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Health care showdown vote coming...Tillerson in China...Mexican diplomat appeals to conscience on wall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans hope for a showdown vote Thursday on their version of a health care overhaul. President Donald Trump has agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the bill but some conservatives say it's still not enough. Over in the Senate, four Republicans have announced their opposition, making the bill's future still uncertain.

BEIJING (AP) — North Korea's nuclear program is expected to be a key topic of talks as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson meets with Chinese officials in Beijing. The visit will mark his first face-to-face talks with Chinese leaders. Tillerson said in South Korea that pre-emptive military action against North Korea might be necessary if the threat from their weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action."

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top diplomat has i9ssued an appeal to conscience regarding the proposed border wall. The appeal is directed at companies thinking about signing on to help build U.S. President Donald Trump's planned barrier. Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray says the wall is not an economic opportunity "but rather a deeply unfriendly act."

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's only abortion clinic is safe for now after a federal court permanently blocked a state law that threatened to close it by setting a hospital-privileges requirement the clinic couldn't fulfill. The ruling comes eight months after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar law in Texas. In a statement, Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup called the ruling the latest victory for women's health and rights.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities say they're unable to investigate an incident involving a U.S. Embassy staffer based in Wellington after the U.S. government elected to shield him by invoking diplomatic immunity. Police say the American had left the scene before police arrived. The U.S. Embassy later complied with a request to remove the man from New Zealand. There are no details about the incident.

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