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  • No talks scheduled on third day of Los Angeles teachers strike

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    Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers are on strike for higher pay, smaller class sizes and more staff. Thousands were to hit picket lines again, while the district struggles to keep schools open for 1,200 campuses, relying on remaining administrators and substitute teachers to run classes. Two press conferences are scheduled by the union on Wednesday, raising speculation talks could resume even though the union and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) remain at loggerheads over how much money should be spent.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:11:54 -0500
  • Atlanta airport says ready for Super Bowl crush despite shutdown

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    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), already the world's busiest, expects to see an additional 125,000 passengers ahead of the Feb. 3 game and is bringing in reinforcements to meet the additional numbers, said Elise Durham, the airport's director of communications. More than 1,800 volunteers will help passengers navigate the airport while additional customer engagement agents will be on hand to assist people entering and exiting the city, she added. Durham said the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency responsible for airport security screening, had committed additional resources for the Super Bowl, before the government shutdown.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:24:34 -0500
  • Los Angeles teachers strike for second day as mayor seeks to restart talks

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    Some 30,000 Los Angeles teachers on strike for higher pay, smaller classes and more staff walked picket lines in the rain for a second day on Tuesday as Mayor Eric Garcetti embraced their cause while trying to nudge the two sides back to the bargaining table. The walkout, with teachers garbed mostly in red braving two days of rainy weather to stage mass rallies downtown, has shattered 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers but has not completely idled schools.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:16:46 -0500
  • Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard, as talks to end impasse stall

    The longest such shutdown in U.S. history dragged into its 25th day with neither President Donald Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it - funding for a wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico. Trump insists Congress shell out $5.7 billion for wall funding this year, as about 800,000 federal workers go unpaid during the partial shutdown. To try to take some of the sting out of the shutdown, Trump planned to sign on Wednesday the “Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019," which is legislation that would ensure that those federal workers furloughed will receive backpay once the shutdown is over.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:41:21 -0500
  • Los Angeles mayor working to restart stalled talks in teachers strike: union president

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is working to bring negotiators for 30,000 striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district back to the bargaining table for the first time since talks collapsed last week, the head of the teachers union said on Tuesday. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl said in a video posted by the union on Twitter that he expected an announcement about efforts to restart stalled labor negotiations on Wednesday, as the strike stretches into a third day. The teachers, who rejected the latest contract offer from the Los Angeles Unified School District on Friday, are demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 23:12:45 -0500
  • Hundreds in new U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross into Guatemala

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    Several hundred Honduran migrants in a new U.S.-bound caravan crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the advancing group to try to build support for a wall along his country's border with Mexico. About 360 Hondurans presented documents to pass legally through the Agua Caliente border crossing separating the two Central American nations. An additional 350 Hondurans crossed into Guatemalan territory, but were being detained by migration officials checking their documents, according to pro-migrant activists traveling with them.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:31:09 -0500
  • Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says

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    Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP pushed it to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioids even as questions emerged about the extent its painkillers were being abused, Massachusetts' attorney general alleged on Tuesday. Attorney General Maura Healey filed an amended lawsuit against Purdue and current and former officers and directors of the drugmaker that drew on years of internal records to reveal new details about the family's involvement in the company. The lawsuit, originally filed in June in Suffolk County Superior Court, was the first by a state to try to hold members of the Sackler family, who own privately-held Purdue, personally responsible for contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:33:11 -0500
  • Explainer: Striking L.A. teachers take aim at charter schools

    The growing number of charter schools in the Los Angeles County school system - and the school board's support for them - is one of the most contentious issues in this week's teachers' strike in America's second-largest school system. School Superintendent Austin Beutner says that claim is baseless, but his supporters have strongly promoted charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:40:45 -0500
  • Los Angeles parents 'choosing to struggle' with striking teachers

