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Deadly small plane crash...Schumer: ACA will survive...Disagreement on Russia probes

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 27, 2017 at 9:30 p.m.



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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and two are injured after a small plane crashed into two homes and sparked a huge fire in Southern California. Officials in Riverside say the Cessna's occupants, a husband, wife and three teenagers, were returning to San Jose on Monday after a weekend cheerleading conference at Disneyland. One of the teens, a girl, was thrown from the plane on impact and had only minor injuries.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is predicting that the Affordable Care Act will survive. Schumer says the law, also referred to as "Obamacare," will survive because the GOP so far has not been able to "pick off" a single Democratic lawmaker to support repeal. Although "Obamacare" has never been popular, public opinion polls show most Americans want changes but not a complete takedown of the law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican lawmaker who heads one of three Congressional panels looking into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia says Congress should not begin a McCarthy-style investigation of a few Americans based on news reports. House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that he knows of no evidence that Trump aides had contacts with Russian agents. Nunes' comments came on the same day that Trump said he hadn't called Russia "in 10 years."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division are investigating waves of threats against Jewish centers and schools across the nation. There were 20 such threats on Monday and nearly 90 in recent weeks. And an investigation is underway into weekend vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. In suburban St. Louis, where there was recent similar vandalism, a Muslim crowd-funding effort has generated more than $136,000 for repairs at both cemeteries.

WASHINGTON (AP) — He told Congress that he always used a state email account for government business -- but it turns out that Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff as he served as Oklahoma's attorney general. Pruitt is now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Using private email isn't illegal for officials in Oklahoma. But one Senate Democrat says the issue raises questions about Pruitt's honesty.

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