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GOP eyes narrow bill to advance goal on "Obamacare" repeal

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:58:26 GMT2017-07-27T08:58:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - They couldn't pass a repeal of "Obamacare," or find the votes for a White House-backed replacement. So now Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" that would merely undo just a few of the most unpopular elements of Barack Obama's law. The "skinny bill" is an admittedly lowest-common-denominator approach, and it may not even have the votes to p...



Trump's transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:16:30 GMT2017-07-27T12:16:30Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm during the Iraq war, called Trump's announcement discriminatory. "When...



AP sources: US seeks to test Iran deal with more inspections

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:51:33 GMT2017-07-27T12:51:33Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said. The inspections are one element of what is designed to be a more aggressive approach to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. While the Trump administration seeks to police the existing deal more strictly, it is also working to fix what Trump...



10 Things to Know for Today

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:05:16 GMT2017-07-27T10:05:16Z

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP'S TRANSGENDER TROOPS BAN DIVIDES VETS IN CONGRESS One camp is standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops. 2. GOP EYES NARROW BILL TO ADVANCE 'OBAMACARE' REPEAL Senate Republicans are lowering their sights and trying to unite behind a so-called "skinny repeal" t...



His future clouded, Sessions opens mission to El Salvador

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:45:22 GMT2017-07-27T12:45:22Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With his future as the nation's top prosecutor in doubt after a week of blistering public scorn from the president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador Thursday seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. As the Trump administration tries to build support for its crackdown on illegal immigration, it has increasingly tried to make the gang with Central American ties the face of the problem. Recent killings tied to its members have stoked ...



Ohio, California close 'Fire Ball' ride after fatal accident

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:18:16 GMT2017-07-27T12:18:16Z

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won't be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state. Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. Screams are heard as passengers ar...



Muslim leaders tell faithful to return to Jerusalem shrine

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:15:12 GMT2017-07-27T10:15:12Z

JERUSALEM (AP) - Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound. Thousands of Palestinians had been praying in the streets outside the shrine to protest the security measures since the crisis began. "After extensive discussion and after achieving this victory in this round we call on our people in...



Scaramucci mentions Priebus in since-deleted tweet on leaks

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:48:53 GMT2017-07-27T10:48:53Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly-appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has promised to contact investigators over what he says is an illegal leak of his financial disclosure form. The comment came in a since-deleted tweet that mentioned the Twitter handle of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci tweeted Wednesday night: "In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @JusticeDept #swamp @Re...



Amazon and Foxconn reflect a growing trend: Deliver it now

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:16:36 GMT2017-07-27T07:16:36Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - In today's economy, speed is everything. Amazon's plans to add 50,000 jobs at a dozen warehouses across the United States and Foxconn's decision to build a $10 billion plant and hire up to 13,000 workers in Wisconsin aren't just feel-good stories of job creation. They reflect the pressures companies now feel to be as close to their customers as possible - a trend that's helping restore some American factories and jobs. Computer ...



Police: Bieber accidentally hits photog with pickup truck

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:06:15 GMT2017-07-27T11:06:15Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Justin Bieber left a photographer with minor injuries after police in California say the singer accidentally hit the man with his pickup truck. Beverly Hills police Sgt. Matthew Stout tells The Associated Press the 57-year-old photographer was hospitalized following the Wednesday night incident. Video posted by ABC News shows Bieber getting into a large pickup truck with a crowd of photographers around him. As he pulls away, one of them steps toward the truck and is hit b...