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  • Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’ Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:10:34 -0400

    Trump suggests Republicans should ‘protect their president’The president tweeted on Sunday that it is “very sad” Republicans are doing "very little to protect" him — and admitted that the ongoing Russia probe, while “phony,” may be “taking hold.”

  • Fake Street Signs Warning of 'Easily Startled Police" Appear After Cop Shoots Minnesota Woman Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:06:00 -0400

    Fake Street Signs Warning of 'Easily Startled Police" Appear After Cop Shoots Minnesota WomanFake street signs appear after Minnesota cop fatally shot woman who reported hearing screams.

  • Timeline of Justine Damond shooting Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:17:49 -0400

    Timeline of Justine Damond shootingMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of the July 15 fatal shooting of Justine Damond, an unarmed Australian woman, by a Minneapolis police officer, and ensuing events:

  • Don't interfere in Turkish affairs, Erdogan tells Germany Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:44:43 -0400

    Don't interfere in Turkish affairs, Erdogan tells GermanyGermany has no right to interfere in Turkey's domestic affairs, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, his latest broadside in a blistering row sparked by the waves of arrests under the current state of emergency. Several German nationals are among those being held and Berlin has warned its citizens that their safety cannot be guaranteed in Turkey and that consular access is not assured in case of arrest. Throwing away any pretence at diplomatic nuance, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel had Thursday also warned German firms against investment in Turkey and spoke of an "overhaul" of the entire relationship.

  • Hopes for future HIV cure revived as South African child becomes third in remission Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:34:10 -0400

    Hopes for future HIV cure revived as South African child becomes third in remissionA nine-year-old South African child with HIV has surprised experts by showing no symptoms of the virus having had just one year of treatment followed by eight and a half years with no drugs. This has given hope to the 37 million people worldwide infected with the virus that causes AIDS. However, the case is extremely rare and does not suggest a simple path to a cure, experts say. HIV patients typically have to keep taking antiretroviral (ART) drugs permanently to stop the virus from developing into AIDS. However, this child has no signs of the disease. Prince Harry and Rihanna get tested for HIV 00:52 The child was part of a clinical trial in which researchers were investigating the effect of treating HIV-positive babies in the first few weeks of life, and then stopping and starting the ART medicines while checking whether their HIV was being controlled. The case was revealed Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris. "It's a case that raises more questions than it necessarily answers," said Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society, which is holding the conference in Paris this week. "It does raise the interesting notion that maybe treatment isn't for life," she said, adding that "it's clearly a rare phenomenon." Researchers believe that intensive treatment soon after infection could enable long-term remission of the disease.  Treatment with ART started when the child was almost nine weeks old but was interrupted at 40 weeks when the virus had been suppressed, and the child was monitored regularly for any signs of relapse. Naomi Campbell 'stands in solidarity' with millions of women on World AIDS day 00:27 The South African child, who contracted the virus from its mother, is the third who achieved a long remission using this approach.  Other similar cases include a French woman aged roughly 20 who was born with HIV and has her infection under control despite no HIV medicines since she was around six, and a Mississippi baby born with HIV in 2010 suppressed her infection for 27 months after stopping treatment before it reappeared in her blood. She was able to get the virus under control again after treatment resumed. However, researchers believe the South African case is the first instance of sustained virological control from a randomised trial of ART interruption following early treatment of infants. "At age 9.5 years, the child was clinically asymptomatic," the researchers said. UNAIDS, the United Nations HIV/AIDs agency, said last week that 19.5 million people worldwide are now receiving treatment. The vast majority of patients with HIV find that the virus increases in the body if they stop treatment, but this child was different, according to researchers. Sharon Lewin, an HIV expert at the University of Melbourne and co-chair of the IAS's HIV Cure and Cancer forum, said the case threw up possible insights into how the human immune system can controls HIV replication when treatment is interrupted. Yet in terms of the scientific search for a cure for HIV and AIDS, she said, it appeared only to confirm previous reports of similarly rare cases. "We know that very rarely, people who have had treatment and stopped it are then able to control the virus." The HIV/AIDs pandemic has killed around 35 million people worldwide since the 1980s.

  • Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:10:15 -0400

    Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed IraniansIran'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.

