National news: Terrorist plot in Illinois, Medicare changes, NYC explosion


House approves changes to Medicare

The House of Representatives approved a bill March 27 that will make changes to the Medicare program. The bill establishes a new way of paying doctors, increases premiums for some beneficiaries and extends a popular health insurance program for children, according to a New York Times article. This new legislation was approved in the House with a 392-37 vote. The passage of the bill was brought about by a rare agreement negotiated by Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. President Obama has expressed his approval of the bill, which now awaits a Senate vote.

FBI foils terrorist plot in Illinois

The FBI prevented Illinois Army National Guardsman Hasan Rasheed Edmonds from traveling abroad to fight alongside ISIS in Libya and also headed off an attack by the soldier’s cousin Jonas Marcel Edmonds, who was planning an ambush on a U.S. military installation. Hasan Edmonds was taken into custody while trying to make it through Chicago Midway International Airport, and Jonas Edmonds was taken into custody at his home, a Washington Post article indicated. Both men will be charged with conspiring to provide material support for a terrorist organization.

19 injured, 2 missing after New York City gas explosion

After an explosion in New York City East Village, 19 people were left injured, four critically. Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, said that the fire was most likely caused by a gas explosion during plumbing and gas work on Thursday, March 26. The fire overwhelmed three of the surrounding buildings, including a sushi restaurant. A New York Times article reported that at least two people were unaccounted for as of March 27. One of the missing Nicholas Figueroa was suspected to be dining at the establishment, and the second missing person is believed to be Moises Ismael Locón Yac, a busboy.

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