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March 25, 2017 - 6:40 am


Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six year dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They knew the measures would go nowhere with the Democrat still in the White House.

With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, self-inflicted collapse that leaves the effort dead for now.

The drive represented the GOP's first genuine opportunity to repeal Obama's statute. That's because President Donald Trump is serving alongside a Congress controlled by the GOP.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan shelved the bill to avert a certain defeat. He faced defections from centrist Republicans who thought the bill went too far and conservatives who considered it too weak, plus solid Democratic opposition.

Ryan says he believes Obama's law will continue "for the foreseeable future."


Trump blames Democrats for health bill's failure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats.

Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was cancelled.

Trump told reporters "we were very close" and tried to blame Democrats, though Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

He also predicted the Affordable Care Act would soon implode, forcing Democrats to join the Republicans at the negotiating table.


Democrats mock GOP failure to pass party's health care reform bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is mocking House Republicans for failing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health law.

Pelosi says of President Donald Trump and the majority Republicans in Congress: "Quite frankly I thought they might have accomplished something in the first few months. They have absolutely no record of accomplishment."

At the White House, Trump blamed Democrats for the defeat of the bill. He noted that no Democrat supported the bill.

Pelosi says, "We'll take credit for that."


EU leaders arrive to mark 60th anniversary of bloc

ROME (AP) — European Union leaders are gathering in Rome to mark the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty and chart a way ahead following the decision of Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc.

On a day of ceremonies Saturday, the 27 leaders are set to approve a Rome declaration to commit to a united future and see how to deal with the myriad crises which has beset them over the past decade.

It looks like the blueprint will be adopted without any problems after both Poland and Greece lifted their objections on the eve of the summit.

Britain says that it will trigger the negotiations to leave the bloc on March 29, only days after the summit.


Pope puts focus on peripheries during Milan pastoral visit

MILAN (AP) — Pope Francis began his one-day visit to the world's largest diocese with a stop in a housing project on the city's outskirts, emblematic of his view that the peripheries offer a better view of reality than the well-tended and prosperous city centers.

The pope told thousands of faithful assembled that it was important for the Roman Catholic Church "not to remain in the center to wait, but to go toward everyone, in the peripheries, to go toward also non-Christians and non-believers."

The housing project on the edge of Italy's wealthy finance and fashion capital is home to more than 1,000 people, including many elderly and foreigners living on the margins of society.

It is the fifth papal visit to Milan, the world's largest parish with 5 million faithful, including two by Pope John Paul II and one by Pope Benedict the XVI.


Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

LONDON (AP) — The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in London says that the Westminster attacker was in the country three times and taught English there.

A statement released late Friday says Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and again from April 2008 to April 2009.

The embassy says he had a work visa. It says he returned for six days in March 2015.

The embassy says he wasn't tracked by Saudi security services and didn't have a criminal record there.

Before taking the name Masood, he was known as Adrian Elms. He was known for having a violent temper in England and had criminal convictions.

Masood drove an SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before fatally stabbing a policeman. He was shot dead.


Former Palestinian prisoner found shot dead in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A former Palestinian prisoner whom Israel sent to Gaza after his release has been found shot dead at the entrance of his house in Gaza City.

Mazen Faqha belonged to Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza.

Hamas says Faqha was shot four times in the head with a silenced gun late Friday. It blamed Israel for "assassinating" him, but provided no proof to support that accusation.

Faqha was sentenced to nine terms of life imprisonment for directing suicide bombing attacks against Israelis.

He was freed along with more than 1,000 other prisoners as part of an exchange in 2011 that released captive Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. Faqha was among dozens of West Bank residents Israel deported to Gaza or elsewhere because of the severity of their crimes.


Murder sentence affected by lack of body

HONOLULU (AP) — A judge in Hawaii says he refrained from ordering an enhanced sentence against a man in the murder of his pregnant, ex-girlfriend because her body was never found and it was unclear how she died.

Judge Joseph Cardoza sentenced Steven Capobianco on Friday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 2014 murder of Carly "Charli" Scott.

The jury that convicted Capobianco agreed that the killing was especially heinous, so Cardoza could have sentenced him to life without the possibility of parole.

But the judge suggested Capobianco could successfully appeal that finding because it's not known exactly how Scott died.

Maui Prosecuting Attorney J.D. Kim says he's disappointed but understands the reasoning of the judge.


Officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges. Stafford had been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Stafford and another deputy city marshal opened fire on a car, killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father after a car chase in Marksville on Nov. 3, 2015.

Video from a police officer's body camera shows the father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle while the two deputies fired.

Stafford testified he shot at the car because he feared Few was going to back up and hit the other deputy, Norris Greenhouse Jr.

Greenhouse faces a separate trial later this year.


NEW: Montana bill seeks abortion ban on 'pain-capable' fetuses

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Senate on Friday advanced a proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called "pain-capable" fetuses.

If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting pain-capable fetuses.

The measure is one of a pair of anti-abortion bills that continued moving through the Montana Legislature. Earlier in the week, a House committee further advanced a bill that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy by requiring doctors to save a fetus.

Opponents decried both measures as attacks on a woman's right to choose an abortion.

Proponents of both bills acknowledged the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that affirmed abortion rights, but they argued that federal law allows states to carve out their own abortion rules.


I-25 in southern Colorado reopens after storm

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Road crews have reopened a stretch of Interstate 25 in Colorado that was closed because of blizzard conditions.

A fast-moving spring storm brought everything from blizzard conditions to thunderstorms to parts of Colorado early Friday, including the stretch of I-25 between Pueblo and the New Mexico border.

Blowing snow, low visibility and vehicles sliding off the road initially shut down about 400 miles of roads in southern and eastern Colorado.

The storm brought mostly light snow to Colorado's mountains but more than a foot of new snow was reported in the San Juan Mountains. The Denver area got mostly rain while some thunderstorms developed close to the Kansas border.


Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at the Hollywood Hills cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis and it will also be live-streamed on www.debbiereynolds.com beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The ceremony is expected to feature music by James Blunt and "Star Wars" composer John Williams.

Fisher and Reynolds died one day apart in late December. Fisher died several days after falling ill on an international flight, and Reynolds died of a stroke.

Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.

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