WASHINGTON - The latest Senate Republican drive to dismantle the Affordable Care Act would sharply reduce federal spending on health insurance and cause 34 states to lose such funding, according to an analysis that details the checkerboard of winners and losers the plan would create.
Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Paul Manafort made the offer in an email to an overseas intermediary, asking that a message be sent to Oleg Deripaska, an aluminum magnate with whom Manafort had done business in the past, these people said.
In May, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue as he revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was born with a heart defect that required immediate surgery. The operation was successful, but Kimmel was deeply shaken by the experience, which happened amid the debate over replacing the Affordable Care Act. Kimmel delivered a passionate plea about the astronomical costs of health care: "No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child's life."
School bullies threw rocks at their young child, while calling him a monster, a freak and telling him he was ugly - all because he has a condition which causes him to look and sound different. Seven-year-old Jackson Bezzant's self-esteem dropped so much that he wanted to wear a mask to school to cover his face and he talked about killing himself. His parents, Dan and Kelley Bezzant, a divorced couple who live in Ammon, Idaho, didn't know what to do to stop the bullying.
A ninth patient from a South Florida nursing home that overheated during power outages following Hurricane Irma died on Tuesday, according to police. The death of Carlos Canal, the ninth patient, occurred nearly a week after the nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, became the focus of a criminal investigation when the air conditioning failed and eight other patients ultimately died. Police did not immediately release a cause of death, though Canal's daughter told the Miami Herald he died of pneumonia with a fever of 105 degrees.
MEXICO CITY - Mexico City residents worked through the night into the early hours of the morning Wednesday, digging through immense piles of pancaked rubble that had once been high rise buildings searching for survivors of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 200 people across central Mexico - more than half in the capital. They worked in the dark and often with their bare hands, with power out across 40 percent of this city of 20 million and rescue and medical services stretched to their limit.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Hurricane Maria roared ashore on Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to strike the island in more than 80 years while panicked residents fled to high ground and huddled in shelters hoping to withstand powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean. "On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history," tweeted Eric Blake, a forecaster at the Hurricane Center.
Her children were the first to catch the runner mid-poop, with her pants around her ankles, Cathy Budde said. Immediately, they ran to get their mother. "They are like, 'There's a lady taking a poop!' So I come outside, and I'm like . . . 'are you serious?' " Budde told KKTV. She confronted the woman, asking, "Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids?" "Yeah, sorry,'" the woman replied. Budde assumed the woman would be "mortified," clean up the poop and not run in the Colorado Springs neighborhood again.
Victor Pratt knows a thing or two about rattlesnakes, as he made clear to reporters last week, after regaining consciousness in a Phoenix hospital. Always has. He played with rattlers all the time as a child, he told NBC News 12. Later on, he learned how to cook them. "You cut the heads off. They taste just like chicken," he said, a mic clipped to his hospital gown - a bit hard to understand because his face had swollen up.
A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City, toppling buildings and extinguishing lights as thousands of people fled. The temblor was the nation's second major earthquake this month, and struck 32 years to the day after a temblor with an 8.0 magnitude killed thousands in the city. The disaster closed the airport and stopped trading on the Mexican stock exchange.