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GOP unveils health care plan ... 2 tornadoes in MO ... Casey Anthony speaks

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2017 at 11:50 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics say a Republican plan to replace "Obamacare" would scale back the government's role in helping people afford coverage and would likely leave more Americans uninsured. House committees plan to begin voting on the 123-page legislation Wednesday. It would replace income-based subsidies with age-based tax credits. Those payments would be phased out for higher-earning people.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes touched down in Missouri Monday evening. The Storm Prediction Center says the first tornado was reported around 7:20 p.m. near Platte City, about 20 miles north of Kansas City. A short time later, another tornado touched down east of Kansas City in Jackson County, just south of Interstate 70. The Kansas City Star reports storms damaged several planes at the Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh), Kansas.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister is strongly condemning North Korea's move to bar Malaysians from leaving the country, saying it is "effectively holding our citizens hostage." Prime Minister Najib Razak says he's instructed police to prevent all North Korean citizens from leaving Malaysia "until we are assured of the safety and security of all Malaysians in North Korea." Relations between the countries have been disintegrating since the half brother of North Korea's leader was fatally attacked with a nerve agent at Kuala Lumpur's airport in February.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Florida woman acquitted in 2011 of killing her young daughter Caylee Anthony says she still doesn't know how the last hours of the 2-year-old's life unfolded. In exclusive interviews with The Associated Press, Casey Anthony says the last time she saw her daughter, she "believed that she was alive and that she was going to be OK." Anthony was convicted of lying to police, and served three years awaiting trial.

ZEBULON, N.C. (AP) — An 18-year-old in North Carolina is accused of brutally killing his mother. The sheriff in Franklin County says a deputy answered a 911 call from 18-year-old Oliver Funez (foon-YEHZ') Monday and saw the teen walking out of his house holding his mother's head in one hand and what appeared to be a butcher knife in the other. Inside the home, deputies found the body of 35-year-old Yesenia Funez (yay-SAY'-nee-uh foon-YEHZ') Beatriz Machado. Authorities say two younger siblings were at home but were unharmed.

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