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California police make arrests in Halloween hit and run that left three teens dead

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(Reuters) – Police in Southern California said on Sunday they had made multiple arrests in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed three 13-year-old girls while they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.

The three girls, two of whom were twins, were in costumes and carrying candy bags when they were struck by a sports utility vehicle crossing a street on Friday evening in Santa Ana, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Los Angeles.

Police launched a search for the occupants of the vehicle, a Honda CR-V, which sped away from the scene. The SUV was later found abandoned at a nearby strip mall with damage to its front end, Santa Ana police said.

On Sunday, police announced “multiple arrests,” but declined to give further details until a press conference scheduled for Monday.

Police have not yet confirmed whether the vehicle had been stolen.

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The Orange County coroner’s office on Saturday identified the girls as Lexi Perez, Lexandra Perez and Andrea Gonzalez in a statement and said they were all 13 years old.

Lexi and Lexandra Perez were twin sisters, authorities said.

The three girls were pronounced dead at the scene, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said on Friday.

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The car was moving at high speed through the intersection before it struck the three girls, police said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Eric Walsh)


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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.

Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.

"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.

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Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.

"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."

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The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.

That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.

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