    Elizabeth Rietz says it has not been easy keeping her daughter busy at home during the first two days of a strike by Los Angeles teachers, while she and her husband try to start their own clothing line. Like many parents Rietz, whose daughter is in 4th grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in the middle-class Silver Lake neighborhood, has taken on the extra burden in solidarity with 30,000 teachers demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more staff. Los Angeles Unified School District officials have kept its 900 schools open during the two-day walkout using administrators and substitute teachers, mindful that working-class parents cannot afford child care.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:40:45 -0500
  • Family behind Purdue Pharma pushed opioid marketing, Massachusetts says

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    Members of the wealthy Sackler family behind Purdue Pharma LP pushed it to boost sales of OxyContin and other opioids even as questions emerged about the extent its painkillers were being abused, Massachusetts' attorney general alleged on Tuesday. Attorney General Maura Healey filed an amended lawsuit against Purdue and current and former officers and directors of the drugmaker that drew on years of internal records to reveal new details about the family's involvement in the company. The lawsuit, originally filed in June in Suffolk County Superior Court, was the first by a state to try to hold members of the Sackler family, who own privately-held Purdue, personally responsible for contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:47:33 -0500
  • Los Angeles teachers' strike extends to second day with no talks on horizon

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    Some 30,000 striking teachers demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff from the nation's second-largest school district walked picket lines for a second day on Tuesday, with no new talks on the horizon between stalemated union and district officials. The strike, shattering 30 years of labor peace by Los Angeles teachers, has not completely idled instruction in the sprawling district encompassing some 1,200 schools. The district has enlisted administrators and substitute teachers to keep classes open on a limited basis through the strike, though LAUSD reported only about a third of its 492,000 students showed up on the first day of the walkout.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:32:02 -0500
  • Factbox: Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown

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    The longest U.S. government shutdown in history reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have been furloughed or are working without pay having missed their first paychecks last week. The White House and congressional Democrats remain divided over Republican President Donald Trump's demand for money for a border wall. The shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, is the 19th since the mid-1970s, although most have been brief.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:27:13 -0500
  • Los Angeles parents support striking teachers despite chaos at home

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    Elizabeth Rietz says it hasn't been easy taking care of her daughter at home during the first two days of a strike by Los Angeles teachers, while she and her husband try to start their own clothing line. Like many parents Rietz, whose daughter is a 4th grader at Ivanhoe Elementary School in the middle-class Silver Lake neighborhood, has taken on the extra burden in solidarity with 30,000 teachers demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes, more staff and less testing. Los Angeles Unified School District officials have kept its 900 schools open during the two-day strike using administrators and substitute teachers, mindful that working-class parents cannot afford child care.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:34:12 -0500
  • BAE Systems unit wins $474 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - BAE Systems Land & Armaments LP, a unit of BAE Systems PLC, has won a $474 million contract to provide system technical support for the U.S. Army, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:22:01 -0500
  • Shutdown bites economy, U.S. Coast Guard as Washington talks stall

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    The shutdown dragged into its 25th day on Tuesday with neither Trump nor Democratic congressional leaders showing signs of bending on the topic that triggered it - funding for the wall Trump promised to build along the border with Mexico. Trump is insisting Congress shell out $5.7 billion for wall funding as about 800,000 federal workers go unpaid during the partial shutdown. Trump invited a bipartisan group of members of Congress for lunch to discuss the standoff but the White House said Democrats turned down the invitation.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:51:03 -0500
  • Alabama judge overturns law protecting Confederate monuments

    The ruling was the latest blow in an ongoing national fight over memorials to the pro-slavery Confederacy, which lost in the 1861-1865 U.S. Civil War. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Michael Graffeo issued the ruling on the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act late on Monday, the last day of his term. "Under the act, however, the people of Birmingham cannot win," Graffeo said in the court ruling.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:31:19 -0500
  • U.S.-bound Honduran migrant caravan grows as Trump argues for wall

