Nation/World

Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

Congress Health Overhaul

President Donald Trump says the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace 'Obamacare' remains...

World

The Latest: Trump issues disaster declaration in Puerto Rico

APTOPIX Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local): 8:15 a.m. President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory. The declaration makes federal funding available to Puerto Ricans affected by the...


National

The Health 202: How many more people would lack coverage under Cassidy-Graham? We can

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - It’s safe to say the new Obamacare rollback measure toward which the Senate is charging would mean fewer Americans have health coverage. Exactly how many is unclear. Some argue it could be more than 22 million people. Others told me it could be fewer. Why...


World

Saudi minister says detainees were 'pushing an extremist agenda'

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. A Saudi crackdown on prominent citizens who had been critical of the government targeted people who “were pushing an extremist agenda” and took funding from foreign countries, according to Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir. Saudi Arabia this month arrested a group of clerics,...


World

Trapped girl a symbol for Mexico's quake rescue efforts

Mexico Earthquake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the rubble of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her. The sight of her wiggling fingers...


World

May to test limits of money pledges to unlock Brexit talks

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is weighing whether to accept for the first time the need to discuss the European Union’s demand for a “Brexit bill” of tens of billions of pounds, in a move designed to kick-start stalled negotiations in Brussels. May will hold talks with her...


World

Filipino protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte

Philippines Duterte Martial Law

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of protesters marked Thursday’s anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president’s authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs....


World

Grenade attack kills 3, wounds 30 in Indian-held Kashmir

India Kashmir A Grenade Attack

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir Thursday, killing three civilians and wounding 30 others, police said. Police said the attack occurred as the motorcade passed though the southern Tral town. Three...


National

Boston's fate lies with a zombie hurricane as Maria moves north

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Hurricane Maria continued its thunderous roll northward as forecasters struggled to pin down a trajectory. Whether the storm makes landfall again could be determined by a zombie. That’s what former Hurricane Jose will soon be in the meteorological vernacular, a once-dangerous...


World

Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Hawija from IS group

Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — In a push at dawn, Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to retake the town of Hawija — one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq — from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister’s office. The operation began just two days after...


National

Behind the Senate GOP's high-stakes health-care gamble: unrelenting criticism back home

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have made a calculated decision: Better to fail again trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act then not to try at all. That bet, made out of fear rather than a sense that victory is any nearer than it has been all year, can be traced to...


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