Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

April 27, 2017

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the US Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United States, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the drug’s use in the United States More …

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Manhattan man pleads guilty to ‘Producers’ scheme

April 27, 2017

New York (CNN)A Manhattan resident on Wednesday pleaded guilty to conning several investors into giving him money intended to fund the production of a fake Broadway play, according to Manhattan district attorney spokesman Justin Henry. Roland Scahill pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny in the third degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, according to court documents. The former talent agent owes $189,885 to the various investors he was accused of taking money …

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

April 27, 2017

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Doctors Nagarwala, …

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Trump to review power to establish federal lands

April 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will order a review of the 1906 law that gives the president of the United States power to set aside lands for federal protection, administration officials tell CNN, setting into motion a process that could see the Trump administration rescind the protection of lands designated by former President Barack Obama. Trump will sign the executive order Wednesday at the Interior Department, Secretary Ryan Zinke told reporters. The order could lead to the …

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Fox News stares down a decidedly pro-Trump future

April 21, 2017

Image: JUSTIN LANE/EPA/REX/Shutterstock A year ago, it would’ve felt pointless to imagine Fox News without its mastermind (Roger Ailes), its marquee star (Bill O’Reilly), or its young dynamo (Megyn Kelly). And it would’ve been laughable to imagine those three gone as the network scores record ratings, all while under one President Donald Trump. And yet: Here we are. O’Reilly and Fox News split on Wednesday, just months after Kelly left for NBC and almost a year since …

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

April 21, 2017

Kathryn Allenhoped to deliver Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) a dose ofstrong medicine (read: a loss) in the 2018 election. Now she wont have to. Chaffetz bowing out adds uncertainty to the future of Utahs strongly Republican 3rd Congressional District. For Allen, who has described Chaffetz as a That is what we have run on all along and will continue to run on, she told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. Our message remains one of consensus and coalition building, of coming together for a …

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Arkansas executions temporarily on hold

April 20, 2017

(CNN)All executions are on hold in the state of Arkansas after a judge issued a restraining order on a key lethal injection drug Wednesday. Court decisions in recent weeks, both from the state and US Supreme Courts, had granted all eight inmates a temporary reprieve, but some were overturned. The state Supreme Court granted inmate Stacey Johnson a stay Wednesday night, ruling 4-3 that he has a right to an evidentiary hearing after he requested DNA testing to prove his innocence. Johnson …

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How prisons keep their suicidal inmates on watch

April 20, 2017

(CNN)The suicide of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in his prison cell is one of several recent suicides of people in custody, prompting experts to question whether these deaths were preventable. Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2015, hanged himself Wednesday morning with a bedsheet tied to his window, according to prison officials. A Washington state inmate accused of fatally shooting five people last year also hanged himself this week,and a triple-murder suspect recently fell …

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EPA head visits community famous for lead contamination

April 20, 2017

… evacuated after soil tests showed lead and arsenic contamination levels 228 times the amount the Environmental Protection Agency considers potentially hazardous to children. It was the first superfund site EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has visited — making a trip there Wednesday — and the agency said he was the first administrator to visit this particular site. Pruitt visited “to discuss cleanup and hear directly from East Chicago residents affected by contamination in their …

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Trump Rushes Into World Affairs

April 13, 2017

… threaten. As for NATO, Trump stood in the East Room Wednesday and pledged his new-found love of an alliance he denounced during the campaign as a bunch of deadbeats who were crying wolf about Russia, but who were unwilling to pay to protect themselves. Tomorrow is another episode. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsVideo Jeet 2 ACE Video Jeet is the most powerful video curation tool for your blog.Bizzboss Pro WordPress Theme – Unlimited Sites License Bizzboss Unlimited …

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At raucous town hall, GOP congressman confronts anger about Trump

April 13, 2017

Aurora, Colorado (CNN)Republican Rep. Mike Coffman faced angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night, in an early sign of the political price he and his colleagues might pay for supporting President Donald Trump’s policies, including the repeal of Obamacare. A moderate hailing from a swing district, Coffman fielded more than 40 questions from Coloradans for almost two hours. Health care overwhelmingly dominated the at times raucous evening, as the congressman’s constituents …

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Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

April 13, 2017

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health. …

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House Republicans Were Handed A Historic Opportunity. They’re Blowing It.

