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Some schools closed...Melania Trump hosts women's event...Politicians bow out of parade

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some school districts in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and elsewhere have canceled classes today because so many teachers and employees were expected to be out. Women have been urged to stay home from work today, as part of a demonstration of their economic clout. The Day Without A Woman protest was put together by organizers of the vast women's marches that were held around the country on the day after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump has been hosting a luncheon on International Women's Day. It's her first solo White House event as first lady. The U.N.-designated day commemorates the push for women's rights. Attendees included her stepdaughter, Ivanka Trump; Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal magistrate judge in Seattle says he won't issue a ruling immediately on whether to dismiss a Mexican man's demand to be released from custody following his arrest. He'd been taking part in a program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally. The judge says the Justice Department improperly included a new legal argument in a brief filed yesterday. And that left attorneys for 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina with no time to research a response. Ramirez was arrested Feb. 10 by immigration agents despite having no criminal history. Donohue is considering whether to dismiss his case and whether to release him from custody.

BOSTON (AP) — The decision by the organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to bar a group representing gay veterans from participating is leading to more political fallout. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said he won't take part in the parade if the gay vets are excluded. Boston's mayor had already said he won't march if OutVets is excluded. And Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton called for an outright boycott of the parade. This year's Chief Marshal also stepped down in light of the decision.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientists say a freakishly warm February broke close to 12,000 daily records for warmth in communities across the United States. Oklahoma hit 99 degrees last month, and Chicago had no snow. But cool weather in the Pacific Northwest kept it from being the nation's warmest February on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature last month was 41.2 degrees. That's 7.3 degrees warmer than normal but three-tenths of a degree behind the record set in 1954.

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