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W.VA.» Pres­i­dent Don­ald GLEN JEAN,

Trump on Mon­day jok­ingly threat­ened to fire his health sec­re­tary if a cru­cial vote to re­peal “Oba­macare” fails. Trump told thou­sands of Boy Scouts at a na­tional gath­er­ing that Sec­re­tary of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Tom Price “bet­ter get” the votes to be­gin de­bate on health care leg­is­la­tion Tues­day.

“You gonna get the votes? He bet­ter get ’em,” Trump said, adding: “Oth­er­wise, I’ll say: Tom, you’re fired.”

The com­ment drew laughs from the crowd, and Trump gave Price a friendly pat on the shoul­der, sug­gest­ing he’d been jok­ing. White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said she’d taken the com­ment that way as well.

Trump also sin­gled out West Vir­ginia Sen. Shel­ley Moore Capito, who has ex­pressed reser­va­tions about the Repub­li­can health care bill.

“You bet­ter get Sen. Capito to vote for it,” he told Price, adding: “You gotta get the other sen­a­tors to vote for it. It’s time.”

Sources: Trump speaks to ad­vis­ers about fir­ing “be­lea­guered” Ses­sions.

WASHINGTON» Trump has spo­ken with ad­vis­ers about fir­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, as he con­tin­ues to rage against Ses­sions’ de­ci­sion to re­cuse him­self from all mat­ters re­lated to the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The pres­i­dent’s anger bub­bled into public view Mon­day as he re­ferred to Ses­sions in a tweet as “be­lea­guered.” Pri­vately, Trump has spec­u­lated aloud to al­lies in re­cent days about the con­se­quences of fir­ing Ses­sions, ac­cord­ing to three peo­ple who have re­cently spo­ken to the pres­i­dent.

Last orca calf born at SeaWorld dies.

ANTONIO» The last killer SAN whale born in cap­tiv­ity un­der SeaWorld’s for­mer orca-breed­ing pro­gram died Mon­day at the com­pany’s San Antonio park. Ve­teri­nar­i­ans were treat­ing 3-month-old Kyara for an in­fec­tion last week­end, but her health con­tin­ued to de­cline, the Orlando, Fla.-based com­pany said in a news re­lease.

A ve­teri­nary team will con­duct an ex­am­i­na­tion to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Hunt is on for chain­saw at­tacker who wounded five.

SWITZER­LAND» A man armed with a chain­saw wounded five peo­ple at a health in­surer’s of­fice Mon­day in this north­ern Swiss city, po­lice said, trig­ger­ing a man­hunt for a sus­pect de­scribed as ag­gres­sive and psy­cho­log­i­cally un­sta­ble.

Sus­pect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for weapons of­fenses and no fixed res­i­dence, au­thor­i­ties said.

Sui­cide bomb­ing kills 26, wounds 54.

PAK­ISTAN» A LA­HORE, sui­cide bomber struck near a po­lice team Mon­day, killing at least 26 and wound­ing an ad­di­tional 54, many of them po­lice of­fi­cers. An out­lawed Tal­iban fac­tion claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity. Se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Haider Ashraf said a sui­cide bomber on a mo­tor­cy­cle tar­geted po­lice guard­ing a de­mo­li­tion site at Kot Lakh­pat’s vegetable mar­ket on the out­skirts of La­hore.

For­mer lead­ers of polyg­a­mous com­mu­nity found guilty; one had 25 wives.


COLUMBIA» Two for­mer lead­ers of an iso­lated polyg­a­mous com­mu­nity in Canada were con­victed Mon­day of prac­tic­ing polygamy af­ter a decades-long le­gal fight, set­ting up an­other po­ten­tial court bat­tle over the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of Canada’s polygamy laws.

Win­ston Black­more, 60, and James Oler, 53, were found guilty by Bri­tish Columbia Supreme Court Jus­tice Sheri Ann Done­gan, who said the ev­i­dence was clear that Black­more was mar­ried to 25 women at the same time and that Oler was mar­ried to five women in the tiny com­mu­nity of Boun­ti­ful.

Duff thank­ful no one hurt in bur­glary.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Hi­lary Duff calls a bur­glary at the star’s Bev­erly Hills home “a scary and up­set­ting sit­u­a­tion.” Pub­li­cist Erica Ger­ard said Duff is thank­ful her fam­ily and staff weren’t hurt in the bur­glary last week, which was re­ported by TMZ on Sun­day. TMZ says Duff was va­ca­tion­ing in Canada at the time of the in­ci­dent and the thieves made off with hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in jew­elry.

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