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  • Ex-Michigan governor to resign university post in Nassar fallout: media

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    Nassar, who was a team doctor for USA Gymnastics, was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison in two different trials last winter after more than 350 women testified about abuse at his hands. The university's board of trustees had been expected to discuss whether to fire Engler, a three-time former governor of Michigan, at a meeting on Thursday, the Detroit News reported. The board's president, Dianne Byrum, called Thursday's meeting after Engler told the Detroit News on Friday that some of Nassar's victims were "enjoying" being in the spotlight.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:27:32 -0500
  • USDA recalls workers to help with farm loans, taxes; data uncertain

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reopen about 980 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents during the partial federal government shutdown. About 2,500 FSA employees who have been furloughed by the partial shutdown that began on Dec. 22 have been called back to work without pay, the department said in a statement on Wednesday. "Until Congress sends President Trump an appropriations bill in the form that he will sign, we are doing our best to minimize the impact of the partial federal funding lapse on America’s agricultural producers," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:25:03 -0500
  • Schumer: Trump's State of Union speech should be delayed if government shut

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, set for Jan. 29, should be delayed if the government is still shut. "If it continues to be closed on the 29th, I think it's a good idea to delay it until the government is open," Schumer told reporters. (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Writing by Eric Beech; Editing by David Alexander)

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:17:00 -0500
  • Airbus spends $300 million on new Alabama plant for A220 jet

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    Airbus SE expanded its industrial presence in the United States on Wednesday, starting construction on a new assembly plant for the Canadian developed A220 jetliner, 18 months after agreeing to buy the plane in the midst of a U.S.-Ottawa trade dispute. The European planemaker said it would invest $300 million and create 400 jobs in the plant, to be built in the port of Mobile alongside an existing assembly line for its best-selling A320 passenger jet, which already employs 700 people. Alabama and the city of Mobile would provide a total of some $26 million in state and municipal incentives to support the development, officials said.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:08:22 -0500
  • Celebrity's 'Chefs for Feds' kitchen feeds unpaid U.S. government workers

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    Maurice Wilson joined dozens of fellow federal workers in Washington on Wednesday at the opening of celebrity chef Jose Andres' emergency kitchen, grateful for a free lunch of egg sandwiches, quinoa bowls and tomato soup as the partial government shutdown dragged on. "Within another two weeks, I’m going to have to figure out a way to survive,” said Wilson, 59, who is working without pay at the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia. The "Chefs for Feds" kitchen, launched by restaurateur Andres' non-profit World Central Kitchen, is the latest example of how food providers across the country are stepping up efforts to feed unpaid federal workers.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:49:44 -0500
  • U.S. watchdog cites constitutional concerns over Trump hotel lease

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    There were "serious shortcomings" in the General Services Administration handling of President Donald Trump's lease of the government-owned building that houses his Trump International Hotel in Washington, according to a U.S. government watchdog report released on Wednesday. The GSA did not address constitutional issues involved in management of the lease, according to its inspector general's report, and "the constitutional issues surrounding the president’s business interests in the lease remain unresolved." (For the inspector general's report, see: https://bit.ly/2RAV9ct) Democrats and other critics have argued that the hotel housed in the government's historic Old Post Office represents a conflict of interest because Trump is both landlord and tenant of the building.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:39:55 -0500
  • Migrants depart from El Salvador as new U.S.-bound caravan forms

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    The group, organized through social media, is following in the wake of a larger caravan that departed from Honduras this week. On Wednesday morning, between 900 and 1,000 Hondurans gathered at the country's border with Guatemala, waiting to cross en-route to the United States, local police chief Jorge Rodriguez told Reuters. Several hundred Honduran migrants already entered Guatemala on Tuesday, according to activists traveling with them.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:31:50 -0500
  • Court rejects U.S. cities' appeal over Pentagon gun check flaws

