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  Days before summit, Trump raises prospect of easing North Korea sanctions   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:18:29 -0500

Days before summit, Trump raises prospect of easing North Korea sanctionsSpeaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump also said he expects to meet with Kim again after their Feb. 27-28 summit in Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital. Trump said he did not think North Korea was reluctant to denuclearize, in spite of a lack of concrete progress since he and Kim met for a first summit in Singapore in June.



  Gory details emerge about missing woman's suspected demise   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:29:37 -0500

Gory details emerge about missing woman's suspected demiseDENVER (AP) — After months of mostly silence from authorities investigating the disappearance of a Colorado mother on Thanksgiving Day, grim details about her suspected demise emerged this week, including accusations that the woman's fiance beat her to death with a baseball bat while their baby was in the next room.



  MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American man   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 04:19:00 -0500

MAGA hat student sues Washington Post for $250m over coverage of confrontation with Native American manA student involved in a viral confrontation with a Native American man is suing the Washington Post for $250m (£191m) over its coverage of the incident. The defamation lawsuit, filed by Covington Catholic High School pupil Nick Sandmann, claims the newspaper “wrongfully targeted and bullied” him due to its “biased agenda” against Donald Trump. The 16-year-old was wearing one of the president’s signature Make America Great Again hats when he attended an anti-abortion rally in Washington in January along with classmates from his Kentucky school.



  Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st day   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:48:51 -0500

Sanders campaign says it raised nearly $6 million on 1st dayThe Vermont senator launched his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination early Tuesday morning and raised nearly $6 million in its first 24 hours.



  Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kids   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:18:33 -0500

Canada looks to reunite Syrian family after fire claims seven kidsCanada is looking to quickly bring over siblings of a Syrian refugee distraught over the loss of her seven children in a Halifax house fire, the prime minister said Thursday. "The immigration minister is seized with this particular case," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked if Ottawa would fast-track the immigration or asylum process to bring the woman's brothers to Canada in order to provide her with family support. The family was among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees welcomed by Canada over the past four years.



  With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:21:10 -0500

With Top Investor in Jail, Putin Hits at Business Climate(Bloomberg) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said honest business people shouldn’t have to live under “constant fear of criminal prosecution,” days after the arrest of one of the country’s top foreign investors.



  Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powder   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 16:08:19 -0500

Johnson & Johnson stock price falls after federal subpoena on alleged asbestos in baby powderThe Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigate the alleged asbestos contamination of Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.



  Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:00:00 -0500

Meet the 'New' F-21 Fighter: An F-16 On Steroids (With F-22 and F-35 DNA)?Is this the fighter India needs?



  Conservative group buys Times Square billboard bashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon NYC pullout   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:51:22 -0500

Conservative group buys Times Square billboard bashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon NYC pulloutJob Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz says his group wants to highlight that socialism 'takes' and capitalism 'creates.'



  As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transition   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 07:06:32 -0500

As Maduro holds on, Venezuela opposition eyes negotiated transitionLast month, Venezuelan opposition leader and Congress chief Juan Guaido invoked the constitution to assume the interim presidency after declaring Maduro's reelection in May 2018 illegitimate. In an effort to secure the backing of Venezuela's military, Guaido proposed an amnesty for officers who turn on Maduro's government. Amid fears the changes have stalled, opposition leaders have begun to talk in the past week about bringing ruling Socialist Party stalwarts into a potential transition government.



  Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:30:00 -0500

Every Photo From Our EV Battle Between the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric



  Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summit   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:43:11 -0500

Searing testimony heard at Vatican sex abuse summitVATICAN CITY (AP) — The day began with an African woman telling an extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders that her priestly rapist forced her to have three abortions over a dozen years after he started violating her at age 15. It ended with a Colombian cardinal warning them they could all face prison if they let such crimes go unpunished.



  Trump panel to examine whether global warming affects national security will include climate change denier   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:44:11 -0500

Trump panel to examine whether global warming affects national security will include climate change denierPresident Donald Trump is preparing to establish a panel to examine whether climate change affects national security, despite existing reports from his own government showing that global warming is a growing threat. According to a White House memo dated 14 February, Mr Trump’s staff members have drafted an executive order to create a 12-member committee, which will include a White House adviser, William Happer, whose views are at odds with the established scientific consensus that carbon dioxide pollution is dangerous for the planet.



