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Two Jax men indicted on human trafficking charges

Two Jacksonville men have been indicted by a grand jury of human trafficking charges.

The first indictment charges 23-year-old Clive Nelson with commercial sex trafficking of a female minor last year.

The second charges 29-year-old Erick Brooks of commerical sex trafficking of an adult woman by use of force.

Both men could spend the rest of their lives in prison, if convicted.

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  • President Donald Trump has used his traditional pipeline to the people to help gain support for his plan to abolish Obamacare. >> Read more trending news  Hours before the vote is set to begin, Trump posted a video that spells out what he says were lies given to the American people when the Affordable Care Act went into existence while not explaining what his proposed American Health Care Act, or AHCA, does. Trump also encourages people to call lawmakers to show their support of AHCA. NBC News reported that he does not have enough votes to pass the AHCA, but negotiations went into the night. The House is scheduled to vote on the plan Thursday. 
  • 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 billThe 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.1. Justin Amash, R-Mich. 2. Dave Brat, R-Va.3. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. 4. Rod Blum, R-Iowa5. Ted Budd, R-N.C. 6. Rick Crawford, R-Ark.7. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio8. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.9. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.10. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y.11. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. 12. Tom Garrett, R-Va. 13. Louie Gohmert, R-Tx. 14. Paul Gosar, R-Az. 15. Andy Harris, R-Md. 16. Walter Jones, R-N.C. 17. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio18. John Katko, R-N.J. 19. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho 20. Leonard Lance, R-N.J. 21. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J.22. Thomas Massie, R-Ky.23. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.24. Scott Perry, R-Pa. 25. Bill Posey, R-Fl.26. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fl. 27. Chris Smith (R-NJ)28. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa. 29. Robert Wittman, R-Va. 30. Ted Yoho, R-Fl. 31. 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.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. (This post will be updated when the time for the vote gets near. Check back here during the day).
  • 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 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: A man mowed down several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer who was guarding the Parliament building. The attacker crashed near Parliament before getting out of the car armed with a knife and attacking the officer, identified as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, Rowley said. Palmer, a former soldier who spent 15 years with London police, died as a result of the attack. Rowley said he worked in the police department’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. Police opened fire on the  attacker, killing him. Police Cmdr. B.J. Harrington said authorities got multiple calls about the incident, including one about a woman in the River Thames. Authorities believe that she might have been on the bridge during the attack.  Four people died and at least 40 people were injured in the attack, Rowley said.  In a news conference Wednesday night, Rowley said the slain included three civilians. He later confirmed that only two civilians -- a woman in her mid-40s and a man in his mid-50s -- were killed. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints confirmed Thursday that a Utah man was killed in the attack. In a statement released to KSL, family members identified him as Kurt W. Cochran. Those injured in the bridge attack included three police officers who were on the way back from a commendation ceremony. French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed on social media that French students were also among the injured. The students, between 15 and 16 years old, were visiting from Concarneau High School in Brittany, French newspaper Le Telegramme reported. The Islamic State group on Thursday claimed responsibility for the London attack, Reuters reported. 'The perpetrator of the attacks yesterday in front of the British parliament in London is an Islamic State soldier and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of the coalition,' the group said in a statement through Aamaq, according to Reuters. Police said Wednesday that they were treating the situation as terrorist-related “until we know otherwise.” An unidentified European security official told The Associated Press that chatter increased Tuesday on jihadi networks in response to the United Kingdom’s decision to ban electronics aboard flights from some Muslim-majority countries. The United States has adopted a similar measure. The attack took place on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Brussels Airport bombing. >> Related: Brussels terror attacks: What we know now The attacker was known to police and is believed to have acted alone, British Prime Minister Theresa May said in an address to the House of Commons. 'What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that -- some years ago -- he was once investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism,' May said. 'The case is historic -- he was not part of the current intelligence picture.' Police have arrested 8 people as part of a Westminster attack counter-terrorism investigation, investigators said Thursday. Rowley said Wednesday that police had searched six homes and launched inquiries in Birmingham, London and other parts of the country. “Hundreds of detectives have been working through the night,' he said. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. American officials are monitoring the situation. May condemned the “sick and depraved” attack and vowed that British spirit would not be broken by violence and terror in a statement Wednesday. “Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal,” she said. “And Londoners -- and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city -- will get up and go about their day as normal. “They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives. And we will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”
  • Why did a Texas teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student smile in her mugshot? Her lawyer has offered an explanation. According to Dallas-Fort Worth's KXAS, Jason Nassour, attorney for Lockhart High School anatomy teacher Sarah Fowlkes, said she was grinning because she's innocent. >> On Statesman.com: Lockhart High teacher accused of improper relationship with student 'This isn't a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught,' Nassour told KXAS. 'When everything's fleshed out, it won't be as it appears.' Lockhart police began investigating the incident March 10 after a school administrator reported that 'an educator at the school may be having an inappropriate relationship with a currently enrolled student,' according to the arrest affidavit. A 17-year-old student claimed that Fowlkes, 27, touched his genitals and that he 'made contact with the defendant's breasts,' the affidavit said. >> See the affidavit here Fowlkes was arrested on a charge of 'improper relationship between educator and student,' police said. The school district also suspended Fowlkes, The Austin American-Statesman reported. 'Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly,' Lockhart Superintendent Susan Bohn said in a statement, the American-Statesman reported. 'The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child.' Bohn also alerted parents about the arrest and suspension in an email, the American-Statesman reported. >> PREVIOUS STORY: Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot  Nassour told KXAS that Fowlkes 'was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence.' >> Read more trending news According to the American-Statesman, Fowlkes, who taught anatomy and physiology and environmental systems at Lockhart High, previously taught science and social studies at Plum Creek Elementary School. The Houston Chronicle, citing Fowlkes' social media accounts, reported that she has been married since 2013. Watch next: Parent upset with kindergarten teacher who used Ouija board in class
  • A nail salon in Tennessee allegedly tried to cash in on people’s weight.  Deshania Ferguson said she was appalled after seeing this sign at Memphis nail salon: “Sorry. But if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!” the sign read. The owner of the alleged salon said the sign was not placed anywhere on his property despite the similarities between his business and the space seen in the photo. He told WREG that he didn’t put the sign up but he considered doing so, as he doesn’t want to provide pedicures to severely overweight customers. Son Nguyen said it is harder for his technicians to give heavier people pedicures and that they’ve broken chairs in the past, WREG reported. He said broken chairs have cost up to $2,500. The salon isn’t only specific in their practices regarding  weight. Nguyen told WREG his salon, which has been running for nine years, charges men an extra $5 because they don’t come as often.   Read more at WREG.  Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

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