\"It seemed like the whole state was at Gill tonight,\" Wiese said. \"That definitely fueled us.\"

Wiese led the Beavers (26-3, 15-2) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, while Kolbie Orum added 12 points and six rebounds.

Erica McCall and Alanna Smith each had nine points for Stanford (24-5, 14-3), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinal had not dropped a conference game on the road this season.

\"They have an excellent team. They had a great crowd. It was very exciting. Great environment,\" Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. \"And we just needed to make some more plays down the stretch.\"

Oregon State won the regular-season title outright in 2014, snapping Stanford's run of 14 straight seasons with at least a share of it. Then last season the Beavers claimed a share of the regular-season title before winning the Pac-12 tournament and advancing all the way to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four.

\"This conference is so good, and for this team to do what they've done this year \u2014 with all the new people, with several teams that had more experience on the court than they did \u2014 the heart and the grit and the togetherness that they've displayed to make this possible, that's something to celebrate,\" Beavers coach Scott Rueck said. \"To go back-to-back-to-back in this conference? It's unbelievable.\"

Back-to-back layups from Brittany McPhee and Marta Sniezek pulled Stanford into a 33-all tie with 8:02 left. The Cardinal weren't able to move in front until Nadia Fingall's layup made it 41-40 with just over 5 minutes left.

Stanford extended the lead on McCall's layup but Wiese hit her fifth 3-pointer to tie it at 43. Wiese missed the first of two free throws but Oregon State reclaimed the edge.

After McCall's layup put Stanford in front 47-46, Gulich's layup gave the lead back to Oregon State. Karlie Samuelson missed a 3-pointer on the other end and Gulich made free throws for the final margin.

\"We're up one with how much time to go? 14 seconds,\" VanDerveer said. \"We didn't find a way to win. It was disappointing.\"

The Beavers also beat the Cardinal 72-69 in double overtime on Jan. 8, Oregon State's first victory at Maples Pavilion.

The teams were knotted at 10 at the end of the first quarter and the Beavers went to the break with a 20-18 lead. Wiese led all scorers with 10 points.

It was a defensive struggle, with Stanford shooting 8 for 28 (29 percent) from the floor and Oregon State 6 of 30 (20 percent). The Beavers, ranked seventh nationally for field goal defense, were outrebounding the Cardinal 26-20 at the break.

Wiese hit another 3 that put the Beavers up 25-22. She later made another that extended the lead to 33-27 and it looked as if Oregon State was going to pull away.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: If the teams finish as co-champions, Oregon State would have the top seed in the tournament by virtue of a tiebreaker. ... The Cardinal had won four straight games against top-10 opponents before Friday.

Oregon State: The Beavers honored VanDerveer before the game for her 1,000th career win on Feb. 3. The crowd at Gill gave her a standing ovation. ... Gulich finished with six points.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

If the Beavers can take care of the finale against Cal on Sunday, Oregon State should pop up a few spots in the rankings heading into the Pac-12 tournament. VanDerveer said the real impact of these final games comes in seeding, because the conference is so strong and the top four teams are so close.

\"We'll bounce back. This is a tough game, but we'll bounce back,\" she said. \"We're going to the tournament. We'll see them there.\"

NO 3s:

It was the first time that Stanford had not made a 3-pointer during a game since February 2014, a 61-35 victory over Arizona State.

UP NEXT

Stanford: The Cardinal will visit the Oregon Ducks on Sunday. Oregon fell to Cal 55-49 earlier Friday night. It was Stanford's first

Oregon State: The Beavers will host California on Sunday. While it's senior day and the team will honor Wiese, Hanson and Orum, it will probably not be their last appearance at Gill. Oregon State is expected to host early round NCAA Tournament games.

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URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) \u2014 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 name, Young quickly replied: \"I don't know much about him.\"

\"On the subject of the president, I want you to know that although he's the president, he's not my boss,\" the lawmaker said, struggling to be heard over yet another round of raucous chants that echoed across the suburban Des Moines auditorium.

Just call it the Trump tango.

A little more than a month into Trump's term, Republicans like Young find themselves squeezed between a polarizing president and hundreds of angry voters flooding their Capitol Hill phone lines, protesting at their offices and shouting them down at rowdy town halls. The national pushback has left some Republicans wary, complicating Trump's ability to get his agenda through Congress and raising the possibility that midterm elections that should favor the GOP may end up being far more challenging.

\"You can't write the protesters off simply because they've got loud voices,\" said Republican pollster Neil Newhouse. \"That's kind of what the Democrats did in 2009. They wrote it off then as astroturf. If we do the same thing in '17 and '18 we could be paying the price in November.\"

Trump has made it clear that he has little intention of changing his approach, dismissing what he described on Twitter as \"so-called angry crowds\" in Republican districts that have been \"planned out by liberal activists.\" Republican leaders label the protesters sore losers, unhappy with the results of the November elections.

\"You all are surely not falling for the notion these are unbiased citizens,\" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters in Covington, Kentucky, this week.

Congressional GOP leaders plan to stay the course, pushing ahead with repeal of the health care law, overhaul of the tax system and other efforts to roll back former President Barack Obama's policies despite the outcry.

But the rowdy town halls and protests may make it more difficult for some of their more moderate members to support the proposals.

Some Republicans skipped town halls altogether. Those who did appear used the events as an opportunity to hedge their support for Trump's and the congressional leadership's agenda \u2014 calling on the new president to release his tax returns, provide greater transparency on his dealings with Russia, striking a more moderate tone on \"Obamacare\" and even offering some veiled criticism of Trump's chaotic style.

\"I said this at the meeting: No one would confuse my personality with Donald Trump. And I am comfortable with my own personality,\" said Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., who had more than 1,150 people show up for a town hall in his swing district on Wednesday night. Typically, his events get around 100 attendees, he said.

Some of the divides between Trump and the GOP date to the contentious 2016 election, when much of the Republican establishment tried to stop the populist Trump from winning the nomination.

\"It's inevitable that the agenda remains in flux because Donald Trump has not reflected the dominant views of most Republicans and conservatives,\" said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, a veteran adviser to Republican Senate campaigns who worked on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid.

But much of the outrage has focused on the yearslong Republican pledge to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. With polls showing the law becoming more popular since Trump's election, Republican lawmakers are struggling to respond to constituents worried about losing their coverage, even as an energized GOP base demands a swift \u2014 and complete \u2014 repeal.

Though he'd backed repeal efforts when Obama was in office, Young now finds things to like about \"Obamacare.\" Popular provisions like allowing adult children to remain covered by their parents' insurance and barring denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions are part of what makes the law difficult to uproot, he told the shouting crowd at his town hall.

\"We're likely not to have a full repeal,\" he said. \"We need to repair, fix, amend.\"

The outcry among angry voters was part of what convinced Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley to endorse the simultaneous repeal and replacement of the health care law, where he had said just weeks earlier that he would be willing to pull the plug on the law without an alternative in place.

\"That wouldn't have meant much to me in November and December, but it means a lot now,\" Grassley told reporters after an hourlong meeting with more than 100 Tuesday in rural northern Iowa.

And Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said this week in her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature that she would not vote to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal the healthcare law's expansion of Medicaid \u2014 contradicting two GOP election-year promises.

Those kinds of town hall promises could complicate Republicans ability to get a replacement plan through Congress \u2014 a prospect that cheers Democrats.

\"If Obamacare repeal fails and there's similar turmoil around taxes in the Senate, it can turn out to be a very unproductive year for Republicans,\" said Democratic pollster Geoff Garin. \"The die is often cast very early in midterm election cycles.\"

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DETROIT (AP) \u2014 Detroit-raised rocker Jack White is building on a vision to blend music and manufacturing in a part of his hometown that long inspired him.

The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and producer is overseeing the launch of a vinyl record pressing plant in the back of his Third Man Records shop north of downtown Detroit. Third Man Pressing holds its grand opening on Saturday.

