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GOP working on health measure...Dems choosing a leader...Attack bar reopening

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 25, 2017 at 5:52 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — WASHINGTON (AP) — New tax credits, bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and a tax on high-end employer health plans are among the provisions in a draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. It shows Republicans have begun translating their ideas into legislative language, but the draft is preliminary.

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats start the process today of trying to fight their way back from the November election losses. A vote is set today to choose a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories. The outcome between former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is uncertain.

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City bar that was the scene of what may have been a hate crime shooting on Wednesday is set to reopen today. Witnesses at the bar, in Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh), say a white male yelled "get out of my country" before opening fire. Two men from India, were wounded, one fatally. A man who tried to help was also wounded.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to avoid sticking taxpayers with the bill for cleaning up mining company messes is being delayed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from the industry and congressional Republicans. Contaminated water from mine sites can threaten drinking water supplies. Companies in the past avoided cleanup costs in many cases by declaring bankruptcy.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Construction of President Donald trump's border wall could be a step closer. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it plans to start awarding contracts by mid-April. The agency said it will request bids on or around March 6 and that "concept papers" to design and build prototypes would be due by March 10.

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