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Hearings to begin on alleged Russian election hacking...Ryan wants to tweak GOP health care plan... Fire crews at work outside Boulder

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 19, 2017 at 8:40 p.m.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is set to begin hearings Monday into Russia's role in cybersecurity breaches at the Democratic National Committee. FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency director Mike Rogers are slated to testify. Intelligence officials have said that Moscow was behind the theft of DNC emails last summer in an effort to interfere in the presidential election.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is scheduled to vote on the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Speaker Paul Ryan tells "Fox News Sunday" that he feels "very good" about the bill's prospects, but he says House leaders are "making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns." Ryan says he'll seek changes to the GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people who are not yet eligible for Medicare.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Some 250 firefighters backed by water-dropping aircraft are fighting a 62-acre wildfire just west of downtown Boulder, Colorado. It's now 50 percent contained. Authorities say they believe the blaze may have been human-caused. A spokesman for the Boulder County sheriff says the fire originated in an area used by hikers and by transients for camping. Officials have ruled out any lightning strikes or downed power lines.

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Florida police say a 47-year-old woman who was reported missing by friends was killed by her daughter's boyfriend. Roy Nichols Jr. was arrested early Saturday in a West Virginia truck stop along with Tricia Freeman's daughter, Kayla Colyer. According to The Bradenton Herald, Palmetto's police chief says Nichols faces a second-degree murder charge in Tuesday's death and Colyer will be charged as an accessory after the fact.

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian teenager who was attacked by a crocodile after jumping into a crocodile-infested river on a dare is recovering from serious arm wounds. The 18-year-old was at a hostel in northern Queensland early Sunday when he bragged that he could swim in the river, a known habitat for aggressive saltwater crocodiles. A British backpacker says others egged him on, though none of them thought he would actually do it.

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