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House committee begins dismantling 'Obamacare' ... Hawaii sues over revised travel ban ... Doctors say thyroid cancer in kids not Fukushima's fault

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have won an initial victory in their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Following nearly 18 hours of debate, early this morning they pushed a measure through the House Ways and Means Committee that would repeal tax penalties on people who don't buy insurance. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is still debating the GOP plan this morning.

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is the first state to sue to stop President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Attorneys for the state filed the lawsuit yesterday in federal court in Honolulu. The state had also sued over Trump's initial travel ban, but that lawsuit was put on hold while other cases played out across the country. Hawaii's new lawsuit says the order will harm the state's Muslim population, tourism and foreign students.

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, but claims remained low enough to suggest that most workers enjoy job security. The Labor Department says applications for jobless aid rose by 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 243,000, up from a 44-year-low of 223,000 the week before. Overall, 2.06 million Americans are collecting unemployment checks, down more than 6 percent from a year ago.

TOKYO (AP) — Doctors in Japan say that the 185 cases of thyroid cancer found in youngsters that lived near the 2011 Fukushima (foo-koo-SHEE'-mah) nuclear disaster cannot be linked to radiation. The team of doctors at Fukushima Medical University conducted a health survey on residents and found 185 cases of malignant or suspected thyroid cancer in children. The meltdowns at three Fukushima reactors were triggered by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a sexual abuse victim of former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert says she'll depose him after he's done serving time in federal prison. Kristi Browne represents a former Yorkville, Illinois high school athlete who is suing Hastert for breach of contract in a hush-money deal that led to the Illinois Republican's downfall. Browne says her client kept his end of the bargain and kept quiet about Hastert's abuse when he was wrestling coach at the high school in the 1970s. Hastert paid the victim $1.7 million, but the man argues that he's owed $3.5 million.

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