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  • Female shot to death in parking lot of Houston church

    (Reuters) - A female victim was shot to death in the parking lot of a Houston-area church on Thursday and another person was wounded, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:41:19 -0500
  • Skier dies after caught in New Mexico avalanche: hospital source

    A skier died in New Mexico on Thursday after he was caught in an avalanche at Taos Ski Valley, a Taos hospital employee said. The skier was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos and later died of his injuries, according to the hospital employee who asked not to be named as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:58:06 -0500
  • Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape news

    Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. "I didn't want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me," Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn't." She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would die.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:46:46 -0500
  • Ex-mistress of 'El Chapo' says she was 'traumatized' by tunnel escape news

    Testifying for the prosecution in federal court in Brooklyn, Lucero Sanchez Lopez, a onetime local lawmaker in Guzman's home state of Sinaloa, also gave an emotional account of her relationship with Guzman, saying she at times feared for her safety. "I didn't want for him to mistrust me because I thought he could also hurt me," Lucero Sanchez Lopez, 29, testified. Sometimes I loved him and sometimes I didn't." She said once, while the two were eating dinner in 2012, Guzman told her that anyone who betrayed him would die.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:35:56 -0500
  • Judge acquits Chicago policemen in conspiracy trial news

    A judge on Thursday found three Chicago policemen not guilty of conspiring to protect white fellow police officer Jason Van Dyke after he fatally shot a black teenager in 2014 in an incident that helped fuel the "Black Lives Matter" movement. A jury convicted Van Dyke in October of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17. Judge Domenica Stephenson of the Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County also found David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney not guilty of official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:01:31 -0500
  • Amtrak canceling trains, cutting service ahead of winter storm

    Amtrak said it will cancel six trains on Saturday from Chicago to Washington and New York. For Sunday, Amtrak has canceled six of its Keystone Service trains that normally travel from New York to Philadelphia and then on to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:11:27 -0500
  • Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike enters fourth day news

    Negotiators for striking Los Angeles teachers and America's second-largest school district returned to the bargaining table on Thursday for the first time since talks collapsed last week, as a walkout by some 30,000 educators entered its fourth day. "They are resolute on reaching an agreement," the union's president, Alex Caputo-Pearl, said at a news conference, referring to the union's bargaining team ahead of Thursday's talks. School District Superintendent Austin Beutner has said the demands, if fully met, would place too great a strain on the district's budget.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:16:32 -0500
  • Judge blocks Republican-backed Wisconsin early-voting law news

    The early-voting bill was part of a package of laws that the Republican-controlled legislature passed during a rare all-night lame-duck session in December, which included measures aimed at curbing the powers of incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers. The effort drew criticism from Democrats that Republicans were effectively ignoring the will of the voters after Evers' victory in November's midterm election ended eight years of total Republican control of the state capitol. The state's largest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, offered six weeks of early voting last year, while smaller municipalities with fewer resources provided shorter windows.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 16:05:55 -0500
  • Sixteen coal ash pits contaminating Texas groundwater: report

    Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants into groundwater, including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). Coal ash is the residue left after coal has been burned to generate power, and can include sludge from plant exhaust stacks. Coal ash is placed in pits or ponds next to coal power plants.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 15:32:00 -0500
  • U.S. separated 'thousands' more immigrant children than known: watchdog news

    The Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the agency had identified many more children in addition to the 2,737 included as part of a class action lawsuit challenging family separations brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) last year. The administration of President Donald Trump implemented a 'zero tolerance' policy to criminally prosecute and jail all illegal border crossers even those traveling with their children, leading to a wave of separations last year.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:39:42 -0500
  • Teachers' strike tests Los Angeles mayor's White House hopes news

