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GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are touting lower premiums under their health care legislation, but that reflects insurance that would cover a smaller share of the cost of medical bills....

Partial US travel restrictions going into effect Thursday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's executive order that was widely criticized as a ban on Muslims....

Q&A: Border officers take key role in enforcing travel ban
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will be key players in putting President Donald Trump's revised travel ban into effect on Thursday, affecting visitors from six mostly Muslim countries....

Study links at-risk orcas' failed pregnancies to scarce food
SEATTLE (AP) -- Endangered killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state are having pregnancy problems because they cannot find enough fish to eat, according to a new study....

Thousands in Arizona flee flames as wildfires sweep West
PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) -- A wildfire burning Wednesday through a dense Arizona forest has forced thousands of people from their homes, closed a major road and created a huge plume of smoke over the same area devastated by a blaze that killed 19 firefighters four years ago....

Walmart seeks new products amid online battle with Amazon
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Hundreds of inventors have flocked to Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville to find out if the country needs a few more secret sauces, prettier mouse pads or "instant hair gel" packets for the on-the-go clubber....

Ex-pharmaceutical CEO accused at trial of cheating investors
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli is either a con man who scammed hedge fund investors of millions or a nerdy genius who made them even richer....

Mississippi man takes Confederate flag fight to high court
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A black Mississippi citizen is taking his case against the state's Confederate-themed flag to the U.S. Supreme Court....

Report: More than half of hate crimes in US go unreported
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police. That's according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates' concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities....

Dead Niagara Falls daredevil might have plunged with snake
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride....

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