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Republicans make desperate bid to save health care bill

WASHINGTON - Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it.

In a late bid to win votes and stave off defeat, Republicans were adding $14.5 billion to the measure for states, according to documents obtained late Sunday by The Associated Press.

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Mexico border crossing to reopen 12 hours ahead of schedule

SAN DIEGO - The busiest border crossing in the United States was set to reopen about 12 hours ahead of schedule Monday after it closed for the weekend to travellers who normally drive through to Mexico.

The San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting San Diego to Tijuana closed at 3 a.m. Saturday for work on a $741 million expansion project. Four out of five southbound lanes were expected to reopen at midnight Monday, officials said.

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Canada's chief negotiator says too soon to tell if new NAFTA by year end

OTTAWA - Canada's chief negotiator says solid progress is being made in talks to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but it's too soon to tell if a deal can be reached by the year-end deadline set by the United States.

"The pace is very fast and the (negotiating) rounds are very closely squeezed together, which is a bit unusual, so there's not as much time to do work in between rounds as we would ordinarily expect," Steve Verheul said Sunday as negotiators wrapped up the second day of talks in the third round of negotiations.

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France: Macron's party suffers hit in French Senate election

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron's upstart centrist party suffered its first electoral blow Sunday, as traditional conservatives dominated Senate elections amid mounting disenchantment with Macron's leadership.

The results damage Macron's legitimacy as he seeks to make his mark on Europe's future and embarks on a divisive labour law overhaul that he hopes will invigorate the moribund French economy. Truckers plan to block highways and fuel depots Monday in the latest show of anti-Macron defiance.

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