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No to Sessions testimony...House committees to vote on health care...Fire victims died of smoke inhalation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 4, 2017 at 5:40 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The answer is 'no' from the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to a request from nine Democratic members to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions testify and explain his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Meanwhile, Sessions plans on Monday to provide amended testimony regarding his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential election. Sessions has recused himself from any investigation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees plan to begin voting next week on their portions of legislation reshaping the health care system. But it's still no sure thing. Unresolved disputes over taxes and Medicaid rage and conservatives complaining that Republican proposals don't go far enough could undermine the effort, or at least make GOP leaders' lives difficult. Republicans have never rallied behind an alternative plan.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —A coroner has released findings on the victims of a fire at a party at an Oakland warehouse. Investigators say it was smoke inhalation that killed all 36 victims at the warehouse and artists' colony known as the Ghost Ship. The cause of death has been known for weeks but came to light Friday when the San Francisco Chronicle called the coroner to check on the status of the investigation. Smoke inhalation is the cause of most fire deaths.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two House committees plan to begin voting next week on their portions of legislation reshaping the health care system. But it's still no sure thing. Unresolved disputes over taxes and Medicaid rage and conservatives complaining that Republican proposals don't go far enough could undermine the effort, or at least make GOP leaders' lives difficult. Republicans have never rallied behind an alternative plan.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The families of those onboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are trying to gather private resources to resume the search as they mark the third anniversary of the plane's disappearance. Jacquita Gomes, whose husband was a flight attendant on the plane, said families have no choice but to take matters into their own hands by raising at least $15 million to fund a private search. The official search was suspended in January.

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