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  • Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treaty

    Trump warns may terminate NAFTA treatyU.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday he might terminate the NAFTA trade treaty with Mexico and Canada after three-way talks failed to bridge deep differences. The United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up their first round of talks on Sunday to revamp the trade pact with little sign of a breakthrough coming. Trump reopened negotiations of the 1994 treaty out of concern U.S. economic interests were suffering.




  • U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racism

    U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racismBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. human rights experts called on the United States and its leadership on Wednesday to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent incidents. The "early warning and urgent action" statement, reserved for serious situations, was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), although it stopped short of criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump by name.




  • Trump voices mild optimism about ties with North Korea

    Trump voices mild optimism about ties with North KoreaPHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump expressed cautious optimism on Tuesday about a possible improvement in relations with North Korea after months of mounting tension over its weapons programs. "I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us," Trump said of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "And maybe - probably not, but maybe - something positive can come about," he said at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Paul Tait)




  • Cheap oil undercuts U.S. rail, bus service: study

    Cheap oil undercuts U.S. rail, bus service: studyCheap gasoline is squeezing U.S. bus companies and the Amtrak passenger rail system that bet more consumers would embrace alternatives to driving for trips shorter than 400 miles, a study by researchers at DePaul University concluded. The study, released Tuesday, found nine metropolitan areas in the United States with populations above 700,000 now have no Amtrak passenger rail service or express bus service.




  • Brazil police launch new phase of 'Car Wash' corruption probe

    Brazil police launch new phase of 'Car Wash' corruption probeBrazil's federal police said on Wednesday they launched a new phase of the "Car Wash" corruption probe, targeting individuals who allegedly favored a private contractor to win business from state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA. The police served four search warrants in two states and the federal district, a statement said. Last week, Brazilian authorities carried out two new phases of "Car Wash," ensnaring U.S. asphalt maker Sargeant Marine, six Greek shipping companies and a former Brazilian congressman in the wide-ranging graft probe.




  • Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawl

    Clinton, in book, says Trump's debate stalking made her skin crawlBy David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says in her new book that Donald Trump made her skin crawl by stalking her around the stage in a campaign debate and she wonders if she should have told him to "back up, you creep." In audio excerpts of the book "What Happened" aired on Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton described her 2016 campaign as "joyful, humbling, infuriating and just plain baffling" and acknowledged she failed her millions of supporters by losing to Trump in the November election. In the excerpts, Clinton described the Oct. 9 debate in St. Louis in which Trump followed her closely about the stage, lurking behind her as she fielded questions from a live television audience. The debate came two days after an audiotape emerged in which Trump was heard bragging about groping women.




  • Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisis

    Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisisBy Hilary Russ HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, also has some of the highest debt levels and its capital city of Hartford is facing potential bankruptcy. Now, the state faces a fiscal crisis. Governor Dannel Malloy, a second-term Democrat who is not seeking reelection, discussed with Reuters tough decisions he has wrestled with to address a fiscal calamity decades in the making.




  • Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsion

    Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsionSingapore has rejected a U.S. citizen's appeal to stay in the city-state following the cancellation of his permanent residence status after the government branded him as an agent of foreign influence. Early this month, Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revoked the permanent residence of Huang Jing, then a professor at Singapore's prominent Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and of his wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, also a U.S. citizen.




  • Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot

    Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpotThe odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever. Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.




  • U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

    U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in AsiaWASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year. "Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," the U.S. Navy said in a press release.




  • Trump hints at pardon for former Arizona Sheriff Arpaio

    Trump hints at pardon for former Arizona Sheriff ArpaioU.S. President Donald Trump hinted on Tuesday that he would issue a pardon for Joe Arpaio, a controversial former sheriff convicted last month of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case. Trump, who had already held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, decided against announcing it at a major rally in Arizona on Tuesday night but suggested that he would step in at some point. Arpaio, an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration, was the sheriff of Maricopa County in Phoenix before he lost a re-election bid in 2016.




  • Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Trump's Phoenix rally

    Police use pepper spray to disperse protesters at Trump's Phoenix rallyPolice fired pepper spray to disperse protesters outside a rally by U.S. President Donald Trump in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday after being pelted with rocks and bottles, police said. Police have not given an estimate of the number of protesters, but Arizona media said there were several thousand. Police did not say whether the pepper spray was used on pro- or anti-Trump protesters, or both.




  • Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rally

    Trump unshackled: President defends Charlottesville response at raucous rallyBy Jeff Mason and Keith Coffman PHOENIX (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump revved up supporters on Tuesday with a defense of his response to a white supremacist-organized rally in Virginia and a promise to shut down the U.S. government if necessary to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Under fire for saying "both sides" were to blame for the violence between white supremacists and left-wing counter protesters in Virginia on Aug. 12, Trump accused television networks of ignoring his calls for unity in the aftermath. "I didn't say I love you because you're black, or I love you because you're white," Trump said.




  • Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting

    Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meetingCity councilors in Charlottesville, Virginia, voted unanimously on Tuesday to cover two statues of Confederate war heroes in black fabric after ejecting spectators from a chaotic council meeting as residents demanded answers over how a recent white nationalist rally turned deadly. It was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber.




  • Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 22) - Virginia, U.S. Navy

    Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Aug 22) - Virginia, U.S. NavyThe following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.




  • U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia: source

    U.S. Navy to relieve commander after collisions in Asia: sourceWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will in the coming hours relieve the three-star admiral who commands its seventh fleet following a series of collisions in Asia, a U.S. official told Reuters late on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity.




  • U.S. Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions: WSJ

    U.S. Navy to relieve admiral of command after collisions: WSJThe U.S. Navy plans to remove from duty the commander of the fleet that has suffered four recent collisions in Asia and the deaths of a number of sailors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing U.S. officials. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, the three-star commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet based in Yokosuka, Japan, will be relieved of command on Wednesday in connection with four collisions since January, including two involving fatalities, two U.S. officials said, according to the Journal. It said Navy officials declined to comment.




  • Bundy followers found not guilty at Nevada trial: newspaper

    Bundy followers found not guilty at Nevada trial: newspaperScott Drexler, Ricky Lovelien, Eric Parker and Steven Stewart - committed crimes including conspiracy, assault on a federal officer, extortion and weapons law violations when they traveled to Nevada with firearms to participate in a plan to halt a cattle roundup. The uprising at Bundy's ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada, 75 miles (120 km) northeast of Las Vegas, grew out of a dispute in which federal agents seized Bundy's cattle over his refusal to pay fees required for grazing his livestock on government land.




  • After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worse

    After solar eclipse, Americans' eyes seem mostly none the worseOne man showed up at a New York City hospital on Tuesday with a damaged retina after acting on the mistaken belief he could safely stare at an eclipse through a hole punched in a garbage bag. "I'm sort of amazed so far that we haven't examined anybody who has damage," Dr. M. Edward Wilson said by telephone from the Medical University of South Carolina's Storm Eye Institute in Charleston. It was a similar story at the University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City, New York City's Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and the Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon: not a blurry eye in sight.




  • Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNA

    Missouri governor halts execution to examine questions over DNABy Chris Kenning CHICAGO (Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens halted the execution of a man scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday for killing a woman during a burglary after his attorneys argued that recent DNA evidence showed he is innocent. Greitens issued the stay of execution for Marcellus Williams, 48, just over four hours before he was scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Bonne Terre state prison for the stabbing death of former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Felicia Gayle during an August 1998 robbery at her home. Greitens said in a statement he would appoint a Board of Inquiry to examine the new DNA evidence and recommend whether he should commute Williams' death sentence.




  • Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises: report

    Number of charter schools, students in U.S. rises: reportThe number of children attending charter schools in the United States hit a record of about 6 percent of all students in public schools, according to a federal education report released on Tuesday. Charter schools are publicly funded schools operated separately from local school districts. About 3 million students were enrolled in charter schools in the 2015-2016 school year, up from roughly 1.8 million students five years prior, according to the report by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.




