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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is taking the Trump administration's case for a health care overhaul to Kentucky. Pence plans to tour an energy services company Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who has expressed reservations about the emerging GOP plan to replace the Obama-era law. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has also criticized the plan. He called the initial draft "Obamacare Lite."

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. attorneys in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Montana are among those who have publicly announced their resignations at the request of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Justice Department says Sessions has asked 46 U.S. attorneys from the Obama administration to resign "in order to ensure a uniform transition." It's fairly customary for U.S. attorneys to leave their positions when a new president takes office, and many have already done so. But it's not automatic.

BEIRUT (AP) — Twin explosions in the Syrian capital have killed at least 40 people, most of them Iraqis. The blasts occurred near holy shrines frequented by Shiites. There's been no claim of responsibility. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in Damascus.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least eight members of the security forces have been killed by two of their colleagues in southern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the provincial governor says both attackers fled the area after taking all the weapons and ammunition from the checkpoint. It's similar to an incident late last month, when 11 policemen were shot and killed by a colleague in a neighboring province.

BERLIN (AP) — One of the biggest shopping malls in Germany is closed today for security reasons. Police ordered the mall in the western German city of Essen not to open after receiving what were deemed credible tips of an imminent attack. About a hundred police officers positioned themselves around the mall and its parking lot to prevent anyone from entering. Police say they are questioning a man and have searched his apartment in nearby Oberhausen.

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