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Analysis: For GOP Congress, an imperative on health care

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congressional Republicans are stymied over health care. But after seven years of promising to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's law, they risk political disaster if they don't deliver....

Little progress evident as GOP hunts health bill votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is exploring options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill, even as he confronts an expanding chorus of GOP detractors....

GOP touts lower premiums, but other insurance costs to rise

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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....




AP FACT CHECK: Warped reality in health debate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The superheated argument over the Republican drive to overhaul health care has not been the finest moment for accuracy....

As South Sudan's civil war rages, cholera takes deadly toll
PIERI, South Sudan (AP) -- Clasping frail arms around his stomach, Machar Weituor doubles over in pain as he slowly positions himself over the hole in his bed. Too feeble to make it to the toilet, the 40-year-old groans faintly as he defecates into a bucket....

Texas Medicaid cuts leave special needs kids without therapy
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Stacey English has modest desires for her 7-year-old daughter Addison: Be able to eat without gagging and move both her arms....

GOP ponders whether Trump helps sell health care
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system....

FDA takes steps to boost generic competition, limit prices
The Food and Drug Administration said it's taking steps to boost the number of generic prescription drugs on the market in an effort to make medicines more affordable and to prevent price gouging....

Kenya 1st in Africa to use generic of current AIDS drug
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya is the first country in Africa to introduce a generic version of the current drug of choice for people living with HIV, officials said Wednesday....

France to allow assisted reproduction for lesbian couples
PARIS (AP) -- The French government says it will follow the advice of an ethics panel in favor of allowing single women and lesbian couples to have children through assisted reproduction....