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A frustrated President Trump ratcheted up pressure on Senate Republicans to back their party’s legislative effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. “Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law,” Trump said. Senate Republicans have launched a new push for a Tuesday vote on a health care bill, it’s still unclear which version of their plan that would be, and what last-minute revisions might be added.
Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump's pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The man accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, was arrested on Sunday after police said they discovered dozens of undocumented Mexican and Guatemalan nationals, some unconscious in the back of the truck, others staggering around the vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart store in San Antonio. Authorities called to the scene found the bodies of eight illegal immigrants, along with 30 to 40 others who survived the ordeal but were suffering from dehydration and heat stroke, some of them as young as 15.
An 18-year-old California woman was arrested after allegedly causing a fatal car crash that killed her younger sister while driving under the influence — and livestreaming it on Instagram. Obdulia Sanchez was driving her 14-year-old sister Jacqueline Sanchez and another 14-year-old girl about 120 miles southeast of San Francisco on Friday when her vehicle traveled off the road, the Associated Press reports. The California Highway Patrol told Fox affiliate KTXL that Sanchez overcorrected when her car veered, swerving into the opposite lanes, crashing through a barbed wire fence and overturning in a field.
Records show the head of the Environmental Protection Agency spent weekends in his home state during his first three months in office, frequently flying to and from Oklahoma at taxpayer's expense. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's expense reports from March, April and May were released following a Freedom of Information request filed by Environmental Integrity Project, a non-profit watchdog group. The records show Pruitt traveled home at least 10 times, typically leaving Washington on Fridays and returning on Mondays.
Monday marked the two year anniversary of the disappearance of two teenage boys in Florida after they were lost at sea. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, have long been presumed dead — but a legal fight between the two families is just beginning. Perry's family filed a wrongful death suit Friday alleging negligence on the part of Austin’s family.
The world’s oldest manatee has died in a “heartbreaking” accident at his Florida home a day after celebrating his 69th birthday. According to the South Florida Museum, a panel door leading out of the underwater tank which is normally bolted shut had been knocked loose.
By Panu Wongcha-um BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters. The United States has criticized China for disregarding international law by the construction and militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea, undermining regional stability. China claims most of the energy-rich sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction. The Pentagon said the encounter between the aircraft was unsafe, but added that the vast majority of interactions were safe.
President Trump walks off Air Force One on Saturday. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) President Trump followed up Saturday’s Twitter tirade with a pair of tweets on Sunday saying that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing “very little to protect” him — and admitted
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk may sound like an alarmist when he talks about the threat that artificial intelligence (A.I.) poses to humans, but he’s got an ally in billionaire Mark Cuban, owner of the basketball team Dallas Mavericks and a lead investor on Shark Tank.
A woman slapped the back of a squad car before a Minneapolis police officer opened fire, killing yoga teacher Justine Damond, who had called 911 to report a possible attack, according to court documents. A search warrant affidavit filed by a Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension homicide investigator said police responded July 15 to a report of a woman possibly being attacked in an alley.
Israel faced mounting pressure Monday over tougher security at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site after a shooting at its embassy in Jordan raised further concerns following a weekend of deadly unrest. It was not immediately clear whether the incident in Amman on Sunday -- in which two Jordanian men were killed and an Israeli seriously injured -- was linked to the dispute over the Jerusalem compound. Israel and Jordan are bound by a 1994 peace treaty, but tensions have been high over the new security measures at the site in annexed east Jerusalem.
Serbia must resolve its relations with its breakaway former province of Kosovo in order to move forward, Serbia's president wrote in an opinion piece Monday. In the op-ed article in the high-circulation Blic daily, President Aleksandar Vucic urged a lasting solution for the problem that has been a source of tensions in the Balkans since the 1998-99 war. "It is important now, more than ever, that we all find an answer together," said Vucic, who has called for an all-nation discussion on the sensitive issue of the future of ties with Kosovo.
More than 135 people who reported falling sick between July 13 and July 16 after visiting a Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia have been identified by local authorities. The Loudoun County Health Department reported Monday that its investigation of the reports found two individuals tested positive for the same strain of norovirus following reports from earlier this month. Based on symptoms reported and these preliminary laboratory results, the cause of the outbreak is believed to be norovirus, though the specific source of the norovirus has not yet been identified,” Dr. David Goodfriend, director of the Loudoun County Health Department, said in a statement.
A condemned killer in Ohio arrived at the death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday with several requests for a delay pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ronald Phillips arrived at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, about 24 hours before he was set to die in Ohio's first execution in more than three years, a prisons spokeswoman said. The last execution in Ohio was in January 2014, when a condemned inmate repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure with a never-before-tried drug combination.
Somalian mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as ‘Shik Shik’, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. (Reuters)Photography by Feisal Omar/Reuters
President Trump has reportedly asked advisers about the scope of his presidential pardoning powers, specifically whether he can pardon his top aides, family members and himself, according to the Washington Post. Trump declared Saturday on Twitter that the U.S. president holds “the complete power to pardon,” so the issue is on his mind. “We’re not researching the issue, because the issue of pardons is not on the table,” Sekulow said.
Iran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a week of heightened rhetoric over the jailing and disappearance of Americans in Iran and new U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. "We tell them: 'You should immediately release Iranian citizens held in American prisons in violation of international rules and based on baseless charges'," Larijani said in remarks carried by state television.
Hamilton County Judge Leslie Ghiz declined to acquit former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing in the shooting of Sam DuBose, but she dismissed the murder and voluntary manslaughter charges in a way that blocks retrial on those counts. “It’s sort of a note of finality, which is what we were looking for, although we still have the potential for a federal civil rights investigation,” defense attorney Stewart Mathews said afterward. Tensing, now 27, shot the 43-year-old DuBose in the head after pulling him over for a missing front license plate on July 19, 2015.
Lebanese movement Hezbollah said on Monday its fight against militant groups along the eastern border with war-ravaged Syria was "nearing its end", and called on fighters to surrender. Hezbollah announced a major push on Friday to clear both sides of Lebanon's border with Syria from "armed terrorists". The clashes are focused on Jurud Arsal, a mountainous area around the Lebanese border town of Arsal.
Five years after his 13-year-old son disappeared, a Colorado man has been arrested in connection with his death
Richard Dawkinswants "a public apology" from a California radio station that cancelled an event with the scientist because of his “abusive speech against Islam”. The influential academic and writer was scheduled to speak about his memoir A Brief Candle in the Dark at an event organised by Berkeley’s KPFA Radio next month. “We had booked this event based entirely on his excellent new book on science, when we didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam – so many people," KPFA wrote in an email to ticket buyers.
Over 500 cafeteria workers at Facebook's Menlo Park, California headquarters have unionized and are demanding higher wages because they can't afford to live in Silicon Valley. The workers are employed by Flagship Facility Services, one of the contractors that Facebook uses to fill positions for roles like janitors and security personnel. San Francisco has been rated as the most expensive city in the world to rent property, and tech companies like Facebook with campuses outside of the city have made the cost of renting skyrocket in surrounding areas as well.