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The Latest: Dem says ‘we can do better’ than GOP health plan
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The Latest: Dem says ‘we can do better’ than GOP health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Senate Republicans’ health care bill (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Democrats are roundly criticizing the Republican plan to scrap the Obama health care law. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the Senate floor Thursday moments after the GOP’s 142-page discussion draft was posted online. Republicans had been briefed on … Continue reading

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who’s weathered many
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Another leadership test for Pelosi, who’s weathered many

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House. The response from some: It better be. In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race, Pelosi is confronting renewed questions about her leadership, especially … Continue reading

US stock indexes tick higher as oil’s dismal week eases
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US stock indexes tick higher as oil’s dismal week eases

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes ticked higher in morning trading Thursday after the price of oil stabilized, at least for now. This week has been dominated by oil’s tumbling price, which dropped on Wednesday to its lowest level since last summer, and how much it will affect the broader market. KEEPING SCORE: The … Continue reading

Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter ‘Obamacare’
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Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama’s health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage. The bill would provide tax credits to help people buy insurance. … Continue reading

Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film
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Ron Howard takes helm of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the … Continue reading

Archbishop: Church of England ‘colluded’ to hide sex abuse
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Archbishop: Church of England ‘colluded’ to hide sex abuse

LONDON (AP) — The Church of England “colluded” with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims who had spoken out and helped to bring ex-bishop Peter Ball to justice … Continue reading

The Latest: Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland
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The Latest: Cindy, now a tropical depression, moving inland

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy (all times local): 10:00 a.m. Forecasters say Cindy, the onetime tropical storm since downgraded to a depression, is weakening as it heads inland. But bands of heavy rain are continuing — with heavy rain in parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. The National Hurricane … Continue reading

Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election
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Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump questions why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop Russian interference in the 2016 election. The president’s tweet Thursday appears to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling. The president tweeted: “By the way, if Russia was working so hard on … Continue reading

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day
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Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

CHICAGO (AP) — Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms … Continue reading