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March 28, 2017 - 6:51 am


UPDATE: Trump takes aim at Obama's efforts to curb global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will begin undoing former President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to curb global warming.

Today Trump is expected to sign an executive order to suspend, rescind or flag for review more than a half-dozen measures in an effort to boost domestic energy production in the form of fossil fuels.

That includes a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants.


NEW: GOP divided over new course after House health care debacle

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are gathering today to discuss their agenda, following last week's failure of the GOP health care plan to replace "Obamacare."

But they've issued mixed messages on what comes next. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that Democrats will cut a health care deal with him "as soon as Obamacare folds - not long. Do not worry."

But the author of the GOP legislation, Congressman Kevin Brady, says Republicans "are turning the page and moving on toward tax reform."


Intelligence breakdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel's chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (NOO'-nehs), should step away from the investigation of Russian interference in the election and ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Rep. Adam Schiff says Nunes had a secret meeting with a source last week on the White House grounds.

The following day, Nunes told reporters he was shown intelligence reports in which the names of Trump associates had been shared among agencies after their communications were scooped up in U.S. surveillance of foreign officials.

Schiff says Nunes didn't share the information with other members.


South Korea finds presumed remains of ferry disaster victim

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials say salvage crews have found what is presumed to be the remains of one of the missing victims of a 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers.

An official from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said the remains were found Tuesday in the waters where the ship's wreckage was raised last week. The ship was loaded onto a heavy lift transport vessel that will carry it to port.

The official couldn't immediately confirm further details.

Rescue workers had recovered 295 bodies before the government ended underwater searches in November 2014, seven months after the ship sank. Nine of the ferry's passengers had remained missing.


NEW: Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine.

U.N. officials say nearly 16 million people in Nigeria, Somalia and South Sudan combined are at risk of dying within months.

They say famine already has been declared in two counties of South Sudan and 1 million people there are on the brink of dying from a lack of food.


Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body still in the country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's health minister says the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in the country, dismissing reports that the remains of Kim Jong Nam were about to be flown out of the country as part of diplomatic negotiations.

Conflicting reports in local media on Monday said either that Kim's body was to be cremated and flown to Pyongyang, or that the body was about to be sent to Macau where his family is believed to be.

The health minister days the body is still in a Kuala Lumpur morgue pending negotiations with North Korea.

Kim's death has sparked a diplomatic dispute, with the countries imposing exit bans on each other's citizens.


Police: 2 Miami officers wounded in 'ambush-style' shooting

MIAMI (AP) — Two Miami-Dade County police officers have been wounded in what authorities called "an ambush-style" shooting.

Authorities say the plainclothes officers were shot Monday night while investigating at the Annie Coleman Apartments on the city's north side. The officers were part of the Homicide Task Force-Gang Unit.

Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez says fellow officers used a pickup truck to bring their wounded colleagues to the hospital. Perez says they are listed in stable condition and expected to survive. The extent of their injuries wasn't immediately known.

No suspects were arrested. Perez urged anyone with information about the shooting to contact authorities.


Veteran homelessness: Trump's budget could hurt efforts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nonprofits and local officials say the push to end homelessness among veterans would suffer without the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which would be eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

The council coordinates the efforts of 19 federal agencies that play a role in preventing and ending homelessness among all Americans.

But the strides made with veterans — for whom homelessness has been effectively ended in three states and dozens of communities — make the proposed cuts particularly upsetting to advocates.

Homeless advocates in any given state consult the council on which strategies are working elsewhere as they seek to house veterans. They worry momentum will slow.

Navy veteran Stephen Matthews says he doesn't want to see a system changed that has helped him and many others find a safe place to live.


Some state lawmakers seek to protect birth-control access

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future.

Republican leaders in Congress withdrew a bill last week that would have repealed former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, halted Planned Parenthood's federal funding and curtailed the ability of many low-income women to obtain affordable birth control.

Despite that setback for the GOP, some Republicans say Congress might revisit health care. At the same time, anti-abortion leaders say they will not abandon their campaign to defund Planned Parenthood.

The uncertainty has prompted decisions to press ahead with bills in Nevada, Oregon and Maryland that would protect against some proposed GOP actions.


'Sanctuary cities' fight

NEW YORK (AP) — City leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on cities that protect people in the U.S. illegally from being deported.

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says, "We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare."

She was at a Monday gathering of municipal officials from urban centers such as San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia.


Immigrant's bid to avoid deportation before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up the case of a longtime U.S. resident who is facing deportation to South Korea after pleading guilty to a drug crime based on his lawyer's bad advice.

The justices are hearing argument today in an appeal by Jae (JAY) Lee, who has lived in the United States for 35 years and has never been back to South Korea since coming to the United States when he was 13.

The case has taken on increased importance because President Donald Trump has promised to step up deportations, with a special focus on immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. The American Bar Association has estimated that one of every 10 criminal defendants is not an American citizen.


Golden Globe winner Christine Kaufmann dies in Germany

BERLIN (AP) —Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country's first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

Kaufmann died in Munich after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency today.

Born in 1945, Kaufmann made her acting debut in 1952 and won a Golden Globe for her 1961 Hollywood debut, "Town Without Pity," where she played alongside Kirk Douglas as a German girl raped by American soldiers.

She met Curtis the year later while filming "Taras Bulba" and the two married in 1963. They had two daughters before divorcing in 1968.

While continuing to act, Kaufmann later in life also wrote health and beauty books, and established her own line of cosmetics.

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