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  • UPDATE 2-Trump says he wouldn't stop Fed Chair Powell if he offered to resign

    U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Friday and said he wouldn't try to stop the chief U.S. central banker if he offered to resign. "I don't think he's doing a good job at all," Trump told reporters as he left the White House shortly before midnight on Friday. Asked if he wanted Powell to resign, Trump replied: "Do I want him to resign?

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:19:17 -0400
  • Police: Texas boy subject of Amber Alert, mother found dead

    Police say a 6-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found dead along with his mother in a vehicle in a parking garage in Waxahachie, Texas. Waxahachie police say in a statement that the body of Phillip Weidemann, whose father reported him missing earlier Friday, was found along with that of his mother, Candace Harbin, who was wanted for kidnapping him. The boy's father, John Wiedemann, and Harbin were estranged.

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 00:04:25 -0400
  • Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting of black man

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    A white Florida man who told detectives he had a "pet peeve" about illegal parking in handicapped spots was convicted late Friday of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man outside a convenience store. Security video recorded McGlockton leaving the store and shoving Drejka to the ground.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:39:59 -0400
  • Trump heads to France after ratcheting up China trade war

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    President Donald Trump is heading to France for an annual summit of leaders of the world's richest democracies. Trump departed Washington late Friday hours after he escalated a long-running trade fight with China by raising tariffs. Trump also blamed the state of the U.S. economy on the man he chose to lead the Federal Reserve.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:39:20 -0400
  • Employee of Britain's Hong Kong mission held in China released - police

    An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said. Simon Cheng was detained for 15 days for violating public security management regulations, police in Shenzhen's Luohu district said on their Twitter-like Weibo account.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:22:43 -0400
  • Michael Drejka, who invoked 'stand your ground' defense in shooting of unarmed man, found guilty of manslaughter

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    The man accused of shooting a Florida father in front of his family in an argument over a handicap parking space outside a convenience store has been found guilty of manslaughter. Michael Drejka had argued he acted in self-defense, and invoked the controversial "stand your ground" law that earned widespread attention during the trial of George Zimmerman in 2013. Just hours after gunning Markeis McGlockton down, Drejka told detectives he opened fire when the unarmed man shoved him to the ground and took one step toward him, a scenario that appears to go against a security video showing the victim step back when he saw the suspect pull a firearm.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:57:15 -0400
  • 51 homes, 3 businesses lost in Alaska wildfire

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    A wildfire burning north of Anchorage, Alaska, has destroyed 51 homes and three businesses, officials said Friday. Another 84 buildings between the communities of Willow and Talkeetna, about 70 miles north of the state's largest city, also have been destroyed, fire information manager Kale Casey said. Hundreds of people have been evacuated because of the fire that started Sunday night along the Parks Highway, the main thoroughfare that connects Anchorage to Denali National Park and Preserve and Fairbanks.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:54:47 -0400
  • The Latest: Florida man convicted in parking lot shooting

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    A Florida jury has convicted a white man of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot. Drejka had confronted McGlockton's girlfriend for parking in a handicapped space while McGlockton went into a convenience store.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:45:38 -0400
  • China to raise import tariffs on U.S. scrap copper, aluminium from Dec 15

    * China will impose an extra 5% tariff on imports of copper scrap and aluminium scrap from the United States from Dec. 15, according to a list of retaliatory tariffs published by the Ministry of Finance late on Friday. * Beijing had already levied a 25% tariff on copper scrap from the United States, one of its biggest suppliers, in a previous round of duties and twice hit U.S. scrap aluminium with a 25% tariff in 2018.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:44:08 -0400
  • 'Shock' investment urged to stem flow of Central American migrants

    Regional leaders on Friday called for "shock" investment in infrastructure in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reduce the number of migrants flowing from the three economically fragile countries, bound for the United States. Efforts to stem the flow of Central Americans, many seeking legal asylum in the United States, have gained impetus as U.S. President Donald Trump continues to pursue a mix of threats and stepped-up immigration enforcement.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:37:03 -0400
  • This 'Sleeping Beauty' makeup collection is the stuff childhood dreams are made of

