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By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 4:34 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — At their meeting in the nation's capital, Republican and Democratic governors have clashed over a GOP proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid. Republicans endorse a plan they say 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. Democrats say their counterparts of being dishonest about the plan's effects.

ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Perez is the first Latino to become the Democratic Party's national chairman. Perez, who was labor secretary under President Barack Obama, won the post over Keith Ellison, a Minnesota congressman, in the second round of voting Saturday by Democratic National Committee members at their meeting in Atlanta. Ellison will be his deputy. The two face a major rebuilding job after recent election defeats.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities say a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade was marred by a driver who ran his vehicle into spectators, injuring 28, including 21 who were hospitalized. Police Chief Michael Harrison says one person is in custody and that it looks like a case of driving while intoxicated.

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police say a truck taking people to church in India has overturned, killing at least 16 people and injuring 50. Officials say the truck hit a concrete barricade on a highway in India's remote northeast. Police say some people were flung into a deep gorge by the impact. Accidents are common on Indian roads.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to "protect" the image of Pope Francis and "stop situations of illegality that may be discovered." It also wants to protect the crossed keys emblem of the Holy See.

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