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Boeing Workers Vote Against Union Representation

Boeing wanted employees to vote no, citing expensive union dues and saying IAM does not have the workers' best interests at heart. President Donald Trump's magic seems to have started working as unionization took a massive defeat on February 15, when Boeing workers at the aerospace company's SC plant voted against the same. Read More »

Powerful storm takes aim at Southern California

Strong winds capable of taking down trees and power lines are also expected, along with heavy snow in Southern California's mountains. "It is likely the strongest within the last six years and possibly even as far back as December 2004 or January 1995". Read More »

Assad says West has no right to choose Syria's future


UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August past year that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the Syrian crisis until then. "I would like to say that work is progressing well, there are of course some difficulties but they can be overcome", he said without elaborating. Turkey has sent a lower-level delegation to the talks, compared with the previous round, because some senior diplomats were accompanying President Tayyip Erdogan on a foreign visit, Lavrentiev said. Read More »

Monopoly ditches classic game piece


Hasbro says more than four million votes were cast across the world from January 10 to 31. Hasbro will reveal the final results from the voting and the identities of the winning tokens on World Monopoly Day - mark that auspicious occasion in your diary for March 19. Read More »

With Netanyahu visit, Trump faces difficult test on Israel this week


On the eve of Netanyahu's departure for Washington, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, publicly cautioned him not to mention the words "two-state solution" in talks with Trump . Separately on Wednesday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called on Netanyahu to end settlement building and expressed "willingness to resume a credible peace process". Read More »

Is the intelligence community's hatred of Trump making us less safe?

Trump is in a heated battle with the United States intelligence community, which has unleashed an unprecedented flood of leaks about ties between his administration and the Kremlin. During the presidential campaign, hecelebrated the hackers who broke into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and leaked sensitive material. Read More »

Judge Neil Gorsuch Has a Hearing Date Set

Grassley's office indicated in a statement that the opening statements will take place on Monday, March 20, and Gorsuch will face the committee the following day. "This President is testing fundamental underpinnings of our democracy and its institutions", Schumer said. Gorsuch is precluded from participating in these cases, as he was not a member of the Court at the time they were heard. Read More »

Trump's nominee for labour secretary withdraws nomination

Puzder was not able to submit the required ethics and financial paperwork, which had caused his Senate hearing to be delayed five times. Trump tapped Acosta, now dean of the Florida International University School of Law, after nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew following the release of footage in which his ex-wife accuses him of abuse during a 1990 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Read More »

Republicans pushing for answers on Trump team's Russian Federation ties

Flynn stepped down after leaks surfaced earlier this week of him discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia during a phone conversation with Russian ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak. "Flynn was undone by the fact that he might have just dialled a number", the Rossiya channel said. Such conversations are a possible violation of the Logan Act, a rarely-enforced law barring USA citizens from interfering in foreign diplomacy. Read More »

US Senate blocks Obama gun background checks rule

So, seizing its long-awaited moment with a GOP president in the White House, Congress passed Wednesday's "Resolution of Disapproval" under the Congressional Review Act , a rarely used maneuver that gives lawmakers a means to overturn federal regulations put in place by the executive branch. Read More »

Islamabad High Court bars Valentine's Day celebration in public spaces


The IGC also reportedly directed the information ministry, federal government, Pemra chairman and chief commissioner to submit a reply in the case within a period of 10 days. Social media users in the country are split on the topic, with some tweeting in support of the court's ban and others arguing against it. They issued the order Monday to go in immediate effect. Read More »

Brady fine with teammates skipping White House visit


The Patriots won three Super Bowls when George W Bush was president, and Brady also went to the Clinton White House after MI won the national championship in 1997. While it is fairly common for at least a few players to miss post-championship White House trips, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told FOX Business on Monday that this year it seems to be getting more media attention than usual. Read More »

Fast food CEO Andrew Puzder withdraws nomination for labor secretary


Linda Chavez, George W. Bush's choice for labor secretary, withdrew her nomination after it was discovered she allowed a Guatemalan woman in the United States illegally to live in her home. Puzder's disdain for the American worker, the very people he would be responsible for protecting, is second to none". He continued: "I want thank President Trump for his nomination". Read More »

Jaberi meets with Putin's, Syria UN envoys in Astana


Russian Federation and Turkey, which backs the rebels, have sought to revive diplomacy towards ending the war since the Syrian government and its backers defeated the rebels in Aleppo in December, their biggest defeat of the conflict. Muslit, however, said the opposition had yet to receive an agenda for the upcoming negotiations. This was the second meeting between the two diplomats before the talks. Read More »

Woman Arrested in Killing of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother


The half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who has been murdered in Malaysia, pleaded for his life to be spared after a failed assassination bid in 2012, lawmakers briefed by Seoul's spy chief said on Wednesday. He doubted how those who support his father or his successor really care for the well-being of ordinary North Koreans. He claimed he wanted to visit Disney's Tokyo resort, but the incident embarrassed his father, and the then North Korean leader was succeeded by Kim ... Read More »

