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

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…

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

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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…

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

Lengthy Closing Arguments In Store At Bulger Trial

Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to present lengthy closing arguments to jurors as they lay out their cases in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Closing arguments were scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court, where during the nearly eight-week trial jurors heard sometimes gruesome testimony about 19 killings in which…

NASA Aborts Spacewalk Over Dangerous Water Leak

NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet. Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from…

California Wildfire Threatens 1,000 Homes

California’s Powerhouse wildfire grew overnight to 19,500 acres and now threatens around 1,000 homes. The fire has already destroyed six homes and damaged nine other buildings. The fire is currently at 20% containment and officials hope to have it fully contained by Wednesday. 2,000 firefighters are fighting to stop the fire’s spread. NBCLA

Former IRS Commissioner To Testify On Capitol Hill

The Senate Finance Committee has launched an investigation into the improper targeting of Tea Party groups Lawmakers are getting their first chance to question the former head of the Internal Revenue Service, the man who ran the agency when agents were improperly targeting tea party groups. Some of the questions on Tuesday will be direct:…

Power Outages Big Fear As Storm Bears Down On DC

After pummeling the nation’s midsection with heavy snow, a late-winter storm made its way Wednesday to the nation’s capital, where residents braced for the possibility of power outages. As the storm closed in, the federal government said its offices in the Washington, D.C., area would be closed Wednesday. Many major school systems around Washington and…

Obama Signs Order To Begin $85B In Sequester Spending

President Obama on Friday signed an order that starts putting into effect across-the-board budget cuts known as the “sequester” after he and congressional leaders failed to find an alternative budget plan. The President, after an Oval Office meeting with the lawmakers, called the cuts “just dumb.” He said they would slow the economic recovery and…

Florida Sinkhole Swallows Man

A man swallowed by sinkhole under his bedroom in Florida is believed dead, authorities said early Friday, after monitoring equipment found no signs of life. Using radar, engineers determined the sinkhole is about 100 feet in diameter, but it is not visible above ground except from inside the house. CNN

Storm Promises Messy, Dangerous Commute In Midwest

A major snow storm that shuttered airports in Missouri, stranded truckers in Illinois and buried parts of Kansas in knee-deep powder was promising a messy and possibly dangerous commute Friday morning as it crawled northeast. Wind gusts of 30 mph were expected to churn-up snow that fell overnight in southern Wisconsin, where forecasters were warning…

Drew Peterson Sentenced To 38 Years For Murder

Former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2004 murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio. Peterson had faced as much as 60 years, but Judge Edward Burmila said he gave Peterson some consideration for his years as a police officer and his service in the military.…

Complete Inauguration Schedule Listed Here – All Events – Let’s PARTY

9.a.m. Former presidents, House of Representatives members, senators, governors and Cabinet designees begin to arrive at the U.S. Capitol for the public, ceremonial inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Biden. 9:30 a.m. Fifth-grade chorus from Public School 22 in Staten Island, New York performs 10 a.m. U.S. Marine Band performs 11:14 a.m. First lady…

Sandy Hook Kids Face 1st Classes Since Shooting

Classes resumed Thursday for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School for the first time since last month’s massacre in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators. With their original school still being treated as a crime scene, the more than 400 students are attending classes at a refurbished school in the…