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Trump health pick gives Dems few details on health overhaul

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:41pm

President Donald Trump's selection to become health secretary told a Senate committee Tuesday that the new administration believes people with existing illnesses should not be denied health insurance, but committed to no details on that or any aspects of how Republicans will reshape President Barack Obama's health care law.

Trump dogged by insecurity over popular vote, media coverage

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:35pm

Donald Trump holds the most powerful office in the world. But he's dogged by insecurity over his loss of the popular vote in the election and a persistent frustration that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media, aides and associates say.

Ingraham's site gets first question at Spicer press briefing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:21pm

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer took the first question at his briefing Tuesday from a reporter who works for Lifezette, a website founded by Donald Trump supporter Laura Ingraham that published some untrue stories during the 2016 presidential campaign.

House passes bill to bar federal funds for abortion

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:20pm

Emboldened by a Republican in the White House, the GOP-led House on Tuesday backed legislation that would permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage.

CSX may not be the only rail target for activist investor

Josh Funk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:14pm

The executive who led Canadian Pacific's financial turnaround may have a backup plan if his pursuit of CSX railroad gets derailed.

Gun rights activists sue over Massachusetts firearms laws

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:00pm

Gun rights activists aided by the National Rifle Association are suing Massachusetts over its firearms laws, saying the state's assault weapons ban is preventing law-abiding residents from buying and possessing some of the most popular rifles in the country, as well as most standard-capacity magazines.

Snow-covered buildings collapsing in rare US West weather

Keith Ridler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:52pm

For buildings in parts of the snow-covered U.S. West, it has become a winter where the weak do not survive.

Washington, other states eye school bus seat belts

Alexis Myers, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50pm

A bill that would require school buses to have seat belts is being considered by lawmakers in Washington, one of more than a dozen states where school seat belt measures is on the legislative agenda this year.

Verizon, Johnson & Johnson sink, Kimberly-Clark gains

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50pm

Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday:

Emoluments, executive orders _ a Trump glossary

Nancy Benac, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:40pm

It's the first full work week for the Trump administration, and the talk is all about emoluments, executive orders, a border tax, TPP and much more.

UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:34pm

Britain's government warned lawmakers not to try to "thwart the will of the people" after the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must seek the approval of Parliament before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union.

Lawyers for site called 'online brothel' want charges tossed

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:32pm

The operators of Backpage.com pushed for pimping charges to be tossed out for the second time Tuesday, two weeks after the website that prosecutors dubbed an online brothel stopped advertising adult services in the face of a congressional investigation.

AP FACT CHECK: Coca-Cola not recalling Dasani water

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:31pm

Coca-Cola has not issued a recall for Dasani and says the water is safe to drink, despite a false story shared on social media that claimed bottles were found contaminated with a parasite.

Senate Democrats propose $1 trillion infrastructure plan

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:22pm

Senate Democrats on Tuesday offered a plan to spend $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years, challenging President Donald Trump to join them on an issue where they hope to find common ground.

Markets Right Now: S&P 500, Nasdaq set new closing highs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:13pm

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):

The big board goes dark for good at Penn Station

Verena Dobnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:02pm

A longstanding ritual for travelers at the nation's busiest rail hub came to an end late Monday when workers began removing the large board that announced the times and platforms of departing trains at Pennsylvania Station.

Wife of ex-Brazilian president hospitalized after stroke

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:01pm

A hospital in Sao Paulo says Brazil's former first lady Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva has had a stroke.

Nielsen's top programs for Jan. 16-22

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:01pm

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 16-22. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

Panama charges 17 in Brazilian firm bribery scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:01pm

Panama's chief prosecutor says 17 people have been charged with money-laundering in connection with a bribery scheme involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:01pm

Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women.