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VP Pence predicts Obamacare demise ... Caitlyn Jenner to president: 'Call me' ... Fixing levees

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OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says the United States has what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to install conservative solutions to the nation's problems. Pence told the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Maryland that the administration will repeal and replace the health care law, saying the nation's "Obamacare nightmare is about to end."

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caitlyn Jenner is taking President Donald Trump to task for his administration's reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. In a video posted on Twitter, Jenner says, "From one Republican to another, this is a disaster." The former Olympic champion tells Trump: "You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me."

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal and state workers are joining farmers in round-the-clock repairs to levees in California's saturated Central Valley. The wet winter weather has dams and waterways near or past capacity. Authorities fear that a single levee failure could trigger a chain reaction of levee breaks.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker was removed from the state Senate floor Thursday after she refused to stop delivering a speech. Republican Janet Nguyen was criticizing late state Sen. Tom Hayden for his leadership role in the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s. Nguyen lived in South Vietnam as a child and fled with her family when its U.S.-backed government fell.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two Iraqi officials say that after a day of fierce fighting, Iraqi forces have secured half of Mosul's airport and most of a sprawling military base next to it on the city's southwestern edge. The officials say Iraqi forces have also secured key infrastructure as they push forward to rout the Islamic State group from western Mosul.

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