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Another attempted breach at the White House...Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for attack on boat... Group of 20 issues statement

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Trump administration spokesman says an individual was taken into custody near the White House today, a week after an intruder was caught on the mansion's grounds. Press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter today that the individual "jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave" but didn't make it onto the property. Spicer added, "Great response by @SecretService." President Donald Trump is at his Florida resort this weekend.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia is lashing out at the Saudi-led coalition for Friday's attack on a boat off the coast of Yemen that killed at least 42 Somali refugees. The government is calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship "horrific." Somalia's foreign ministry is urging the U.S.-supported coalition to investigate the incident. A Yemeni trafficker who survived says the refugees were trying to reach Sudan.

BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world's top economic powers have failed to agree on a joint position explicitly opposing trade protectionism amid pushback from the U.S. Finance ministers at the Group of 20 meeting in Germany issued a statement Saturday that was milder than in 2016. The group says countries "are working to strengthen the contribution of trade" to their economies. Last year's meeting called on nations to resist "all forms" of protectionism.

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's competition for the House Republican health care bill. It's from another GOP group, governors with their own proposal on how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They're hoping Republican senators will find their ideas more persuasive. It's a gradual approach, with additional options for states. Medicaid is a federal-state program that covers more than 70 million low-income people -- about 1 in 5 Americans.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A father who grew a beard to honor his 11-year-old daughter's memory has won this year's Vermont Beardies competition. The event benefits Make-a-Wish Vermont, which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Bryan Sturge says he entered the contest as a tribute to his daughter Zoey, who died of cancer in 2013 before her wish of going to Disney World and swimming with dolphins could be granted.

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