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CHICAGO (AP) \u2014 Two more men have been charged in a Chicago shooting that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman.

Authorities say Dionel Harris and Jeremy Ellis, both 19 and from Chicago, were charged Friday with first-degree-murder and attempted murder in a shooting on Valentine's Day that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and Lavontay's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins.

The shooting in a West Side Chicago alley was partially captured on a Facebook Live video being streamed by the woman.

Last week, 26-year-old Devon Swan was charged with murder in the shooting.

Lavontay was one of three children fatally shot within days of each other in Chicago. Also killed were 11-year-old Takiya Holmes and 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers. An arrest was made and charges filed in Takiya's shooting death.

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) \u2014 University of Illinois veterans have organized a clothing drive for victims of a fire in Danville that killed one veteran and displaced others.

David R. Singleton, 75, was killed in the fire at a veterans' group home Feb. 2, The News-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2lC03nN ) reported.

University of Illinois student and Marine veteran Jason Sakowski contacted Veterans Affairs officials at the Illiana Health Care campus in Danville to ask what the Illini Veterans could do to help.

\"Everyone's wheels got turning, and we got things happening,\" said Brent Blackwell, a U.S. Army veteran who's also a UI student and a member of Illini Veterans.

The group placed collection bins at the university's Center for Wounded Veterans. Over the next few weeks, they collected more than a dozen boxes and large garbage bags of clothing and shoes to distribute to the veterans in need.

The Illini Veterans also donated several gift cards for the veterans affected by the fire.

\"I'm proud that the community responded so well,\" Sakowski said. \"It was a good feeling to have an impact on something directly.\"

Blackwell said it's a reminder that service to others doesn't take a huge effort some times.

\"Service doesn't have to be hard,\" he said.

Jennifer Sheehan-Wells, voluntary services specialist at the VA in Danville, picked up the donations Thursday.

\"It's amazing,\" she said of the donations and Illini Veterans' efforts. \"It's honestly a huge blessing. We're so grateful they saw a need and reached out to help.\"

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states.

But there is a sense of unease for Republican governors in Democratic-leaning states. They criticize President Donald Trump gently, picking their spots to appease the Democratic and independent voters they need to remain in office. At the same time, they don't want to alienate Trump supporters.

For some, the best strategy is to avoid mentioning Trump at all.

Democrats sense an opening ahead of the 2018 elections and are taking any opportunity to link Republican governors to the president. Republicans will be defending 27 of the 38 governorships up for election this year and next. Nine of the GOP governors are in states Hillary Clinton carried last year.

\"I think what the Trump administration has done, it has really made every Republican governor out there \u2014 especially a moderate Republican governor in a Democratic state \u2014 it has made them very vulnerable,\" said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat and chairman of the National Governors Association.

Republican governors who face re-election next year in states that voted for Clinton are Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland, Bruce Rauner of Illinois, Phil Scott of Vermont and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire. Four other states that voted for Clinton have governors who will be forced out by term limits: Chris Christie in New Jersey; Paul LePage in Maine; Susana Martinez in New Mexico; and Brian Sandoval in Nevada.

Sandoval, vice chairman of the governors association, said he is comfortable being the face of moderate GOP governors across the country. He has urged caution on Trump's pledges to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Sandoval said he believes he and other moderates can work productively with Trump and his Cabinet.

\"We're five weeks into the administration, so I think it's really premature to start drawing conclusions now, with regard to what the implication could be in future elections,\" he said.

Heading into the upcoming governors' races, the Republican Governors' Association is better-funded, having raised $60.7 million in 2016, compared with $39 million by the Democratic Governors' Association. The RGA has tried to paint Democratic challengers as too liberal and out of touch with mainstream America.

This weekend's bipartisan governors' gathering includes an audience with Trump and leading Republicans in Congress. Governors of both parties are concerned with a full range of proposals that could affect state budgets, including possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reforms to Medicaid, immigration enforcement and spending for infrastructure.

Republican governors in Democratic-leaning states are especially vulnerable if policies put forward by Trump and the GOP Congress are disruptive in the states.

Baker, a moderate with high approval ratings in a state politically dominated by Democrats, has distanced himself from Trump since early in the presidential campaign. He said he left his presidential ballot blank.

After the election, the Massachusetts governor promised to forge constructive ties between the state and the new administration. But he has not hesitated to criticize White House policies, including the travel ban aimed at seven majority-Muslim nations that sowed confusion in the U.S. and abroad. He publicly backed the state's attorney general, a Democrat, when her office filed a lawsuit to block Trump's action.

