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Trump signs order to reduce regulations...Trump hits campaign themes in speech to conservatives...Judge limits testimony of Cosby accusers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 24, 2017 at 10:47 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order taking aim at government regulations. The president says the order will direct each federal agency to establish a regulatory reform task force. The task forces will then recommend which regulations they can simplify or eliminate. Trump signed the order in the Oval Office surrounded by top executives from major corporations. He has previously instructed agencies to identify two regulations to eliminate for every new one they create.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's speech today to a leading conservative group was like a series of greatest hits from his campaign rallies. He reminisced about his victory in the Republican primaries, vowed to "build the wall" along the Mexican border and denounced Hillary Clinton's characterization of some of his supporters as belonging in a "basket of deplorables." The crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference responded to his Clinton criticism with chants of "Lock her up!" just as they did at Trump rallies last year.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The prosecutor in Bill Cosby's sex assault case says a judge's ruling today will still let him show that Cosby had a "scheme" to drug and molest women, even if only one of 13 other accusers can testify. The ruling denies prosecutors the chance to call 12 women they hoped would bolster the testimony of accuser Andrea Constand. The decision could shave weeks off the scheduled June trial. Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Constand at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004.

CHICAGO (AP) — A baby girl has died about five months after she was born prematurely when her mother was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago. The Cook County medical examiner's office said Friday that 5-month-old A'Miracle Jones died yesterday evening at a Chicago hospital. The baby's mother, 19-year-old Parasha M. Beard, was killed Sept. 18 when she was shot in the head. Police say she was in a parked car when another vehicle drove past and someone inside fired shots. No arrests have been made.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee woman held up at gunpoint by two men rebuffed their attempt to rob her and got an apology before they fled. Kristy Welch was returning home from a ceramics class when the two men approached her while she was still in her car. Welch told them she just had surgery and didn't have any money. That's when the two men apologized and said "God bless you" before taking off. The encounter was caught on video surveillance.

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