    The move may help Garcetti, who is considering a presidential run but has not officially declared his intentions, raise his national profile. Strategists said it also could tie his reputation to the outcome, with a quick deal giving him a boost while drawn-out scenes of the union's 30,000 teachers, about a third of whom are Latino, on picket lines could harm his standing with key Democratic constituencies. "Before the strike, I had this in the column of things that would be really hard on his presidential campaign," said Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University in Los Angeles.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:33:43 -0500
  • UCLA's perfect 10 gymnast targets domestic violence, body shaming

    Soon after she graduates from the University of California, Los Angeles, in June, her ambition is to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" and then, within five years, to work with victims of domestic violence, she told Reuters. "I hope to be starting or working on domestic violence and creating a safehouse and starting a program that can help people recover and find the best mental help and stability," said Ohashi, a Gender Studies major.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:51:36 -0500
  • U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report news

    The garrison commander at Maryland’s Fort Meade made the remarks in meetings with residents this month in response to a Reuters report in December that detailed the problems, which ranged from mold and rodent infestations to flooding, crumbling roofs and ceiling collapses. Many tenants accused the closely held civilian company that runs most housing at Fort Meade, Rhode Island's Corvias Group, of routinely failing to make repairs. “Based on the Reuters articles, we failed you.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:28:45 -0500
  • Five deaths blamed on storms that dump snow, rain on California

    Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and U.S. Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said rain-slicked highways led to two fatal accidents that killed four people. A family of three, including a one-year-old baby, died in El Dorado County on Tuesday, after their car spun across a rain-soaked freeway to hit another car, the San Francisco Chronicle said. Another man died in a storm-related car wreck on Wednesday in Napa County, highway patrol dispatchers said, but no further details were immediately available.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 02:01:43 -0500
  • Los Angeles mayor to mediate in talks to settle first teachers' strike in 30 years news

    Wednesday's announcement of the breakthrough capped the third day of a strike that has disrupted classes for nearly 500,000 students as teachers pressed their demands for higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. Representatives of the two sides - the Los Angeles Unified School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles - have not met since union leaders rejected the LAUSD's latest contract offer last Friday night, setting the stage for district teachers' first strike in 30 years. Union officials said the mayor, who has voiced support for the teachers' cause, had met with the two parties on Wednesday.

    Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:29:20 -0500
  • Los Angeles mayor offers to mediate talks to end teachers strike: union leaders

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has offered to mediate in renewed contract talks proposed for Thursday between negotiators for 30,000 striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district, union leaders said late on Wednesday. There was no immediate word from the Los Angeles Unified School District to the overture from the United Teachers Los Angeles, but union President Alex Caputo-Pearl said he expected the two sides to return to talks through the weekend. Union officials said the mayor and the California state superintendent of public instruction, Tony Thurmond, had met both parties on Wednesday, as the first Los Angeles teachers strike in three decades stretched through its third day.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:48:13 -0500
  • Ex-Michigan governor says he will resign university post in Nassar fallout news

    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 that he abused them. Engler said in a letter published by the university the chair of MSU's board of trustees advised him that a majority of the panel had asked that he step down, and that he would abide by their request and resign as of Jan. 23. Board chair Dianne Byrum had called a meeting on Thursday to discuss firing Engler, a three-time former governor of Michigan, after he told the Detroit News that some of Nassar's victims were "enjoying" being in the spotlight.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:07:43 -0500
  • Los Angeles teachers strike 'bigger than a paycheck' news

    Instead Castillo, when asked what drove her to walk out of her classroom at Harbor City Elementary School to join the city's first teacher strike in 30 years, talked about the colleague whose job was eliminated while she was on maternity leave, and the classes that keep growing in size. "My husband and I are both Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) teachers and we're both dedicated to this," said Castillo, who wore a plastic poncho and red cap in a rare California rainstorm, a laminated sign around her neck listing the recent cutbacks at Harbor City Elementary. As some 30,000 teachers spent a third day on picket lines at schools across the nation's second-largest school district on Wednesday, a union leader expressed optimism that stalled negotiations could be restarted with help from Mayor Eric Garcetti.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:14:54 -0500
  • Man charged in plot to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

