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GOP senators blink on a big chance to repeal 'Obamacare'


WASHINGTON (AP) -- After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated they didn't have the stomach to repeal "Obamacare" on Wednesday when it actually counted. The Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation to throw out major portions of Barack Obama's law without replacing it....

Trucker in deadly smuggling operation to testify next month


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A scheduled detention hearing for a truck driver charged in the deaths of 10 immigrants found inside his sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio has been canceled....

Landing massive Foxconn plant huge victory for Walker


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker just got what may be the biggest political boost of his career, and it couldn't have come at a much better time....

Child killer put to death in first Ohio execution in 3 years


LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- A child killer was put to death with no apparent complications Wednesday in Ohio's first execution since a problem-plagued one 3½ years ago triggered an uproar over the reliability of the lethal injection drugs used by the state....

Experts: Software theft shows threat of mercenary hackers


MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business' computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded the thieves were a group of Iranians who sold the software to organizations within the Iranian government....

Sex abuse victims seek help to track ex-priest's whereabouts


BOSTON (AP) -- In the 1960s and '70s, Paul Shanley was a popular street priest who counseled gay and troubled youths....

4 year-old girl's rapist gets 42-year prison sentence


BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A federal judge handed down a 42-year prison sentence Wednesday for a Montana man who chased down and kidnapped a 4-year-old girl, then brutally raped her and left her for dead in an abandoned pickup in the middle of winter....

Sculpture commemorates 1957 desegregation at Arkansas school


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A sculpture illustrating the incomplete progress in the push for educational equality will go on display next month outside Little Rock Central High School to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its historic desegregation, officials announced Wednesday....

Records: Student-loan forgiveness has halted under Trump


The U.S. Education Department has not approved any applications for student-loan forgiveness in cases of possible fraud since President Donald Trump took office, according to records sent to an Illinois senator....

Feds: Mayor, ex-mayor in 2 Pennsylvania cities sold favors


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The mayor of Allentown and the former mayor of Reading have been charged with corruption for a series of pay-to-play schemes officials likened to putting for-sale signs on their offices while promising political favors to deep-pocketed donors....