Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need to avert an embarrassing defeat. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected to have a dr
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Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges of sexually abusing children. Dr. James Kohut agreed to the suspension, electronic monitoring and staying off the internet in addition to other conditions in exchange for bail, according to court docu
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Republicans’ Medicaid rollback collides with opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is colliding with America's opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties. Th
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The Latest: Spicer says Trump wants health bill with ‘heart’

The Latest on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times local): 3:20 p.m. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says the president "clearly wants" Senate Republicans to put forward a health care bill "that has heart." Spicer tells reporters during a White Hous
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Nonprofit sells pickles to raise money for ALS research

A New Jersey man with Lou Gehrig's disease is using his passion for making pickles to help fight for a cure. Arthur Cohen was diagnosed three years ago at age 58 with the disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. WABC-TV reports despite losing the ability to walk and talk he's ra
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India’s no-meat, no-lust advice for pregnant women ridiculed

India's government is advising pregnant women to avoid all meat, eggs and lusty thoughts. Doctors say the advice is preposterous, and even dangerous, considering India's already-poor record with maternal health. Women are often the last to eat or receive health care in traditionally patriarchal In
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Dems’ motions, speeches knock GOP health bill for secrecy

They threatened to slow the Senate's work with procedural motions. They forced the chamber's top Republican to swat aside reasonable sounding requests, like holding committee hearings. And they delivered speech after speech after speech. Democrats used all those tools Monday evening to try drawing
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Woman who lied about cancer to avoid prison gets 2 ½ years

A Connecticut woman who lied about having cancer to avoid reporting to prison on a fraud conviction has been sentenced to more than two years behind bars. Thirty-seven-year-old Aliyah Davis, of East Windsor, was sentenced on Monday to 30 months by a federal judge in New Haven. Davis had pleaded gu
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Otto Warmbier, American student held in North Korea for 17 months, dies

Otto Warmbier, the American student who was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to Ohio last week, has died, his family said Monday. "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home," his family said in part in a statemen
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Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

Only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance, according to a study that suggests doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth caught up in the worst addiction crisis in U.S. history. "Young people may b
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