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    A new U.S.-bound caravan of Honduran migrants grew to nearly 1,000 people as it neared the Guatemalan border on Tuesday, a Honduran official said, while U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the group to try to drum up support for a border wall. Honduran Deputy Foreign Minister Nelly Jerez told reporters that there were between 800 and 1,000 people traveling together and headed toward the Agua Caliente border crossing into Guatemala. Central American migrant caravans heading toward the United States have inflamed the debate over U.S. immigration policy, with Trump using the groups to seek backing for his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:07:51 -0500
  • U.S. Justice Dept broadens restrictions on internet gambling

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    The U.S. Justice Department will effectively prohibit online gambling and lottery businesses, experts said on Tuesday, after it decided to broaden its interpretation of rules governing interstate sports gambling to other forms of betting. The department's Office of Legal Counsel said in a November 2018 opinion, not released until late Monday, that a 1961 law called the Wire Act does in fact apply to interstate online poker and casino games, not just sports bets. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday it would delay implementation of the new restrictions for 90 days to allow businesses to adjust their operations.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:58:31 -0500
  • Southwest flights at Baltimore-Washington airport hit by tech issue

    (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co said on Tuesday it is working to address a connectivity issue that has disrupted its flights from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:28:25 -0500
  • Government shutdown breaks record, with no end in sight

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    A partial U.S. government shutdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border entered its 22nd day on Saturday, making it the longest shuttering of federal agencies in U.S. history, with no end in sight. Trump, holed up in the White House with Congress adjourned for the weekend, warned of a much lengthier impasse and blamed the Democrats. "They’re the ones that are holding it up," he said during a telephone interview with Fox News on Saturday night.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:07:31 -0500
  • President Trump can't stop U.S. coal plants from retiring

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    In total, more than 23,400 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation were shut in 2017-2018 versus 14,900 MW in 2009-2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Trump has tried to roll back rules on climate change and the environment adopted during the Obama administration to fulfill pledges to voters in states like West Virginia and Wyoming. One megawatt can power about 1,000 U.S. homes.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:00:15 -0500
  • Judge rejects citizenship question for 2020 U.S. census

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    U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman in Manhattan said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his true motives in adding the question last March. Ross had said the question - which has not appeared on the decennial census since 1950 - was necessary to enforce federal laws protecting eligible voters. Furman's decision will almost certainly be appealed, and could wind up before the Supreme Court this year.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:43:34 -0500
  • Trump to meet with Republican lawmakers at the White House: spokeswoman

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Republican lawmakers at the White House later on Tuesday to discuss border security amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "The president offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend," Sanders said. (Reporting by Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by David Alexander)

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 12:01:08 -0500
  • Carol Channing, Broadway's iconic 'Dolly,' dead at 97

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    (Reuters) - Carol Channing, who won over audiences with her giddy, guileless charm in signature roles in Broadway's "Hello, Dolly!" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died in her California home on Tuesday at the age of 97, according to her publicist.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:07:17 -0500
  • Rothschild vice chairman resigns from PG&E board

    (Reuters) - Struggling California power company PG&E Corp said on Tuesday Roger Kimmel, vice chairman of investment banking firm Rothschild Inc, had resigned from company's board.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:01:15 -0500
  • No clear path for California as massive PG&E utility nears bankruptcy

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    PG&E Corp's announcement that it will file for bankruptcy, citing massive potential liability from deadly wildfires, puts California politicians in quandary, whether to offer a bailout or risk allowing the state's largest private utility to fail. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, told reporters late on Monday his team was discussing the possibility of helping PG&E stay solvent, but no decisions had been made.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:01:15 -0500
  • Spike Lee joins The Killers for protest video over Trump's planned wall

