July 25, 2014 in Nation/World

In brief: Tornado tears through campground killing two

 

Cape Charles, Va. – The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.

A tree fell on a New Jersey couple’s tent, killing them, and their 13-year-old son in a tent next to them suffered life-threatening injuries. About three dozen other people were hurt, with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones to more serious.

“All hell broke loose,” said Joe Colony, who has been coming to Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort campground along the Chesapeake Bay for 30 years. “We got an emergency message on a cellphone and within 30 seconds, the thing hit and it blew down 40, 50 trees in the park.”

About 1,300 people were at the campground.

House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

Washington – Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written.

The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed.

Republicans say the lawsuit is necessary because Obama is exceeding his authority as president by failing to carry out legislation that Congress passed and he signed into law.

Democrats swiftly countered that the suit is a political maneuver designed to improve Republican prospects in the November elections. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said constitutional law experts have said the suit is without merit.

Even so, Democrats conceded that majority Republicans have enough votes to prevail when the measure comes to a scheduled vote in the next few days.

Republicans have long claimed that Obama has selectively enforced the health care law. The administration disputes that view.


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