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McCain Votes No, Dealing Potential Death Blow To Republican Health Care Efforts

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:46:00 -0400

After a whirlwind week of high drama, another played out in the early hours of Friday morning with Sen. John McCain joining two moderate Republicans and all Democrats in voting against the bill.

Officer Fatally Shot While Trying To Help People In A Crashed Car Near Indianapolis

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:58:00 -0400

Lt. Aaron Allan of Southport, Ind., was killed allegedly by one of the occupants of a flipped-over automobile as he responded to the scene on Thursday.

Texas Inmate Executed; Supreme Court Rejected Bid For Delay

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:35:00 -0400

A 46-year-old death row inmate argued his previous lawyers were incompetent — one of them had been disbarred. But courts denied his motion to halt the execution.

Russia Sanctions Headed To Trump's Desk. Will He Sign?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:01:00 -0400

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to impose new sanctions on Russia, North Korea and Iran — over threats from the White House to veto the measure.

Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:42:00 -0400

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:25:00 -0400

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

Repeal-And-Replace Effort In Senate Still Dominated By Confusion

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Republicans headed into an all-night session in an uncomfortable position where the only legislation they can potentially pass is a bill most senators oppose.

Top Trump Aide Says Ethics Filings Discourage Potential Government Employees

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:03:22 -0400

In an interview on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway called federal disclosure rules "disincentivising" for qualified people who might otherwise want to join the administration.

Prime Spot On The Billionaire List: Jeff Bezos Was (Briefly) World's Richest Man

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:29:00 -0400

A surge in Amazon stock made Bezos worth more than $90 billion on Thursday, putting the company's founder and CEO ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates, however, has given billions to charity.

Venezuela Bans Protests Nationwide As Constitutional Referendum Approaches

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:10:00 -0400

All demonstrations that "might disturb the electoral process" have been outlawed ahead of President Nicolas Maduro's vote on delegates to rewrite the constitution. But protesters remain undeterred.

Tribal Council Orders 'Revenge Rape' In Pakistan

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:03:00 -0400

A 12-year-old girl was raped in a field. Then, on the orders of the tribal council, the girl's brother sexually violated the sister of the first rapist.

'Menashe': A Hasid Grows In Brooklyn

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:54 -0400

This sweetly funny tale of a recently widowed Orthodox Jew struggling to care for his son offers a humane and sympathetic view of life in a Hasidic enclave.

'Brigsby Bear': Do Not Adjust Your (Mind) Set

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

A gawky young man (SNL's Kyle Mooney) raised in isolation re-enters the world — but can't let go of his obsession with his favorite TV show in this quirky, imaginative little film.

Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.

'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:00:24 -0400

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"