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Kushner to lead overhaul initiative

UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 3:28 P.M.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, right, listens to President Donald Trump speak in Washington in January. Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law, Kushner, that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP)
President Donald Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises – such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction – by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 1:49 P.M.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., center, whose conservative faction of the GOP bucked the Republican health care bill, heads to caucus meeting in the basement of the Capitol before House. The Caucus is at the center of Republican in-fighting in the wake of the bill’s failure. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need.

On Muslims’ agenda: Fight US proposals to ban Sharia law

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 1:19 P.M.

A number of bills, variations of which have been around for years, don’t specifically seek to ban Islamic law, known as Sharia, even though some lawmakers concede that’s their intent. Instead, the proposals broadly call for banning the application of any foreign law, legal code or legal system that doesn’t grant the same rights and privileges as the state or U.S. constitutions.

Severe storms in forecast for U.S. much of this week

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 11:06 A.M.

In this Feb. 8, 2017, file photo, the moon rises over a destroyed neighborhood in the aftermath of a tornado that tore through the New Orleans East section of New Orleans. Forecasters are warning of severe storms as a powerful system moves across the central United States, the start of what could a turbulent stretch of spring weather over the next few days. (Gerald Herbert / Associated Press)
The springtime severe weather season is ramping up with damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes in the forecast nearly every day this week, including in parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee on Monday.

Suspects sought in deadly Cincinnati nightclub shooting

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 10:05 A.M.

Members of the ATF and local police work at a crime scene at the Cameo club after a fatal shooting, Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Cincinnati. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)
Cincinnati police searched for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 16 other people injured and sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene.

No sex with animals: Ohio enacts bestiality law

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 8:47 A.M.

It’s now illegal in Ohio for people to engage in sexual conduct or related acts with animals; the state didn’t have anti-bestiality laws until the change took effect last week.

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 3:19 P.M.

In this Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, file photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, right, listens to President Donald Trump speak during a breakfast with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

Police: 1 dead, 5 injured in central Florida shooting

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 8:03 A.M.

A gunman in central Florida fatally shot an adult in a home and critically wounded another adult and two children, in what authorities describe as domestic violence, before shooting two innocent bystanders who were walking down the street nearby on Monday, police said.

Powerful winds, large hail take aim at Southern Plains

UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 9:36 P.M.

Paula Timms of Caraway climbs up to the roof of her mother-in-law's house to help with repairs Saturday after Friday night's storm in Jonesboro, Ark. An uprooted tree took also knocked out the power to the house. Storms demolished mobile homes in Arkansas and a church in Louisiana as a menacing weather system threatened several states across the South and Midwest, authorities said. (Staci Vandagriff / Associated Press)
Golf ball-sized hail and powerful winds are expected to roll through parts of the Southern Plains late Sunday, marking the latest round of turbulent weather across the Midwest and South, forecasters said.

Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other

UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 10:40 P.M.

Former President Barack Obama leaves the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Sunday, March 5, 2017. (Jose Luis Magana / Associated Press)
The first cocktail party at Barack Obama’s new office last month was certainly more casual than any he had hosted in recent years. The wine bore a random assortment of labels, as if assembled potluck-style. The self-serve appetizers were set out in the narrow hallway. The host, tieless, eschewed formal remarks, as a few dozen of his old administration officials – Joe Biden and former chief of staff Denis McDonough, as well as more junior ones – mingled in a minimalist wood-paneled suite that could be mistaken for a boutique law firm.

Louisville mayor asks FBI to investigate police department after sex abuse allegations

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 1:07 P.M.

A former participant in a Boy Scouts-affiliated career apprentice program for teenagers has alleged that two Louisville Metro Police Department officers sexually abused him in their homes and vehicles while they were working with him, and the city’s mayor has asked the FBI to look into the police department’s actions.

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