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    Bésame Cosmetics has launched a "Sleeping Beauty"-themed Disney makeup collection, and it's just as mesmerizing as one would imagine. In August, the brand began teasing that a special collection was coming, and Friday, Sleeping Beauty: The 1959 collection was released. The line was inspired by the story of Princess Aurora, and currently has eight whimsical products.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:31:19 -0400
  • Ewan McGregor to return as Obi-Wan in new 'Star Wars' streaming TV series

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    Ewan McGregor will reprise his "Star Wars" role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the actor announced to fans of the beloved movie franchise on Friday. McGregor surprised the crowd at Walt Disney Co's D23 Expo fan convention, walking on stage to loud cheers and applause. "It's been four years of saying 'well, I don't know,'" in response to fan questions, McGregor told the crowd.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:27:39 -0400
  • Ewan McGregor to return as Obi-Wan in new 'Star Wars' streaming TV series

    Ewan McGregor will reprise his "Star Wars" role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in a series for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the actor announced to fans of the beloved movie franchise on Friday. McGregor surprised the crowd at Walt Disney Co's D23 Expo fan convention, walking on stage to loud cheers and applause. "It's been four years of saying 'well, I don't know,'" in response to fan questions, McGregor told the crowd.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:23:02 -0400
  • Hong Kong airport operating normally despite planned "stress test" protest

    Hong Kong's airport and the roads and railways leading to it were operating normally early on Saturday despite plans by protesters to implement a "stress test" of transport links to the aviation hub early in the day. Train stations feeding the airport, as well as roads to it, were largely clear, with a light police presence along some access routes. Authorities had taken out a court order to prevent demonstrations at the airport, which was forced to close for part of last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1000 flights and occasionally clashing with police.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:17:50 -0400
  • Illinois trooper serving warrant dies from gunshot wounds

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    An Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home, said State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly. Police didn't say if anyone else was shot, nor have they revealed the issues addressed in the search warrant.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:14:20 -0400
  • DA objects to deal in lawsuit over Houston area bail system

    The top prosecutor in Texas' most populous county is opposing parts of a proposed settlement in a federal lawsuit over the county's bail system, which had been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg had previously supported the lawsuit, calling for "immediate reform to the bail system." The 2016 lawsuit argues it is unjust that many misdemeanor defendants remain jailed because they are too poor to afford bail. Ogg's objections include the possibility the proposed agreement could create roadblocks "to ensuring the regular and timely appearance of a defendant in court" and could put victims in danger because judges would not be able to issue timely protective measures in cases like domestic violence or stalking because defendants would not be required to appear in court until three days after their release from jail.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:09:27 -0400
  • Disney will bring back 'Lizzie McGuire' with Hilary Duff

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    Speaking with "Good Morning America," Duff explained that the new series will center on a 30-year-old Lizzie, who's working as an apprentice to an interior designer in New York City and is engaged to a chef. "She is everyone's best friend and there are big hurdles to climb over when you're 30," Duff said. "Lizzie McGuire" premiered on Disney Channel in 2001, and starred Duff as a 13-year-old trying to navigate junior high school.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:03:00 -0400
  • UPDATE 2-Psychologist approved Jeffrey's Epstein's removal from suicide watch

    A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month. Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:51:02 -0400
  • Trump team defends 2020 campaign manager's compensation

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    President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign team on Thursday angrily disputed a news report that campaign chairman Brad Parscale is profiting excessively from his work for Trump. Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh rejected as false anonymous allegations in The Daily Mail that Parscale was getting a cut of 2020 campaign donations. "The suggestion that he is siphoning off a percentage of donations is a lie," Murtaugh said in a statement.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:34:00 -0400
  • Japan, U.S. reach framework trade pact, no tariff cuts on Japan cars - Nikkei

    The United States and Japan have reached the broad framework of a trade agreement, with Washington maintaining tariffs on Japanese autos but Tokyo cutting tariffs on U.S. beef and pork, Japan's Nikkei business daily said on Saturday. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi reached the deal on Friday in Washington, and it will be announced at a meeting of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expected on Sunday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, France, the newspaper said. The report comes shortly after Motegi told reporters in Washington that he and Lighthizer had made "big progress" in their talks.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:26:04 -0400
  • Psychologist approved Jeffrey's Epstein's removal from suicide watch

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    A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd and addressed to the leaders of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, seeking details about the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death earlier this month. Epstein, who was 66, was found dead Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Lower Manhattan.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:19:26 -0400
  • EXPLAINER-What tools could Trump use to get U.S. firms to quit China?

