‘Obamacare’ lives … Montana fetus bill advances … Suburban Atlanta plane crash
WASHINGTON (AP) – “Obamacare” has survived a near-death experience. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the “repeal and replace” bill after it failed to muster enough support. President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for the failure and repeated his dire predictions for the Obama-era law, saying “it’s imploding, and soon will explode.”
HELENA, Mont. (AP) – A proposal seeking to extend protections to so-called “pain-capable” fetuses has advanced in the Montana Senate. If approved, Montana would join more than a dozen states adopting laws protecting fetuses deemed capable of feeling pain. Montana is also considering a bill to effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy by requiring doctors to save a fetus.
CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago teenage girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people viewed it live on Facebook and did nothing has been relocated with her family. The mother told The Associated Press her daughter was scared to return home, and the family was being harassed. The Chicago Sun-Times quotes a police spokesman as saying the 15-year-old “is in a safe place.”
CHICAGO (AP) – A study of the Chicago Police Department’s stop-and-frisk procedures shows a dramatic decrease in the number of stops since an ACLU lawsuit. But the study also found that officers are still targeting racial minorities. A Chicago police spokesman says the department will “carefully review the recommendations.”
ATLANTA (AP) – A small plane crashed into a suburban Atlanta neighborhood Friday evening, killing the pilot and setting a house ablaze. An FAA spokesman says the Cessna Citation I crashed about 3 miles northeast of Cobb County International Airport. No one on the ground was hurt.
Brothers Found Safe…Trump Issues Ultimatum on Health Care Vote…Ex-PSU President’s Trial Continues
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (AP) – Two young brothers who were in a vehicle that was stolen in Southern California have been found safe. Police in Cathedral City say the 1- and 2-year-olds were with their babysitter when she got out of the car to run an errand last night. Someone took off with the car, with Jaden and Carlos Cortez inside. Police say the children were found early today in Desert Hot Springs, about 14 miles away from Cathedral City.
WASHINGTON (AP) – No more talk, it’s time to vote. That was President Donald Trump message to GOP lawmakers last night, following a day of proposed changing and negotiating over the Republican plan to replace “Obamacare.” At a nighttime Capitol meeting, top White House officials told the lawmakers that Trump had decided that time for talk was over. And Trump is suggesting that if the GOP health plan doesn’t pass today, he’s ready to move on to other things.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior Trump administration officials say the State Department will be giving the OK to the Keystone XL pipeline today. That would clear the way for the White House to grant a presidential permit to TransCanada to build the $8 billion pipeline, which crosses the U.S.-Canada border. The project is still being litigated in several states and has been the subject of protests.
BERLIN (AP) – The father of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps, killing everybody on board, wants to exonerate his son, and he’s holding a news conference today, on the second anniversary of the disaster. Guenter Lubitz is suggesting that investigators failed to examine all possible angles to the crash that killed 150 people.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Jurors resume deliberating today in the trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who faces charges related to the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case. Spanier is accused of conspiracy and two counts of endangerment for his handling of complaints about the former assistant football coach more than 15 years ago. Spanier was forced out as university president in 2011.
Treasury Investigating Manafort…Three Killed in UK Bridge Attack…Trump Talks AHCA with Freedom Caucus
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has learned that agents from the U.S. Treasury Department recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The information was part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe. Manafort has been a leading focus of the U.S. government’s investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign.
LONDON (AP) – The British Parliament has observed a minute of silence to remember those killed in the attack near the Parliament building. A man driving an SUV plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge yesterday and then stabbed to death a police officer. Three people were killed before police shot him dead. Today, British police conducted major raids and arrested seven people in connection with the attacks.
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump will be meeting today with the conservative Freedom Caucus, ahead of the House vote on the GOP health care plan to replace “Obamacare.” Conservatives are opposed to the Republican health care plan because they say it doesn’t go far enough. In a count by The Associated Press, at least 26 Republicans say they oppose the bill, enough to narrowly defeat the measure.
UNDATED (AP) – Tanning salon owners say they can’t wait for the repeal and replacement of the Obama administration’s health care law. That’s because the Affordable Care Act also imposed a 10 percent tax on tanning, and that took a heavy toll on the industry. Nearly 10,000 salons have closed in the U.S. since the law went into effect.
PHOENIX (AP) – Police in Phoenix say the parents of a 9-year-old boy who was shot in the head in their home put off calling 911 as they cleaned up evidence. Police have cast doubt on Wendy Lavarnia’s account that her 2-year-old son picked up an unattended gun and accidentally shot to death her 9-year-old. Police say they became suspicious when Lavarnia’s husband showed up at the home with a crudely bandaged gunshot wound on his upper arm. Authorities are still trying to sort out what could have happened.