The eight presses represent some of the first newly built machines installed in the U.S. in more than three decades \u2014 corresponding with a vinyl revival. White told The Associated Press on Friday that \"there's so much demand for the records and so little supply.\"

\"Two years ago we could not buy new presses,\" said White, decked out in yellow shoes and custom-made Third Man shirt. \"We're the first place to really be the guinea pig of this.\"

White marvels at the bright yellow, German-made machines, which earlier this week churned out records by some legendary Detroit bands that inspired him, including The Stooges and MC5. He said the presses will kick out the jams, as it were, by pressing eye-popping, genre-spanning platters by Detroit bands of renown and then spread to other Third Man artists and those of other small labels.

The plant also is part of a revival for a part of the city where White and his former band, The White Stripes, got its start 20 years ago. White also attended high school at nearby Cass Tech, ran an upholstery shop and took \"a couple classes\" at Wayne State University.

\"Out of the darkness comes the light: What was traditionally known as the roughest neighborhood in Detroit, the Cass Corridor, is now showing the most incredible fruits and beauty and progress,\" said White, who has recently collaborated with Beyonc\u00e9 and A Tribe Called Quest.

White, who employed vinyl for his earliest releases, founded Third Man in Detroit in 2001 and both he and the business relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Detroit's retail store opened in 2015. White and Shinola, a Detroit-based maker of watches, bikes and other goods, jointly bought the building.

\"Down the street, Shinola is selling $2,500 turntables that they're making right there in front of people's eyes behind glass. We're going to be making records two doors down in front of glass. Can you believe this?\" he mused. \"This is in the Cass Corridor. You would have never have guessed any of this was going to happen. It's worth every cent, every second of energy people have put into it.\"

His goal is to keep expanding in Nashville and Detroit so that \"there's nothing involved in the record that is not part of the Third Man system,\" including making record sleeves and metal plates for the presses. He likens the goal to that of another famous Detroit manufacturer, automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

\"They had an idea about pouring raw materials into one end and out the other end came Model T cars,\" he said. \"We're going to get there.\"

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Follow Jeff Karoub on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffkaroub . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/author/jeff-karoub.

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) \u2014 Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.

The Interior Ministry says the three were working to repair the tunnel a day after the Egyptian military blew it up.

The bodies were recovered Saturday and sent to a hospital in the town of Rafah.

Egypt has recently resumed cracking down on the few remaining tunnels from Gaza after an increase in smuggling.

Earlier this month, Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said the resumption of Egyptian tactics along the border, including flooding the tunnels or blowing them up, were \"unjustified.\"

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) \u2014 GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters \u2014 a largely white Kansas City suburb \u2014 didn't reflect it.

It's the place 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla came to work a few years ago. By his wife's account Friday he willingly spent long hours on an aviation systems engineering team alongside Alok Madasani, a friend and colleague also 32 and from India.

Kuchibhotla's trek led him to have a kinship with his boss, Lebanese native Didier Popadopoulos, who says he moved to America at Kuchibhotla's age and once held the same Garmin job.

But Garmin \u2014 a billion-dollar tech giant launched in Kansas as a startup by two men nearly three decades ago \u2014 now is reeling, trying to digest Kuchibhotla's shooting death Wednesday at a bar just a mile down the road from work. Madasani was wounded, along with a stranger who tried to help.

Witnesses say the gunman, Adam Purinton, yelled at the two Indian men to \"get out of my country\" and opened fire. Purinton, who was arrested hours later at a bar in Missouri, remains jailed on murder and attempted murder charges.

The shooting happened at a time when many have concerns about the treatment of immigrants in the U.S., some of whom feel targeted by the current administration. President Donald Trump has promised to ban certain travelers and been especially vocal about the threat posed by Islamic terrorist groups.

On Friday, Garmin tried to comfort grieving employees at a closed-door vigil inside the auditorium on its campus in Olathe, Kansas. Kuchibhotla's widow, Sunayana Dumala, addressed the group of about 200 workers that included Madasani, who was released from the hospital Thursday.

Laurie Minard, Garmin's vice president of human resources, doesn't believe the shooting will jeopardize its recruitment of workers from overseas.

\"We tend to be a family here,\" she said at the Garmin campus, which is waging a $200 million expansion, with plans announced last August for a new manufacturing and distribution center. \"We want people to feel safe. We embrace it. We encourage it. We support it. It's extremely important to us about acceptance.\"

At any given time, she said, more than 100 Garmin employees are in the H-1B program, which lets American companies bring foreigners with technical skills to the U.S. for three to six years.

In an eight-year period until fiscal year 2016, Garmin on average obtained 49 certifications for foreign labor \u2014 a prerequisite for hiring with an H-1B visa \u2014 for an average of 70 positions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. During that time, 81 percent of the certified positions were in Olathe, the Labor Department says.

Olathe, whose name means \"beautiful\" in the Shawnee language, is a well-to-do Kansas City suburb where the median household income is above $77,000 a year.

Worldwide, Switzerland-based Garmin Ltd. \u2014 the Kansas operation's corporate parent \u2014 has more than 11,400 workers in 60 offices and last year logged $3.02 billion in revenue. Roughly 2,800 workers are at the Kansas headquarters, which Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Pam Whiting cast as regionally \"one of our entrepreneurial success stories\" and biggest employers.

Recruiting from overseas isn't at all unusual in the tech industry, which contends there aren't enough Americans with specialized skills the companies need.

Indian immigrants in the U.S. has spiked from about 200,000 in the 1980s to more than 2 million today, as Indian-born scientists and engineers fueled the American tech boom. India received more H-1B visas in the U.S. for its temporary high-skilled workers, about 70 percent, than any other country in 2014.

Stunned by Kuchibhotla's death, Popadopoulos, the Lebanese native who was the man's boss, said he plans to stay the course.

\"When this happened, one of the things I started to think about with my wife (was) 'Is it time to leave?'\" he said.

Then he thought: \"Leave where? I'm from here. I really think Srinivas would want us to stick together and stand up for what's right.\"

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran said he left a message with Olathe's mayor, offering to help assure people from India who live in Kansas that the actions leading to Kuchibhotla's death are \"not the norm.\"

\"This is not the nature of Kansas, and we welcome people to the United States, particularly a company like Garmin and many others,\" the Kansas Republican said.

___

AP Data Journalist Larry Fenn in New York and AP writers Martha Mendoza in Bangkok and John Hanna in Topeka, Kansas, contributed to this report.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 The Obamas just can't quit Broadway.

Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's \"The Price.\" They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on Friday.

In \"The Price,\" a police officer feels that life has passed him by while he took care of his now-dead father. He and his estranged brother must reunite to sell off dad's possessions.

The Obamas were big boosters of Broadway during his presidency, especially \"Hamilton,\" ''A Raisin in the Sun\" and \"Joe Turner's Come and Gone.\" Members of the Obama family also attended \"Memphis,\" ''Kinky Boots,\" ''Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,\" ''Sister Act,\" ''The Trip to Bountiful,\" ''Motown the Musical\" and \"The Addams Family.\"

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MATOPO HILLS, Zimbabwe (AP) \u2014 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections.

Thousands of government supporters, some wearing clothing adorned with Mugabe's image, converged in Matabeleland on Saturday for a birthday bash and show of strength for the ruling ZANU-PF party, beset by squabbling in the past year as the elderly president weakened and factions, one including his wife Grace, sparred ahead of an expected power vacuum.

Mugabe, a former rebel leader who took power after independence from white minority rule in 1980, declared a few days ago that most Zimbabweans think nobody can replace him. The longevity of the world's oldest head of state is a source of heartache for Zimbabwe's splintered opposition and uncertainty for investors, leaving the economically struggling country in limbo.

Zimbabwe's challenges include a strike by doctors over working conditions that has forced army and police doctors to deploy in public hospitals. Conditions at hospitals were already deteriorating because of poor staffing and low supplies of medicine. The government has endured other crises, rejecting decades of opposition and Western allegations about human rights violations, voting irregularities and economic mismanagement.

