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Ex-Trump adviser communicated with hacker...Pence visits Kentucky...Pastors canvass blacked-out Detroit neighborhoods

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A political consultant and former campaign adviser to President Donald Trump says he communicated last year with an individual involved in hacking Democratic National Committee emails. But Roger Stone tells The Washington Times that his private Twitter exchange with "Guccifer 2.0" was "completely innocuous." Last summer, emails stolen from Democrats were posted by an online persona known as Guccifer 2.0 who is believed to have links to Russia.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Kentucky on a mission to shore up support for the House Republicans' plan to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. The proposed bill has run into opposition from conservatives who want to see a more radical and less expensive overhaul, and governors who worry about the cost of Medicaid programs. Critics of the House plan include Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

DETROIT (AP) — Two prominent Detroit pastors are canvassing neighborhoods to check on residents who are still without electricity after high winds knocked out power this week. The Rev. Wendell Anthony and Rev. Horace Sheffield have joined congregants knocking on doors today and passing out information about warming centers and other resources. Officials say the unprecedented windstorm on Wednesday unleashed hurricane force winds during a 12-hour period.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is launching a nationwide training event to make people aware of their rights as protesters. Organizers say today's event at a sports arena on the University of Miami campus is being livestreamed to locations in all 50 states. The ACLU says the purpose is to inform people of their rights at demonstrations and protests. The ACLU has also launched a new grassroots online organizing platform called PeoplePower.org.

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Keys authorities say a drunken man from Rhode Island stole a forklift and crashed into a gate, telling deputies he lost his car keys and needed something to drive. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says 44-year-old Edward Quinton told deputies that he took the forklift from a Marathon marina because he knew how to drive one. Authorities say breath tests showed Quinton's blood-alcohol level was twice Florida's legal limit. He faces charges of drunken driving, criminal mischief, burglary and grand theft.

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