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Tour bus deaths...Battling wildfires...First Russia interference hearing set

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.



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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Police in Biloxi, Mississippi, say four people have been killed in the collision of a freight train and a tour bus. Three people died before they could be taken to hospitals, while a fourth person died after being taken from the scene. Emergency workers had to cut through the bus wreckage to remove two people. The train slammed the bus, dragging alone the track for about 300 feet. The bus was on a casino trip from Austin, Texas.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A forecaster says conditions should improve a bit in the coming days for firefighters battling deadly wildfires in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Colorado, where six people have been killed. Powerful wind gusts that have helped the wildfires spread quickly will die down to around 10 to 20 mph on Wednesday. Temperatures should top off in the 70s.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative groups are criticizing the Republican proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Cart Act, former President Barack Obama's signature legislation. Derisive terms being hurled include RyanCare, directed against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Meanwhile, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says phasing out Medicaid coverage without a viable alternative is "counterproductive" and potentially risky. Kasich says a final fix must involve both parties. Democrats are calling the proposals "Trumpcare."

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee says the committee will hold its first public hearing as part of its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election later this month. Rep. Devin Nunes says the initial invite list includes the directors of the FBI and National Security Agency as well as former top Obama administration intelligence officials and two cyber security experts. The Obama administration issued an intelligence report in January about its findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of getting Donald Trump elected.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A son and ex-wife of boxing great Muhammad Ali plan say they'll engage in a "showdown" over religious freedom against President Donald Trump. Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, are headed to Washington Thursday. They'll discus being detained by immigration officials in a Florida airport. It happened a month ago.

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