WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, has shown improvement over the last 36 hours after being shot by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said on Friday. "The congressman's status remains critical," Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the Washington Hospital Center, told reporters. "We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over last 36 hours."
BERLIN - A towering figure of post-war European politics, Helmut Kohl pushed through German reunification and was a driving force behind the creation of the euro during a 16-year reign as German chancellor that spanned the tumultuous final decades of the 20th century. Kohl died on Friday morning at his home in Ludwigshafen, according to German media. He was 87.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that he is personally under investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign, an inquiry that has cast a shadow over his five months in office. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," Trump wrote on Twitter.
Amazon.com Inc. said it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc. in a deal valued at about $13.7 billion, including debt. The $42 per share offer represents a premium of 27 percent to the upmarket grocery chain's Thursday close. Whole Foods shares were halted at $32.77 in premarket trading, while Amazon's shares were up 0.5 percent at $969. Excluding debt, the deal is valued at $13.39 billion, based on 318.9 million diluted shares outstanding as of April 9.
WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Congress took the field for their traditional Republicans vs. Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honor Representative Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded by a gunman as his Republican team practiced a day before. When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and he dismissed as "phony" the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 U.S. election. "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice," Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt."
WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise underwent a third operation on Thursday, a day after suffering serious wounds when a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice, a source familiar with his condition said.
Authorities have arrested Lyle Jeffs, a fugitive leader of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sect, who had been on the run for almost a year after fleeing house arrest, officials said on Thursday, June 15. Jeffs, 57, was captured in South Dakota on Wednesday night and was being held without bond, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - The jurors at comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said on Thursday they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations. "We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts," said the jury's note to Judge Steven O'Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Jurors began discussing the charges late on Monday and worked 12-hour days on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
CINCINNATI - An American university student who has suffered a "severe" neurological injury after being detained for 17 months in North Korea was "brutalized" by the reclusive regime, his father said on Thursday. Otto Warmbier, 22, has a "severe" neurological injury but is stable and receiving treatment at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, center spokeswoman Kelly Martin said at a news briefing at Warmbier's high school in Wyoming, Ohio.