As the GOP labored to repeal Obamacare, President Trump touted a transgender military ban and made a beleaguered speech to Boy Scouts amid staff infighting.'Distractions are standing in the way' »
WASHINGTON—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid to pass a stripped-down repeal of Obamacare on a party-line vote failed dramatically in the early hours of Friday when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined two other Republican holdouts and all the Democrats to vote against the measure. McCain stunned several of his fellow Republican senators when he walked onto the Senate floor after midnight and appeared to inform Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, that he couldn’t vote for the “skinny repeal” bill. Just a few days earlier, McCain flew back to the Capitol from Arizona after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer to cast the deciding vote to begin debating it.
President Trump gave an impassioned speech in suburban New York about the violent MS-13 street gang in an effort to drum up support for his strict immigration and tough-on-crime policies. The White House chose Suffolk County, Long Island — a traditionally peaceful county where there have been at least 17 killings attributed to the gang since January 2016 — to deliver his message about the threat of the international gang that was formed by Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles in the 1980s. The gang also has a strong presence in Mexico and strong ties to Central America, as it’s mostly comprised of Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan nationals or first-generation Americans.
A federal judge has appointed a public defender for a Utah man charged with murder in the death of his wife aboard an Alaska cruise ship. Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, appeared to be crying at times before the start of the hearing and near the start, when U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin F. McCoy began speaking. Manzanares participated via teleconference in his first court appearance from Juneau.
Vietnam on Friday said other countries should respect its legitimate right to drill for oil in its waters amid growing tension with China over energy development in the South China Sea. The drilling began in mid-June in Vietnam's Block 136/3, which is licensed to Vietnam's state oil firm, Spain's Repsol and Mubadala Development Co [MUDEV.UL] of the United Arab Emirates. The block lies inside the U-shaped "nine-dash line" that marks the vast area that China claims in the sea and overlaps what it says are its own oil concessions.
Lt. Aaron Allen 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. Allen died at Eskenazi Hospital, Adams said. “Shots were fired by one of the vehicle’s occupants, striking the Southport lieutenant,” Adams said.
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.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, is stopped by reporters as he passes by the Senate. When Congress created the Congressional Budget Office in 1974 to rein in President Nixon’s abuse of power, Steve Bell was a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill involved in the process. The Republican-controlled House overwhelmingly on Wednesday rejected a proposal to neuter the CBO by removing its budget analysis division, by a vote of 309-to-116.
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”.
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.
“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
Rachel Maddow reports on the latest embarrassing spectacle from the Donald Trump administration and points out the facets of a solidifying Republican counter narrative that aims to discredit the FBI and the Trump Russia investigation.
A North Dakota woman who threatened some Muslim women in a Walmart parking lot met with two of them Thursday and all "expressed their sincere regrets" about the incident and apologized, Fargo's police chief said Thursday. Police Chief David Todd posted a photo on Facebook Thursday of Amber Hensley of Mapleton with her arms around Leyla Hassan and Sarah Hassan, with Todd in the background.
A New York man was murdered by his wife and son, who then teamed with his other son to cover up the crime, PEOPLE confirms
By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The July 26-28 poll suggested that the country largely disagrees with President Donald Trump's announcement this week that he will ban transgender personnel from the armed forces.
An international animal welfare charity was on Friday completing the evacuation of a dozen animals stranded in a neglected zoo in the conflict-torn Aleppo province of northern Syria. The Four Paws group was seeking to move two lions and two domestic dogs from the "Magic World" zoo and amusement park in Syria over the border into Turkey and then to an animal protection centre in the north of the country, a spokesman for the charity told AFP. The convoy with the animals crossed the Syria-Turkey border late Friday and was now on their way to the animal protection facility in Karacabey, outside the northwestern Turkish city of Bursa, said spokesman Martin Bauer.
A commuter train slammed into the end of the platform during the morning rush hour at a busy station in Barcelona on Friday, leaving dozens of people injured, emergency services said. One person was seriously injured, 19 were injured “less seriously” including the driver, and 34 were lightly injured in the accident at Francia station in the center of the Spanish city, emergency services said on Twitter. The regional train, traveling from the town of Sant Vicenc de Calders located about 70 kilometers (40 miles) southwest of Barcelona, ran into the buffers at 7:15 am (0515 GMT), Spanish train operator Renfe said.
White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called into CNN’s “New Day” early Thursday to explain his cryptic tweet that reportedly suggested he wants the FBI to investigate White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the “leak” of Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form. “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony, I will be contacting @FBI and the @JusticeDept #swamp @Reince45,” Scaramucci tweeted late Wednesday night after the document was published by Politico. Scaramucci later deleted the tweet.
The racial biases of white members of a community have a direct link to the number of black people shot and killed by police officers in that same area, new research indicates. A study published last year found that African Americans are almost three times more likely than white people to be killed by the police’s use of force. “We expected many economic or demographic variables such as the overall wealth of an area, residential segregation, average levels of education in the area, or overall crime levels, to be involved,” said the report's lead author, Eric Hehman.
Not every electric car needs to be a high-tech speed machine capable of sorting your email, giving you a back rub and making you an espresso, all while hustling down the highway on its own. An electric car can also be a low-maintenance, utilitarian workhorse that would be right at home for example on a farm or work site. Thankfully there is such a vehicle, or there will be soon: the B1 from electric car startup Bollinger Motors.
Pakistan's prime minister faces a criminal trial after the country's supreme court removed removed him from power over a string of corruption allegations. Nawaz Sharif officially resigned from the post after being "disqualified from holding office" in a unanimous verdict by a five-judge panel as the result of an investigation into his family wealth and assets, cutting short his third tenure in power. The speaker of the National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, will assume the responsibility of the interim prime minister, according to reports in Pakistan.
An Ohio woman called 911 in a panic Thursday afternoon with ample reason: A 5 1/2-foot long boa constrictor she had rescued a day earlier had wrapped itself around her neck, was biting her face and wouldn't let go. "Please hurry," the frightened woman told a dispatcher. The dispatcher sent firefighters and police to the woman's home in Sheffield Lake, a community about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Cleveland in Lorain County, but seemed stumped.
Scientists may have discovered a moon orbiting an exoplanet for the first time ever. The team, headed by an astronomer from Columbia University, are reporting that they found evidence of a moon circling a planet outside of our solar system, although the findings have not yet been confirmed and will require further observations. If they turn out to be correct, the moon’s existence could tell experts more about the makeup of the universe as well as our own solar system.
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the end, it was a simple hand gesture - Senator John McCain pointing his right index finger in a downward motion to register a no vote - that ruined his party's seven-year effort to repeal Obamacare. McCain, who just last week was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, dropped a hint on Tuesday that if his legislative demands were not met he was prepared to take on Trump in the dispute over how to replace parts of Obamacare with a Republican healthcare program. McCain's relations with Trump have been frosty for some time.
The last words of an Ohio man put to death Wednesday for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter addressed the victim, saying, “Sheila Marie did not deserve what I did to her.”
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”.