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Report warns of gaps in federal health care money... Abu Sayyaf beheads German hostage ... More work on Oroville dam

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 27, 2017 at 4:52 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump could discuss replacing the health care law when he meets with the nation's governors today. But a new report warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The report by the consulting firms Avalere Health and McKinsey & Company says that changes under consideration by the GOP-led House would significantly reduce federal dollars for Medicaid and subsidized private insurance.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Today President Donald Trump sends federal agencies his 2018 budget proposal. An administration official says Trump wants to boost defense spending and slash funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency. The official says Trump isn't making significant changes to Social Security and Medicare.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines have released a video showing the beheading of German hostage, Jurgen Gustav Kantner. The brief video circulated today by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi websites, shows Kantner sitting in a grassy clearing and saying "Now he kill me." Then a masked militant beheads him with a curved knife. A few gunmen mutter "Allahu Akbar," or God is great.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Seven people were killed in Sri Lanka today when gunmen shot at a bus transporting prisoners to a court in the southwestern part of the country. News reports say five inmates and two prison guards were killed in the attack near the town of Kalutara, about 31 miles south of the capital, Colombo. The gunmen escaped after the shooting.

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Water authorities in Northern California are stopping the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working. The Department of Water Resources says outflows will be stopped for several days. Earlier this month, more than 180,000 residents were evacuated for fear the emergency spillway could fail.

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