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    By a 3-0 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it lacked jurisdiction to compel the Department of Defense to fix what New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco called a "broken" system, or to supervise improvements to the Pentagon's "partial and inconsistent reporting." The cities sued seven weeks after former Air Force member Devin Kelley killed 26 people on Nov. 5, 2017 at a Sutherland Springs, Texas, church before killing himself. Kelley, 26, was convicted in a 2012 court martial of assaulting his wife and stepson and should not have been allowed to possess weapons. The cities said the Pentagon had failed to report some 15,000 current or former personnel who could not own guns because of court martial convictions or dishonorable discharges, and that this undermined their ability to fight violent crime.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:17:39 -0500
  • As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

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    With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse. With Trump's address set for Jan. 29, Pelosi wrote him a letter citing security concerns because the Secret Service, which is required to provide security for the address, has not received funding during the dispute. The standoff was triggered by Trump's demand for a round of funding for his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 16:16:13 -0500
  • On Prohibition milestone's anniversary, U.S. top court hears booze case

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    A case testing the constitutionality of state regulations on the sale of alcohol enacted after the Prohibition era brewed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, with the justices appearing sympathetic toward a challenge to Tennessee's residency requirements for retailers. The one-hour argument came on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution's 18th Amendment, which imposed a nationwide ban on alcoholic beverages and paved the way for a Prohibition era that ran from 1920 to 1933. A majority of the justices signaled support for challengers who said Tennessee's regulations were unlawfully aimed at protecting established business interests by preventing competition.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:48:56 -0500
  • Trump meeting with lawmaker group was 'constructive': White House

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus held a "constructive" meeting on Wednesday, the White House said, as a partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its 26th day. "They listened to one another and now both have a good understanding of what the other wants," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement posted to Twitter. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 13:23:37 -0500
  • Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

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    U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned visit later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown over the partial federal government shutdown to stretch into late January. Trump and congressional Democrats are in a battle over funding for the government and Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. "Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum," Trump wrote on Twitter.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:32:44 -0500
  • Head of striking Los Angeles teachers' union aims to resume talks 'soon'

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    The head of the Los Angeles teachers union said he hoped to resume talks "very soon" as a strike that has interrupted classes for some 492,000 students in the second-largest U.S. public school system ticked into a third day on Wednesday. More than 30,000 educators have walked off the job demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more staff, requests that the county's independent school district has described as unaffordable. The two sides have not held formal talks since the strike began on Monday.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:24:40 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown turns Washington into ghost town during quiet travel season

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    Phones have stopped ringing at tour companies. In the nation's capital, where more than 20 million tourists typically visit each year, the longest government shutdown in U.S. history has threatened businesses that depend on the patronage of government workers and the attraction of federal monuments and museums to bring in tourists. "It definitely feels like the phone should be ringing more," said Adam Plescia, owner of Custom Tours of DC.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:13:37 -0500
  • U.S., NY sue Sterling Jewelers over credit financing practices

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and New York's attorney general on Wednesday sued Sterling Jewelers Inc, accusing the unit of Signet Jewelers Ltd of improper credit financing practices.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:14:33 -0500
  • Small quake shakes northern California, no immediate damage reported

    A small earthquake shook buildings and roused Northern California residents from their sleep early on Wednesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the 7.2-mile (11.6 km) deep earthquake at 3.7 magnitude in the Oakland, California, area, at about 4:42 a.m. PST (7.42 a.m. ET). "We felt it, but we haven't had any calls or anything," a dispatcher for the Oakland Fire Department said by telephone.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 08:35:22 -0500
  • Disgraced U.S. ex-cardinal could be defrocked soon: Vatican sources

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    Disgraced former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be defrocked in the next few weeks over allegations against him, including sexual abuse of minors, two Vatican sources said. Last July, McCarrick became the first Catholic prelate in nearly 100 years to lose the title of cardinal. The allegations against him date back to decades ago when he was still rising to the top of the U.S. Church hierarchy.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:41:26 -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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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