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  • Women to march in hundreds of U.S. cities for third straight year

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    Women will march in hundreds of U.S. cities and overseas on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of demonstrations that drew millions of protesters to the streets the day after Republican President Donald Trump's inauguration in January 2017. Women's March, a national nonprofit organization that evolved from the initial Washington march, is again hosting its main event in Washington, with hundreds of "sister" marches in other cities. "There is definitely huge, huge focus on the 2020 elections," said March On's Natalie Sanchez, an organizer of the 2017 Boston Women's March who is also with March Forward Massachusetts, which is leading Saturday's march there.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:24:52 -0500
  • Lack of school nurses puts Los Angeles students at risk, striking teachers say

    The episode, which followed years of tight budgets that left little money for medical staff, highlights the potential impact of a lack of nurses throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the key reasons Escobedo and her colleagues are on strike. In L.A., as in many districts across the United States, the school nurse is the first and sometimes only point of entry for many families into a complicated and expensive health-care system. Like most schools in the more than 1,200-campus district, Lockwood Elementary, where Escobedo teaches, has a nurse just once a week.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 06:08:21 -0500
  • U.S.-born Iranian TV anchor's arrest confirmed by U.S. court

    At the request of the Justice Department, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the order, the first official U.S. confirmation of reports of the arrest of Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor for Iran's English-language Press TV news channel. The order, which approved the partial unsealing of information in the case, said Hashemi was arrested on a material witness warrant issued by a federal judge and that she was assigned an attorney but "has not been accused of any crime." Hashemi has made two court appearances, and the U.S. government expects her immediate release after she finishes testifying before a federal grand jury investigating violations of U.S. criminal law, the order continued.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:52:44 -0500
  • Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast

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    A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.

    Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:05:33 -0500
  • Striking Los Angeles teachers rally near City Hall as talks resume

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    Tens of thousands of striking Los Angeles teachers were joined by parents and students in a rally near City Hall on Friday, as contract talks mediated by the mayor resumed behind closed doors after a marathon negotiating session the day before. Some 30,000 teachers walked off the job on Monday in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in 30 years, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. LAUSD officials have argued that the teachers' demands would place too great a strain on the district's budget if they were fully met.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:03:16 -0500
  • Ex-Chicago policeman sentenced to nearly seven years in black teen's death

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    After a jury convicted Van Dyke, 40, of second-degree murder last fall, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced him to 81 months in prison and said he would have to serve at least two years before he was eligible for parole. Van Dyke could have received up to 20 years in prison for second-degree murder and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery - one count for each shot he fired at 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a knife. During sentencing, Van Dyke sat expressionless, unshaven and wearing a yellow-orange jail uniform.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:32:54 -0500
  • Mueller's office disputes Buzzfeed story on Michael Cohen

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    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a statement late on Friday taking issue with a report in Buzzfeed that President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen said Trump told him to lie to Congress. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller office, said in the statement.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:32:51 -0500
  • Judge sentences ex-Chicago policeman to nearly seven years jail

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    A judge on Friday sentenced white former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to nearly seven years in prison after a landmark verdict last fall found him guilty of murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke to 81 months in prison and said he would have to serve at least two years before he was eligible for parole. Van Dyke, 40, appearing unshaven and wearing a yellow-orange jail uniform in court, faced up to 20 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery - one count for each shot he fired at McDonald, who was carrying a knife.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:47:23 -0500
  • Striking Los Angeles teachers rally near City Hall as talks resume

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    Tens of thousands of striking Los Angeles teachers rallied near City Hall on Friday, joined by parents and students as contract talks the mayor called "productive" resumed behind closed doors after a marathon negotiating session the day before. Some 30,000 teachers walked off the job on Monday in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. "We are willing to go as long as it takes and work as hard as we need to to get a fair contract," union bargaining chair Arlene Inouye told supporters at City Hall, adding that talks were expected to last through the three-day holiday weekend.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:53:35 -0500
  • Bell Helicopter Textron wins $440 million U.S. defense contract - Pentagon

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bell Helicopter Textron Inc, a unit of Textron Inc, has been awarded a $440 million U.S. defense contract for the production 16 AH-1Z helicopters and 25 stores control units, the Pentagon said on Friday.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:24:14 -0500
  • Gladys Knight defends decision to sing U.S. anthem at Super Bowl

