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A federal appeals court has left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem's bid to buy rival Cigna, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers....

Congress puts off spending wrangle for another week, passes stopgap bill to avoid midnight shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stop-gap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory....

President Trump's tweets helped define the first 100 days of his presidency
WASHINGTON (AP) -- His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way....

President Donald Trump says that he shouldn't be held responsible for the vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, laying the blame instead at the feet of his predecessor
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn's vetting at the feet of his predecessor....

Trump tells NRA: 'The 8-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end'
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."...

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country. There were no other immediate details Saturday morning, including what type of missile was used....

Obama-era clean air rules are under threat after a federal appeals court Friday went along with request to delay ruling on a legal challenge to carbon emission limits
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a blow to environmental groups, a federal appeals court agreed Friday to postpone a ruling on lawsuits that challenge Obama-era limits on carbon emissions....

A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of two former campaign aides to President Donald Trump has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of two former campaign aides to President Donald Trump has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent....

A former federal prosecutor and civil rights chief at the Justice Department, Alex Acosta, has been confirmed as President Donald Trump's labor secretary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence swore in Alex Acosta as the nation's new labor secretary Friday, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office....

Doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns....

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One of two remaining members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says she will not seek a second term

Experts: Donald Trump's executive order directing his agencies to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling is unlikely to reach its goals anytime soon

President Donald Trump says that he shouldn't be held responsible for the vetting of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, laying the blame instead at the feet of his predecessor

Lawmakers in Minnesota and Texas are pushing to crack down on parents involved with genital cutting

Congress puts off spending wrangle for another week, passes stopgap bill to avoid midnight shutdown

Congress puts off spending wrangle for another week, passes stopgap bill to avoid shutdown

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders are not happy by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald

Attacking President Donald Trump has become an essential element in Democratic campaigns in the country's only two contests for governor this year

Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's information technology chief has contracted to spend $208,000 in tax dollars for two professional memberships despite the budget crisis


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