New Medicare cards are on the way

The new Medicare cards address concerns by removing each member’s Social Security number and replacing it with a new, randomly generated 11-digit “Medicare number” (some capital letters are included).

In April, the government will start sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified.

Widespread action on gun control in the states unlikely

In this March 13 photo, several gun-rights activists wearing blaze orange hunting vests visit the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, Vt., where bills are under consideration to place restrictions on gun ownership. A nationwide review of state legislation by The Associated Press suggests the Florida high school shooting may not lead to the sea change in firearms policy that gun-control advocates had desired. People on both sides of the debate are watching developments in gun-friendly Vermont, where Republican Gov. Phil Scott abandoned his stance against gun control after police arrested an 18-year-old man allegedly plotting a mass shooting at a high school. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The campaign for tighter gun laws that inspired unprecedented student walkouts across the country faces an uphill climb in a majority of states, an Associated Press review of gun legislation found.

Congress demands Pentagon, DOJ investigate child sex assault

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018 file photo, a mother whose daughter said she was sexually assaulted during first grade by a classmate at their elementary school on a U.S. military base in Germany, stands in her daughter's bedroom at their new home in Colorado. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, senior members of Congress called for investigations and a hearing following an Associated Press report that details how the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they sexually assault each other on base. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Congress reacted Thursday to an Associated Press investigation into sexual assault among children on U.S. military bases by demanding the Defense and Justice departments explain how they will solve the problem.

Trump owns up to making things up

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with workers at the Essar Steel Algoma plant during a visit to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, as MP Terry Sheehan looks on, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Trudeau is telling steel workers that it makes no sense for the U.S. to reverse its decision to exempt Canada from trade tariffs on steel and aluminum. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has owned up to making things up.

Thousands flee violence in mass exodus from Syrian towns

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian civilians with their belongings, fleeing fighting between Syrian government forces and rebels, in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, March. 15, 2018. Thousands of civilians streamed out of Hamouria in Syria's besieged, opposition-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Thursday, crossing on foot and in pick-up trucks and tractors to government-held territory near the capital, Damascus, according to footage on state-run Syrian television. (SANA via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of terrified men, women and children streamed out on foot and in pick-up trucks Thursday from besieged enclaves on two fronts, fleeing bombings from the Syrian military near the capital, Damascus, and Turkish troops in the country’s north.

New China ‘crime’ crackdown targets threats to party rule

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2011 file photo, Chinese paramilitary police march during a flag raising ceremony near the Potala Palace in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Tibetan activists, housing petitioners and other campaigners are targets of a new national campaign in China against so-called organized crime. The sweep expands the range of people law enforcement officials can take into custody in the name of preserving peace and order. Analysts say the crackdown will help President Xi Jinping win political support in counties and villages, boosting his legitimacy as he prepares to rule the country indefinitely. (Color China Photo via AP, File)

BEIJING (AP) — As Tibetans prepared to celebrate a Buddhist new year festival with prayers and dance, police officers went to schools, airports and public squares to read out “21 kinds of dark and evil forces,” a list of new criminal targets.

Doctors to examine U.S. man sought by Poland in Nazi case

FILE - This Undated file photo of Michael Karkoc was part of his application for German citizenship filed with the Nazi SS-run immigration office on Feb. 14, 1940. Polish prosecutors say American authorities are moving ahead with their request to extradite a 99-year-old Minnesota man to be tried on allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians. (AP Photo/U.S. National Archives, File)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American authorities are moving ahead with Poland’s request to extradite a 99-year-old Minnesota man to be tried on allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians, Polish prosecutors said Thursday.

Fallen bridge: As victims are found officials seek answers

Miam-Dade Fire Rescue personnel work after a brand new, 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed in front of Florida International University, Thursday, March 15, 2018, in Miami. Florida officials said Thursday that several people have been found dead in the rubble of the collapsed South Florida pedestrian bridge where the frantic search for any survivors continued past nightfall. (Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — As Florida authorities work to identify the people who died in Thursday’s catastrophic bridge collapse, state and federal investigators will begin the task of figuring out how and why the five-day-old span failed.

Complaint claims Trump lawyers threatened Panama magistrate

In this March 5, 2018 photo, a man removes the word Trump, off a marquee outside the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City. Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s family hotel business threatened a Panamanian judicial official handling a dispute related to Trump Hotels’ management of a 70-story luxury hotel, according to a complaint filed with the anticorruption division of Panama’s chief prosecutor. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump’s family hotel business threatened a Panamanian judicial official handling a dispute related to Trump Hotels’ management of a 70-story luxury hotel, according to a complaint filed with the anti-corruption division of Panama’s chief prosecutor.

Abortion, free speech collide in Supreme Court dispute

In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, Blayne Wittig, executive director of Options for Women of California, left, a center in Concord, Calif., Debbie Whittaker, nurse manager, center, and Christine Vatuone, president and CEO of Informed Choices, talk at Informed Choices, a crisis pregnancy center in Grilroy, Calif. A California law regulating anti-abortion pregnancy centers has led to a Supreme Court clash at the intersection of abortion and free speech. The centers say a law requiring them to tell pregnant clients the state has family planning and abortion care available at little or no cost violates the centers’ free speech rights. Informed Choices is what Vatuone describes as a “life-affirming” pregnancy center. Even as it advertises “free pregnancy services” and promises in signs on its door and inside to discuss all options with pregnant women, Informed Choices exists to steer women away from abortion. (AP Photo/Mark Sherman)

GILROY, Calif. (AP) — Informed Choices is what its president describes as a “life-affirming” pregnancy center on the edge of downtown Gilroy in northern California.



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