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Top Chinese official to visit with high-level US officials...Navy secretary nominee pulls out...9 hurt in crash after Border Patrol chase

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 8:49 p.m.



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BEIJING (AP) — China is sending its first senior official to visit the U.S. since President Donald Trump took office. State Councilor Yang Jiechi (yahng jay-uh-CHUR') is President Xi Jinping's (shee jihn-peengz) top foreign policy adviser. He's served as China's foreign minister and ambassador to the U.S. The foreign ministry says he's scheduled to "exchange views on bilateral ties and issues of mutual concern" in meetings with high-ranking U.S. officials on Monday and Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of the Navy is withdrawing his name from consideration. Philip Bilden, a businessman and former military intelligence officer, cites concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Bilden had informed him of the decision. Mattis says he will make a recommendation to Trump for a nominee in the coming days.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say nine people were injured, one critically, when an SUV driven by a suspected human smuggler crashed while being chased by Border Patrol agents near Lake Morena, California. A supervisory Border Patrol agent tells The San Diego Union Tribute that officials suspect the driver, a U.S. citizen, was smuggling his passengers into the country. All of the passengers were adult, Mexican nationals who were in the U.S. illegally.

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California authorities say the water level of the reservoir at the Oroville Dam has been reduced by 60 feet since Feb. 12, when nearly 200,000 people were evacuated for fear an emergency spillway could fail. Water officials say they will now gradually reduce outflows from the dam to allow workers to remove debris piled at the base of its main spillway to allow a shuttered underground hydroelectric plant to resume operations.

LOS ANGELES (AP) —Hollywood is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific and charismatic actors. Bill Paxton, whose film credits include "Titanic" and "Apollo 13" has died at the age of 61. A family representative says Paxton died from complications due to surgery. The Fort Worth, Texas, native received three Golden Globe nominations for his role as a polygamist in the HBO series "Big Love." Paxton is survived by his wife of 30 years and their two children.

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