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Promising gene therapy for cancer...Trump: Some administration jobs won't be filled...Trump speaks to nation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 28, 2017 at 5:50 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The creator of an experimental gene therapy for cancer is claiming major success in a study. California-based Kite Pharma, is racing Novartis AG to become the first to win approval of the treatment, called CAR-T cell therapy, in the U.S. In the major study, the therapy that turns a patient's own blood cells into cancer killers worked, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months after a single treatment.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says some of the hundreds of unfilled jobs in his administration will stay that way. In an interview aired today with Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" Trump says "they're unnecessary to have." Trump says it's a sign that "we're running a very good, efficient government." Trump also accused former President Barack Obama of being behind some of the protests against Republican lawmakers across the country.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will be looking to take his administration forward with his first speech tonight to a joint meeting of Congress and the nation. Trump's advisers say he will use his prime-time speech to declare early progress on his campaign promises, including withdrawing the U.S. from a sweeping Pacific Rim trade pact, and to map a path ahead on thorny legislative priorities, including health care and infrastructure spending.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Arguments are scheduled in federal Court in North Dakota today in the continuing battle over the disputed Dakota Access pipeline. At issue is a bid to stop the final bit of construction just days before the pipeline could start moving oil.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The de-facto chief of Samsung is now under indictment in South Korea in a corruption scandal that has already toppled the country's president. The indictment of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is a huge hit for the largest and most successful of the big businesses that dominate the South Korean economy. Shortly after the announcement, Samsung said several top executives also facing criminal charges will resign from their positions and leave Samsung.

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