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    Rockers The Killers have teamed up with film director Spike Lee to make the music video for their latest song, "Land Of The Free", a protest against President Donald Trump's planned wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. The "Do the Right Thing" and "Malcom X" director was given full creative rein to make the video for the track, which the Las Vegas band describes as "a heartfelt lament inspired by current events and recent national tragedies in the United States". Lee filmed the video at the end of 2018 around the border, capturing scenes of migrant families as they headed towards "the land of the free", the group said.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:42:49 -0500
  • Confederate monument's pedestal ordered removed at university in North Carolina

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    The plan to remove the statue's base and commemorative plaques was outlined by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill chancellor Carol Folt, in a statement that also said she would resign after this academic year's graduation ceremonies. "The base and tablets will be preserved until their future is decided," Folt said in a statement. The effort to eliminate Confederate monuments gained momentum in the United States after avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof in 2015 murdered nine black people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Tue, 15 Jan 2019 02:46:32 -0500
  • Alaska officials probing BP oil, gas wells at Prudhoe Bay after spill

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    Regulators in the U.S. state of Alaska will investigate all of the oil and natural gas wells operated by BP Plc at its Prudhoe Bay oil field after the release of a small amount of crude oil and gas from a well that had earlier been shut. The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) has scheduled a Feb. 7 hearing “to assess the mechanical integrity of Prudhoe Bay wells operated by BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc.,” the agency said in a notice issued on Friday.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 22:55:16 -0500
  • Volkswagen to invest $800 million, build new electric vehicle in U.S.

    Volkswagen AG said on Monday it was investing $800 million to build a new electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and scheduled a briefing with Ford Motor Co for Tuesday on their efforts to forge a global alliance. The German automaker said in an announcement at the Detroit Auto Show that it was adding 1,000 jobs at the Chattanooga plant and that electric vehicle production there would begin in 2022. Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess said the company was considering building luxury Audi vehicles in the United States but that no decisions had been made.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:25:40 -0500
  • Burgers by candlelight: Trump lays out fast food for college football champs

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    U.S. President Donald Trump laid out a White House feast fit for a government shutdown on Monday: silver platters heaped high with McDonald's quarter pounders and the red-and-white burger wrappers of Wendy's. White House chefs normally would serve much fancier fare underneath the stern gaze of the portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the State Dining Room. The White House said Trump himself sprang for what he pronounced to be "great American food" for the visiting Clemson Tigers, winners of the U.S. college football championship.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:37:30 -0500
  • 'El Chapo' dreamed of biopic for years before capture, says trial witness

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    Alex Cifuentes, Guzman's self-described one-time "right hand man," said he learned about a planned movie project while living with Guzman in the mountains of his boss' home state of Sinaloa from 2007 to 2009. Colombian-born Cifuentes is one of about a dozen witnesses who have so far testified against Guzman after striking deals with U.S. prosecutors, in a trial that has provided a window into the secretive world of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world's most powerful drug trafficking organization. The alleged kingpin's silver screen dreams first surfaced after Penn wrote a story for Rolling Stone magazine in 2016 about traveling with Del Castillo to meet Guzman at a forest hideout, not long after Guzman had escaped from a Mexican prison through a tunnel.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:52:54 -0500
  • Striking Los Angeles teachers picket in rain with no deal imminent

    Students arriving at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying laminated picket signs in the city's first teachers' strike in three decades. "It's an existential battle for the future of public education," teacher Mike Finn told Reuters outside John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz. Officials for the LAUSD, which serves mostly working-class families who would lack child care if classes were canceled, kept schools open, staffed by administrators and substitute teachers.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:24:48 -0500
  • Trump defends trade policies to farmers, vows fair deal with China

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his tough trade policies in front of thousands of farmers who have suffered because of his trade war with China, disappointing some who had hoped to hear a plan for a swift resolution. Trump dedicated much of his speech to explaining why he believes the United States needs a wall on its southern border, in his second consecutive visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention. U.S. farmers, numbering some 3.2 million, have been reliable Trump supporters, despite struggling financially since Beijing imposed a tariff on imports of U.S. soybeans in July in retaliation for Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:09:17 -0500
  • Stormy Daniels sues over Ohio strip club arrest, calling it political

