Tea Party out-muscles Boehner on border-security funding
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bill to fund border security blew up in House Speaker John Boehner's face on Thursday, leaving Republicans in disarray and struggling to reconcile Tea Party demands with the need to deal with a humanitarian crisis on the southwestern border with Mexico. A carefully crafted, $659 million bill to pay for more border security and help feed and house tens of thousands of Central American children arriving illegally in the United States unexpectedly collapsed on Thursday. Tea Party-backed Senator Ted Cruz of Texas had his fingerprints all over Thursday's debacle for Boehner. The measure, complained Cruz, would not reverse President Barack Obama's 2012 policy of suspending deportations of undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children by their parents.
Obamacare subsidy case could be reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case about whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans, a party involved in the lawsuit said on Thursday. The petition requests the U.S. high court decide the issue after two lower U.S. court rulings created uncertainties last week regarding the legitimacy of subsidies for individuals enrolled on federally run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which is coordinating and funding the cases, filed the petition, according to the not-for-profit's website. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that the language in the Affordable Care Act dealing with subsidies shows they should only be provided to consumers who purchase benefits on exchanges run by individual states.
U.S. veterans agency employees falsified data to hide delays: USA Today
Employees at more than 100 medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs falsified appointment data and hid evidence of delayed medical care, according to a USA Today analysis of government data. Some 109 VA medical centers distorted data on the length of time veterans had to wait before receiving medical care, while 110 kept separate, secret records of the delays, the USA Today analysis of a VA internal audit found. The VA on Tuesday said it was recommending disciplinary action against six employees involved in data manipulation at VA centers in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado. "Employees who have been found to have manipulated data, withheld accurate information from their supervisors, and affected the timeliness of care veterans receive do not reflect VA's values, and their actions will not be tolerated," Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson said in a statement on Tuesday.
Vote on cigarette tax for Phila. schools postponed
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives' vote on a cigarette tax that would provide funding for Philadelphia schools has gone up in smoke.
Southbound lanes of I-495 bridge in Wilmington reopens
The southbound lanes of the Interstate 495 bridge in Wilmington was reopened to traffic today - one month ahead of schedule.
Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Die for Faith Arrives in U.S.
Meriam Ibrahim was welcomed by the large Sudanese community of Manchester, New Hampshire, after her harrowing journey from prison.
Cosplaying Comic-Con Teen Wasn't Beaten, She Fell: Cops
The 17-year-old's family said the girl was attacked and beaten bloody at a hotel, but police believe she was on drugs and fell while climbing a fence.
Tree Rings Solve Mystery of Ship in World Trade Center Ruins
Scientists say the ship discovered at the World Trade Center site in New York is from pre-Revolutionary America.
'I Wasn't Scared': Girl Describes High Dive Mishap
"I blacked out, I don't remember hitting the first platform or hitting the water. All I remember was popping up and I was in shock and panicking," Taylor Jo Roberts.
Still No Clues in Disappearance of Missing Mom
The search entered into its seventh day Thursday with no signs of Jennifer Huston, a mother of two who left to run errands and never returned.