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House returns for another health care repeal...Obama to finalize executive action on guns...IS suspects nabbed

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 4, 2016 at 3:10 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House returns to work today with the first order of business being another vote to repeal the health care overhaul. But there's a difference this time. House passage will mark the first time in dozens of tries that the bill will reach President Barack Obama's desk for a promised veto. It's a sharply partisan start to the presidential election year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's first order of post-holiday business is guns, especially cracking down on unregulated sales and find ways to curb gun violence. He'll meet today with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top law enforcement officials to finalize a set of new executive actions and send a clear signal he doesn't intend to go quietly in his final year.

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Weekend raids in eastern Pakistan have netted 42 people with suspected ties to the Islamic State group. A Pakistani minister says counter terrorism officials in Punjab province also seized IS literature and weapons. The official says the suspects were working to set up IS sleeper cells and that those arrested include purported IS Islamabad chief Amir Mansoor and his deputy.

PATHANKOT, India (AP) — Air force commandos, army soldiers, National Security Guard troops and local police still haven't been able to dislodge at least two gunmen who were part of a weekend attack on a sprawling, 2000 acre Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan. Officials say the gunmen are holed up in a building and shooting at troops. Seven troops and four gunmen have been killed.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A spokesman for the provincial governor of Balkh province in northern Afghanistan says security forces have begun an operation to clear out gunmen firing from a building next to the Indian Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif (mu-ZAR'-eh-sheh-REEF'). The standoff and fierce gun battle began yesterday when the attackers first tried to storm the consulate.

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