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President rallies Republicans ... Democrats respond ... Twisters kill 2 people

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 1, 2017 at 3:40 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are hailing, while Democrats are dismissing President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress. Trump gave GOP congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. The president plans to continue his legislative push today, meeting with key lawmakers for lunch at the White House.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear took a populist tenor in the Democrats' formal response to President Donald Trump's speech to Congress. Sitting in a Lexington diner, Beshear accused Trump of planning to "rip affordable health insurance" from Americans and being "Wall Street's champion." He also accused Trump of ignoring serious threats to national security from Russia.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people. Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts of the central U.S., causing damage from Arkansas to Iowa and Illinois. Forecasters were especially concerned that the worst of the weather developed after nightfall — and worried that it would continue overnight.

TOKYO (AP) — A Vietnamese woman and a woman from Indonesia have been formally charged with murdering North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother. The two women arrived at a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur today. Malaysian police say the women rubbed a nerve agent onto the face of Kim Jong Nam in a crowded airport terminal, possibly at the behest of North Korea. Kim was dead within 20 minutes.

UNDATED (AP) — A report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is calling into question how much chicken is in chicken sandwiches from fast-food restaurants. The study says Subway's chicken breast is only about half chicken — the rest, mostly soy. Subway is denouncing the report as "absolutely false," and says its chicken is 100 percent white meat.

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