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WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares for his first speech to Congress tonight, Republican leaders are coping with a rebellion by conservatives over the issue of how to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. House Speaker Paul Ryan is predicting that Republicans will be "unified" when all is said and done. But today, three conservative senators said they would resist a plan they describe as "Obamacare Lite." They say they'll accept "nothing less than full repeal."

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Forecasters say a large part of the central United States faces an increased risk for significant tornadoes, including some overnight, in a late-winter storm system. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says severe storms could impact 44 million people today in an area stretching from Arkansas to Ohio.

BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina deputy is recovering after being ambushed by a heavily armed man who called 911 and opened fire on the first lawman arriving at his door. The sheriff in Guilford County says Deputy Matthew Self is in stable condition. He says tear gas forced the suspect, Donald Meador, out of the house after a seven-hour standoff. Mutiple news media outlets quote the sheriff as saying that Meador then tried to kill himself, but the bullet only passed through his cheek. He is also listed in stable condition at a hospital.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly driver slammed into a marching band during a Mardi Gras parade on the Alabama coast, critically injuring four young people and leaving eight with less-severe injuries. Officials with the city of Gulf Shores say they don't believe the crash was anything other than an accident.

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts police say the pilot of a home-built plane has been killed in a crash through the roof of a condominium building. Police said there were no reported injuries to residents of the building in Methuen (mih-THOO'-uhn) across the Merrimack River from Lawrence Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was on its final approach when it crashed. Television footage and photos showed the tail of the single-engine plane sticking out of the roof.

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