Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation.

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  • Written by By MARCY GORDON, Associated Press

Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Congress on Tuesday he never lied under oath about Russian interference in the 2016 election and said sleep deprivation and the "chaos" of the Trump campaign clouded his recollections of campaign contacts with Russians.

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  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious objections sparked immediate debate.

  • Written by By ROD McGUIRK , Associated Press

Zimbabwe army has Mugabe, wife in custody, controls capital

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's army said Wednesday it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital's streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

  • Written by By FARAI MUTSAKA , Associated Press

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.

  • Written by By ESTHER HTUSAN , Associated Press