EU Parliament approves deal with Canada

The Canadian Prime Minister seems content on skipping London for Strasbourg, with Finance Minister Bill Morneau telling the Financial Times that while his heart nurses warm and nostalgic feelings about the United Kingdom, his head told him that the priority for Canadian trade was the US, EU, and China. Read More »

Raptors trade Terrence Ross to Magic for Serge Ibaka


Sources say that Toronto and Miami are among the Eastern Conference teams that have expressed interest in Ibaka this month. In a vacuum, the trade was a win for both sides. That the Raptors jumped here, before the All-Star break, with the team struggling and its stars calling for help, is nice timing, too. The Magic made the move in part to try to get something back for Ibaka before risking losing him on the open market this summer. Read More »

Modi inducted corrupt leaders in BJP: Rahul

He promised to do much more for the state if BJP comes to power in the state. Although PM Modi was addressing a rally in Uttarakhand's Srinagar, his dominance and the BJP's strength could be gazed by the number of supporters that thronged Gandhi's road show. Read More »

National Weather Service issues high wind warning


Wednesday night: Clear with a low around 34. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday, with highs in the 70s. 25 / 48 WEDNESDAY: Scattered snow showers. Hazards... Strong to Damaging Wind gusts. Tuesday: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 53. Southwest wind around 6 miles per hour. Read More »

Eurozone economic growth falls more than seen


Still, it marked a sharp rebound after the German economy barely expanded over the summer months. Both of the countries' GDP statistics fell short of predictions by 0.1 percentage point, Bloombert said. German data, released earlier in the session, was slightly weaker than expected with a 0.4% increase for the quarter compared with consensus forecasts of 0.5% which helped pull the Euro-zone data slightly lower. Read More »

Gambia to remain in ICC, notifies United Nations of change

Jammeh withdrew his nation from the group in 2013, calling it "an extension of colonialism", but Johnson has his own history of controversy with Britain's former territories in Africa. He will meet President Barrow of The Gambia and President Akufo-Addo of Ghana to discuss the key opportunities and challenges facing each country. Mr Barrow, whose swearing-in was held in neighbouring Senegal, is to be inaugurated as president in a ceremony at the national stadium on Saturday. Read More »

Race against rain: Water levels drop, 190k remain evacuated at Oroville Dam

KQED has a nice slideshow shot over the weekend of both spillways in use, before the crisis began. According to the Los Angeles Times , helicopters are depositing sacks of rocks into the hole created by the erosion, helped by dump trucks that are also patching up spots with rocks, and creating a slurry - a cementlike mixture - to plug everything in place. Read More »

Trump calls Buhari, invites him to Washington DC

The planned conversation has caught Nigerians by surprise due to Buhari's long silence since leaving the country on January 19 for a 10-day medical vacation in London. On Friday, Nigeria's anti-corruption watchdog said it had seized $9.8 million in cash from the former head of the state oil company NNPC, a recovery also made possible under the whistleblower program. Read More »

EU Commission: Finnish economy to trail eurozone in 2017

Mr Moscovici said: 'The European economy has proven resilient to the numerous shocks it has experienced over the past year. The Commission also said that the Albanian central bank's decision to keep its policy interest rate unchanged at the record low level of 1.25% since May previous year will continue to support the increase in domestic demand. Read More »

UN Security Council to discuss North Korean missile test


Following the launch, acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said that he and the global community "are working together to take punitive actions appropriate for this launch". Trump's team is said to be undergoing a top-to-bottom review of existing USA policy on Pyongyang, which President Obama reportedly told Trump during the transition should be the top foreign policy priority on the table for the U.S. Read More »

DuPont settles lawsuits over Teflon-making chemical leak


Their work was funded by a class-action lawsuit settlement with DuPont and based, in part, on C8 testing and other health data from roughly 70,000 current and former residents - one of the most extensive examinations ever of how a toxic chemical affects humans. Read More »

Trump Gives Trudeau Assurance on Trade Relationship With Canada


Trump and Trudeau also announced the creation of a new project called the United States Canada Council for the Advancement of Women Business Leaders-Female Entrepreneurs. Still, analysts said Trudeau has strong incentives to build a relationship with Trump given rising anti-trade sentiment. "When I was campaigning, I said it's not a good situation", he said. Read More »

The US blocks former Palestinian PM from United Nations mission

Haley released a statement saying, "For too long the United Nations has been unfairly biased in favor of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel". Palestinian independence is recognized by 137 of the 193 UN member nations, but the territory is only a non-member observer state at the world body. Read More »

United Airlines pilot removed from flight after rant


United flight 455 from Austin, Texas to San Francisco got off to a odd start Saturday afternoon when the captain was late. The pilot, who was wearing street clothes, entered the cabin and began to talk to the passengers over the intercom. Read More »