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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that the Trump administration plans to slash the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 14 percent. That amounts to more than $6 billion. The newspaper says HUD would face deep cuts to funds dedicated to public housing. It would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leading trade group representing the nation's hospitals says it cannot support the House Republican health care bill in its current form. The American Hospital Association joins the American Medical Association, raising similar concerns that coverage for millions of people may be jeopardized. The hospital group represents nearly 5,000 such institutions nationwide.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite once calling him "a lightweight" and "weak," President Donald Trump has offered former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the position as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Huntsman's resume includes diplomatic tours to Singapore for President George H.W. Bush and ambassador China for President Barack Obama. Huntsman ran for president in 2012. The offer comes amid investigations into the contacts between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Honolulu has ruled that Hawaii can proceed with the filing of what would be the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. The court granted the state's request to continue with the case and set a hearing for March 15 — the day before Trump's revised ban is due to go into effect. Hawaii officials previously sued to stop Trump's initial travel ban but that suit was placed on hold. The revised ban applies to six predominantly-Muslim countries. Iraq was removed from the ban.

HOUSTON (AP) — AT&T says 911 service has been restored for cellphone customers who had been unable to call 911 in Texas and several other states. Problems were reported in Texas, Florida, Tennessee and other states on Wednesday evening. It's unclear how many states and customers were affected. A spokesman for Dallas-based AT&T offered customers apologies for the problem.

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