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McConnell, Schumer trade jabs over health care

If there was any doubt that the GOP's primary agenda is to further enrich the wealthy , consider another one of their latest stunts. They voted on a slap-dash bill even before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to score it. Read More »

Sizzling heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US

The peak may be coming Tuesday as Phoenix is expected to hit a high of 119 degrees Fahrenheit and Death Valley, California, could live up to its name, as the National Weather Service forecasts a high of 127 degrees. - In Phoenix, the 118 degrees on Monday tied the record set exactly a year ago. The reason: extreme heat. The Arizona Department of Health Services says almost 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms every year because of heat-related illnesses. Read More »

3 teen police volunteers steal LAPD cars, stun guns

A police officer who was patrolling in South Los Angeles on Wednesday night saw two of the stolen police vehicles driving together and tried to pull them over. The LAPD told LAist on Thursday that the vehicles were first reported missing after an inventory check had discovered that cruisers were missing from the fleet (the LAPD has 1,800 black-and-white vehicles, according to KTLA ). Read More »

VP Pence hires outside legal counsel

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He was also the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia during former President George W. Bush's administration. Cullen also previously served as Virginia's Attorney General in the late 1990s. Richard Cullen has a long record as a high-profile attorney in Washington, particularly in Republican circles. Kasowitz and his spokesman have served as public attack dogs in defense of Trump in the Russian Federation matter. Read More »

Uber to allow tipping for drivers, reversing long-standing policy

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If you make your driver wait, you have to pay . Introduce a new "driver destinations" feature that will allow drivers to pick up fares along the routes they take to and from their home or work. However, the move may mean more expensive trips for riders, which could push them away from Uber if they care more about budget than image. More importantly, Uber also agreed to a number of concessions, including new specific policies created to give drivers greater transparency about what keeps ... Read More »

Lawyer says Trump not under investigation in spite of tweet

An attorney with Trump's private legal team, Jay Sekulow , asserted on four Sunday TV talk shows that the president's Friday tweet was not confirmation that he was under investigation. The president last month told reporters that "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future" but offered no hints as to whether the tapes exists, except saying that some journalists would "be very disappointed" to find out the answer. Read More »

US Attorney General Sessions hires private attorney

Cooper was recently under consideration to be solicitor general, and he also reportedly advised Sessions prior to his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee last week. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign". On March 2, Sessions announced that he was recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation because of his role in the Trump campaign. Read More »

Remains of newborn found in trash bag behind home; 2 arrested

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Authorities say that Rheaume and Santiago, who live in separate homes on the same street, was arrested in connection with the baby's death after further investigation and questioning. He said he contacted authorities are noticing Rheaume was no longer pregnant. Santiago and Rheaume are now charged with removal of a human body and concealment of the death of a child, according to police. Read More »

Coroner: Otto Warmbier's family objects to autopsy

Warmbier was on a tourist trip when he was arrested and handed a 15-year sentence in March last year, a punishment United States officials decried as out of proportion to his alleged crime. MSNBC host Katy Tur asked Franken if he believed Warmbier had been murdered . Others believe it is unlikely that North Korea intentionally harmed Warmbier because he was valuable as a political pawn. Read More »

US Department of Justice improves efforts to fight crime locally

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Buffalo's designation won't bring any additional funding to the city, as this is not a grant program. Sessions has repeatedly said that helping cities combat violence is a top priority for the Justice Department, and he's called on the nation's federal prosecutors to pursue tougher punishments against most crime suspects. Read More »

A look at Illinois' budget mess as lawmakers head to Capitol

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Failure to act may cause permanent damage to our state that will take years to overcome. The proposal calls for a property tax freeze, term limits and an income tax increase. State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) says, "While I welcome Gov. Rauner's input into how we can seal a state budget deal, I will remind him that he and Republican lawmakers are three weeks late in sauntering to the table". Read More »

