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WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, President Donald Trump has been threatening to stop billions of dollars in government payments that reimburse health insurers for financial assistance to low-income consumers. It would be a way of forcing what he says is the inevitable collapse of "Obamacare." But legal experts say such a tactic could backfire, handing insurers a solid court case against the government. State attorneys general are trying to intervene to preserve the payments.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two judges appointed by Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly have taken refuge in the residence of the Chilean ambassador in Caracas. Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz tweeted Tuesday that Beatriz Ruiz and Jose Fernando Nunez arrived "in search of protection" and said they have been offered asylum if they want it. Ruiz and Nunez were among 33 judges sworn in on July 21 by the National Assembly in defiance of Venezuela's government-stacked Supreme Court.

SEI MENCIRIM, Indonesia (AP) — A former Islamic militant in Indonesia who says he regrets his past has opened up a school for the children of extremists with the hope of steering them away from their fathers' paths. Khairul Ghazali has 20 pupils but estimates there are 2,000 children of killed or imprisoned Indonesian militants. Authorities support Ghazali's mission and have helped sway villagers who were initially wary of the school.

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of a slain Democratic National Committee staffer says they're hoping a new lawsuit helps put an end to conspiracy theories shadowing their son's death. The suit alleges that the White House and Fox News Channel conspired to push a false story about Democratic leaks and the unsolved killing of 27-year-old Seth Rich in order to distract attention from the Russia investigation swirling around President Donald Trump.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A man arrested over the weekend in Sydney was released without charge and was shocked to be questioned about a plot to bring down an airliner, his lawyer and police said. Abdul Merhi was one of four Lebanese-Australian men arrested Saturday night. His lawyer said Merhi's family was in shock and it was "unfathomable" he would be involved in such a plot.

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