Sen. John McCain lived up to his nickname of “maverick” in voting against his fellow Republicans on the “skinny” amendment to repeal and replace Obamacare.'Right thing to do' »
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to shut down Wednesday’s press briefing after too many reporters asked for details on President Trump’s new policy banning transgender Americans from serving in the military. Sanders had few details on the policy, which Trump announced in a series of tweets earlier in the day. “As I’ve said before and I’ll try to make this clear, this was a military decision, this was about military readiness, this was about unit cohesion, this was about resources within the military, and nothing more,” said Sanders.
At least one person was killed and five critically injured after a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair.
House Speaker Paul Ryan assured nervous Republican senators on a conference call Thursday night that he would send their “skinny repeal” of Obamacare to a conference instead of passing it into law. As a vote neared Thursday night or early Friday morning on a proposed “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, three key Republican senators said they would only vote for it if they are assured it won’t actually become law. The three — Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., John McCain, R-Ariz., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis.— said they needed Ryan’s word that he would not take up their legislation, pass it and send it to the president’s desk.
A prominent judge found in the Hudson River died by suicide in a drowning, according to findings issued by the city's medical examiner on Wednesday. A police harbor unit recovered the body of 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam in April after she was reported missing. Abdus-Salaam was the first black woman on New York state's highest court.
A shark attacked a female tourist while she was snorkeling in the Bahamas on Thursday, authorities reportedly said. The condition of the woman, who has not been identified, wasn't immediately clear, and Assistant Police Commissioner Stephen Dean said that they did not have enough details about the woman's condition at the time. Authorities also did not reveal the type of shark that attacked the woman, however, the Bahamas has seen several similar incidents recently, mostly involving bull and tiger sharks. Last month, a North Carolina mother of three was attacked by a shark while snorkeling in the Bahamas, The woman, identified as Tiffany Johnson was snorkeling in a shallow reef while her husband remained back on the boat.
“What Happened,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir, will be released next month. (Simon & Schuster) Hillary Clinton’s book publisher released the title and cover of her upcoming campaign memoir on Thursday. And it was quickly mocked online. In “What Happened
More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal
China's Xinhua news agency accused fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui of using "fabricated and distorted information to mislead the public", the latest salvo in a campaign to discredit the billionaire who has made accusations of Communist Party corruption. Central to Guo's claims over recent months has been that a man named Yao Qing used his status as a nephew of a senior Communist Party official to amass a business empire worth tens of billions of dollars. In an online video stream last month, Guo produced a corporate tree diagram which he said showed companies linked to Yao, including GI Technologies (Beijing) Co. Xinhua interviewed Yao, who is listed in corporate records as general manager of GI Technologies.
Michael Surbaugh, the chief scout executive for the Boy Scouts of America, was forced to apologize Thursday for President Trump’s address at the group’s annual jamboree, a rambling, campaign-style speech in which he recounted his election victory and advocated for the repeal of Obamacare. In a letter to the “Scouting Family” and posted on the Scoutingwire website, Surbaugh apologized to those “who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree.” He explained that the invitation extended Trump to speak at the event was “in no way an endorsement of any person, party or policies,” but instead part of a long-standing tradition of welcoming the current commander in chief to the jamboree. President Trump with former boys scouts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree, July 24, 2017.
The Ohio State Fair reopened the day after the tragic accident took the life of an 18-year-old man who had just enlisted in the Marines; state fairs across the country shut down the same ride and others like it.
Venezuela's political crisis looks headed for a dangerous showdown Friday, after the opposition called three more days of nationwide protests against President Nicolas Maduro, defying a ban on demonstrations ahead of a controversial weekend vote. The war of words escalated on Thursday, the second day of a 48-hour general strike by Venezuelans angry over Maduro's plans for a Sunday poll to elect a new body to rewrite the constitution. "The regime declared we can't demonstrate... We will respond with the TAKING OF VENEZUELA" through a protest on Friday, the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable, said on its Twitter account.
