President says Iran will 'respond' if U.S. missile law passes

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will respond if a bill in the U.S. Congress imposing sanctions on people involved in Iran's ballistic missile program becomes law.
The House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday and it now goes to the Senate.
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Ohio to execute Ronald Phillips, man convicted of rape and murder of three-year-old

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — Ohio is preparing to put a condemned child killer to death in the state’s first execution in more than three years.
Forty-three-year-old Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die Wednesday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
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New York eyes ‘textalyzer’ to crack down on distracted drivers

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.
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Life in prison sought for abduction, rape of 4-year-old girl

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Prosecutors say a Montana man turned every parent's nightmare into reality when he chased down a 4-year-old girl at night in a park, snatched her while a friend watched helplessly, then raped and left her for dead on an American Indian reservation.
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Residential school cemetery in Regina to get provincial heritage designation

REGINA -- The chief of the group representing Saskatchewan First Nations says designating a residential school cemetery as a provincial heritage property is a sign of recognition and respect.
Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations says people went through a horrific time at the Regina Indian Industrial School.
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Stolen tortoise found and returned to animal shelter

New York City police have found a rare tortoise that was stolen from an animal shelter.
Police announced Tuesday they have recovered the African spurred tortoise named Millennium that was stolen from the Alley Pond Environmental Center last week.
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Sri Lanka deploys army to distribute fuel during strike

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka's government deployed army troops on Wednesday to restore fuel distribution crippled during a strike launched by trade unions who want to stop leases of oil tanks to India and China.
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Senate health care debate could be suspenseful and raucous

WASHINGTON -- The Senate's days-long debate on health care features a dynamic that's relatively rare on Capitol Hill.
Genuine suspense.
Debate kicked off Tuesday without an obvious endgame. Several Republicans voted to start debate but said the bill will have to be changed for them to vote to actually pass the legislation later this week.
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TSB to release report into fatal capsizing of fishing boat off N.B.

MONCTON, N.B. -- A new report into the fatal capsizing of a fishing boat that claimed the lives of two men off the coast of northern New Brunswick will be released today.
The Transportation Safety Board will release details of its investigation into the June 2016 sinking at a news conference in Moncton, N.B.
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Britain to ban sale of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040

LONDON -- Britain's government says it will ban the sale of new cars and vans using diesel and gasoline starting in 2040 as authorities move to tackle air pollution.
The decision announced Wednesday by Environment Secretary Michael Gove follows similar moves in France and Norway.
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Loblaw expects higher minimum wage rules and Quebec changes will hurt profits

BRAMPTON, Ont. -- Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) says minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta and health care reform in Quebec are expected to hurt its bottom line.
The grocery and drug store operator says the minimum wage increases announced in Ontario and Alberta are expected to increase its labour expenses by about $190 million in 2018.
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Trump: Liberation from 'Obamacare nightmare' is close

WASHINGTON -- Celebrating a slim but symbolic health-care win in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump told supporters in Ohio that the nation was one step closer to liberation from the "Obamacare nightmare."
"You think that's easy? That's not easy," he told a crowd of thousands just hours after the Senate took a small but hard-fought first step Tuesday toward Republicans' years-long promise to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.
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