10 things to know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. HOUSE GOP MOVES TO PASS BUDGET, START TAX DEBATE
House Republicans focus squarely on tax cuts rather than deficit discipline as they look to shoehorn a GOP budget plan through the House.
2. TRUMP COY ON LONG-SECRET JFK ASSASSINATION FILES
The president is caught between students of the killing who want every scrap of information out on that crucible of history and intelligence agencies that are said to be counseling restraint.
3. THAILAND GRIEVES IN FINAL GOODBYE TO MONARCH
Black-clad Thais give a solemn farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, capping a year of mourning with funeral ceremonies steeped in centuries of tradition.
4. BELGIAN DOCTORS CLASH OVER EUTHANASIA FOR MENTALLY ILL
The dispute highlights how difficult it can be to judge whose pain should end in death, as methods for assisted dying become more readily available, documents obtained by AP reveal.
5. VIOLENCE ERUPTS DURING KENYAN ELECTION
At least one person is killed as police fire bullets and tear gas at stone-throwing protesters in some opposition areas during the repeat presidential balloting.
6. IRAQI PM DISMISSES KURDS’ PROPOSAL
Haider al-Abadi dismisses an offer from Kurdish leaders to “freeze” the results of their independence vote last month as skirmishes break out near the border with Turkey.
7. KEY DAY IN STANDOFF BETWEEN SPAIN, CATALONIA REGION
Regardless if the Catalan president formally declares independence, Spain is poised to remove Catalonia’s cabinet, a first in four decades of democracy.
8. DEADLY EXPLOSION AT INDONESIA FACTORY
A blast and raging fire at a firecracker factory near Jakarta collapses the roof and kills dozens, police say.
9. TRUMP TO TACKLE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
The president plans to officially declare the crisis a national emergency and will give his administration the “power to do things that you can’t do right now.”
10. GAME 2 AN ‘INSTANT CLASSIC’
George Springer’s two-run homer in the 11th inning — one of a World Series-record eight home runs — lifted the Astros to a 7-6 win over the Dodgers to even the Series at a game apiece.