Canadian military after Trump announcement: We welcome transgender people
After President Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people would be barred from serving in the military, the Canadian Armed Forces took a different tack. In an apparent jab at its southern neighbor, the Canadian military invited individuals ?of all sexual orientations and gender identities? to join the ranks. Join us! #DiversityIsOurStrength #ForcesJobs,? a tweet sent from the official Canadian Armed Forces handle read.
Senate prepares to vote on 'skinny repeal' of Obamacare
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks with an aide as he leaves the Senate floor Thursday. WASHINGTON ? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at long last introduced the text of his ?skinny repeal? health care plan for a midnight vote. The bill dramatically scales back the conference?s initial ambitions to repeal and replace Obamacare, and Republican senators who plan to vote for it openly admit they do not want it to become law because it would be a ?disaster? for individual insurance markets.
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Texas execution of murderer delayed as court hears appeal
A planned execution in Texas on Thursday of a man convicted of murdering a woman in her San Antonio home in 2004 was delayed as the U.S. Supreme Court heard a last-minute appeal from lawyers for the death row inmate to spare his life. If the execution goes ahead, it would be the 543rd in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976, the most of any state. Lawyers for Preyor launched the appeal at the court on Thursday, arguing that prior counsel was incompetent and included a lawyer who lost his license two decades earlier and another attorney with no death penalty experience who used Wikipedia to navigate the Texas death penalty system.
Grandmother lays in pool of blood playing dead after being attacked night before her husband's funeral
An Arizona community is reeling after a grandmother was beat up in her home by an unknown assailant, and forced to lay in her own blood for hours playing dead for fear that her attacker would return. Jesse Leetham said in a Facebook that his grandmother was attacked after 11 p.m. the night before her husband?s funeral, shortly after he left her home. The 82-year-old grandmother was washing dishes when she was assaulted, according to a press release from the Gila County Sheriff?s Office.
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Portugal battles raging wildfires
More than ten villages in central Portugal have been evacuated as forest fires rage in the provinces of Castelo Branco and Santarem. Almost 5,000 firefighters supported by water-dropping aircraft are deployed across central and northern areas of Portugal as the country continues its annual summertime battle against wildfires. ?The intensity of the wind is diabolical,? said Jaime Marta Soares, saying new fires keep popping up away from the main fires. (Reuters)
Putin says Russia will respond to 'insolence' of US sanctions
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow will ultimately have to respond to sanctions imposed by the United States that he condemned as insolent towards Russia. "We are behaving in a very restrained and patient way, but at some moment we will need to respond," Putin said at a news conference after talks with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto. "This practice is unacceptable -- it destroys internatioanl relations and international law," Putin said of sanctions.