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Tillerson: pre-emptive action possible against NKorea...HHS head to discuss health care with GOP... Power Rangers actor faces 6 yrs in prison

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 4:50 a.m.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from its weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action." Tillerson spoke at a news conference in Seoul today after visiting the heavily militarized border with North Korea. Tillerson said, "all of the options are on the table" when it comes to the possibility of using military force against the North.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price plans to meet this morning with the House Republican caucus as more of the GOP reject the House health care bill to replace "Obamacare." The Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas sent a letter to congressional leaders, saying the GOP bill - called the American Health Care Act - "provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states."

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A rebel-run news agency in Yemen says an airstrike in the Red Sea has hit a boat carrying Somali refugees. Dozens have been killed or wounded. The SABA agency, controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels, says today's airstrikes happened off the coast of Hodeida (hoh-DY'-duh) province, near a key straight. The province's coast has been under heavy airstrikes over the past two years.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Authorities in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Rockville, Maryland say there've been no reported injuries after a house was leveled in a huge explosion early this morning. A spokesman for Montgomery County fire & Rescue Service says the home is now a "pile of bricks" and damage was caused to several nearby homes. Authorities say they're checking neighbors' reports of a man having lived in the destroyed home.

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The actor who played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on TV's "Power Rangers Wild Force" has pleaded guilty in Los Angeles court to killing his roommate with a sword. Thirty-eight-year-old Ricardo Medina faces six years in a state prison for voluntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say Medina stabbed roommate Joshua Sutter several times in an argument of Medina's girlfriend.

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