    Hasher Jallal Taheb, of the Atlanta suburb of Cumming, was arrested in Gwinnett County on Wednesday and appeared briefly in federal court in Atlanta in a case brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Byung Pak, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, told reporters. "His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area by using explosive devices, including an improvised explosive device, an anti-tank rocket," Pak said. A criminal complaint said around March 2018 a community member contacted law enforcement to say Taheb had become "radicalized." On Aug. 25, 2018, Taheb put his vehicle up for sale and an FBI informant showed interest in buying it, the complaint said.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 21:00:30 -0500
  • U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel news

    Amid intensifying scrutiny of possible conflicts of interest involving Trump's businesses, the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found fault with the agency's review of the lease of the Old Post Office Pavilion. The Romanesque Revival landmark on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, was leased by the Trump Organization in 2013 for 60 years and now houses a luxury Trump hotel often frequented by government officials.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:58:54 -0500
  • 'Grifters, weaklings, felons': Christie on the Trump White House news

    Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues' gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the U.S. president, according to excerpts of his forthcoming memoir posted on the news site Axios on Wednesday. President Donald Trump employs a "revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia," Christie, who was a senior adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign, says in his memoir, "Let Me Finish," which is due to be released on Jan. 29. Christie had sought the Republican presidential nomination himself in 2016 before becoming a diligent supporter and surrogate for Trump, but his work with the administration has been limited and he recently withdrew his name from consideration for Trump's chief of staff.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:02:14 -0500
  • Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)

    An ad hoc group, called Pay It Furloughed, has set up a website that allows furloughed federal workers or those working without pay to grab a cold one - or two - at several craft breweries in Washington, including Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau and Shop Made in DC. "We are frustrated by the lack of leadership in Washington, D.C. and the negative impact the government shutdown is having on hundreds of thousands of our friends, neighbors and members of our community," reads a statement by Pay It Furloughed, which was set up by Washington community kitchen Mess Hall, food writer Nevin Martell, app developer 3Advance and public relations firm Quixotic.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:52:59 -0500
  • U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts news

    Workers in public health laboratories are reporting disruptions in the analysis of DNA from food samples involved in foodborne outbreaks, and have raised concerns about a USDA program that tests agricultural commodities for unsafe levels of pesticides, they said. The shutdown is "putting our nation's food supply at risk," Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat, said at a briefing of the House Congressional Food Safety Caucus on Wednesday. Only about a third of the FDA's regular inspections are being carried out, she said.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:39:25 -0500
  • Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years news

    Tad Cummins, 52, was sentenced in federal court in Nashville by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, according to emails from a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. Cummins had faced a sentence of up to life in prison for transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities and up to 20 years in prison for obstructing investigations, court documents said. Federal prosecutors had requested a sentence of 30 years, according to a court document.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:36:51 -0500
  • Georgia man charged with plotting attack on White House: media

    (Reuters) - A Georgia man has been arrested and charged for allegedly plotting to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Wednesday.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:33:08 -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 18:31:37 -0500
  • As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech news

    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 $5.7 billion to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, which Democrats oppose.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:31:37 -0500
  • U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel news

    Amid intensifying scrutiny of possible conflicts of interest involving Trump's businesses, the inspector general of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) found fault with the agency's review of the lease of the Old Post Office Pavilion. The Romanesque Revival landmark on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, was leased by the Trump Organization in 2013 for 60 years and now houses a luxury Trump hotel often frequented by government officials.

    Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:16:13 -0500
  • Ex-Michigan governor to resign university post in Nassar fallout: media news

    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 17:34:43 -0500
  • Schumer: Trump's State of Union speech should be delayed if government shut news

    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 news

    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 news

    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
  • Migrants depart from El Salvador as new U.S.-bound caravan forms news

    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 news

    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
  • On Prohibition milestone's anniversary, U.S. top court hears booze case news

    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 news

    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' news

    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 news

    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 news

    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 news

    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 news

    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 news

    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 news

    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
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