?America is stronger?: Obama defends Affordable Care Act ahead of GOP House vote
President Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington seven years ago. Former President Barack Obama released a statement on the seventh anniversary of having signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law ? providing an impassioned defense of his landmark health care bill as it?s under fierce attack. The statement from the Office of Barack and Michelle Obama was sent out Thursday morning, ahead of an expected House Republicans vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which would essentially repeal and replace the 2010 law commonly known as Obamacare.
Billionaire raises questions about Putin critic?s mysterious fall
A U.K.-based billionaire is raising pointed questions about the most recent in a series of mysterious accidents, illnesses and muggings to befall critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin: lawyer Nikolai Gorokhov?s fall from a window of his fourth-floor apartment near Moscow earlier this week. ?People don?t just go falling out of their apartments,? Bill Browder, the American-born CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga Wednesday. Browder, whose net worth is estimated at around $4 billion, is the grandson of longtime American Communist Party leader Earl Browder, and a former ally turned vocal critic of Putin.
White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: police
A white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, a day after authorities say he fatally stabbed a black man on a city sidewalk. James Harris Jackson, 28, told police he left his home in Baltimore on Friday and took the bus to New York "because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement," Bill Aubrey, a deputy chief at the New York Police Department, told reporters. On Monday night, Jackson crossed paths with Timothy Caughman, a black man who was rummaging through garbage on a sidewalk in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, according to police.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.?s Twitter jab following attack
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declined to respond to an insult from U.S. President Trump?s son hours after a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. ?You have to be kidding me?!? Trump Jr. wrote. Trump Jr. mischaracterized Khan?s statements as if he had said that terrorism is an inevitable consequence of living in a big city and that nothing could be done.
South Korea raises sunken ferry: Yonhap
Salvage operators raised part of South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry early Thursday, Yonhap news agency reported, nearly three years after the disaster killed more than 300 people and dealt a crippling blow to now-ousted president Park Geun-Hye. "As of 3:45 am (1845 GMT Wednesday), part of the Sewol's structure, which is believed to be its stabilizer, can be seen above the water with the naked eye," an official from the Oceans and Fisheries Ministry was quoted as saying by Yonhap news agency. The vessel was lying more than 40 metres (130 feet) below the waves off southwestern South Korea and the operation, originally scheduled for last year, had been pushed back several times because of adverse weather.
Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school
TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.
Justice Department Sees Drop In Cases Against Corrupt Officials
Ukraine accuses Russia of 'state terrorism' after former MP shot
By Pavel Polityuk and Alexei Kalmykov KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine accused Russia of "state terrorism" after a former Russian lawmaker and key witness in a treason case against former leader Viktor Yanukovich was shot dead in broad daylight outside a hotel in central Kiev on Thursday. Russia called the allegation "absurd". Former parliamentarian Denis Voronenkov was killed by an assailant who was armed with a pistol and later died in hospital after being shot in the chest and head by Voronenkov's bodyguard, police said.
Rick Perry, the man in charge of America?s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student election
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man in charge of America?s supply of nuclear weapons, took the time Wednesday to criticize Texas A&M?s election for student body president. Perry?s complaint was about the process by which Bobby Brooks, who would become the first openly gay student president in the university?s history, won the election last month. Brooks finished 750 votes behind Robert McIntosh, the son of a prominent GOP fundraiser, but McIntosh was disqualified after he was found to violate a campaign finance rule over some glow sticks used in a campaign video. McIntosh had overcome an earlier disqualification stemming from anonymous charges of voter intimidation when the Student Government Association?s Judicial Court dismissed those complaints after an investigation.
Spicer scolds wary GOP over ?free votes? to repeal Obamacare
Shortly before Republican leaders postponed a vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare, the White House on Thursday scolded Republicans who took ?free votes? to roll back the law while President Barack Obama was in office, but who now balk at supporting President Trump?s health care plan. ?You?ve taken a bunch of these free votes when it didn?t matter, because you didn?t have a Republican president. ?Well, this is a live ball now, and this is for real, and we?re going to do what we pledged to the American people ? and keep our word,? Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing.