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Senate Healthcare Bill to be Revealed…TS Cindy Hits Louisiana…Pelosi Facing Doubts After Georgia Loss

MUKALLA, Yemen (AP) – Former prisoners say torture and abuse are rife in a network of secret prisons in Yemen run by the United Arab Emirates and allied Yemeni forces to hold hundreds of people detained in the hunt for al-Qaida. American interrogators have questioned some of the detainees, and regularly receive access to their testimony, a potential violation of international laws against complicity in torture.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congressional aides and lobbyists say Senate Republicans would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance and erase a raft of tax increases as part of their long-awaited health care bill. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to release the measure Thursday. The proposal represents the party’s long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama’s health care law, but support by enough GOP senators is not yet guaranteed.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Tropical Storm Cindy has made landfall in southwestern Louisiana, bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding and tornadoes. As of about 4 a.m. CDT Thursday, the storm was centered about 30 miles west-southwest of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is moving north near 12 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Cindy’s maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph with continued weakening expected.

BEIJING (AP) – Food exporters including the United States and Europe are stepping up pressure on China to scale back plans for intensive inspections of imports that they say will hamper access to its fast-growing market. Nine nations and the EU have sent a joint letter to Chinese regulators asking them to suspend a proposed requirement, due to take effect Oct. 1, for each shipment to have an inspection certificate from a foreign government.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic candidate’s defeat in the high-stakes House race in Georgia has brought new attention to the party’s highest-ranking officer-holder, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. As Democrats look ahead to 2018, some are saying that Pelosi’s position will be at risk if the party doesn’t succeed in taking back control of the House.

Uber CEO Resigns…Ex-Homeland Security Secretary to Testify…Bomb Attempt Fails in Belgium

DETROIT (AP) – Travis Kalanick, the combative and troubled CEO of ride-hailing giant Uber, has resigned under pressure from investors. The company’s board confirmed the move early Wednesday, saying in a statement that Kalanick is taking time to heal from the death of his mother in a boating accident “while giving the company room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history.” The resignation came after a series of costly missteps under 40-year-old Kalanick.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) – Iran has called on Saudi Arabia to immediately release three detained Iranians that it says were fishermen but that Saudi authorities say were trying to carry out an attack. Iran’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Saudi government should “compensate” the detainees and “punish the agents of this irresponsible action.”

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson faces questions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election as the House intelligence committee presses ahead with its investigation. Johnson served as President Barack Obama’s homeland security chief from December 2013 to January 2017. In prepared testimony, he says the Russian government at President Vladimir Putin’s direction clearly conducted cyberattacks to influence the presidential election.

BRUSSELS (AP) – Officials in Belgium say the quick shooting of an attacker who tried to detonate a nail bomb and shouted “Allahu akbar” at a Brussels train station averted fatalities. Belgium, meanwhile, has increased security measures around the country. The attacker has been identified as a 36-year-old Moroccan national not known to authorities for being involved in terror activities.

LONDON (AP) – Queen Elizabeth II will outline the government’s legislative program with far less pageantry than usual Wednesday in a speech expected to be dominated by a discussion of Britain’s plans for leaving the European Union. The speech comes after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in a snap election, leaving her to head a minority government with no deal so far to insure that the government can deliver on its agenda.