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Democrats see springboard for health care in high court win

Jun. 19, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Affordable Care Act now secure in the framework of the nation's health care programs, Democrats are eager to leap above and beyond. They want to expand insurance coverage for working-age people and their families, add new benefits to Medicare...

North Korean leader swears to overcome economic hardships

Jun. 18, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “solemnly swore” to navigate his country out of deepening economic troubles as he concluded a major ruling party meeting, acknowledging food shortages and urging officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the...

Man admits threatening Missouri, Tennessee congressmen

Jun. 18, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has admitted that he threatened U.S. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri and Steve Cohen of Tennessee because he was upset by comments they made. Kenneth R. Hubert, 63, of Marionville, Missouri, pleaded guilty Thursday...

Beyond "In the Heights," colorism persists, rarely addressed

Jun. 18, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

Every year, Hollywood inevitably comes under criticism for its lack of racial diversity. But another lesser-known yet still pervasive problem also resurfaces: the lack of diversity in skin tone. It happened again with “In the Heights,” a big-budget film based on the...

North Korea's Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

Jun. 18, 2021 05:28 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation — state media reported Friday, days after the United States and others urged the North to...

GOP needs new health care target; 'Obamacare' survives again

Jun. 18, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's latest rejection of a Republican effort to dismantle “Obamacare” signals anew that the GOP must look beyond repealing the law if it wants to hone the nation's health care problems into a winning political issue. Thursday's 7-2...

Today in History

Jun. 18, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 18, the 169th day of 2021. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1812, the War of 1812 began as the United States Congress approved, and...

Missouri responds defiantly to Justice Dept. over gun law

Jun. 17, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican governor and attorney general said in a defiant letter to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday that they stand by the state's new law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules. Gov. Mike Parson and Attorney...

'Obamacare' survives: Supreme Court dismisses big challenge

Jun. 17, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court, though increasingly conservative in makeup, rejected the latest major Republican-led effort to kill the national health care law known as “Obamacare” on Thursday, preserving insurance coverage for millions of Americans. The...

Today in History

Jun. 17, 2021 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 17, the 168th day of 2021. There are 197 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 17, 1994, after leading police on a slow-speed chase on Southern California...