Senate GOP unveils 'Obamacare' overhaul, but not all aboard
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions....
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Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret....
Inside Yemen's secret prisons: 'We could hear the screams'
MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) -- They call it the "grill": The victim is tied to a spit like a roast and spun furiously within a circle of fire. It is just one of the terrors inflicted by interrogators on detainees in Yemen who are routinely beaten with wires, kept in filthy shipping containers, and blindfolded for months - all by one of America's closest counterterrorism allies....
'Superhero' 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Getting new ones - especially red and blue superhero themed digits - has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a vibrant playground star....
Juror: Cosby panel was concerned about 'politics' of case
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A juror in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said Thursday that some jurors were concerned that prosecutors waited 10 years to charge him, expressing suspicion that politics had played a role in the case....
Spokesman: Cosby plans tour to educate youth on misbehavior
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create and other issues, a spokesman for Cosby said....
Prosecutors: 'Dirty old Santa' arranged sex tryst with child
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) -- Prosecutors say a 56-year-old man who referred to himself as "dirty old Santa" traveled to a Philadelphia suburb to have a sexual tryst with a 14-year-old girl he lured online and has been arrested....
Medicaid a flashpoint for Pennsylvania in Senate health bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Reductions in Medicaid spending in the just-unveiled health care bill written by Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey and his fellow U.S. Senate Republicans emerged as a crucial flashpoint Thursday in Toomey's home state where the program covers one in five people....
Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) -- The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been arrested on charges of being involved in a drug ring....
5 years after Sandusky conviction, many unresolved issues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- It's been five years since ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His appeal is just one of many issues related to the scandal that are still working their way through the courts....
Auditor faults Penn State's tuition hikes, admissions record
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State University needs to do more to address its "skyrocketing" tuition rates and spiking enrollment of out-of-state and international students, compared to in-state student enrollment, the state's elected fiscal watchdog said in a report Thursday....
Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years....
Man convicted of deadly stabbing after SpongeBob dispute
LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man accused of stabbing someone after a confrontation a witness said was sparked by a comparison to SpongeBob SquarePants has been convicted of murder....
Utility worker electrocuted while working on power line
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials say a utility worker was killed while working on a power line during an outage in suburban Philadelphia....
Senate Republicans hope to have a vote on their version of the American Health Care Act, which the House passed on May 4, as soon as next week before Congress breaks for recess. Democrat Senators are criticizing Republicans for legislating in a shroud of secrecy without holding public hearings and not making them privy to the negotiations. As Democrats did in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act, the 52 member Republican majority will invoke a special process known as reconciliation that only requires 51 votes to approve the health care overhaul. Do you approve of Republican Senators drafting a health care reform bill without the Democrats input?
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