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WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 10 Republican and Democratic governors are calling on Senate leaders to heed John McCain's plea for bipartisan work on overhauling Obamacare. In a letter late Wednesday, the governors urged the leaders, particularly top Republican Mitch McConnell, to set aside "this flawed bill" and work with them on making health care more available and affordable for every American.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticism was immediate and strong from both political parties after President Donald Trump abruptly declared a ban Wednesday on transgender troops serving anywhere in the U.S. military. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Trump's action "harmful, misguided and weakens, not strengthens our military." John McCain, the Arizona Republican and Vietnam War hero, said Trump was simply wrong. But some at the Capitol disagree. Rep. Duncan Hunter calls it "the absolute right decision."
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Transgender veterans and active-duty troops are reacting to President Donald Trump's Twitter pronouncement on Wednesday banning transgender people from military service. A former combat-tested naval officer says she's angry that Trump wants to exclude transgender people like her. And a transgender service member says he will not be kicked out without a fight.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair, killing one man and injuring seven other people Wednesday evening, passed its inspections. Director of Agriculture David Daniels says all of rides are checked several times when they're being set up to ensure they're set up the way the manufacturer intended. Officials say the Fire Ball ride was inspected at a couple of different stages and was signed off Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of the Boy Scouts of America says he anticipated President Donald Trump might deliver a politically tinged speech at the national jamboree in West Virginia. Randall Stephenson tells The Associated Press the Irving, Texas-based Boy Scouts issued "stringent guidelines" to adult staff members for how the audience should react to the speech, in which the Republican president promoted his political agenda and assailed his enemies. He said Wednesday the guidance was not strictly followed.
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