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WASHINGTON (AP) — Key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences.
Syrian warplanes launched fresh raids on the last rebel-held districts in Aleppo on Friday, as key regime ally Russia vowed the assault would continue until opposition fighters left the battleground city. Government strikes had halted briefly from Thursday night, when Moscow announced a pause in the regime's offensive to allow the evacuation of civilians, though artillery fire did not stop. Syria's army is three weeks into a battle to retake east Aleppo from rebels who are now confined to just a few neighbourhoods in their former bastion.
More than 1,000 Russian athletes were used in an "institutional conspiracy" with banned drugs at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, investigator Richard McLaren said Friday. International sport was "hijacked" by the Russians, according to the the Canadian lawyer who has previously accused Russia of "state-sponsored" cheating. McLaren said in his new report for the World Anti-Doping Agency that he had confirmed the switching of samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that salt and coffee were used to manipulate samples when checked by international experts.