A 10-year-old barefoot girl was sobbing and wearing only a pair of pajamas when she was found wandering in the desert for 30 minutes by a woman walking her dog, authorities said. Christopher Watson, 28, has been charged with felony child abuse after deputies went to his home Saturday, woke him up and arrested him, deputies said. The girl was discovered at about 9 a.m. walking without shoes on an asphalt road outside Kingman, authorities said.
A police officer died after being shot multiple times while responding to a traffic crash on the south side of Indianapolis, authorities said Thursday. Lt. Aaron Allan of the Southport Police Department was responding to a call about a crash with people trapped inside a vehicle Thursday afternoon when he was shot, Sgt. Kendale Adams of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department told reporters at a news conference.
A 98-year-old US science journalist, who has finally decided to retire, has said a generation of Americans are suffering from a “major disability in what they can think about and understand”. David Perlman, who has not only won awards but had them named after him, said this was one reason why so many people refused to recognise climate change was real. Speaking to the website of the Poynter Institute, which trains the media, The San Francisco Chronicle journalist described cuts in science coverage by newspapers as “absolutely obscene”.
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an information technology staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan.
The ride’s Dutch manufacturer told operators of the same attraction at fairs and festivals around the world to stop using it until more is learned about what caused the malfunction. Ohio Gov. John Kasich shut down all rides at the state fair and ordered them inspected again. Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, was thrown about 50 feet and was pronounced dead on the midway.
A ballistic missile fired by Yemen's Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen. Air defense forces downed the missile over the Wasaliyah area of Taif province, 69 km from Mecca, without causing any damage, the coalition said in a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA. The statement called the missile launch "a desperate attempt to spoil the haj pilgrimage," due to begin next month.
In a twist none of us saw coming, President Trump has now declared war not on Iran or North Korea (that’s probably being held back for sweeps week), but rather on his own attorney general. After ramping up his criticism of Jeff Sessions in the past week, going as far as to say he wouldn’t have appointed the former Alabama senator had he known that Sessions would recuse himself from the investigation into Trump’s Russian contacts, Trump took his case to Twitter, which is how you can always tell this president is serious about something. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” Trump tweeted.
Hundreds of people came to say goodbye to a bomb-sniffing dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. Marine Corporal Jeff DeYoung carried his beloved black Labrador, Cena, at his hero's farewell in Muskegon, Mich., Wednesday before the dog was euthanized on the USS LST 393, a museum ship, and carried away in a flag-draped coffin. The 10-year-old bomb-sniffing dog, who served in Afghanistan with DeYoung before becoming his service dog, had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer.
Controversy over a new cross-border rail link which will see mainland laws enforced in a Hong Kong train station escalated Thursday after the justice chief likened China to the city's "landlord". It comes at a time when fears are worsening that Hong Kong's freedoms are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing. The high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, 80 miles away, is due to open in 2018.
The mother of a man killed by police in Virginia says he dealt with "mental issues" but was not the kind of person who would harm anyone. Police say officers fatally shot Alexander Schoessel on Tuesday after he attacked an officer with a small ax. Richelle Tucker said Schoessel dealt with "mental issues" in the past, but she declined to elaborate.
The Philippines’ fiery President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at Oxford University as a “school for stupid people” after it published a study claiming he had paid for a cyber army to increase his popularity on social media. The study, “Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation”, looked at the strategies used by political parties and candidates in 28 different countries to spread their party messaging and inflate social media engagement numbers. It claims that Duterte’s camp paid $200,000 (£150,000) in 2016, the year he was elected, for a social media campaign that used citizens and groups to promote and defend him online.
A young mother has been arrested after her son died after allegedly spending days strapped to a car seat in her home without food. Lovily K Johnson has been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse following the death of her son Noah Edward Johnson at their apartment in Wyoming, Michigan. Police said Johnson had arrived at the local hospital last week with Noah who was already “clearly deceased and had been for some time”.
As we near the end of Shark Week 2017, another terrifying video of a shark thrashing around in acute distress after jumping onto a fishing boat has emerged on the internet. The incident happened July 6 when captain Don Law from Outlaw Fishing Charters and his crew had gone fishing in the waters off Long Island, New York when the mako shark jumped onto the boat out of the blue, quite literally.