WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders appeared on Wednesday, March 22, to be losing the battle to get enough support in the House of Representatives to pass their Obamacare rollback bill, watched by wary investors in financial markets. The current House Republican rollback plan is scheduled for a floor vote on Thursday but faces stiff resistance from some conservative Republicans, who view it as too similar to Obamacare, and from moderates concerned it will hurt some voters.
EDINBURGH - Scotland's devolved parliament suspended a planned vote on Wednesday to give its government a mandate to seek a new independence referendum after an attack on Britain's Houses of Parliament in London which police said they were treating as a terrorist incident. No date for the debate to resume was given. The Scottish parliament issued a statement saying it would increase security measures, although no specific threat to Scotland had been detected.
Sears Holdings Corp, once the largest U.S. retailer, warned on Tuesday, March 21, about its ability to continue as a going concern after years of losses and declining sales. "Our historical operating results indicate substantial doubt exists related to the company's ability to continue as a going concern," Sears said in its annual report for the fiscal year ended Jan. 28.
SEOUL - A North Korean missile appeared to have exploded on Wednesday, March 22, just after it was launched, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region. The launch attempt was made from near the city of Wonsan, on North Korea's east coast, the same place from where it launched several intermediate-range missiles last year, all but one of which failed.
Chuck Barris, who tapped into Americans’ hunger to be on television by creating game shows such as “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and his showcase for the acutely untalented, “The Gong Show,” died on Tuesday, media outlets reported. Barris died of natural causes at age 87 in Palisades, New York, Variety.com said, citing his publicist.
CHICAGO - A teenage girl in Chicago whose sexual assault by multiple attackers was broadcast on Facebook has been found by law enforcement, police said on Tuesday, March 21. The 15-year-old girl was located on the city's West Side and is being treated at a hospital for sexual assault, Chicago Police Department spokesman Frank Giancamilli said by email. All the suspects in the attack appear to be juveniles, he added.
NEW YORK - The friendly, and often clumsy, Labrador retriever has retained its long held title as the most popular dog breed in the United States, while the fearless Rottweiler has climbed to its highest ranking in 20 years. The nation's most sought after dogs of 2016 were unveiled in New York City on Tuesday, March 21, by the American Kennel Club, a purebred dog registry that releases a list of top dog breeds each year.
Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor, the team said on Tuesday. The seven-time National League Most Valuable Player will attend the Giants' spring training camp in Arizona for a week starting Wednesday and also visit the Giants' minor league teams to work with the organization's young players.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina man who admitted he lied to the FBI and concealed knowledge of the massacre carried out by his friend Dylann Roof at a historic black church was sentenced on Tuesday to 27 months in federal prison. Joey Meek, 22, told authorities his childhood friend Roof revealed his plot during an alcohol and drug-fueled night about a week before the June 2015 shooting. Roof, who is white, said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people at a church, court records show.
Injuries fell by half and concussions were reduced by almost two thirds after Hockey Canada banned body checking for players younger than 13 years old, researchers say. “Concussions are among the most commonly-occurring injuries in youth recreation, and although many recover quickly, some experience ongoing symptoms,” said study author Kathryn Schneider of the University of Calgary Sport Injury Prevention Research Center in Alberta. “The goal is to reduce the public health impact of this by preventing injuries from the start,” she told Reuters Health.