The Latest: Freedom Caucus member defends against Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local): 10:31 a.m. A House Freedom Caucus member is defending the group's opposition to the failed GOP health care bill. That's after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican conservative group Thursday morning. Jim Jordan of Ohio says, "I respect the president, but our focus is on the legislation.

Voters in Meadows' district watch his health care stance

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) -- The voters in western North Carolina who sent U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows to office expected him to remain a Republican outsider. So they aren't surprised he helped lead an effort that scuttled his party's attempt to reform the nation's health care laws. But his supporters are also carefully watching to make sure he works as hard to find solutions as he has at fighting establishment Republicans and Democrats.

For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) -- She has a West Wing office, facetime with world leaders and unrivaled access to the president. And as Ivanka Trump's White House role grows, so does the backlash. Ivanka Trump, a first daughter with first-in-recent-history influence, has become fodder in a heated national conversation about gender politics and ideological beliefs.

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care. Since the Republicans' coverage bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of Trump's first major legislative initiative, the president has sent conflicting signals about trying again and has left people guessing about whether his words on the subject are meant to be taken literally.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday.

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts

BUCKNER, Kentucky (AP) -- One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no." That won over Mary Broecker, president of the Oldham County Republican Women's Club and a strong proponent of a full-blown repeal of the 2010 law.

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TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban affirms values of religious freedom. State Attorney General Douglas Chin says Wednesday's longer-lasting ruling means that Muslims and refugees will face less uncertainty. U.S.

S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned Thursday by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power. Live TV footage earlier showed a stern-looking Park entering the Seoul Central District Court building amid a barrage of camera flashes. She did not comment to reporters.

Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes.

Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell to divorce

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan and Rhode Island attorney and political activist Clay Pell are getting divorced. Pell says in a statement issued Wednesday it's with "deep regret" the couple's four-year marriage is coming to an end. Kwan is a five-time world figure skating champion and nine-time U.S. figure skating champion. She won Olympic medals in 1998 and 2002. Pell is the grandson of Rhode Island's late Democratic U.S. Sen.

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

NEW YORK (AP) -- The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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BRITAIN-BREXIT-THE LATEST The Latest: May says EU's bill for Brexit hasn't come due LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain has not received a multi-billion dollar exit bill from the European Union. EU officials have said Britain will have to pay as much as 50 million euros ($63 million) before it leaves to cover EU staff pensions and other obligations.

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

NEW YORK (AP) -- The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to pursue that goal and also are pushing for a federal ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care. Since the Republicans' coverage bill died in the House last week, marking the defeat of Trump's first major legislative initiative, the president has sent conflicting signals about trying again and left people guessing about whether his words on the subject are meant to be taken literally.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday.

The Latest: Judges won't delay confirmation during appeals

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the confirmation hearing for North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A panel of trial court judges won't delay enforcement of their ruling earlier this month that upheld a new law directing the North Carolina Senate to subject Gov. Roy Cooper's Cabinet secretaries to confirmation hearings and votes.