Venezuela’s Maduro, foes head into crucial showdown

The 24-hour strike Thursday is meant as an expression of disapproval of Maduro’s plan to convene a constitutional assembly that would reshape the Venezuelan system to consolidate the ruling party’s power over the few institutions that remain outside its control.

Comic-Con blasts into San Diego with movies, games, shows

Netflix is making a splashy presence at the event with several anticipated properties, including “Stranger Things 2,” the new original series “Marvel’s The Defenders” and the Will Smith fantasy film “Bright.”

Budget plan faces uncertain fate after clearing House panel

To most Republicans, the most important element of the plan is the procedural pathway it would clear to allow Republicans to pass their top priority — an overhaul of the tax code — later this year without fear of a blockade by Senate Democrats.

Doctors: Sen. John McCain has brain tumor

The 80-year-old lawmaker has glioblastoma, an aggressive cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where McCain had a blood clot removed from above his left eye last Friday.

Audit estimates 32 million more uninsured

The report from Congress’ nonpartisan budget analyst says the measure would cause average premiums for people buying their own health insurance to double by 2026.

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

The findings, reported Wednesday, mark a first peek at a huge study under way to help determine if Medicare should start paying for specialized PET scans that find a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — a sticky plaque called amyloid.

Trump to discuss health care with GOP senators

Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirms that the senators have been invited to lunch to discuss the way forward on health care after it became clear that they did not have the votes to pass a plan to replace “Obamacare.”

Comic-Con blasts into San Diego with movies, games, shows

The annual pop-culture celebration kicks off Wednesday night with a preview of the San Diego Convention Center’s showroom floor. Four days of panels, presentations, screenings and autograph signings begin on Thursday. The sold-out event is expected to draw more than 130,000 attendees.