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Health Group: Up To 250,000 Iowans At Risk Under GOP Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A hospital association estimates a Republican-backed plan to replace the Affordable Care Act could leave up to 250,000 Iowans without health insurance. Others speculate the change could destabilize the entire Medicaid system that serves poor…

FBI Director Comey Knocks Down Trump's Wiretap Claim

WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI Director James Comey says the FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election. Comey says no individual can order surveillance of…

Justice Faults Police Response In 2015 Minneapolis Protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal review of an 18-day standoff outside a Minneapolis police precinct following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015 has found problems with the city's coordination and communication. The Justice Department's review Monday came…

Judge Combines 4 Tribal Suits Over Dakota Access Pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A judge has combined lawsuits filed by four Sioux tribes against the Dakota Access pipeline. The move by U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington, D.C., streamlines the drawn-out legal battle over the $3.8 billion project…

Pierre Mayor Opposes Trump Call To End Rural Air Subsidies

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The mayor of South Dakota's capital city says President Donald Trump's call to eliminate subsidized air service to rural communities would be a mistake. Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill told The Associated Press that she appreciates efficient…

Tribes Opposing Oil Pipeline Turn To Federal Appeals Court

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Tribes suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline are asking a federal appeals court to head off the imminent flow of oil. The move comes after U.S. District Judge James Boasberg rejected a similar request Tuesday…

Trump Seeks Elimination Of Great Lakes Restoration Funding

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump wants to eliminate federal support of a program that addresses the Great Lakes' most pressing environmental threats. Trump's 2018 budget released Thursday would remove all funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative,…

SD Judge Dismisses ABC's Diane Sawyer From 'Pink Slime' Case

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota judge has dismissed ABC anchor Diane Sawyer from a defamation lawsuit over the network's reports on a beef product that critics dubbed "pink slime." First Judicial Circuit Court Judge Cheryle Gering granted Sawyer's…

'SNL' 'Weekend Update' Segment Gets Summer Prime-Time Run

LOS ANGELES (AP) - "Saturday Night Live" gets the summer off, but "Weekend Update" will keep the political satire coming in prime time. NBC said Tuesday that four episodes of "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" will air at 9 p.m.…

Trump Reviewing Fuel Efficiency Rule For New Cars, Trucks

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - President Donald Trump says his administration will restart a review of federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of new cars and trucks. The announcement was supposed to come in a speech Trump is giving in Michigan.…

TransCanada Subsidiary Donates $20,000 To Nebraska GOP

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The developer of the Keystone XL pipeline has donated $20,000 to the Nebraska Republican Party through a political action committee run by one of its U.S. subsidiaries. The Feb. 8 donation was made as TransCanada seeks…

More Than 12M Signed Up For 'Obamacare' This Year

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under former President Barack Obama's health care law, even as the Republican-led Congress debates its repeal. The 12.2 million figure nationwide does…

McDonald's Tests Mobile Ordering Before National Rollout

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be "stressful." The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of…

GOP-Led Iowa Senate Approves 20-Week Abortion Ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Republican-controlled Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would ban most abortions in the state after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The chamber passed the bill Tuesday night and it now goes to the GOP-led…

Ethanol Spills In Iowa As Train Cars Pulled From Creek

GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) - Environmental officials say about 1,600 gallons of ethanol leaked into a northwestern Iowa creek as crews were pulling three derailed train tankers from the water. A news release Tuesday from the Iowa Natural Resources Department says…

Daugaard: South Dakota Takes On Risk Under GOP Health Plan

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he doesn't like that House Republicans' health care plan would require South Dakota to take on more risk under proposed funding changes for the Medicaid program. But the Republican governor said Tuesday…

2 Penn St. Ex-Administrators Plead Guilty In Sandusky Abuse Case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Two former Penn State University administrators have pleaded guilty in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case, more than five years after the scandal broke. Ex-Athletic Director Tim Curley and former university Vice President Gary Schultz each…

Verizon Sought $925 Million Penalty For Yahoo's Lax Security

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Verizon demanded a $925 million discount on its acquisition of Yahoo's online services to help offset the damage from the biggest data breaches in internet history. It ultimately settled on a $350 million concession. Yahoo is…

Pandora Starts On-Demand Music Subscription Service

NEW YORK (AP) - Internet radio company Pandora is launching an on-demand music service for $10 a month. Pandora's existing service works more like radio. People listen to music on customizable stations. The premium service launching this month will let…

Opponents: North Dakota-Owned Casinos Would Hurt Tribes

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Opponents of a proposal that would change the North Dakota Constitution to allow state-owned casinos say it will hurt American Indian gambling facilities and relationships with tribes. Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox told the House…

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