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Ida Mae Astute/ABC(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump will not attend this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, he announced on twitter Saturday.

"Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!" the commander-in-chief added.

The dinner, sponsored by the White House Correspondents' Association and attended by a mix of A-list celebrities and Washington media, generally includes a comedian roast, plus a humorous address by the president.

The WHCA responded that the group "takes note" that Trump won't attend the dinner, scheduled for April 29, and said the dinner "has been and will continue to be a celebration of the First Amendment and the important role played by an independent news media in a healthy republic."

Trump has been mocked in years past.

In 2011, headliner Seth Meyers skewered the billionaire, saying "Donald Trump has been saying he will run for president as a Republican, which is surprising because I just assumed that he was running as a joke."

"Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic because a fox often appears on Donald Trump's head," Meyers added.

That same year, President Obama also poked fun at the man who would later go on to succeed him in the White House: "Now, I know that he's taken some flak lately, but no one is happier, no one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter –- like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

At his last correspondents' dinner, in 2016, Obama took aim at then-candidate Trump, saying: "I'm a little hurt that he's not here tonight. It's surprising. You got a room full of reporters, celebrities, cameras, and he says no."

"I hope you all are proud of yourselves. The guy wanted to give his hotel business a boost and now we're praying that Cleveland makes it through July," Obama added, in reference to the site of the Republican National Convention last summer.

The dinner, affectionately dubbed "nerd prom," raises thousands for journalism scholarships and honors outstanding journalists.

According to the White House Correspondent's Association, every president since Calvin Coolidge, who first first attended in 1924, has been to the dinner at least once.

The news of Trump's expected absence comes as the president's relationship with the press grows increasingly tense. Trump has repeatedly slammed journalists for propagating "fake news" and has labeled several major outlets -- including ABC News -- "the enemy of the American People."

 

I will not be attending the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year. Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017

 

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of people watching a parade in New Orleans, injuring more than 20 people, officials said Saturday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were watching the Krewe of Endymion parade.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, according to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV. He said police do not not suspect terrorism.

"We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated," Harrison said. "He is in custody. He is being investigated right now and is at our DWI office."

Leslie Capo, a spokesperson at LSU Health New Orleans, said that New Orleans EMS said they transported 21 patients to 10 hospitals, and seven people declined treatment.

Among the injured was a cop, the police chief said.

"One police officer was struck by a vehicle," Harrison said. "The mayor and I have gone to one hospital, we did manage to speak with her, she was in good spirits but is injured."

New Orleans mayor tweeted that the driver was drunk, and that "We are grateful that no one suffered any life threatening injuries." 

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today. pic.twitter.com/EvKEpGZ7aL

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017

 

 

Thanks to our first responders for the care you provided to the victims and others watching the parade. pic.twitter.com/b926KBX7iv

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017

 

This is a developing story. Check back for more.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House communicated with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and Senate Intelligence Chairman Sen. Richard Burr about rebutting reports that Trump associates had contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.

The Washington Post first reported on Friday that the White House turned to senior members of the intelligence community and Congress to rebut the news reports after the FBI declined to do so publicly.

The White House maintains that there were no improper communications and that the FBI came to them to discredit an earlier New York Times report on contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials. The White House then asked the FBI if they could help shoot down the story publicly but the bureau declined.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that, similarly, a congressman reached out to the White House to refute the New York Times report.

"A congressman who also had the same information also reached or to us not the other way around," Sanders said. "The bigger story here isn't that they called us, but that the New York Times story was false."

The White House acknowledged that in addition to communicating with Nunes, the administration also reached out to Burr.

Burr has yet to respond to an ABC News request for comment, but a spokesman for Nunes maintains that the congressman did nothing wrong in communicating with the White House on refuting the news reports.

"Chairman Nunes did nothing inappropriate," Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said in a statement. "He made inquiries into the allegations published by the New York Times and couldn't find evidence to support them. So he told that to multiple reporters, and then a White House aide asked if he would speak to one more. So he spoke to that reporter as well, telling that person the same thing he told the other reporters."

