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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Max Baucus says he didn't know for sure that Republican Senator Olympia Snowe would vote in favor of his health care overhaul bill until she actually did so.

The Montana Democrat said he had a strong sense that Snowe wanted to support the legislation but that she hadn't told him what she'd do. 

He made his comments in an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press shortly after his Senate Finance Committee passed his sweeping health care bill. Snowe was the only Republican to vote "yes." The other four congressional committees that have passed health care bills have done so without a single GOP vote. 

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Snowe told him this morning she'd be bucking her party to support Baucus' bill.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jurors have reached a verdict on one criminal charge and appear deadlocked on seven others in the trial of a lobbyist caught up in the Jack Abramoff influence peddling scandal.

The jury for Kevin Ring decided Tuesday to keep secret its verdict on the one count for now after being directed by U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to resume deliberations Wednesday.

The charge involves a payment of $5,000 to a credit union account controlled by the wife of former California Republican Rep. John Doolittle.

Ring is accused of providing thousands of dollars worth of drinks, meals and tickets to sporting events and concerts to the offices of two congressmen and to Justice Department officials over a four-year span.

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