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    What’s next on health care draft in Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leaders have released their 142-page discussion draft of a health care bill, triggering a series of legislative steps with one goal — repeal and replace Democratic President Barack Obama’s 7-year-old law. A look at the next steps: –Congressional Budget Office analysts review the bill and its effect, both on Americans […]
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks on to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017, following a meeting with Senate Republicans on a health reform bill. Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited plan to scuttle Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Lifestyle

    McConnell faces hunt for GOP votes for Senate health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally unwrapped his plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law. Now comes his next challenge — persuading enough Republicans to back the measure and avert a defeat that would be shattering for President Donald Trump and the GOP. McConnell released the bill Thursday, drafted […]
  • This Thursday, June 22, 2017 image released by Tokyo Zoological Park Society, shows a 10-day giant panda cub at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo. Ueno Zoo said Friday, June 23, 2017 the panda, born on June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts. The still nameless cub has been doing well, drinking mother ShinShin's milk. Panda cubs gradually get black markings on their ears, eyes and paws, and the spots were starting to show. (Tokyo Zoological Park Society via AP) Lifestyle

    It’s a girl: Japan zoo’s star panda baby gets a checkup

    TOKYO (AP) — The baby panda who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan is a girl. Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Friday the panda, born June 12, was ruled a female by examining experts. It’s difficult to determine the gender of a panda newborn. The zoo had also been careful not to separate the baby […]
  • FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo, Peanut, a 2-year-old mutt is held by owner Holly Chandler after winning the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest celebrates homely pooches for their inner beauty in Petaluma. Organizers say the pooches will face off in a red carpet walk and "Faux Paw Fashion Show" during Friday's events. It's intended to show that all dogs, regardless of physical appearance, can be lovable additions to any family. (AP Photo/George Nikitin, File) Odd News

    World’s Ugliest Dog Contest awards underdogs’ inner beauty

    PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is celebrating man’s best friend’s perfect imperfections in California on Friday. The pooches — many of which are adoptable or previously adopted — will face off in a red carpet walk and “Faux Paw Fashion Show,” organizers said. The contestants are judged on first impressions, unusual […]
  • FILE - This Jan. 25, 2012, file photo, shows the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump’s travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries. The country is waiting for the court to make its decision public about the biggest legal controversy in the first five months of Trump’s presidency. The issue has been tied up in the courts since Trump’s original order in January sparked widespread protests just days after he took office. The justices met June 22, 2017, for their last regularly scheduled private meeting in June.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Lifestyle

    Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump’s travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries. The country is waiting for the court to make its decision public about the biggest legal controversy in the first five months of Trump’s presidency. The issue has been […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison speaks during a meeting between President Donald Trump and manufacturing executives at the White House in Washington. Some of America’s top executives made humbling debuts as teenagers in the workplace. They scrubbed toilets, cut tobacco, worked at McDonald’s. Morrison worked three summers as a phone operator. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Lifestyle

    CEOs recall when teens like them actually worked summer jobs

    Even CEOs have to start somewhere. Some of America’s top executives made humbling debuts as teenagers in the workplace. They scrubbed toilets, cut tobacco, worked at McDonald’s. Such work is becoming less common. Today’s youths are more likely to enroll in summer school, do volunteer work or pursue extracurricular activities, especially to improve their prospects […]
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    No job? Tips for teens to fill idle summer time

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the number of teenagers working summer jobs in decline since the 1980s, students and their parents have found creative ways to fill summer months. Some still find traditional summer work, while others spend their summers doing a variety of activities and work that can help them pad their college applications. […]
  • This image supplied by the Mountain Scene newspaper, in Queenstown, New Zealand, shows the front page from the Thursday, June 22, 2017, edition naming Queenstown's convicted drink drivers. The newspaper in a New Zealand resort town is taking a stance against drunken driving by identifying those convicted of the offense this year on its front page. Queenstown’s breathtaking scenery, adventure sports and skiing have made it a must-see destination for millions of tourists but its vibrant nightlife has also contributed to what some describe as an epidemic of drunken driving. (Mountain Scene via AP) Lifestyle

    New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A newspaper in a busy New Zealand resort town has decided to take a stand against drunken driving by filling its front page with the names, ages and alcohol readings for about 100 people convicted of the offense this year. Queenstown’s breathtaking scenery, adventure sports and skiing have made it […]
  • FILE – In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address at the Sandusky State Theatre in Sandusky, Ohio. Governors in states that expanded Medicaid are wary of a bill revealed Thursday, June 22, by Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate. The expansion of the state-federal program has allowed 11 million lower-income Americans to gain health coverage. Among the Republicans voicing concern are Kasich and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) Lifestyle

    Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted by the House. Yet it still would […]
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    Chinese parents alarmed by miniature crossbow craze

    BEIJING (AP) — Powerful mini-crossbows that shoot toothpicks and needles are the new must-have toy for schoolkids across China — and a nightmare for concerned parents and school officials. Several cities including Shenzhen and Qingdao have reportedly banned sales of the palm-sized contraptions, which sell for about $1 and are powerful enough to puncture soda […]