  • Slain girl's father, sister denied visas, miss her funeral Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:13:17 -0400

    Slain girl's father, sister denied visas, miss her funeralKEANSBURG, N.J. (AP) — A Jamaican man who was denied a temporary visa to attend the funeral of his slain 11-year-old daughter in New Jersey says his heart is "torn apart."

  • Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident' Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:42:00 -0400

    Snooty dead: World's oldest known manatee dies aged 69 in 'heartbreaking accident'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.

  • Venezuela’s symphony of protests Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:00:55 -0400

    Venezuela’s symphony of protestsMusicians in Venezuela have been taking their instruments to protests this year, and a violist was killed in June. Here are some of the players in action.

  • Trump: Sessions is ‘beleaguered’ Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:23:40 -0400

    Trump: Sessions is ‘beleaguered’President Trump described Attorney General Jeff Sessions as “beleaguered” Monday, days after suggesting he regretted appointing Sessions to the post.

  • Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other Family Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:43:00 -0400

    Mom of Teen Who Went Missing at Sea with Friend Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Other FamilyShe claims their negligence led to the boys' deaths in the suit.

  • Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobs Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:49:29 -0400

    Ryanair firms Alitalia interest, as EasyJet boosts jobsRyanair has made a "non-binding offer" for loss-making Italian rival Alitalia, the Irish no-frills carrier said Monday, as rival EasyJet said it plans to employ more than 1,200 new staff. "We have made a non-binding offer for Alitalia. As the largest airline in Italy, it's important we are involved in the process," Ryanair said in a statement after Italian media said Friday that about ten such bids had been made.

  • Who is Charlie Gard, what is the disease he suffers from and what has been decided? Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:56:33 -0400