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    The Columbus vice unit officers who arrested Daniels on July 12, 2018, were registered Republicans as is the president, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said in her lawsuit filed in federal court in Ohio. "Defendant officers believed that Ms. Clifford was damaging President Trump and they thereafter entered into a conspiracy to arrest her during her performance in Columbus in retaliation for the public statements she had made regarding (Trump)," the suit said.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 19:02:13 -0500
  • Wisconsin kidnapper targeted teen after seeing her get on school bus: prosecutor

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    Authorities said Jake Patterson, 21, had confessed to killing Jayme Closs' father with a shotgun while the teen and her mother hid in a bathtub, then killing the mother after forcing her to help duct-tape her daughter's mouth shut. The October discovery of the parents' bodies in the family home in rural Barron, Wisconsin, with the door blasted open and their daughter gone, sparked a search by hundreds of police officers and thousands of volunteers. At a brief hearing in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday, Patterson appeared via live video from jail, wearing an orange jumpsuit and glasses.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:49:05 -0500
  • Suspect shot by police dies after standoff at New Jersey UPS facility

    A 39-year-old gunman opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc facility in New Jersey and held two employees hostage for hours on Monday before police fatally shot him, officials said. William Owens barricaded himself and two women inside the sorting facility in Logan Township and police sent a heavily armed SWAT team to the location, about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of downtown Philadelphia, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office said in a statement. The gunman apparently had known at least one of the women, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore told reporters.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:47:58 -0500
  • Stormy Daniels sues over Ohio strip club arrest, calling it political

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    The Columbus vice unit officers who arrested Daniels on July 12, 2018, were registered Republicans as is the president, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said in her lawsuit filed in federal court in Ohio. "Defendant officers believed that Ms. Clifford was damaging President Trump and they thereafter entered into a conspiracy to arrest her during her performance in Columbus in retaliation for the public statements she had made regarding (Trump)," the suit said.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 18:05:07 -0500
  • Volkswagen to invest $800 million, build new electric vehicle in U.S

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    Volkswagen AG said on Monday it was investing $800 million to build a new electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and scheduled a briefing with Ford Motor Co for Tuesday on their efforts to forge a global alliance. The German automaker said in an announcement at the Detroit Auto Show that it was adding 1,000 jobs at the Chattanooga plant and that electric vehicle production there would begin in 2022. Volkswagen Chief Executive Herbert Diess said the company was considering building luxury Audi vehicles in the United States but that no decisions had been made.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:56:49 -0500
  • Trump defends trade policies to farmers, vows fair deal with China

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    Trump dedicated much of his speech to explaining why the U.S. needs a wall on its southern border in his second consecutive visit to the American Farm Bureau Federation's annual convention. U.S. farmers, numbering some 3.2 million, have been reliable Trump supporters, despite struggling financially since Beijing imposed a tariff on imports of U.S. soybeans in July in retaliation for Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods. China has also implemented duties on other U.S. farm goods, including pork and grain sorghum.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:23:25 -0500
  • VW CEO says hopes U.S. investments help avoid tariffs against EU

    Volkswagen's Chief Executive Herbert Diess said an $800 million investment to build a new electric car in Chattanooga, Tennessee should help ease tensions with United States President Donald Trump. "We hope that with the investment in Chattanooga we could make a contribution, step forward, to avoid tariffs between Europe and the U.S., and we will work further on it," Diess said at the sidelines of the Detroit Auto Show. Diess also said the multi-brand carmaker was considering building a U.S. factory for its premium brand Audi.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:58:50 -0500
  • Los Angeles teachers strike, claiming 'existential battle' over schools

