For Trump, no closing this deal

Less than 24 hours later, the issue Trump pledged to take care of "on Day 1" imploded upon itself. The White House and House leadership had inched their way in offering to repeal a key insurance mandate, but they wanted more -- a repeal of Obamacare's entire insurance regulation infrastructure. The President did not have the votes and Ryan wanted Trump to agree to pull the bill from the floor. JUST WATCHED Trump: Obamacare is exploding Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Trump: Obamacare is exploding 00:28Trump remainsOne key player in the drama is staying in town. "This is our long-awaited chance to finally get rid of Obamacare," Trump said Monday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, where supporters cheered his arrival.

March 25, 2017 15:18 UTC

Violence erupts at pro-Trump rally in Huntington Beach

Violence erupted at a Make America Great Again rally in Huntington Beach on Saturday when an anti-Trump protester allegedly doused the female organizer of the event with pepper spray and was immediately set upon by a group of Trump supporters. The march at Bolsa Chica State Beach was also billed as an opportunity to support veterans, police and first-responders. Despite expected heavy foot traffic, all parts of the beach will remain open, senior park aide Mark Riddlebarger said. Kevin Pearsall said his department would have about three dozen officers monitoring the march, and will collaborate with Huntington Beach police in case it spills from the beach to the surrounding area. 1:20 p.m.: This article was updated with violence erupting at rally.

March 25, 2017 15:13 UTC

Donald Trump Tries To Reassure Supporters After Health Care Humiliation

A day after the GOP suffered humiliation when its effort to pass a health care bill failed, President Donald Trump sought to reassure Republicans that he would eventually put a plan together. In his first tweet addressing the failure of the health care bill, Trump urged supporters not to worry because he believed the Affordable Care Act would eventually collapse.

March 25, 2017 15:11 UTC

The 'Justice League' Trailer Rocks, But Will Those Burned By 'Batman V Superman' Be Convinced?

Warner Bros.As promised, we now have an official theatrical trailer for Justice League. The first Superman Returns teaser is a modern classic, and the third The Dark Knight Rises trailer may be my favorite Batman movie trailer ever. The Man of Steel trailers were awe-inspiring and even Batman v Superman had (mostly) great trailers. While a good Justice League trailer is much more helpful than a bad one (see, again, Green Lantern), the fanbase will be there no matter what. I can’t believe I am about to type this sentence, but… I hope the Justice League movie is at least as good as the Power Rangers movie.

March 25, 2017 15:06 UTC

Landscape photographer lets imagination color his world

Brendan Pattengale started out wanting to be a commercial fashion photographer, but the draw of nature was too powerful to resist. Brendan Pattengale's "Your Light and Love," Bolivia, 2016, 40 inches by 60 inches. (Brendan Pattengale / Fahey/Klein Gallery)Brendan Pattengale's "Now I See the Light," Chile, 2017, 40 inches by 60 inches. (Brendan Pattengale / Fahey/Klein Gallery)SIGN UP for the free Essential Arts & Culture newsletter »His abstract vistas and valleys are transformed by various photographic techniques. (Brendan Pattengale / Fahey/Klein Gallery)Follow The Times’ arts team @culturemonster.

March 25, 2017 15:00 UTC

Flying Taxis Could Soon Be Coming To A Sky Near You

Flying taxis and other futuristic passenger vehicles are about to take a giant leap out of science fiction and into reality. It’s not exactly the vision of the “Back To The Future” film trilogy, which predicted that by 2015 we’d fill the skies with flying cars and get around on personal anti-gravity hoverboards. But it turns out the movies may have just been a few years off. Singapore plans to have airborne cabs taking flight by 2030, according to the island city-state’s Business Times daily newspaper. Singapore’s Ministry of Transport Permanent Secretary Pang Kin Keong said he’s in talks with tech companies to begin trials to create drones to carry passengers.

March 25, 2017 14:55 UTC

‘You know how Putin feels about failure’: Bill Maher blasts Trump’s health-care flop

Comedians Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and others weigh in on the chaotic week Republicans and President Trump had dealing with the health-care bill. (The Washington Post)Bill Maher had a succinct, if potty-mouthed, explanation for why Republicans’ health-care bill died before it came to a vote — despite the party’s huge congressional majority and seven-year desire to repeal one of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis) had done more and more to appease the Freedom Caucus, the latest re-branding of the tea party movement, according to Maher on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which aired Friday night. Over time, that gutting would have left more people without health care than simply repealing the Affordable Care Act “and replaced it with nothing,” Maher said. “The last version, they had cut hospitalization, doctor visits, maternity, mental health, lab tests, prescriptions, emergency room visits,” Maher said.

