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  • Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans’ failure to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump’s agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care. Just as important, the loss on health care will deprive […]

  • James, Cavs score 112-105 victory over Hornets; clinch Central Division title

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James had 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from their worst defensive outing of the season with a 112-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. The Cavs clinched the Central Division title for the third year in a row. Kyrie Irving added 26 points and Kevin Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers snapped Charlotte’s three-game winning streak and remained atop the Eastern Conference standings. […]

  • Baby hippo Fiona is getting more independent at Cincinnati Zoo

    CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Cincinnati Zoo says its premature baby hippo, Fiona, is getting more independent and now tops 100 pounds (45.36 kilograms), meaning her days of napping on her human caretakers’ laps are dwindling. She was born at the zoo in January and weighed just 29 pounds, far below the typical weight. The zoo says caretakers raising Fiona are beginning to scale back their time with her, leaving her alone for a few hours at night. It’s the beginning […]

  • Speaker Paul Ryan says the nation will be ‘living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future’

    ​WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke out Friday afternoon on the failure of the health care bill. “We came really close today, but we came up short,” he said during a press conference. Ryan said the nation will be “living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.” Republican leaders abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor on Friday. Ryan withdrew the legislation after President Donald Trump called him and asked him to halt debate […]

  • House of Representatives steers toward climactic vote on GOP health care bill

    WASHINGTON– Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress. With Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials heading toward the Capitol to lobby wavering lawmakers, Friday’s showdown was occurring after the president warned that he was through negotiating […]

  • House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a gamble with monumental political stakes, Republicans set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul after President Donald Trump claimed he was finished negotiating with GOP holdouts and determined to pursue the rest of his agenda, win or lose. House Speaker Paul Ryan set the showdown for Friday, following a nighttime Capitol meeting at which top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over. “We […]

  • Black lawmakers call on FBI to help on missing black girls

    WASHINGTON — Black members of Congress are calling for the Justice Department to help police investigate a large number of missing children in Washington, D.C. The District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said. The letter, dated Tuesday and obtained Thursday by The Associated Press, was […]

  • Family hopes new posters lead to tips about 8 people murdered in Pike County

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Relatives of eight people slain in southern Ohio last year are distributing posters with photos of the victims in hopes of turning up local tips about the unsolved case. Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at four homes near Piketon on April 22. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state helped the victims’ relatives print 1,000 posters that they began distributing Wednesday. They advertise a $10,000 reward for information that leads […]

  • Officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin shootings

    WESTON, Wis.–  Police in northern Wisconsin say an officer and three other people were killed in what apparently began as a domestic dispute in a bank. Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said the slain officer was from his department. Sparks did not release the officer’s name. The names of the other three dead also were not released. Sparks said a suspect was in custody. The violence in the small town of Rothschild began shortly after noon on Wednesday, after […]

  • 5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

    LONDON– A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a “sick and depraved terrorist attack.” Lawmakers, lords, staff and visitors were locked down after the man was shot by police […]

  • British police: 4 dead in London attack including police officer, attacker; 20 injured

    LONDON —  The head of counterterrorism at London’s Metropolitan Police, says four people have died in the terror incident in London, including an attacker and a police officer. Mark Rowley says some 20 people have been wounded and Parliament was locked down. A search is underway to make certain no other attackers are in the area — though police believe there was only one attacker. Rowley said the dead policeman was one of the armed officers who guard Parliament. The […]

  • Target reveals plans for ‘reimagined’ stores; re-designs set for hundreds of locations

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Target Corporation has unveiled design elements for the company’s most ambitious store re-design to date, with plans for the first fully reimagined store to open in the Houston suburb of Richmond near Grand Parkway Southwest. From the stage at Shoptalk, the retail and ecommerce event held in Las Vegas, Target’s chairman and CEO Brian Cornell introduced Target’s newest store redesign plans as part of the company’s commitment to invest billions of dollars over the next three years to “reimagine” […]