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US missile launchers arrive in SKorea ... Attorneys ask Supreme Court to stop TX execution ... Report: Exonerations rise

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 1:43 a.m.



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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a missile defense system have arrived in South Korea, a day after the North test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. Washington and Seoul say the system is defensive and not meant to be a threat to Beijing or Moscow. But China and Russia, along with North Korea, see the system's powerful radars as a security threat.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have unveiled their plan to unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. The legislation would get rid of the fines imposed on people who don't carry health insurance. But it's also likely to leave more Americans without coverage. Income-based subsidies would be replaced with age-based tax credits. And beginning 2020, states adding Medicaid recipients would no longer receive the additional federal funds "Obamacare" has provided.

BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have fought their way into the heart of western Mosul, capturing a government complex from the Islamic State group. The advancing troops hoisted an Iraqi flag on the complex of buildings and hailed the federal police units behind the taking of the area as heroes. It's been more than two weeks since Iraqi forces began their new push to clear Mosul's western side of IS militants.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a convicted hit man have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his execution from happening today. Rolando Ruiz was convicted of accepting $2,000 to shoot to death 29-year-old Theresa Rodriguez outside her home in 1992. Rodriguez' husband and brother-in-law, who were with her at the time, orchestrated the murder. The husband was executed in 2008 for another crime. His brother was paroled in 2011.

HOUSTON (AP) — A new report says the number of people exonerated in the U.S. rose again in 2016, and in more than half of those cases, no crime ever occurred. The report from the National Registry of Exonerations says a record 94 of last year's 166 exonerations came in such cases. Almost two-thirds of those 94 were drug cases, one was for murder and 16 were for sex crimes.

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