    Who is Charlie Gard, what is the disease he suffers from and what has been decided?It has been a heartbreaking legal battle that has captured international attention and drawn offers of support from Donald Trump and the Pope. Now, the parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard have ended their legal battle over treatment for their son. Their lawyer said that recent scans had confirmed that damage to Charlie's muscle and tissue was irreversible and said "it is now too late to treat Charlie". The couple felt that continuing their fight would cause Charlie pain.  Great Ormond Street Hospital will now give the parents some precious final hours with their son before withdrawing the ventilator that keeps him alive. Here is everything you need to know about the case. Who is Charlie Gard? Charlie is a 10-month old patient in intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London. On August 4, 2016, he was born a "perfectly healthy" baby at full term and at a "healthy weight". After about a month, however,  Charlie's parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, noticed that he was less able to lift his head and support himself than other babies of a similar age. Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Credit: PA Doctors discovered he had a rare inherited disease - infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS). The condition causes progressive muscle weakness and brain damage. In October, after he had became lethargic and his breathing shallow, he was transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Why was there a legal fight?  Charlie's parents wanted to take him to see specialists in the USA, who had offered an experimental therapy called nucleoside.  A crowdfunding page was set up in January to help finance the therapy. Ribbons and hearts tied to trees outside Great Ormond Street Hospital in London by well wishers backing a campaign to allow terminally ill baby Charlie Gard to be treated in America Credit: PA But doctors at GOSH concluded that the experimental treatment, which is not designed to be curative, would not improve Charlie’s quality of life.  When parents do not agree about a child’s future treatment, it is standard legal process to ask the courts to make a decision. This is what happened in Charlie’s case. What were the stages of the legal battle? March 3: Great Ormond Street bosses asked Mr Justice Francis to rule that life support treatment should stop. The judge was told that Charlie could only breathe through a ventilator and was fed through a tube. April 11: Mr Justice Francis said doctors could stop providing life-support treatment after analysing the case at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London He concluded that life-support treatment should end and said a move to a palliative care regime would be in Charlie's best interests.  Connie Yates leaves the Supreme Court after a panel of three Supreme Court justices on dismissed the couple's latest challenge Credit: PA May 3: Charlie's parents then asked Court of Appeal judges to consider the case. May 23: After analysing the case, three Court of Appeal judges dismissed the couple's appeal two days later.  June 8: Charlie's parents then lost their fight in the Supreme Court. Charlie's mother broke down in tears and screamed as justices announced their decision and was led from the court by lawyers. Chris Gard leaves the Supreme Court after it ruled in favour of Great Ormond Street Hospital Credit: PA June 20:  Judges in the European Court of Human Rights started to analyse the case after lawyers representing Charlie's parents make written submissions.  A European Court of Human Rights spokeswoman said the case would get "priority". "In light of the exceptional circumstances of this case, the court has already accorded it priority and will treat the application with the utmost urgency," she added. Supporters outside the Supreme Court Credit: PA June 27: On Tuesday, European court judges refused to intervene. A Great Ormond Street spokeswoman said the European Court decision marked "the end" of a "difficult process". She said there would be "no rush" to change Charlie's care and said there would be "careful planning and discussion". July 10: Charlie's parents return to the High Court and ask Mr Justice Francis to carry out a fresh analysis of the case. Mr Justice Francis gives them less than 48 hours to prove an experimental treatment works. July 24: Charlie's parents withdraw their request to change the original court order.  The baby will have his life support switched off in the next few days. Why was the case back in court? Charlie inherited the faulty RRM2B gene from his parents, affecting the cells responsible for energy production and respiration and leaving him unable to move or breathe without a ventilator. GOSH describes experimental nucleoside therapies as "unjustified" and the treatment is not a cure. The hospital's decision to go back into the courtroom came after two international healthcare facilities and their researchers contacted them to say they have "fresh evidence about their proposed experimental treatment". Charlie's parents have now decided to end their legal battle.  Grant Armstrong, the parents lawyer, told the court: "for Charlie it is too late." What did Charlie's parents argue? Richard Gordon QC, who led Charlie's parents' legal team, had told Court of Appeal judges that the case raised "very serious legal issues". Mum of Charlie Gard says five doctors support her 01:33 "They wish to exhaust all possible options," Mr Gordon said in a written outline of Charlie's parents' case. "They don't want to look back and think 'what if?'. This court should not stand in the way of their only remaining hope." Mr Gordon suggested that Charlie might be being unlawfully detained and denied his right to liberty. He said judges should not interfere with parents' exercise of parental rights. Lawyers, who represented Charlie's parents for free, said Mr Justice Francis had not given enough weight to Charlie's human right to life. They said there was no risk the proposed therapy in the US would cause Charlie "significant harm". However, Miss Yates and Mr Gard have now acknowledged that the therapy could not help their son get better. Their lawyer, Grant Armstrong, told the court that the delay in offering treatment to Charlie had meant he had no prospect of getting better.  Mr Armstrong said damage to Charlie's muscle and tissue was irreversible. "The parents' worst fears have been confirmed," he said "It is now too late to treat Charlie." Ethics professor: If Charlie Gard was my child I would let him die peacefully 01:22 What did GOSH argue? Katie Gollop QC, who led Great Ormond Street's legal team, suggested that further treatment would leave Charlie in a "condition of existence". She said therapy proposed in the USA was "experimental" and would not help Charlie. "There is significant harm if what the parents want for Charlie comes into effect," she told appeal judges. "The significant harm is a condition of existence which is offering the child no benefit." She added: "It is inhuman to permit that condition to continue." A banner hung on railings outside Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London Credit: PA Ms Gollop said nobody knew whether Charlie was in pain. "Nobody knows because it is so very difficult because of the ravages of Charlie's condition," she said. "He cannot see, he cannot hear, he cannot make a noise, he cannot move." Interventions from Trump and the Vatican While Ms Yates and Mr Gard said they have been boosted by support from US President Donald Trump and the Vatican, a leading expert has described interventions from high-profile figures as "unhelpful". Professor Neena Modi, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said in an open letter that Charlie's situation is "heartbreaking" for his parents, and "difficult" for others including medical staff, but added that even well-meaning interventions from outsiders can be unhelpful. If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017 The interest of the Pope and Mr Trump in Charlie's case has "saved his life so far", his mother has said. Ms Yates told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on July 10: "Yeah, they have saved his life so far. It turned it into an international issue. "There are a lot of people that are outraged by what is going on. We have got new evidence now so I hope the judge changes his mind." Timeline | Charlie Gard case She said that "sometimes parents are right in what they think" and it is not simply that they do not want to switch off life support. She said the family had seven specialist doctors - two from the US, two from Italy, one from England and two from Spain - supporting them. She added: "We expect that structural damage is irreversible, but I have yet to see something which tells me my son has irreversible structural brain damage." The parents have now acknowledged that the therapy they were seeking could not help their son get better. Their lawyer said the couple felt that continuing their fight would cause Charlie pain. 