March 25, 2017 14:52 UTC

Box Office: 'Life' Flatlines With $4.4M Friday, 'CHiPs' Bombs With $2.6M

The film earned $4.4m yesterday for what should be an over/under $13m domestic opening weekend. The Sony release will have to hope for strong overseas figures as well this weekend. The Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. release earned terrible reviews and zero buzz heading into the weekend. The $25 million release, funded by (among others) RatPac-Dune made just $2.4m yesterday for a likely $6.6m opening weekend. Writer/director/star Dax Shepard is not remotely a box office draw, CHiPs is worthless as an IP and the film looked absolutely abysmal.

March 25, 2017 14:48 UTC

Stars and fans celebrate lives of Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds' at joint memorial service

Stars and fans were gathering Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths. The ceremony will feature music by James Blunt and “Star Wars” composer John Williams and display Hollywood memorabilia that Reynolds collected throughout her life. “She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie,’ ”Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told the Associated Press after his mother’s death. Fisher died after finishing work on “The Last Jedi,” the eighth film in the core “Star Wars” saga. Todd Fisher organized Saturday’s memorial to give fans an opportunity to honor his mother and sister.

March 25, 2017 14:47 UTC

Ohio police: Driver shot, killed after hitting boy, 4

Police in Cincinnati say a driver was shot and killed after his car hit a 4-year-old boy who ran into the street. Investigators say they believe the driver got out of his car after hitting the child Friday and a confrontation broke out. Police say 44-year-old Jamie Urton was shot several times and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the fight but was not shot. The child hit by the car was hurt but is expected to be OK.Police say they're looking for three suspects. They say it's not clear yet if any other circumstances led to the shooting just outside downtown Cincinnati.

March 25, 2017 14:40 UTC

2017 Mazda CX-5 Punches Well Above Its Weight

(Mazda photo)The small but feisty Japanese automaker is benchmarking premium crossover models instead of the expected mainstream rivals, which it says fail to measure up. Driving the CX-5 in the company of an Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Lexus NX200T revealed some unexpected results. But before we get to those surprises, here’s a quick rundown of the changes Mazda has made for 2017. With that in mind, Mazda chose to keep the exterior design recognizable but with distinctive changes to enhance its presence and purposeful appearance. Everything we did was to maximize visual stability by lowering the visual center of gravity.

March 25, 2017 14:37 UTC

Knicks’ Joakim Noah reportedly gets 20-game suspension over drug violation

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report that New York Knicks center Joakim Noah is facing a 20-game suspension after testing positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA’s outgoing collective bargaining agreement. According to ESPN’s Marc Spears, Noah would not have been penalized under the league’s new CBA that will begin next season. It’s unclear what drug was found in Noah’s system, but as you can see, the list of substances prohibited under the outgoing CBA is lengthy. According to Wojnarowski, an NBA Players Association probe found that that Noah didn’t “knowingly or willingly” violate the league’s drug policy and that he cooperated fully with the league’s investigation. In his first season with the Knicks after nine with the Chicago Bulls, the 32-year-old Noah was averaging just five points and 8.8 rebounds per game when he went down with the injury.

March 25, 2017 14:37 UTC

Uber crash raises question: How do self-driving cars deal with the other guys on the road?

A self-driving Uber car in San Francisco. Among them, several Uber employees have been accused of stealing intellectual property from Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, and using it as the basis for Uber’s self-driving technology. It also remains unclear to what extent self-driving cars will be regulated by federal and state governments. Last year, the Transportation Department released a policy paper outlining 15 guidelines for developers of self-driving cars. Indeed, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have already begun debate about public tolerance for injuries and deaths as a result of self-driving cars.

March 25, 2017 14:35 UTC

EU leaders mark 60th anniversary with new declaration of unity

(CNN) Leaders of the remaining 27 European Union states have gathered in Italy's capital to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which led to the bloc's formation. The informal summit in Rome sees leaders from across Europe renew their commitment to the EU in light of Britain's impending exit. On Saturday, the remaining member states adopted the Rome Declaration, which calls for enhanced cooperation and unity. It reads: "We, the Leaders of 27 Member States and of EU institutions, take pride in the achievements of the European Union: the construction of European unity is a bold, far-sighted (endeavor). People wave EU and Polish flags Saturday in Warsaw on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

March 25, 2017 14:34 UTC

Obamacare survived: What all this means for you

Republicans have shelved their plans to repeal Obamacare, so the sweeping health reform act remains the law of the land. But with all the turmoil in Washington and the talk that Obamacare is on the brink of collapse, many people might be worried about the impact on them. This means the roughly 12.2 million people who have signed up for policies shouldn't see any major changes. The Trump administration is chipping away at it. The outlook for 2018 is uncertainInsurers were waiting to see what came of the Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

March 25, 2017 14:16 UTC

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