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U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump

U.S. universities unplug from China's Huawei under pressure from Trump Top U.S. universities are ditching telecom equipment made by Huawei Technologies and other Chinese companies to avoid losing federal funding under a new national security law backed by the Trump administration. Beijing and the Chinese companies have repeatedly denied such claims. The University of California at Berkeley has removed a Huawei video-conferencing system, a university official said, while the UC campus in Irvine is working to replace five pieces of Chinese-made audio-video equipment.


United States frees American-born anchor of Iran's Press TV

United States frees American-born anchor of Iran's Press TV An American-born anchor for Iran's state-run Press TV was released after 10 days of detention in the United States as a material witness in an undisclosed U.S. federal investigation, the English-language news channel reported on Thursday. There has been tension between Iran and the United States since U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision last May to pull out of an international nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. "Marzieh Hashemi has been released from her detention without charge and is with her family in Washington D.C.," state television said, quoting a statement issued by the family soon after she was freed on Wednesday.


Trump delays State of the Union Address until shutdown ends

Trump delays State of the Union Address until shutdown ends Earlier in the day, Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives floated the idea of ending the partial government shutdown by giving Trump most or all of the money he seeks for security along the Mexican border but for items other than the wall he wants. As a shutdown that has left 800,000 federal workers without pay hit its 33rd day, Pelosi effectively disinvited Trump from delivering the annual State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government is fully opened. "I look forward to giving a “great” State of the Union Address in the near future!" Other leaders in the Democratic-controlled House said they were drafting a funding offer they will likely make to Trump in a letter.


'AI' to hit hardest in U.S. heartland and among less-skilled: study

'AI' to hit hardest in U.S. heartland and among less-skilled: study The Midwestern states hit hardest by job automation in recent decades, places that were pivotal to U.S. President Donald Trump's election, will be under the most pressure again as advances in artificial intelligence reshape the workplace, according to a new study by Brookings Institution researchers. The spread of computer-driven technology into middle-wage jobs like trucking, construction, and office work, and some lower-skilled occupations like food preparation and service, will also further divide the fast-growing cities where skilled workers are moving and other areas, and separate the high- skilled workers whose jobs are less prone to automation from everyone else regardless of location, the study found. The findings suggest the economic tensions that framed Trump's election may well persist, and may even be immune to his efforts to shift global trade policy in favor of U.S. manufacturers.


Age bias law does not cover job applicants: U.S. appeals court

Age bias law does not cover job applicants: U.S. appeals court In an 8-4 decision, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said the "plain language" of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), which forbids discrimination against people 40 and older, showed that Congress intended that law to cover current employees, not outside job applicants. It also reinstated a federal district judge's dismissal of Illinois resident Dale Kleber's disparate impact claim against CareFusion Corp, a unit of medical device maker Becton Dickinson and Co. The job description required that applicants have "no more than 7 years" of relevant experience, less than Kleber had.


Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police

Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles (153 km) south of Orlando, around 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called 911 dispatchers and said he had shot five people inside the bank, according to authorities. When police entered the bank, the gunman had barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered, the Sebring Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.


Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police

Gunman surrenders after killing five in central Florida bank: police The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles (153 km) south of Orlando, around 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called 911 dispatchers and said he had shot five people inside the bank, according to authorities. When police entered the bank, the gunman had barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered, the Sebring Police Department said in a statement posted on Facebook.


Furloughed federal workers may lose some health benefits: U.S. senators

Furloughed federal workers may lose some health benefits: U.S. senators Four U.S. senators expressed concern on Wednesday that federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown could lose their dental and vision health insurance benefits if they are unable to pay their premiums. In a letter to the government's Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Democratic Senators Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin said forcing workers to pay the premiums during the shutdown would be "unacceptable." Some 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or are working without pay since the shutdown began on Dec. 22, after Republican President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress deadlocked over his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall with Mexico.


Back to school: Los Angeles teachers return to work after six-day strike

Back to school: Los Angeles teachers return to work after six-day strike Thousands of teachers in Los Angeles returned to the job on Wednesday, fresh off a six-day strike against the second-largest U.S. school district that disrupted the education of half a million students. Rank-and-file members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly late on Tuesday to approve a 3-1/2-year contract agreement the union and school district had reached before dawn that day, union officials said. The agreement gave teachers an immediate pay raise of 6 percent, slightly less than the 6.5 percent they had sought.


