WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles. The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on moving forward with the healthcare debate, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.
LOS ANGELES - Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized to his fans for the sudden cancellation of the remainder of his world tour , saying he needed some rest after being on the road for two years. His manager, Scooter Braun, also apologized but said the Canadian-born Bieber's "soul and well being" are the top priority.
GACKLE, N.D. - Yield prospects for hard red spring wheat in southeastern North Dakota were below average following hot and dry weather during the growing season, scouts on an annual crop tour said Tuesday. But the Wheat Quality Council tour's early yield calculations were not as bad as some had feared. "So far, I would say this is better than what most folks expected," said Kevin Ernst, a broker with Chiodo Commodities who is on the tour.
A new study focused on the connection between chronic traumatic encephalopathy and football found the neurodegenerative disease present in 99 percent of the 111 brains donated by families of former NFL players and examined by researchers, according to the study published Tuesday. Evidence of the disease was found in 177 of 202 total brains examined by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare. All specimens belonged to former football players at all levels of the sport.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Senate panel has issued a subpoena to force Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, to appear at a hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley, and the top Democrat on the panel, Dianne Feinstein, said the subpoena was issued late on Monday afterManafort did not agree to an interview.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The truck driver accused of smuggling at least 100 illegal immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer, 10 of whom died, has said he was unaware of the human cargo he was hauling until he took a rest stop in Texas, court papers showed on Monday. James Bradley Jr., 60, told investigators he was caught by surprise when he opened the trailer doors outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, only to be knocked down by a group of "Spanish" people pouring out of the rig, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Republican Senator John McCain, who has been recuperating in Arizona after being diagnosed with brain cancer, will return to Washington for a vote on healthcare reform on Tuesday, his office said in a statement on Monday. "Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea," the statement said.
STOCKHOLM - A Swedish rail operator has vowed to name one of its trains "Trainy McTrainface" after a public vote, saying it would bring joy to people disappointed when Britain rejected the name Boaty McBoatface for a polar research ship following a similar poll. Trainy McTrainface won 49 percent of the votes in the naming competition, conducted online by train operator MTR Express and Swedish newspaper Metro, beating choices such as Hakan, Miriam and Poseidon. "(This is) news that will be received with joy by many, not just in Sweden," MTR wrote in a statement.
LONDON - The parents of Charlie Gard tearfully gave up their legal battle to keep their terminally ill baby alive on Monday, saying his condition had deteriorated too far for any possible recovery, in a case they said had touched the world. The parents said their 11-month-old son might have been able to live normally if he had received experimental U.S. treatment earlier but too much time had been "wasted".
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, said on Monday he "did not collude" with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition. In a written statement released ahead of his scheduled appearance before lawmakers in closed-door sessions, Kushner said his initial security clearance form had been submitted prematurely in error and had omitted all foreign contacts.