Republican aligned with Trump wins South Carolina House seat

With Mr. Trump's approval ratings at historic lows and Democrats showing double-digit gains in turnout during two prior unsuccessful House special elections, South Carolina Democrats have spent recent weeks trying to build a machine to turn out the district's African-American voters. Read More »

Southwest celebrates first day of summer with heat wave

The record for Phoenix was set June 26, 1990, when temperatures reached 50 degrees. National Weather Service meteorologists say it matches the mark for the fifth-hottest day in Phoenix since records have been kept. The largest carrier out of Las Vegas is Southwest, and it reported no delays or cancellations due to the heat. The heat is a serious public health hazard in places such as Phoenix and Las Vegas. Read More »

Remains of 7 sailors killed in US ship collision return home

A track of the container ship's route by MarineTraffic, a vessel-tracking service, shows it made a sudden turn as if trying to avoid something at about 1:30 a.m., before continuing eastward. Martin's remains will arrive at the Dover Airforce Base in DE on Tuesday. Richard Gourley of the U.S. Naval Forces Japan said. He said the remains have been transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka . Read More »

Snake slithers from pickup truck driving on 114

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They debated what to do, offering words of encouragement for the snake to fully emerge and let the wind shove it off the hood and onto the highway for its immediate death. Instead, you hear two men squeal in fear after the creepy-crawly snake slides back toward the driver's side window. "He's my boss and friend", Wyatt said. Read More »

Cosby alternate juror likely would've convicted

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The judge granted the mistrial on Saturday after the jury, which was brought into Montgomery County from Pittsburgh, announced they were "hopelessly deadlocked" following multiple days of deliberation. None of the jurors have spoken, but one alternate juror told NBC News that he thought Constand seemed "very honest" and was appalled by what Cosby said in the deposition and a police interview. Read More »

Senior student mocks school's dress code with yearbook quote

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Victoria DiPaolo , who's about to graduate from West Milford High School in New Jersey, shared her yearbook photo on Twitter . DiPaolo called attention to this blatant contradiction with a self-quote: "I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?" The school's dress code reads : "Halters, half-shirts, shorts, or sweaters and blouses that expose breasts or stomachs may not be worn". Read More »

Muslims question whether girl's killing was road rage

The teenagers were walking and riding bicycles back to the All Dulles Area Muslim Society at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday, according to police . A Hassanen family spokesman said all the girls in the group were wearing Muslim headscarves and robes. Read More »

McConnell: Senate close to Obamacare repeal bill

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Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday presented their caucus with a broad outline of a healthcare plan as the GOP - against the odds - looks to pass an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill this summer. Because I know we made mistakes [when the ACA came together], Mr. Secretary. Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, a Metairie Republican who handles the budget in the House, said he didn't think it was wise to "use 100 percent of a wrong number". Read More »

Senate Democrats Protest Republican Healthcare Act For Being Written 'In Secret'

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The truth is that this is not a "health care" bill. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) pointed out the discrepancy on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. The budget process is much maligned, but it helped President George W. Bush pass his signature tax cuts 16 years ago. Under the Senate rules, Republicans need only 51 votes to pass the bill, and don't need to face a Democratic filibuster - and a 60-vote threshold - that would kill it. Read More »

Surgeons warning of burn danger during heat wave

Regional flights on American Eagle were the most affected, because they use Bombardier CRJ planes that can only operate at temperatures of 118 degrees or below, Feinstein said . Extreme temperatures can damage a plane's internal components, for starters. Reportedly in countries that regularly see higher temperatures , like those in South America and the Middle East, flights in similar planes are generally scheduled for the evening or nighttime, when the temperatures are cooler. Read More »

S.Korea's Moon says N.Korea responsible for Warmbier death

Otto was arrested in North Korea while visiting as a tourist, and had been described by doctors who examined him last week on his return as having suffered extensive brain damage that left him in a state of " unresponsive wakefulness ". "It really is a tragedy". There had not been any previous detainment in North Korea that has ended with such tragic finality and we have been struggling to process the result. Read More »