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WASHINGTON (AP) — They're still going at it on Capitol Hill. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is still debating the GOP plan to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. The House Ways and Means Committee wrapped up its marathon session at around 4:30 this morning, pushing through legislation to abolish the tax penalty Obama's statute imposes on people who don't purchase insurance.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is looking at cutting the Department of Housing and Urban Development budget by more than $6 billion. Documents obtained by The Washington Post show a preliminary HUD budget that would slash nearly $2 billion from funds dedicated to public housing. It would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant Program, which funds local improvement efforts and anti-poverty programs. HUD spokesman Jereon Brown told the Post the budget document "is still a work in progress."
GENEVA (AP) — U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says "transparency and victim support" will be part of a new strategy laid out by the secretary-general to fight sexual abuse and exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers. Zeid says such abuse has been a "scourge on the U.N.," and he also puts the responsibility on countries to help. Zeid addressed questions today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore electricity service to about 200,000 homes and businesses in western New York after hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines. More than half of the outages this morning are in the Rochester area, where fallen trees and utility poles are blocking several roads. Officials in the towns of Greece and Irondequoit (uh-RAHN'-duh-kwoyt) have declared states of emergency.
MIAMI (AP) — Lawyers for the Florida Department of Children & Families told a judge they made a "simple mistake" when they gave her incorrect information about the welfare of foster children who may have witnessed a teen hang herself on Facebook live. Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia had ordered the agency to explain why they shouldn't be held in contempt of court over a mix-up in identifying a girl who was in the home Jan. 22 when 14-year-old Naika Venant died. The judge has threatened to jail the agency's top Miami attorney.
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