    Hours after China announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods on Friday, President Donald Trump ordered U.S. companies to "start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.". The stakes are high: U.S. companies invested a total of $256 billion in China between 1990 and 2017, compared with $140 billion Chinese companies have invested in the United States, according to estimates by the Rhodium Group research institute. Some U.S. companies had been shifting operations out of China even before the tit-for-tat tariff trade war began more than a year ago.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:19:09 -0400
  • U.S. aware of reports of North Korea missile launch, consulting with allies -official

    The United States is aware of reports of a North Korean missile launch and is consulting with Japan and South Korea, a senior administration official said on Friday. "We are aware of reports of a missile launch from North Korea, and continue to monitor the situation.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:14:08 -0400
  • The Latest: Wounded Illinois trooper dies from injuries

    An Illinois State Police trooper has died from gunshot wounds suffered while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly says 33-year-old Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, a 10-year veteran, died in St. Louis University Hospital.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:12:48 -0400
  • FACTBOX-From phone makers to farmers, the toll of Trump's trade wars

    The world's two largest economies, China and the United States, on Friday exchanged blows in the latest escalation in their trade war that has roiled supply chains and whipsawed financial markets. China said it would slap retaliatory tariffs on about $75 billion worth of U.S. goods, while President Donald Trump announced a 5 percentage-point hike in tariffs already in place and others set to take effect next month. Trump also demanded that U.S. companies take steps to exit China, throwing a new twist into a bitter trade war now in its second year, although Trump cannot legally compel U.S. companies to abandon China immediately.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:11:47 -0400
  • Released from death row, then returned — forced to prove race discrimination a second time

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    Cases before N.C. Supreme Court show link between slavery, Jim Crow and modern death penalty is as connected as 'ropes of the lynch-man's noose'

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:01:55 -0400
  • FEATURE- Rohingya women defy threats in refugee camps to rebuild lives one stitch at a time

    R ohingya refugee Shofika Begum can't stop the flashbacks from two years ago when her husband and sister were shot dead and she was raped in her village in Myanmar that was then torched. Begum, 22, escaped and now lives in the world's largest refugee settlement in southeast Bangladesh, where she leads a group of about 70 Rohingya women tailors, all of whom survived rape or witnessed horrific killings before fleeing Myanmar. All hope the cooperative Testimony Tailors will help them support their families and regain control of their lives, but they are battling a new threat - resistance to women working and taking leadership roles in their conservative Islamic society.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 20:00:00 -0400
  • Kansas hiking group overwhelmed in Arizona heat

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    A group of fitness coordinators from Kansas became overwhelmed while climbing a mountain trail near metro Phoenix in sweltering temperatures and two members had to be airlifted to safety, authorities said Friday. The two who were flown by helicopter Thursday off the trail near Apache Junction were treated for heat-related but only one went to the hospital, Superstition Fire & Medical District spokesman Richard Ochs said. Ochs did not know that person's current condition Friday.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:59:28 -0400
  • Psychologist approved Jeffrey's Epstein's removal from suicide watch

    A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The disclosure came in a letter dated on Thursday from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican member of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Epstein died on Aug. 10 in his cell, and an autopsy report concluded that he hanged himself.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:59:15 -0400
  • Co-worker arrested in fatal stabbing at Cal State Fullerton campus

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    A co-worker has been arrested in the slaying of a retired California college administrator who was stabbed to death on campus, police said. Chuyen Vo, 51, is accused of killing Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, who was found in a car in a campus parking lot with "numerous" stab wounds on Monday morning, according to authorities. A "crude incendiary device" was left in a backpack underneath Chan's car, as well as items that could be used in a kidnapping, like zip-ties and wigs, police said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:51:00 -0400
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. The 86-year old justice, who has had previous cancer scares, tolerated the therapy well and no further treatment is required, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. A Florida man was sentenced to 15 months in prison on Friday for threatening to behead U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, federal prosecutors said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:50:09 -0400
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Six European Union countries have agreed to take in the 356 migrants stranded at sea for two weeks aboard the Ocean Viking rescue vessel, ending the latest standoff in the bloc over migration across the Mediterranean. The migrants aboard the ship, which is run by French charities, will be taken to Malta before being received by France, Germany, Romania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Ireland, the EU migration commissioner and Maltese prime minister said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:50:08 -0400
  • Former Houston police officer charged with murder over raid

