BIG FAILING DEAL, BILL ON FIRE: Top House Republican Abandons Ship... GOP Staffer: ‘I’ve Never Seen So Many People Look At Something That’s Dead And Pretend It’s Not’...The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee will vote “no” on a top GOP priority. That doesn’t normally happen.

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), a top House Republican, said Friday morning that he would vote against the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill, known as “Trumpcare.”
Frelinghuysen’s opposition is significant not only because Republican leadership can only afford to lose 21 or 22 votes, but also because he is the chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Committee chairpersons typically vote in line with the House leadership – and indeed set the party line and help pull recalcitrant members on board. “Seven years after enactment of Obamacare, I wanted to support legislation that made positive changes to rescue healthcare in America,” Frelinghuysen said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, the legislation before the House today is currently unacceptable as it would place significant new costs and barriers to care on my constituents in New Jersey,” he continued.  “In addition to the loss of Medicaid coverage for so many people in my Medicaid-dependent state, the denial of essential health benefits in the individual market raise serious coverage and cost issues.”
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Laptops, Other Electronics To Be Banned On Some U.S.-Bound Flights

Federal authorities plan to ban laptops, tablets and other electronic devices from the cabins of certain international flights to the United States, multiple news outlets reported on Monday.
The Department of Homeland Security is expected to officially announce the travel rules on Tuesday. However, the scope and the motivation for them is currently unclear. Reuters reported that an unspecified terrorist threat prompted the rules, which will affect about a dozen airlines. CBS News said the rules are a response to overseas intelligence rather than a specific threat.
According to CNN, the restrictions will apply to flights coming from some North African and Middle Eastern countries.
A tweet from Royal Jordanian airlines created confusion on Monday about the previously unheard-of security measure. 
The company said that starting March 21, passengers could no longer bring cameras, DVD players and electronic games with their carry-on items. Such items must be checked on flights to and from New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.
Cell phones and medical devices would still be permitted, Royal Jordanian said.
The tweet was later deleted. 
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly informed members of Congress about the upcoming security changes, according to The Associated Press
The Transportation Security Administration wrote about the new rule in an email on Monday, The Guardian reported.
Officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration did not immediately respond to The Huffington Post’s inquiries. more

THE KILLING SAGA CONTINUES IN JAMAICA: Westmoreland bloodbath 4 men killed in attack at cookshop

Monday, March 20, 2017    
BATH, Westmoreland — The Westmoreland police were busy up to late last evening probing Saturday night’s gun attack at a cookshop here which left four men dead and an entire community in mourning.
The deceased have been identified as 68-year-old tyre repairman Glendon Nanan; 54-year-old ‘Duco man’ Carl Banhan; 24-year-old labourer Timothy Bernard; and 19-year-old Dimario McIntosh, who is unemployed — all of Bath district, Westmoreland.
01Reports are that about 9:00 pm the four were at a cookshop in their normally peaceful community when four men, travelling on two motorcycles, rode onto the scene.
The two pillions, who were armed with handguns, dismounted the motorcycles and pelted the occupants of the cook shop with bullets. Banhan, residents say, had just arrived at the cookshop, which served as his watering hole, when the attackers struck. He was the first to be cut down in a hail of bullets.
He died on his way to hospital, while the other three died instantly.
Crime scene investigators removed several 9mm spent shells from the scene.
Yesterday, bewildered residents were still trying to determine what triggered the shooting as the four men were not known to be involved in any criminal activities.
But a highly placed police source close to the investigation told the
Jamaica Observer that intelligence suggests that the intended target was not present at the time of the attack. “The four men died innocently,” the police source remarked.
In the meantime, McIntosh, the youngest victim, was said to be spinning music at the location at the time of the onslaught.
His distraught father, Wynter McIntosh, former Lucea mayor, could not come to grips with the loss of his son.
“It dread! It’s very shocking. When something like this happens to other people, you don’t know how it feels until it happens to you. It will take some time to grapple with the situation,” he said.
He added: “I am confident that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.”
Meanwhile, most residents were shell-shocked in the wake of the killings, expressing that it is the first time that such a gruesome act has unfolded in their closely knit community.
“This is history. Nothing like this has ever happened here,” a woman argued. more

March Blizzard 2017: Snow Blankets The Northeast, Grounding Flights And Closing Schools Forecasts are calling for up to 2 feet of snow by early Wednesday, with temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.


