Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

  • Written by SAM HANANEL , Associated Press

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers.

  • Written by KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES , Associated Press

Congress OKs bill averting Saturday gov't shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — With just hours to spare, Congress easily approved a short-term spending bill Friday that would prevent a partial federal shutdown over the weekend. But on President Donald Trump's 99th day in office, lawmakers were leaving until next week without completing two other measures he's coveted: A Republican health care overhaul and a budget financing government for the entire year.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

US urges new sanctions on NKorea and warns of catastrophe

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States called for new sanctions on North Korea Friday and threatened to punish international companies doing banned business with the pariah nation's nuclear and missile programs. Doing nothing could be "catastrophic," top diplomat Rex Tillerson told a special U.N. Security Council session he chaired.

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press