Palm Oil: Consuming Sweat and Blood
2020-09-25 02:21:38 UTC
PENINSULAR MALAYSIA (AP) — Jum’s words tumble out over the phone, his voice growing ever more frantic.
Between sobs, he says he’s trapped on a Malaysian plantation run by government-owned Felda, one of the world’s largest palm oil companies. His boss confiscated and then lost his Indonesian pa...
Trump Might Ban Alibaba in U.S.
2020-08-15 23:54:54 UTC
<p>BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday during a press conference that he was “looking into” whether Chinese technology giant Alibaba should be banned in the United States. </p><p>Trump has been piling pressure on Chinese-owned companies, such...
Trump Apparently Plans to Sabotage U.S. Election
2020-08-13 19:56:52 UTC
<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pan...
A Strong Kamala Harris Delivers Powerful Speech as VP Candidate
2020-08-12 22:30:42 UTC
<p>WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Democrat Kamala Harris made her campaign-trail debut as Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate on Wednesday, criticizing Republican Donald Trump for mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic and making an urgent argument for a Biden administration. </p><p...
Obama on Harris as VP: Now Let's Go Win This Thing
2020-08-12 22:30:32 UTC
Former President Barack Obama has led congratulations to Senator Kamala Harris on her selection by Joe Biden as his running mate.
Mr Obama released a statement lauding Senator Harris’ career and inspirational life story. He called her an ideal partner for Mr Biden and said that his former vice...
Pelosi Has "No Confidence in WH Coronavirus Task Force"
2020-08-12 22:24:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday she does not have confidence in White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, linking her to disinformation about the virus spread by President Donald Trump.
“I think the president has been spreading disin...
Biden Slams Trump/GOP, Demands to Fix Unemployment Benefits
2020-08-12 22:25:37 UTC
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday slammed Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for letting the Senate go home for the weekend without a deal to extend the unemployment benefits or protect renters facing eviction.
“Because Donald Trump is abdicati...
Obama: John Lewis Is a Founding Father of a Better America
2020-07-31 03:30:10 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis was celebrated as an American hero during his funeral Thursday as former President Barack Obama and others called on people to follow Lewis’ example and fight injustice.
Three former presidents joined in the eulogies at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church after nearly a...
US: Republican Senator Calls Slavery a "Necessary Evil"
2020-07-27 01:15:11 UTC
<p><em>Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) referred to slavery as a “necessary evil” in arguing against use of The New York Times’ 1619 Project in the classroom. Cotton introduced a bill last week that would cut funding to schools that adopt a curriculum based on the prize-winning special is...
GOP Has Left Millions of Out-of-Work Americans in Limbo
2020-08-12 22:27:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that Republicans were set to roll out the next COVID-19 aid package Monday and assured there was backing from the White House after he and President Donald Trump’s top aide met to salvage the $1 trillion proposal that had floundere...
A Look at Comet Neowise
2020-07-24 19:31:19 UTC
LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The newly discovered comet Neowise is only visible from Earth once every 6,800 years, and photographers who want to document it seek places with high elevation and little smog or light pollution. A place like North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain.
On a recent weeken...
Ocasio-Cortez Takes Down Male Chauvinist on U.S. House Floor
2020-07-23 20:17:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s outrage over a Republican lawmaker’s verbal assault broadened into an extraordinary moment on the House floor Thursday as she and other Democrats assailed a sexist culture of “accepting violence and violent language against women” whose adherents ...
Tesla Quarterly Revenue Fell to $6.04 Billion
2020-07-22 23:42:19 UTC
(Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Wednesday beat analysts’ estimates for second-quarter revenue, helped by better-than-expected vehicle deliveries despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Revenue fell to $6.04 billion from $6.35 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of $5.3...
Biden and Warren Get together, Take Aim at Trump
2020-08-12 22:28:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden accused Elizabeth Warren last year of holding an “angry, unyielding viewpoint.” She embraced that label and slammed Biden as “naive” for thinking he could work with Republicans as president. She warned Democrats against picking a “Washington insider” and pointedly refu...
GOP: Lobbing Attacks at Liz Cheney over Breaking with Trump
2020-07-21 20:10:07 UTC
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus tore into Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) during a heated GOP conference meeting on Tuesday, lobbing attacks at her for breaking with President Donald Trump, supporting Dr. Anthony Fauci and backing a primary opponent to one of their colleagues.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Will Be 'Fumigated Out' of Office
2020-08-12 22:29:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. Democrat said on Monday that Donald Trump might not like the outcome of the Nov. 3 presidential election but reminded the Republican president that he will have to vacate the White House if he loses.
“There is a process. It has nothing to do with if the cert...
ASSASSINATION: U.S. Federal Judge's Son Killed, Husband Shot
2020-07-20 16:57:20 UTC
A gunman posing as a delivery person shot and killed the 20-year-old son of a federal judge and wounded her husband at their New Jersey home before fleeing, according to judiciary officials.
The shooting occurred Sunday evening at the North Brunswick home of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, a...
Civil Rights Icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Dies at 80
2020-07-18 17:02:14 UTC
Civil rights icon and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who has been receiving hospice care, passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Atlanta on Friday.
Lewis, a Democrat, played a key role in the civil rights movement and marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 in Selma, Alabama. He was ...
Trump Administration Rescinds Rule on International Students
2020-07-14 20:14:16 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — The Trump administration has rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced ...
Mueller: Roger Stone Remains a Felon Despite Trump’s Decision
2020-07-13 17:15:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former special counsel Robert Mueller sharply defended his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, writing in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserting that a Trump ally, Roger Ston...
Tricksy Catholic Church Lobbyists Got $1.4 Billion in Small-Business Aid
2020-07-12 04:30:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy se...
U.S. Supreme Court Upheld NY Attorney’s Demand for Trump’s Tax Returns
2020-07-09 15:21:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Manhattan district attorney’s demand for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, but kept a hold on Trump’s financial records that Congress has been seeking for more than a year.
The outcome in the two cases is at least a short-term vict...
17 People Fatally Shot: Chicago’s Deadliest Weekend Since 2015
2020-07-07 00:18:22 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — One of Chicago’s bloodiest holiday weekends in memory ended with 17 people fatally shot, including a 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy, and 70 more wounded, despite a concerted effort to quell the violence with an additional 1,200 police officers on the streets.
U.S. Couple Arrested After Pointing Gun at Black Family
2020-07-03 00:14:07 UTC
DETROIT, Michigan (AP) — A white couple was arrested after at least one handgun was pulled on a Black woman and her daughters during a videotaped confrontation in a restaurant parking lot in Michigan, authorities said Thursday.
Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were charged Th...
GOP: Trump May Drop Out of U.S. Presidential Race
2020-06-29 01:11:48 UTC
GOP operatives are for the first time raising the possibility that Donald Trump could drop out of the race if his poll numbers don’t rebound, Fox News reports.
One “major player” described Trump’s current psyche as “fragile.”
Trump’s poll numbers in recent weeks have trended downward amid c...