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House vote looms; Trump struggles to win Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump made a final push on Thursday to win over skeptical members of his own Republican Party to begin dismantling Obamacare in the House of Representatives or risk failure on one of his top legislative priorities. | Video

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Uncertain fate of Obamacare causes some hospitals to halt projects, hiring

Uncertainty surrounding the Republican plan to replace Obamacare is forcing some U.S. hospitals to delay expansion plans, cut costs, or take on added risk to borrow money for capital investment projects, dealing an economic blow to these facilities and the towns they call home. | Video

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New home sales hit seven-month high; jobless claims rise

WASHINGTON New U.S. single-family home sales jumped to a seven-month high in February, suggesting the housing market recovery was gaining momentum despite higher prices and rising mortgage rates.

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U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel over bomb threats to Jewish centers

JERUSALEM A young Israeli man who also holds U.S. citizenship was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of hoax bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States and several other countries.

World, U.S., Israel 11:46am EDT

Top Senate Democrat promises fight to block Trump high court pick

WASHINGTON The top U.S. Senate Democrat on Thursday pledged to pursue a procedural hurdle to try to block the confirmation of Republican President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, a move that could provoke a nasty partisan fight and change the way the Senate does business. | Video

Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general

WASHINGTON The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

World, Afghanistan, Russia 12:32pm EDT
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Americans favor paid family, sick leave; split on funding: report

NEW YORK Most Americans support paid family and medical leave and think employers, rather than the government, should cover the costs, but they are divided over whether companies should be legally required to provide it, according to a report released on Thursday.

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Man held after car speeds into Antwerp shopping street

ANTWERP, Belgium A man drove a car at speed into a pedestrianized street in Antwerp on Thursday, forcing people to jump out of its path, a day after an assailant rammed a vehicle into crowds in central London, police said.