Monthly Archives: April 2015

Republicans pass deep spending cuts, aim at Obamacare

The U.S. Capitol building is seen before President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first joint House-Senate budget plan in six years on Thursday, a measure that aids the party's goal of dismantling President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law this year. The Republican-authored plan would eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social programs while increasing military spending by nearly $40 billion next year. It passed 226-197 with no Democrats supporting it and 14 Republicans opposing it. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the budget plan next week.

Republicans pass deep spending cuts, aim at Obamacare

The U.S. Capitol building is seen before President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the first joint House-Senate budget plan in six years on Thursday, a measure that aids the party's goal of dismantling President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law this year. The Republican-authored plan would eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social programs while increasing military spending by nearly $40 billion next year. No Democrats supported it, while 14 Republicans voted against it. The Republican-controlled Senate is expected to pass the budget plan next week.

Preliminary Baltimore police report: no evidence Gray fatally injured during arrest: ABC

Police are seen along Pennsylvania Avenue two days after it was looted and set ablaze in protest against the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody, in Baltimore, MarylandA preliminary probe has found no evidence that 25-year-old Freddie Gray was fatally injured during his videotaped arrest in Baltimore, a local ABC affiliate reported on Thursday, citing sources briefed on the police report and on findings made by the medical examiner. The medical examiner found Gray's catastrophic injury was caused when he was slammed into back of the police transport van and apparently broke his neck. Law enforcement sources also said Gray sustained a head injury that matches bolt in the back of police van, the affiliate reported. Gray's death a week after his arrest sparked violent protests over police treatment of minorities.

Republicans pass budget plan, set sights on Obamacare

The U.S. Capitol building is seen before President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in WashingtonRepublicans in U.S. House of Representatives passed the first joint House-Senate budget plan in six years on Thursday, a measure that aids the party's goal of dismantling President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reform law this year. The Republican-authored plan would eliminate deficits by 2024 through deep cuts to social programs while increasing military spending by nearly $40 billion next year.

Fuel shortages threaten Yemen relief efforts: UN

Loyalists of exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi gather next to tanks on a road on the outskirts of the southern city of Aden, on April 30, 2015UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that dire fuel shortages in Yemen were threatening to bring all relief operations to a halt "within days" and said deliveries must resume immediately. "Humanitarian operations will end within days unless fuel supplies are restored," Ban said in a statement. The World Food Programme (WFP) said earlier that it was halting its food distribution in Yemen due to the severe fuel shortage.