A set of twins born 24 days apart are healthily, thanks to the efforts of doctors who performed a rare surgery to save both children. It was a rare and risky delayed delivery that has exceeded every expectation. The challenge began when mom Linda Dasilva went into labor only 24 weeks into her pregnancy. Doctors at Tufts tried to stop the contractions but had to deliver one of her premature sons, delaying the other birth, and successfully saving both children.
The shooter in Tuesday's school shooting in Troutdale, Oregon, has been identified as a 15-year-old freshman from Reynolds High School. Police officials say Jared Padgett, seen here in a photo from his Facebook page, entered a boys locker room at the school's gym and killed fellow student 14-year old Emilio Hoffman. Padgett also injured a teacher. After a brief exchange of gunfire with police officers, Padgett was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. There's still no information as to Padgett's motive for the shooting.
In a 56 to 38 vote, Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill to lower the cost of student loans. The bill coincided with a White House push on the same topic. It needed 60 votes to pass. The measure did not have any GOP co-sponsors and would have been paid for with a tax on the wealthy, something Republicans opposed.
Congressman Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will step down as House Majority Leader effective July 31st. The move comes after Cantor's stunning loss in Tuesday's GOP primary race in Virginia. Cantor fell to college professor and political novice Dave Brat by more than 10-percentage points.
A Republican candidate running for state office in Oklahoma is under fire for statements, he allegedly made on social media about homosexuality. A reporter brought the comments posted last summer to light recently. District 91 State Rep candidate, Scott Esk posted Old Testament scripture calling for homosexuals to be punished. Someone asked, "So just to be clear, you think we should execute homosexuals?" Esk responded, "I think we would be totally in the right to do it. That goes against some parts of libertarianism, I realize, and I'm largely libertarian, but ignoring as a nation things that are worthy of death is very remiss." Later, he did say that he has no plans try to make that law, but he does have huge moral misgivings about quote "those kinds of sins."
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