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3 charged in bust of massive sex trafficking ring

Mia Maree McNeil, 32; Quinton Brown, III, 30; Gerald Lavell Turner, 32 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office LOS ANGELES — Three people have been charged with pimping eight teens for commercial sex work in a ring that operated in California, Nevada and Texas, authorities said Thursday. The teens, between 15 and 17, were lured into the commercial sex operation that solicited customers through postings on the internet, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. Quinton Brown, 30, Gerald Lavell Turner, 32, and Mia McNeil, 32, face a total of 54 charges…

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Banking Regulatory Nominees Back Fewer Financial Restrictions

The comptroller’s office supervises the banking subsidiaries of those companies. The hearing showcased the basic divide between the two political parties on financial regulation. Republicans argue that the federal government overreacted to the 2008 financial crisis, imposing unnecessary restrictions that are now impeding economic growth. Democrats not only oppose a rollback, but say some areas require stronger rules. Democrats described both nominees as the wrong kind of people for the jobs. “We need people in government who are willing to stand up to large financial institutions, and we need people…

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Lamar Odom: Khloe Busted Me Doing Coke In Drug Den

Lamar Odom: Khloe Busted Me Doing Coke In Drug Den Breaking News Lamar Odom says he knew he hit rock bottom with his coke addiction when his wife, Khloe Kardashian, walked in on him getting high with a random chick in a motel … calling it “one of the darkest places I’ve ever been.” The ex-NBA star opened up on “The Players’ Tribune” — explaining how his cocaine addiction consumed his life leading up to the overdose at a Nevada brothel in 2015. “At that point in my life, I…

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Former Obama Aides Lead Opposition to Health Care Repeal

Andrew M. Slavitt, the former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been trolling Republicans over health care on Twitter, posting hundreds of tweets each week that attack their proposals as meanspirited and wrong. Kathleen Sebelius, Mr. Obama’s first secretary of health and human services, will soon embark on a monthlong bus tour designed to pressure members of Congress to oppose the health care law’s repeal. And a few blocks from the Capitol, a political war room run by Leslie Dach, one of Mr. Obama’s top health…

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Arizona man gets 68 years in Bundy standoff case

LAS VEGAS — A federal judge sentenced a Phoenix man Wednesday to 68 years in prison for his role as a gunman in a standoff that stopped federal agents from rounding up cattle near the Nevada ranch of anti-government activist Cliven Bundy three years ago. Prosecutors had sought a maximum sentence of 73 years for Gregory Burleson after he was convicted of threatening and assaulting a federal officer, obstruction and traveling across state lines in aid of extortion. But Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas knocked five…

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10 governors, including Republicans, come out against Obamacare “skinny repeal”

A group of 10 governors, including Republicans, is urging the Senate to reject a proposal for a so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare. “The Senate should also reject efforts to amend the bill into a ‘skinny repeal,’ which is expected to accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage,” they said in a letter Wednesday to Senate leaders. The Republican governors who signed the letter are: Brian Sandoval of Nevada Charles Baker of Massachusetts John Kasich of Ohio Larry Hogan of…

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Republicans who voted against ObamaCare ‘straight repeal’

Seven Senate Republicans broke with leadership Wednesday to vote against a so-called “straight repeal” of ObamaCare.  Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Susan Collins, R-Maine; Dean Heller, R-Nev.; John McCain, R-Ariz.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, joined all Democrats to defeat the amendment, which would have given Congress two years to devise a replacement to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Murkowski attracted Trump’s ire earlier Wednesday when she and Collins voted against even allowing debate on GOP legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act….

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ObamaCare ‘straight repeal’ fails on Senate vote

A conservative-backed plan to repeal the bulk of ObamaCare and give lawmakers a two-year window to replace the struggling health law failed on a Senate vote Wednesday, in the latest setback for the repeal push.  The vote was 55-45 against the amendment, with seven Republicans opposing. The chamber’s 46 Democrats and two independent senators all voted against the measure. The so-called “straight repeal” amendment would have given senators two years to come up with a replacement. The measure failed on the heels of another sweeping ObamaCare overhaul amendment stalling overnight. …

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Obamacare repeal bill fails in Senate vote

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves his office ahead of today’s vote on the health care bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 25, 2017. Aaron Bernstein Last Updated Jul 26, 2017 4:18 PM EDT A proposal that would partially repeal Obamacare fell short of the 51 votes needed to pass it Wednesday afternoon, dealing yet another blow to the GOP effort to roll back the 2010 health care law. The Senate rejected the plan in a 45-55 vote. All Democrats voted against it, along with seven Republicans. They…

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