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Day 100: Lawmakers draft tax filled budget fix; may debate school funding


The Congressional Budget Office plans to release its estimate Wednesday of the House health care bill's cost and how it would affect coverage. House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday on a revised plan that would raise $953 million over two years by increasing income taxes, boosting liquor taxes and imposing the state's sales tax on a few services. Read More »

United Kingdom security increased as Manchester attacker may not have acted alone

Military personnel may also be seen at other events over the coming weeks, such as concerts and football matches, working under the command of police officers, May said. - All national election campaigning was suspended after the explosion. Police are trying to determine whether suicide bomber Salman Abedi acted alone when he set off his explosives at the end of a pop concert at a Manchester arena. Read More »

Local food banks brace for cuts to food stamp funding

Lawmakers from both parties have said major changes will be needed as the measure moves through Congress. However, that goal depends on growth projections that many private economists view as overly optimistic. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a news conference near the U.S. -Mexico border (background), outside Laredo, Texas. Trump would keep campaign pledges to leave core Medicare and Social Security benefits for the elderly alone, but that would translate ... Read More »

Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons

Ivanka Trump touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City Monday, May 22, 2017. Trump, wearing a yarmulke, placed his right hand on the wall and swayed slightly back and forth with his eyes closed for almost a minute. Read More »

Road accidents are a big killer in India: Mamata Banerjee


As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is again coming to Delhi on Wednesday evening, the opposition parties are expected to have serious deliberations to decide on a joint candidate for the presidential election this week, said a senior opposition leader. Read More »

Kolkata: Left protesters clash with police over 'anti-farmer' policy


On Monday, the Left front plans a similar protest and apologized in advance at a news conference on Sunday. The various peasants' wing of the Left parties has also joined in demanding fair price for farmers' produce. Police, however, said they were ready to tackle the challenge. Left protesters also demanded that democratic rights of people in the state must be maintained. Read More »

Cosby arrives for Day 3 of jury selection

One African American juror, a woman, has been picked to serve on the jury. A new jury pool will be summoned on Wednesday to pick a 12th juror and six alternates. The actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on " The Cosby Show " is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. Read More »

North Carolina's Tony Bradley to remain NBA Draft


Multiple sources are confirming a report that was out on Tuesday night , saying the same thing. An official announcement from Bradley and UNC is expected soon. Bradley's departure leaves a significant void in UNC's frontcourt. The Tar Heels will likely have to rely heavily on the freshman trio of Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley in the upcoming campaign. Read More »

Ivanka's visit to Western Wall, Jews' holy site in Jerusalem

He is scheduled to visit Palestinian-controlled territory May 23, where he will meet in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas . The PA, however, does not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and has repeatedly refused to do so. The ancient stones are in a part of Jerusalem that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.The president was joined on the visit by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, an Orthodox Jew who went to the wall shortly after Trump and said prayers. Read More »

Josh Jackson: Jackson ordered to anger management course


If the evaluation doesn't make any treatment recommendations, Jackson must complete alcohol information classes by October 31. As part of the diversion, Jackson also agreed to write a letter of apology to the victim and complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Read More »

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Becomes The First African To Head WHO


Tedros will begin his five-year term after Margaret Chan steps down on June the 30th. "This will be my central priority", Tedros, as he is widely known, told health ministers at the WHO's annual assembly after his election. He has also become the non-medical doctor to win the global health organisation. Lawrence Gostin, the director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, told the New York Times : "Dr. Read More »

Trump administration to fund electrified Caltrain


In February , the Transportation Department withheld a $647 million grant for the San Carlos Peninsula Corridor Electrification, or Caltrain, project, from San Francisco to San Jose to allow a review by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao . Read More »

A new Director-General for the World Health Organization


As well as serving as Ethiopia's foreign affairs and health ministers, he's also chaired the Global Fund, which mobilizes and invests about $4bn a year to fight Aids , tuberculosis and malaria . Nishtar was the last to appeal for votes. "We know that the next health emergency is not a question of "if" but "when", USA health secretary Tom Price said in Geneva earlier Tuesday. Read More »

Meghan Markle's fashion mistake at wedding


Pippa Middleton , sister of Duchess of Cambridge , Kate, Wednesday James Matthews on Saturday (20th May), in what has been called the society event of the year. We were just as shocked. She was reported to have strictly enforced a "no ring no bring" rule to her ceremony, meaning that since Harry and his girlfriend are neither engaged nor married, Markle was not permitted to attend the nuptials. Read More »

Indo-Canadian wrestler Jinder Mahal beats Randy Orton to win WWE Championship

I'm going to take all of that hatred and turn it into goodness. WWE likes it when their top champions understand the situation and can convey that message to the masses. The match itself was fairly good considering the storyline heading into it was weak, and it was interesting to see Natalya be the one to pick up the victory, forcing Lynch to tap out to the Sharpshooter . Read More »