  • US student freed after week held in China over taxi dispute Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:48:40 -0400

    US student freed after week held in China over taxi disputeBILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An American university student is free following a weeklong detention in China for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that drew objections over the student's treatment from U.S. lawmakers.

  • Five killed in Mexico City shootings Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:56:20 -0400

    Five killed in Mexico City shootingsFive people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country. Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot four people in a bar in the gritty Llano Redondo neighborhood on the city's southwestern fringe early on Sunday morning, according to the local attorney general's office. Then on Sunday afternoon, a 45-year-old woman and a man of 55 were fatally shot at a street market in the sprawling borough of Iztapalapa on the eastern edge of Mexico City, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

  • Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King Arthur Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:39:00 -0400

    Archaeologists Return to Legendary Birthplace of King ArthurArchaeologists are back at the legendary birthplace of King Arthur. Last summer, researchers discovered traces of early medieval life at Tintagel in Cornwall, on England's southwest coast, where the legendary British monarch was said to have been born. It was during this time that King Arthur is said to have fought the invading Saxons.

  • Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relations Mon, 24 Jul 2017 07:38:27 -0400

    Serbia's president urges nation to resolve Kosovo relationsBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — 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.

  • Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's ride Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:18:00 -0400

    Homeless people cleared from New York subway to make it look 'nice' for Mayor Bill de Blasio's rideThe New York Police Department was sent an email that instructed officers to clear homeless people from certain stations to make them "look nice" for Mayor Bill de Blasio's subway ride. The New York Post reported that officers were given the morning to "make sure nobody's hanging out" on the four station route the Mayor and wife Chirlane would be taking from the Park Slope neighbourhood to his re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn. Mr de Blasio rarely rides the subway and prefers to take private motorcade with an NYPD security detail to work at City Hall.

  • Trump Lawyer: Supreme Court Decides If The President Can Pardon Himself Sun, 23 Jul 2017 13:46:09 -0400

    Trump Lawyer: Supreme Court Decides If The President Can Pardon HimselfInvestigations into Russia have Trump's legal team exploring a lot of options for self-pardoning.

  • Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:24:46 -0400

    Drawing in the customers in MogadishuSomalian 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)

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  • Judge Halts Deportation of More than 1,400 Iraqi Nationals Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:52:44 EDT
    A federal judge in Michigan halted on Monday the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case.U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a preliminary...
  • Biologists: Great White Sharks Return to Southern Calif. Coast For Food, Warm Water Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:13:36 EDT
    Juvenile great white sharks have been hanging out in hot spots close to Southern California shores because the water is warmer, there is an abundance of stingrays and there are fewer predators, biologists tell USA Today.
  • Rep. Scalise Calls Into GOP Whip Meeting, Ready to Return Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:59:10 EDT
    Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was shot during a congressional baseball practice in June, called into the GOP whip meeting Monday and seemed to be in good spirits, according to sources who spoke with Politico.
  • Obama Gets Booed During Trump's Boy Scouts Speech Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:27:07 EDT
    Former President Barack Obama was booed Monday night after President Donald Trump took a verbal shot at him during a speech.
  • Study Shows Money Can Bring Happiness Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:50:38 EDT
    Money really does buy happiness, according to the results of a new study.Researchers at the Harvard Business School surveyed thousands of people in the United States, Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands and concluded that spending money to earn free time makes people...
  • MSNBC Hits No. 1 for First Time in 21-Year History Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:13:07 EDT
    MSNBC scored another big ratings feat last week, ranking as the most watched cable-network during primetime hours for the first time in the network's 21-year history.
  • Mattis Bristles at Pentagon Waste of $28M on Afghan Uniforms Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:54:39 EDT
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers. The uniform pattern was selected without evaluating its effectiveness...
  • Rush Limbaugh: 'Unseemly' for Trump to Criticize Sessions Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:08:01 EDT
    Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday it's a bit "unseemly" for President Donald Trump to publicly criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions, especially since Sessions was an early and loyal backer.
  • S&P: Medicaid, Pension Costs Create Budget Complications for States Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:27:33 EDT
    S&P does not expect Washington will enact a federally funded public infrastructure package in the next two years, which will put further stresses on state budget management.
  • Panhandling Teacher Raising Money for Supplies Goes Viral Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:47:14 EDT
    An Oklahoma public school teacher decided to try panhandling after budget cuts left her to spend $2,000 to $3,000 of her own money on school supplies each year.
  • Top Evangelicals Rush to Defend Kushner Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:22:20 EDT
    Leading social conservatives fired off a thunderous broadside Monday in defense of senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who assured the Senate Intelligence Committee staffers he did not collude with Russian operatives to influence the 2016 election.
  • Chinese Fighter Jets Intercept US Plane in 'Unsafe' Way Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:18:09 EDT
    Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy plane Sunday, with one of the jets flying in a manner the U.S. deemed "unsafe."
  • FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz Aide Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:17:58 EDT
    The FBI has seized smashed hard drives from the home of a Democratic House staffer, The Daily Caller reported.
  • U2's Bono Meets French President Macron to Discuss Poverty Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:38:35 EDT
    French President Emmanuel Macron has received pop singer and philanthropist Bono at the Elysee Palace in Paris for talks about poverty.Bono met with Macron for over an hour Monday to discuss the U2 front man's non-governmental organization ONE, which - its website says -...
  • St. Peter's Square Fountains Being Shut off Due to Drought Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:39:33 EDT
    The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought.Vatican Radio on Monday said the decision is linked with Pope Francis' teachings on the environment. The pope has decried wasteful practices and praised...
  • Phelps Loses by 2 Seconds to Simulated Shark in 'Shark Week' Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:25:46 EDT
    Michael Phelps has finally met his match in the water: a "great white shark."The Olympic champion swimmer was bested Sunday night in the Discovery Channel's Shark Week special "Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White."But Phelps didn't swim with a real shark. He...
  • Telemedicine Apps Make Virtual House Calls a Reality Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:36:27 EDT
    Medicine is undergoing a virtual digital revolution, pushing the common doctor's office visit into a brave new world of technology. If you've broken out in a strange new rash, are suffering a urinary tract infection, or have one of many other common health issues, you can...
  • Forbes: 73% of CBO's 'Lost Coverage' Estimate Is From Repeal of Individual Mandate Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:34:55 EDT
    Forbes' opinion editor Avik Roy is shredding the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's evaluation of the Republican healthcare bill.
  • Court: Local Officials Can't Hold Undocumented on ICE Detainers Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:18:13 EDT
    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday that undocumented immigrants can't be held by law enforcement on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer alone.
  • International AIDS Society Urges US Not to Cut Funding Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:26:20 EDT
    The International AIDS Society has urged the U.S. not to follow through with its planned "draconian" funding cuts that could severely harm the treatment of the deadly disease worldwide, Newsweek reported on Monday.

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  • Cleveland mayor's grandson indicted on gun charges Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:28:30 -0400

    CLEVELAND (AP) - A relative of Cleveland's mayor has been indicted on weapons charges.

    Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2gYREdZ ) Frank Jackson Jr., grandson of Mayor Frank Jackson, was indicted Friday for carrying a concealed weapon and improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

    In a statement, the Democratic mayor called his ...

  • Hearing for Pima County justice of the peace rescheduled Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:02:08 -0400

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A scheduled August hearing on judicial misconduct charges against a former Arizona legislator and current Pima County justice of the peace is being postponed until September.

    Paula Aboud has been accused of looking at answers to a test during a January orientation. She has said she ...

  • Trump to rally in Ohio as residents worry about health care Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:22:20 -0400

    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ohio on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

    Ohioans have mixed feelings about Republicans' efforts.

    Some who rely on government ...

  • Fiancee: Driver in truck trafficking case helped people Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:12:36 -0400

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - When a long-haul truck driver called his fiancee Sunday from a jail more than 1,000 miles from home, he had only a few minutes to describe the gruesome events that led to him being charged with a crime in which he could face the death penalty.

  • Tractor-trailer survivor says truck had no ventilation Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:04:50 -0400

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride.

    Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation - a ...

  • Mexican officials: At least 25 people in truck were Mexican Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:02:17 -0400

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The tractor-trailer was pitch-black inside, crammed with maybe 90 immigrants or more, and already hot when it left the Texas border town of Laredo for the 150-mile trip north to San Antonio.

    It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started ...

  • McCain's return, heavy with drama for "Obamacare" repeal Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:50:58 -0400

    WASHINGTON (AP) - At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years.

    It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old ...

  • Donald Trump considers firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:23:32 -0400

    President Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Trump continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

    The president's anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered."

    Privately, ...

