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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is raising the specter of a military confrontation with North Korea if its weapons program reaches more dangerous levels. Following a visit today to the world's most heavily armed border near the tense buffer zone between rivals North and South Korea, Tillerson said it may someday be necessary to take pre-emptive military action. He insisted the U.S. does not want a military conflict.

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans aren't all rowing in the same direction on the health care overhaul, making it increasingly difficult for the bill to gain traction. Amid worry the bill could be dragged down by intra-party differences, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is scheduled to meet with the House Republican caucus. Some GOP governors say the plan won't work in their states. President Donald Trump calls the bill "very preliminary."

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. agency says 2016 saw a sharp increase in deaths of migrants trying to reach safe haven in Europe. The International Organization for Migration documented 7,763 migrant deaths worldwide in 2016, 27 percent more than the 6,107 recorded in 2015. The agency says smugglers are making ever-riskier attempts to ferry asylum seekers and refugees on increasingly unseaworthy vessels.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A news agency run by rebels in Yemen say dozens of people have been killed or wounded by an airstrike that hit a boat carrying Somali refugees in the Red Sea. The SABA agency, controlled by the Shiite Houthi rebels, didn't say who carried out the strike but did say women and children are among the dead. Its report couldn't immediately be confirmed.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say two burned bodies have been found at the scene of a South Florida brush fire and that the deaths are being investigated as homicides. The Palm Beach Post reports that the bodies were discovered Wednesday night along a remote road in the western part of Palm Beach County. Sheriff's officials say a medical examiner will conduct autopsies and try to identify the victims.

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