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BEIJING (AP) — China has proposed that North Korea could suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for a halt in joint military drills conducted by the U.S. and South Korea. Foreign Minister Wang Yi says escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula are like "two accelerating trains, coming toward each other with neither side willing to give way." In addition to threatening rhetoric, the North test fired four ballistic missiles this week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of a major tea party group is blasting the House Republican health bill, saying it doesn't go far enough in repealing President Barack Obama's health law. Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots is telling Republican lawmakers: "Keep your promise to repeal Obamacare." Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says the new legislation is a "work in progress" that represents a step in the "right direction."

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have gathered at a plaza at Harvard University to voice opposition to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting visitors from six majority Muslim countries. Roughly 300 people turned out holding signs opposed to the order and the Trump administration. Meanwhile, attorneys for Hawaii say the state plans to challenge the revised ban.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A bus hit by a train in Biloxi, Mississippi — killing four people — was carrying people on a casino trip organized by a Texas senior center. According to a tour flier, the passengers were from the Austin area. Some were from a senior center in Bastrop, near Austin. The bus was slammed in the side by the train at a crossing that one witness says is steep on both sides.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's capital city, Madison, must allow passengers to carry hidden weapons on buses. The state Supreme Court has sided with a gun rights group that local governments cannot supersede the state's concealed-carry law. Madison argued the law puts passengers in danger. The ruling could provide fodder for gun advocates to challenge local governments' weapon policies.

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