WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate will take its first steps toward repealing President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform act by the end of the week, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday. Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," McConnell said: "There ought not to be a great gap" between repealing the act and replacing it and that Republicans would be "replacing it rapidly after repealing it."
NEW YORK - In the weeks since Hillary Clinton's shock election defeat to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a rumor has taken hold among New York City's political chattering class: could she challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio's reelection bid this year? Discussion of a possible Clinton campaign intensified last week when conservative news website Newsmax reported that Democrats unhappy with de Blasio were pressing her to run. Stories soon appeared in various outlets, including the New York Times and the New York Daily News.
WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber attacks affecting the U.S. presidential election and may take actions in response, his incoming chief of staff said on Sunday. Reince Priebus said Trump believes Russia was behind the intrusions into the Democratic Party organizations, though he did not clarify whether the president-elect agreed that the hacks were directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- A fuel truck exploded in the busy center of a rebel-held town near Syria's border with Turkey on Saturday, Jan. 7, killing dozens of people and wounding dozens more, several sources said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 43 people, mostly civilians, were killed when the tanker blew up in front of a courthouse in the northern Syrian town of Azaz. Dozens more had severe injuries, said the Observatory, which monitors the violence in the country.
TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Tilikum, the orca who killed several people and was featured in the documentary "Blackfish" making the case against keeping orcas in captivity, died on Friday,SeaWorld Entertaintment Inc said. Thought to be about 36 years old, Tilikum drew international attention for dragging a SeaWorldtrainer underwater to her death during a 2010 show in Florida.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- At least 33 inmates have been killed in a new prison riot in the Amazon region of Brazil, officials said on Friday, Jan. 6, just five days after 56 inmates were slaughtered in the country's worst prison massacre in more than two decades. Few details were available about the latest uprising early on Friday in Roraima state's largest penitentiary, where a fight between rival drug gangs ended with 10 dead last October.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump criticized news reports on Friday that U.S. taxpayers would pay for his planned border wall with Mexico, saying they were failing to report that U.S. funds used to start the project would be repaid by Mexico. "The dishonest media does not report than any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!" Trump said on Twitter.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Thursday, Jan. 5, demanded an ethics probe into Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for U.S. health secretary, following a report that the fierce Obamacare critic traded in healthcare company stocks while pushing legislation in Congress that could affect those shares.
Are you hoping to avoid slipping on a slippery sidewalk? In Germany, trauma surgeons advised the public on Wednesday to walk like penguins to avoid slipping on pavements with freezing temperatures forecast nationwide over the next few days.
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday picked former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats as his director of national intelligence, two senior transition officials said, as he puts his own stamp on a U.S. intelligence community that he frequently criticizes. The official announcement was expected this week as Trump makes decisions on some of the remaining major positions he must fill as he prepares to take over the White House on Jan. 20.