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Border Arrests Down ... Health Care Overhaul-Democrats ... Bus Accident-Safety Investigation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Arrests of people crossing the border illegally dropped roughly 44 percent during President Donald Trump's first month in office. That's according to Homeland Security data. The Border Patrol reported that about 23,500 people were arrested trying to cross the border illegally in February, compared to about 42,500 arrests in January.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats who oppose the health care overhaul being pushed by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are protesting that the GOP acted in the dead of night to make changes in the Affordable Care Act that will knock many poor Americans out of insurance coverage. But Republicans talked confidently of finally overturning former President Barack Obama's health care program seven years of empty promises.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal official says the Texas tour bus that was hit by a freight train in a deadly crash in Mississippi wasn't supposed to have taken the road where it got struck at a rail crossing earlier this week. Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board says the bus driver may have followed a GPS set for commercial vehicle use rather than directions from the tour company.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is suggesting he would be open to the appointment of an outside counsel to review actions taken by the Justice Department during the Obama administration. Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Sessions in an interview today if the new attorney general would consider designating an outside counsel "not connected to politics" to take a second look at Justice Department actions that provoked Republican ire in the last eight years. Those include the Fast and Furious gun-scandal and the decisions against bringing criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.

DES ARC, Ark. (AP) — Police in two states say they are trying to figure out why a woman hauled an elderly man's body in a suitcase more than 1,000 miles from upstate New York to Arkansas and then dumped it in a rice field. Fifty-six-year-old Virginia Colvin faces a preliminary charge of abuse of a corpse. Investigators say they are still seeking a motive.

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