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Perez says Democratic party will lead with values...Mnuchin: No plans to cut Social Security or Medicare...JFK's rescuer dies

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 1:58 p.m.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez (pehr-EHZ') is pledging to unite a fractured party that will "lead with our values." In television interviews today, Perez described a party that will focus on protecting Social Security, Medicare and "growing good jobs in this economy." He's also promising to reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says President Donald Trump has no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. Mnuchin told Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures" that Trump's priority is passing legislation to reduce middle-class and corporate taxes.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into the planning of the operation. William "Ryan" Owens was the lone U.S. fatality in the Jan. 27 raid on a suspected al-Qaida compound. His father, Bill Owens, told The Miami Herald that "the government owes my son an investigation."

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — The World War Two Navy officer who guided his warship into Japanese territory to rescue the future President John F. Kennedy and his crew has died. William "Bud" Liebenow was 97. After Kennedy's PT boat was destroyed in the South Pacific in 1943, Liebenow guided his vessel behind enemy lines to find Kennedy and 10 other survivors. Kennedy invited Liebenow and his family to the presidential inauguration in 1961.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor and director Ron Howard calls the death of Bill Paxton "crushing." In a tweet, Howard says Paxton's passion "contributed so much" to "Apollo 13." That was one of the many movies and television shows Paxton appeared in. The charismatic actor has died from complications due to surgery. He was 61.

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