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House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

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House Passes Short-Term Spending Bill, Setting Up Shutdown Battle in Senate

The House approved on Thursday night a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open past Friday, but Senate Democrats — angered by President Donald Trump’s vulgar aspersions and a lack of progress on a broader budget and immigration deal — appeared ready to block the measure. The House approved the measure 230-197, despite conflicting signals Trump sent throughout the day and a threatened rebellion from conservatives that failed to materialize. The bill would fund the government through Feb. 16.

2017 Was Especially Hot Year, Surprising Experts

The world in 2017 saw some of the highest average surface temperatures ever recorded, surprising scientists who had expected a sharper retreat from recent record years. Scientists at NASA on Thursday ranked last year as the second-warmest year since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, trailing only 2016. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which uses a different analytical method, ranked it third. What made the numbers unexpected was that last year had no El Niño, a shift in tropical Pacific weather patterns that is usually linked to record-setting heat and that contributed to record highs the previous two years.

Prosecutor Tells of Grim Life at California Home

The Riverside County district attorney, Mike Hestrin, revealed the gruesome details Thursday behind parents accused of imprisoning their 13 children in their own home, in what he called one of the most horrific cases of “human depravity” of his career. David A. Turpin, 56, and Louise A. Turpin, 49, pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday afternoon to all charges, including 12 counts of torture, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult, and six counts of child abuse. David Turpin is also charged with a lewd act against a child. Bail was set at $12 million each.

Arizona Man Charged in Nine Killings Over Three Weeks

A man arrested in December and charged with killing his mother and stepfather is now tied to seven additional killings over the previous three weeks, Phoenix police said Thursday. The man, Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, has been in a county jail since Dec. 17, when Rene Cooksey and her husband, Edward Nunn, were found dead inside their home. The series of killings in Phoenix, Glendale and Avondale in November and December, as described by the police Thursday, do not fit a specific pattern. But physical evidence, witness reports and his own statements connected Cooksey to the additional killings, police said.

Cosby Case Prosecutor Asks to Let Jury Hear Other Accusers

Bill Cosby goes back to court in April, but his retrial on sexual assault charges will unfold in a very different America than his first. With an environment dominated by sexual harassment discussions and the #MeToo movement, prosecutors on Thursday asked the judge handling the case to reconsider allowing testimony from other women who say Cosby assaulted them. Though more than 50 women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, only two were permitted to tell their stories in a Pennsylvania court in the first trial, which ended last summer with a hung jury.

Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling

The Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a trial court’s order requiring North Carolina lawmakers to produce a revised congressional voting map, making it likely that the 2018 elections will be conducted using districts favorable to Republican candidates. The trial court had found that Republican legislators in the state had violated the Constitution by drawing congressional voting districts to hurt the electoral chances of Democratic candidates. The Supreme Court’s move was expected and not particularly telling. The court, which is considering two major tests of partisan gerrymandering, has granted stays in similar settings.

Young Women Are Using ADHD Drugs in Greater Numbers, CDC Reports

The percentage of young adult women who filled prescriptions for drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder has increased more than fivefold since 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The new report raises questions about the increasing use of a diagnosis that once was reserved for children and adolescents. Government researchers tracked prescriptions for drugs to treat ADHD, like Adderall and Vyvanse, among women ages 15 to 44 between 2003 and 2015. ADHD prescription rates increased sharply in all age groups during that period, but most steeply among young adult women.

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