  Pakistani-held Kashmir on alert as tensions with India rise   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:15:31 -0500

Pakistani-held Kashmir on alert as tensions with India riseBunkers are being rebuilt and a blackout has been ordered, but schools and bazaars remained open Thursday in Chakothi, a border village in Pakistani-held Kashmir, after a deadly attack sent tensions with neighbouring India soaring. Residents were worried but life was going on in the village of some 3,000 inhabitants just three kilometres (two miles) from the "Line of Control", the de facto border which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers, have been fighting for seven decades over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, now one of the most militarised zones in the world.



  Pinera's Colombia Border Trip Carries Risks for Chilean Leader   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:08:49 -0500

Pinera's Colombia Border Trip Carries Risks for Chilean LeaderPinera, a center-right politician and steadfast opponent of the government of Nicolas Maduro, is gambling with his political capital, according to political scientist Patricio Navia. “Pinera is investing in a Trump-controlled project,” Navia said in a phone interview.



  French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:40:56 -0500

French TV cuts Facebook live feed from Jewish cemetery after anti-Semitic abuse"Our country is confronted with a resurgence of anti-Semitism undoubtedly without precedent since the Second World War," President Emmanuel Macron said later on Tuesday in an annual speech to Jewish leaders in France. France 3 television said it went live from the first cemetery in the village of Quatzenheim on Tuesday as President Emmanuel Macron was visiting to pay his respects after more than 90 graves were vandalized with swastikas and anti-Semitic abuse. "We are talking about explicit death threats, comments that were openly anti-Semitic and racist, including "Heil Hitler", "dirty Jew" or "dirty Jews", comments that were addressed at Emmanuel Macron and representatives of the Jewish community," the channel said in a statement explaining its decision.



  United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hub   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:39:45 -0500

United Airlines: Three new routes for fast-growing Denver hubUnited Airlines will add three new domestic routes at its Denver hub, all of which will go head-to-head against budget rival Frontier Airlines.



  Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock Market   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 06:30:43 -0500

Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders Have a Plan to Kill the Stock MarketSenators Chuck Schumer of New York and Bernie Sanders of Vermont want to penalize “self-indulgent” corporations that buy back their own stock. In a recent article in the New York Times, they argued that when companies repurchase shares, not only do the vast majority of Americans not benefit, but income inequality is exacerbated since only wealthy shareholders and corporate management profit.Despite decades of extraordinary success that the United States has enjoyed and that we enjoy today, Schumer and Sanders believe that something sinister is taking place in the corporate world. They call buybacks a form of “corporate self-indulgence.” Why? Because> corporate boardrooms have become obsessed with maximizing only shareholder earnings to the detriment of workers and the long-term strength of their companies. . . . Companies, rather than investing in ways to make their businesses more resilient or their workers more productive, have been dedicating ever larger shares of their profits to dividends and corporate repurchases.Now even some Republicans are getting on board. Florida senator Marco Rubio has suggested changes in the tax law to discourage buybacks because he says they “inflate” the prices of stock “at the expense of future productivity & job creation.”These senators don’t seem to fully understand that the purpose of a business is to allocate resources in a way that maximizes per share results over the long run. To think that this can be achieved at the expense of workers, at the expense of investing in research, at the expense of developing new and better products, at the expense of investing in equipment to both lower the cost and increase the quality of production, etc. is sophomoric. This underscores their lack of knowledge about investing and financial markets.Companies have several options with regard to the use of excess cash. They can (1) retain the funds in the company, (2) invest in the capital needed to grow the company, (3) make acquisitions, (4) pay out the excess cash in the form of dividends, or (5) repurchase shares from existing shareholders.These senators see little value in share buybacks, but they should listen to Warren Buffett, who is unequivocally a long-term investor. His financial success is a result of making exceptional long-term investments in resilient companies. Unlike Schumer and Sanders, Buffett is an enthusiastic proponent of utilizing excess cash to repurchase shares when conditions are favorable (or opportune).Here is what he said in his 1984 annual report: “The companies in which we have our largest investments are all engaged in significant share repurchases at the times when a wide discrepancy exists between price and value.” He has made this point repeatedly throughout the years. These companies repurchase shares and continue to grow, continue to invest in research, in capital that will improve the quality and lower the cost of products. He has even bought back $1 billion of shares of his own company, Berkshire Hathaway, not because he is “self-indulgent” but because he thinks the firm is undervalued.Schumer and Sanders—and in some cases they are joined by Rubio—provide two main reasons we are in a stock buyback “crisis”:> First, stock buybacks don’t benefit the vast majority of Americans.> > Second, when corporations direct resources to buy back shares on this scale, they restrain their capacity to reinvest profits more meaningfully in the company in terms of R&D, equipment, higher wages, paid medical leave, retirement benefits and worker retraining.The first point is utter nonsense. More than 100 million average Americans own stock. Americans invest in mutual funds and index funds and buy and sell stock every day. Tens of millions more have 401K plans, and most union pension funds have hundreds of billions of dollars invested in stocks.The second point is equally absurd. A corporate board of directors is elected by shareholders, the owners of the company. When a board makes the decision to repurchase shares, it is a sign of confidence in the firm’s long-term profitability. It raises share values, which obviously benefits shareholders and puts firms in better financial shape — which also benefits the employees. Essentially, Schumer and Sanders believe, and Rubio seems to believe, that they have the right to tell the owners of a corporation the best way to allocate their profits.Studies show that firms that buy back their own shares have strong long-term growth.Consider Apple. It has become the most valuable company in the world. This exceptional success was achieved because of the enormous investments they made to develop revolutionary products. Companies cannot develop revolutionary products by underpaying talented workers or without investing billions of dollars in research, factories, and equipment. Not incidentally, Apple has repurchased billions of dollars of its own stock.The hyper-competitiveness and efficiency of U.S. companies is a major reason that unemployment is at a near 50-year low. Today, no company can survive if its workers are treated poorly. Walmart, which Schumer and Sanders attacked in their article, and many other companies recently raised their wage rates substantially, starting with entry-level positions.What is most disturbing about Schumer and Sanders’s proposal is their hubris in believing that they know how every company should handle its excess cash better than the CEOs, the boards of directors, and shareholders do. That is a rather all-encompassing statement. One would be hard-pressed to find a more vivid example of what Friedrich Hayek called “the fatal conceit,” the distorted notion that one knows more than is knowable. Would Buffett invest in a company if Schumer and Sanders were in charge of allocating its resources?We doubt it. Who in their right mind would?If approved, what Schumer and Sanders propose would not only hurt U.S. companies. It would harm the entire U.S. economy and financial system. It would raise the cost of capital for companies. What they advocate would tell domestic and foreign investors that our government is interfering with how companies allocate their resources.What is the difference between going after a large company with lots of shareholders and a small company with one owner? How long before Senators Schumer and Sanders tell the tire-shop owner that he has not paid his employees enough and that therefore he has withdrawn too much of the profit as an owner distribution?Every shareholder and business owner in America should rise up in loud protest against what these senators are proposing.Thomas A. Smith is the president of the Smith Foundation and ran a successful investment company for 40 years. Stephen Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and an economic consultant with FreedomWorks.



  You're Dead: The F-35 Is Crushing Enemy Fighter Jets in Air War Simulations   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:48:00 -0500

You're Dead: The F-35 Is Crushing Enemy Fighter Jets in Air War Simulations“The F-35 ‘redefines’ how you go to war with a platform."



  U.S. won't partner with countries that use Huawei systems: Pompeo   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:28:25 -0500

U.S. won't partner with countries that use Huawei systems: PompeoU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday warned that the United States would not be able to partner with or share information with countries that adopt Huawei Technologies Co Ltd systems, citing security concerns. In an interview on Fox Business Network, Pompeo said nations in Europe and elsewhere need to understand the risks of implementing Huawei's telecommunications equipment and that when they did, they would ultimately not use the company's systems. "If a country adopts this and puts it in some of their critical information systems, we won't be able to share information with them, we won't be able to work alongside them," Pompeo said.



  Girl's death haunted police until arrest made 45 years later   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:39:49 -0500

Girl's death haunted police until arrest made 45 years laterSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators searched for decades for the killer of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared while walking home from summer school in a case that gripped a California seaside community.



  Trump demands 6G technology in rant against American companies: 'We must be the leader in everything we do'   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:30:00 -0500

Trump demands 6G technology in rant against American companies: 'We must be the leader in everything we do'Donald Trump has called on American companies to become leaders around the world in "5G, even 6G" technology in a series of tweets. “I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible,” the president tweeted on Thursday morning. “I want the United States to win through competition, not by blocking out currently more advanced technologies.



