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In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, the Healthcare.gov website is seen on a computer screen in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Uninsured rate rose in Trump’s first year: Gallup poll

- The Washington Times

An estimated 3.2 million Americans became uninsured during President Trump’s first year, Gallup said Tuesday in a survey that says rising premiums, declining competition in Obamacare markets and confusion over the GOP’s repeal plans drove the losses.

While Obamacare enrollment is a distant memory in much of the country, the bluest areas are still hitting the pavement. (Associated Press/File)

Blue America keeps enrollment rolling to save Obamacare

- The Washington Times

While Obamacare enrollment is a distant memory in much of the country, the bluest areas are still hitting the pavement. They have sign-up periods well beyond the six-week enrollment that President Trump allowed for the 39 states that rely on the federal HealthCare.gov site.

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FILE- This Jan. 3, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. The government is financed through Friday, Jan. 19, and another temporary spending bill is needed to prevent a partial government shutdown after that. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

AP News Guide: Big decisions await Congress on immigration

- Associated Press

Before a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an agreement on other immigration-related issues, including President Donald Trump's long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Therapy dogs help calm children, staff at advocacy center

- Associated Press

Two of the most lovable souls at the Child Advocacy Center of Aiken are named Bali and Miss Caroline, and it's easy to tell who they are when they visit on Tuesday mornings and afternoons.

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2005 file photo, a man sneezes holding a tissue in Berlin, Germany. According to a case study published Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in the journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors in England say stifling a big sneeze can be hazardous for your health in rare cases, based on the very unusual experience of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to stop a sneeze. (AP Photo/Roberto Pfeil, File)

Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases

- Associated Press

Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze.

Morneau to make retirement official with Twins sendoff

Associated Press

Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons.

In this Jan. 8, 2018 photo, Wendy Hapgood, left, and John Steward, directors of the Wild Tomorrow Fund, measure an elephant tusk at a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation warehouse in Albany, N.Y. The tusk was part of a $4.5 million seizure of illegal ivory from a New York City antiques shop. To help support anti-poaching efforts, scientists will use carbon dating to determine when the elephant was killed and DNA analysis to pinpoint where it came from in Africa. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

Seized ivory probed for clues that could help save elephants

- Associated Press

Scientists are using information gleaned from both illegal ivory art and elephant dung to provide clues that could help save the lives of pachyderms that are being slaughtered for their tusks in Africa.

Passenger with measles flew through Chicago's O'Hare

Associated Press

State health officials are advising anyone who was at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last Wednesday and hasn't been vaccinated for measles to get tested for the highly contagious disease.

Wisconsin high school has 17 sets of twins

- Associated Press

Vincent Breunig admits being surprised when, in 1999, he and his wife, Melanie, learned their pregnancy would be twice the fun.