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Airbus spends $300 million on new Alabama plant for A220 jet

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Airbus spends $300 million on new Alabama plant for A220 jet

MOBILE, Ala. (Reuters) – Airbus SE expanded its industrial presence in the United States on Wednesday, starting construction on a new assembly plant for the Canadian developed A220 jetliner, 18 months after agreeing to buy the plane in the midst of a U.S.-Ottawa trade dispute. FILE PHOTO: Airbus members celebrate the landing of an Airbus A220-300 aircraft during its presentation in...

Schumer: Trump’s State of Union speech should be delayed if government shut

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Schumer: Trump's State of Union speech should be delayed if government shut

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference on “Raise the Wage Act” legislation on Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech, set for Jan. 29, should be delayed if the government...

Los Angeles teachers strike enters fourth day with talks set to resume

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Los Angeles teachers strike enters fourth day with talks set to resume

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some 30,000 striking Los Angeles teachers braced for a fourth day of picketing in the rain on Thursday as their union and America’s second-largest school district headed for their first bargaining session since talks collapsed last week. FILE PHOTO: Los Angels public school teachers continue to deal with the rainy weather as their strike enters its third day in...

Judge to give verdict in Chicago police conspiracy trial

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Judge to give verdict in Chicago police conspiracy trial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three Chicago policemen accused of conspiring to protect white fellow police officer Jason Van Dyke after he murdered a black teenager in 2014 will learn their fates on Thursday when a judge is due to give her verdict in their trial. FILE PHOTO: Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke (L), reacts to his guilty verdict, as his attorney Daniel Herbert looks on during his...

U.S. Army vows to fix ‘broken’ housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report

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U.S. Army vows to fix 'broken' housing at Fort Meade in wake of Reuters report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The commander of one of the largest Army bases in the United States promised residents to fix a “broken” housing system in which maintenance lapses by a private landlord left military families in homes with health and safety hazards. FILE PHOTO: Water damage to the doorway of a Corvias-managed military housing unit is pictured in Fort Meade, Maryland, U.S. October 29...

Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years

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Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years

FILE PHOTO: Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher accused of luring a 15-year-old student into his car outside of a restaurant and disappearing with the girl, is pictured in this police handout photo. Maury County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo (Reuters) – A former Tennessee high school teacher who took off with a female student in 2017 on a cross-country journey...

U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts

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U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The partial government shutdown is taking a toll on key safety inspection duties performed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture, food safety experts said on Wednesday. The U.S. Capitol is seen behind a snow pile in Washington, U.S., January 16, 2019. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Workers in public health laboratories are reporting disruptions in...

Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

(Reuters) – Many furloughed federal workers are having trouble putting groceries on the table, but at least they can get a free beer, thanks to a Washington-area group who want to brighten the mood of those caught up in the long government shutdown. An ad hoc group, called Pay It Furloughed, has set up a website that allows furloughed federal workers or those working without pay to grab a...

Sixteen coal ash pits contaminating Texas groundwater: report

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

HOUSTON (Reuters) – Sixteen coal ash pits in Texas are leaking contaminants including arsenic, boron, cobalt and lithium into groundwater, according to a report released on Thursday by the Environmental Integrity Project. Coal ash is the residue left after coal has been burned to generate power, and can include sludge from plant exhaust stacks. Coal ash is placed in pits or ponds next to...

Five deaths blamed on storms that dump snow, rain on California

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

(Reuters) – At least five people have died in severe rain and snowstorms that blanketed parts of California with at least five feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains this week, besides triggering flooding and mudslides, officials said. Forecasters expect the bitter weather to push eastwards into the Rockies and U.S. Midwest through the weekend, while the California Highway Patrol said...

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