Reuters By Daniel Trotta and Scott Malone 3/14/17
NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) - Snow began blanketing northeastern United States on Tuesday as a winter storm packing blizzard conditions rolled into the region, prompting public officials to ask people to stay home while airlines grounded flights and schools canceled classes.
Image result for snow storm blizzard picThe National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of eight states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, with forecasts calling for up to 2 feet of snow by early Wednesday, with temperatures 15 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Some 50 million people along the Eastern Seaboard were under storm or blizzard warnings and watches.
“If you must go out, do so for as limited time period as possible ... but the best thing to do is stay in,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.
Above-ground subway service will be suspended at 4 a.m. local time as transit officials in the New York metro area warned that more bus and train routes could be suspended throughout the day.
“It’s a good day to stay home,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on CBS Radio. “It is going to be a dangerous, dangerous situation.” The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey readied hundreds of pieces of snow equipment at the three major New York area airports. Thousands of tons of salt and sand were prepared for airport roads, parking lots, bridges and tunnels.
Airlines preemptively canceled more than 4,000 flights ahead of the storm, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airports with the most cancellations were Newark International Airport in New Jersey and Boston Logan International Airport.
American Airlines canceled all flights into New York’s three airports - Newark, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport - and JetBlue Airways reported extensive cancellations. more

MANDEVILLE, Manchester (CONTRACT KILLING) :Manchester double murder work of hitmen — police supt said

Friday, March 10, 2017  — Alicia Sutherland Jamaica Observer  

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The police are theorising that the shooting incident in Christiana, Manchester, on Wednesday, which left two men dead, was a contract killing.
Members of the public photographed at a crime scene. (File Photo)
Head of the Manchester Police Division, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, said yesterday that the evidence suggests that only one of the men was the target.
The deceased men, 32-year-old salesman Garfield Morgan and taxi operator Dinval White, 37, were shot dead in Mollison, just outside of the town.
Speaking at yesterday’s meeting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation, Superintendent Cameron said that Morgan may have been involved in selling items on the “black market” and was the target. Cameron said that nine-and-a-half cases of “bootleg” white rum and “several” cartons of cigarettes of various brands, some of which the police are not familiar with, were removed from the premises where the two were killed.
“We believe Morgan was targeted. The other man was taken out because he was there,” Cameron said. “In essence we believe that’s a contract killing.”
The superintendent used the meeting to urge community members to speak up if they observe illegal activities in order to prevent crimes from reaching the “doors” of innocent people.
Morgan and White are said to be brothers who shared a home in Mollison.
Cameron said that nothing was taken from the deceased men. more

Four killed in Montego Bay including goalkeeper Devon Dunkley

Devon Dunkley
Friday, March 10, 2017 by Alan Lewin

ST JAMES, Jamaica - Former Seba United goalkeeper Devon Dunkley popularly known as Kid Harris was among four people shot and killed on William Street in Montego Bay on Thursday (March 9).
The others have been identified only by their aliases: they are Blackka a carpenter said to be in his 50's, Raphael from Albion Lane who is a former life guard and Gabriel.
According to reports shortly after 10:00 pm the four men were among a group of people watching television when they were pounced upon by men who opened gunfire on them. The alleged gunmen reportedly escaped in a waiting motor car. A strong detachment of police is now on the scene.

DEPORTEES STRANDED! No family, friends to meet some kicked out of the UK..... 32 Jamaicans, including six women, were sent back on a chartered flight.

 BY KIMONE FRANCIS Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com  Thursday, March 09, 2017  

A large crowd gathered yesterday outside Harmon Barracks at Mobile Reserve, family members among them, awaiting the release of just over 30 Jamaicans who were deported from the United Kingdom.
A woman attempts to block Television Jamaica’s Krista
 Campbell from interviewing her relative who was yesterday
deported from the United Kingdom.

Laffihama Morgan is interviewed by
 journalists while feeding his
son Raheem. Morgan 
Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Area 4, Devon Watkis, told journalists at a press briefing on the compound that 32 Jamaicans, including six women, were sent back on a chartered flight. He said a woman, who was identified by the UK press only as ‘Sophia’, who had been separated from her three children since October, was not among those deported because of “litigating” issues.
The deportees arrived in the island shortly before 1:00 pm at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston where they were met by a team from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency, a team from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a group from non-governmental organisations, before being transported to Harmon Barracks.
A deportee from the United Kingdom makes his
 way to relatives outside the gates of Harmon
 Barracks after he was processed yesterday..
Yesterday, some family members waited with bated breath to see relatives, some of whom left the island as children, while others, who had no ties to the island, were met by hustlers waiting to provide phone calls and accommodation. Sherene Dean-Collins, her son Laffihama Morgan and his infant son Raheem were among those waiting outside the facility where the deportees were being processed. The woman and her son were awaiting the release of her younger son, François Somers.
Dean-Collins told the Jamaica Observer that her son was being deported because of immigration issues. Those issues, the Observer learnt, involved domestic violence. Somers, 22, left Jamaica when he was eight years old.
A woman assists a deportee as she leaves
 Mobile Reserve in Kingston yesterday
 after being processed.
(Photos: Michael Gordon) 
“Mi nuh really feel nuh way about it. A fi dem country and a fi dem rights. Mi nuh really know how the immigration system stay so we have to just work with what dem do. Him never get a criminal case yet enuh but dem just a deport him,” Morgan said, adding that his main concern is that his brother does not know Jamaica.
Others who had no family members or friends to meet them were perplexed about their next move. Some were assisted by a woman who gave her name as ‘Tasha’. She told journalists that she has been assisting deportees for the past five years. more

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