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Is Trump courting disaster with Sessions feud?

Today 01:37 GMT

While Mr Sessions said during his confirmation hearings that he would seek legal counsel to avoid any conflict of interest in hypothetical investigations of the Trump campaign, the prospects of recusal were slim at that point and nothing that Mr Sessions could have told Mr Trump about with any certainty.

First there were anonymous reports that Mr Trump was dissatisfied with Mr Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the ongoing Russia investigation.

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Obamacare repeal bill fails in Senate vote

Today 00:42 GMT

A proposal that would partially repeal Obamacare fell short of the 51 votes needed to pass it Wednesday afternoon, dealing yet another blow to the GOP effort to roll back the 2010 health care law.

The vote was among a number of amendments that are being debated and voted on in the Senate this week as Republicans try to find consensus on a repeal plan. Republicans needed a simple majority, 51 votes, rather than a supermajority to pass it because they were using the budget reconciliation process.

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WH comms staffer resigns after Scaramucci talks potential cuts

Wednesday 21:56 GMT

Scaramucci's hiring was a factor in former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's resignation, as was Spicer's diminishing role in the White House, CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reported.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Scaramucci did not exactly deny the possibility of Short's termination, but said that leaks of staff firings hurt his ability to let people go in a "humane, dignified way.". "So let's say I'm firing Michael Short today, the fact that you guys know about it before he does, really upsets me as a human being and as a Roman Catholic.

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Source: The Guradian

Tour de France: why I am bidding au revoir to the greatest race of all

Wednesday 10:54 GMT

When I returned from reporting on the Tour de France for the first time I told my then boss, Martin Ayres, that I felt the Tour could be addictive.

In one sense I started in the worst possible year: 1990, after probably the greatest Tour ever, the 1989 race: every Tour I have covered has been measured against that gold standard and found wanting. In terms of pure racing on the road, the plot line of climber against time triallist, the best one would be Marco Pantani’s battle with Jan Ullrich in 1998, but that is rightly remembered for very different reasons – the Festina scandal – and the legacies of both men are blurred, to put it as charitably as I can.

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Source: Fox News

San Antonio trailer deaths: Driver had license revoked in April, criminal history

Wednesday 15:30 GMT

In addition to a criminal history that includes an arrest for grand theft and a conviction in a felony domestic violence case.

"Even though they have the driver in custody, I can guarantee you there's going to be many more people we're looking for to prosecute," said Thomas Homan, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Source: Common Domain

Transgender veterans outraged by Trump's sudden ban on military service

Today 01:38 GMT

A surprise announcement by President Trump on Twitter on Wednesday banning transgender Americans from serving “in any capacity in the U.S. military” has angered and bewildered transgender soldiers and veterans, with some active service members now wondering if they’ve put themselves at risk by outing themselves as transgender when the Obama administration allowed them to do so. “Some of them are even approaching retirement, and now that they’ve come out, they’re [screwed],” said Lewis, 46, who is now an activist for transgender rights.

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Source: ABC News

By the numbers: Transgender individuals serving in the US military

Today 01:38 GMT

Numbers from a 2016 Rand Corporation study show that the ban on transgender people in the military announced by Donald Trump may affect only a small percentage of the 1.3 million active duty service members currently enlisted.

The Department of Defense does not provide official numbers on transgender service members, but four of the military services have some numbers that indicate how very few active duty members of the military have officially self-identified as transgender.

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Source: Reuters

Coca-Cola profit beats on demand for juices, low-sugar sodas

Today 01:37 GMT

(Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co's (KO.N) profit, in its first quarter under new Chief Executive James Quincey, beat analysts' estimates on higher-than-expected demand for its healthier non-carbonated beverages as well as low and no-sugar versions of its sodas.

While Coca-Cola's net revenue declined 16 percent in the quarter, as the company sells off its low-margin bottling operations, revenue from its core beverage business, or organic revenue, rose 3 percent, indicating strength in demand.

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Source: New York Times

Lisa Murkowski, a Swing Vote on Health Care, Isn’t Swayed

Today 01:38 GMT

Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, shaped his health care proposal with an eye toward Alaska, adding billions of dollars to help hold down insurance premium costs in a state where health care choices are very limited, as well as extra money for the care of native populations.

Despite her position on the health care bill and her support for abortion rights, Ms. Murkowski remains a reliably Republican vote on most issues.

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Source: Fox News

Trump’s not alone: Congress digging into DNC-Ukraine connection

Today 01:37 GMT

Republicans in Congress have joined the White House in asking questions about the extent to which a Democratic Party consultant may have worked with Ukrainian officials to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential bid last year.

President Trump, trying furiously to tamp down the controversy over alleged Russian coordination with his associates, has questioned why the same scrutiny is not being applied to the Democrats' alleged Ukraine connection.

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Source: New York Times

Minneapolis Police Change Body Camera Policy After Fatal Shooting

Today 01:38 GMT

Minneapolis police officers will be required to turn on their body cameras as soon as they start responding to 911 calls, part of a policy overhaul announced on Wednesday as fallout continues from the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman by an officer who was wearing a camera but not recording.

Mike Padden, a lawyer representing a woman whose two dogs were shot by a Minneapolis police officer this year in an episode that was recorded on a body camera, said that the “department deserves a lot of credit that they’re moving this quickly” to revise a policy that had shortcomings. “It will take away wiggle room for officers’ depictions of what happened in the field,” Mr. Padden said, “and I think it’s going to cause them to behave better in the field as peace officers.”

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Source: Fox News

Corporate tax rate may end up higher than Trump wants: Rep. Paul Ryan

Today 01:37 GMT

House Speaker Paul Ryan has been telling colleagues that the White House plan to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from its current rate of 35 percent is not practicable, FOX Business has learned.

Steve Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and an outside adviser for the Trump administration on tax reform, tells FOX Business that despite Ryan’s comments, economic advisers inside the Trump White House are still pushing for the corporate tax rate to be cut to 15 percent.

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Source: Common Domain

Want to be happier Buy yourself more free time

Today 01:36 GMT

Our new research suggests that spending money to buy yourself free time is an effective — and underused — way to promote your happiness.

Many said they would buy pleasurable experiences, such as going to the ballet, and about half said they would use some of the money to benefit others, to treat a friend to a movie, for example. While research shows these are also good ways of turning money into happiness, the 2% figure suggests that buying time is an overlooked route to better well-being.

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Source: Fox News

CTE found in brains of 110 out of 111 deceased NFLers

Wednesday 18:14 GMT

Researchers studying the brains of 202 former football players discovered traces of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in nearly all of them, with the highest instances occurring in players who had reached the professional level.

While the report, which was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, doesn’t confirm that the condition is common in all football players, the Boston brain bank researchers diagnosed CTE in 177 former players, or nearly 90 percent of the samples studied.

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Source: Global News

UK judge to decide whether baby Charlie Gard can go home to die

Today 01:36 GMT

A British judge will rule on Wednesday on where terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments before his life support system is switched off, unless a last-ditch attempt by his parents to bring him home is successful.

READ MORE: Charlie Gard’s parents to ask court if they can take terminally ill baby home to die. A High Court judge who has presided over an agonizing series of hearings on the case gave the parents until Wednesday to find a team of intensive care specialists willing to oversee Charlie’s care at home.


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