April 7, 2017

… closer to passage than they were two weeks ago when GOP leaders pulled the health care bill from the floor, and members are heading back to their districts for two weeks. Presumably, dissatisfaction with what Republicans are discussing will further drive the conference away from a functional majority. Ive been here for eight years, Rooney told HuffPost on Wednesday. And for the Republican Party, we need to start passing bills that are positive, rather than just being an opposition or stopping …

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CNN 10 – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017

… the U.S. capital, where Senate Republicans have been working to get President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, confirmed to the high court. A few Democrats said they’d vote for Judge Gorsuch as well, but most of them have been working to block the nomination. And in the back and forth between the political parties, both a filibuster and the nuclear option came into play yesterday. We defined these terms on Wednesday’s show. You can find that in our archives at …

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Here Are All The Advertisers Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show

April 7, 2017

… automakers to pull advertising from the show. first reported the companys decision, on Monday. Hyundai announced its decision to pull advertising shortly after Mercedes-Benz did on Monday night. Lexus BMW Mitsubishi Motors We will continue to monitor this situation as we assess our long-term strategy, a spokesperson said. In response to complaints on Twitter, Subaru said Wednesday that it had decided to pull ads from the show. Coldwell Banker Credit Karma spokesman Rick Chen …

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Planned Parenthood’s Richards wishes more women made health decisions in Congress

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Amid ongoing calls to defund Planned Parenthood by many conservative Republicans in Congress, the group’s leader declared Wednesday that they’d face less fire if there were more legislators “that could get pregnant.” “They’ve come at us and come at women in a way that is much harsher than I even imagined,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said during a panel at the Women in the World conference Wednesday in New York. “Frankly, if …

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Hate crimes focal point of new DOJ task force

April 6, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided an update on the Justice Department’s new crime reduction task force Wednesday, including new details on a subcommittee that will specifically focus on hate crime prevention. In a letter to US Attorney’s offices across the country, Sessions explained that the Hate Crimes Subcommittee “will develop a plan to appropriately address hate crimes to better protect the rights of all Americans.” “We must also protect the …

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Texas House Democrat signals bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018

March 30, 2017

(CNN)Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, signaled that he’s planning to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, setting up a longshot bid against the former Republican presidential candidate seeking re-election in 2018. “I think that national profile highlights the fact that he’s been running for president for four years while he should have been serving the people in Texas,” O’Rourke said about Cruz on Wednesday. O’Rourke was careful not to make an …

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Kochs pledge millions to GOPers in 2018 — if they vote no on health care bill

March 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races — but they’ll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill. The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude those who vote for the health care bill they oppose on Thursday. …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

March 23, 2017

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the current GOP health care plan. …

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20,000 lbs of frozen pizza recalled over listeria fears

March 17, 2017

(CNN)More than 21,000 pounds of frozen pizzas are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday. RBR Meat Company Inc. recalled its Marketside supreme frozen pizza, which may have been “adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes,” according to FSIS. The pizzas were sold at select Walmart stores in a 50.6-oz. box containing single shrink-wrapped 16-inch pizzas labeled as …

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Private Land Gift Drives Vast Expansion Of Chile’s National Parks

March 16, 2017

WASHINGTON Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and American conservationist Kristine Tompkins on Wednesday pledged to grow Chiles national park lands by roughly 11 million acres an area more than four times the size of Yellowstone National Park. Theres never, to our knowledge, been a larger expansion of a national park system that was prompted by a private land donation,Tom Butler, vice president of conservation advocacy at Tompkins Conservation, told The Huffington Post. tupatu76 via Getty …

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Which Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?

March 16, 2017

(CNN)The House Republican bill to repeal Obamacare hangs in a delicate balance as concerned GOP lawmakers publicly come out to express their opposition to the legislation. The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows, claimed Wednesday night that there were enough “no” votes to tank the bill. One source estimated that roughly 25 members of the Freedom Caucus are currently in the “no” or “lean no” column. Ryan, meanwhile, …

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Price defends tax cut for health insurance CEOs

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended Wednesday a tax cut for health insurance CEOs in the Republican plan he supports to repeal and replace part of Obamacare. “This is the federal government before saying to a certain sector of society, a certain individual, you can’t make what that company is willing to pay you,” Price said in a CNN town hall event moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash. CNN town hall: HHS Secretary Tom …

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Trump promises ‘negotiation’ on controversial health care bill

March 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump promised Wednesday that the increasingly contentious Obamacare replacement bill would be open to “negotiation,” and that his trademark deal-making could help save the legislation. The American Health Care Act, crafted by the House GOP but backed by the White House, is in dire political shape as a growing number of hardline and moderate Republicans vow to oppose it. Trump said at a campaign rally in Nashville, Tennessee, that the steadfast …

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A new bill could let employers force their workers to submit genetic test results

March 12, 2017

… stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a workplace wellness program. The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the genetic testing bill is expected to be folded into a second ACA-related measure containing a grab-bag of provisions …

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