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North Korea calls itself 'biggest victim' in death of Otto Warmbier

SEOUL-South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday China should do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear program and he would call on President Xi Jinping to lift measures against South Korean companies taken in retaliation against Seoul's decision to host a USA anti-missile defense system. Read More »

Londoners in temporary housing after fire safety evacuations

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She said London Fire Brigade had completed a joint inspection of the blocks with Camden Council technical experts and the council has chose to "temporarily decant" residents. Camden Council said officials were going door-to-door one at a time for safety reasons, starting at Taplow then working through Burnham, Bray, Blashford and Dorney. Read More »

Macron vows full support of France for Mali after attack

The resort was still cordoned off by late morning on Monday as a Malian anti-terrorist squad combed the area for the missing person, a Reuters witness said. In a sign of Mali's ongoing instability, one soldier was killed and three wounded on Monday in the northern town of Bamba, in what the armed forces said was yet another "terrorist attack". Read More »

Fifth Republican Senator Steps Forward in Dissent Against Health Care Bill

The bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance , while offering states the ability to drop numerous benefits required by the ACA . None of the conservative senators have said that they are going to oppose the bill. Sen. James Lankford (R, Okla.) said, "Put me down as a solid 'undecided'". Read More »

With cameras banned, CNN sends sketch artist to White House brie

CNN's sketch artist, Bill Hennessy, drew a sketch of press secretary Sean Spicer briefing the White House press corps as a substitute for video of the briefing. "I think we're going to get this thing done and hopefully by the August recess really have Obamacare repealed and replaced", he said. Spicer, during a Wednesday interview with Laura Ingraham , said some reporters are seeking publicity for themselves. Read More »

Afghan Soldier Wounds 7 US Soldiers in Insider Attack

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Seven US soldiers were wounded Saturday by an Afghan soldier on a northern Afghanistan base during the second "inside attack" in a week against US forces awaiting the impending announcement of reinforcements by Pentagon. But while the Taliban praised today's attack, it did not take responsibility for it. The suicide assault, or coordinated attack using one or more suicide bombers and an assault team, is a tactic frequently used by the Taliban , the Haqqani Network , al Qaeda and its ... Read More »

Turkish president condemns USA decision to charge bodyguards after embassy brawl

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PETER NEWSHAM , Chief, D.C. Police Department: We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against peaceful demonstrators here in Washington, D.C., and it's just something we're not going to tolerate. On the day of the violence, police detained two members of Erdogan's security detail but released them shortly afterward. Washington police are leading the investigation, in cooperation with federal law enforcement and the U.S. Read More »

Tropical Storm Cindy makes landfall in southwest Louisiana

In Gulfport, Mississippi, Kathleen Bertucci said heavy rainfall Wednesday sent about 10 inches of water into her business, Top Shop, which sells and installs granite countertops. Authorities in Florida are urging people to stay off the beaches and out of the Gulf of Mexico until weather conditions brought by Tropical Storm Cindy improve. Read More »

Florida Insurers Request 17.8% Rate Hike On Obamacare Exchanges

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Health insurers Anthem and MDwise are both withdrawing from the ACA's IN marketplace next year. The Indiana Department of Insurance said Thursday in a statement that the filed prices are not necessarily final. Congress is working to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Senate released a proposal to replace it on Thursday. Almost 20,000 residents of northeast IN, including more than 10,000 residents of Allen County, bought insurance policies this year through the federal exchange, ... Read More »

Political Junkie Ken Rudin: GOP Senators Unveil Health Care Plan And More

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference. Brian Sandoval. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Heller, like four other GOP senators who announced their opposition to the Obamacare repeal bill that was unveiled Thursday, left the door open to negotiations. Read More »

More whiffs for the scrambling Democrats

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The Democrats' long losing streak continued this week in a Southern suburban district that Donald Trump barely won last fall. While some House Democrats are blaming House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for their party's loss in a special congressional election this week in Georgia and are suggesting their caucus may need new leadership, Pelosi says her time isn't up. Read More »

Dennis Rodman Claims He Asked North Korea to Release Otto Warmbier

The news comes at North Korea claims its officials did not torture the 22-year-old American student - and said the hermit nation was the " biggest victim " in Warmbier's release and tragic death days later. Otto Warmbier speaks to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. The administration was already wrestling with option for containing an increasingly belligerent North Korea before the shocking return of a mortally wounded Warmbier. Read More »

Virginia voters to cast ballots in dual primary

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Late votes in Fairfax County - where voters there favored Republican Ed Gillespie over Stewart - and campaign supports said those votes might have been enough to clinch the election for Gillespie. Democratic voters were energized in opposition to Trump and turned out in higher-than-expected numbers Tuesday. Are we ready to keep Virginia blue?. Read More »

Fifth GOP Senator says he won't back AHCA

Senate bill: Individual mandate would be eliminated. Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is suggesting Iowans would not be losing Medicaid coverage even as the Senate GOP health care bill would phase out financing to expand the low-income insurance program. Read More »

North Korea accuses U.S. of 'smear campaign' over student's death

Portman concluded the address by encouraging his fellow senators to take action against North Korea , although he did not say what form that action or condemnation should take. The news came as the US and China held a bilateral diplomatic and security dialogue in Washington . "US first deployed nuclear weapons in South Korea in 1957 and then more than 1,000 weapons were deployed". Read More »

Trump endorses Senate GOP health care plan

Senators Ted Cruz , Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson are the other four senators opposed to the bill , but their contention is that it doesn't go far enough to repeal Obamacare . Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president of the consulting firm Avalare Health, said the Senate subsidies would be smaller than Obama's because they're keyed to the cost of a bare-bones plan and because additional help now provided for deductibles and copayments would eventually be discontinued. Read More »

800 households evacuated in London among fire concerns

Ms Gould said: "The arrangement of the cladding and insulation used on Camden Council's buildings significantly differs from that on Grenfell Tower". In an update on the Grenfell investigation, Fiona McCormack from London police said: "We are looking at every criminal offence from manslaughter onwards". Read More »

Trump Administration Pressuring North Korea, Ally China to Release American Hostages

Cynthia Meis, his college admissions counselor from high school, said she admires the strength displayed by Warmbier's parents in the face of such loss and the glare of global media attention. "This process has been a window into both evil, and love and good", one of Ohio's two USA senators, Rob Portman, told reporters before the funeral, which was closed to the media. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing Otto Warmbier during detention

Upon his return to the USA , doctors who examined Warmbier said the former University of Virginia student had incurred significant brain damage and was in a state of "unresponsive wakefulness". "He's so young, and he's been gone for so long", said Grady Beerck, 22, a former soccer teammate. Warmbier was laid to rest Thursday after a memorial service at his high school in Ohio. Read More »

Obama slams new Republican healthcare bill

With no Democratic support, Senate Republicans can only afford two votes against the bill - and there are already more than that. With a third of the Senate coming up for re-election in 2018, many will have to weigh the state-wide implications before voting for the bill. Read More »