Denver public school teachers vote to strike over pay, incentives

Denver public school teachers vote to strike over pay, incentives Public school teachers in Denver overwhelmingly voted late Tuesday to go on strike to press their demands for more money and incentive pay, after negotiations with Colorado’s largest school district hit an impasse last week. Having failed to reach a settlement after 15 months of talks, 93 percent of the 3,500 members of the city's largest union, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, voted to authorize their first strike in 25 years. “They’re striking for better pay, they’re striking for our profession, they’re striking for Denver students,” union spokesman Rob Gould said.


Atlanta nightclub faces backlash over alleged sexual assault that was streamed on Facebook Live

Atlanta nightclub faces backlash over alleged sexual assault that was streamed on Facebook Live Police are investigating a video which appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted on the dance floor of an Atlanta nightclub.


Maduro Squeezed as Trump Recognizes Guaido and Protests Expand

Maduro Squeezed as Trump Recognizes Guaido and Protests Expand Trump formally recognized Guaido minutes after the 35-year-old president of the Venezuela National Assembly declared himself the head of state. Countries including Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Panama quickly followed the U.S. lead. Venezuelans took to the streets in the biggest opposition protests since mid-2017 to back Guaido and increase pressure on Maduro.


U.S. government shutdown to crimp growth, recession risk steady: Reuters poll

U.S. government shutdown to crimp growth, recession risk steady: Reuters poll U.S. economic growth will take a hit this quarter from the longest-ever government shutdown, keeping the Federal Reserve on the sidelines until at least its April 30-May 1 meeting, a Reuters poll of economists showed. The latest Reuters poll of over 100 economists taken Jan 16-23 also showed a cut to the 2019 quarterly growth outlook, in line with a recent run of weaker U.S. economic data pointing to rougher sledding for the economy this year than last year. The partial government shutdown affecting 800,000 federal workers has lasted more than a month and is expected to hurt the already-slowing economy.


Democrats push technology as alternative to Trump wall in shutdown impasse

Democrats push technology as alternative to Trump wall in shutdown impasse As a shutdown that has left 800,000 federal workers without pay hit its 33rd day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi essentially disinvited Trump from delivering the annual State of the Union address in the House chamber until the government is fully opened. Representative James Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat, said Democrats could fulfill Trump's request for $5.7 billion for border security with technological tools such as drones, X-rays and sensors, as well as more border patrol agents.


Gay Indiana mayor joins field of Democratic presidential hopefuls

Gay Indiana mayor joins field of Democratic presidential hopefuls Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, launched an underdog 2020 bid for the White House on Wednesday, aiming to stand out as a problem-solving Midwestern outsider who would be the first openly gay nominee of a major U.S. political party. The relatively unknown Buttigieg, 37, a two-term mayor of the Rust Belt city of about 100,000 people, said he represented a new generation of leadership with fresh approaches to the country's problems. In an email and video to supporters, he offered a sharp contrast to Republican President Donald Trump's nostalgia-driven message invoking an America of the past.


Activist group challenges Colorado mineral rights law

Activist group challenges Colorado mineral rights law A Colorado activist group this week filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that allows oil and gas companies to drill a property owner’s minerals without consent of the owner. The complaint, filed by Colorado Rising on behalf of mineral owners in a Denver suburb, challenges the state's forced pooling rule, a decades-old law that was intended to help efficiently develop mineral resources. Defendants in the complaint include the State of Colorado and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates the state's oil industry.


Five killed in central Florida bank shooting, police say

Five killed in central Florida bank shooting, police say The shooting occurred at the SunTrust Bank in Sebring, a town of about 10,000 people 95 miles south of Orlando, around 12:30 p.m. ET (1730 GMT), Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund said at a news conference. The 21-year-old suspect, identified as Zephen Xaver, called police and said he had fired shots inside the bank, according to authorities. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he has asked the state's department of law enforcement to assist local police officials in the investigation.


