Wednesday June 28th, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

Wednesday June 28, 2017 5 Top Stories to Start Your Day

1. Tuesday, the Senate GOP healthcare bill was tabled for now. The original plan was to vote to replace and replace the Affordable Care Act with the Republican plan before the 4th of July break for the Senate but after more members of the GOP declined to support the bill, it was pulled. Deals are still being worked out between Republican members of the Senate but there is not action being taken to involve the Democrats of the Senate.

2. As months of unrest continues in Venezuela, a new attack took place Tuesday that seem to come right out the movies. A police helicopter, that had been stolen, launched an attack on the Venezuelan Supreme Court. The helicopter was piloted by a police officer named Oscar Perez. As the helicopter hovered alongside the court building and the Interior Ministry in Caracas, the attackers fired gunshots and lobbed grenades, officials said. No-one was injured and one of the grenades failed to explode, government officials said. Although a daring plot it did fail miserably as President Nicolas Maduro remains in power.

3. Tuesday, former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin filed a lawsuit against The New York Times in which the suit claims she suffered defamation over an editorial that linked the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) to an ad circulated by the former Alaska governor that put Democratic districts in crosshairs. The suit contends that the newspaper falsely accused her of “inciting a mass shooting at a political event in January 2011 and that the newspaper printed a claim that it “knew to be false.” According to the suit, the Times printed an editorial that said that Palin’s political action committee (PAC) released an ad that depicted Democratic lawmaker’s faces under crosshairs when in fact the ad showed the districts the Democrats were from not their faces. The Times pulled the story and apologize for their mistake.

4. Tuesday, a major cyber-attack caused havoc around the world with a widespread ransomware assault. Affected were a Russian oil giant, a Danish shipping and energy conglomerate, and Ukrainian government ministries, then spread as far as India and the United States. This is the second massive attack in the past two months which used powerful U.S. exploits which were leaked online from the NSA and now used against the IT infrastructure that supports national governments and corporations. This type of cyber-attack is a ransom type virus which tells the user that money must be paid for their systems to be released.

5. Tuesday, California officials announced that 111 people had taken their own lives since the passage of the End of Life Option Act in its first 6 months. according to the California Department of Public Health report, most of the 111 people had taken life-ending prescription drugs and those involved were a majority white and college educated. Two-thirds of those who died had cancer, the most common of which were lung cancer and breast cancer, followed by pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. Followed by Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which were the second largest group of underlying illnesses of those who used the drug, according to the report.


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