2 women, 1 man arrested in North Korean's death in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood.

  • Written by EILEEN NG , Associated Press

House GOP batting around options for revamping health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Republican drive to craft a new health care plan sputtering, House GOP leaders are offering options to rank-and-file lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law with a conservative approach dominated by tax breaks and a transition away from today's Medicaid program.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

EU: Migrant deaths in Mediterranean rising despite more aid

BRUSSELS (AP) — Migrant deaths have risen to a record level on the Libya-to-Italy Mediterranean Sea smuggling route, and the increasing number of rescue boats trying to prevent mass drownings there might actually be helping the smugglers, the European Union's border and coast guard chief says.

 

  • Written by RAF CASERT , Associated Press

Congress blocks rule barring mentally impaired from guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

 

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING , Associated Press

Trump urges Israeli premier to 'hold off' on settlements

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked Israel's prime minister to "hold off" on building Jewish settlements in land the Palestinians claim for their future state, yet held back from explicitly endorsing support for a future independent Palestine.

  • Written by JILL COLVIN and VIVIAN SALAMA , Associated Press