Mugabe, who turned 93 on Tuesday, has been serenaded at a palace cake-cutting by singers who wished him \"many more\" birthdays. Air Zimbabwe, the cash-strapped national carrier, and other entities took out birthday notices in pro-government media. Dancers and musicians performed ahead of Saturday's party at a school in Matopo Hills, on the outskirts of Bulawayo city with caves and rock art dating back thousands of years.

The region, whose mystical-looking rock formations have been the setting for religious ceremonies, is also associated with the often violent fissures of pre- and post-colonial Africa. British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is buried there. It is also the site of mass graves of some of the thousands of Ndebele people killed in the 1980s by a North Korea-trained military unit loyal to Mugabe, a member of the rival Shona ethnic group.

The memory of that episode prompted some anti-government activists to denounce the selection of Matopo Hills for Mugabe's birthday party, though ruling party figures said it will promote tourism in the area.

Mugabe's state security minister at the time of the killings, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is now a vice president and possible successor. Some ruling party members who support him have criticized Grace Mugabe, a leader in a rival faction who recently said her husband should run as a \"corpse\" if he dies before the next elections.

Mnangagwa is also sticking to the official script that Mugabe is the only option for now, denouncing any \"mad young people\" in the ZANU-PF party who want him to oust Mugabe. Such dissenters, some born after independence in 1980, should be expelled from a party with \"a liberation struggle history,\" he said, according to the state-run Herald newspaper.

The ruling party, Mnangagwa said, \"will rule forever\" and will vote for Mugabe in next year's elections.

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Follow Christopher Torchia on Twitter at www.twitter.com/torchiachris

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) \u2014 In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to \"get out of my country,\" witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Hours later, the 51-year-old former air traffic controller reportedly told a bartender in another town that he needed a place to hide because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men.

In India, the father of one of the wounded men called Wednesday's attack in the Kansas City suburbs a hate crime, but authorities on Friday declined to discuss a motive as they investigated. The shooting swiftly stoked fears about the treatment of immigrants, who feel targeted by President Donald Trump's promises to ban certain travelers, build a wall along the Mexico border and put \"America first.\"

The president has been especially vocal about the threat posed by Islamic terrorist groups. Both of the Indian men were Hindu.

The slain man was identified as Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32. His widow said he came to the U.S. in 2005 to pursue a master's degree at the University of Texas at El Paso and worked in Iowa for six years before moving to the Kansas City area.

\"He did not deserve a death like this,\" Sunayana Dumala said Friday at a news conference organized by her husband's employer, the GPS device-maker Garmin. \"I don't know what to say. We've read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening somewhere. I was always concerned, 'Are we doing the right thing staying in the U.S. or America?' But he always assured me good things happen in America.\"

Though she did not mention Trump by name, she directed anger at the U.S. government, asking what officials would do to stop hate crimes.

\"Not everyone will be harmful to this country,\" she said.

Purinton was jailed on murder and attempted murder charges. His first court appearance was scheduled for Monday.

A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in the suburb of Olathe said Purinton used racial slurs before firing. He was taken into custody about five hours later after speaking with another bartender at an Applebee's some 70 miles away in Clinton, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reported Purinton's comments to the second bartender. The paper did not cite its sources.

The other men who were shot were identified as 32-year-old Alok Madasani, who was released from the hospital Thursday, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who remained hospitalized.

Madasani's father, Jaganmohan Reddy, said he had spoken with his wounded son by phone from India and was worried about his safety.

\"I request other parents to think twice before sending their children to the United States,\" he said.

As engineers for Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked at the company's main campus just a mile from the scene of the shooting. Garmin is one of the region's best-known employers.

Local police were working with the FBI. Spokeswoman Bridget Patton said the federal agency's role is to help determine if a civil rights violation occurred.

Purinton, who is being held on $2 million bond, was moved Friday from Missouri to Kansas. Because he has not yet appeared in court, he did not have an attorney formally assigned to his case.

Beverly Morris, who has lived next door to Purinton in Olathe for about 20 years, said he never made her feel unsafe.

\"He seemed like a good guy,\" Morris said, but \"anybody who knew him knew he had a drinking problem.\"

Another neighbor, Michael Shimeall, told The Star that Purinton seemed friendly and never showed a temper \"or anything like that.\"

He recalled that Purinton was helpful with neighbors when they had to dig out after snowstorms or pick up a tree blown down by wind. He said Purinton had photos of the ships he served on in the Navy and other Navy items in his home.

FAA records from the 1990s indicate that Purinton was a pilot and was licensed to work in an airport control tower. Agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says Purinton left the FAA 17 years ago in 2000.

At the time of the attack, bar patrons were watching a college basketball game on television. When Purinton began harassing the two men, Grillot \"stood up for them,\" bartender Garret Bohnen told The Star.

Witnesses also told the newspaper about Purinton's yelling about leaving the country.

As the gunfire began, Grillot hid under a table until nine shots had been fired. Believing the suspect's magazine was empty, he chased the gunman in hopes of subduing him.

A bullet went through his right hand and into his chest, just missing a major artery but fracturing a vertebra in Grillot's neck.

\"Another half inch, I could be dead or never walk again,\" he said Thursday from his hospital bed in a video from the University of Kansas Health System.

He did not describe what led to the shooting, saying only that he felt compelled to intervene to help others.

\"I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being,\" he said.

About 60 children were playing at a church across the street from the bar when the shooting happened. Jeramie Albin, a volunteer for the youth program at First Baptist Church, said Friday that he didn't think much about a noise that sounded like \"somebody dropped a bunch of books.\"

Then he learned about the shooting.

The church immediately went into lockdown. Volunteers herded children into the church basement, careful not to scare them, while police officers arrived on the scene. For the next 20 minutes, volunteers led songs to distract the children from police lights outside and helicopters overhead.

The bar was scheduled to reopen Saturday even as the community tries to recover from the attack.

The Indian government said its diplomats would monitor the Kansas investigation. Kuchibhotla was from the southern state of Telangana, and his body was to be transported to the capital city of Hyderabad, where his family lives.

Mourners poured into Hyderabad. His parents have another son working in the United States.

___

Associated Press writers John Hanna in Topeka, Jim Salter in St. Louis, Katie Kull in Olathe, and Heather Hollingsworth and Margaret Stafford in Kansas City, Missouri, contributed to this report.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) \u2014 An economic boycott by the NAACP is the latest fallout over North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill and other conservative policies.

The civil rights organization urged religious conferences, athletic events and musicians Friday to take their business elsewhere. They cited a state law that limits protections for LGBT people as well as ongoing legal fights over voting rights. The group stopped short of telling its members to cease all travel and spending in North Carolina \u2014 a component of previous boycotts -- but said it might add other economic measures later.

The NAACP's national president Cornell Brooks also warned that the group would consider similar actions in any other state that seeks to limit voting access or pass discriminatory laws, calling the use of boycotting \"a serious matter.\"

\"The NAACP does not take this matter cavalierly,\" he said.

His comments came two days after Republican President Donald Trump's administration rescinded federal guidance that public schools nationwide should allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their gender identity.

North Carolina has been at the center of the transgender rights debate because of the state law that says transgender people must use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings.

\"Right now in the state of North Carolina we have children -- Dear God, children! -- who are being imperiled, who face the prospect of being bullied as a consequence of politicians using them as political pawns while we talk about bathrooms,\" Brooks said.

The Rev. William Barber, who leads the state's NAACP chapter, proposed the boycott late last year after a deal fell apart to repeal the law, often referred to as House Bill 2, which also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections.

But Barber stressed that the boycott would also pressure the Republican-controlled legislature over efforts to limit the new Democratic governor's power as well as legal battles over voting rights and how electoral districts are drawn.

\"What has happened in North Carolina makes this state a battleground ... for the soul of America,\" said Barber, who has drawn thousands to rallies protesting conservative policies in recent years.

