Arkansas conducts first execution since 2005, plans 3 more

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas carried out its first execution in nearly a dozen years despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three convicted killers, but courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.

  • Written by ANDREW DeMILLO and SEAN MURPHY , Associated Press

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net.

 

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press

Future of revamped health care bill remains dubious in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for a victory, the White House is expressing confidence that a breakthrough on the mired Republican health care bill could emerge in the House next week. The chamber's GOP leaders, burned by a March debacle, are dubious and signs are scant that an emerging plan is gaining enough votes to succeed.

 

  • Written by ALAN FRAM and JULIE PACE , Associated Press

VP Pence aims to reassure Australia after tense Trump call

SYDNEY (AP) — More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings.

 

  • Written by KRISTEN GELINEAU and KEN THOMAS , Associated Press