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Ellison says he'll turn DNC around...Militants attack gas lines in Syria...Syrian Oscar nominee barred entry to US

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.



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ATLANTA (AP) — A Minnesota congressman who wants to head the Democratic National Committee says his party is in a mess "because we lost not one election, but a thousand elections" at all levels around the country. Keith Ellison says he'll turn around the party's fortune if he's elected DNC chairman. Ellison and Tom Perez (pehr-EHZ') are considered the leading candidates in today's election in Atlanta.

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's state news agency reports that Islamic State militants in the central province of Homs (hohms) have lobbed mortars at natural gas pipelines, putting some production lines out of service. The Syrian minister of electricity told State TV the attack will reduce its capacity to generate power by 65 percent. The attacks came hours after a deadly attack on security offices in the city of Homs. Insurgents linked to al-Qaida claimed to be behind that attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities are barring entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a film that's nominated for an Academy Award. Khaled Khateeb was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles today on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" about him. The Netflix documentary "The White Helmets" is nominated for Best Documentary Short.

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police are working to return a man to Connecticut who is suspected of fleeing the state with his daughter after killing the girl's mother. The 6-year-old was found in Pennsylvania yesterday following a high-speed chase and crash. Bridgeport police say they are also investigating the details surrounding Oscar Hernandez's immigration status. Federal immigration officials say he had been deported in 2013. The El Salvador citizen has prior felony convictions including assault and threat.

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old transgender boy has moved within one match of winning a Texas state girls wrestling title. Mack Beggs pinned Kailyn Clay to improve to 56-0, putting him in this afternoon's championship match. The junior from Euless Trinity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area would rather be wrestling boys, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. Some girls say the testosterone Beggs is taking while transitioning from female to male has made him too strong to wrestle fairly against girls.

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