The NAACP was part of a coalition that successfully sued to overturn much of a 2013 North Carolina elections law that required photo ID from voters who cast ballots in person. A federal appeals court said that provision and others disproportionately targeted black voters. Republicans have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger called on Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to \"condemn William Barber's attempt to inflict economic harm on our citizens, and work toward a reasonable compromise that keeps men out of women's bathrooms.\"

Asked about the boycott, Cooper's spokesman Ford Porter said in an email: \"While Governor Cooper continues to urge business to come to North Carolina in spite of HB2, Republican legislative leaders need to stop holding our economy hostage to this disastrous law.\"

The NAACP's boycott resolution says the group won't hold future national meetings in North Carolina and urged other large groups to take their business elsewhere, too. The resolution says the organization could take other steps, such as urging the divestiture of North Carolina-related investments.

Brooks declined to offer further specifics or a timetable for deciding whether to escalate the effort, but suggested the group's previous boycotts could serve as a model.

The NAACP boycotted South Carolina for 15 years over flying the Confederate battle flag on Statehouse grounds. When that boycott was approved, the group urged all of its members nationwide to avoid visiting or spending money in the state. The flag was removed in 2015.

Already, House Bill 2 has caused numerous conventions, concerts and sporting events to pull out of North Carolina, depriving it of hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. The state also lost several large-scale business projects with hundreds of jobs because of the law.

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Follow Drew at www.twitter.com/jonldrew

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) \u2014 A Virginia man who died at home while playing a 24-hour video game marathon was part of an online livestreaming community where members sometimes go to extremes to build their audiences, experts say.

Brian Vigneault, 35, had spent about 22 hours playing the online wargame \"World of Tanks\" on the streaming platform Twitch.tv. He told followers watching him play the game that he was raising money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

But early Sunday, he stood up from his computer to take a smoke break. The father of three who played under the name PoShYbRiD never appeared on screen again.

\"He was in rough shape,\" said Jessica Gebauer, 29, a friend of Vigneault's and fellow streamer who lives in Humboldt in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

\"I watched him until about half an hour before he said he'd be right back,\" she said. \"He just looked really, really tired. We were telling him, 'Go to sleep. The stream can wait.'\"

Virginia Beach police said they responded to a 911 call for cardiac arrest. Vigneault was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause and manner of his death remain under investigation, the medical examiner's office said.

One of the most popular websites in the United States, Twitch is a \"congested marketplace\" in which streamers are vying for eyeballs, according to Nicholas Thiel Taylor, a digital media professor at North Carolina State University.

\"There is pressure on a lot of these folks to go to extremes to build an audience,\" he said. \"It doesn't seem that grueling on the surface, but you're interacting with people and playing a video game and temporarily putting off your biological needs.\"

Gebauer, Vigneault's friend in Canada, said 24-hour marathons are not uncommon. She did one herself.

\"By doing it for so long, you get people from all different time zones,\" she said. \"There's more opportunity for donations.\"

Gebauer described Vigneault as funny and sarcastic, someone whose anger at the game was as entertaining as he was. He told his friends he used to work as an auto mechanic, she said, and loved his three children.

Gebauer said Vigneault appeared to take enough breaks to prevent a blood clot during the marathon. She said he even took one of his kids to soccer practice.

\"I have a hard time believing that streaming for so long was the cause of his death specifically,\" she said. \"But at the same time, I know it wasn't good for him.\"

Vigneault's Twitch profile says he had raised nearly $11,000 for various charities during his five-year streaming career.

Make-A-Wish spokesman Josh deBerge told The Associated Press in an email that the organization is \"looking into whether or not Brian had entered into any agreements, whether formally or informally, related to his fundraising efforts.\"

Gebauer is now the administrator of a GoFundMe page set up for Vigneault's children. As of Friday evening, it had raised more than $17,000.

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Associated Press researchers Jennifer Farrar and Monika Mathur contributed to this report.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 One day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a bizarre killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police said Saturday that they have raided a condominium and were awaiting lab results on what they found.

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place amid crowds of travelers in a budget airport terminal, has boosted speculation that North Korea dispatched two killers to take out an outcast member of the ruling family. Kim's younger half brother is Kim Jong Un, the ruler of North Korea.

Though Kim Jong Nam was not an obvious political threat to his sibling, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with poison. The four fled Malaysia shortly after the killing.

On Saturday, police confirmed a raid earlier this week on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur was part of the investigation. Senior police official Abdul Samah Mat, who is handling the investigation, did not specify what authorities found there, but said the items were being tested for traces of any chemicals.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living abroad for years, was approached by the two women on Feb. 13 as he waited for a flight home to Macau. In grainy surveillance footage, the women appear to rub something onto his face before walking away in separate directions.

Malaysian police said they had been trained to go immediately to the washroom and clean their hands.

Both women seen in the video are in custody.

The oily poison was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, experts say, and is banned under international treaties. North Korea never signed that treaty, and has spent decades developing a complex chemical weapons program that has long worried the international community.

VX is an extremely powerful poison, with an amount no larger than a few grains of salt enough to kill. An odorless chemical, it can be inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Then, in anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, it can cause a range of symptoms, from blurred vision to a headache. Enough exposure leads to convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

It has the consistency of motor oil and can take days or even weeks to evaporate. It could have contaminated anywhere Kim was afterward, including medical facilities and the ambulance he was transported in, experts say.

Airport officials and police have insisted the facility is safe. Abdul Samah, the police official, said police are tracing the suspects' steps to ensure public safety.

Asked if the airport cleanup had started, he said: \"It is already in process.\"

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) \u2014 One day after Malaysia revealed that VX nerve agent was used in a bizarre killing at the Kuala Lumpur airport, police said Saturday that they have raided a condominium and were awaiting lab results on what they found.

The public poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, which took place amid crowds of travelers in a budget airport terminal, has boosted speculation that North Korea dispatched two killers to take out an outcast member of the ruling family. Kim's younger half brother is Kim Jong Un, the ruler of North Korea.

Though Kim Jong Nam was not an obvious political threat to his sibling, he may have been seen as a potential rival in the country's dynastic dictatorship.

Malaysia hasn't directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women, an Indonesian and a Vietnamese, with poison. The four fled Malaysia shortly after the killing.

On Saturday, police confirmed a raid earlier this week on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur was part of the investigation. Senior police official Abdul Samah Mat, who is handling the investigation, did not specify what authorities found there, but said the items were being tested for traces of any chemicals.

Kim Jong Nam, who had been living abroad for years, was approached by the two women on Feb. 13 as he waited for a flight home to Macau. In grainy surveillance footage, the women appear to rub something onto his face before walking away in separate directions.

Malaysian police said they had been trained to go immediately to the washroom and clean their hands.

Both women seen in the video are in custody.

The oily poison was almost certainly produced in a sophisticated state weapons laboratory, experts say, and is banned under international treaties. North Korea never signed that treaty, and has spent decades developing a complex chemical weapons program that has long worried the international community.

VX is an extremely powerful poison, with an amount no larger than a few grains of salt enough to kill. An odorless chemical, it can be inhaled, swallowed or absorbed through the skin. Then, in anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours, it can cause a range of symptoms, from blurred vision to a headache. Enough exposure leads to convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death.

It has the consistency of motor oil and can take days or even weeks to evaporate. It could have contaminated anywhere Kim was afterward, including medical facilities and the ambulance he was transported in, experts say.

Airport officials and police have insisted the facility is safe. Abdul Samah, the police official, said police are tracing the suspects' steps to ensure public safety.

Asked if the airport cleanup had started, he said: \"It is already in process.\"

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake defeated Northern Iowa 70-57 on Friday night and clinched outright the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. The outright conference title, coming with two games remaining for the Bulldogs, is the first for Drake since the 1999-2000 season.

Drake took an 88-79 double-overtime victory at UNI on Jan. 27 but had an easier time Friday against the second-place Panthers (20-7, 13-3), using a 13-2 run, with nine points from Wendell, to lead by 13, 47-34, after three quarters. The lead stayed in double figures in the final quarter.

