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McCain says he will vote ‘no’ for GOP health-care bill, dealing major blow to repeal effort

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced Friday that he does not support the latest Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, dealing a major and potentially decisive blow to the last-ditch attempt to fulfill a seven-year GOP promise.

McCain’s comments came on the same day that Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who like McCain, voted against a GOP leadership health-care bill in July, said she was likely to oppose the proposal.

McCain joins Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in firmly opposing the plan. Senate Republicans cannot afford to lose any more GOP defections, given the united Democratic resistance to the measure.

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Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

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Under growing pressure from Congress and the public to reveal more about the spread of covert Russian propaganda on Facebook, the company said on Thursday that it was turning over more than 3,000 Russia-linked ads to congressional committees investigating the Kremlin’s influence operation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity,” Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, said during an appearance on Facebook Live, the company’s video service. He added that he did not want anyone “to use our tools to undermine democracy.”

“That’s not what we stand for,” he said.

The announcement that Facebook would share the ads with the Senate and House intelligence committees came after the social network spent two weeks on the defensive. The company faced calls for greater transparency about 470 Russia-linked accounts — in which fictional people posed as American activists — which were taken down after they had promoted inflammatory messages on divisive issues. Facebook had previously angered congressional staff by showing only a sample of the ads, some of which attacked Hillary Clinton or praised Donald J. Trump.

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Facebook said it would share more than 3,000 Russia-linked adds with two congressional committees investigating Russian influence on last year’s presidential campaign. The company previously showed congressional staff a sample of the ads, some of which attacked Hillary Clinton or praised Donald J. Trump, but had not shared the entire collection. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

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New aerial photos show Puerto Rico devastation; at least 6 dead in Hurricane Maria aftermath

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Early aerial images of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria here show waterlogged neighborhoods, roofs peeled off homes and shopping centers, and once-lush landscape denuded of leaves from a storm that officials say has left at least six people dead.

Three of the fatalities occurred in the municipality of Utuado as a result of mud slides, the U.S. territory’s public safety department said in a statement. Two others died in flooding in Toa Baja, and one other person died in Bayamón when a panel struck him in the head. More deaths are likely to be reported in the coming hours and days, officials said.

“We are aware of other reports of fatalities that have transpired by unofficial means but we cannot confirm them,” said the secretary of the department of public safety, Héctor M. Pesquera.

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Aerial view of a destroyed house in Juncos, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo for The Washington Post)

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Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ in and Out of the Ring, Dies at 95

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Jake LaMotta, boxing’s “Raging Bull,” who brawled his way to the middleweight boxing championship in a life of unbridled fury — within the ring and outside it — that became the subject of an acclaimed film, died on Tuesday in Aventura, Fla., near Miami. He was 95.

His longtime fiancée, Denise Baker, said he died of pneumonia at Palm Garden of Aventura, a nursing Home and rehabilitation facility, where he had been under hospice care.

A “good-for-nothing bum kid” with a terrible temper, as he later described himself, LaMotta learned to box in an upstate New York reformatory, where he had been sent for attempted burglary. Having gone undefeated as an amateur after his release, he turned pro in 1941 and unleashed his enmity on dozens of ring opponents.

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 Jake LaMotta, left, in a bout agains Sugar Ray Robinson on Feb. 23, 1945 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Robinson won the fight on a decision. Credit Matty Zimmerman/Associated Press..

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If I Were the Devil – (BEST VERSION) by PAUL HARVEY audio restored

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(WORDS on screen – AUDIO repaired) Long time radio newsman/commentator Paul Harvey created the original of this homily around 1965. This one is probably from about 1996. It was updated as the years went by and therefore versions of it vary over time. It is a warning to America about its own decay. This audio has been corrected for proper speed and pitch and is good as I can make it at this time. Unfortunately, phasing and background noise persist.

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At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope

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Gustavo López recognized the boy’s clothes first.

His tiny frame, pulled from the wreckage, lay over the jagged pieces of what remained of the school. It was his 7-year-old son.

He sat in shock for hours, quietly trying to maintain strength for his 9-year-old daughter, who had escaped the school unharmed. He wondered how to tell her that her younger brother, also named Gustavo, was dead — one of at least 30 children who perished at the Enrique Rebsámen school after it collapsed in the earthquake that devastated Mexico on Tuesday, killing more than 200 people.

Mr. López waited there for his cousin, Mauricio, who loved the boy and often took him on bike rides and to the movies. By the time Mauricio arrived a few hours later, hundreds of medical personnel, rescuers, volunteers and families were racing around, trying to unearth students still buried in the rubble.

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At least 30 children were killed when the Enrique Rebsamen school collapsed in Tuesday’s earthquake.

By CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date September 20, 2017. Photo by Carlos Jasso/Reuters.

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For the first time, the Marine Corps plans to have a female infantry officer among its ranks

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The Marine Corps plans to soon assign a female infantry officer to a combat unit, a historic first, following her anticipated graduation from the service’s grueling Infantry Officer Course, service officials said Thursday.

The lieutenant and her male colleagues completed a three-week combat exercise that includes live fire at the service’s training center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Wednesday, the service said in a statement released Thursday after The Washington Post first reported the news. That marked the final graded requirement in the 13-week course, which is widely seen as some of the toughest training in the military, and typically sees about 25 percent all students washing out.

The woman is the first of three dozen women who have attempted the course to pass. She is expected to lead a platoon of about 40 infantry Marines in a service that is often seen as the most resistant to full gender integration in the military. It has grappled this year with a scandal in which more than a 1,000 current Marines and veterans were investigated for sharing photographs of nude female colleagues online.

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U.S. Marines in the Infantry Officer Course conduct fast-rope training near Yuma, Ariz., on March 26, 2015. (Lance Cpl. Jodson B. Graves/ Marine Corps)

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