During the women's march after the presidential inauguration, Baker was just blocks away as protesters flooded Boston Common. Defending his absence, he said he was working on time-sensitive matters and said it was not an intentional snub.

In Maryland, Hogan \u2014 who has enjoyed approval ratings higher than 70 percent \u2014 also said throughout the presidential campaign that he would not vote for Trump. On his presidential ballot, he wrote in the name of his father, a former congressman.

Since the president took office, he has continually sidestepped questions about Trump. Even in a friendly interview on a Baltimore rock radio station, he made clear he was weary of the subject.

\"I'm focused on solving Maryland problems,\" Hogan said. \"I have 31 different policy proposals and a real agenda to turn our state around, and the only questions we get (are) 'Why aren't you protesting Donald Trump?' and 'Why didn't you go to BWI (Airport) to do this or that?' I don't see that as my role.\"

Democrats, who control the Legislature and enjoy a 2-to-1 advantage in voter registration, went against Hogan's wishes when they voted to expand the attorney general's powers in response to Trump. And they're not nearly as shy about mentioning the president.

\"The governor seems unwilling to stand up to Mr. Trump, and so that will fall to the Democrats,\" state Sen. Jim Rosapepe said.

As with the other governors, Rauner in Illinois said he is focusing on his state \u2014 or at least he's trying to. He went to great lengths not to stake a clear position on Trump during the campaign \u2014 refusing to comment on the race, who he was voting for or even to say Trump's name. Since the election, he has continued to avoid taking a clear position on the administration's policies.

His strategy is clearly intended to avoid alienating voters in Chicago, the suburbs and other urban areas who supported Hillary Clinton in November, or those in rural counties that went overwhelmingly for Trump. But avoidance also comes with some peril: Democrats, who control the Illinois Legislature, called the Republican governor cowardly for meeting with billionaire donors out of state while refugees were stranded at Chicago's O'Hare airport after the president's travel-banning executive order.

Rauner already has a slim margin for error after a two-year budget stalemate has tanked his approval ratings.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, senses a change after recent elections went overwhelmingly in the Republicans' favor.

\"Clearly, the wave was against Democrats in '10 and it was against Democrats to some extent in '14, but I suspect it's going to be against Republicans just as strongly,\" Malloy said. \"Can you overcome that? Absolutely, you can overcome that, but you have to overcome that by separating yourself (from Trump).\"

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Associated Press writers Sara Burnett in Chicago, Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bob Salsberg in Boston and Brian Witte in Annapolis, Maryland, contributed to this report.

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Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols .

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

Lawmakers typically get one guest ticket apiece for presidential addresses, as they will for Tuesday's prime-time speech, and the invites often go to family, friends or someone from back home. To send a message to Trump, Democrats have invited the Iraqi-American doctor who discovered elevated levels of lead in the blood of many children living in Flint, Michigan; a Pakistani-born doctor who delivers critical care to patients in Rhode Island and an American-born daughter of Palestinian refugees who aids people like her family in their quest to come to the United States.

\"I want Trump to see the face of a woman, the face of a Muslim, and the face of someone whose family has enriched and contributed to this country despite starting out as refugees,\" said Rep. Luis Guti\u00e9rrez, D-Ill., whose guest Tuesday will be Fidaa Rashid, a Chicago immigration attorney.

Soon after taking office, Trump issued an executive order temporarily banning all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority nations and pausing the entire U.S. refugee program. The order sparked worldwide confusion about who was covered by the edict, with thousands gathering at airports and in other settings to protest. An appeals court blocked the order.

Trump has said he will issue another order along similar lines. Trump has also expanded the range of immigrants living in the country illegally who have become a priority for removal. The president has argued that the steps are necessary to protect the nation.

One of the people caught up in Trump's executive order was Sara Yarjani, a 35-year-old Iranian graduate student studying in California. She was held at Los Angeles International Airport for nearly 23 hours before being sent back to Vienna, Austria, where she had been visiting family. She was able to resume her studies at the California Institute for Human Sciences after a judge halted implementation of Trump's order. She'll attend Trump's speech as a guest of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.

\"Mr. Trump needs to see the people he has hurt,\" Chu said.

The focus on welcoming immigrants will also extend to the response that Democratic leaders plan for Trump's speech. Astrid Silva, who was brought into the United States as a young child, will provide the Spanish-language rebuttal; former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will give the standard opposition-party response. Under President Barack Obama, hundreds of thousands of unauthorized youth brought into the country as children were given a reprieve from deportation.

While Trump vowed to immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program during the campaign, he has kept it in place as president.

