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AP Top Political News at 5:52 p.m. EDT

Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna
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 settles for stopgap to avoid government 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....

Trump's tweets aren't rocketing quite like they used to
WASHINGTON (AP) -- His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way....

Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration
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: 'You have a true friend' in White House
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."...

Seoul: North Korea test-fires missile from western region
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....

Court agrees to hold off ruling on carbon restrictions
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....

Manafort-linked lobbying firm registers as 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....

Alex Acosta sworn in as US 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....

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP
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....