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Trump: Supports plan '100 percent' ... Merkel at White House ... St. Patrick's Day

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he wants people to know he's "100 percent behind" the House Republican health care bill, which he calls "a great plan." Trump met with Republican lawmakers today at the White House. Trump says the attendees were "mostly no's, yesterday" and now "they're all yes's."

WASHINGTON (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) is at the White House for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Topics of discussion are expected to include NATO, the Islamic State group and Ukraine. The meeting will be capped with a joint news conference.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Jurors will get to see a key piece of evidence in the upcoming trial of a white South Carolina police officer facing civil rights charges in the shooting death of a black motorist. A federal judge has ruled that prosecutors can show cellphone video of former North Charleston officer Michael Slager opening fire on Walter Scott.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (AP) — The family of Derek Walcott says the Nobel laureate has died at his home in St. Lucia. He was 87. Walcott was a prolific and versatile poet whose dazzling, painterly work captured the essence of his native Caribbean. He gained a reputation as one of the greatest writers of the second half of the 20th century.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is awash in green and Irish pride as throngs celebrate at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Heavily armed officers kept a no-nonsense eye on security around the parade route as a pipe band played "God Bless America."

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