Breaking News: Friday, March 24, 2017

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House GOP pulls troubled health care bill

By The AP

WASHINGTON — In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to ...

Down to the wire on House health care vote, Tipton still undecided

By Gary Harmon

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., remains undecided on the American Health Care Act, his office said this morning. Tipton’s priority in the bill “is to lower health care costs for his constituents,” his Washington, D.C., office said in a statement. “He had concerns about the American Health Care Act in its original form – specifically about the impact it could have on senior citizens who purchase health insurance on the individual market. “There have ...

Prosecutor: Man linked to bombs wanted to explode himself

By The Associated Press

DENVER — Prosecutors say a former Marine accused of leaving pipe bombs in the safe in his downtown Denver hotel room planned to strap the explosives to his waist and blow himself up in Pueblo. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Martinez argued Thursday that 36-year-old Adam Hayat should be held until his trial. The Denver Post reports ( ) testimony didn’t make clear if Hayat had plans to harm others, and authorities haven’t said why he planned to set off ...

Spring storm closes highways in southern, eastern Colorado

By The Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS — A spring snow storm has shut down highways in southern and eastern Colorado. Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs and Interstate 70 from the outskirts of the Denver area to Limon were among the roads closed due to the wet and blowing snow Friday. The Air Force Academy and many Colorado Springs area schools were also closed because of the weather. The storm also brought snow to Colorado’s mountains but mostly rain to the Denver area.  ...

School drilling setback bill advances in House

By Dennis Webb

A bill to increase minimum setbacks between schools and oil and gas sites cleared a Colorado House of Representatives committee Thursday night by a 6-5 vote. The measure next goes to a vote of the full House. While it’s expected to clear the House, it will face tough odds of passage in the Republican-controlled Senate. Thursday’s vote by the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee was party line, with Democrats supporting it and Republicans opposed. House Bill ...

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