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Perez elected DNC chair...Governors differ over GOP Medicaid plan...No trace of nerve agent found at Malaysian airport

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats meeting in Atlanta have elected Tom Perez as their new national chairman. Moments after the former labor secretary won the job on the second ballot, Perez picked runner-up Keith Ellison to be deputy chairman. Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, said he and all his supporters would help Perez get the Democratic party back to its winning ways.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partisan tensions have been on display at the usually nonpartisan meeting of the National Governors' Association over a Republican plan to overhaul Medicaid. GOP governors say their proposal would give states more flexibility to administer health coverage for poorer residents while protecting states from absorbing the costs of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Democratic governors say the changes would take away people's health coverage to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have completed a sweep of the airport terminal where the exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader was killed. They say they found no trace of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used in the Feb. 13 attack. More than a dozen officers in protective gear conducted the two-hour sweep.

GENEVA (AP) — The Syrian government's top envoy to Geneva peace talks says his side will meet face-to-face with the opposition only if its various factions come together in a "unified, patriotic opposition." He's also demanding that the opposition denounce terrorism following today's deadly attacks against security offices in the Syrian city of Homs (hohms). The head of the main opposition delegation condemned all kinds of terrorism but said the Syrian government was the primary "sponsor of terrorism."

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say one of the three people hit when a car plowed into pedestrians outside a Heidelberg bakery today has died. The driver fled, but police say officers tracked him down and shot him after a short standoff, wounding him. It's not clear what prompted the incident but police say they don't think the driver has a terrorist background.

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