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1 Teen Dead, 1 Critically Injured After Fall From Roof In Bushwick

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One teen is dead and one was left in critical condition after they fell from a roof in Bushwick, Brooklyn Friday.

The teens fell from an apartment building at 57 Grove St. in Brooklyn just before 6 p.m., police said.

One of the teens was pronounced dead at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, and one was in critical condition, police sources said.

It is believed the teens were jumping from building to building and fell from the roof, sources said.

The teens have not been identified, and it does not appear that they were carrying IDs.

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Several Cars Damaged In Car Fire On East Side

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A line of parked cars caught fire one by one Friday in Midtown East.

As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, cellphone video showed the block-long inferno. Flames stretched down the north side of 58th Street near Second Avenue, consuming car after car.

Seven cars were reduced to toasted shells of what they once had been. One of the vehicles that was destroyed was George Attard’s brand new minivan.

“I got a call from my doorman who said, ‘Your car is on fire,’” Attard said. “Everything started from the van – from the plumbing van.”

The work van where the fire started belongs to Gold’s Plumbing. Its driver told investigators he had just pulled over on 58th Street between First and Second avenues around 9 a.m.

A smoky, mechanical problem forced him out of the van. And then came a boom, followed by the fire that snaked along a trail of leaking fuel downhill.

“The gasoline ran under the cars and I guess cars went on fire,” Attard said.

Residents of the apartment building closest to the burned out vehicles were inside. They heard explosions and went to the windows, took out cell phones and took video.

“They had to break windows to put the fire out,” said Mike McNenny.

McNenny shot video from his seventh-floor apartment window.

“I was kind of like a little bit scared, like, well I wonder if the building’s, going to, you know, like, go on fire,” he said. “But like I said, the Fire Department did a good job.”

“I looked out the window, saw cars on fire, and I came right downstairs,” added Julie Leventhal. “Luckily. everybody was OK.”

Leventhal said the shock only briefly rocked neighbors. No one was hurt, and the block quickly reopened to traffic.

CBS2 has made calls to the owners of Gold’s Plumbing for comment. They had not called back late Friday afternoon.

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Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote

Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to create GOP consensus around replacement bill in stunning defeat for Donald Trump

Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.

After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans were forced to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.

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Lawmakers Say Votes Aren’t There For Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump.

That’s the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan met with the president at the White House to deliver the sobering news.

Separately, Vice President Mike Pence was meeting near the Capitol with recalcitrant members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in a last-ditch effort to secure support.

Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., told reporters, “As of right now, I’m not sure that we are across the finish line. We’ve still got three or four hours and there’s still discussions happening.”

Ahead of the vote, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said during his daily briefing Friday that  ” at this point it’s not a question of negotiating anymore it’s understanding the greater good that’s at hand. There’s not question in my mind at least that the president and the team here have left everything on the field.”

Earlier Friday, Republicans pushed the GOP health care overhaul past an initial procedural hurdle in the House.

The early vote inserted changes into the measure that leaders hoped would win over unhappy Republicans. It would improve Medicaid benefits for some older and handicapped people and abolish coverage requirements President Barack Obama’s 2010 law imposes on insurers.

The president has threatened to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the House vote on the Republican replacement plan fails on Friday.

Ahead of a make-or-break vote, Trump called the GOP proposal “a great plan,” tweeting Friday that, “after seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!”

In a second tweet, Trump told lawmakers who oppose abortion that a vote against the health care bill would favor Planned Parenthood.

“The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” he said.

In a bid to coax support from conservatives, House leaders had proposed a fresh amendment repealing Obama’s requirement that insurers cover 10 specified services like maternity, prescription drugs and mental health care.

Conservatives have demanded the removal of those and other conditions the law imposes on insurers, arguing they drive up premiums.

“Essential benefits are not being done away with,” Rep. Peter Sessions (R-Texas) said. “They’re being transferred entirely to states. States have asked for the ability to manage their own money and manage their own people’s benefits.”

At a Capitol meeting late Thursday, top White House officials told GOP lawmakers that Trump had decided the time for talk was over.

“For seven and a half years we have been promising the American people that we will repeal and replace this broken law because it’s collapsing and it’s failing families,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

In an embarrassing setback hours earlier, party leaders abruptly postponed the vote because a rebellion by both conservatives and moderates would have doomed it.

