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By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 28, 2017 at 8:53 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The most sustained applause in President Donald Trump's address to Congress came Tuesday night for the widow of a Navy SEAL slain last month in a mission in Yemen. The president paid tribute to Chief Special Warfare Officer William "Ryan" Owens. Defense officials say 14 extremists and some civilians were killed. An aircraft that landed too hard had to be destroyed. The approval and effectiveness of the mission has been questioned. Owens father has called for an investigation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's ordered the Homeland Security Department to create an office to serve American victims of crimes committed by immigrants. It's to be called "VOICE" -- short for Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. There were audible groans and sounds of surprise from people in the audience when Trump said the name of the new office. Trump said the new office will provide a voice to people ignored by the media and "silenced by special interests."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (buh-SHEER') has used the Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress to accuse Trump of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being a "Wall Street's champion." Beshear also criticized Trump's verbal assaults on "the loyalty and credibility" of intelligence agencies, federal courts, the press and others.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Severe weather in the Midwest has killed at least one person. Weather experts say compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts of the central U.S., causing damage from Arkansas to Iowa and Illinois. Wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas. Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas, killing at least one person. There was so much hail in one area of Missouri that motorists had to pull over and stop..

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An image of Woody Guthrie lit up the Oklahoma Capitol, but the state doesn't want the unauthorized artwork coming back. Oklahoma City artist Jack Fowler says he projected an image of the folk singer onto tarps covering construction work in an effort to get people to "shake up the powers that be." Guthrie, who was born in Oklahoma, influenced singers including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

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