GOP 'Obamacare' repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican Party's long-promised repeal of "Obamacare" stands in limbo after Senate GOP leaders, short of support, abruptly shelved a vote on legislation to fulfill the promise. The surprise development leaves the legislation's fate uncertain while raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump will ever make good on his many promises to erase his predecessor's signature legislative achievement. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced the delay Tuesday after it became clear the votes weren't there to advance the legislation past key procedural hurdles. Trump immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House, but the message he delivered to them before reporters were ushered out of the room was not entirely hopeful.
Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in 'terrorist attack' CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing exchange, which is bound to ratchet up tensions in a country already paralyzed by months of deadly anti-government protests, took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television Tuesday. He later said the helicopter had fired on the pro-government court with grenades, one of which didn't go off, helping avoid any loss of life. Adding to the intrigue, pictures of a blue police helicopter carrying an anti-government banner appeared on social media around the same time as a video in which an alleged police pilot, identified as Oscar Perez, called for a rebellion against Maduro's "tyranny" as part of a coalition of members of the country's security forces.
10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 'OBAMACARE' REPEAL TEETERS AFTER SENATE SHELVES VOTE The development leaves the bill's fate uncertain while raising new doubts about whether Trump will ever erase his predecessor's signature legislative achievement. 2. WHAT VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT SAYS ABOUT CHOPPER GUNFIRE Nicolas Maduro says a stolen police helicopter fired on the Supreme Court in what he called a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power, but those who oppose him claim it was a ruse to justify a crackdown. 3. WHERE LATEST CYBERATTACK ATTACK LIKELY CAME FROM A new, highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine.
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The Latest: Maersk says it has 'contained' cyberattack Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which was hit by malicious software that is crippling computers globally, says it has "contained the issue." The Copenhagen-based group says its APM Terminals have been "impacted in a number of ports," adding vessels with Maersk Line were "maneuverable, able to communicate and crews are safe." In a statement, Maersk said Wednesday they "have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue," while several entities including its oil, tankers and drilling activities "are not operationally affected." The group said it is working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cybersecurity agencies, and is continuing to assess and manage the situation "to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation."
3 Chicago officers accused of lying about teen's shooting CHICAGO (AP) - Three Chicago police officers were indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times, prompting outrage when a video of the shooting was finally released. The indictment handed down Tuesday alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald. The officers' version of events contradicts what can be seen on police dashcam video, in which the teenager spins after he was shot and falls to the ground - seemingly incapacitated - as the officer continues to fire shot after shot into his body.
Making Ivanka Trump shoes: Long hours, low pay and abuse GANZHOU, China (AP) - A worker with blood dripping from his head marked a low point in the tense, grinding life at a southeastern China factory used by Ivanka Trump and other fashion brands. An angry manager had hit him with the sharp end of a high-heeled shoe. Workers from the factory, including one current and two former employees who spoke to The Associated Press, reported overtime that stretched past midnight, steep production quotas and crude verbal abuse at Ganzhou Huajian International Shoe City Co. They said beatings were not unheard of, but the shoe attack, which all three say they witnessed last year, was violent enough to stand out.
US envoy: China should allow Nobel laureate treatment abroad BEIJING (AP) - The new U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Wednesday that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo should be allowed to receive treatment outside China after being diagnosed with cancer while in prison for advocating democratic reforms. China should allow 61-year-old Liu to seek treatment elsewhere "if it would be of help," Ambassador Terry Branstad told reporters in his first public appearance since arriving in Beijing this week. The former six-term Iowa governor appointed as envoy to China by President Donald Trump did not say if he'd spoken directly with Chinese authorities about the matter, emphasizing cooperation instead. "It's important that we work together between our two countries to address these human rights issues," Branstad said.
Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing Tuesday that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17 million from the Party of Regions, the former pro-Russian ruling party in Ukraine, for consulting work from 2012 through 2014. Manafort is the second member of the Trump campaign to register as a foreign agent. In March, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn registered with the Justice Department for work his consulting firm performed for a Turkish businessman that he said could have aided the Turkish government.
Rising violence takes huge psychological toll in Rio favelas RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Almir Arruda rode his bicycle quickly across the City of God slum in Rio de Janeiro when he heard there was shootout between drug traffickers and police near his 4-year-old daughter's preschool. Arruda, a 43-year-old unemployed construction worker, arrived to find children and teachers lying on the floor to protect themselves as the pounding of bullets continued nearby. He scooped up daughter Jamile, who look terrified, and they rode the bike a few blocks until Arruda stopped to wait out the shooting - and started crying. "If it hits me I don't care, but what if it hits her?" Arruda said, talking about stray bullets through tears and over the sounds of gunshots close by.
TV, films turning to young girls for their new action stars LOS ANGELES (AP) - From the murderous Laura in "Logan" to the mysterious Eleven in "Stranger Things" to the audacious determination of Mija in "Okja," opening Wednesday, powerful young girls are starring in mainstream action fare like never before. Though Nancy Drew was solving mysteries in the 1930s and Buffy slayed vampires all through high school in the late 1990s, young girls are rarely shown as heroes in programs aimed at general audiences, said Mary Celeste Kearney, director of gender studies and a professor of film, television and theater at University of Notre Dame. "Girls have seen these figures... but when they've looked to mainstream stuff and what their brothers and their dads and boys are watching, those girls are never there," Kearney said.