  • Family of Chinese scholar missing in Illinois asks Trump for help

    Family of Chinese scholar missing in Illinois asks Trump for help(Reuters) - Family members of a Chinese scholar presumed kidnapped in Illinois asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to provide additional resources to help find her.




  • Protests expected at Trump's Phoenix rally, senators will not attend

    Protests expected at Trump's Phoenix rally, senators will not attendArizona's two U.S. senators, who have both clashed with President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican, were expected to skip his campaign rally on Tuesday night in Phoenix, where large protests are planned. In his first such event since causing an uproar last week with remarks about a white nationalist demonstration in Virginia, Trump was expected to make remarks at the rally but not use the event to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat, had asked Trump to postpone Tuesday's event scheduled for 7 p.m. MST (0200 GMT on Wednesday).




  • Commuter train slams into parked train car near Philadelphia, 33 hurt

    Commuter train slams into parked train car near Philadelphia, 33 hurtThe railcar hit the vacant parked car at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, 10 miles west of Philadelphia, around 12:15 a.m. EDT as it pulled into the station, said Heather Redfern, a spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). Some 42 passengers were on the railcar that was moving.




  • Bond sale to pay overdue bills may aid Illinois' rating: S&P

    Bond sale to pay overdue bills may aid Illinois' rating: S&PThe sale of up to $6 billion of bonds by Illinois to shrink its enormous unpaid bill backlog, an action the governor has yet to take, could protect the state from a credit rating downgrade to junk, S&P Global Ratings said on Tuesday. The credit rating agency said the issuance of 12-year general obligation bonds would be cheaper than late payment penalties of as high as 12 percent that the nation's fifth-largest state owes on much of its nearly $14.9 billion backlog of bills. The bond authorization was included in a fiscal 2018 budget enacted in July by the Democratic-controlled legislature over Republican Governor Bruce Rauner's vetoes.




  • Treasury secretary's wife apologizes for Instagram sniping

    Treasury secretary's wife apologizes for Instagram snipingThe flap erupted after Mnuchin's wife, Scottish-born actress Louise Linton, posted a photo of herself emerging from the aircraft wearing a white outfit and sunglasses, using the hashtags "#tomford," "#hermesscarf" and "#valentino," according to images of the Monday evening post on social media. In her initially vitriolic response to the "deplorable" criticism, Linton had lashed out about how much she and her husband contribute to the economy and pay in taxes.




  • Trump not to pardon former Sheriff Arpaio during Arizona trip: White House

    Trump not to pardon former Sheriff Arpaio during Arizona trip: White HousePresident Donald Trump will not issue a pardon on Tuesday for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his trip to Arizona, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Trump had held out the possibility of a pardon for Arpaio, a former sheriff of Maricopa County in Phoenix and an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration.




  • Los Angeles seeks to join lawsuit over U.S. sanctuary policies

    Los Angeles seeks to join lawsuit over U.S. sanctuary policiesThe city of Los Angeles on Tuesday sought to join a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over federal restrictions on some law enforcement grants to so-called sanctuary cities, according to a court filing. The state of California and city of San Francisco earlier this month filed legal challenges that accused the administration of President Donald Trump of improperly trying to force local jurisdictions to enforce national immigration law by imposing funding conditions. In proposed legal claims filed in Northern California federal court, attorneys for Los Angeles called the Justice Department's proposals "unconstitutional on their face." A judge would have to approve Los Angeles' request to intervene in the existing San Francisco lawsuit.




  • Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meeting

    Charlottesville to cover Confederate statues after chaotic meetingIt was the first council meeting since the Aug. 12 rally, when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed a 32-year-old woman. Many at the meeting shouted at the councilors and Mayor Mike Signer, forcing them at one point to leave the chamber. Videos posted on social media showed some in the crowd yelling "shame" and "shut it down" and calling for Signer's resignation.




  • Village Voice to end print edition after nearly 62 years

    Village Voice to end print edition after nearly 62 yearsThe publication is still considering when it will end the print edition, said Luke Carron, a Village Voice spokesman. The company has discussed a number of potential partnership opportunities, and will continue to host events like The Pride Awards, which honors work in LGBTQ communities, Barbey said in the statement.




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