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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is calling on all Republicans in Congress to support a House bill to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. He says total GOP support will be needed "to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all." Pence spoke during a visit to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan's skeptics.
POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. Secret Service did a "fantastic job" apprehending a "troubled person" who got onto the White House grounds last night. The Secret Service says the individual was arrested on the south grounds after climbing an outer perimeter fence on the east side of the White House near the Treasury Department. Trump was in the White House at the time.
NEW YORK (AP) — An outspoken Manhattan federal prosecutor known for crusading against public corruption says he was fired after refusing to resign. Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) said in a tweet this afternoon: "I did not resign. Moments ago I was fired." He went on to say in the tweet that being the U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York will "forever be the greatest honor of my professional life." Bharara was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2009.
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A key official has been ordered not to leave Guatemala as the death toll from a fire at a youth shelter rose to 38. A judge ordered the head of the protective services agency to remain in the country while investigations continue into the blaze that began when mattresses were set on fire during a protest by residents of the shelter.at a youth shelter. Nineteen girls died at the scene of the Wednesday inferno and another 19 died later in hospitals.
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is asking Rome priests and lay Catholics to recommend candidates and qualities for the city's next vicar. The novel initiative underscores his desire to decentralize church decision-making and involve laity more in consultations. During a closed-door meeting with Rome priests, Francis asked that suggestions be sent to the diocese by April 12. The vicar acts as the de-facto bishop of Rome given the pope's other duties. The current one is retiring.
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