All will be on high alert for any Joe Wilson moments in Trump's first speech to a joint session of Congress since his inaugural address. Wilson, a longtime Republican congressman from South Carolina, shouted, \"You lie!\" as Obama addressed Congress in 2009 about his health care plan. The debate over \"Obamacare\" sparked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, much as Trump's executive order and statements on immigration have done.

Trump's comments on immigration play well with his supporters, but unnerve some Republicans who represent congressional districts with quickly growing immigrant populations.

Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., invited a constituent he describes as a hero for helping to expose the Flint water crisis. He said Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha came to the United States with her Iraqi parents, who were fleeing the regime of Saddam Hussein. She has recently questioned whether her family would have been allowed into the country under the policies of the Trump administration.

A group of Democratic lawmakers recently wrote a letter to colleagues earlier this month urging them to invite guests who have, despite discrimination, made positive impacts on their communities. One of the leaders of that effort, Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., asked Dr. Ehsun Mirza, the Pakistani-born doctor, to be his guest.

\"I am proud to call Dr. Mirza a friend, and I hope that his presence on February 28th will serve as a reminder to the president that true Americans come in every color and creed - and not all are born here,\" Langevin said.

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This version of the story deletes a description of Mona Hanna-Attisha as Iraqi-born. Hanna-Attisha was born to Iraqi immigrants.

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CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) \u2014 Authorities this week cleared the last holdouts from a large Dakota Access pipeline protest camp on federal land in North Dakota, but it will be a while before the region returns to normal.

There's tons of debris to be cleared. A main highway bridge remains closed. Hundreds of protesters are still in the area. The pipeline operator is rushing to complete construction and says oil could flow within 10 days. Looming over it all is a still-unresolved court battle.

\"This was beautiful North Dakota prairie in a sensitive watershed area,\" Gov. Doug Burgum said of the square-mile protest camp at the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers. \"It's only use prior to this was for cattle grazing.\"

But since August, it was home to hundreds and at times thousands of people who support the claims of Sioux nations that the $3.8 billion pipeline to move North Dakota oil through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois threatens drinking water, sacred sites and tribal religious practices. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners disputes that.

The Army Corps of Engineers ordered the Oceti Sakowin camp closed Wednesday in advance of spring flooding. About 200 protesters left peacefully, with another 56 being arrested over two days for defying the order to leave. Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs officers at the same time cleared the much smaller Rosebud camp just to the south, on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

Many who left those camps planned to go to one of three nearby camps, all of which are on the reservation.

\"They can get us out of Oceti, but they can't stop what we started here,\" protester Kate Silvertooth, of Loveland, Colorado, said Friday while shopping at a convenience store near the reservation town of Cannon Ball.

The status of the remaining protest camps is uncertain.

The longstanding Sacred Stone Camp has swelled to about 550 people with the influx of about 150 people this week, according to Joye Braun, a protest leader. But whether that camp and another known as Seventh Generation Rising are on private land or tribal land is in dispute. Protesters haven't been able to get into another camp established on private land by the Cheyenne River Sioux because of an Indian affairs bureau roadblock. The Standing Rock Tribal Council also has made it clear it wants all of the camps to shut down.

\"We are working with the tribe and the Bureau of Indian Affairs\" on an agreement to resolve the situation, Braun said.

Oil could be flowing through the pipeline as soon as March 6, according to William Scherman, an attorney for the pipeline operator.

The company has finished drilling the main hole under Lake Oahe and will soon be laying pipe under the Missouri River reservoir \u2014 the last stretch of the 1,200-mile pipeline.

The company got permission for the lake work last month from the pro-energy Trump administration, but American Indian tribes continue fighting in court. The Standing Rock and Cheyenne River tribes have asked U.S. District Judge James Boasberg to overturn permission for the river crossing. Several groups including the National Congress of American Indians along with 34 other tribes on Thursday filed a court brief supporting the request.

Boasberg has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on a request from the Cheyenne River tribes to issue an injunction stopping the pipeline work.

Meanwhile, workers are racing against time to clean up hundreds of tons of debris at the camp before spring melt floodwaters wash it into the rivers. Trash and structures need to be cleared, some garbage will have to be dug up, and soil contamination from such things as fuel and human waste might also need to be removed.

\"This isn't just high school kids picking up garbage in a ditch along the road,\" Burgum said.

The cleanup could cost federal taxpayers as much as $1.2 million, according to Corps Col. John Henderson. Crews hope to complete the work in about a month.

There's no set date for the reopening of a bridge on a main state highway outside the closed camp. The bridge has been closed since fires were set there in late October. It's being reopened in stages, with emergency vehicles currently the only ones allowed through.

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Nicholson reported from Bismarck, North Dakota. Follow him on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/NicholsonBlake

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