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March 17, 2017 - 7:48 am


Tillerson: pre-emptive action possible against NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat from its weapons program reaches a level "that we believe requires action."

Tillerson spoke at a news conference in Seoul today after visiting the heavily militarized border with North Korea.

Tillerson said, "all of the options are on the table" when it comes to the possibility of using military force against the North.


HHS head to discuss health care with GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price plans to meet this morning with the House Republican caucus as more of the GOP rejects the House health care bill to replace "Obamacare."

The Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Nevada and Arkansas sent a letter to congressional leaders, saying the GOP bill - called the American Health Care Act - "provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states."


Judge doesn't extend order on new travel ban

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that his order blocking President Donald Trump's original travel ban will not apply to Trump's revised ban.

Judge James Robart says there are enough differences between the two executive orders.

But the new ban has been blocked by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. And Robart says he'll rule later on a request from Washington state and several other states that have asked him to also block the revised ban.


Syrian activists say airstrike on mosque kills at least 35

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian first responders and activists say an airstrike on a mosque in a rebel-held area has killed at least 35 people.

The Syrian Civil Defense, volunteer paramedics known as the White Helmets, says first responders are racing to the scene after Thursday's airstrike in the Jeenah area, near the rebel-held province of Idlib.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 42 people were killed, mainly civilians.

Jeeneh is in the western Aleppo countryside, which along with Idlib is home to hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced by fighting in other areas.

Russian and Syrian aircraft are known to operate in the opposition-held region.


UPDATE: Yemen report: Airstrike near Red Sea strait kills refugees

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.N. agency says at least 31 people have been killed in an attack on a boat carrying Somali migrants off Yemen's Red Sea coast.

The International Organization for Migration says at least 80 survivors have been taken to hospitals.

The agency says it hasn't confirmed reports that an Apache helicopter strike was responsible for the attack, which he says happened last night.

The coast has been under heavy airstrikes over the past two years.


Trump's campaign insults complicate Merkel visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House after spending much of 2016 bashing her, accusing her of "ruining" Germany by allowing an influx of refugees from Syria.

The leaders of the Western world's most influential counties meet face-to-face for the first time in Washington today. The White House says the agenda includes discussions on strengthening NATO, fighting the Islamic State group and resolving Ukraine's conflict. All are matters that require close cooperation between the U.S. and Germany.

The meeting will be capped with a joint news conference.

The sit-down could be a restart of a relationship. In his meetings with world leaders since he took office, Trump has adopted a more diplomatic persona.


Mexico program to offer up to 50,000 jobs for deportees

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has signed an agreement with a private organization to provide thousands of jobs for repatriated citizens as the United States moves to boost deportations of immigrants in that country illegally.

Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says 22 associations that make up the organization known as ASUME will work to offer as many as 50,000 jobs. The initiative aims to take advantage of the skills and knowledge of deportees.

Osorio Chong says he rejects U.S. policies targeting Mexican migrants, but his country is prepared to receive those who return.

He said Thursday that 2.5 million Mexicans have been deported back home in the last eight years, during the administration of then-U.S. President Barack Obama. President Donald Trump has promised to implement even more aggressive migration-enforcement policies.


EMT struck, killed by stolen ambulance in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an emergency medical technician in New York City has died after she was run over by a stolen ambulance.

Authorities say 44-year-old Yadira Arroyo had stopped her ambulance in the Bronx around yesterday evening after being alerted that a man was riding on the back of the vehicle.

Police say when she got out to investigate, the man jumped into the vehicle.

Arroyo tried to stop the man, but he put the ambulance in reverse, striking her. He then crashed into parked cars and got stuck on a snowbank.

He's now in custody.


Illinois paramedic saves infant from submerged SUV

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have praised the actions of a fast-thinking paramedic who dove into a frigid Illinois lake and saved an infant from a submerged SUV.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin says a motorist called 911 Thursday morning to report a car heading down a hill toward Silver Lake in Highland, Illinois. Paramedic Todd Zobrist arrived on the scene and swam toward the SUV, where he found a baby floating inside. He pulled the baby onto the hood of the vehicle and administered CPR. The child was then taken to a hospital.

Lakin says the baby is expected to make a full recovery. Highland Emergency Medical Services chief Brian Wilson called Zobrist's actions heroic.

Authorities later recovered two bodies in related incidents. One was recovered from the lake and the other after a house fire.


Plane lands safely in Australia after propeller falls off

SYDNEY (AP) — A passenger plane has landed safely after one of its two propellers fell off in an extraordinary emergency as it approached Sydney's main airport.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson says Regional Express Airlines crew reported the right engine propeller assembly separated from the Saab 340 plane 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Sydney Airport.

Flight 768 was carrying 16 passengers and three member crew from Albury, 500 kilometers (300 miles) southwest of Sydney. Accident investigators have appealed to anyone who finds propeller parts on Sydney's outskirts to come forward to help explain what went wrong.

The parts that fell off apparently did not cause further damage to the plane.


Huge fire engulfs apartment building under construction

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Firefighters have extinguished a massive late-night fire that engulfed an apartment building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina.

News media organizations reported that residents of nearby apartments were jolted awake by noise and light from the flames. Power was reported out in nearby apartment complexes and traffic lights.

A witness told the News and Observer of Raleigh that spreading flames caused a construction crane to collapse.

There've been no injuries reported.


Ex-Power Ranger pleads guilty to killing roommate with sword

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — A former "Power Rangers" TV actor has pleaded guilty to killing his roommate, who was stabbed to death with a sword.

Thirty-eight-year-old Ricardo Medina entered a plea Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter with the use of a sword. He faces six years in state prison.

Prosecutors say Medina stabbed Joshua Sutter several times in the abdomen two years ago at their house in Green Valley, a mountain town north of Los Angeles.

The two had argued over Medina's girlfriend.

Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on "Power Rangers Wild Force" in 2002. He was the voice of Deker on "Power Rangers Samurai" in 2011 and 2012.

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