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WASHINGTON (AP) — Intra-party differences are still threatening to bring down Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass their own health overhaul. Some GOP governors weighed in Thursday evening in a letter to congressional leaders saying the House bill gives them almost no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is scheduled to meet today with the House Republican caucus.

WASHINGTON (AP) —President Donald Trump welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House today for discussions about strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group and resolving Ukraine's conflict. He may also have to do some fence-mending, since he spent some of the 2016 presidential campaign bashing Merkel for allowing an influx of Syrian refugees.

TOKYO (AP) — The first ruling in legal action that resulted from the 2011 tsunami that destroyed three reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant has gone against the government and a Japanese utility. A court has ruled that the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. are liable for neglecting tsunami safety measures and ordered them to pay 62 of the thousands of people who had to leave their homes due to radiation. About 30 lawsuits are pending.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it's trying to raise public awareness of the threat of ballistic missiles launched against its people by conducting its first-ever drill to protect citizens. More than 100 residents and schoolchildren of the coastal city of Oga in northern Japan participated in today's drill. Loudspeakers warned of a possible missile threat and urged them to seek shelter indoors. The drill comes amid increasing threats from North Korea.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is trying to take advantage of the push toward self-driving cars and position itself to be the Detroit of the future. The country has emerged as a global leader, as illustrated by Intel's more than $15 billion acquisition of Israeli firm Mobileye this week. Israel is now home to hundreds of startups that provide everything from censors to cybersecurity to data collection for autonomous vehicles.

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