Congress tries to prevent government shutdown as Republican Party mulls impeachment
WASHINGTON — Congress is returning to Capitol Hill to try to avoid a government shutdown, while House Republicans consider whether to pursue an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden. The senators return on Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider a short-term funding measure to keep government offices fully functioning and provide emergency funding to Ukraine and federal disaster funds. A Republican-led investigation into Hunter Biden’s overseas business dealings is also on the agenda. Time is running out for Congress to vote on the budget. The House is only due to meet 11 days before the end of the government’s fiscal year on September 30. Reaching a deal will unfold as Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Steve Scalise grapple with health issues.
McConnell episodes show no evidence of stroke or seizures, doctor says
WASHINGTON — The US Capitol doctor says Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s health episodes show no evidence of a stroke or seizures. McConnell’s office released the information Tuesday as the Senate returned from a long summer break. Questions are mounting about the health of the longtime Republican leader. The 81-year-old froze last week during a press conference in Kentucky, unable to answer a question. It was the second such episode in a matter of weeks. The situation has fueled quiet concern among Republican senators and intense speculation about McConnell’s ability to remain leader. The longtime senator fell and hit his head while dining in Washington earlier this year, suffering a concussion.
Heavy rains cause flooding in central Greece, 1 man dies
ATHENS, Greece — Police on Tuesday ordered vehicles off the streets of three regions of Greece as a severe storm battered the center of the country and some of its islands, turning streets into flooded torrents and sweeping cars into the sea. Traffic was banned in the central town of Volos, the nearby mountainous region of Pilion and on the island of Skiathos until the storm subsided, police said. Firefighters said a man was killed in Volos when a wall collapsed and fell on top of him, while another man was reported missing, believed to have been swept away by floodwaters.
The Spanish Football Federation fires women’s national team coach Jorge Vilda
MADRID — The Spanish football federation has fired women’s national team coach Jorge Vilda less than three weeks after Spain won the Women’s World Cup title and amid controversy involving the president’s suspension of the federation, Luis Rubiales. The coach was among those to applaud Rubiales when he refused to step down despite widespread criticism for kissing player Jenni Hermoso on the lips without her consent during title celebrations in Sydney last month. Rubiales has been provisionally suspended.
Hollywood strike hits Warner Bros. and its profit outlook reduced by $500 million
Warner Bros. Discovery cut its profit forecast for the year, saying it would likely incur costs of up to $500 million related to the ongoing strike by Hollywood screenwriters and actors. The company said in a regulatory filing that it now expects adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for 2023 to be between $10.5 billion and $11 billion, due to anticipated strike-related costs. . It previously predicted its adjusted EBITDA would be in the low end of a range between $11 billion and $11.5 billion.
Authorities expand search area for killer who escaped from Pennsylvania prison
WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Authorities have moved and expanded the search area for a convicted murderer who escaped from a suburban Philadelphia jail last week. It happened after Danelo Cavalcante, 34, was spotted by a surveillance camera at one of the country’s largest botanical gardens. Cavalcante has been spotted five times since his Thursday morning escape from Chester State Prison. The most recent locate was on Monday evening in Longwood Gardens, where surveillance video caught him walking with a duffel bag, backpack and hoodie. The sighting led authorities to move the search area further south after determining Cavalcante likely slipped through the original perimeter, but they said his movements showed he was feeling the pressure of the massive search. .
Australian man who fell ill at remote Antarctic base is rescued, authorities say
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australian authorities say an Australian man who fell ill at a remote Antarctic base is returning home on an icebreaker after an arduous mission to save him. The man was working at the Casey Research Station when he suffered from what authorities described as a developing health condition requiring specialist assessment and care. The Australian Antarctic Division said on Tuesday the icebreaker RSV Nuyina left Australia last week and traveled more than 3,000 kilometers south, crossing sea ice to reach a location 144 kilometers away. from the base. From there, two helicopters were deployed from the deck on Sunday and arrived at the base after nearly an hour to rescue the man.
WWI memorials in France and Belgium vying to become UNESCO World Heritage Sites
ZONNEBEKE, Belgium — Belgium and France want the countless First World War headstones, cemeteries and memorials to be recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites to ensure people stop and reflect on the meaning and to the value of peace. Both countries want the UN body to include the region on its famous list of sites alongside the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu in Peru and the Greek Acropolis. A decision on the matter is expected to be made around September 21 at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in Saudi Arabia. The area has 139 sites spread between western Belgium and northern France, a living history since the guns finally fell silent in 1918.
A driver crashed into a Denny’s near Houston, injuring 23 people
ROSENBERG, Texas — A driver rammed a busy Denny’s restaurant in suburban Houston, injuring 23 people. Rosenberg police say the victims suffered injuries ranging from cuts to more serious injuries. All were conscious when taken to hospital. None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening. The driver was not injured. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 60. The police did not immediately reveal the cause of the accident.
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