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High court rejects new trial request in Boston murder case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against a Boston man seeking to overturn his murder conviction because his lawyer failed to object when the judge closed the courtroom during jury selection....

Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage....

The Latest: Dem says 'we can do better' than GOP health plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Senate Republicans' health care bill (all times local):...

Trump's tease of possible Comey tapes fits familiar pattern
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump said he had a secret....

Ryan says House wants to move on Iran, Russia sanctions bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill to hit Iran and Russia with sanctions. He says work is underway to resolve a procedural snag....

Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn't try to stop it....

Americans and guns: It's really complicated, survey shows
ATLANTA (AP) -- Americans have long had a complex relationship with guns....

Supreme Court limits ability to strip citizenship
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the government's ability to strip U.S. citizenship from immigrants for lying during the naturalization process....

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Party divisions were on glaring display Wednesday as a special election loss in a wildly expensive Georgia House race left bitter lawmakers turning their anger on their own leaders....

Census: US more diverse, white population grows least
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could strain government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday....

 
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