What to Know
- President Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place
- A man from Utah on vacation to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary was among those killed in a ISIS-claimed terrorist attack in London
- Comedian Katt Williams is being sued by his former personal assistant for allegedly punching her and pushing her against a glass door
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Trump Demands Make-or-Break Vote
Abandoning negotiations, President Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if today's vote fails. The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors after a long and intense day that saw a planned vote on the health care bill scrapped as the legislation remained short of votes amid cascading negotiations among conservative lawmakers, moderates and others. At the end of it the president had had enough and was ready to vote and move on, whatever the result, Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers.
US Man Killed in London Attack, Victim’s Family Says
A man from Utah on vacation to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary was among those killed in a ISIS-claimed terrorist attack outside of U.K.'s Parliament in London, the victim's family said in a statement. Kurt W. Cochran was killed by the attacker, 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who killed one other person with his car on Westminster Bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death outside of Parliament, authorities said. Cochran's wife was injured in the attack. President Trump offered his condolences in a tweet.
Israel Arrests Hacker Linked to Threats on US Jewish Centers
A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jewish man was arrested as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States. The surprising arrest of the man, a hacker who holds dual Israeli and American citizenship, came after a trans-Atlantic investigation with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies. U.S. Jewish groups welcomed the breakthrough in the case, which drawn condemnation from President Trump. A spokesman for Israel's public defender's office told NBC New York that the suspect suffered from a brain tumor and police have been ordered to have a medical expert evaluate him. Israeli police described the suspect as a hacker, but said his motives were still unclear.
Death Rates Up For Middle Age Whites With Little Education, Research Shows
A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases. The new paper by two Princeton University economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, concludes that the trend is driven by the loss of steady middle-income jobs for those with a high school diploma or less. The economists also argue that dwindling job opportunities have triggered broader problems for this group. They are more likely than their college-educated counterparts, for example, to be unemployed, unmarried or suffering from poor health.
Science Says: Who and What is to Blame for Cancer?
Cancer patients often wonder "why me?" Does their tumor run in the family? Did they try hard enough to avoid risks like smoking, too much sun or a bad diet? Lifestyle and heredity get the most blame but new research suggests random chance plays a bigger role than people realize: Healthy cells naturally make mistakes when they multiply, unavoidable typos in DNA that can leave new cells carrying cancer-prone genetic mutations. How big? About two-thirds of the mutations that occur in various forms of cancer are due to those random copying errors, researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported in the journal Science. That doesn't mean most cases of cancer are due solely to "bad luck." It takes multiple mutations to turn cells into tumors — and a lot of cancer is preventable, the Hopkins team stressed, if people take proven protective steps.
Katt Williams Sued for Assault, Breach of Contract
Comedian Katt Williams is being sued by his former personal assistant for allegedly punching her and pushing her against a glass door at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California, in 2016. Yadira Torres' Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges assault, battery, false imprisonment, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress and a violation of the state Labor Code. She seeks unspecified damages. The suit states that Williams hired Torres in 2012 at a salary of $5,000 a month and that she worked for him until last July 24, when the two were at the lodge and got into a dispute over the transportation of luggage when leaving the hotel.
Bob Dylan Gives Rare Interview, Talks Sinatra, Elvis
Bob Dylan opened up about his music and songwriting and discussed his relationships with Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others in a rare and lengthy interview posted exclusively to his website. In the Q&A with author Bill Flanagan, Dylan recalled Sinatra telling him, "'You and me, pal, we got blue eyes, we're from up there ... These other bums are from down here.'" A person close to the Dylan camp, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not allowed to publicly talk about the topic, said Dylan wanted to do an interview for his website and Flanagan, a writer and former MTV executive, agreed to do it.