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    Singer Gladys Knight has defended her decision to perform the U.S. national anthem after receiving criticism from supporters of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who used the pre-game tradition to protest racial injustice. Knight, a 74-year-old native of Atlanta, where the game will be played, agreed to sing "the Star Spangled Banner." Her decision was blasted on social media by supporters of the "take a knee" stance championed by NFL players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice. U.S. President Donald Trump and other conservatives have called the players unpatriotic.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:22:31 -0500
  • Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast

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    A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:21:59 -0500
  • U.S.-born Iranian TV anchor's arrest confirmed by U.S. court

    At the request of the Justice Department, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the order, the first official U.S. confirmation of reports of the arrest of Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor for Iran's English-language Press TV news channel. The order, which approved the partial unsealing of information in the case, said Hashemi was arrested on a material witness warrant issued by a federal judge and that she was assigned an attorney but "has not been accused of any crime." Hashemi has made two court appearances, and the U.S. government expects her immediate release after she finishes testifying before a federal grand jury investigating violations of U.S. criminal law, the order continued. It did not disclose further details of the case, which has added to tensions between the Iranian and U.S. governments over the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the reimposition of harsh U.S. sanctions, and the detention of Iranian-American dual nationals by Iran.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:18:24 -0500
  • Obama donor imprisoned for $292 million bank fraud seeks early release

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    An Iranian-American businessman who gave money to Democrats including former President Barack Obama should be released early from his 12-year prison term for a $292 million bank fraud and moved to home confinement, his lawyers said on Friday. Lawyers for Hassan Nemazee, 68, who has spent nearly 8-1/2 years in prison, said he qualified for early release under a prison reform law signed by President Donald Trump last month. Nemazee's lawyers said their client has been a model prisoner, has a job and housing lined up for after his release, and "embodies the very paradigm" of the type of person Congress intended for home confinement.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:01:30 -0500
  • Trump tells anti-abortion marchers he will support them

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in a prerecorded video to thousands of anti-abortion activists in Washington on Friday for the 46th March for Life, vowing to veto any legislation that "weakens the protection of human life."

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:57:45 -0500
  • $11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups

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    NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. Or he could labor in the prison's kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:52:07 -0500
  • PayPal offers up to $500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdown

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    PayPal Holdings Inc said on Friday it will offer $25 million in interest-free credit to its users who work with the U.S. federal government and are impacted by the shutdown. Employees who use PayPal Credit will be able to avail an advance of up to $500 each, without having to pay any interest, and the program will last until the government reopens and employees receive their first paycheck, the company said on its website http://bit.ly/2Cs7xAY. The partial shutdown, which hit the four-week mark on Friday, is the longest in U.S. history.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:53:09 -0500
  • U.S. names three killed in Syria blast claimed by Islamic State

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    Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon Kent, 35, identified as being from upstate New York, and Scott Wirtz, a civilian Department of Defense employee from St. Louis, died during the Wednesday attack in Manbij, Syria, the Department of Defense said in a statement. The Pentagon did not identify the fourth person killed, a contractor working for a private company.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:10:33 -0500
  • On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown

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    The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled. The Republican-controlled Senate, toeing Trump's line on the wall, has not acted on any of several shutdown-ending bills approved in recent days by the House, all lacking wall funding.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:56:30 -0500
  • Snow, cold take aim at U.S. farm belt this weekend

    A winter storm this weekend followed by a plunge in temperatures, coupled with another cold push late this month, could threaten livestock in the U.S. Plains and possibly winter wheat in parts of the Midwest, meteorologists said. The storm should bring 2 to 8 inches (5 to 20 centimeters) of snow from South Dakota to northern Ohio, with up to 10 inches (25 cm) in northern Iowa, according to National Weather Service maps. The agency posted winter storm warnings Thursday afternoon in South Dakota and Iowa and winter storm watches all the way to New England, where accumulations could top 12 inches.

    Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:23:45 -0500
  • Talks resume as Los Angeles teachers' strike runs for fourth day

    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 ran for a fourth day. The teachers, who have gone without a contract for nearly a year, walked off the job on Monday in their first strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District in 30 years, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. 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 23:56:55 -0500
  • Female shot to death in parking lot of Houston church

    The shooting occurred outside Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, located about 20 miles (30 km) northwest of downtown Houston. No suspect has been apprehended, the sheriff's office said in the Twitter posting. Representatives for the Harris County Sheriff's Office did not return a call or email seeking comment.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    The garrison commander at Maryland’s Fort Meade made the remarks in meetings with residents this month in response to a Reuters report https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-military-developer 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

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    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

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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 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'

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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 $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

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    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

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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 17:34:43 -0500
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