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Trump to address Congress...Mardi Gras finale...11 Afghan policemen killed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 28, 2017 at 3:00 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump makes his first speech to a joint meeting of Congress tonight and aides say he'll claim progress on some of his campaign promises. Congressional Republicans are hoping for clarity on key issues like health care, as they struggle to find a path to repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans is geared up today for the final blast of Mardi Gras revelry. The streets are expected to fill with costumed party-goers, dazzling floats featuring kings and queens, and people of all ages screaming for trinkets and beads. Lots of beads. With Lent beginning tomorrow, the party ends at midnight when police on horseback do a ceremonial clearing of Bourbon Street to mark the formal end of the Carnival season.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — There's no claim of responsibility so far after an Afghan policeman turned his rifle on his colleagues at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province, killing 11 of them before fleeing the scene. Officials say the attacker collected all the firearms and ammunition from his colleagues before he fled, presumably to join the Taliban.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says about 8,000 people have fled from the western part of Mosul and surrounding villages since Iraqi forces launched the push to take the western half of the city from the Islamic State group. The U.N. humanitarian aid office says there are "high" trauma casualty rates from western Mosul.

OFRA, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces have begun evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra today, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled they were built on private Palestinian land. Dozens of settlers and their supporters are protesting on the rooftops as military and police forces handed the evacuation orders to settler leaders and asked them to cooperate peacefully and avoid confrontation. The Palestinians and most of the international community see outposts and settlements as an obstacle to creating a Palestinian state.

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