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March 25, 2017 - 3:34 am


Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six year dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They knew the measures would go nowhere with the Democrat still in the White House.

With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, self-inflicted collapse that leaves the effort dead for now.

The drive represented the GOP's first genuine opportunity to repeal Obama's statute. That's because President Donald Trump is serving alongside a Congress controlled by the GOP.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan shelved the bill to avert a certain defeat. He faced defections from centrist Republicans who thought the bill went too far and conservatives who considered it too weak, plus solid Democratic opposition.

Ryan says he believes Obama's law will continue "for the foreseeable future."


Trump blames Democrats for health bill's failure

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats.

Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was cancelled.

Trump told reporters "we were very close" and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

He also predicted the Affordable Care Act would soon implode, forcing Democrats to join the Republicans at the negotiating table.


Democrats mock GOP failure to pass party's health care reform bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is mocking House Republicans for failing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health law.

Pelosi says of President Donald Trump and the majority Republicans in Congress: "Quite frankly I thought they might have accomplished something in the first few months. They have absolutely no record of accomplishment."

At the White House, Trump blamed Democrats for the defeat of the bill. He noted that no Democrat supported the bill.

Pelosi says, "We'll take credit for that."


Greenpeace says it will keep fighting, after Trump administration moves pipeline ahead

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a battle that has been waged for years between environmental groups and energy industry advocates, the Trump administration has cleared the way for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline.

It will carry oil from tar sands in Canada to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast.

The State Department is certifying that the project serves U.S. national interests. It's not clear what has changed since the department reached the opposite conclusion two years ago -- other than the election of a new president.

Greenpeace is vowing to keep fighting the project. The environmental group has been one of the most vocal opponents of the pipeline, and says the approval sends a signal to the world that the U.S. is "moving backwards" on climate and energy.

Pipeline developer TransCanada, which first applied for a presidential permit in 2008, calls the decision a "significant milestone."


Officer convicted of manslaughter in boy's death

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a Louisiana law enforcement officer of manslaughter in a shooting that killed a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Multiple news outlets report the jury late Friday found Derrick Stafford guilty on manslaughter and attempted manslaughter charges. Stafford had been indicted on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.

Stafford and another deputy city marshal opened fire on a car, killing Jeremy Mardis and critically wounding his father after a car chase in Marksville on Nov. 3, 2015.

Video from a police officer's body camera shows the father, Christopher Few, had his hands raised inside his vehicle while the two deputies fired.

Stafford testified he shot at the car because he feared Few was going to back up and hit the other deputy, Norris Greenhouse Jr.

Greenhouse faces a separate trial later this year.


Penn State: Conviction shows leaders failed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State is calling the conviction of its former president and guilty pleas by two other former top administrators a "profound failure of leadership."

Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment but acquitted of conspiracy and a second count of child endangerment.

The university says in a statement that the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal has caused it to strengthen accountability and fight against child abuse.

Former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor child endangerment and testified for the prosecution.

Penn State's statement says the verdict and pleas indicate the three fell short of the school's standards for leadership.

The university's statement says the school's foremost thoughts are with Sandusky's victims.


Study: Dramatic drop in Chicago stop-and-frisk procedures

CHICAGO (AP) — A study of the Chicago Police Department's stop-and-frisk procedures reveals a dramatic decrease in the number of stops.

The drop is since the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois found officers were targeting blacks and other racial minorities in hundreds of thousands of the stops.

The report by former U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlander Keys is the first one issued under an agreement the city and the ACLU reached in 2015. Its findings were not surprising to the ACLU, which expected the number of stops would drop for reasons such as law changes and an agreement the ACLU and city reached to require officers to fill out more detailed reports.

But the ACLU says statistics showing that blacks are still disproportionately stopped by police shows more improvement is needed.


Chicago teen apparently raped on Facebook Live relocated

CHICAGO (AP) — The 15-year-old Chicago girl who authorities say was raped while around 40 people viewed it live on Facebook has been relocated with her family.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2n0Wm8K ) police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an email Friday that the Cook County State's Attorney's Office offered the girl and her family relocation services. He added the girl "is in a safe place."

The mother told The Associated Press on Wednesday her daughter was scared to return home and the family is being harassed by neighborhood kids. She also says that since the attack, people have posted threats on Facebook. Chicago police officials say investigators are looking into the threats.

Police learned of the attack on the girl when her mother approached Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday.

No arrests have been made in the case. Authorities say the investigation is making progress.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/


Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harrison Ford told an air traffic controller he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft when he mistakenly landed his small plane on a taxiway at a California airport last month.

An audio recording of Ford's conversation about the Feb. 13 incident was released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The 74-year-old actor was supposed to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, but he mistakenly landed on a taxiway.

As he descended, Ford's single-engine plane flew low over an airline with 116 people aboard that was taking off.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Ford's publicist didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.


NEW: Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be held at the Hollywood Hills cemetery that is their final resting place. People will be granted attendance at the event on a first-come, first-served basis and it will also be live-streamed on www.debbiereynolds.com beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The ceremony is expected to feature music by James Blunt and "Star Wars" composer John Williams.

Fisher and Reynolds died one day apart in late December. Fisher died several days after falling ill on an international flight, and Reynolds died of a stroke.

Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.

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