  • The Latest: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:40:54 -0400

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (all times local):

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    President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Trump continues to rage against Sessions' decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

  • Senate to begin debate on Republicans' repeal, replace health care bill Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:21:07 -0400

    President Trump on Monday prodded Republican holdouts to live up to their campaign promises as the Senate GOP hurtled toward a showdown over their seven-year push to kill Obamacare.

    An initial vote is slated for Tuesday on whether to begin debate on the repeal bill that passed the House earlier ...

  • John McCain to return to Senate for Tuesday's health care, military vote Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:11:01 -0400

    Sen. John McCain of Arizona gave the GOP's push to proceed onto a health care bill Tuesday a potential boost by announcing he will return to work after surgery for a blood cot and a shocking cancer diagnosis.

    "Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow ...

  • Scores mourn extended Arizona family killed in flash flood Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:50:52 -0400

    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) - Ten members of an extended family who were killed in a flash flood as they celebrated a birthday in central Arizona are being mourned on the eve of their funeral.

    Scores of people showed up at a visitation being held Monday afternoon at a Catholic church ...

  • Jared Kushner denies collusion with Russians to Congress, public Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:33:05 -0400

    In a lengthy and detailed rebuttal, White House aide and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner made a public and private declaration of his innocence and said the charges of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign were intended solely to ridicule the president's millions of supporters.

    In an 11-page public statement ...

  • Texas activist targeted, beaten amid 'bathroom bill' debate Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:23:45 -0400

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Police say a Texas transgender activist beaten in a carjacking was targeted because of her gender identity, further raising tensions as state lawmakers advance revived legislation critics call an anti-LGBT "bathroom bill."

    Court documents filed Monday show 17-year-old Rayshad Deloach and his 26-year-old brother, Raymond, are ...

  • Jeff Sessions has support of National Fraternal Order of Police, National Sheriffs' Association Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:14:08 -0400

    President Trump chided his own attorney general on Monday, calling him "beleaguered" and fueling speculation he may be the next official ousted from the administration.

    But law enforcement groups and Trump supporters are sticking by Jeff Sessions, saying dismissing the former Alabama senator would be a major blow to Mr. ...

  • Government money policy might be better handled by private sector Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:05:06 -0400


    Why should the government have a monopoly on money?

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  • Donald Trump, with agenda stalled, implores Republicans to repeal Obamacare Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:41:05 -0400

    President Trump's dismay with congressional Republicans burst into public view Monday as he implored them to get behind his agenda, starting with repealing Obamacare this week as he searches for an elusive first major legislative win.

    The man who made his reputation as a deal-maker, however, has struggled to sell ...

  • Donald Trump uses Boy Scout Jamboree to blast media, Obama Republicans Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:34:35 -0400

    President Trump didn't pull punches Monday when he addressed the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, taking jabs at errant Republican lawmakers, the news media and President Obama.

    Mr. Trump used most of his speech to a huge and friendly crowd of scouts and parents in Glen Jean, West Virginia, to laude ...

  • IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds, says audit Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:34:05 -0400

    The IRS doled out more than $24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118 million was even paid to people who weren't authorized to work in the U.S. in the first place.

    Some $16.8 billion in ...

  • Judge indefinitely halts deportation of 1,400-plus Iraqis Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:31:13 -0400

    DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge on Monday indefinitely stopped the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqis who fear physical harm if kicked out of the U.S., the latest in a series of decisions in favor of the immigrants.

    The injunction by U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in Detroit will ...

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    Winning numbers for July 24, 2017 Estimated jackpot $5 million Winning tickets None Estimated jackpot $205 million Winning tickets None Estimated jackpot $248 million Winning tickets None
  • Police seek help identifying suspect in double shooting in SW Houston Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:02:53 UT

    Houston police are seeking help identifying a man caught on surveillance video who is suspected in a double shooting earlier this month that left one man dead in southwest Houston.

    Images from the video show a man with short, dark hair wearing a black T-shirt.

