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Senate Delays Health Care Vote…Attempted Coup in Venezuela…Chicago Cops Indicted

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Republican Party’s long-promised repeal of ‘Obamacare’ is on the brink after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, shelved votes planned for this week. It was an embarrassing setback for President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans on their No. 1 campaign promise, and prospects for reviving the legislation are uncertain.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says an attack on the country’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry was an attempt to oust him from power, but the assault was thwarted and no one was killed. Maduro says that while he was speaking live on state television Tuesday, a police helicopter fired on the pro-government court with grenades. Social media identifies the chopper pilot as Oscar Perez, who has called for a rebellion against Maduro’s “tyranny.”

PARIS (AP) – Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which was hit by malicious software that is crippling computers globally, says it has “contained the issue.” The Copenhagen-based group says its APM Terminals have been “impacted in a number of ports,” adding vessels with Maersk Line were “maneuverable, able to communicate and crews are safe.”

CHICAGO (AP) – Three Chicago police officers accused of covering up and lying about a deadly shooting, have been indicted. The indictment alleges that the three lied about what happened on Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald, shooting the black teen 16 times. One of the officers is accused of signing off on a report that claimed that McDonald attacked two officers. Dashcam video contradicts the officers’ accounts.

GANZHOU, China (AP) – One current and two former employees at the Chinese factory that makes shoes for Ivanka Trump have told The Associated Press that workers endure abuse, overtime that stretches past midnight and low pay. The group China Labor Watch says the factory forced workers to sign fake pay stubs with inflated salary numbers, among other allegations. The Huajian Group, which owns the factory, says allegations against it are “completely not true to the facts, taken out of context, exaggerated.”

42 IS Prisoners Killed in Airstrike…Status of Senate Healthcare Bill Unclear…Prisoners Killed Fellow Inmates to Get Death Penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) – Iranians at Tehran’s international airport say they don’t expect to encounter any difficulties traveling to the United States despite the Supreme Court’s partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The Iranian government did not immediately comment on the ban, which would apply to Iran and five other Muslim-majority countries. The ban would exempt those with “a bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States.

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrian activists say an airstrike targeting an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria has killed at least 42 prisoners. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 15 IS jailers and fighters were also killed in the airstrike that happened on Monday in the Deir El-Zour province.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s promise to repeal and replace ‘Obamacare’ depends on the votes of a key group of GOP senators with qualms about the legislation leadership is pushing to a vote this week. These lawmakers range from moderates to conservatives, and include senators who were just re-elected and a couple facing tough re-election fights.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to put limits on the future growth of Medicaid, which serves about 70 million low-income people. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP legislation, and could lead to deadlock. Medicaid used to be a stepchild, but over time it’s become a financial mainstay in local communities for hospitals, nursing homes, insurers, and most recently treatment centers confronting the opioid crisis.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina convicted killer says he and a fellow inmate couldn’t bear to spend the rest of their lives behind bars, so they killed four fellow inmates at Kirkland Correctional Institution. Thirty-five-year-old Denver Simmons tells The Associated Press that on April 7, he and 26-year-old Jacob Philip lured four men from the unit for mentally ill prisoners into Simmons’ cell and beat and strangled them. Simmons says he and Philip want to be executed.