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China diplomacy downplayed...Republicans divided on health bill...Deadly bus train crash

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.

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BEIJING (AP) — A White House official is downplaying a proposal by a senior Chinese diplomat aimed at easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Foreign Minister Wang Yi 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. The North is enraged at the drills and test fired four ballistic missiles this week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're united on the repeal, but Republicans are at odds over the replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Conservatives say a new GOP plan doesn't go far enough to deliver their promise to repeal "Obamacare." The new proposal has the backing of the White House. Democrats are labeling it "Trumpcare" and say it will strip millions from coverage while providing tax breaks for the wealthy.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Biloxi, Mississippi, says four people were killed and 40 others were injured when a freight train smashed into a charter bus at an intersection. Seven of the injured are in critical condition. The trip was organized by a senior center near Austin, Texas. It took rescuers more than an hour to pull the victims out of the wreckage.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centers across the country got a new round of bomb threats Tuesday. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was at a Jewish Community Center on Staten Island to denounce previous threats when he learned of the new ones. Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.

ATLANTA (AP) — The childhood home of Martin Luther King Jr. will temporarily close on Wednesday for a public safety evaluation that will take about three weeks. That's according to the National Park Service. The home is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. The house is to have what's being called a "comprehensive condition assessment" to ensure public safety and protection of the site. The home's second floor has been closed since August 2016 because of safety concerns.

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