The House went back into session Thursday night as some members made last-minute pleas. Behind closed doors, the negotiations are said to have included an added series of amendments in hopes of making it more appealing to moderate and conservative Republicans.

But the bill has been a tough sell for some Republicans holdouts.

“I thought the bill misses the mark and that’s why I’ve taken the position I’ve taken,” Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said.

Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan told CNN that seniors would suffer and taxes could go up because of last-minute Medicaid cuts.

“There’s no reason to rush through it,” he said. “I would rather get it right than get it done fast.”

New Jersey Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who chairs the U.S. House appropriations committee, said the health overhaul bill is “unacceptable.”

Frelinghuysen said that he wants to support legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, but that the legislation would place “significant new costs and barriers to care” on his constituents.

He joins three other Republicans from New Jersey opposed to the health care overhaul bill. Reps. Frank LoBiondo, Leonard Lance and Chris Smith say they plan to vote no.

“On the bill that we are debating today and voting on today, I am a no,” Lance said. “I don’t think this will lower insurance premiums.”

LoBiondo on Twitter reiterated that he will vote no on the measure and says he “won’t be arm-twisted” to support it and asked people to stop “calling hourly.”

He said that changes made by GOP leadership Thursday night strengthened his no vote and that changes to the essential benefit section would be a big issue for his southern New Jersey district.

A spokeswoman for the other Republican in the state’s delegation, Rep. Tom MacArthur, says he still plans to vote yes.

There was no evidence that leaders had nailed down sufficient support to prevail. But they seemed to be calculating that Republicans would not want to deal Trump a crushing defeat.

“Rookie’s error, Donald Trump,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. “You may be a great negotiator — rookie’s error for bringing this up on a day when clearly you’re not ready.”

No Democrats are expected to vote for the bill, so Republicans cannot lose more than about 22 votes from their own members if they expect it to pass.

“This thing has been a mess from beginning to end,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass). “Now I know our president prides himself on his negotiating skills, but this seems like ‘the art of no deal’ to me.”

One of the architects of the Republican plan offered reassurance, saying whatever clears the House is subject to change, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported.

“Well it leaves you with the opportunity for the Senate to modify it and change it as they see fit,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. “If there are significant changes, it goes to a conference committee. This is the legislative process.”

The original vote was scheduled to take place on the seven year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Putin welcomes Le Pen to Moscow with a nudge and a wink

Much like with the Trump allegations, the Kremlin denies any meddling in the French election while simultaneously revelling in the suggestion

The expression said it all. Even by Vladimir Putin’s standards, it was a knowing smirk of epic proportions as he shook hands with Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday.

Related: Putin tells Le Pen Russia has no plans to meddle in French election

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Trump calls out Republicans on abortion to try to sway healthcare vote

President mocks hard-right Freedom Caucus for being insufficiently anti-abortion by blocking healthcare bill, which would defund Planned Parenthood

Donald Trump tried to rally reluctant conservatives on Friday morning as the Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act stood on the verge of potential defeat.

But the author of The Art of the Deal employed an unconventional negotiating strategy – mocking conservatives for being insufficiently anti-abortion.

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WFAN Fantasy Baseball Podcast: We Have Tips For Your Draft

NEW YORK (WFAN) — For everything fantasy baseball, you’ve come to the right place.

Fresh off Evan Roberts’ WFAN Fantasy Baseball draft, fellow host John Jastremski (JJ after Dark) and producers Tommy Lugauer (reigning champion of Evan’s league) and Pete Hoffman (runner-up) are here to offer expert advice and tips on how you should approach your upcoming drafts.

The boys discuss major fantasy baseball topics such as who to avoid in the early rounds, which positions are the deepest, how you should handle selecting injured players, and when you should start reaching on young talent.

Of course JJ, Tommy, and Pete also reveal a few value picks and their favorite sleepers that need to be owned in all fantasy leagues.

Finally, the guys focus on the Mets and Yankees. Who are the local players that need to be owned or need to be skipped over on draft day? Listen below to find out.

You can follow the guys and get more fantasy tips throughout the year  — @john_jastremski, @tommylugauer, @thehoffWFAN

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