Tag: North America

Trump Won’t Pull U.S. Out of NAFTA

President Donald Trump has announced that he will not pull the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, despite numerous promises to do so. Trump informed the leaders of Mexico and Canada of his decision Wednesday, and the White House later confirmed that the president had “agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this…

Trump Issues Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline

The Trump administration on Friday issued a permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to be built, effectively reversing the previous White House’s decision to reject the plans two years ago. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. State Department, in reviewing the project plans, decided the pipeline would be in “the national interest,” despite…

American Automakers To Meet With Trump Tuesday

President Donald Trump meets Tuesday with the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler in the Oval Office. “I want new plants to be built here for cars sold here!” Trump tweeted Tuesday. Trump made a point on the campaign trail of slamming American automakers for importing cars from Mexico and vowed a border tax…

VIDEO shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine

Watch the vIDEO that shows aftermath of plane shot down in Ukraine: Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard. Video from The Associated Press shows the scene of the crash…

Happy Memorial Day! US honors veterans over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Marine Corps’ chaplain, speaking to a congregation that has tied gold ribbons on the church’s fence in honor of fallen soldiers since the Iraq War began, lauded the sacrifice of veterans around the world as President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for Memorial Day. “What they have done has allowed…

Bees swarming Delaware accident close highway ramp

As many as 20 million bees swarmed an accident near Newark, NJ., on Tuesday after a tractor trailer hauling them overturned. The driver and two passengers were stung 50 to 100 times each while escaping the vehicle. Bee handlers and fire fighters used water to attempt to disperse the bees. Late Tuesday, investigators were still…

Phoenix VA officials on leave over allegations of delays in care

Three officials at the veterans hospital in Phoenix were placed on leave amid allegations that patients may have died because of delays in care. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the officials include Phoenix Veterans Health Care Center director Sharon Helman and associate Lance Robinson. Officials are investigating allegations that up to 40 patients…

Oklahoma inmate dies of heart attack after execution botched

An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack Tuesday evening after his execution was halted when the delivery of a new drug combination was botched. The state Department of Corrections said Clayton Lockett died after all three drugs were administered. His execution was halted approximately 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. The director…

US State Department delays review of Keystone pipeline

The U.S. State Department says it is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. The review could push the decision about the controversial pipeline until after midterm elections in November. AP

Computer outage at space station may force spacewalk

A computer outage at the International Space Station may require astronauts to complete a spacewalk and delay next week’s launch of a supply ship next week. A backup computer on the outside of the station is not responding to commands, NASA said Friday. While the main computer is working fine, both computers are needed for…

Obama Attends G7 Without Russia

The G7, formerly known as the G8, is meeting in the Netherlands on Monday to work out how to punish Russia for the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. The emergency summit was called by President Obama in the hopes of continuing steps against the Putin regime, including a potential permanent expulsion of Russia from the G8.…

Facebook headquarters cleared after false threat

Police flooded Facebook’s headquarters in Northern California to investigate a threat they later found wasn’t credible. Menlo Park police Commander Dave Bertini says Facebook’s campus was locked down Tuesday night after San Francisco police passed along a report of a threat shortly after 7 p.m. Bertini says the threat was found to be unsubstantiated and…

Octomom Faces Welfare Fraud Charges

After a foray into pornography and a stint in rehab Octomom Nadya Suleman’s next stop may be jail. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Suleman with welfare fraud for failing to report nearly $30,000 in income while still applying for public assistance. She faces one count of perjury and two counts of perjury by false application.…

Dozens of trade-offs in Congress $1.1 trillion budget bill

The sales job is on for a bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill that would pay for the operations of government through October and finally put to rest the bitter budget battles of last year. The massive measure contains a dozens of trade-offs between Democrats and Republicans as it fleshes out the details of the budget…

Dennis Rodman Apologizes For Bae Comments Blames Stress, Alcohol

Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in an interview with CNN. A day after the former basketball star sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and led a squad of former NBA players in a friendly game, Rodman issued the apology through publicist Jules Feiler in…

“This will be the worst day of your life”: Police file on Newtown yields chilling portrait

Connecticut police released thousands of pages Friday from their investigation into the Newtown massacre, providing the most detailed and disturbing picture yet of the rampage and Adam Lanza’s fascination with murder, while also depicting school employees’ brave and clearheaded attempts to protect the children. Among the details: More than a dozen bodies, mostly children, were…

Man and 3-year-old son dead from 52 floor building fall NYPD report

A man and his 3-year-old son plummeted to their deaths from a Manhattan apartment building, police said Sunday as they investigated what led to the tragedy. Authorities said they received an emergency call reporting two jumpers from the 52-floor building on the Upper West Side around noon. Officers responding to the scene found the 35-year-old…

Florida State’s Jameis Winston wins Heisman Trophy

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston became the second freshman in a row to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. Winston won with a landslide 668 first-place votes and finished 1,501 points ahead of AJ McCarron from Alabama. Winston is the youngest winner in the 79-year history of the award. Last month, the 19-year-old was investigated…

Apple-Samsung War Heads to Court

The latest round in Apple and Samsung’s bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around world, Apple Inc. has argued that Samsung’s Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung…

Autopsy: 19-year-old Detroit woman was shot in face on porch

enisha McBride

An autopsy confirmed that Renisha McBride, who had reportedly gone to a suburban Detroit home for help after a car crash, died of a gunshot wound to her face. Civil rights groups have called for a vigorous prosecution in the case, saying McBride was targeted because of her race. The unnamed homeowner has told investigators…

Officials: 10,000 feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines

The death toll in the Philippine city Tacloban could top reach 10,000 following Super Typhoon Haiyan, a senior police official said. Elmer Soria, regional police chief, said he was told by the Leyte provincial Gov. Dominic Petilla that there approximately 10,000 deaths on the island from collapsed buildings and floods. Photo: A resident walks by…

NYC stop-and-frisk appeal could be over after mayoral election

The fate of a federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities depends on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election. The ruling is on hold pending the outcome of an appeal by the city, and the fight could be ended if Democratic candidate Bill de…

German Chancellor Merkel calls Obama after spying reports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Barack Obama on Wednesday after finding out the US may have spied on her mobile phone. President Obama assured her during the call that the US is not monitoring her conversations. Photo: German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting in…

Obama nominates Jeh Johnson as secretary of Homeland Security

President Obama nominated Jeh Johnson as next the secretary of Homeland Security. At the Pentagon, Johnson oversaw the increased use of unmanned drone strikes, the revamping of military commission to try terrorism suspects and the repeal of the ban on gays in the military. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson, 56, would succeed Janet Napolitano,…

Markets Buoyed By US Debt Deal Hopes

Hopes that lawmakers in Washington are inching toward a deal shored up markets Tuesday, even though time is running out. With the deadline to increase the debt ceiling just two days away, investors have been remarkably sanguine. A failure to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 could cause the U.S. to default on some…

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To 2 Americans And A German

Scientists from Yale, Stanford and UC Berkeley have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine for research into the transport system of our cells. The recipients of the prize are Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and German-born researcher Thomas Suedhof Photo: A screen displays photos of the winners of the 2013 Medicine Nobel…

MLB Commissioner Selig To Retire In January 2015

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire from his position in January 2015, he announced Thursday. Selig, 79, says he will announce a transition plan, including a reorganization of central baseball management, shortly. Selig took over as acting commissioner in September 1992 and was formally elected in July 1998. AP

Bill De Blasio Tops Mayoral Primary; Runoff Possible

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who ran an upstart campaign pledging to fight New York City’s economic inequality, emerged as the surprising top choice in the Democratic mayoral primary, but could still face weeks — and another electoral fight — before becoming his party’s nominee. The swirling, chaotic campaign to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which…