A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night deadline.
The House voted by a near party-line 230-197 vote to approve the legislation, which would keep agency doors open and hundreds of thousands of federal employees at work through Feb. 16. The measure is designed to give White House and congressional bargainers more time to work through disputes on immigration and the budget that they've tangled over for months.
A couple accused of holding 13 children captive in a Southern California home described by authorities as a torture chamber were charged Thursday with child abuse and torture.
David and Louise Turpin, jailed since their arrests over the weekend, are expected to make their first court appearance Thursday afternoon. The district attorney's office is asking they be held on $13 million bail.
During a Thursday news conference, prosecutors announced criminal charges against both defendants and detailed what they called a case of "human depravity" that continued for years. The charges included torture, abuse of a dependent adult, child abuse or neglect and false imprisonment. David Turpin also faces a count of lewd act on a child.
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Three-time Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney joined other gymnasts and victims of a disgraced former sports doctor when her emotional testimony of sexual abuse and emotional trauma by Larry Nassar was read in a Michigan courtroom Thursday.
About 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing hearing for 54-year-old Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. Maroney's testimony comes on the third consecutive day of the hearing, in which many cried as they told their stories, some requested anonymity and others unleashed.
The government will dismiss charges against 129 defendants in the Inauguration Day riots case to focus on a group of 59 believed most responsible for the violence and damage.
More than 200 were arrested and charged with rioting after self-described anti-capitalists broke windows and set fire to a limousine in downtown Washington, D.C.
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The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad.
The Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize the controversial program for six years. The bill, which already has been passed by the House, now heads to the White House, where President Donald Trump has said he will sign it into law.
A U.S. Marshal died and two local police officers were hurt when they were shot while they served a warrant in a residential neighborhood of Pennsylvania’s capital city Thursday morning.
The incident took place on the 1800 block of Mulberry Street in Harrisburg around 6:20 a.m., Dauphin County District Attorney Fran Chardo, whose territory includes Harrisburg, said.
Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse said the marshal died and one of his own officers was wounded while shooting the gunman.
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Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting.
Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological office on Thursday announced that 2017 was the third hottest year on record. At the same time, NASA and researchers from a nonprofit in Berkeley, California, called it the second.
The agencies slightly differ because of how much they count an overheating Arctic, where there are gaps in the data.
Speaker Paul Ryan spoke briefly after the House passed a bill to continue funding the government. He implored Democratic senators to pass the bill to avoid a shutdown.
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SoftBank completed its long-awaited investment agreement with Uber on Thursday, making SoftBank the company's largest shareholder and providing a huge payday for co-founder Travis Kalanick and other early backers, CNBC reported.
"We're proud to have SoftBank, Dragoneer and the entire consortium in the Uber family. This is a great outcome for our shareholders, employees and customers," an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.
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The House intelligence committee on Thursday released 184 pages of sworn testimony by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI.
It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, NBC News reported. But Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures.
“As we pieced together the early years of his biography, it seemed as if during the early part of his career he had connections to a lot of Italian mafia figures, and then gradually during the 90s became associated with Russian mafia figures,” Simpson said at one point, under oath, about the 45th president of the United States.
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During the third day of a sentencing hearing for ex-Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar, a prosecutor read a statement from three-time Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney.
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Amid signs that the country could be headed toward a government shutdown this weekend, President Donald Trump said the consequences of one would be "devastating" to the U.S. military.
In fact, a government shutdown would likely have little impact on the military, NBC News reported.
A partial shutdown, which would begin on Saturday in the absence of a legislative solution, would require many federal workers to be furloughed and various offices closed.
But the government exempts federal employees whose job is considered essential to national security, which includes not only the military, but border patrol agents, doctors, and TSA screeners, among others.
Members of the military would technically still not get paid until Congress funds the government. But Congress has also treated the military and defense workers differently during previous shutdowns, and it's possible they could do the same thing this time with separate legislation.
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Chris Christie is blasting reports he was denied entry to a special entrance he used as governor while passing through security at Newark Airport on Thursday.
The Republican ex-governor took to Twitter Thursday night, calling reports of the incident "absolutely false" and "pure fiction." He said the entrance he was trying to use and the entrance he ended up using were neither the one he used as governor.
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President Donald Trump on Thursday pledged "total support" for a Pennsylvania lawmaker trying to keep a House seat in Republican hands in the first congressional race of the year, tweeting his endorsement hours before visiting the state.
Trump said Rick Saccone "is a great guy" and that "We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!" The 59-year-old state representative faces Conor Lamb, a 33-year-old lawyer and former Marine, in the March 13 special election as Democrats look to build on their Senate victory in conservative Alabama and lay the groundwork for gains in the midterm contests in November.
The president's official mission during the trip to the Pittsburgh area was to hail the recently enacted tax cuts. Trump planned to appear with Saccone, although the White House said the president didn't intend to mention the candidate in his remarks. Also, the event won't take place in the 18th Congressional District, where the GOP incumbent, Tim Murphy, resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair.
A 10-year-old boy who was held hostage for 30 hours is being hailed as a hero after talking to the man who held him captive and telling him not to kill himself.
Last Friday, Sincere Trammell said he and his mother were home alone inside their Liberty Township, Ohio, apartment when the nightmare began to unfold.