Becca Hittner added 12 points for Drake, which shot 52 percent. Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas scored 10 points each. Caitlin Ingle had eight assists with nine points.

Madison Weekly scored 19 points to lead UNI, which shot 28 percent.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) \u2014 Seanna Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 straight for Iowa State in the third quarter, and the Cyclones upset No. 6 Texas 70-66 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Down two with seven minutes remaining, Iowa State (17-11, 8-9 Big 12) took control with a 9-0 run.

Bridget Carleton scored points 18 for Iowa State, but she committed two turnovers in the final minute to give Texas an opportunity. The Longhorns (21-7, 14-3) had a chance to tie it after the second turnover, but Carlton blocked Ariel Atkins' driving shot with nine seconds left and then made two free throws.

Jadda Buckley added 14 points for Iowa State.

Texas has lost three straight games for the first time this season. Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with 12 points, and Brianna Taylor added 11.

No. 10 OREGON STATE 50, NO. 8 STANFORD 47

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) \u2014 Marie Gulich made a go-ahead layup with 14.4 seconds left and Oregon State clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular season title with a victory over Stanford.

Sydney Weise led the Beavers (26-3, 15-2) with 22 points, including five 3-pointers, and Kolbie Orum added 12 points and six rebounds. The crowd of 9,604 was a record for a women's game at Gill Coliseum.

Erica McCall and Alanna Smith each had nine points for Stanford (24-5, 14-3), which had won four straight. The Cardinal had not dropped a conference game on the road this season.

No. 15 UCLA 79, ARIZONA 56

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) \u2014 Jordin Canada and Nicole Kornet scored 21 points apiece and UCLA beat Arizona.

Monique Billings added 12 points and 11 rebounds to help UCLA (21-7, 12-5) win its third straight. LaBrittney Jones had 26 points for Arizona (13-15, 4-13).

No. 19 DEPAUL 77, VILLANOVA 50

CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Brooke Schulte scored 17 points, and senior Jessica January scored 13 for DePaul in her return from a broken hand.

Jacqui Grant added 12 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul (23-6, 15-2), which moved a half-game ahead of Creighton (14-2) in the Big East.

Mary Gedaka led Villanova (16-12, 11-6) with 12 points.

No. 21 DRAKE 70, NORTHERN IOWA 57

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) \u2014 Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake beat Northern Iowa to wrap up the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship.

The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. Madison Weekly scored 19 points for the Panthers (20-7, 13-3).

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) \u2014 As most of Hollywood gears up for the Oscars on Sunday and the whirlwind of events and parties this weekend, celebrities and top talent agents gathered in Beverly Hills Friday to do something to do something a little different: rally for immigration rights.

Jodie Foster, Michael J. Fox and Keegan-Michael Key were among the speakers at the rally, organized by the United Talent Agency outside of their Beverly Hills headquarters. The talent agency, better known as UTA, planned the nearly two-hour United Voices rally in lieu of holding their annual Oscars party. Security officials estimated there were 1,200 people in attendance.

Key, who kicked things off, said the event was intended to, \"support the creative community's growing concern with anti-immigration sentiment in the United States of America and its potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas, not to mention freedom of expression.\"

He welcomed all, including a handful of Trump supporters, because he said \"this is America, where you get to believe what you want.\"

One Trump supporter walked through the crowd in a Make America Great Again hat early on saying \"you're not going to block me.\"

For the most part, however, the crowd was subdued, civil and attentive to the celebrity speakers.

Michael J. Fox, who became a United States citizen some 20 years ago, remembered being annoyed at the 8-year process to citizenship and now wonders what he was complaining about.

Turning immigrants away, Fox said, is \"an assault on human dignity.\"

One of the best-received was Jodie Foster who enthusiastically yelled \"this is a great idea! Why didn't I think of this?\"

Foster said she's never been comfortable using her public face for activism and has always found the small ways to serve, but that this year is different.

\"It's time to show up,\" she said. \"It's a singular time in history. It's time to engage. And as the very, very dead Frederick Douglass once said 'any time is a good time for illumination.'\"

The Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi also spoke via video from Tehran to praise the show of unity among the cinema community. Farhadi previously said he would boycott Sunday's ceremony as a result of President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban.

\"It is comforting to know that at a time when some politicians are trying to promote hate by creating divisions between cultures, religions and nationalities, the cinema community has joined the people in a common show of unity to announce its opposition,\" Farhadi said. \"I hope this unity will continue and spread to fight other injustices.\"

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and Reza Aslan were among the others who took the podium during the event, which also included a DJ set and live performances from the X Ambassadors and Ben Harper.

UTA previously announced that it was donating $250,000 to the ACLU and the International Rescue Committee and has set up a crowd funding page to solicit more donations. At press time, over $320,000 had been raised.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport.

Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville (http://cjky.it/2lF3c4F ) that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from Jamaica.

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Ivan Rabb still hasn't decided whether or not to declare for the NBA draft or return to California for a third season.

Just the same, the 20-year-old sophomore was in no hurry to leave the court while savoring the atmosphere and the cheers at Haas Pavilion.

\"I'm not sure what's going to happen but I definitely wanted to take my time coming off the court, slap hands with the fans, take pictures with people,\" said Rabb following California's 76-46 win over Oregon State on Friday night. \"Soak in the moment regardless. It's our last home game so I just wanted to enjoy it.\"

Rabb scored 16 points with nine rebounds, Charlie Moore added 11 points while Sam Singer scored 14 on 7-of-7 shooting as the Golden Bears (19-9, 10-6 Pac-12) snapped a three-game losing streak and strengthened their hold on fourth place.

The Bears got off to a slow start but used a 20-3 run to pull away in the first half then rode a 16-5 run early in the second half to go up 55-35 on a night when California honored its five seniors in their final regular-season home game at Haas Pavilion.

It very well might have been Rabb's last game there, too.

The 6-foot-11-inch, 220-pound sophomore is being looked at as a potential first-round pick in next year's NBA draft. Rabb has not publicly announced a decision but recently hinted that it was a good possibility that he would leave college and turn pro.

Rabb's game was typical of so many of his since he entered California as a blue chip prospect from nearby Oakland. He shot 6 of 11, made two dunks off lob passes and fell one rebound shy of his 27th career double-double while helping the Bears control both ends of the court.

Cal bounced back nicely, two days after blowing a 10-point late and losing on a buzzer-beater to No. 6 Oregon.

\"They took the game from us so this game we wanted to kind of try to take it out on somebody else,\" Rabb said. \"This was the first game in a long time where once we got going, we played the entire game.\"

Jabari Bird added three dunks, including a pair of emphatic one-handers, as California led by as many as 34 while beating Oregon State for the ninth time in the last 11 games between the two teams.

\"We just settled in and tightened up the screws defensively,\" Bears coach Cuonzo Martin said.

The Bears won despite struggling from the perimeter. They went just 2 of 13 beyond the arc and shot only 47.5 percent from the floor.

Kendal Manuel scored 14 points and Stephen Thompson Jr. added 12 for Oregon State.

The Beavers (5-25, 1-16) had an early seven-point lead before California went on its first big run.

LOOKING FOR A BYE

California moved a full game ahead of Utah in the race for fourth place in the Pac-12 with two games remaining. The two teams play on March 2 in Salt Lake City where a win would secure fourth place outright for the Bears, along with the important first-round bye that comes with it. \"It's important if you're trying to win the conference tournament,\" Martin said. \"Not that it's impossible if you don't get it, but when you're talking fresh legs and giving you the best chance to win games, that's why it's important.\"

BIG PICTURE

Oregon State: This one got out of hand early and it didn't help that the Beavers had another poor night shooting. Coach Wayne Tinkle, who remains one win shy of 200 for his career, tried multiple combinations but it didn't seem to matter on a night when Oregon State made only 17 baskets.

California: The Bears got off to a slow start and missed their first seven 3-pointers. At one point they were shooting just 25 percent overall but still led. At this stage of the season, style points matter a bit more than they do earlier in the year but this was a game Cal had to have to keep its NCAA hopes alive.

UP NEXT

Oregon State: The Beavers return to Corvallis to close out the season with a rivalry game against No. 6 Oregon on March 4.

California: The Bears go on the road for their final two Pac-12 games beginning at Utah on March 2.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 At the close of the first-ever residency at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, country vocal group Little Big Town gave the audience a glimpse of how some of the first performers on that stage sounded like.

\"We're going to try to sing without mics. That's the way it used to be here,\" said singer Karen Fairchild before the four-piece vocal group launched into \"The Beginning.\"

The Grammy winning band launched their residency at the 125-year-old venue in Nashville, Tennessee, nicknamed the \"Mother Church of Country Music,\" for its role in popularizing the genre. Without amplification, the room grew quiet as the four vocalists stood on the edge of the stage and let the acoustics of the venue carry their voices.

Little Big Town marks a return to their roots with the album \"The Breaker,\" out Friday, with the No. 1 single \"Better Man,\" written by Taylor Swift. It's the first single off their new record.

The four-piece Grammy-winning country group is also celebrating an addition to the family \u2014 singer Kimberly Schlapman recently announced that she has adopted a daughter, Dolly Grace.

Singer Phillip Sweet said the timing of these milestone events has given him pause. \"It's almost like this moment is marked by this beautiful little life that has come into our world,\" he said. \"And it's so precious and special and I think it makes us truly stop and enjoy that moment in our real lives.\"

Sweet and Schlapman, along with husband-and-wife Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild, make up the vocal band that hit a career high in 2015 with the multiplatinum hit \"Girl Crush,\" which earned accolades at the 2016 Grammys. They also experimented outside the genre with a pop record \"Wanderlust\" produced by Pharrell Williams in 2016.

And the band didn't let that momentum fade.

\"We didn't want people to know who wrote it for a little while because we wanted everyone to hear the song with no subtext,\" Sweet said of \"Better Man.\" ''I feel like people listened with different ears because of that.\"

In a departure from previous records, the band members only had a hand in writing three songs on the album. \"Don't Die Young, Don't Grow Old,\" co-written by Fairchild and Schlapman with \"Girl Crush\" writers Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose after Westbrook's sister Joyce died in 2015 due to cancer, has a poignant message for the band.

\"It was kind of therapeutic for them obviously to write it,\" Sweet said. \"This is what you would say to someone you loved. Just a reminder to always live in the moment every chance you get.\"

The group has a tradition on release week to play their entire album beginning to end. Friday's show was the first of at least nine dates they have booked at the Ryman throughout the year, with more dates likely to be added. Built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the building has become synonymous with country and bluegrass and served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Musical icons from Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Patsy Cline, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe have all graced its stage over the past 125 years.

Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium and vice president of concerts and entertainment at Opry Entertainment Group, said the Ryman wanted the first residency to reflect the diversity of the musicians who have performed there.

\"We wanted to be working with someone who was genre bending, who was very firmly rooted in country music, which is Nashville, but also very open and creative and inclusive of other genres,\" Williams said. \"And Little Big Town is so much that.\"

The band also welcomed two of country music's biggest stars to the stage, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton, to sing with them during the show. After playing their new album in full, they finished the evening with a collection of their biggest hits including \"Pontoon,\" ''Tornado,\" ''Boondocks\" and \"Girl Crush.\"

Swift, who has said she's not touring in 2017, performed \"Better Man\" during a special performance in Houston as part of the pre-Superbowl festivities, but Sweet said the band is ready if the pop star ever wants to perform the song with them.

\"I mean, come on, Taylor,\" Sweet said. \"We would love to do it. If she's up for it, we're up for it.\"

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) \u2014 Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the \"sambadrome.\" For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

Here are questions and answers about what goes into the big show that is Carnival:

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Competing schools of samba spend much of the year preparing for a 75-minute presentation that must include at least six floats to tell a story in an innovative way \u2014 while participants dance and sing, of course. The competitions begin on Sunday night and go into Tuesday morning.

The winners get a trophy, national bragging rights for a year and a party on Ash Wednesday. Samba schools that fail to place high are relegated to a second-tier league the following year.

Carnival parades are such a serious business in Rio that one university even has a graduation program for samba school managers.

HOW DID THE PARADES COME ABOUT?

In the second half of the 19th century, posh clubs of Rio organized Carnival parties. Little by little, these gatherings gave up the elegant ballrooms and took to the streets. The poor also had their parties far from the city's elite south zone. Costumes were often used to satirize politicians.

As the 20th century began, many of these celebrations included \"confetti wars\" in which groups would throw paper decorations in the air and at each other. Still, they were non-moving events that featured wind instruments and horns, not the drums and dancing of today.

The first samba school appeared in 1928 downtown Rio. The concept behind \"Deixa Falar\" (Let them Speak) was to parade to the sound of samba, and it was a hit. In 1932, journalist Mario Filho organized the first competition of samba schools. A tradition was born that would inspire cities across Brazil.

WHO MAKES UP THE SCHOOLS?

Each of the samba schools of Rio represents a specific region of the city, often a favela. However, fans of particular schools usually have fans all over Rio and even some nationally.

Up to 4,000 members can take part in the parade of each of the 12 top-flight samba schools in Rio. The heart of the samba school is the drums section, with at least 200 people. As a form of reverence, the oldest members bring up the rear of an ensemble.

Up to 80,000 people watch the parades at Rio's sambadrome on Sunday night, all Monday and into Tuesday morning. Millions more watch on television. Tourists are allowed to participate in samba schools, but their costumes usually cost more than those for locals.

HOW DOES JUDGING WORK?

Rio's samba school league picks 54 judges who spread out across the sambadrome. There are six judges for each of nine criteria, including drums section, costumes and samba dancing.

Hours before the first parade, a lottery chooses four judges for each category. They will have their scores counted. The other two judges will only be counted if one of the other four is absent during the parade. The group that gets the best scores wins.

Sometimes winners and runner-ups are separated by 0.1 points. There were also several occasions in which two or three have tied as winners.

WHO SHOULD YOU KEEP AN EYE ON?

The green- and rose-colored Mangueira group often draws the biggest crowds at the sambadrome and fans across Brazil. They have won the parade 19 times, including last year's.

Blue and white Portela is historically the biggest winner, with 21 titles. Both Portela and Mangueira are home to some of Brazil's most popular samba artists.

The red- and white-colored Salgueiro is seen as the most popular among celebrities. It has won the parade nine times and it often has the most popular samba songs that fans in the sambadrome sing along to.

WHO PAYS FOR IT?

Rio's city hall is investing 24 million Brazilian reals this year (about $8 million). The rest comes from sponsors, sambadrome ticket sales, samba school parties throughout the year that raise funds and a group of shady gambling businessmen called \"bicheiros.\"

\"Bicheiros\" run a widely popular but illegal gambling game called \"jogo do bicho,\" or \"animal game\" in Portuguese. They are sometimes linked to criminal organizations, and many sponsor local samba schools to improve their image.

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Friday night was a game of second chances at McKale Center.

Unfortunately for the Arizona women\u2019s basketball team, the Wildcats weren\u2019t on the receiving end.

The 15th-ranked UCLA Bruins converted on 22 second-chance shots and grabbed 45 rebounds on the way to a 79-56 win at McKale Center.

\u201cWe weren\u2019t aggressive at first, we were intimated by their height,\u201d said senior Dejza James, who played 28 minutes, scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds.

Added senior LaBrittney Jones: \u201cThey are a bigger team and we had to do a better job boxing out.\u201d

Jones led all scorers with 26 points and seven rebounds. She moved within five points of tying Aimee Grzyb (who played from 2001-04) with 1,227 points for 12th on the UA career scoring list.