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    More than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers demanding pay raises and smaller classes walked off the job in America's second-largest school system on Monday, marching downtown in the rain after negotiations over a new contract broke down. Students arriving for classes at some 900 campuses across the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) were met by their teachers carrying picket signs in the city's first teachers' strike in three decades. "It's an existential battle for the future of public education," teacher Mike Finn told Reuters outside John Marshall High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 16:57:58 -0500
  • U.S. government shutdown drags into fourth week amid stalemate

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    At a speech to an American Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans, Trump again urged Congress to grant him the money, saying drones, sensors and other technology cannot do what a wall can do to stop illegal border crossings. Farmers, a key bloc of Trump supporters, have been hit by the shutdown as federal loan and farm aid applications have stalled and key farming and crop data has been delayed. "If you want to help farmers, re-open the government," Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a Twitter posting.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:29:45 -0500
  • Judge says accused NYC bike path attacker still a threat, eases conditions

    A federal judge on Monday said Sayfullo Saipov, who could face the death penalty if convicted of killing eight people on a New York City bike path, should remain subject to special detention measures to protect against terrorism, but eased restrictions on communications involving his legal team. Saipov, a 30-year-old Uzbek national, has been housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan since his Oct. 31, 2017 arrest, which police said came after he ran over his victims by driving a truck down the lower Manhattan bike path. Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest assault in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:02:56 -0500
  • President Trump can't stop U.S. coal plants from retiring

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    In total, more than 23,400 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired generation were shut in 2017-2018 versus 14,900 MW in 2009-2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). One megawatt can power about 1,000 U.S. homes. The number of U.S. coal plants has continued to decline every year since coal capacity peaked at just over 317,400 MW in 2011, and is expected to keep falling as consumers demand power from cleaner and less expensive sources of energy.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:59:13 -0500
  • U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to consumer protection bureau

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a Texas bank's constitutional challenge to the structure of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passing up a case that could have led to more presidential power over an independent agency that President Donald Trump's administration already has weakened. The decision by the justices not to hear an appeal by State National Bank of Big Spring may not be the final word on the matter as three other cases involving the CFPB are heading toward the high court.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:26:10 -0500
  • Worst is over for winter storm that clobbered U.S. Midwest, D.C. and New England

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    All Washington D.C. federal offices would be closed on Monday, but train and bus service in the metro D.C. area would resume after being shut down on Sunday, officials said. "There's some digging out to do," Jim Hayes, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, said early Monday. "In Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, 6-to-12 inches of snow fell with some places getting 13 inches," he said.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 12:26:03 -0500
  • Supreme Court rejects U.S. troops' appeal over 'burn pits' illnesses

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    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid by U.S. troops sickened by smoke from open-air pits used to burn waste in Iraq and Afghanistan to revive a lawsuit against defense contractors KBR Inc and Halliburton Co. The justices left in place a 2018 lower court ruling in favor of the companies. The former service members said in the lawsuit that they developed various cancers, neurological damage and other illnesses, often fatal, because of KBR's negligent operation of the burn pits.

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:59:11 -0500
  • Flights canceled as deadly snowstorm hits U.S. mid-Atlantic states

    Millions of Americans in 10 states and Washington, D.C., were under winter storm warnings as the weather system, which started as rain in Mexico was forecast to hit an 1,800-mile (2,900-km) swath of the United States from Colorado to the East Coast. A total of 1,624 flights were canceled in and out of U.S. airports on Sunday, the bulk of them at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport and Dulles, according to the Flightaware flight tracking website.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 20:34:24 -0500
  • Absences among U.S. airport screeners jump as shutdown drags on

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    Unscheduled absences among federal airport security screeners jumped on Sunday, forcing a checkpoint and ticket counter to close in Houston, as a partial government shutdown that has frozen pay checks moved into its 23rd day. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency responsible for airport security screening, said unscheduled absences among its employees rose to 7.7 percent from 5.6 percent on Saturday. The TSA said in a statement on Sunday that security had not been compromised at U.S. airports.

    Sun, 13 Jan 2019 19:37:36 -0500
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