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says he has "grave concerns" about what role the White House played in seeking help from members of Congress and the intelligence community to rebut the story.

"I have called [CIA Director Mike Pompeo] and Chairman Burr to express my grave concerns about what this means for the independence of this investigation and a bipartisan commitment to follow the facts, and to reinforce that I will not accept any process that is undermined by political interference," Warner said in a statement.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Invites to the Dolby Theatre may be exclusive, but you can still take part in Oscars festivities from the comfort of your own home. Print your ballots, prepare some signature drinks and snacks, and gather your friends to witness a star-studded evening.

Stock a champagne bar

What’s a true celebration without popping champagne? Have guests bring a bottle from home to chip in and add some fun garnishes.

“Set out some fresh strawberries or raspberries, that makes a beautiful presentation,” Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert for Etsy, told ABC News.

Dress up the photo booth

While the stars are getting their photos snapped on the red carpet in Los Angeles, you can do the same back at home.

“Why shouldn’t your guests walk on a little mini red carpet as well, and have a moment for themselves?” Johnson said.

Tinsel and festive-themed wall hangings can make all your Oscars-night photos Instagram-worthy, and you can use printable props to get a little silly.

Prepare some festive food

While Johnson suggested clever takes like “Manchester by the Caesar Salad” and “La La Lollipops,” you can get as creative as you please when it comes to your food. Channel the true menu of the Academy Awards parties with statuette-shaped sugar cookies or chocolate-covered tuxedo strawberries.

Get your ballots and bingo ready

There are some things we can come to expect from the Oscars, like music cutting a speech short or a star tripping on their way to the stage. Keep track of all these iconic moments on your Oscars bingo sheet.

While you're at it, don't forget to fill out your ballot with the night's predictions.

Enjoy yourself


"Just because you're the host doesn't mean you need to do all the work," Johnson said, adding that guests can help with bringing food and drinks. "Pass out some tasks to your friends."

Relax and settle in for a night of celebrating your favorite movies.

"To me, Oscars Sunday is like Super Bowl Sunday," Johnson said. "Get creative, have a good time with it."

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Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite being nominated for an Academy Award, Natalie Portman won't be attending the ceremony Sunday.

A rep for the actress told ABC News that the Jackie star would like to attend the show, but can't because of her pregnancy.

The Oscar winner and her husband Benjamin Millepied announced they were expecting their second child last September. They are already parents to a 5-year-old son.

"Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards," the statement read. "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."

Portman was nominated for best lead actress for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the historical film, Jackie. In the film, she details the former first lady's life a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.

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Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Baker Mayfield was arrested Saturday morning in Arkansas. The Washington County (Ark.) sheriff's office charged him with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing.

ESPN obtained a preliminary police report that states Mayfield began yelling "profanities and causing a scene" as an officer was brought to address an assault and battery report.

ESPN added that officers had to chase Mayfield after he slurred his speech and had trouble walking down stairs. The front of his clothing was covered in food. Mayfield would not place his arms behind his back, and was arrested and booked at 8:21 a.m. local time at the Washington County Detention Facility.

The sheriff's office says Mayfield has a court date on April 7.

The University of Oklahoma released the following statement in response: "We are aware of the matter and are learning the details. We don't have any other information at this time."

Mayfield has finished two straight seasons in the top five of the Heisman voting.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has added comedian-actor Tracy Morgan to its growing roster of comedians with stand-up specials.

The streaming service announced Friday that Morgan has signed on for a new stand-up special, entitled Staying Alive. The special, which was shot at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, will debut globally on Tuesday, May 16.

According to Netflix, the show will find the comedian "exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality" after his near-fatal traffic accident in 2014. This includes Morgan's recovery from a traumatic brain injury, learning how to walk again and tackling new challenges in life.

Morgan has made a strong comeback since his accident. The actor has landed roles in the Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight and the upcoming comedies The ClapperTAG and the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Morgan also is set to lead a new TBS comedy series executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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