Familiar Democratic name Kennedy fights GOP on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — A familiar name from Massachusetts, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, is carrying his family legacy into a new era, battling Republicans who want to undo Barack Obama's health care law.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK , Associated Press

AP Exclusive: Under radar, Florida spent $240M on lawyers

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • Written by GARY FINEOUT , Associated Press

Mexico OKs new Trump trademarks for hotels and tourism

MEXICO CITY (AP) — On Feb. 19, 2016, at a campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, then-candidate Donald Trump gave a stump speech in which he railed against American jobs moving to Mexico: "We lose our jobs, we close our factories, Mexico gets all of the work," he said. "We get nothing."

  • Written by PETER ORSI and BERNARD CONDON , Associated Press

Trauma to lives, economy from tsunami persists 6 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Six years ago, more than 18,000 people died or went missing as a tsunami triggered by a massive quake engulfed coastal areas of northeastern Japan. Tens of thousands more people's lives were unraveled when they lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods. The displacement widened as entire communities fled after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tax credits work differently in 'Obamacare' and GOP plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans hate "Obamacare," so House GOP leaders freak out whenever their health care bill is compared to President Barack Obama's law. But one reason some conservatives are branding the bill "Obamacare Lite" comes down to the tax credits to help consumers buy insurance.

  • Written by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press