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

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

France presents new security bill amid extremist threats
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France presents new security bill amid extremist threats

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron’s new government presented a security bill Thursday to beef up police powers amid extremist threats to Europe. Macron insists the bill discussed at a Cabinet meeting won’t infringe on freedoms, but rights groups fear France is heading for a permanent state of emergency. His government is seeking to … Continue reading

Jury in Day 4 of deliberations in police shooting retrial
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Jury in Day 4 of deliberations in police shooting retrial

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jurors have begun a fourth day of deliberations in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot an unarmed black motorist. They resumed Thursday morning after deliberating about 18 hours since getting the case Monday. Ray Tensing’s first trial ended in a hung jury last November after … Continue reading

Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne
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Prince Harry: No one in royal family wants to rise to throne

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Prince Harry has suggested that no one in the royal family really wishes to rise to the throne — and that it is duty, rather than desire, that prompts them to continue serving the British people. In an interview with Newsweek magazine, Harry said the House of Windsor is “not doing … Continue reading

Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane
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Russia warns US after downing of Syrian warplane

MOSCOW (AP) — Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Monday, a day after the U.S. military shot down a Syrian air force jet. Moscow condemned the downing of the Syrian jet after it dropped bombs near … Continue reading

Religious, indigenous leaders demand rainforests be saved
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Religious, indigenous leaders demand rainforests be saved

HELSINKI (AP) — Religious and indigenous leaders worldwide are calling for an end to deforestation in an international multi-faith, multi-cultural plea to reduce the emissions that fuel climate change, which is killing tropical rainforests. Participants from 21 countries at a conference in the Norwegian capital of Oslo are hoping that billions of people of faith … Continue reading