Trump Tweets For Healthcare Backers
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is holding out hope that a last-ditch effort to overhaul the Obama-era health law isn't over.
He's taken to Twitter to try to sway GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky - who's said he'll oppose the latest Republican bill because it doesn't abolish enough of the Affordable Care Act. Here's what Trump's tweeted about Paul: "I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!" Trump's comments come a day after Sen. John McCain announced he wouldn't back the proposal. And his "no" vote has meant a likely death blow to the bill. McCain also was the critical "no" vote against a previous attempt to overhaul the law in July. Trump also is lashing out at Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, saying that people in her state are "angry" about the current health law. Murkowski hasn't committed on the bill.
Invasive Grass Carp Signals Threat To Lake Erie
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Researchers in the Great Lakes region have found new evidence that invasive grass carp are spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie. The discovery of more grass carp eggs this summer in a northern Ohio river points to what some scientists believe is a growing danger. Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes. While not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp that could devastate fish populations, grass carp are known to eat up to 90 pounds of underwater plants a day. The next step for researchers is figuring out how to stop grass carp from gaining a foothold. Plans are being developed to make an intensive effort to remove the carp from Ohio's Sandusky River next year.
Insurance Fights Over Superstorm Sandy Rage On
NEW YORK (AP) - More than 1,000 families whose homes were swamped by Superstorm Sandy are still fighting with the U.S. government over their flood insurance payouts, nearly five years after the storm struck the East Coast.
The FEMA-run National Flood Insurance Program paid out billions of dollars to policyholders in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere following the 2012 storm.
But the disaster also gave rise to complaints from people who said they were shortchanged by insurance adjusters.
Under pressure from Congress, FEMA reopened the Sandy claims process and has paid out an additional $227 million since 2015, but some property owners continue to fight for more.
Lawyers involved in those battles say many victims of this year's storms in Texas, Florida and elsewhere should brace themselves for a similar fight.
Trump Rescinds White House Invite to NBA Star Curry
SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump says if a basketball player doesn't want to visit the White House to celebrate an NBA title, then don't bother showing up.
That's Trump's response on Twitter to star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors - who's made it clear he's not interested in a traditional post-title White House visit. Curry told reporters on Friday: "I don't want to go ... my beliefs stay the same." And now Trump's weighed in: "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" It's not immediately clear whether Trump was rescinding the invitation for Curry or the entire team.
Team officials had planned to meet in the coming days to decide whether to make the visit.
Town Hall Meeting On Future Of Mon Valley
A town hall meeting in Bentleyville Thursday evening covered a wide range of issues. The focus was improving the quality of life in the Mon Valley and it was hosted by 49 th District Republican State Representative Bud Cook. Among the issues discussed the State budget stalemate in Harrisburg. Cook says the spending package is set but the revenue plan is hung up over taxes. He tells WJPA News that it is absurd “we spend before we look at our income”. He says talks continue. Cook also unveiled three major plans for improving the quality of life in the Mon Valley. They include; expanding tourism and recreation, a student involvement initiative and increased training for trade jobs, specifically skilled craftsmen.
North Korean Earthquake Scare
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's weather agency says a magnitude 3.0 earthquake was detected in North Korea around where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. An official from Seoul's Korea Meteorological Administration said Saturday's quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea. She says it was clear that the quake wasn't caused by an artificial explosion. She spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules. The site of the quake is near where North Korea on Sept. 3 conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in what it said was the detonation of a thermonuclear weapon.
Extremely Dangerous Situation In Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Puerto Rican officials haven't been able to communicate with more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam. The scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear after a crack was found in the Guajataca Dam while it was holding back a storm-swollen reservoir. Authorities moved to evacuate 70,000 people and tweeted frantic warnings unseen by many in the blacked-out coastal area.
A Strong Aftershock Sways Buildings In Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A strong aftershock has rolled through Mexico City, swaying buildings and sending some people running into the street.
The quake was much weaker than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit on Tuesday, killing at least 295 people and knocking down buildings across the capital.
It was not immediately clear if there were any new injuries or damage from the latest quake.
A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck earlier this month near the state of Chiapas.
Uber To Lose Its License To Operate In London
LONDON (AP) - London's transport authority says it won't renew Uber's license to operate in the British capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security. Transport for London says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license." It cited its approach to handling serious criminal offenses and its use of software to block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app, preventing "officials from undertaking regulator or law enforcement duties."
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he supported Friday's decision, saying any operator of taxi services in the city "needs to play by the rules." He says that "providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security."
Beware Of Gun Permit Website Scam
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A sheriff is warning that a website promising to help Pennsylvanians apply and pay for concealed carry gun permits online is a scam. Allegheny County Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus tells the Tribune-Review that concealcarryservices.com is fraudulent. Kraus says the website claims to help people in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan and Wisconsin get permits, too, but says people can't register for permits online in Pennsylvania, and that the state doesn't involve third-party vendors in that process. Kraus says the site has taken money from unsuspecting people who send in fees for the permits, the highest amount being $37 so far. Pennsylvania residents must apply for concealed carry permits in person at their county sheriff's office.
Police Searching For Missing Fayette County Woman
BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police are asking for the public's help finding a missing Fayette County woman. Leah Owens, 31, of Bullskin Township, was last seen Sunday on Rose Road. She was wearing a peach colored hooded sweatshirt and blue shorts.