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By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 16, 2017 at 9:48 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders are putting off consideration of the GOP health care bill. Action had been expected this week in the Senate, but the absence of Republican John McCain due to surgery has led to a postponement. McCain is recovering this week at his home in Arizona. Another potential delay arose when the Senate Budget Committee indicated that an analysis of the bill by the Congressional Budget Office is running behind schedule.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for President Donald Trump is dismissing criticism of Donald Trump Jr. for meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow says nothing that would have taken place in the meeting was illegal or a violation of the law. Critics of Donald Trump Jr. point out that the president's oldest son has given shifting accounts of the meeting. Those accounts have raised new questions about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say they've found nine bodies and are only looking for one more person among a group who got swept up in a furious flash flood in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Gila County Sheriff's Detective David Hornung told The Associated Press that all of the victims were among a group of 14 family and friends from the Phoenix and Flagstaff area, who had met up for a daytrip along the popular Cold Springs swimming hole.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that the United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari government news site. The Post reports that the UAE planted a false story that was used as a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries. The Post cites unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying that senior members of the Emirati government discussed the plan. The UAE calls the Post story "false."

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The chief prosecutor's office says a woman has been killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after supporters of Venezuela's government swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in western Caracas. The mayor of the Caracas borough of Sucre said pro-government paramilitary groups attacked voters outside the Our Lady of Carmen Church around 3 p.m.. The violence came as Venezuelans voted in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution.

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