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June 26, 2014
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Acts of charity are usually good for the public image of the wealthy, but one Chinese tycoon is experiencing an onslaught of backlash after tricking the homeless into thinking he was giving them money.

Chen Guangbiao, a recycling entrepreneur and founder of Jiangsu Huangpu Renewable Resources Limited Company, took hundreds of homeless New Yorkers, who were shelter residents at the New York City Rescue Mission, to elite Central Park restaurant The Loeb Boathouse on Wednesday. He treated them to lunch and even serenaded them with a rendition of "We are the World."

However, things quickly went downhill when Guangbiao waved wads of cash in front of the guests but refused to give them any. The Associated Press reports that shelter officials urged Chen not to give the homeless cash, as many of them are being treated for addictions.

When the homeless found out they wouldn't be receiving the money in front of them, they began yelling. Other homeless residents outside the restaurant joined in as well, calling Guangbiao a "liar" and a "con man."

Guangbiao, whose estimated worth is $750 million, will have to do some damage control to make up for the debacle, but it shouldn't be too hard: The AP also reports that his business card claims he's the "most charismatic philanthropist of China." Meghan DeMaria

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Honolulu on Thursday became the first major city in the United States to make it illegal for people to look at their phones and other electronic devices while walking across the street.

The bill will take effect on October 25, and also bans people from peering down at digital cameras, pagers, and laptops. The first time a person is cited, they'll be fined up to $35, and it goes up from there to $75 for a second offense in the same year. "Sometimes I wish there were laws that we didn't have to pass — that perhaps common sense would prevail," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said, "but sometimes we lack common sense."

The bill was introduced by a council member who told BuzzFeed News high schoolers in his district were concerned about their peers paying more attention to their phones than their whereabouts while walking along busy streets. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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A man on an Alaskan cruise killed his wife and tried to throw her body over the balcony, FBI documents released Thursday state.

The man, 39-year-old Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was found Tuesday night with blood all over him and his cabin on the Emerald Princess ship, and has been charged with murder. The FBI, which is handling the investigation because it took place in U.S. waters, said in its documents an unidentified man entered the cabin and saw Manzanares' wife, Kristy Manzanares, also 39, on the floor, with a major head wound. The man asked Kenneth Manzanares what happened, and Manzanares replied, "She would not stop laughing at me." The man also said Manzanares tried to drag his wife's body out of the room onto the balcony, but the man stopped him, the documents state.

Manzanares was detained by a ship security officer, and held in a cabin while the boat was rerouted to Juneau. Kristy Manzanares' company, Summit Sotheby's International Realty in St. George, Utah, told The Associated Press Manzanares was "a dedicated and loving mother who juggled her business schedule to make her children a top priority." Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released the text of the GOP's "skinny repeal" health-care bill, which has been named the Health Care Freedom Act.

The amendment would repeal ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates for eight years, increase contribution limits to health savings accounts for three years, repeal a tax on medical devices for three years, defund Planned Parenthood for a year, and allow states to request waivers from benefits mandated by ObamaCare.

Although the proposal was just released, and several Republicans said they don't like the bill, a final vote is expected late Thursday or early Friday. Earlier in the evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said his chamber is open to a conference committee to work on the bill. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday that being publicly berated by President Trump multiple times over the last week has been "kind of hurtful."

Trump has been blunt in his criticism, saying he is disappointed in Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and saying "time will tell" if Sessions gets fired from his job, but Sessions told Carlson he still thinks he "made the right decision." Sessions said he doesn't plan to resign, but knows he serves "at the pleasure of the president. If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it. But I do believe that we are making tremendous progress."

Sessions was one of Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters, and he told Carlson the pair have yet to sit down and work things out, but "people have talked about it at the White House." Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released a statement Thursday evening saying the House is open to working with the Senate to come up with a health-care bill to repeal ObamaCare, but the "burden remains on the Senate to demonstrate that it is capable of passing something that keeps our promise, as the House has already done."

His statement came after Republicans Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.) shared their concerns over the Republicans' "skinny repeal" bill, which it is believed would get rid of ObamaCare's individual and employer mandate and medical device tax; the text has not been released yet. The senators said they were worried if the bill passes in the Senate, it would go to the House without the two chambers coming together to amend it.

This week, Senate Republicans tried to pass a bill that would immediately replace ObamaCare and another that repealed it over two years, and the "skinny repeal" is their latest attempt to get a bill through without needing to have the House approve it as well. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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On Thursday, the Senate voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea.

The House passed the bill earlier this week, 419-3. The legislation would force President Trump to consult Congress before he lifts any sanctions, and he has not indicated if he will sign it. Incoming White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN Thursday morning Trump "may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians."

The bill is in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and comes amid several investigations around alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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The man tasked with leading the communications effort out of the White House isn't apologizing for his vulgar, expletive-laced rant against two of President Trump's closest advisers.

During a phone conversation Wednesday night, Anthony Scaramucci, the incoming White House communications director, unleashed on unsuspecting New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza his uncensored opinions on Trump's chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, and chief of staff, Reince Priebus. The conversation was not off the record, Lizza said, which is why he published an article Thursday evening with details of the call — at one point, Scaramucci said, "I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own c—k," and called Priebus a "f—king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac."

Not long after the piece went up, Scaramucci tweeted, "I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda. #MAGA." Scaramucci may not want to tell Priebus and Bannon he's sorry for what he said, but he needs to apologize to the American people for putting certain images in their heads. Catherine Garcia

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