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Trump: Investigate Schumer...Tracing Jewish threats, arrest...Dam repair progress

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 3, 2017 at 3:55 p.m.



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NEW YORK (AP) — His administration making headlines for contacts with Russian officials, President Donald Trump is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump tweeted a 14-year-old photo of Schumer and Putin holding coffee and doughnuts at a New York City gas station. Schumer says it was to celebrate the opening of a Russian-owned gas station in Manhattan. Schumer says he would "happily talk" under oath about Putin and challenged the president to do the same.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer requested an emergency waiver to Jewish community centers and their phone carriers in the wake of threats nationwide. The FCC says that it will grant the waiver to allow the centers and carriers to track the numbers of callers who make threats, even if the caller tries to block the number. The government is investigating 122 bomb threats to Jewish organizations in three dozen states and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. A man arrested in St. Louis is suspected in at least eight of the threats.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont college says a professor was injured by a protester who tugged her hair and twisted her neck following a demonstration last night against a guest speaker who's been called a white nationalist. Hundreds of students at Middlebury College protested an appearance by author Charles Murray. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Murray a white nationalist who argues blacks, Latinos and women are genetically inferior.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Her friends say she's an all-American 22-year-old and are working to prevent Daniela Vargas from being put on a plane to Argentina, which she hasn't seen since she was 7. That's when her parents violated a visa waiver program to find work in the U.S. She was arrested and jailed by federal agents after leaving a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi, where Vargas had joined clergy, civil rights lawyers and advocates in speaking out against President Trump's immigration policies. Her lawyer filed papers today seeking a hearing.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thanks to several days of dry weather, crews are restarting a power plant at the base of Oroville Dam, allowing them to release water from the Northern California lake without having to send it over a badly damaged spillway. That will protect the town of Oroville and downstream communities from the threat of flooding. Forecasters say weekend rain is expected to raise the water level about five feet, but it will still be nearly 50 feet below capacity.

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