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GOP looks to boost support for health care plan...Mass grave found in Mexico...White nationalist's group loses tax status

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 14, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Republican leaders in Congress are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill. This, as critics go on the attack over new estimates that 14 million people would lose insurance coverage in the first year alone. The findings from the Congressional Budget Office are giving new ammunition to Democratic opponents of the drive to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The top prosecutor in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz says more than 250 skulls have been found in what appears to be a drug cartel mass burial ground on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz. The prosecutor says the burial pits appear to contain the victims of drug cartels killed years ago. He says excavations have covered only a third of the lot where the skulls were found, and more people may be buried there.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government has revoked the tax-exempt status of a group run by a prominent white nationalist for its failure to file tax returns. Internal Revenue Service records show that Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute lost its tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit because it failed to file tax returns for three consecutive years. Spencer told The Los Angeles Times that he would appeal the revocation. He blamed it on an IRS error that led him to believe his group was not required to file tax returns. Spencer popularized the term "alt-right" and is a leading figure in a fringe movement that has been described as a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

DALLAS (AP) — The New York attorney general says that while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of Exxon, he used an alias in emails to talk about climate change. The attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, made the accusation in a letter to a New York court yesterday. He is investigating whether the company deceived investors and the public by hiding for decades what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change.

NEW YORK (AP) — Heinz is launching ketchup ads inspired by the TV show "Mad Men." The idea of the campaign, which shows foods like French fries and hamburgers up close without any condiments, is to underscore that they need ketchup to be complete. Kraft Heinz is noting tongue-in-cheek that the "Pass the Heinz" campaign was created by the main character of "Mad Men," ad executive Don Draper.

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