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US implements gadget ban for some flights ... Trump to meet privately with top GOP ... 4 dead in SC house fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 21, 2017 at 6:53 a.m.

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CAIRO (AP) — The biggest airline in the Middle East is confirming that passengers headed to the U.S. on non-stop flights will have to place most of their electronic gadgets in checked baggage. Only cellphones can be carried on the plane. Dubai-based Emirates says the ban is based on a security directive from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and that it will take effect on Saturday. Trump administration officials say the ban went into effect today but that airlines have 96 hours to implement it. The ban covers flights originating in 8 mostly Mideast and North African countries.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will have a private meeting today with House Republicans, two days before a big vote on the GOP plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Last night, top congressional Republicans released 43 pages of changes to their bill, in an effort to get more fellow Republicans on board. One proposed change calls for providing older and disabled Medicaid beneficiaries with larger benefits.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads to Capitol Hill for the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Gorsuch could face hours of questioning from frustrated Democrats determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump.

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Four people are dead and one person is injured in a house fire in Lexington County, South Carolina, just west of Columbia. Officials say the blaze broke out early this morning and that two people made it out of the home safely. The injured person was flown to a burn center in Augusta, Georgia. There's no word on what started the fire.

RIVERVIEW, Fla. (AP) — An 18-year-old in Florida is accused of killing his mother with a baseball bat and a butcher knife on her birthday. Authorities in Hillsborough County say 39-year-old Tahirih Lua D'Angelo was killed in her townhome yesterday, and her son, Joshua Leon Carmona, was booked into jail early this morning. Authorities say after D'Angelo was killed, her son took her car and picked up his 3-year-old half-sister from a daycare center.

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