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Mahershala Ali accepts Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight during the 89th Annual Academy Awards, on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Hollywood's Big Night

Hollywood's best and brightest have gathered for the 2017 Oscars, with Jimmy Kimmel set to host. La La Land, Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea are all contenders for the night's top prizes — and experts predict with some degree of confidence that there will be political speeches

The USS Ronald Reagan departs for Yokosuka, Japan from Naval Station North Island in San Diego, California

Trump's Choice to Be Navy Secretary Withdraws

Businessman Philip Bilden, said he was withdrawing from consideration for the post after determining that he would be unable to satisfy ethics requirements without "undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family's private financial interests"

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, speculated to be on the short list for Hillary Clinton's Vice President, addresses a women's summit at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

Perez Pledges to Repair and Unite Democratic Party

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election

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China Expected to Up Naval Spending in Challenge to U.S.

With President Donald Trump promising a U.S. shipbuilding spree and unnerving Beijing with his unpredictable approach on hot button issues, China's Navy is seeking to check U.S. dominance of the high seas and will likely step up its own projection of power around the globe

Mardi Gras Car Hits Crowd

28 Injured After Truck Rams Mardi Gras Parade

One man is in custody after he rammed a car into a crowd at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans Saturday evening, injuring at least 28 people, officials said. The suspect appeared to be highly intoxicated, according to police

The late Muhammad Ali, with Muhammad Ali Jr., then 2 1/2 years old, at Miami Beach, April 15, 1975. The boxing legend's son was detained and questioned by immigration officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after returning to the U.S. from a trip to Jamaica.

Muhammad Ali's Son Detained at Airport

Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to profiling, a family friend said

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Egypt's Christians Flee Attacks in North Sinai

Northern Sinai has for years been the epicenter of an insurgency by Islamic militants, and the area's few Christians have slowly been trickling out. But departures have surged after a spate of recent killings targeting the religious minority

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Obamacare Is the Most Popular It's Been in 7 Years

The Affordable Care Act is the most popular it has been in years as Republicans talk about repeal, according to a new study. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 48% of respondents reported a favorable view of the law, with 42% reporting an unfavorable view

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Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Emmy-winning actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery. A family representative confirmed Paxton's death in a statement. The actor was known for his roles in Aliens and Apollo 13. The actor is survived by his two children, James and Lydia, and his wife Louise Newbury