Three Republican senators cast "no" votes on a measure to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, dealing a serious blow to the GOP and President Trump.'It's time to move on' »
John McCain, R-Ariz., and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, quickly announced their opposition Wednesday to President Trump’s Twitter announcement that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” transgender military service members. “Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving,” McCain wrote. McCain chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and is widely hailed for his service in the Vietnam War, during which he was tortured and held captive for more than five years.
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.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada will resign, broadcaster NHK said on Thursday, after a series of missteps, gaffes and a suspected coverup that critics say contributed to a plunge in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support.
An Arizona community is reeling after a grandmother was beat up in her home by an unknown assailant, and forced to lay in her own blood for hours playing dead for fear that her attacker would return. Jesse Leetham said in a Facebook that his grandmother was attacked after 11 p.m. the night before her husband’s funeral, shortly after he left her home. The 82-year-old grandmother was washing dishes when she was assaulted, according to a press release from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
A bipartisan group of 10 governors have penned a letter to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — the majority and minority leaders of the Senate, respectively — blasting the Republican-led “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. The letter
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.
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.
One British diver was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the ocean’s most elusive sharks—the megamouth. Penny Bielich was diving at Gili Lawa Laut on Indonesia’s Komodo Island when she saw the creature and captured it on video. The mysterious looking mammoth shark can be seen swimming shockingly close to the camera in a video uploaded to YouTube Wednesday.
Muslim leaders told the faithful to return to pray inside a major Jerusalem holy site on Thursday after Israel removed security devices it installed outside entrances to the shrine following a deadly Palestinian attack at the compound.
President Trump announced on Wednesday morning that the U.S. military would not “accept or allow” any transgender service members. In a series of tweets, the commander in chief argued that too much is at stake in the military’s current operations for it to be “burdened” by the medical costs of transgender people or the “disruption” he says transgender service members would cause. ….Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.
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.
Texas executed on Thursday a man convicted of murdering a woman by stabbing her repeatedly after breaking into her San Antonio home in 2004. TaiChin Preyor, 46, died by lethal injection at the state's death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was delayed for more than three hours to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to hear an appeal from Preyor's lawyer to spare his life, which the court rejected.
The Dutch manufacturer of an amusement ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair, killing one person and injuring seven others, on Thursday ordered that the attractions be shut down worldwide until further notice. The company, KMG, confirmed a passenger-carrying gondola detached from the supporting arm of the ride, called Fire Ball, on Wednesday evening at a fair in Columbus, the capital of the midwestern US state. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed when he was thrown from the ride and landed 50 feet (15 meters) away, Ohio officials said.
The U.S. State Department has warned tourists visiting Mexico about “tainted” or “substandard” alcohol that can cause illness and blacking out. The updated advice follows an investigation from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the death of a 20-year-old woman raised questions about the quality and strength of alcohol being served in Mexican resorts. Abbey Conner died while at a resort just north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Côte d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.A raging wildfire began late Tuesday in
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.
LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia must clarify whether they have imposed movement restrictions on former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, saying the kingdom should end all arbitrary travel bans and detentions of Saudi
The topic of editing human DNA is one that has led to heated debate within the scientific, research, and medical communities for some time now. Pioneered by scientists elsewhere in the world, primarily in China, the gene editing technique known as CRISPR (short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”), a team led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of the Oregon Health and Science University are the first known researchers to perform human embryo DNA modification in the United States.
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.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks with an aide as he leaves the Senate floor Thursday. WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at long last introduced the text of his “skinny repeal” health care plan for a midnight vote. The bill dramatically scales back the conference’s initial ambitions to repeal and replace Obamacare, and Republican senators who plan to vote for it openly admit they do not want it to become law because it would be a “disaster” for individual insurance markets.
The Ohio State Fair will open Thursday one day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a thrill ride broke apart, but the rides won’t be running until they all are deemed safe, officials state. Video captured by a bystander at the fair Wednesday evening shows the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off. “The fair is about the best things in life, and tonight with this accident it becomes a terrible, terrible tragedy,” said Republican Gov. John Kasich.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will ultimately have to respond to sanctions imposed by the United States that he condemned as insolent towards Russia. "We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond," Putin said at a news conference after talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto. "This practice is unacceptable -- it destroys internatioanl relations and international law," Putin said of sanctions.
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.
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.