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    A former Houston police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the deadly January drug raid of a home that killed a couple who lived there and injured five officers, prosecutors announced Friday. Former Officer Gerald Goines, who was shot in the ensuing gunfight during the Jan. 28 raid, is charged with two counts of felony murder after police accused him of lying in a search warrant about having a confidential informant buying heroin at the home. Goines later acknowledged there was no informant and that he bought the drugs himself, authorities said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:50:00 -0400
  • The Latest: Houston police chief supports drug raid charges

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    Houston's police chief says the arrest of two officers for their roles in a deadly January drug raid that killed a couple shows his agency can hold its own accountable if they do something wrong. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Friday he doesn't believe the actions of ex-officers Gerald Goines and Steven Bryant are indicative of a systematic problem within his agency. Earlier Friday, prosecutors announced they had filed two felony murder counts against Goines and one count of tampering with a government record against Bryant.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:45:04 -0400
  • Florida Democrats fail to force special session on guns

    Florida lawmakers won't be convening for a special session on guns after Democrats failed to win support to immediately address an "epidemic of gun violence" in the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. House Democrats needed support from at least 60 percent of each legislative chamber. At least 16 of the state's 40 senators were against the special session.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:37:50 -0400
  • REFILE-UPDATE 5-N.Korea's launches short-range missiles, complicating U.S. attempts to restart talks

    North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks. Saturday's launch was the seventh by North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the inter-Korean border in June.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:24:41 -0400
  • Avowed Trump supporter from Mexico convicted of alien voter fraud

    An avowed Republican activist and supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was born in Mexico but lived in the United States illegally for more than 20 years, was found guilty on Friday of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud. A federal court jury in Sacramento, California, returned the guilty verdict against Gustavo Araujo Lerma, 64, after several hours of deliberation, capping a five-day trial in which defense lawyers presented letters of thanks from Trump and top Republican Party officials. The case posed an ironic twist to Trump's oft-repeated but unsubstantiated claim that millions of non-citizens fraudulently cast ballots against him in 2016, skewing the popular vote in favor of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, while he won in the Electoral College.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:24:22 -0400
  • Avowed Trump supporter from Mexico convicted of alien voter fraud

    An avowed Republican activist and supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was born in Mexico but lived in the United States illegally for more than 20 years, was found guilty on Friday of identity theft and five counts of alien voter fraud. A federal court jury in Sacramento, California, returned the guilty verdict against Gustavo Araujo Lerma, 64, after several hours of deliberation, capping a five-day trial in which defense lawyers presented letters of thanks from Trump and top Republican Party officials. The case posed an ironic twist to Trump's oft-repeated but unsubstantiated claim that millions of non-citizens fraudulently cast ballots against him in 2016, skewing the popular vote in favor of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, while he won in the Electoral College.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:22:23 -0400
  • Former police officer charged with murder for botched Houston raid

    Prosecutors are reviewing 14,000 criminal cases involving the drug squad that conducted the raid for evidence of improprieties, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told a news conference. In January, then police officer Gerald Goines wrote in an affidavit to obtain a search warrant that an informant had bought heroin at the house, Ogg said. On Jan. 28, Goines and his Houston narcotics squad entered the house without knocking, as allowed under the warrant.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:15:07 -0400
  • Candidate: Michigan city should be as white 'as possible'

    Jean Cramer made the comment Thursday in response to a question about diversity in Marysville, a city in St. Clair County, 55 miles (88 kilometers) northeast of Detroit. More than 90% of Marysville's 9,700-person population is white. During a follow-up interview Friday outside her Marysville home, Cramer doubled down on her statements.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:06:57 -0400
  • Global disputes likely to thwart unity at G7 summit in France

