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Tillerson in Beijing...Health overhaul uncertainty...Trump firm on wiretap allegations

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 12:10 a.m.



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BEIJING (AP) — The latest leg of his Asia trip finds U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Beijing for his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders. He's expected to focus a lot of his time on North Korea's nuclear program, trade and South China Sea territorial disputes. In South Korea on Friday, he warned that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from their weapons program becomes too great.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some movement on the House bill, there is still uncertainty over the Republican health overhaul. President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers. There could be a showdown vote Thursday. In the Senate, at least four Republicans have signaled their opposition.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to questions from German reporters during a news conference with Chancellor Angela Markel, President Donald Trump has refused to back down from his unproven claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones. The Justice Department says it handed over information it has to lawmakers demanding proof.

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities say a man wanted for a double homicide in Texas may have shot and killed himself after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain spoke to WLBT-TV. Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Brandon Fortenberry tells The Enterprise-Journal that troopers received word the suspect had crossed the Mississippi-Louisiana line Friday afternoon.

BOSTON (AP) — There's still some rancor in the air as Boston gets set for its annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the wake of an attempt to bar a group representing gay veterans. The South Boston Allied War Council reversed its decision earlier this month to keep OutVets from marching. But the dispute left hard feelings — and lingering accusations of homophobia — in its wake. The attempt to ban OutVets drew widespread condemnation.

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