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  • A family says someone burglarized their home Tuesday. and left the home’s front door wide open. Now, the family’s dog, Maggie, is missing. The family believes she ran off. 'It was wide open when we walked in,' Ashley Byrd told WSB-TV. >> Read more trending news The unnerving sight of a pried-open door greeted Byrd and her husband Tuesday after burglars broke into their home in Tucker, Georgia, and stole TVs, iPads and jewelry. But most heartbreaking for the family was that the burglars left the door open and now the family's dog Maggie is missing. 'She's 14. She's never been outside without a leash and a human. And with last night's storms, I can only imagine how scary that would have been for her,' Byrd said. Byrd is expecting a baby boy in a few months. She says the hole that has been left by Maggie's absence is devastating. 'We're so excited about everything that is to come this year and this puts a damper on that, at least temporarily,' she said. Byrd is posting fliers around town and offering a reward for Maggie's safe return, in hopes that her family can be complete once her baby boy arrives. 'We don't know if she went willingly out on her own or there were other circumstances,” Byrd said. “I'd like to think that she's out there hunting for us while people are hunting for her,' Byrd said. 'We need her back and we would love any help to get her home.
  • Four people died and at least 40 others were injured Wednesday when a man rammed into several pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before attacking a police officer stationed outside the British Parliament, police said. >> Read more trending news Mark Rowley, national head of counter-terrorism and policing for London metropolitan police and acting deputy commissioner, said the attacker and a police officer who he stabbed were among those killed. The Islamic State group claimed through its Aamaq news agency on Thursday that the attacker, who  was identified by police as British-born man Khalid Masood, was “an Islamic State soldier,” according to multiple reports. Police were called at 2:40 p.m. GMT to respond to reports of a “firearms incident” at the bridge, just down the street from Parliament’s home at the Palace of Westminster, London metropolitan police said. Here’s what we know so far:
  • The Republican bill that is set to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is scheduled for a vote Thursday, as President Donald Trump and leaders in the House scramble to secure enough support for the measure to pass. The American Health Care Act could be dead on arrival at the House, however, as a number of Republican lawmakers are saying they intend to vote “no” on the bill. The bill would repeal and replace some of the Affordable Care Act, shifting the way millions of Americans fund their health care needs. It would also mean that millions would be left without the health care they gained under the ACA, or Obamacare. Here’s a look at the AHCA and what is scheduled to happen today. What does the bill do? According to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), the AHCA will retain some of the features of the ACA – insurers would still be required to cover customers with pre-existing conditions, for instance – but would take a sharp turn on others. The bill would eliminate the requirement that a person have health insurance. It would also give larger companies a break by saying they are no longer required to provide coverage for employees. It will allow insurers to charge older Americans higher health care premiums. The bill keeps the ACA provision that allows children to stay on a parent’s plan until they turn 26, but it cuts the amount of tax credits that are in place for those buying insurance, and reduces Medicaid spending in the states. In addition, it provides fewer funds for subsidies. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the new bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion during the next 10 years, but cost 24 million Americans their coverage over the next decade. Will it pass? That’s to be seen. Early on Thursday, it was not looking like Republicans had enough votes among their membership for the bill to pass. Republicans need 216 votes to move the bill to the Senate. That means they can lose no more than 21 of their current 237 votes. If they lose 22 votes the result would be a 215 to 215 tie. If the vote is a tie, the bill fails. Who is on the fence? That count has varied over the past two days, but as of 7 a.m. on Thursday, here’s a list compiled from several sources of legislators who say they are leaning toward voting “no” on the bill. Justin Amash, R-Mich.  Dave Brat, R-Va. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.  Rod Blum, R-Iowa Ted Budd, R-N.C.  Rick Crawford, R-Ark. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio Charlie Dent, R-Pa. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.  Tom Garrett, R-Va.  Louie Gohmert, R-Tx.  Paul Gosar, R-Az.  Andy Harris, R-Md.  Walter Jones, R-N.C.  Jim Jordan, R-Ohio John Katko, R-N.J.  Raul Labrador, R-Idaho  Leonard Lance, R-N.J.  Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. Scott Perry, R-Pa.  Bill Posey, R-Fl. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fl.  Chris Smith (R-NJ) Glenn Thompson, R-Pa.  Robert Wittman, R-Va.  Ted Yoho, R-Fl.  David Young, R-Iowa (Sources: CBS News; Huffington Post; Twitter; The Associated Press) The House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative Republicans, many of whom identify with the Tea Party, will meet with the president at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Some votes could change after that meeting.  (Update: The Associated Press reports at 1:30 p.m. ET that the “House Freedom Caucus chairman says 'no deal'was  reached on health bill after meeting with Trump, putting vote in doubt.”) If it does pass, what then? If the bill passes the House, it moves to the Senate where Senators will have a chance to add to, or subtract from the bill. If the bill gets to a vote on the floor of the Senate, Republicans will face a similar close margin when it comes to passage. Republicans have a 52-48 advantage in the Senate, so they could lose only two GOP votes and still pass the bill. Like the NFL, nothing ends in a tie in the Senate. If the vote happened to be 50-50, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote. If it doesn’t pass, what then? Another bill could be introduced to either fully repeal the ACA, or to offer something like the bill that is up for a vote Thursday, but with some modifications. When is the vote?  There is no set time for the vote yet. Meetings will be happening throughout the day prior to a call for the vote. The vote could also be delayed for another time, but Ryan has said that wouldn’t happen. (Update: The vote has been moved to Friday, or possibly beyond. This post will be updated when the time for the vote gets near. Check back here during the day Friday).
  • A New York man threw his girlfriend’s dog from the balcony of a seventh-floor apartment last week during an argument in Queens, killing the 12-year-old pug, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending stories New York police told WPIX that Yuk Cheung, 35, threw his girlfriend’s dog from an apartment building on 40th Road on Friday. The dog fell about 70 feet to its death, the news station reported. Police arrested Cheung on Tuesday, according to records from the New York City Department of Correction. Cheung’s girlfriend told police that the couple argued after she asked him “why he keeps coming back” to her apartment, according to the New York Post. Authorities charged Cheung with animal cruelty and possession of a controlled substance. He remained jailed Thursday.
  • After hours of negotiations that featured personal intervention by President Donald Trump, Republican leaders in the Congress were forced to back off a planned vote on a GOP health care bill, unable to find enough votes approve it and send it on to the Senate for further work. While House leaders said votes were possible on Friday, there was no final agreement to vote on, as more conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus refused to get on board with a deal offered by the White House. “We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the chair of the Freedom Caucus. “I am still a no at this time,” Meadows told a crush of reporters. “I am desperately trying to get to yes.” Rep. Mark Meadows: “I am still a no at this time. I am desperately trying to get to yes” https://t.co/cQi0OGdJGY — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 23, 2017 Other Freedom Caucus members said very little as they exited a Congressional hearing room after a two hour meeting on the health bill, leaving Meadows to get out the message. “No comment,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). “Mark’s got everything,” referring to Meadows. “You know I’m not going express the substance of anything that we talked about in there,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) said as reporters trailed him down the hall. Earlier at the White House, there had been optimism after a meeting between Freedom Caucus members and the President. Lengthy standing ovation from the Freedom Caucus when @POTUS walked into the Cabinet Room just now. Big momentum toward #RepealAndReplace. pic.twitter.com/N1FLGAVFMN — Cliff Sims (@CSims45) March 23, 2017 But, there was no deal.

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