  • House setting own agenda Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:49:10 UT
    AUSTIN - While the Texas Senate is speeding through approving the governor's conservative special session bills, lawmakers across the Capitol rotunda are taking their time and setting their own agenda on their own pace, much to the ire of tea party Republicans. Lawmakers are limited to passing bills that pertain to the governor's special session call, which this summer includes property tax reform, several abortion restricts, curbing local government regulations and several issues related to teachers and education. The House has slow-walked the beginning of the special session, having given initial approval of the governor's must-pass bill to extend operations of the Texas Medical Board and other agencies until Monday, although the Senate had passed that bill last Thursday and hopes to pass bills codifying the governor's agenda early this week. House committees began hearing bills in earnest Monday, including the Public Education Committee, which considered legislation that would revise the state's beleaguered school funding formula that lawmakers have referred to as "lawful but awful."
  • University of Houston Downtown's alligator mural to be demolished for more parking Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:50:22 UT

    The University of Houston-Downtown will be losing a familiar face this week.

  • Video: Rookie officer arrested for driving drunk Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:06:07 UT

    A dash-cam video recorded the night a New Jersey rookie officer was arrested has been released following a lawsuit.

  • Houston man gives jailhouse confession to teen's 2009 slaying, police say Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:46:16 UT

    A Houston man long suspected in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old youth has been charged in the shooting after confessing in prison.

    Juan Rojas Jr., 33, admitted to the 2009 killing of Avilio Martinez during a visit with Houston homicide detectives at the state prison near Wichita Falls, where he is serving out a 42-year sentence for his third conviction on domestic violence.

  • Photo shows terrifying aftermath of lightning bolt hitting Texas home Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:25:56 UT

    Lightning rods deserve more appreciation.

  • TV-radio listings: July 25 Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:38:00 UT

    Pro baseball Chicago White Sox at Chicago Cubs MLB 1 p.m. Pro baseball Astros at Philadelphia ATTSW 6 p.m. Soccer Tottenham vs.

  • School voucher plan close to passing Texas Senate Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:47:58 UT

    The Texas Senate is close to passing a limited school voucher plan for special needs students, one of Gov. Greg Abbott's declared priorities during the 30-day special session.

    Senators gave preliminary approval to the plan Monday and are scheduled to pass the bill out of the Senate as early as Tuesday.

    Under Senate Bill 2, the state would create tax credit scholarships that would help subsidize private school tuition. The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, would set aside $60 million from the program. He said that would pay for 6,000 students to get up to $10,000 each to help pay for the cost of going to a private school.

  • Slow-walking bills: An art form at the Texas Capitol Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:35:54 UT

    With the Texas Senate speeding ahead like an express train to pass all 20 bills on the governor's agenda for the special legislative session, the House is taking a much slower approach.

    Slow-walking, it is called.

  • Texas Senate wants to know why so many mothers are dying after child birth Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:23:05 UT

    The state would expand its investigation into why so many mothers are dying after delivering babies in Texas under legislation that won initial approval from the Senate Monday and could win final passage as early as Tuesday.

    Legislators overwhelmingly supported Senate Bill 17, which would continue a task force that is looking into maternal morbidity rates in Texas to 2023 and call for more research into how to combat postpartum depression, particularly for economically disadvantaged mothers. A final vote on the bill is set for Tuesday. If it passes then, it would need the House to agree to the same legislation to have a chance to become law.

    The Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is set to expire in 2019, but the bill by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, would extend the group's operation to September 2023 and spell out more areas of research to dig into. Her bill also requires the state to look for options to lower costs of maternal health programs within Medicaid.

  • Texas man tries to kidnap baby out of grocery cart, right in front of mom Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:08:41 UT

    A harrowing story out of Grand Prairie, Dallas shows the lengths some criminals will go to separate a baby from her mother.

  • Houston dentist indicted on charges of causing 4-year-old's brain damage Mon, 24 Jul 2017 21:07:03 UT

    A former Houston dentist was formally charged Monday with failing to properly treat a sedated 4-year-old patient who was left with permanent brain damage in what should have been a routine procedure.

    Bethaniel Jefferson, 40, who lost her license to practice in Texas in November, was indicted by a Harris County grand jury on a felony charge of causing serious bodily injury to a child by omission, according to the district attorney's office. The girl suffered from a lack of oxygen that left her with permanent brain damage.

  • Security video released of attack in Jordan that killed three Green Berets Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:57 UT

    Jordan's military has released a video on the fatal attack last year on three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers — including former Houston resident Staff Sgt. Jimmy Moriarty — while they were returning to their base in the southern part of the country.

  • Twitter reacts to Jared Kushner's meeting with Congress about Russian contacts Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:57:00 UT

    To the pleasure of Twitter, Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is in the hot seat.

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