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WASHINGTON (AP) — The just-released Republican health care law is expected to cover less than the 20 million Americans who enrolled under former President Barack Obama's signature legislation. Many of those who could lose coverage live in states carried by President Donald Trump. The White House is calling the measure a first step, but hasn't offered an endorsement. The measure has drawn opposition from some GOP conservatives including Sen. Rand Paul, who calls it "Obamacare-lite.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. military says it has shipped components to South Korea for a controversial missile defense system because of "provocations" by North Korea. The regime test-fired four ballistic missiles on Monday. They landed in ocean near Japan. The military says the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system is meant to intercept and destroy short and medium range ballistic missiles during the last part of their flights. The deployment is opposed by the North, China and Russia because of its powerful radar.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona Sen. John McCain is calling on President Donald Trump to provide information for the American people and Congress that supports Trump's accusation that former President Barack Obama wire-tapped Trump's phones. The Justice Department, not the president, would have the authority to conduct such surveillance, and officials have not confirmed any such action. Former government lawyers also say the White House's call for a probe is pointless because Trump has the authority to ask the intelligence community if he was a target.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Despite opposition from celebrities and major corporations, Texas lawmakers are considering a North Carolina-style "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people. The bill could clear a Senate committee as early as Tuesday. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott also has not taken a clear side despite the national attention and backlash generated by the bill.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag. African-American attorney Carlos Moore wants to revive a 2016 lawsuit, saying the flag sends an unconstitutional message that black residents, including his young daughter, are second-class citizens.
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