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    GOP Health Care plan collapses; bill pulled from House

    WASHINGTON –Seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama’s proudest domestic achievement ended Friday before a single vote was cast. House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday afternoon, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn’t get a vote. “We were very close,” Trump said in the Oval Office after the bill was pulled. “It was a very, very tight margin.” […]

  • President Trump approves Keystone XL pipeline, would only create 35 permanent jobs

    NEW YORK — President Trump hailed the State Department’s approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline as a big win for American workers. “It’s a great day for American jobs,” Trump said from the Oval Office on Friday after the State Department issued a permit allowing the pipeline proposed by TransCanada to go forward. “Today, we take one more step towards putting the jobs, wages and economic security of American citizens first,” the president said. TransCanada CEO Russell Girling, standing […]

  • 86-year-old raises $400,000 from recycling, then gives it away to those less fortunate

    Thirty-two years’ worth of recycled newspapers and magazines — more than nine million pounds of it — netted 86-year-old Johnny Jennings $400,000, all of which he gave away to those in need. Recycling started off as a lesson to his son, Brent Jennings, about healthy money habits. Back in 1985, the Georgia native began collecting and selling paper with his only child, then put their profits into a savings account. “The first memory I have of my Dad is of […]

  • Significant arrests made overnight in connection with London terror attack, police say

    LONDON — Police investigating the deadly terrorist attack in central London are focusing closely on how the perpetrator became radicalized, as they battle to piece together his identity and connections. Britain’s most senior counter-terror police officer, Mark Rowley, described the inquiry as “very large and fast-paced”, and announced two “significant arrests” Friday. Hundreds of officers had made contact with thousands of witnesses, he said. Police have said that the attacker, 52-year-old British man Khalid Masood, had multiple aliases. Rowley said […]

  • Trump gives ultimatum on health care bill: Vote Friday or keep Obamacare

    WASHINGTON — To make a deal, you have to know when it’s time to walk. President Donald Trump ripped that classic move from his boardroom playbook Thursday night, seeking to splinter the resistance of House Republicans refusing to pass the health care bill that has left his new administration in limbo. After days of trying to charm members of Congress, Trump gave them an ultimatum: If they don’t vote yes Friday, he will move on and saddle them with the […]

  • House postpones vote on Republican health care bill

    WASHINGTON —┬áThe Republican Party’s landmark bill to repeal and replace Obamacare hangs on the balance, threatening to tarnish the legacy of President Donald Trump’s nascent administration and testing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s control of his own conference. After a dramatic 24 hours of tense negotiations and hushed meetings with the conservative House Freedom Caucus and others that failed to produce a closing deal, GOP leadership and the White House finally acknowledged mid-afternoon that the House would no longer vote Thursday […]

  • 75-year-old man injured in London attack dies from injuries

    LONDON — London police say a 75-year-old man injured in the attack on Westminster Bridge has died of his wounds. In a statement late Thursday, police said life support was withdrawn from the man and his family has been notified. The announcement brings to four the number of victims killed in the attack Wednesday in central London. Police named the perpetrator Thursday as a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood. As the inquiry into the atrocity gathered pace, Prime Minister Theresa […]

  • WWII veteran wins lottery on his 94th birthday

    Ervin Smolinski has a birthday tradition — he gets lottery tickets as presents. It started when he began buying his family tickets as birthday presents, and they started returning the favor. For his 94th birthday, the World War II vet’s goodwill effort turned into $300,000 of cold, hard cash. “Every month, I buy some instant tickets and send them as gifts to family members who have birthdays that month,” Smolinski said in a statement. “It’s turned in to a bit […]

  • London terror attacker identified as 52-year-old Khalid Masood

    LONDON — Police investigating the deadliest London terror attack in 12 years named the perpetrator Thursday as a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood. Prime Minister Theresa May earlier revealed that Masood was once linked to violent extremism but was regarded as a “peripheral figure.” She also told Parliament he was thought to be inspired by Islamist ideology. Police arrested eight people in raids around Britain, as an ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed that the extremist group was behind Wednesday’s outrage. Three […]

  • Member of Parliament tried to save officer killed in London terror attack

    There was an unexpected face among the first responders to Wednesday’s attack near the House of Parliament in London. Tobias Ellwood, a Conservative Member of Parliament, was seen tending to a man lying outside of Westminster Palace. Surrounded by a throng of police officers and emergency personnel, Ellwood was seen crouching on the cobblestone street applying pressure to the bare, bloodied torso of the victim. The man the politician was trying to save was a police officer who died, a […]