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NEW YORK (AP) — A former U.S. attorney says "absolute independence" was his touchstone for over seven years as Manhattan's top prosecutor. Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) made the comment today, two hours after he was fired by the Justice Department after refusing to resign a day earlier. Bharara became U.S. attorney midway through 2009 after his appointment by former President Barack Obama.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is appealing for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul. Pence says President Donald Trump will lean on House Republicans to vote to replace former President Barack Obama's law. But some conservatives are skeptical of the current proposal. Pence says "for us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all, we need every Republican in Congress."

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a man who worked at the Milwaukee Police Department and a woman are dead after a double shooting this afternoon on the city's northwest side. A police spokesman says a 47-year-old man died at the scene and a 38-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. Investigators say the incident is related to domestic violence and police are not looking for any suspects.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says his country will strongly respond to Dutch authorities' "unacceptable treatment" toward Turkish ministers who were prevented from addressing Turkish citizens in the Netherlands. The Turkish leaders hoped to convince Turks to cast their votes in the April 16 referendum on constitutional reforms to expand presidential powers. Dutch leaders believe such expansion would be anti-Democratic.

BEIJING (AP) — China's chief justice says his country gave the death penalty "to an extremely small number of criminals for extremely serious offenses" in the past 10 years. He didn't, however, give any numbers of death sentences in his report to the national legislature. China is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world combined. The actual number is a state secret.

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