Things you should know today: 7/13/2017


New McConnell health bill contains plan sought by Sen. Cruz

J. Scott Applewhite
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., second from left, and others, participates in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In the latest attempt to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to terms set forth by Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah hasn’t been involved in the crafting of the latest version of the amendment.

US charging 412 in health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion

Jacquelyn Martin
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, speaks about opioid addiction during a news conference, Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

U.S. prosecutors have charged over 400 people with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams. Consequences are steep for the doctors, nurses and facilities involved.

Macron: Talks with Trump are ‘obvious and indispensable’

French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes U.S President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French President Emmanuel Macron met with U.S. President Donald Trump Thursday to “find common ground on security, defense and other issues.” After the president’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord and the summit held in Germany last week, efforts are still being made to find some common ground with the U.S.

‘America’s Got Talent’ pays tribute to contestant who passed away


“America’s Got Talent” aired contest Brandon Rogers audition on Tuesday after he died in a car crash a month before on June 11. The show aired the audition at the request of the family to honor his memory.


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