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SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April for President Donald Trump's border wall. The agency says on a website for federal contactors that a request for bids will be published early next month. Companies would have to submit "concept papers" to design and build prototypes by March 10. Finalists will have to have their proposals and prices in by March 24. Trump told the Conservative Political Action Conference today that construction will start "very soon" and is ahead of schedule.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are inviting immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress. The idea is to put a face on those who could be affected by Trump's policies. Guests invited to Tuesday's prime-time speech include an Iraqi-American doctor who discovered elevated levels of lead in the blood of many children living in Flint, Michigan. Others are a Pakistani-born doctor who delivers critical care in Rhode Island and an American-born daughter of Palestinian refugees who aids people like her family.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) says there is no animosity between him and President Donald Trump, despite their rivalry during the presidential race. Kasich says now that Trump is the president, "it's sort of like being on an airplane. You want to root for the pilot." The two met at the White House today, and Kasich says he offered some ideas about potential changes to former President Barack Obama's health care law. The Republican governor is in Washington for meetings of the National Governors Association.

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The U.S. government is seeking the extradition of two former Guatemalan government officials on drug trafficking charges. The U.S. Embassy in Guatemala says former Vice President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla have been indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Each faces a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and knowing that it would be imported to the U.S. The embassy is awaiting the formal extradition request from the U.S. Justice Department.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming the president of Peru to the White House. In brief remarks in the Oval Office, Trump called Peru "a fantastic neighbor" and said he and the Peruvian leader, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, have known each other for quite a while. The two are expected to discuss business including Peru's purchase of U.S. military vehicles and problems in Venezuela.

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