Global Glance: GOP leaders advance health care bill; Women’s march organizers call for ‘a day without a woman’

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Facing strong pushback, GOP leaders advance health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee will convene what are expected to be marathon sessions on Wednesday to start voting on the legislation. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence back the plan to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law, and Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is confidently predicting it will pass the House. But on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the GOP health bill was launched, a powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink it. Read more

Women’s march organizers call for ‘a day without a woman’

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Organizers of January’s Women’s March have called for women to take the day off and encouraged them not to spend money to show their economic strength and impact on American society. “A Day Without a Woman” on Wednesday is the first major action by organizers since the nationwide marches held the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration that drew millions of women into the streets in protest against misogyny, inequality and oppression. Though it is unclear how many women could participate, thousands across the country have signaled their support and interest online and to employers. The event coincides with the U.N.-designated International Women’s Day, and organizers say they want to “stand with women around the globe.” Read more

Saudi energy minister keeping close eye on US oil producers

HOUSTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s energy minister says OPEC production cuts are working to bolster crude prices and his country will look at whether other oil-producing nations are living up to their promises to curtail pumping before deciding whether to extend the cutbacks beyond this summer. Khalid Al-Falih expressed no great alarm Tuesday about the recovery in American oil output since crude prices began rebounding in early 2016. But, in a nod to America’s ability to offset much of the OPEC cuts by pumping oil from shale formations, Al-Falih says he is watching the U.S. producers closely. Read more

Trump set to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to significantly increase the efficiency of new cars and trucks. The requirements were a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reverse a decision made in the waning days of the Obama administration to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025. Read more

Q&A: How can I stop my TV from spying on me?

The publication by WikiLeaks of documents it says are from the CIA’s secret hacking program describe tools that can turn a world of increasingly networked, camera- and microphone-equipped devices into eavesdroppers. Smart televisions and automobiles now have on-board computers and microphones, joining the ubiquitous smartphones, laptops and tablets that have had microphones and cameras as standard equipment for a decade. That the CIA has created tools to turn them into listening posts surprises no one in the security community. Read more

Uber to hire chief operating officer to help embattled CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says the company will hire a chief operating officer who can partner with him to write its “next chapter.” The ride-hailing company has been hit by a series of controversies, including allegations that it routinely ignores sexual harassment, and a video of Kalanick profanely berating a driver who confronted him about steep cuts in Uber’s rates for a premium version of its service. After the video surfaced, Kalanick apologized and said he needs “leadership help.” The 40-year-old executive also said he needs to “grow up.” Read more

Japan’s economy grows 1.2 percent to close 2016, below estimates

TOKYO (AP) — Revised data show Japan’s economy expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2 percent annual pace in the last quarter of 2016. The figure released Wednesday was slightly higher than the preliminary estimate of 1.0 percent annual growth for the world’s No. 3 economy. It was below economists’ forecasts for growth of 1.4 percent or higher. In quarterly terms, the economy expanded 0.3 percent in the October-December. The earlier estimate was 0.2 percent. Read more

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