Boeing's flying car lifts off in race to revolutionize urban travel

Boeing's flying car lifts off in race to revolutionize urban travel Boeing Co said on Wednesday its flying car prototype hovered briefly in the air during an inaugural test flight, a small but significant step as the world's largest planemaker bids to revolutionize urban transportation and parcel delivery services. Boeing is competing with arch-rival Airbus SE and numerous other firms to introduce small self-flying vehicles capable of vertical takeoff and landing. Boeing's 30-foot-long (9 meter) aircraft - part helicopter, part drone and part fixed-wing plane - lifted a few feet off the ground and made a soft landing after less than a minute of being airborne on Tuesday at an airport in Manassas, Virginia, Boeing said.


Back to school: Los Angeles teachers return to work after six-day strike

Back to school: Los Angeles teachers return to work after six-day strike Thousands of teachers in Los Angeles returned to the job on Wednesday, fresh off a six-day strike against the nation's second largest school district that disrupted the education of half a million students. Rank and file members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly late on Tuesday to approve a 3-1/2 year contract agreement that the union and school district had reached before dawn that day, union officials said. The Los Angeles Unified School District kept schools open during the strike, staffing them with substitute teachers and support staff to supervise students.


Trump wants to do alternative to State of the Union address

Trump wants to do alternative to State of the Union address WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would do an alternative event to the traditional State of the Union address before the U.S. Congress after House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent him a letter that her chamber would not sign off on the annual speech during the partial government shutdown.


Correction: Native American March-Videos story

Correction: Native American March-Videos story DETROIT (AP) — In stories Jan. 19 and 20 about an encounter between a Native American and a Kentucky student, The Associated Press reported that Indian Country Today said the Native American, Nathan Phillips, was a Vietnam veteran. Military records show that he served in the U.S. Marine Corps but did not serve in Vietnam.


FAA details impact of drone sightings on Newark airport

FAA details impact of drone sightings on Newark airport The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that 43 flights into New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport were required to hold after drone sightings at a nearby airport on Tuesday, while nine flights were diverted. The issue of drones impacting commercial air traffic came to the fore after London's second busiest airport, Gatwick Airport, was severely disrupted in December when drones were sighted on three consecutive days. An FAA spokesman said that Tuesday's event lasted for 21 minutes.


The Latest: PG&E objects to judge's proposals on fire risk

The Latest: PG&E objects to judge's proposals on fire risk SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on proposals by a U.S. judge aimed at preventing Pacific Gas & Electric Co. equipment from causing any wildfires in 2019 (all times local):


D.C. Is Still Divided Over the Shutdown. But Celebrity Chef José Andrés Briefly Bridged the Gap

D.C. Is Still Divided Over the Shutdown. But Celebrity Chef José Andrés Briefly Bridged the Gap D.C. remains divided on partisan lines on the government shutdown, but celebrity chef José Andrés briefly brought both sides together.


Mexico backs Maduro as Venezuela president amid crisis

Mexico backs Maduro as Venezuela president amid crisis Mexico still backs Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday after the head of Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature declared himself interim president. "We recognize the authorities elected in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution," Jesus Ramirez, spokesman for Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, told AFP.


Denver public school teachers vote to strike over pay, incentives

Denver public school teachers vote to strike over pay, incentives Public school teachers in Denver overwhelmingly voted late Tuesday to go on strike to press their demands for more money and incentive pay, after negotiations with Colorado’s largest school district hit an impasse last week. Having failed to reach a settlement after 15 months of talks, 93 percent of the 3,500 members of the city's largest union, Denver Classroom Teachers Association, voted to authorize their first strike in 25 years. “They’re striking for better pay, they’re striking for our profession, they’re striking for Denver students,” union spokesman Rob Gould said.


Detroit Metro Airport is back open after 14-hour winter weather closure

Detroit Metro Airport is back open after 14-hour winter weather closure Icy weather conditions forced Detroit Metro Airport to close Tuesday night. It opened back up at 10 a.m. with flights set to take off after delays.


Steph Curry Sells North Carolina Home for $1.19 Million

Steph Curry Sells North Carolina Home for $1.19 Million The Golden State Warrior star previously sold his Walnut Creek, California, home in August 2017


Five workers hospitalized after leak at Pennsylvania refinery: report

Five workers hospitalized after leak at Pennsylvania refinery: report (Reuters) - Five workers were hospitalized after a hydrofluoric acid leak on Wednesday at Monroe Energy's Trainer, Pennsylvania refinery, a report with Delaware Online said.


