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ATLANTA (AP) — The person tapped to lead the Democratic Party as it tries to recover from recent election setbacks is Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama. Perez beat Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison in the second round of voting today at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta. Perez and Ellison, who will be his deputy, each pledged to rebuild state and local parties, including in GOP-dominated states.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Police are working to bring back to Connecticut a man suspected of fleeing the state with his daughter after killing the girl's mother. Oscar Hernandez is in custody in Pennsylvania. Bridgeport police are also investigating details surrounding his immigration status. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say he'd been deported in 2013. Hernandez, a citizen of El Salvador, has prior felony convictions. ICE had placed a detainer on him.
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GoFundMe sites for the families of an Indian man who was killed and two men who were injured in a shooting at a Kansas bar on Wednesday have raised more than $1 million combined. A GoFundMe spokeswoman says the outpouring to the four funds involves more than 26,000 donations from all U.S. states, the District of Columbia and 39 countries. The suspected gunman remains jailed in Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh).
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is at work in the evacuated Dakota Access pipeline protest camp to finish the cleanup started weeks ago by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. A Florida-based company is providing trash removal and environmental cleanup on the federal land. Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from the camp near the Standing Rock Reservation, which straddles the North Dakota and South Dakota border.
NEW YORK (AP) —The man who pioneered public broadcasting, led stations in New York and Washington and helped launch the career of Oscar-nominated documentarian Ken Burns, has died from complications from dementia. Ward B. Chamberlin Jr. was 95. His daughter Lyn says he died Thursday in Bedford, Massachusetts. She describes him as "a man of indomitable spirit, vision, and enormous compassion who touched everyone who ever met him."
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