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23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say
WASHINGTON (AP) - The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday. Premiums on average would fall compared with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - a chief goal of many Republicans - but that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits, said the report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In some regions, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill "would ultimately be unable to purchase" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, "if they could purchase at all," the report said.


Reporter alleges GOP House candidate 'body-slammed' him
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body-slammed" him Wednesday, the day before the special election. Greg Gianforte, a Republican, was in a private office giving an interview when Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs went into the office without permission, Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said. Jacobs "aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions" before being asked to leave, Scanlon said in a statement. Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said. Scanlon said Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both apparently fell to the ground.


10 Things to Know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHO'S WEIGHING IN ON 'TRUMPCARE' The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared with Obama's health care law. 2. AUTHORITIES EXPLORE BOMBER'S TIES TO LARGER NETWORK British investigators are studying the possibility that the Manchester attack was overseen by the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror plots. 3. 11TH-HOUR CLAIM ROILS POLITICAL RACE A newspaper reporter alleges that the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body-slammed" him on the day before the special election.


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Throwing chaos aside, Trump aims for caution on big trip
BRUSSELS (AP) - In his first big tour on the world stage, President Donald Trump is choosing caution over his usual brand of chaos. The early morning Twitter rants that so often rattle Washington have disappeared as Trump travels through the Middle East and Europe. The president has traded his free-wheeling speaking style for tightly scripted remarks. And with most of the traveling press corps being kept at a distance, the opportunities for him to be pressed on the controversies engulfing his administration back home are dramatically lessened. Trump did briefly respond to one shouted question about his meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, offering this indisputable assessment of the pontiff: "He is something." The president appears likely to go his entire nine-day trip without holding a full news conference, a break from presidential foreign travel precedent.


The Latest: Trump to hold Iowa rally next week
Donald Trump will be returning to the campaign trail just a few days after he wraps up his first trip abroad as president. Trump's campaign team says he will be holding a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 1. It's the latest campaign-style rally Trump has mounted since his inauguration. At the end of April he marked his first 100 days in office with a rally In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Trump is set to attend the NATO summit in Brussels Thursday before continuing on to Sicily for meetings with leaders of the seven major industrialized nations. He is scheduled to fly back to Washington Saturday.


Accidental shootings involving kids often go unpunished
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Amy Pittman learned on her first day in jail to bottle up her grief. As soon as she arrived, guards took her shoelaces so she wouldn't try to hang herself. Cry too much or scream too loud and she feared they would come back to take everything she had left - her clothes, a sheet, a plastic spork. But how could she not? How could anyone? Ten weeks before, Pittman was a single mom who worked overnight shifts as a gas station cashier to keep her three kids fed and clothed. Now, alone in a cinderblock cell, she faced criminal charges for not doing enough to protect them.


Jury of 12 on Bill Cosby sex assault case includes 2 blacks
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated. Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black. "It's a terrific jury made up of people of all demographics," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. "We're past this nonsense about the optics and things." Cosby's lawyers had complained this week that prosecutors were trying to keep blacks off the jury with their seven strikes. The judge, though, found prosecutors had other valid reasons to strike two black women earlier this week.


Marijuana extract helps some kids with epilepsy, study says
A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot's possible health benefits. "This is the first solid, rigorously obtained scientific data" that a marijuana compound is safe and effective for this problem, said one study leader, Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Medical Center. He said research into promising medical uses has been hampered by requiring scientists to get special licenses, plus legal constraints and false notions of how risky marijuana is. "Opiates kill over 30,000 Americans a year, alcohol kills over 80,000 a year.


Hannity says liberal fascists after sponsors; 1 is leaving
NEW YORK (AP) - Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of "liberal fascism" for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there. The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been "watching closely" and recently decided to suspend its backing of Hannity. Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox's once stable and powerful prime-time lineup, has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him. On Wednesday, Hannity said he would no longer talk about a discredited story involving a murdered Democratic National Committee chairman after speaking to the man's family, and after Fox had earlier retracted an online story it had written about the case.

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