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Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage....

Sessions' tough on crime talk could lead to fuller prisons
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal prison population is on the decline, but a new attorney general who talks tough on drugs and crime and already has indicated a looming need for private prison cells seems poised to usher in a reversal of that trend....

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said....

Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement
CHICAGO (AP) -- As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions....

Muhammad Ali's son asked, 'Are you Muslim?' by border agents
Muhammad Ali's son, who bears the boxing great's name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday....

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a 'drunken mess,' not political
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime neighbor said Saturday....

Swedes puzzle over Fox News' Swedish 'security advisor'
NEW YORK (AP) -- A trans-Atlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defense and national security advisor" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials....

S. Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags
WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) -- In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony....

Warren Buffett sticks to business, avoids politics in letter
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett reiterated his rosy long-term outlook for the U.S. economy and his distaste for high Wall Street fees in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders that always draws a big audience....

In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump
MARION, Ala. (AP) -- Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House....

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