Britain raises terror threat level after concert carnage

The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the carnage, which was condemned by world leaders including US President Donald Trump, who branded people carrying out atrocities "evil losers". They're no longer attending because of jitters over the Manchester attack. Asked whether the USA leaks had compromised the investigation, Rudd said: "I wouldn't go that far but I can say that they are perfectly clear about the situation and that it shouldn't happen again". Read More »

Lab tests ongoing in California botulism case


California health officials say the illnesses appear caused by botulism carried in nacho-cheese dip sold at a gas station in the Sacramento suburb of Walnut Grove. The company says it retested samples from the lot of cheese linked to the outbreak and that it's clear of contamination. "To ensure the integrity of those test results, we also sent multiple samples to an independent lab, which confirmed our findings". Read More »

Is the Lion eying it's fireproof Nkandla den yet? Cosatu bans Zuma


According to the report, the issue of the motion of no confidence vote in president Zuma will be raised at the NEC meeting to be held from 26 to 28 May 2017, and some members may bring up the possibility of removing Zuma as president. But COSATU said on Tuesday it remains very much committed to the alliance "but we want an alliance which is at the centre of driving the National Democratic Revolution (NDR) and that collectively develops policy in line with our vision in the Freedom Charter". Read More »

How Trump's Budget Cuts Will Devastate Low-Income Children

Border Security: $1.6 billion is reserved for building a wall on the USA border with Mexico, a top Trump campaign priority. Federal spending on SNAP - formerly know as food stamps - would decrease by $191 billion over 10 years, a decrease of about 29 percent. Read More »

"We're just not ready:" Wisconsin lawmakers push budget vote back


Walker tweeted, "Republicans did not run on a gas tax increase - so they should not pass one in this budget". The increases were supposed to have been covered under Walker's budget by savings generated by moving the state to a self-insurance model but finance committee leaders have signaled they won't go that route. Read More »

Trump administration proposes budget cuts for social programs

Some called Trump's budget dead-on-arrival, while several Democrats called it "cruel". Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, added, " President Trump's proposed budget takes a wrecking ball to agencies that protect our health , safety and environment". Read More »

Meghan Markle attends Pippa Middleton's wedding reception as Prince Harry's date


The Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister Wednesday James Matthews (brother of Made in Chelsea lothario Spencer Matthews ) in a lavish yet intimate ceremony in Berkshire. Prince William and Prince Harry arrived together wearing formal suits . Prince Harry and Prince William , George and Charlotte's father, arrived at the event together with no sign of Harry's girlfriend American actress Meghan Markle . Read More »

INEOS in £1 billion North Sea swoop


It includes 50 licences in Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom and 100,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day. British petrochemicals group Ineos is set to become a major North Sea player after acquiring Danish firm Dong Energy's entire oil and gas business in a deal worth up to $1.3bn (£1bn). Read More »

State Health Officials Worry About Tick Season


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks . For one woman with Lyme disease, it's a warning she advises people heed. I was lying in bed saying, 'I'm going to die of Lyme disease, ' and, 'I hope someone finds me and I'm not here for too long'. Read More »

Ethiopia to lead the World Health Organization


Ethiopia's prime minister, Hailemaraim Desalegn, said the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to head the World Health Organization is a big achievement for Africa and proves Ethiopia's growing role on the world stage. Dr. Ghebreyesus or simply Tedros, as he is known, will be replacing Margaret Chan , who will be stepping down from her post of 10 years by the end of June. Read More »

What is known about suspected Manchester attacker Abedi

ISIS is now taking credit for the Monday night massacre, with authorities identifying 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the suicide bomber responsible for the carnage. Several people are still missing, including Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, 15-year-old Olivia Campbell, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19. Read More »

UK Raises Threat Level To 'Critical'; Attack 'May Be Imminent'


Addressing the nation from her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May warned late Tuesday that a new attack "may be imminent" and there was a possibility of " a wider group of individuals linked to this attack". "That is why the terrorists will never win and we will prevail", May said. Manchester Police Constable Ian Hopkins said the blast was for officers - seen decked out in riot gear - to gain access to the home. Read More »

Trump sends to Congress $4.1 trillion budget plan

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney said at the budget presentation that compassion can no longer be measured by the number of social programs and the money spent on such programs. Every presidential budget is merely an administration's statement of priorities, and there is never any expectation it will survive Congress intact. Read More »

NKorea Says It's Ready to Deploy, Mass-Produce New Missile

North Korea said on Monday that Sunday's launch met all technical requirements that could allow mass-production of the missile, which it calls the Pukguksong-2, although US officials and experts questioned the extent of its progress. Nearly a month ago Washington began discussions with North Korea ally China on strengthening United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang following repeated missile tests. Read More »

Jailed Former Jakarta Governor Ahok Will Drop Appeal Against Blasphemy Conviction


Purnama, an ethnic Chinese popularly known as "Ahok", was jailed on May 9 for a longer-than-expected jail term in a ruling that critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia. They had asked the North Jakarta District Court that the former Jakarta leader receive two years' remand and be jailed for a year if he insulted Islam again. Read More »