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GOP health plan ... President's budget ... Queen assents to 'Brexit' bill

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 16, 2017 at 5:50 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Republican leaders are trying to stem a rebellion within the ranks over the GOP health care overhaul. They're talking about revising the plan, which is being taken up today by the House Budget Committee. There have been signs of eroding support after a congressional report projected the bill would pry coverage from millions of voters.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Military spending would get the biggest boost in President Donald Trump's proposed $1.15 trillion budget, just unveiled this morning. Environmental programs, medical research, Amtrak and an array of international and cultural programs would take big hits. It'll be up to Congress to decide who gets what.

TOKYO (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States. Tillerson made that declaration after meeting the Japanese foreign minister in Tokyo, where they discussed possible new approaches in dealing with Pyongyang.

LONDON (AP) — A bill authorizing Britain to start its exit, or "Brexit," from the European Union has received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth, and is now law. It means that Prime Minister Theresa May is now free to invoke a provision of the European Union's key treaty, triggering two years of exit negotiations. She says she will do that by month's end.

DETROIT (AP) — Authorities in Detroit say police have arrested a man suspected of shooting and wounding two officers in an exchange of gunfire that also left the suspect injured. In Columbus, Ohio, a police officer and another person were shot and wounded last night. The Columbus Dispatch reports officers were executing a search warrant at the time. The suspected shooter is under arrest.

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