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. It was his worst rating among seven issues the poll tested, which included the economy, foreign policy and immigration. Of the six health coverage changes the poll assessed from the failed House GOP bill, five drew more negative than positive reviews.
Trump administration seeks delay in ruling on climate plan WASHINGTON (AP) - Hours after President Donald Trump signed an executive order seeking to undo his predecessor's efforts to curb climate change, his administration has asked a federal appeals court to postpone ruling on lawsuits over Obama-era restrictions on carbon emissions. The regulations - known as the Clean Power Plan - have been the subject of long-running legal challenges by about two dozen mostly Republican-led states and industry groups that profit from burning coal. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments in the case last year and could issue a ruling any time. "Because the rule is under agency review and may be significantly modified or rescinded through further rulemaking in accordance with the executive order, holding this case in abeyance is the most efficient and logical course of action here," lawyers for the Justice Department said in their motion late Tuesday.
It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years LONDON (AP) - Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism - or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as ``global Britain.'' Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the two-year divorce process in a six-page letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk, vowing that Britain will maintain a ``deep and special partnership'' with its neighbors in the bloc. In response, Tusk told Britain: ``We already miss you.'' May's invocation of Article 50 of the EU's key treaty sets the clock ticking on two years of negotiations until Britain becomes the first major nation to leave the union - as Big Ben bongs midnight on March 29, 2019.
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Rep. Maxine Waters' no-holds-barred remarks find fans WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony or public event with the president, at the White House or even in her home district of Los Angeles. "I don't see myself meeting with him, sitting down with him, believing anything he would say or even respecting anything he would say," Waters said sternly to The Associated Press. "It would not be honest on my part to go to any ceremonies with him or to pretend I am having a decent conversation with him." And if Trump personally invited her to the White House for a conversation?
Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges WASHINGTON (AP) - Geographic and physical challenges - including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife - will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Zinke told reporters in a conference call that building a wall "is complex in some areas," including Big Bend National Park and the river, which twists through nearly half of the 2,000-mile border. Hundreds of species live within 30 miles of the border, including threatened jaguars and Mexican gray wolves. The Trump administration is poised to relax protections for the jaguars, which live in northern Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States.
2 former Christie aides gets prison for bridge revenge plot NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison Wednesday for their role in a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the country's busiest bridge, a scandal that sank the Republican's presidential aspirations. Bridget Kelly, 44, was sentenced to 18 months and Bill Baroni, 45, was sentenced to two years after they were convicted for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Both must also serve 500 hours of community service. They had been convicted in November of all the counts against them, including wire fraud, conspiracy and misusing the bridge for improper purposes.
IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city BEIRUT (AP) - Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold. A belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. Inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis' garb of baggy pants and long shirts - making it difficult to distinguish Islamic State militants from civilians. Hundreds if not thousands of Syrians who fled from other parts of the country now live in tents in Raqqa's streets, vulnerable to both warplanes and ground fighting.
FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. The Food and Drug Administration approved Ocrevus late Tuesday after a large study found it slowed progression of the neurological disease and reduced symptoms. While there are more than a dozen treatments for the most common form of MS, there's been nothing specifically for people with the type called primary progressive MS. That type of MS is relatively rare, affecting about 50,000 Americans. The drug was also approved for relapsing forms of MS, which progress more slowly.
Family gets a shock when turkey crashes through windshield ROLLING PRAIRIE, Ind. (AP) - A New Jersey family traveling through northern Indiana got a shock when a 30-pound turkey crashed through their vehicle's windshield. LaPorte County Sheriff's Office Capt. Michael Kellems says the flying bird collided Tuesday with the family's rented SUV. The dead turkey was left lodged in the shattered windshield as driver John Tarabocchia of Emerson, New Jersey, pulled over along U.S. 20. Kellems says he has been an officer for 31 years and has "never seen something like that." He says Tarabocchia and his three passengers suffered only minor cuts. Tarabocchia tells The Indianapolis Star his family was headed to a Chicago airport to return home after visiting his daughter at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.
AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls - 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go past the Top 25 of the moment and ask: what are the top 100 programs of all-time ? The schools at the top are a who's who of college basketball royalty, starting with Kentucky. Kentucky is the all-time No. 1 with appearances in three-fourths of all polls and 124 No. 1 rankings.
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