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June 26, 2017

First Line News Articles for Monday, June 26 2017

National

Senate announces probe of Loretta Lynch behavior in 2016 election

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday.

Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit status due to budget

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

Refugee arrivals down drastically under Trump: DHS

The number of refugees entering the U.S. decreased by nearly half during President Trump’s first three months in office, newly released immigration data reveal.

Price backs Senate health care bill, admits getting votes will be tough

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued Sunday the Senate’s recently released health care bill will significantly improve the current Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare, and will include protection of Americans’ medical coverage, but acknowledged having to “thread a needle” to get the measure passed.

Top Democrat slams Obama administration’s response to Russian hacks

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Sunday criticized the administration of former President Barack Obama for not taking earlier and tougher action against Russia for its alleged hacks aimed at swaying the Nov. 8 election for Donald Trump.

Crowd catches teen falling from park ride; no serious injury

A teenager fell about 25 feet (about 8 meters) from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, tumbling into a crowd of park guests and employees gathered below to catch her before she hit the ground.

TARP’s final price tag is $33 billion: CBO

The government’s TARP bailout, meant to rescue Wall Street and the auto industry from the 2008 crash, will end up costing taxpayers a net $33 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday.

Southern Utah wildfire grows, crews make slight gains

A southern Utah wildfire has grown more, reaching 62.7 square miles (162.4 square kilometers) by Saturday night.

Ohio governor’s website among government sites apparently hacked on Sunday

The Ohio governor’s website was apparently hacked on Sunday, along with the state’s prison system’s website.

Cindy Causes Minor Flooding Across South as Rain Continues

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy covered timberland and fields across the rural Deep South on Saturday, but the sun peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst was over.