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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Ukraine on Thursday. President Petro Poroshenko says he's confident that the United States will agree to give weapons to Ukraine's army for its fight against the pro-Russian separatists. Deadly clashes have recently intensified. Fighting has left more than 5,300 people dead since April.

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators have found no evidence so far to indicate that the gates weren't working at a crossing in suburban New York where a commuter train slammed into a SUV, killing the SUV driver and five people on the train. Tuesday evening's crash happened in Valhalla, about 20 miles north of Manhattan. Friends of the motorist describe her as a mother of three grown daughters who was "not risky."

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Relatives of some of the 31 passengers killed in the crash of a commercial jet in Taiwan's capital are arriving Thursday in Taipei on a charter flight from China. There were 58 people aboard the flight TransAsia Airways flight. Aviation officials say the pilot said "mayday, mayday, engine flameout" before the turboprop banked sharply and crashed into a river. Fifteen people were injured. The search continues for 12 others.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three influential Republicans are expected Thursday to roll out their version of a replacement for the health care reform legislation that is the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama. Officials say the plan would drop the current mandatory coverage requirement. It would also propose tax credits to help lower-income individuals and families purchase insurance.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Starting Thursday, Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages that were quickly performed in the hours before an appeals court blocked a ruling legalizing the unions. Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday that he wouldn't appeal a federal court's ruling last month that required the state to recognize the marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The ruling could have an impact on the couples' health insurance coverage, their ability to jointly adopt children and other state benefits.

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