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Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

Congress Health Overhaul

President Donald Trump says the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' remains...

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Boston's fate lies with a zombie hurricane as Maria moves north

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Hurricane Maria continued its thunderous roll northward as forecasters struggled to pin down a trajectory. Whether the storm makes landfall again could be determined by a zombie. That’s what former Hurricane Jose will soon be in the meteorological vernacular, a once-dangerous...


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Behind the Senate GOP's high-stakes health-care gamble: unrelenting criticism back home

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have made a calculated decision: Better to fail again trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act then not to try at all. That bet, made out of fear rather than a sense that victory is any nearer than it has been all year, can be traced to...


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Independence movements in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan face the point of no return

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. On Monday, the regional government in Iraqi Kurdistan plans to go ahead with a referendum on independence. Six days later, the regional government in Catalonia intends to hold its referendum on secession from Spain. In both cases, most outsiders would prefer these...


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Neighbors yell 'he can't hear you' before Oklahoma City officer fatally shoots deaf man

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Neighbors yelled “he can’t hear you!” But the two officers kept shouting commands. Sgt. Christopher Barnes and Lt. Matthew Lindsey ordered Magdiel Sanchez to drop a 2-foot-long metal pipe. Instead, the 35-year-old stepped from the porch of the single-story house in...


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She was walking her therapy dog. Ten feet away, a hunter took aim.

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. “Today my dog, my partner, was killed at point blank,” the message began. On Monday, Valley Calderoni and Markie Blackburn, colleagues from an animal rehabilitation center, had taken Calderoni’s four-year-old dog, Kaoru, and nine other dogs for a walk that ended near...


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BlackPAC plans $1.1 million effort to mobilize African American voters in Virginia

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. An organization that mobilized black voters on behalf of Hillary Clinton in November plans to spend more than $1 million in Virginia to do similar work to support Democrats ahead of the November governor’s race. Black Progressive Action Coalition said it plans to...


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THE NEXT ONE? 13-year-old hoops phenom invites AP on journey

The Kid

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare. A wide smile tops his 6-foot-7, extra-lean frame. He’s holding a seventh-grade honor society certificate in his right hand. His braces gleam in the afternoon sun. Meet the best 13-year-old...


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Ethical gun dealer? Machine-gun giant Heckler & Koch will no longer sell in 'crisis

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. Heckler & Koch’s pistols and submachine guns are among the most legendary firearms in the world. If the Colt .45 Single Action Army - nicknamed the “peacemaker” - epitomized the American Old West, and Mikhail Kalashnikov’s AK-47 grew into a visual shorthand for the...


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Hurricane Maria churns through Caribbean as ravaged Puerto Rico takes stock of an 'island

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - After mauling Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria delivered a weaker but still punishing blow Thursday to the Dominican Republic with winds near 115 mph and driving rains as the storm carved an arc of misery through the Caribbean. Maria - now a...


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10 Things to Know for Today

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHERE HURRICANE MARIA IS HEADING The strengthening Category 3 storm is lashing the northeastern Dominican Republic and is expected to pass near the Turks and Caicos later in the day after...


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