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White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if Friday's vote fails....

Death rates up for middle age whites with little education
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" - suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases....

Trump SEC pick assures that his Wall St. work not problem
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, attorney Jay Clayton, sought to assure lawmakers that he'll show no favoritism and act only in the public interest, as his Wall Street connections were scrutinized at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday....

Republican health bill would widen America's big wealth gap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' health care bill provides massive tax cuts to the wealthy while increasing taxes for many lower income families, adding to America's big income gap between the rich and everyone else....

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses....

Samsung shareholders welcome stock price gains, rue scandals
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Shareholders of Samsung Electronics are praising the company for big gains in its share price while lamenting its involvement in a massive political scandal that brought the arrest of the company's de facto leader....

Australian prime minister won't choose between China and US
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia does not have to choose between the United States and China, the Australian prime minister said Friday as he announced a new beef export deal with the Chinese....

Asian markets mixed as US health bill delay raises doubts
HONG KONG (AP) -- Asian stock markets are mixed Friday after a U.S. vote on a health care bill was delayed, raising doubts among investors over whether President Donald Trump can push through his business friendly agenda....

WikiLeaks: CIA hacked Apple devices in ways users can't fix
NEW YORK (AP) -- New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple's iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn't disable by resetting their devices....

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