  20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:03:00 -0500

20 Affordable Indoor Planters We Love



  Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponed   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 08:02:37 -0500

Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Russia postponedIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have postponed a planned meeting Thursday in Moscow for talks on Iranian military activity in Syria, an Israeli official said. The two leaders would speak by phone on Thursday instead, the official said on condition of anonymity Wednesday, adding that a new date for the meeting would be set as soon as possible. The official gave no reason for the postponement, but Israeli media said it was related to Netanyahu's strategizing with allied right-wing parties for April 9 elections ahead of a Thursday deadline for electoral lists to be submitted.



  Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomats   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:35:37 -0500

Britain, EU closer to possible agreement on Brexit: EU diplomatsThe backstop is an insurance policy designed to avoid border controls between EU member Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland after Brexit. "We are also looking at updating the declaration on future EU-UK ties after Brexit to give more prominence to the 'alternative arrangements' sought by Britain," said one EU diplomat who deals with Brexit. "But May won't get any firm wording before Feb. 28." A second diplomat, briefed on the May-Juncker talks on Wednesday evening, confirmed the EU would only signal this was the direction of travel before the British prime minister faces another round of Brexit votes in the UK parliament.



  Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million years   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:17:17 -0500

Carbon dioxide in our atmosphere may soar to levels not seen in 56 million yearsEmissions of carbon dioxide – the greenhouse gas most responsible for global warming – could soar to levels not seen in 56 million years, scientists warned.



  Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From U.S. Shutdown   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:04:34 -0500

Southwest Air Drops on $60 Million Hit From U.S. ShutdownThe political stalemate that ended last month will reduce first-quarter revenue by $60 million as the aftereffects lingered on, Southwest said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. “With more of first quarter under our belt now, and a higher percentage of March bookings in place, we feel like we are at the point where we can reasonably quantify the total impact from the shutdown,” Southwest said by email.



  Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:49:00 -0500

Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in VenezuelaCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jhonny Godoy had taken to Twitter to proclaim his opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, posting a video that showed him running through the streets waving the national flag as protests erupted across Venezuela's capital.



  In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:24:03 -0500

In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too lateIn the study of his home outside Washington, victims’ advocate Tom Doyle searched a shelf packed with books to find the thick report that led him to stop practicing as a priest and devote himself to helping those who had been sexually abused by clergymen. The 1985 report was one of the first exposes in a sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has called senior bishops to meet for four days starting on Thursday to discuss how to tackle the worsening crisis.



  The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:35:03 -0500

The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 caseCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local):



  Sarah Isgur Flores: Former Trump aide hired as CNN political editor despite having no journalism experience   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 05:29:33 -0500

Sarah Isgur Flores: Former Trump aide hired as CNN political editor despite having no journalism experienceCNN has appointed a former Trump administration official with no journalism experience as a political editor, provoking consternation among the broadcaster’s staff and Democrat politicians. Sarah Isgur Flores, who served as chief spokeswoman and senior adviser for the US Department of Justice under attorney general Jeff Sessions, is to join the network to coordinate coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Ms Isgur Flores has previously been communications director for Republican National Committee and worked on the campaign teams of former presidential hopefuls Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz.



  Attorney for Nicholas Sandmann says the Washington Post gave online bullies a megaphone to tarnish his client   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:35:31 -0500

Attorney for Nicholas Sandmann says the Washington Post gave online bullies a megaphone to tarnish his clientLin Wood explains the Covington Catholic High School student's $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post.



  IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenship   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:45:51 -0500

IS teen 'shocked' after UK revokes her citizenshipA British teenager who joined the Islamic State group in Syria said Wednesday she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship and was considering applying to settle in The Netherlands, the homeland of her husband. Shamima Begum, who travelled to Syria in 2015 and now wants to return to Britain after giving birth in a refugee camp in Syria last week, said the order was "unjust".



  Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:37:59 -0500

Amazon lessons for voters, taxpayers, New York and the 237 other places that bid for HQ2Did Amazon stop needing New York, or did New York drive it away? As cities across America compete for jobs, the messy breakup is a cautionary tale.



  Winter weather isn't just battering the eastern US. It's even snowing in Las Vegas   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:20:40 -0500

Winter weather isn't just battering the eastern US. It's even snowing in Las VegasWhile winter weather has battered the east for the past couple days, the National Weather Service said up to 3 inches of snow will fall in the outskirts of the Las Vegas Valley.



  How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth It   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:20:41 -0500

How to Determine Whether a Warehouse Club Membership is Worth ItWarehouse clubs such as Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's Wholesale Club are marketed to consumers as great places to find bargains on all kinds of goods, particularly items sold in bulk. Many discount grocers offer comparable prices on the goods you can find at a warehouse club. For most customers, there are three major areas that will provide enough savings throughout the year to pay for a warehouse club membership.



