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Chicago’s focus turns to pensions after budget approval

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Chicago's focus turns to pensions after budget approval

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council on Wednesday gave overwhelming approval to the final budget proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who leaves office next year, and who said he will address looming pension funding challenges in December. FILE PHOTO: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks during an interview at City Hall in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Lott/File...

‘Progress is being made’ against California’s deadliest wildfire

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'Progress is being made' against California's deadliest wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (Reuters) – Fire crews in northern California seized on improved weather conditions on Wednesday in their six-day-old battle to suppress the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history as National Guard troops were called in to help search for victims. Cal Fire firefighters comb through a house destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, U.S., November...

Citizenship query will not cause U.S. census undercount: official

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. Census Bureau’s top scientist on Wednesday insisted the bureau can get a full count of American residents during the 2020 census, despite the Trump administration’s addition of a question on citizenship. The agency’s chief scientist, John Abowd, made the comments in testimony in federal court in New York, where a group of U.S. states, cities and civil rights...

France says Trump should have shown ‘decency’ on Paris attacks anniversary

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France says Trump should have shown 'decency' on Paris attacks anniversary

By Michel Rose PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, who attacked his French counterpart in a series of tweets on Tuesday, should have shown “common decency” instead since the country was mourning the anniversary of deadly attacks in Paris, a French government spokesman said. In five posts sent on the same day France marked the anniversary of the 2015 attacks that...

Israel defence minister quits after ceasefire, government in turmoil

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Israel defence minister quits after ceasefire, government in turmoil

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday and called for early elections after a sharp disagreement over a Gaza ceasefire deal, throwing the government into turmoil. Lieberman also said his party was quitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, leaving the premier with only a one-seat majority in parliament...

Possible witnesses against ‘El Chapo’ revealed at U.S. trial

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Possible witnesses against 'El Chapo' revealed at U.S. trial

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A defense lawyer for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Wednesday named some of the former close associates of the Mexican drug lord — including his alleged head of operations in Central America — who will likely testify against him at a U.S. trial. Mexico’s top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in...

Animal survivors of the California fires

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Animal survivors of the California fires

The wildfires that ripped through communities in Northern and Southern California this week have left heartbreaking images of eviscerated neighborhoods and coroners searching for human remains. There have also been inspiring stories, including those of animals being rescued from the blazes. The front page of Wednesday’s Sacramento Bee featured a reporter’s first-hand account of returning London...

Mexican man faces execution in Texas for bludgeoning death of family

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

(Reuters) – A Mexican man was due to be executed in Texas on Wednesday for bludgeoning his wife and two children to death at their home in 1992, as his attorneys continued to plead that his case be reexamined, according to state officials and court documents. Roberto Ramos Moreno, 64, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing his 42-year-old wife Leticia Ramos and their...

U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

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U.S. safety board holds hearing on fatal Southwest engine explosion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. FILE PHOTO: U.S. NTSB investigators are on scene examining damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane in this image released from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S...

Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

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Mattis defends Mexico border deployment in first troop visit

BASE CAMP DONNA, Texas (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of troops to the border with Mexico as he traveled there on Wednesday, saying the mission was “absolutely legal” and justified, and that it was improving military readiness. U.S. Marines with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force 7, secure...

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