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  • The family of a missing 85 year-old Navy veteran who went missing in Daytona Beach confirms his body was found on Monday. The Daytona Beach Police Department said a decomposing body was found near a home on Fairmont Road, which is only blocks away from the Indigo Palms assisted living facility where Harold Cantrell disappeared from on July 5. His family says he served in the Korea War and now has Alzheimer’s disease. The body was found behind a home belonging to Calvin Davis Jr., who told WFTV he noticed a foul stench in his backyard for a while but didn’t know what it was.  He said his neighbor and daughter went back to investigate and found the body caught up in the wire fence in his backyard. Horold Cantrell’s family had organized numerous search parties over the past few weeks. Police are now working with the medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.
  • A day before a key procedural vote on a GOP health care bill, President Donald Trump urged Republican Senators to follow through on their campaign pledge of the last seven years to get rid of the Obama health law, declaring that the time has come for the GOP to move ahead on the issue. “So far Senate Republicans have not done their job in ending the Obamacare nightmare,” the President said during an afternoon health care event at the White House. “Every Republican promised immediate relief,” the President reminded GOP Senators of their campaign pledges, saying it’s time for Republicans to fulfill their promise to “repeal and replace” the Obama health law. Trump on Obamacare: 'Every pledge that Washington Democrats made to pass that bill turned out to be a lie. It was a big, fat, ugly lie.' pic.twitter.com/MobkUMxRL1 — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 24, 2017 Before his remarks, Mr. Trump had met with voters from Ohio and West Virginia, states where Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) have been on the fence about supporting emerging GOP plans in the Senate. “Any Senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, which is what it is,” the President said. “This is their chance to keep their promise. Over and over again, they said, repeal and replace, repeal and replace,” the President added, leaning on undecided Republicans. “There is still time to do the right thing,” Mr. Trump said, arguing it’s time to keep this campaign promise. GOP leaders meanwhile were signaling that it was full-speed-ahead on a Tuesday vote on the ‘motion to proceed’ – basically, a vote on whether to officially begin debate. Cornyn says 'there will be a vote tomorrow' on the motion to proceed to the health care bill. — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 24, 2017 It still wasn’t apparent on Monday afternoon whether GOP leaders would actually have a majority of votes to begin debate – as the absence of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), recently diagnosed with brain cancer, could leave Republicans just short of victory. But also clouding the Senate calculus was the unknown of what GOP leaders would offer to the bill in terms of policy changes, as top Republicans are still evaluating the final details of a plan to be offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. tfw you've spent seven years attacking Dems for not being transparent about what was in Obamacare pic.twitter.com/JMmE8Forih — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 24, 2017 But for now, that vote is on for Tuesday – with details still to be filled in. “The American people have waited long enough,” the President said.
  • Two Tennessee nurses are facing charges after state investigators said they diverted prescription pain pills away from their patients and to themselves instead for more than a year. >> Read more trending news The nurses, identified as Sarah Thacker, 31, and Kimberly Click, 42, came to the attention of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in February after special agents got a pair of tips from the Tennessee Department of Health, authorities said. Investigators were told on Feb. 8 that Thacker, a registered nurse at the Johnson City Medical Center and Franklin Woods Hospital, was suspected of using her job to get hydrocodone pills prescribed to patients. Authorities believe she started diverting the pills in September 2015 and continued until at least January 2017. Later that month, on Feb. 27, the health department again contacted TBI to report that Click, a registered nurse at the John Medical Center, was also suspected of fraudulently obtaining pills for her personal use, according to authorities. A grand jury came back with indictments on July 12 for both women, who turned themselves in over the weekend, TBI said. Thacker was charged with dozen counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Click was arrested on 33 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
  • Part of the sweeping defense policy bill passed by the U.S. House on July 14 includes an amendment aimed at hindering North Korea’s nuclear program by influencing China. Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who represents parts of Northeast Florida, says his amendment authorizes the Secretary of Defense to terminate or prohibit contracts with China companies found to have ties to North Korea.  It requires the Defense Department to identify those Chinese companies doing business with North Korea. “So it’s a way to leverage our power of defense acquisition in a way that puts a thumb on the scale in favor of China actually trying to be helpful with North Korea instead of continuing to really be an economic lifeline,” DeSantis says. The Congressman says China will “kind of say some good things and may do something small” when confronted by the U.S.   “And then when the issue recedes a little bit from the front burner, then they go back and continue on their previous conduct,” he says.  A statement from DeSantis’ office reads: “As Kim Jong-un escalates his crazed campaign for a nuclear weapon, the United States needs to take action to stymie those efforts.  Denying access to our financial markets to Chinese companies willingly working with North Korea will have a significant impact and send a clear message that China can no longer accommodate the maniacal Kim regime without consequence. “The NDAA will also strengthen our military, by providing our troops with a much-deserved pay raise and funding investments in defense infrastructure and weapons systems,” he added. 
  • An Alabama grandmother is accused of “selling” her 13-year-old granddaughter to her elderly boyfriend for sex, threatening the girl with harm if she did not comply, police said.  Mary Lue Daw, 66, of Atmore, is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree human trafficking, according to WKRG in Mobile. Daw’s 87-year-old boyfriend, Charles Clarence Stacey, is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree human trafficking, first-degree promoting prostitution and enticing a child for immoral purposes.  >> Read more trending news An investigation by the Atmore Police Department indicated that Daw accepted cash from Stacey in exchange for the sexual encounter, WKRG reported.  The Atmore News reported that Daw may have held the girl down while Stacey sexually assaulted her.  Both defendants are being held in the Escambia County Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bond each.