  Trump apparently not familiar with his administration's push for global decriminalization of homosexuality   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:54:15 -0500

Trump apparently not familiar with his administration's push for global decriminalization of homosexualityThe president expresses confusion when asked about one of his administration's own policies.



  Senator Elizabeth Warren backs reparations for black Americans   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 17:26:55 -0500

Senator Elizabeth Warren backs reparations for black Americans"We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences including undermining the ability of Black families to build wealth in America for generations," Warren, who is white, said in a statement to Reuters. "Black families have had a much steeper hill to climb - and we need systemic, structural changes to address that," she said in the statement. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris also recently said she would support some form of reparations.



  Courtroom video shows man punch own attorney after sentencing   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:18:06 -0500

Courtroom video shows man punch own attorney after sentencingCourtroom video shows a man attacking his own attorney after he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 47 years.



  Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:21:46 -0500

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.



  Police: Actor Jussie Smollett arrested in Chicago   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:18:04 -0500

Police: Actor Jussie Smollett arrested in ChicagoActor Jussie Smollett has been arrested after he was charged with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten by two masked men.



  Pakistan bans groups linked to Mumbai attack suspects   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:05:50 -0500

Pakistan bans groups linked to Mumbai attack suspectsPakistan on Thursday banned two groups believed to be fronts for the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, amid heightened pressure on Islamabad to act against militants. Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation were designated "proscribed organisations", the interior ministry said in a statement, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered officials to accelerate action against banned groups. JuD and FIF are considered by the UN to be fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a group accused by Washington and New Delhi of carrying out the Mumbai attack, which killed 166 people and brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war.



  Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags on   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:23:07 -0500

Driver hurt by air bag shrapnel as investigation drags onDETROIT (AP) — Nearly four years ago, the U.S. government's highway safety agency began investigating air bag inflators made by ARC Automotive of Tennessee when two people were hit by flying shrapnel after crashes.



  View the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 in Photos   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:30:00 -0500

View the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4 in Photos



  Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms linger   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:07:20 -0500

Southwest Airlines cancels nearly 400 flights as maintenance woes, winter storms lingerThe airline continues to have a higher-than-usual number of aircraft out of service due to maintenance and is dealing with snow in Las Vegas.



  Saudi Crown Prince Set to Arrive in China as Asian Tour Rolls On   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:52:10 -0500

Saudi Crown Prince Set to Arrive in China as Asian Tour Rolls OnThe visit will include a meeting with President Xi Jinping and a high-level joint dialogue aimed at boosting relations after the nations agreed to promote a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016. China overtook the U.S. as the kingdom’s biggest trading partner in 2013. The world’s most populous nation accounted for about 15 percent of all Saudi imports and exports last year compared with 8 percent a decade earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.



  Trump appears unaware of his administration's own pro-LGBT+ campaign just two days after launch   Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:25:26 -0500

Trump appears unaware of his administration's own pro-LGBT+ campaign just two days after launchDonald Trump has appeared to claim ignorance at his administration’s own plan to pressure dozens of countries around the world into ending the criminalisation of homosexuality. During an exchange with assembled media at the White House on Wednesday, the US president was asked about the initiative launched on Tuesday, which is being spearheaded by US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, who is gay. “Mr President, on your push to decriminalise homosexuality, are you doing that?



  The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summit   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 09:03:49 -0500

The stakes are high for Pope Francis, Catholics worldwide in unprecedented sex abuse summitPope Francis' summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, draws church leaders from around the world.



  Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shooting   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:00:34 -0500

Funeral held for youngest victim of factory shootingSHERIDAN, Ill. (AP) — A small funeral home was packed with hundreds of mourners for a 21-year-old college student who was killed on the first day of his internship when a worker opened fire inside an Illinois manufacturing facility.



  Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flights   Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:15 -0500

Snow, sleet threaten U.S. East Coast, hinder hundreds of flightsA winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to snarl New York City's evening commute after hindering air travel along the East Coast and prompting the shutdown of federal offices in Washington. Snow turning to sleet slickened roadways in the New York metropolitan area by the early afternoon and was blamed for a rash of fender benders and traffic jams. The widespread weather system piled as much as 6 inches (15 cm) of snow across the Washington area before turning to sleet, said meteorologist Bryan Jackson of the National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.