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F-16 catches fire, crashes during takeoff in Houston


People were evacuated from buildings within a 4,000-foot radius of the airport, according to officials at the Houston Office of Emergency Management. "The pilot is said to have minor injuries". The plane and pilot were on a training mission attached to Operation Noble Eagle, which was established after September 11 to create an air defense shield for the U.S. Read More »

Democratic union ironworker Randy Bryce running against Ryan


Positioning himself as the everyman , Bryce certainly fits the role. He's a union leader who rules with an iron 'stache - and he's coming for Paul Ryan's congressional seat. Bryce has spent his whole life in southeastern Wisconsin, which includes the 20 years he's spent as an ironworker. Bryce previously ran and lost bids for state Senate in 2014 and state Assembly in 2012. Read More »

Trump congratulates Handel for winning in Georgia

Donald Trump, Jr . took a swipe at Democrats after Republican Karen Handel won Georgia's special election for its sixth district on Tuesday. As one Vox reporter put it , Handel's opponents anxious over her "record of cutting off Planned Parenthood funding while running Planned Parenthood and congressional Republicans' secret health care bill". Read More »

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is improving, hospital says


MedStar Washington Hospital Center made the announcement on Tuesday, almost a week after a gunman opened fire on Scalise and his Republican colleagues at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The update Wednesday also said Scalise is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation". House Speaker Paul Ryan said he visited Scalise in the hospital Friday and saw him breathing on his own, talking and sending text messages. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth opens Parliament with with Queen's Speech


May had hoped to officially secure support from the Democratic Union Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland, whose 10 seats in Parliament would give her enough votes to push her legislative agenda through. The address to Parliament usually mentions planned state visits, but this edition only contains a reference to welcoming King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in July, despite Theresa May extending an invitation to the United States' president just a week after his inauguration. Read More »

American Warplane Shoots Down Iranian-Made Drone Over Syria


A statement by the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the USA "atack was an attempt to undermine efforts of the army as the only effective force capable with its allies ... Israeli security officials said Monday they were studying the missile strike to see what they could learn about its accuracy and capabilities. On Sunday, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said they had fired mid-range ground-to-ground missiles from a site in western Iran targeting "the headquarters and meeting place ... Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy To Dump Rain Here By Friday


Cindy will bring maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and estimated rainfall of 6 to 9 inches, NOAA said, though parts of southeastern Louisiana, southern MS and Alabama and the Florida panhandle could see as much as 12 inches of rain, which could cause "life-threatening flooding in these areas". Read More »

Pelosi tries to reassure Dems after Georgia loss


Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said he heard from several senior Democrats Tuesday night who were less than pleased with Pelosi's impact on the Georgia race. And while numbers like those won't win any popularity contests, the same poll showed House Speaker Paul Ryan with a 27% favorable rating and a 54% unfavorable rating. Read More »

Britain's Queen Outlines Agenda With Opening of Parliament

Even amid the gravity, frustration and uncertainty surrounding this year's speech, Skinner bore the great weight of his informal duty gladly, quipping about the queen's plans to catch a horse race later that day. As protesters marched on the prime minister's residence in what they called a " day of rage " - a demonstration against perceived malfeasance and government inaction - the queen announced a Conservative plan to launch a "full public inquiry into the tragic fire" in order to "ascertain ... Read More »

Prince Philip admitted to hospital with infection

The queen plans to attend the Royal Ascot on Wednesday afternoon, the palace said. Later that night, however, a physician advised him to seek hospital treatment for an infection. The statement noted that he is "disappointed" to be missing Wednesday's State Opening of Parliament and the continuation of the Royal Ascot. She traditionally attends each session of the racing event, one of the highlights of the summer season. Read More »

As Brexit talks begin, Europe sees economic upswing over UK


After the first day of the crucial negotiations which have the potential to shape the UK's economic and political future for a generation, it was agreed that working groups of officials would aim to make progress on the issues of citizens' rights, the UK's financial settlement, the so-called divorce bill, and other issues to do with separation. Read More »

Ministers, govt officials take part in yoga day celebrations


Addressing yoga participants, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, "Yoga is not only good for our physical and mental health, but its helps to maintain energy, strength, and relieve stress". Yoga enthusiasts in the United Kingdom have been participating in mega yoga events this week at iconic tourist attractions such as the London Eye and Trafalgar Square to celebrate the third International Day of Yoga . Read More »

Prince Philip hospitalised just before the Queen's historic speech

Prince Charles took his father's place at the state opening of parliament, where the Queen delivered her speech in everyday dress rather than the traditional royal robes and arrived by auto rather than carriage. "In taking this decision, the Duke has the full support of the Queen". Buckingham Palace would not go into details about Prince Philip's condition or the type of infection. Read More »

Current, former US officials detail Russian cyberattacks


He advised states on how to protect themselves ahead of the election on November 8. A Department of Homeland Security official made the disclosure during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its probe of Russia's interference in the election. Read More »

The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy


Winds will be gusting to tropical storm force this morning in parts of south central Louisiana this morning, and extend into southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas this afternoon. A large portion of the WBRC First Alert viewing area is under a Flash Flood Watch until Thursday evening. For southern states, Cindy's biggest threat is coastal flooding and unsafe flash flooding from torrential rain, according to the National Hurricane Center . Read More »

Republican Senators Complain on Eve of Health Care Bill Unveiling

Democrats are close to defeating Trumpcare, and the fact that the White House is taking steps to distance the President from this potential stinkbomb is the reason why Democrats need to turn up the heat and kill this bill. Fifty-seven percent said it would make Medicaid less available, and 69 percent said it would cut federal money for Planned Parenthood. Will make it worse: 41 percent. Read More »

GOP Heath Care Bill


The effort has been plagued from the start by tensions between moderates and conservatives, which surfaced again on Tuesday. Even some of the 13 members who are supposed to be writing it say they haven't seen any details. Capito said on Tuesday she was also concerned the Senate healthcare plan might cap Medicaid spending and shift it to a lower growth rate in 2025. As the majority of the GOP conference has yet to see the final language, aides and lobbyists say it remains unclear whether the ... Read More »

Brexit talks get underway, fears of tight deadline for process


The Brexit talks were finally launched at the European Commission's headquarters in Brussels almost one year after Britain's June 23, 2016 referendum to leave the bloc. "My mandate is to defend the single market, defend the European Union, which the United Kingdom has chose to leave", Barnier told reporters after briefing ministers from EU member states in Luxembourg. Read More »

United Kingdom acquires apartments for fire's displaced


On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters demanding justice for victims marched from west London to Parliament - the demonstration was billed by organisers as the Day of Rage to mark one week since the fire. As well as the public inquiry announced by the government, the police have launched a criminal investigation into the blaze. The government on Wednesday announced that 68 flats had been bought for survivors in an upmarket housing development on plush Kensington High Street. Read More »