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Trump declares war on Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump declared war on members of his own party on Thursday by threatening the political careers of conservative Republicans who helped torpedo healthcare legislation he backed, but was quickly told the lawmakers will not bow to "bullying."

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Environmental groups sue Trump administration for approving Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON Several environmental groups filed lawsuits against the Trump administration on Thursday to challenge its decision to approve construction of TransCanada Corp's controversial Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.

Pence breaks Senate tie on killing family-planning grants rule

WASHINGTON U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to break a tie in a Senate vote to roll back federal funding for family planning and reproductive health.

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U.N. experts see 'alarming' U.S. trend against free speech, protest

GENEVA Nineteen U.S. states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.

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Trump to seek tariff 'snap-back' provision in NAFTA revamp: letter

WASHINGTON The Trump administration will seek changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement allowing it to reimpose tariffs if a flood of imports from Canada and Mexico causes "a threat of serious injury" to U.S. industry, according a draft document sent to Congress.

Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nam's body in deal ending spat with North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat.

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Kansas governor vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

The governor of Kansas on Thursday vetoed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid for the poor under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) because the measure was not fiscally responsible and would still fund Planned Parenthood.