Aug. 16 2017

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Health plan premiums for some in Obamacare will surge and the federal deficit will increase by almost $200 billion over a decade if President Donald Trump follows through on a threat to halt certain insurance subsidies under the law.

The U.S. will bring the "full weight" of economic sanctions against Venezuela and hasn't ruled out any options to push for new elections in the country, said Vice President Mike Pence.

Texas can't use its current voter maps in the upcoming congressional midterm elections after a panel of federal judges ruled districts approved by state Republican lawmakers illegally discriminate against Hispanic and black voters.

China reclaimed its position as the top foreign owner of U.S. Treasuries after increasing its holdings for the fifth straight month. China's holdings of U.S. bonds, notes and bills rose to $1.15 trillion in June, up $44.3 billion from a month earlier.

Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there.

Britain said it wants to avoid any physical border or customs checks with Ireland as part of any Brexit deal with the European Union, as tensions mount over the terms of the U.K.'s departure from the bloc.

Nigeria deployed 2,000 special forces troops against Boko Haram Islamist militants in the country's northeast, the army said.

Women are returning to the U.S. labor force in greater numbers this year, helping arrest an ugly decline in the so-called participation rate. Just how much additional support they can lend the economy over the longer term depends on their continued involvement.

Dallas, Houston, and Austin are on pace to build a total of nearly 130,000 new homes in 2017. That's more than 10 percent of all new construction expected in the U.S. this year, and enough to put all three metropolitan areas in the top five for permitting activity. New York and Phoenix round out the group.

The hulking container ships that transport sneakers, bananas and Barbie dolls around the world keep getting bigger. So are the companies that own them. A massive consolidation is underway in the $500 billion global industry and the survivors now enjoy big economies of scale and increased demand.

A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S said a cyberattack that hit the owner of the world's biggest container shipping company at the end of June will wipe as much as $300 million off profits in the third quarter.

AP Top Stories

North Korea has moved missile equipment into position ahead of a possible launch, according to US defense officials.

Hackers with believed ties to the North Korean government have taken to targeting defense contractors working with the United States government.

The tweet Obama wrote in response to Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, became the most-liked tweet ever. according to Twitter. That honor previously went to Ariana Grande for a tweet the singer wrote following the attack at her Manchester concert.

No vice president in modern political campaigning formed their own fundraising committee independent of the president so far in advance of an election until Vice President Mike Pence launched the Great America Committee in May.

The Syrian military and its allies, including Russia, are approaching the final steps toward completely surrounding the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in a massive 3,000 square mile pocket of Syrian territory spanning the size of nearly two entire U.S. states.

Mergers among offshore oil drillers are raising hopes that consolidation could bring relief to a sector struggling to emerge from an industry downturn triggered by low crude prices.

BBC

At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. Nearly 400 people are confirmed dead.

The memorial to President Abraham Lincoln, who led the US through the Civil War, has been vandalized in Washington DC.

The last batch of weapons carried by Colombia's former Farc rebels has been removed under UN supervision. This was the "last breath" of the 52-year conflict with the Farc. A total of 17 containers of arms had been handed over the past year.

Three female suicide bombers have carried out an attack that has killed at least 27 people in north-eastern Nigeria, officials said.

Philippine police have killed 32 people in drug raids, thought to be the highest death toll in a single day in the country's war on drugs.

A confrontation occurred between Indian and Chinese soldiers along a disputed border in the western Himalayas, Indian officials said on Tuesday.

Iran's president has warned that it could restart its nuclear program "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions.

WND

About 40 of the National Security Council's (NSC) 250 officials - nearly one in six - are Obama administration holdovers.

An Islamic organization founded in Washington, D.C., by the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is entering the controversy over Confederate monuments, urging all state and local governments to remove any symbols of the Civil War South.

The Daily Signal and others reported Down syndrome is virtually disappearing in Iceland. "More accurately, people with Down syndrome are being eliminated in Iceland through abortion."

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