GOP CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MARK HARRIS SAY WOMEN SHOULDN'T TRY TO BE INDEPENDENT: Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, a former Baptist pastor, once delivered a sermon questioning whether a career was the "healthiest pursuit" for women. n the sermon, Harris, then pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, spoke about "God's plan for biblical womanhood" and barriers to it. "In our culture today, girls are taught from grade school . . . that what is most honorable in life is a career, and their ultimate goal in life is simply to be able to grow up and be independent of anyone or anything," he said. "But nobody has seemed to ask the question that I think is critically important to ask: Is that a healthy pursuit for society? Is that the healthiest pursuit for our homes? . . . Is that the healthiest pursuit for the sexes in our generation?"
STRICT MARRIAGE ENDED IN MURDER-SUICIDE FOR RALEIGH COUPLE: Ashley Lauren Talarico, 30, was fatally shot before her husband, Nicholas Robert Talarico, 34, turned the gun on himself, according to Raleigh police. The couple's two children were apparently not at home when the incident occurred. Alba Simino, the mother of Ashley Talarico, spoke to WRAL News Thursday about the couple's relationship, which apparently was troubled. "She was petrified of him, and she didn't ask for help," Simino said. "She was scared. She was scared to ask for help." Simino said she is only now finding out about the harsher side of her daughter's marriage – a revelation that didn't come in time to save her daughter. Simino said her daughter apparently confided in friends about her plans to leave her husband, but family members were kept at a distance. "He has always been very controlling," Simino said, "and would never let her out of his sight (and) pushed us further and further away."
ENVIRONMENTALISTS BREATHE SIGH OF RELIEF OVER SCOTT PRUITT'S RESIGNATION FROM EPA: During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as "the environmental left." Those groups quickly applauded his departure. "Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history," said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. "His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten." Like Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science and was a fierce critic of the Paris climate agreement. The president cheered his EPA chief's moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.
TRUMP'S TRADE WARS COULD BRING ABOUT ANOTHER RECESSION: Escalating tariffs would likely raise prices for consumers, inflate costs for companies that rely on imported parts, rattle financial markets, cause some layoffs and slow business investment as executives wait to see whether the Trump administration can reach a truce with Beijing. The damage would threaten to undo many of the economic benefits of last year's tax cuts. A full-fledged trade war, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and elsewhere warn, risks tipping the U.S. economy into recession. And those caught in the initial line of fire — U.S. farmers facing tariffs on their exports to China, for instance — are already hunkered down and fearing the worst. The price of U.S. soybeans has plunged 17 percent over the past month on fears that Chinese tariffs will cut off American farmers from a market that buys about 60 percent of their soybean exports.
U.S. ARMY BEGINS QUIETLY DISCHARGING IMMIGRANT RECRUITS WHO WERE PROMISED CITIZENSHIP: Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures. “It was my dream to serve in the military,” said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. “Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military.” Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them.