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Trump supporters rally...Trump to meet with Cabinet members over dinner...Massachusetts fire kills 5 family members

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2017 at 2:50 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Supporters of President Donald Trump have turned out in groups of hundreds around the country for today's "March 4 Trump" demonstrations. Some minor scuffles between dueling demonstrators at the Minnesota State Capitol were quickly defused by other protesters and police. Near Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound in Florida, the Palm Beach Post reported that people on both sides exchanged profanity. Trump's motorcade briefly stopped so he could wave at supporters.

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to have dinner this evening with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several other Cabinet members and advisers. The meeting at Trump's Palm Beach, Florida, estate follows a series of tweets by Trump this morning accusing former President Barack Obama of ordering wiretaps at Trump Tower last fall. It's not clear what prompted Trump to make that claim, which an Obama spokesman says is false.

WARWICK, Mass. (AP) — A mother and four children are dead after flames swept through their home in the small town of Warwick, Massachusetts. Officials say the bodies were recovered from the rubble after the fire was extinguished. Two other family members escaped and were taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. Investigators say the early morning fire may have started in a wood stove.

DALLAS (AP) — No serious injuries are reported, but a fire in a Dallas condominium building has displaced about 100 residents. Authorities say more than 100 firefighters battled the fire that broke out late last night in the four-story building. Firefighters are still at the scene monitoring hot spots. Officials say one person was taken to a hospital because of medical issues exacerbated by fire and smoke but is expected to be O.K. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — And they're off in Alaska. The 2017 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race had its ceremonial start in a fan-friendly atmosphere today in downtown Anchorage. The 72 mushers in the race greeted fans, posed for pictures and signed autographs. Many people got to pet the dogs before mushers took off on a slow ride past fans lining city streets and trails. The competitive race starts Monday in Fairbanks.

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