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Health care repeal looms...American Indian protest...Damage assessment in MO

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 2:42 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican legislation aimed at unraveling the Affordable Care Act begins to get consideration before House committees tomorrow but enactment is still not assured. Universal opposition from Democratic lawmakers is all but assured and not all Republicans are on the same page yet. Significant numbers of moderate Senate Republicans have expressed concerns that the measure could leave too many Americans without coverage.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of American Indian tribes from around the country begin gathering in the nation's capital today for four days of activities culminating in a Friday march on the White House to vent their frustrations with the Trump administration's approval of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Tribal members plan to camp each day on the National Mall, with teepees, a ceremonial fire, cultural workshops and speakers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Crews will be out taking stock of the damage in Missouri today after at least two tornadoes touched down. The National Weather Service says several homes were damaged or destroyed last night. Officials in Oak Grove say a tornado damaged about 20 homes. In Smithville, north of Kansas City, police say 20 to 25 homes were damaged. There were power outages and non-life-threatening injuries.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Southeast Asian tensions could be ramping up with the arrival of U.S. missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defense system in South Korea. The plan has rankled not just North Korea, but Russia and China too. Washington and Seoul say the system is defensive and not meant to be a threat to Beijing or Moscow.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A battle for North Carolina is set to start today as lawyers for Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the state's Republican legislative leaders face off in court. At issue is whether a series of new laws diminishing the governor's powers are constitutional. The laws passed just before he took over require Cooper's cabinet picks to be approved by the Senate, strip the governor's control over elections, slash his hiring options and give civil service protections to hundreds of political appointees of former Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.

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