CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL UPDATE: Trump urges support for health care legislation WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is urging people to call their lawmakers to express support for the Republican legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Trump posted a video on Twitter Thursday asking people to get behind the plan. He says that people were "given many lies" about the Affordable Care Act.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. RAIDS LEAD TO ARRESTS IN LONDON ATTACK British police also believe the knife-wielding assailant, who killed three outside Parliament with his vehicle and weapon, acted alone and was "inspired by international terrorism." 2. AP: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF U.S.
TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks were mixed Thursday, as investors awaited a vote in the U.S. Congress on health care legislation that is seen as a bellwether for President Donald Trump's ability to deliver on campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX was up 0.4 percent at 11,949 and the CAC 40 in France rose 0.2 percent to 5,003. Britain's FTSE 100 was flat at 7,325. U.S.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their health care overhaul and were hoping President Donald Trump would close the deal with a bloc of conservatives at a White House meeting that could determine the fate of their showpiece legislation.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scrambling to nail down votes for the health care overhaul legislation, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday of the conservative Freedom Caucus said "essential health benefits" are in play as party leaders and the White House explore ways to advance the bill.
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. Over the past quarter century, only one group of people has seen significant increases in income -- those at the very top.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A judge presided, and the beaming couple embraced teary-eyed well-wishers when it was over. It wasn't a wedding, but it brought Viet Anh Vo and Heather Pham a bit closer to marriage. Vo is 32. He's been a Louisiana resident since he was a baby and a U.S. citizen since he was 8. But he was born in an Indonesian refugee camp after his parents fled Vietnam.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The ability to carry a concealed handgun on public school property while attending church services there is being considered in the North Carolina House. House floor debate and voting was expected Thursday on legislation allowing someone with a concealed weapons permit to be armed while at a public school where space is used for religious worship.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It looks like all judicial elections in North Carolina will be officially partisan again, with the Republican-controlled General Assembly poised to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of a bill addressing trial court races. The Senate scheduled Thursday an override vote on the measure that in 2018 would put on ballots the party affiliations of candidates running for Superior Court and District Court. Candidates would be chosen in partisan primaries.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care and substance abuse treatment. Lawmakers emerging from a meeting late Wednesday of the conservative Freedom Caucus said "essential health benefits" are in play as party leaders and the White House explore ways to advance the House legislation.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada on Wednesday became the first state to approve the Equal Rights Amendment decades after the deadline to enshrine in the U.S. Constitution that women and men are equal under the law. Lawmakers who backed the amendment say it is a profound and overdue gesture for women who continue to experience discrimination 45 years after Congress first submitted it to the states.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The conservative Koch network is promising to spend millions of dollars to defeat the health care overhaul backed by President Donald Trump and top House Republicans. The network's leading organizations, Americans for Prosperity and Freedom Partners, announced late Wednesday the creation of a special fund to support House members who vote against the health care bill.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana senators scrapped a proposal Wednesday that would've mandated time for public prayer during assemblies, sports competitions and other school events, amid questions about how such a policy would affect non-Christian students. The Senate Education and Career Development Committee voted unanimously to strip the provision from a bill that had already passed the House by an 83-12 vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students, requiring public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. Here is a look at the main issues and challenges surrounding the case: IDEA The court ruling centers around the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a landmark piece of legislation initially passed by Congress in 1975.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hard-line House Republicans considering voting against the House GOP health bill are bracing for payback from a president who claims his favorite biblical passage is "an eye for an eye." Many appear ready to risk it.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Felony "hate crimes" for people who assault North Carolina firefighters, police officers and other medical personnel and who lure first responders to locations to attack them would be created in House legislation. A House judiciary committee voted Wednesday for a wide-ranging measure from several Republicans that also provides tax breaks for volunteer fire and rescue workers and spouses of law enforcement killed in the line of duty.
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ March 20 The Post and Courier (of Charleston) on the so-called "schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline:" Maintaining discipline in the classroom can be a challenge for any teacher. And few things can harm other students' ability to focus and learn more than a particularly disruptive classmate. That much is clear.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Sen. Johnny Isakson is recuperating from his second back surgery this year at his Georgia home, complicating Republican leaders' plans as they count the votes for the GOP health care overhaul and a Supreme Court nominee. Aides to the third-term Republican senator said Wednesday that Isakson is still awaiting his physician's approval to travel back to Washington. The senator underwent back surgery Feb.
Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ March 21 The News & Observer of Raleigh on "dark money" fundraising If you can't beat 'em, join 'em apparently is the new mantra for those of the Democratic political persuasion, who now are adopting tried-and-true methods of money-for-access fundraising by Republicans. It's not good and it frankly does not reflect well on Gov. Roy Cooper and his supporters.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the possible override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto that would return Superior Court and District Court elections to become officially partisan races (all times local): 3:05 p.m. One chamber of the North Carolina legislature has agreed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's first veto of a Republican measure that makes local trial court elections officially partisan again.