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Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the program.
"I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal," McCain said in a statement, referring to the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. His opposition likely leaves the bill at least one vote short of the support needed for passage.
The last time Philadelphia resident Kareem Anthony heard from his Aunt Zulma, who lives in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico, was 6 a.m. Wednesday, just as Hurricane Maria made landfall.
“We haven’t heard anything from our family, and we are worried,” Anthony said. “My ‘titi’ Zulma said the mayor just said to them, 'do the best you can and try to survive.'”
Survivors were still being pulled from the rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretched into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.
Mexico's federal police said several people were lifted out of the debris of two buildings Thursday. Rescuers removed or broke through slabs until they found cracks that allowed workers to wiggle through to reach the victims and lift them to safety. The city government said 60 people in all had been rescued since the quake hit at midday Tuesday.
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Former FBI Director James Comey took the stage to give the keynote address for Howard University's convocation Friday, but was immediately interrupted by a group of demonstrators from the back of the auditorium.
As Comey took the podium, a group of people rose, singing "We shall not be moved" and chanted statements like "We are here to reclaim this space" and "No justice, no peace."
Comey stood quietly for much of it, then asked the group to hear him out as well. But the group continued. Another group could later be heard chanting, "Let him speak."
Authorities in Frederick, Maryland, have charged two young men with kidnapping and raping a classmate. Police said a third suspect remains at large.
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A day after North Korea's leader called President Donald Trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster," Trump fired back, tweeting Friday morning that Kim Jon Un "is obviously a madman."
It's the latest escalation in a suddenly personal war of words between the two leaders that's stretched back weeks, unfolding as North Korea has showcased an enhanced nuclear missile capability. In their statements, Trump and Kim combined insults with threats.
"Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!" Trump tweeted.
On Thursday, Kim said Trump is "unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country" who will "pay dearly" for threats he's made.
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The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election.
The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia.
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Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications.
The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would try to fill what they call a "major gap" in election advertising transparency. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press, the two say the legislation would also require companies to "make reasonable efforts" to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign national.
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An eleventh resident of a Hollywood nursing home that had to be evacuated after a power outage tragedy has died, the medical examiner's office confirmed Friday.
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Former football star Aaron Hernandez' brain was riddled with damage from a degenerative brain disease linked with head blows, but that doesn't necessarily explain the troubles that plagued his young life.
The diagnosis comes from a Boston University researcher who has studied hundreds of brains from football players, college athletes and even younger players, donated after their deaths. Dr. Ann McKee announced Thursday she found evidence of severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in Hernandez' brain.
A little girl in D.C. thought she was writing the pet supply store Petco a letter asking for a hamster. She accidentally sent her request to Pepco, the D.C. utility company -- but Pepco gave her a hamster anyway.
Pepco surprised the 8-year-old girl, named Serenity, with a hamster in downtown D.C. on Friday. Photos show her smiling with her new pet and her family.
She recently wrote Pepco with a "firm, straightforward request," the company said. She wanted a hamster.
She said she would work extra hard in school and at home if she could get her wish.
Lest her point be missed, at the bottom of the letter, she drew a hamster that took up half the page.
Puerto Ricans and residents of other Caribbean islands had just started to recover after Hurricane Irma when another massive storm, Hurricane Maria, surged through the area. Puerto Rico, home to about 3.3 million people, could face months without electricity in the wake of the storm's landfall at Category 4, officials say. Major flooding has devastated the U.S. territory, including the capital, San Juan. Maria hit two other Caribbean islands especially hard, killing at least seven people on Dominica and one on Guadeloupe.
These organizations are asking for help in their relief efforts for hurricane victims.