Man let 11-year-old girl drive herself to school in stolen car, police say

Man let 11-year-old girl drive herself to school in stolen car, police say A little boy was in the backseat, school staffers told police. Now Round Lake authorities outside Chicago are looking for Khafilu Oshodi.


White man who wanted race war pleads guilty to New York stabbing

White man who wanted race war pleads guilty to New York stabbing A white Baltimore man who traveled to New York City in 2017 and killed a black man with a sword in hopes of sparking a race war in the United States pleaded guilty to murder as an act of terrorism, prosecutors said on Wednesday. James Jackson, a 30-year-old U.S. Army specialist, stabbed Timothy Caughman, 66, to death on March 20, 2017, and turned himself in at a police station the next day after police circulated surveillance video of the killing.


Judge Napolitano: More self-inflicted presidential legal woes

Judge Napolitano: More self-inflicted presidential legal woes Judge Napolitano's Chambers: Judge Andrew Napolitano explains how President Trump's legal woes are only worsened after Rudy Giuliani tried to do cleanup after the BuzzFeed News report.


Nurse charged with raping disabled Arizona patient who gave birth

Nurse charged with raping disabled Arizona patient who gave birth The woman, who is in her 20s, has spent most of her life in Phoenix's Hacienda Healthcare since suffering a childhood injury. Police charged the suspect, Nathan Sutherland, 36, with sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse. Sutherland is a licensed practical nurse who has worked at the site since 2011.


Judge dismisses claims over 2009 Fort Hood massacre

Judge dismisses claims over 2009 Fort Hood massacre U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said on Tuesday night she lacked jurisdiction over claims by roughly 150 victims and family members against the secretary of defense, secretary of the army and FBI director because the United States was not also named as a defendant. The damages lawsuit was filed three years after the Nov. 5, 2009 attack where U.S.-born Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, opened fire at a Fort Hood medical facility.


Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul

Next U.S.-North Korea summit must give concrete results: Seoul Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the World Economic Forum in Davos that the two leaders should make "really great big strides" on the road to denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean peninsula, in line with international demands. Trump and Kim met in Singapore last June for an unprecedented summit, producing a promise to work toward "complete denuclearization" of the peninsula, but the two sides have since struggled to agree how to implement the pledge. Critics of U.S. efforts say that summit only boosted Kim's international stature while doing little to curb Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal that now threatens the United States.


Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera forced to pay mistress thousands in child support plus perks like Disney World passes

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera forced to pay mistress thousands in child support plus perks like Disney World passes Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera has been ordered to pay $20,000 per month in child support to his former mistress with whom he fathered two children with. Court documents showed he will pay for other perks like Disney World and Universal Studio passes as well as private school tuition and $5 million life insurance policies for both kids.


Kentucky teen on confrontation with Native American: 'I'd like to talk to him'

Kentucky teen on confrontation with Native American: 'I'd like to talk to him' The Kentucky high school student seen in a “Make America Great Again” hat during a confrontation with an elderly Native American protester on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial says he wishes it never happened, but isn’t sorry for standing his ground.


McDonald's is giving away free food for one hour next week -- Here's how to get yours

McDonald's is giving away free food for one hour next week -- Here's how to get yours What’s better than bacon when you’re craving something quick, greasy and


Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives land spots on powerful committee poised to investigate Trump

Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives land spots on powerful committee poised to investigate Trump Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib were among the outspoken progressive appointments to the influential Oversight and Reform committee, which is poised to investigate Trump under new Democrat leadership.


Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban ruled unconstitutional

Iowa's 'fetal heartbeat' abortion ban ruled unconstitutional Iowa's Republican-controlled legislature passed the restriction in May 2018, outlawing the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected, often at six weeks and before a woman realizes she is pregnant. In the ruling, posted online, District Court Judge Michael Huppert wrote, "It is undisputed that such cardiac activity is detectable well in advance of the fetus becoming viable." A fetus that is viable outside the womb, usually at 24 weeks, is widely considered the threshold in the United States to prohibit an abortion. The district court decision is a victory for supporters of abortion rights, but abortion opponents have vowed to take the fight to Iowa's appellate courts, the Des Moines Register and other media reported.