\u201cI\u2019ll take it,\u201d Jones said of her scoring effort. \u201cBut I would like a closer, better and more competitive game from us. We didn\u2019t really execute tonight.\u201d

It was also a case of a few hot hands, as UCLA\u2019s Jordin Canada and Nicole Kornet each scored 21 points.

While UA was down only by three at the end of the first quarter and held the Bruins to only 33 percent shooting from the floor, it seemed like they were down by more.

\u201cWe never could get anything going,\u201d Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. \u201cI looked up and we were only down by three or four and it felt like 20. I don\u2019t know why things never got going.

\u201cIt\u2019s hard to play against a zone that long. We should have rebounded, but it\u2019s hard to box out in the zone, so it was one and done. We never had an answer.\u201d

In that first quarter as the Bruins\u2019 shots weren\u2019t falling, they had open looks and there was a sense that one of the top teams in the Pac-12 would break loose at some point. And, they did.

Kornet hit her first three pointer (she finished with three) with 3:40 left in the second quarter. Kari Korver followed with a three, and just like that the Bruins were up 31-18.

They went into the half with a 36-23 lead.

While the Wildcats kept fighting until the buzzer, Barnes was not happy with their overall effort. UCLA improved to 21-7 overall and 12-5 in Pac-12 play. The Wildcats fell to 13-15 and 4-13. Arizona will wrap up its regular season Sunday with a game against USC.

\u201cAt half time we talked about strategy, attitude and work ethic,\u201d said Barnes. \u201cWe weren\u2019t playing hard; that\u2019s not my style. I can\u2019t live with that. It is not the identity of this Arizona basketball program.

\u201cTonight, no one took the initiative to get the team rallied and find a way to fix it. I expect hustle, diving after balls. Without the little things, you don\u2019t win games, you don\u2019t beat No. 15 at home.\u201d

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The Tucson Roadrunners returned home Friday following a 27-day road trip that took the club to Glendale; Cedar Park, Texas; and San Diego.

Awaiting the Roadrunners at TCC Arena were the hottest team in the American Hockey League \u2014 the San Jose Barracuda.

Despite a strong offensive outing, the Roadrunners couldn\u2019t knock off the streaking Barracuda before falling 4-3.

\u201cIt\u2019s been a month since we played here, and you can feel that we\u2019ve created that home atmosphere and advantage,\u201d Roadrunners head coach Mark Lamb said. \u201cWe feel comfortable here and it\u2019s too bad we had to be away for so long.\"

The Roadrunners fell behind 1-0 early as San Jose\u2019s Buddy Robinson got on the board with 13:32 to go in the first period.

In the subsequent puck-drop, Tucson\u2019s Stefan Fournier initiated a fight with a Barracuda player. He was immediately ejected from the game.

A shorthanded goal by Tucson\u2019s Laurent Dauphin with 10 seconds to go in the first period tied the score at 1-1.

A similar story repeated itself in the second period, as San Jose took a 2-1 five minutes in. With 1.7 seconds left on the clock, Dauphin again came through with an equalizer.

Tucson (22-20-5-0) gained the lead early in the third period when Christian Fischer scored a breakaway goal with 18:36 to go.

That goal was quickly answered by a San Jose score from Rourke Chartier.

Then, with 8:16 remaining, the Barracuda took the lead for good on a goal by Marcus Sorenson.

\u201cThere were a lot of good elements to our game and we\u2019ve just got to stick with it,\u201d Lamb said. \u201cWe\u2019re a good hockey team and we\u2019ve got to stick with it.\u201d

Merek Langhamer started in goal for the Roadrunners and saved 23 of 27 shots.

The defeat marks the latest low point in a grueling stretch for the Roadrunners, who have gone 2-12 dating back to Jan. 21.

In that same stretch, the division-leading Barracuda have gone 13-0. The Barracuda improved to 32-11-1-3.

Slap shots

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CHATHAM, N.J. (AP) \u2014 Authorities say a helicopter with two people on board crashed near an apartment complex in New Jersey after its tail hit a garage.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the helicopter went down near the Chatham Village Apartments, about three miles south of the Morristown Airport. It happened shortly after 6:30 p.m. Friday.

WCBS-TV in New York reports the 54-year-old pilot wasn't injured and his passenger was taken to a local hospital for back pain.

The FAA says the helicopter, a Robinson R44, is registered to a Delaware address.

Sean Flood, who lives near the crash scene, tells NJ.com the helicopter appeared to have struck a one-story garage before hitting the ground. He says he saw a man taking items from the helicopter as authorities were securing the scene.

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) \u2014 Sophie Brunner scored 20 points, added eight rebounds, and Arizona State won its second consecutive game, 69-62 over USC on Friday night.

The Sun Devils will go for three-in-a-row on Sunday in the season finale against No. 15 UCLA before opening the Pac-12 Conference tourney.

Brunner finished 8 of 9 from the field. Quinn Dornstauder added 19 points for Arizona State (18-10, 9-8), which shot 52.2 percent and held a 32-24 advantage on the glass. Forty of the Sun Devils' 46 shots were inside the 3-point arc while USC took 21 3-pointers.

Brunner hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to break a 46-46 tie. The Trojans (14-14, 5-12) kept it close, but a 14-0 Sun Devils run made it 67-52 and put the game out of reach.

Kristen Simon was the only Trojan in double figures, finishing with 14 points.

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Today in History

Today is Saturday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2017. There are 309 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 25, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress the power to levy and collect income taxes, was declared in effect by Secretary of State Philander Chase Knox.

On this date:

In 1836, inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver.

In 1905, the Upton Sinclair novel \"The Jungle\" was first published in serial form by the Appeal to Reason newspaper.

In 1922, French serial killer Henri Landru, convicted of murdering 10 women and the son of one of them, was executed in Versailles (vehr-SY').

In 1940, a National Hockey League game was televised for the first time by New York City station W2XBS as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at Madison Square Garden.

In 1956, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticized the late Josef Stalin in a speech before a Communist Party congress in Moscow.

In 1957, the Supreme Court, in Butler v. Michigan, overturned a Michigan statute making it a misdemeanor to sell books containing obscene language that would tend to corrupt \"the morals of youth.\" Chicago gangster George \"Bugs\" Moran, a rival of Al Capone, died in prison at age 63.

In 1964, Eastern Airlines Flight 304, a DC-8, crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans International Airport, killing all 58 on board. Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) became world heavyweight boxing champion as he defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach.

In 1977, the ice hockey comedy \"Slap Shot\" starring Paul Newman was released by Universal Pictures.

In 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; Corazon Aquino assumed the presidency.

In 1991, during the Persian Gulf War, 28 Americans were killed when an Iraqi Scud missile hit a U.S. barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

In 1994, an American-born Jewish settler opened fire with an automatic rifle inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the West Bank, killing 29 Muslims before he was beaten to death by worshippers.

In 1997, a jury in Media, Pennsylvania, convicted chemical fortune heir John E. du Pont of third-degree murder, deciding he was mentally ill when he shot and killed world-class wrestler David Schultz. (Du Pont died in prison in Dec. 2010 while serving a 13- to 30-year sentence; he was 72.)

Ten years ago: A female suicide bomber triggered a ball bearing-packed charge, killing at least 41 people at a mostly Shiite college in Baghdad. In Detroit, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan stressed religious unity during what was billed as his final major speech, saying the world was at war because Christians and Muslims were divided. \"The Departed\" won best picture at the Academy Awards; its director, Martin Scorsese, won an Oscar on his sixth nomination.

Five years ago: A gunman killed two American military advisers with shots to the back of the head inside Afghanistan's heavily guarded Interior Ministry as protests raged for a fifth day over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. army base. Lynn D. \"Buck\" Compton, 90, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the television miniseries \"Band of Brothers,\" died in Burlington, Washington.

