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Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

Thomas Beaumont and Dylan Lovan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:54am

One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."

Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump's closest friends

Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34am

Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump.

Asian markets fall as China liquidity concerns intensify

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:21am

Most Asian stock markets fell Thursday, led by a slide in Chinese shares as investors' concerns about liquidity intensified.

Haier boss looks far beyond appliances

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:43pm

After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company's chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me.

Living by the sword: Carving a niche making warrior blades

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:33pm

Through smoke and sparks and staccato banging from his anvil, John Lundemo forges swooping swords that look like they should be pulled from a stone, swung by a samurai or thrust on "Game of Thrones."

NTSB to begin probe of Texas bus-truck crash that killed 13

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:33pm

Federal investigators are getting their first look Thursday at the scene of a head-on collision involving a small church bus and a pickup truck that killed 13 senior adult church members onboard the bus.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

Alan Fram and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:30pm

Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

US fishing magnate dubbed 'The Codfather' set to change plea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10pm

A leading U.S. fishing magnate known as "The Codfather" is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges of evading fishing quotas and smuggling money to Portugal.

It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

Jill Lawless and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:32pm

Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism — or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."

Argentine Senate approves medical use of cannabis oil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:14pm

Argentina's Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill legalizing the use of cannabis oil and other marijuana derivatives for medicinal purposes, and setting up a regulatory framework for the state to prescribe and distribute them to patients.

UN: Military operations escalate in Yemen as famine looms

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 8:12pm

Military operations in Yemen are escalating and the humanitarian and economic situation is rapidly deteriorating in the Arab world's poorest nation, which is on the brink of famine, the U.N. special envoy for the country said Wednesday.

Arkansas governor signs 'sex-selection' abortion ban bill

Tafi Mukunyadzi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:32pm

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday signed into law a measure that would impose fines and prison time on doctors who perform abortions that are based solely on whether the mother wants to have a boy or girl.

The Latest: Ambassador says UK will remain key world player

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 7:00pm

The latest on Brexit (all times local):

Seattle announces lawsuit over Trump sanctuary cities threat

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:52pm

Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Donald Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

Man wounded in Vermont marketplace stabbing, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 6:20pm

A man who was stabbed near a busy outdoor pedestrian shopping and dining plaza popular with locals and tourists in downtown Burlington, Vermont, has died.

Idaho lawmakers adjourn 2017 regular session

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:50pm

Idaho lawmakers closed out the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, finishing the year by passing a contentious repeal of the state's 6 percent sales tax on groceries while clearing a sweeping transportation funding plan.

2 ex-Christie aides sentenced in bridge traffic revenge plot

David Porter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:45pm

Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government.

Kansas mulls new requirements for abortion providers

Allison Kite, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:43pm

Kansas already requires abortion providers to inform women about the risks involved in the procedure. Soon, it may also require them to tell women where the doctor performing an abortion went to medical school. In black, 12-point Times New Roman font, no less.

Colorado governor: State will push forward with clean energy

Dan Elliott, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:29pm

Colorado will push ahead to develop more affordable renewable energy despite President Donald Trump's order eliminating many restrictions on fossil fuels production, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Wednesday.

El Salvador bans all metals mining, marking first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 5:10pm

El Salvador's congress has approved a total ban on the mining of metals in the country, one of the first to enact such a broad ban.