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Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

File photo of former Governor of Texas Rick Perry speaking at the Freedom Summit in Des MoinesBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.


Jeremy Renner, estranged wife, settle custody dispute

FILE - In this March 1, 2014 file photo, Jeremy Renner arrives at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, in Santa Monica, Calif. Attorneys for Renner and his estranged wife, model Sonni Pacheco, told a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, that the pair had settled a custody dispute over their 2-year-old daughter. Pacheco filed for divorce from the two-time Academy Award nominee in December, less than a year after their wedding. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner and his estranged wife have reached an agreement on custody of their 2-year-old daughter and financial issues.


Last Cuban Ebola medics leave S.Leone, new clampdown for Easter

Health workers wearing personal protective equipment assist an Ebola patient at the Kenema treatment centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone on November 15, 2014The last remaining Cuban medics sent to Sierra Leone in October last year to help in the fight against Ebola left the country on Wednesday, as the number of infections there is falling. The 66 remaining Cuban medics who answered a call from the World Health Organization to come to Sierra Leone as Ebola raged six months ago left on Wednesday, saying they believed the country was well on the way to defeating the virus. The head of the Cuban delegation, Doctor Jorge Delgado Butillo, told AFP by telephone his staff had "helped to save the life of a great number of people infected with Ebola". Sierra Leone's National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) said during the three-day nationwide clampdown, 263 sick people were evacuated from their homes of which 10 were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus.


Arkansas governor seeks fix of religion bill seen as targeting gays

Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program in WashingtonBy Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told lawmakers on Wednesday to revise a bill that rights activists and U.S. businesses said allowed discrimination against gays, and home-state corporate giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc praised his action. Indiana's governor a day earlier said lawmakers should fix a similar Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In a news conference at the Capitol in Little Rock, Hutchinson, who previously said he would sign the bill, said he was sending the act back to the Republican-controlled legislature to be rewritten so it can better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom.


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