The Brief

Yucca Mountain Hearing
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Health Bill Opposition Grows

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth senator to voice his opposition to the party's health care overhaul bill, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump, unless some of them can be brought aboard

Senate Holds Hearing On Russian Interference In U.S. Election

Yates Condemns Sessions on Criminal Justice Reform

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has publicly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for reinstating harsh mandatory minimum drug sentences aimed at curbing violent crime throughout the U.S. in a Washington Post op-ed

UK Parliament

British Parliament Investigating Cyberattack

British officials were investigating a cyberattack Saturday on the country's Parliament after discovering "unauthorized attempts to access parliamentary user accounts." The incident affected lawmakers and other parliamentary staff's ability to log on

The White House Correspondents' Dinner

Stephen Colbert Tweets at Trump and Mulls 2020 Run

In Russia, Stephen Colbert sent a tweet to President Trump and announced he was considering a White House run. "I am considering a run for President in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself,"

Saudi security forces foil suicide bomb attack in Mecca

Bomber Detonates Near Grand Mosque in Mecca

A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said. The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jiddah

Defense Budget

Military Leaders To Seek 6-Month Transgender Delay

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday. The new request for a delay will go to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for a final decision


President Trump Signs VA Reform Bill

President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law designed to make it easier to fire Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Trump promised during the campaign to dismiss VA workers "who let our veterans down"


Turkey Bans Gay Pride March in Istanbul

Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. The Istanbul governor's office said that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) Pride would be banned for safety reasons

Suicide Attack in Pakistan's Quetta

Death Toll Climbs to 73 After 3 Attacks In Pakistan

The death toll from blasts in the town of Parachinar climbed to 55 overnight, bringing the overall death toll from three separate Friday attacks in Pakistan to 73, with several others in critical condition. Shahid Khan, a government official, confirmed the toll

Premiere Of Disney's "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" - Arrivals

Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump Assassination Joke

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump," the actor said in a statement following his controversial remarks. "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice."


Activists Warn Yellowstone Bears Vulnerable to Hunters

A decision to revoke special protections for grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park will put the animals back in the crosshairs of trophy hunters and may reverse decades of conservation efforts, animal activists said

Landslide Buried 141 People In Maoxian County

More Than 120 People Buried by Landslide in China

More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. The landslide, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes