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Democrats pick Perez to lead party...Vehicle crashes into Mardi Gras parade crowd...Malaysian airport declared safe after recent killing

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 8:10 p.m.



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ATLANTA (AP) — After their stinging defeat in the 2016 presidential election, Democrats are trying to rebuild state and local parties, including in Republican-dominated states. And they've elected a new national party chairman to help them do it. He's Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama. Perez beat out Congressman Keith Ellison in voting today at the Democratic National Committee meeting in Atlanta.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say the number of people injured after a vehicle crashed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion Mardi Gras parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans has increased to 28 and a suspect is in custody. Police Chief Michael Harrison was asked twice if terrorism was suspected. While he didn't say "No" he said it looks like a case of DWI. Harrison says 21 people are hospitalized with five in guarded condition.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police say the airport terminal where the exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader was attacked recently is "free from any form of contamination of hazardous material." The budget terminal at Kuala Lumpur's airport was swept early Sunday by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear teams and they found no trace of the nerve agent that was suspected to have been used to kill Kim Jong Nam on Feb. 13.

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — University of Arizona recruit My-King Johnson is set to become the first active openly gay scholarship player in major-college football history. Johnson tells The Arizona Daily Star --quote-- "I do feel like when I say that, it can put a target on my back. But whatever." The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end starred at Tempe High School in Arizona. Now 17, Johnson says he was 12 when he came out to his friends and family.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age tale "Moonlight" has swept the Film Independent Spirit Awards. It garnered six awards today including best picture. While "La La Land" is expected to dominate tomorrow's Academy Awards, today was owned by "Moonlight." The film won for its directing, screenplay, cinematography and editing at the annual indie awards. It was also honored for its ensemble cast with the Robert Altman Award.

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