Storm Barry bears down on New Orleans with ‘extreme rain,’ flooding risk

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and officials warned of “extreme rain” and flooding if the storm makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of 2019. City officials urged residents to shelter in place rather than evacuate as the storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as of 2 p.m. CDT (1900 GMT) on Thursday, the National Weather Service said. Forecasters issued a storm-surge warning of up…

Trump vows to ‘leave no stone unturned’ to obtain citizenship data for U.S. Census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump dropped plans on Thursday to add a contentious citizenship question to the 2020 census, but insisted the government would obtain the data by other means. “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the United States population,” Trump said in an announcement at the White House. He said he was ordering every federal government agency to provide the Department of Commerce with all requested records regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country. “We will…

White House scraps key plan to lower U.S. drug prices; may target drugmakers

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration on Thursday scrapped one of its most ambitious proposals for lowering prescription medicine prices, backing down from a policy aimed at health insurers and raising the possibility of new measures focused on drugmakers. FILE PHOTO: Pharmaceutical tablets and capsules are arranged in the shape of a U.S. dollar sign on a table in this picture illustration taken August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic/File Photo The abandoned proposal would have required health insurers to pass on billions of dollars in rebates they receive from drugmakers…

New Orleans braces for Mississippi flooding as storm Barry bears down

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – Some residents and visitors prepared to flee New Orleans on Thursday as Tropical Storm Barry closed in and city officials warned of severe flooding if it makes landfall by early Saturday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2019 season. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (64 kph) as of 10 a.m. CDT (1500 GMT) on Thursday, the National Weather Service said. Forecasters issued a storm-surge warning for a stretch of Louisiana coastline south of already-sodden New Orleans stretching from the…

U.S. wants ‘El Chapo’ in prison for life after murder plot target testifies

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said they want the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to spend the rest of his life – plus 30 years – in prison, after he hears from a victim who survived one of his murder plots. FILE PHOTO: A police vehicle stands outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse ahead of the start of the trial of Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo”, in New York City, New York, U.S., November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar Guzman, 62, faces a mandatory…

White House kills rebate rule aimed at lowering drug prices

(Reuters) – The Trump administration has withdrawn a rule that it had said would lower drug prices by ending the system of prescription drug after-market discounts called rebates that drugmakers pay to pharmacy benefit managers. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar speaks with members of the press at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 24, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott Shares of Cigna Corp, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, were up 13.5 percent in early Thursday trading. The move is a setback for the administration, which first…

Bouton, ex-Yankee and ‘Ball Four’ author, dies

10:38 PM ET Associated Press GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who shocked and angered the conservative baseball world with the tell-all book “Ball Four,” has died. He was 80. Bouton’s family said he died Wednesday at the home he shared with wife Paula Kurman. He fought a brain disease linked to dementia and was in hospice care. Bouton also had two strokes in 2012. Published in 1970, “Ball Four” detailed Yankees great Mickey Mantle’s carousing, and the use of stimulants in the major…

Haynesworth in ‘dire need’ of kidney donor

1:45 AM ET Turron DavenportESPN Close Covered Eagles for USA Today Covered the Ravens for Baltimore Times Played college football at Cheyney University NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee Titans star defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, 38, is suffering from kidney failure and has taken to Instagram to announce that he is in “dire need” of a donor for a transplant. “Well, this is hard for me to say, but my doctors said I should reach out to my family, friends and fans,” Haynesworth wrote. “Some of you may know I’ve been…

Comments from Napoli chief leaves door open for Man Utd swoop

Date published: Thursday 11th July 2019 10:05 Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered hope to Premier League clubs who are interested in Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez. The Colombia international moved to Bayern on a two year loan deal in July 2017 and played 67 games, scoring 15 goals and winning two Bundesliga trophies, two DFL Supercups and one DFB Pokal. Having spent the last two seasons on loan in Germany, Bayern could have triggered a deal to sign him permanently for €42million, however they decided not to take that option.. Bayern’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently revealed why the midfielder…