GOP struggles to govern despite a monopoly in Washington

The Republican Party of "no" for Democrat Barack Obama's eight years is having a hard time getting to "yes" in the early Donald Trump era. The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts. Despite the GOP monopoly on Washington, they are pitted against one another and struggling for a way to govern.

UK minister: WhatsApp must make itself accessible to police

LONDON (AP) -- Encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp must make their platforms accessible to intelligence agencies, a top British security official declared Sunday amid reports that the Westminster attacker used the service minutes before his assault on Parliament. Home Secretary Amber Rudd said it is "completely unacceptable" for messaging services to provide end-to-end encryption that means security services cannot listen to plots being discussed.

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AL-QAIDA LEADER Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says a U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team. In a statement Saturday night, U.S. defense officials confirmed the death of Qari Yasin.

German state vote a test for Merkel's party, resurgent rival

BERLIN (AP) -- A state election Sunday in western Germany offers Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a tough test against their resurgent center-left rivals six months before Merkel seeks a fourth term in a national vote. The election for the state legislature in Saarland, a region of just under 1 million people on the French border that Merkel's Christian Democrats have led since 1999, is the first of three regional votes before Germany's Sept.

German state vote a test for Merkel's party, resurgent rival

BERLIN (AP) -- A state election Sunday in western Germany offers Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives a tough test against their resurgent center-left rivals six months before Merkel seeks a fourth term in a national vote. The election for the state legislature in Saarland, a region of just under 1 million people on the French border that Merkel's Christian Democrats have led since 1999, is the first of three regional votes before Germany's Sept.

Bulgarians vote in ballot that may tilt nation toward Russia

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgarians voted Sunday for the third time in four years in an early election that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia. The election campaign focused on the future of the EU and the influence of Russia and Turkey on domestic politics, as well as on the increased number of migrants coming into this southeastern European nation that borders Greece, Turkey and Romania. Some 6.

Utah's governor signs abortion-reversal legislation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor has signed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation Saturday despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea.

Utah's governor signs abortion-halting legislation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor has signed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation Saturday despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea.

Utah's governor signs abortion-reversal legislation

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor has signed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert signed the legislation despite physicians saying there's little evidence or science to back up that idea.

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-OBAMACARE Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future.

Tens of thousands in London protest Britain's EU departure

LONDON (AP) -- Tens of thousands protested Saturday under sunny skies in London against plans for Britain to withdraw from the European Union. The Unite for Europe march, which saw many people carrying bright blue EU flags, came just days before Britain is expected to begin its formal separation from the other 27 nations in the EU.

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway -- and now it's dead.

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

DENVER (AP) -- Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It's the boldest attempt yet by a U.S.

AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily.

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally.

Analysis: The outsider dealmaker faltering in White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider -- celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party's leadership. He alone would reshape Washington. He's tried governing the same way. His actions are a blitz. He rarely consults old Washington hands. And he hangs the threat of retribution over anyone who challenges him.

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's withdrawal on Friday left in place the status quo under the Affordable Care Act.

McCain calls for Tillerson to be given team at US State Dept

BERLIN (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke Saturday during an event in Brussels. He pointed to "confusion" over whether Tillerson would attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. He does now plan to be there.

Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future." Ryan pulled the "repeal and replace" bill drafted by House Republican leaders and blessed by President Donald Trump after it failed to muster enough support.