One year ago: Brawling from the get-go, a fiery Marco Rubio went after Donald Trump during their Republican debate in Houston, lacerating the front-runner's position on immigration, his privileged background, his speaking style and more; Ted Cruz piled on, too, questioning Trump's conservative credentials. A gunman stormed into a Hesston, Kansas, factory and shot 17 people, killing three, before being shot dead by police.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Tom Courtenay is 80. Former CBS newsman Bob Schieffer is 80. Actress Diane Baker is 79. Actress Karen Grassle is 75. Humorist Jack Handey is 68. Movie director Neil Jordan is 67. Rock musician Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) is 60. Rock singer-musician Mike Peters (The Alarm; Big Country) is 58. Actress Veronica Webb is 52. Actor Alexis Denisof is 51. Actress Tea (TAY'-ah) Leoni is 51. Comedian Carrot Top is 50. Actress Lesley Boone is 49. Actor Sean Astin is 46. Singer Daniel Powter is 46. Latin singer Julio Iglesias Jr. is 44. Rhythm-and-blues singer Justin Jeffre is 44. Rock musician Richard Liles is 44. Actor Anson Mount is 44. Comedian-actress Chelsea Handler is 42. Actress Rashida Jones is 41. Country singer Shawna Thompson (Thompson Square) is 39. Actor Justin Berfield is 31. Actors James and Oliver Phelps (\"Harry Potter\" movies) are 31. Rock musician Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 30.

Thought for Today: \"If people behaved in the way nations do they would all be put in straitjackets.\" \u2014 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (born in 1911, died this date in 1983).

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DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) \u2014 Scoochie Smith, without a field goal in regulation, made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in overtime and Dayton defeated Davidson 89-82 on Friday night, with its eighth straight victory giving it a half-game lead in the Atlantic 10.

Smith gave Dayton the lead for good with his first 3-pointer, then added two more 3-pointers and a layup off an assist from Charles Cooke for an 85-78 lead.

Davidson had a chance to win in regulation, working the clock down before Jack Gibbs missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left, leaving the teams tied at 74. The Flyers ended the final 7:42 outscoring the Wildcats 17-5.

Kendall Pollard scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, and Smith, Cooke, and Xeyrius Williams added 17 points each.

Gibbs and Peyton Aldridge scored 27 points apiece for Davidson (14-13, 7-9).

Dayton (23-5, 14-2), now off to its best Atlantic 10 start, moved ahead of VCU (13-2), which plays at Rhode Island today. The Flyers are hosts to VCU on Wednesday before ending the regular season at George Washington.

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TV SATURDAY

Auto racing NASCAR Xfinity race 1:30 p.m. FS1

Golf European Tour, third round 3:30 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, third round 11 a.m. Golf

PGA Tour, third round 1 p.m. Ch 4

LPGA Tour, final round 10:30 p.m. Golf

Gymnastics UCLA at Arizona 2 p.m. Pac-12A

NBA Hornets at Kings 3 p.m. NBA

Bulls at Cavaliers 6:30 p.m. Ch 9

NCAA basketball SMU at Connecticut 10 a.m. Ch 13

Navy at Bucknell 10 a.m. CBSS

Virginia at NC State 10 a.m. ESPN

Wichita State at Missouri State 10 a.m. ESPN2

Tulane at Temple 10 a.m. ESPNU

Georgetown at St. John\u2019s 10 a.m. FSAZ

Tennessee at South Carolina 11 a.m. SEC

Florida at Kentucky Noon Ch 13

Illinois State at Northern Iowa Noon CBSS

West Virginia at TCU Noon ESPN

VCU at Rhode Island Noon ESPN2

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State Noon ESPNU

Seton Hall at DePaul Noon FSAZ

Richmond at Fordham 12:30 p.m. NBCS

Creighton at Villanova 1 p.m. Ch 11

Missouri at Mississippi 1:30 p.m. SEC

Duke at Miami 2 p.m. Ch 13

Marquette at Providence 2 p.m. CBSS

Baylor at Iowa State 2 p.m. ESPN

Purdue at Michigan 2 p.m. ESPN2

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt 2 p.m. ESPNU

Oregon at Stanford 2 p.m. Pac-12N

St. Joseph\u2019s at Saint Louis 2:30 p.m. NBCS

Nevada at UNLV 4 p.m. CBSS

Kansas at Texas 4 p.m. ESPN

Iowa at Maryland 4 p.m. ESPN2

Kansas State at Oklahoma 4 p.m. ESPNU

LSU at Georgia 4 p.m. SEC

Northwestern at Indiana 6 p.m. BTN

San Diego State at Colorado State 6 p.m. CBSS

Alabama at Texas A&M 6 p.m. ESPN2

Long Beach State at UC Davis 6 p.m. ESPNU

UCLA at Arizona 6:15 p.m. ESPN

Arkansas at Auburn 6:30 p.m. SEC

BYU at Gonzaga 8 p.m. ESPN2

NHL Flyers at Penguins 6 p.m. Ch 4

Soccer Bund.: Bayern Munich vs. Hamburg SV 7:20 a.m. FS2

EPL: Middlesbrough at Crystal Palace 8 a.m. CNBC

EPL: Swansea City at Chelsea 8 a.m. NBCS

Bund.: Hertha BSC vs. Eintracht Frankfurt 10:20 a.m. FS2

EPL: West Ham at Watford 10:30 a.m. Ch 4

Swimming Pac-12 Women\u2019s Championships 7:30 p.m. Pac-12A

Women\u2019s basketball Indiana at Illinois 11 a.m. BTN

Portland State at Northern Arizona 2 p.m. FSAZ

RADIO SATURDAY

Hockey San Jose at Tucson 7:05 p.m. 1450-AM

NCAA basketball Florida at Kentucky Noon 1490-AM*

Duke at Miami 2 p.m. 1490-AM*

UCLA at Arizona 6:15 p.m. 1290-AM

UCLA at Arizona 6:15 p.m. 107.5-FM

* 1490-AM is broadcast simultaneously on 104.9-FM

Channel guide: Ch 13 (Ch 7 on Comcast) BTN is Big Ten Network (Ch 320 on Cox, Ch 272 on Comcast, Ch 610 on DirecTV, Ch 439 on Dish) CBSS is CBS Sports Network (Ch 312 on Cox, Ch 274 on Comcast, Ch 221 on DirecTV, Ch 158 on Dish) CNBC (Ch 35 on Cox, Ch 27 on Comcast, Ch 355 on DirecTV, Ch 208 on Dish) ESPN (Ch 24 on Cox, Ch 2 on Comcast, Ch 206 on DirecTV, Ch 140 on Dish) ESPN2 (Ch 25 on Cox, Ch 30 on Comcast, Ch 209 on DirecTV, Ch 143 on Dish) ESPNU (Ch 330 on Cox, Ch 266 on Comcast, Ch 208 on DirecTV, Ch 141 on Dish) FS1 is Fox Sports 1 (Ch 27 on Cox, Ch 32 on Comcast, Ch 219 on DirecTV, Ch 150 on Dish) FS2 is Fox Sports 2 (Ch. 341 on Cox, not available on Comcast, Ch. 618 on DirecTV, Ch. 397 on Dish) FSAZ (Ch 26 on Cox, Ch 31 on Comcast, Ch 686 on DirecTV, Ch 415 on Dish) Golf (Ch 65 on Cox, Ch 28 on Comcast, Ch 218 on DirecTV, Ch 401 on Dish) NBA is NBA TV (Ch 308 on Cox, Ch 273 on Comcast, Ch 216 on DirecTV, Ch 156 on Dish) NBCS is NBC Sports Network (Ch 59 on Cox, Ch 29 on Comcast, Ch 220 on DirecTV, Ch 159 on Dish) Pac-12A is Pac-12 Arizona (Ch 75 on Cox, Ch 103 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper) Pac-12N is Pac-12 Network (Ch 70 on Cox, Ch. 283 on Comcast, not available on DirecTV, Ch 409 on Dish, Ch 406 on Dish Hopper) SEC is SEC Network (Ch 329 on Cox, Ch 286 on Comcast, Ch 611 on DirecTV, Ch 408 on Dish)

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