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Obama congratulates Perez ...Hollande defends Paris tourism... Malaysian airport swept for deadly nerve agent

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 3:46 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is congratulating Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party and is commending his decision to ask runner-up Keith Ellison to be his deputy. Obama says he knows --quote-- "Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much." Perez was Obama's labor secretary.

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is pushing back at President Donald Trump for negative comments he made about the City of Light which suffered terrorist attacks in 2015. During a visit to Disneyland Paris on Saturday, Hollande touted the attractiveness of the resort as a destination for tourists. Without mentioning Trump's name, he said "I may send a special ticket to one of them, so that he at least comes to Euro Disney and understands what France is."

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say they have found no trace of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used to kill the exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader at Kuala Lumpur's airport. Officers completed a sweep of the budget terminal there and detected no hazardous material. The senior police official leading the investigation has declared the terminal a "safe zone." Kim Jong Nam was killed Feb. 13. Suspects are in custody.

CASSELBERRY, Fla. (AP) —Police say the suspect who died during a shootout with central Florida police officers called officers early today to say he had battered his wife. The Casselberry police chief says when four officers arrived, 65-year-old James Lee Parran came out of his house firing a shotgun. The officers returned fire and Parran went back inside. He was later found dead. The chief says it's still unclear if the officers shot Parran or if he killed himself.

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston woman says her 8-year-old daughter was shot to death following an early morning traffic accident that resulted in gunfire. Investigators say the woman's Honda Accord had hit a Pontiac that was speeding southbound. The woman tells KPRC-TV the Pontiac's driver abandoned the wreck and got into a third car. She says that's where the shots came from. Police are looking for the drivers of the Pontiac and the car that fled the scene.

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