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Police: Crash at Mardi Gras parade looks like DWI...Man plows into crowd in Germany... Syrian envoy at peace talks makes demand

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 9:40 p.m.



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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say they have a suspect in custody after a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Police Chief Michael Harrison says it looks like a case of driving while intoxicated. The chief says 28 were injured while watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City on Saturday afternoon. Harrison says that 21 people were hospitalized after the crash with five victims in guarded condition.

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany say a man drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people. One of the victims later died. Police say the driver, who is believed to have been carrying a knife, then got out of his car. A short time later, he was intercepted by a police patrol and shot by an officer following a short standoff. Police say the 35-year-old suspect has undergone surgery. His motive is unknown.

GENEVA (AP) - Syria's envoy to the peace talks in Geneva is demanding that the opposition delegation denounce attacks in the central city of Homs (hohms) as terrorism, saying it is a test of their commitment to finding common ground. The twin attacks on Saturday were among the best coordinated against government security offices, killing at least 32 including a senior officer of the feared Military Intelligence Services.

ATLANTA (AP) —The Democratic Party has a new leader. Tom Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama, was elected national party chairman on Saturday by members of the Democratic National Committee at their meeting in Atlanta. Perez won the post over Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman. In a show of unity, Perez asked members to make Ellison his deputy. Perez and Ellison each pledged to rebuild state and local parties.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is spending the weekend in Washington. He left the White House at mid-evening Saturday and traveled the short distance to the luxury hotel bearing his name, the Trump International Hotel. The White House says Trump had dinner at the hotel with his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner and other guests. The past three weekends, Trump flew to his private Florida club, Mar-a-Lago.

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