    Leaders of the G7 nations arrive in France on Saturday for a summit as a brewing U.S.-China confrontation over protectionism highlighted President Emmanuel Macron's tough task in delivering meaningful results on trade, Iran and climate change. The three-day meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to pull together. Summit host Macron wants the leaders of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and climate change, and has invited leaders from Asia, Africa and Latin America to join them for a global push on these issues.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 19:00:00 -0400
  • Candy suspected in student illnesses not drug-infused

    Authorities in Georgia say candy that is believed to have sickened several students at a middle school was not drug-infused. Henderson Middle School in Jackson said in a statement that several students reported feeling ill after ingesting the candy Friday. The Butts County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that tests showed the candy did not contain drugs.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:56:02 -0400
  • $10,000 reward offered for arrest of wild burro killers

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    Someone has been killing the wild burros of California's Mojave Desert, and the Bureau of Land Management is offering up to $10,000 to anyone who can help catch the culprit or culprits. Over the past three months, 42 burro carcasses containing gunshot wounds have been found scattered along a 60-mile (95-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 15, the main highway linking Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The animals, like wild horses, are protected under federal law.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:53:32 -0400
  • Sajid Javid prepares ground for no-deal emergency budget - The Times

    British finance minister Sajid Javid is preparing ground for a no-deal emergency budget in the fortnight before Britain leaves the European Union, The Times reported. Javid, who took office last month, will ask the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to begin work on forecasts for a no-deal Brexit within days, the newspaper reported. Javid will postpone the final decision on whether to push ahead with the budget until after the European Council meets on Oct. 17, the report added.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:51:22 -0400
  • Man convicted of firing into home and killing teen sentenced

    Isaac Barnes pleaded guilty to three felonies for the killing of Sandra Parks last November. Prosecutors have said that Barnes' ex-girlfriend may have been the target of the attack. The Journal Sentinel reports that several hours before the 27-year-old Barnes was sentenced on Friday, Bernice Parks stood with other mothers who lost children to gun violence.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:50:21 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Credit ratings underscore need for Lebanon reforms -finance minister

    Lebanon is committed to economic reforms and will overcome its crisis, the finance minister told Reuters on Friday after Fitch downgraded the country's credit rating to CCC while S&P kept it at B-/B. Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said the ratings reports showed the urgency for reforms, which the government has long put off. Lebanon is grappling with one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens at 150% of GDP and years of low economic growth.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:40:05 -0400
  • Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

    A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds the Pennsylvania House's policy of limiting prayers at the start of legislative sessions to guest chaplains who believe in God or a divine or higher power. After the guest chaplain policy was blocked, House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, began assigning the invocation to House members.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:36:40 -0400
  • U.S. Steel to idle Indiana plant, 150 jobs at risk

    U.S. Steel said on Friday it will idle a plant in Indiana by mid-November as part of the consolidation of its till mill operations in the United States, a move which could result in lay-offs for nearly 150 employees. The steelmaker blamed high levels of low-priced imports for its decision to consolidate work at East Chicago Tin facility into the ones at Gary Works and the Midwest Plant in Northwest Indiana. The East Chicago facility currently employs 297 workers.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:35:50 -0400
  • Plan allows drilling, grazing near national monument in Utah

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    A new U.S. government management plan unveiled Friday clears the way for coal mining and oil and gas drilling on land that used to be off limits as part of a sprawling national monument in Utah before President Donald Trump downsized the protected area two years ago. The plan released by the Bureau of Land Management would also open more lands to cattle grazing and recreation and acknowledges there could be "adverse effects" on land and resources in the monument. The BLM says no land will be sold from the 1,345 square miles (3,488 square kilometers) that were cut from what had been the 3,000 square miles (7,770 square kilometers) of the monument.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:30:39 -0400
  • Oklahoma fugitives accused of child abuse found in Missouri

    St. Louis police and the U.S. Marshals Service have found and taken into custody two people wanted on child abuse and other charges after authorities in Oklahoma last month found one of their children dead and three others in critical condition. Police announced in a tweet that Hakim Mustafa Moore, 27, and Robin Alexander, 29, were located Friday. The two were booked on Oklahoma charges into the St. Louis jail, Officer Michelle Woodling said.

    Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:28:51 -0400
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