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Shutdown less likely as Senate closes in on budget agreement
WASHINGTON (AP) Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track avoid a repeat of last month government shutdown though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can have his way on immigration.
Trump comments were strikingly disconnected from the progress on Capitol Hill, where the House passed a short term spending measure Tuesday night and Senate leaders were closing in on a larger, long term pact ahead of a Thursday night deadline. The broader agreement would award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs, as well as approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government borrowing limit and avoid possible default.
Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children. Instead, the Democrats prepared to cut a deal that would reap tens of billions of dollars for other priorities including combatting opioids while taking their chances on solving the immigration impasse later.
Tuesday night 245 182 House vote, mostly along party lines, set the machinery in motion. The six week stopgap spending bill contains increases for the military that long have been demanded by Trump and his GOP allies. But the measure appears increasingly likely to be rewritten by the Senate to include legislation implementing the brewing broader budget pact.
Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns amid sex misconduct claims
LAS VEGAS (AP) Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned Tuesday as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts amid sexual misconduct allegations.
the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity, Wynn said in a written statement Tuesday. I have reflected upon the environment this has created one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles. Wall Street Journal reported Jan. 26 that a number of women said Wynn harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5 million settlement.
The Las Vegas billionaire has vehemently denied the allegations, which he attributes to a campaign led by his ex wife.
Last month, Wynn resigned as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. stocks rally as a late surge helps them regain almost half their losses from the day before, when they had their biggest plunge in 6 1/2 years.
2. lawmakers are on track avoid a repeat of last month government shutdown. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday.
The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year with soldiers marching and tanks rolling, but no date has been selected.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday evening. She said Trump wants the Pentagon to a celebration that will allow Americans to show appreciation for the military.
A Pentagon spokesman, Charlie Summers, said Pentagon officials are aware of the request and are at options. traditionally has not embraced showy displays of raw military power, such as North Korea parading of ballistic missiles as a claim of international prestige and influence.
2nd man has gene editing; therapy has no safety flags so far
A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or safety issues have emerged from the first man treatment nearly three months ago, doctors revealed Tuesday.
Gene editing is a more precise way to do gene therapy, and aims to permanently change someone DNA to try to cure a disease.
In November, 44 year old Brian Madeux became the first person to have gene editing inside the body for a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome that caused by a bad gene. Through an IV, he received many copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to put it in a precise spot in his DNA.
doing well and we were approved to go ahead with the second patient who also is doing well, said Dr. Paul Harmatz of UCSF Benioff Children Hospital Oakland, who treated both men for the same disease.
At a medical conference in San Diego, Harmatz reported safety results for the first six weeks after Madeux treatment. Sangamo Therapeutics, the company that makes the gene editing tool called zinc finger nucleases, is testing them for two metabolic diseases and hemophilia, a bleeding disorder.
Taiwan quake kills 4, tilts buildings; over 140 missing
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Rescuers were working Wednesday to reach five people trapped and more than 140 people unaccounted for in several buildings damaged by a strong earthquake near Taiwan eastern coast.