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FBI Joining Criminal Investigation Into Certification of Boeing 737 Max
Transportation
FBI Joining Criminal Investigation Into Certification of Boeing 737 Max

SEATTLE — The FBI has joined the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 Max, lending its considerable resources to an inquiry already being conducted by U.S. Department of Transportation agents, according to people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Supreme Court Appears Set to Overturn Mississippi Murder Case Based on Racial Bias
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Appears Set to Overturn Mississippi Murder Case Based on Racial Bias

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court justices sounded ready Wednesday to overturn a Mississippi murder conviction because of racial bias in selecting jurors. It marked the latest chapter in an extraordinary case involving a small-town white prosecutor who had repeatedly barred... Read More

As Washington Awaits Mueller’s Report, Here’s What We Know About the Investigation
In The News
As Washington Awaits Mueller’s Report, Here’s What We Know About the Investigation

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III appears close to turning in his final report after a historic investigation that initially sought to determine if President Donald Trump or his advisers had illegal dealings with Russia during the 2016... Read More

Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put
Litigation
Baltimore Sues To Force Second Jewel Of Triple Crown To Stay Put
2019-03-20 21:34:55
by Dan McCue

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sued the owners of Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday in a bid to block them from moving one of the city's signature sporting events, the Preakness Stakes, to another thoroughbred racing track in Maryland. Pugh, a... Read More

Federal Reserve Foresees No Additional Interest Rate Hikes This Year
Economy
Federal Reserve Foresees No Additional Interest Rate Hikes This Year
2019-03-20 20:53:15
by Dan McCue

The Federal Reserve's policymaking Federal Open Market Committee said Wednesday there will be no more interest rate hikes this year, baring a significant, unforeseen change in the economy. The unanimous decision by the committee following its two-day meeting this week... Read More

Trump Nominates Former Airline Executive to Lead the FAA
Transportation
Trump Nominates Former Airline Executive to Lead the FAA

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump named former airline executive Stephen Dickson to run the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces scrutiny for its role in approving the Boeing Co. 737 Max for service before two fatal crashes of the... Read More

Trump Expected to Nominate DC Attorney Christopher Landau as Ambassador to Mexico
Foreign Affairs
Trump Expected to Nominate DC Attorney Christopher Landau as Ambassador to Mexico

MEXICO CITY — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate a Washington attorney, Christopher Landau, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, the White House said Monday night. Trump’s planned appointment comes at a time of tense relations between... Read More

Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA Complying With Congress’ Trump Corruption Probe
Congress
Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA Complying With Congress’ Trump Corruption Probe

WASHINGTON — Steve Bannon, George Papadopoulos and the National Rifle Association are among the eight people and entities who have provided documents to House Democrats as part of the Judiciary Committee’s investigation into alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by... Read More

Trump Embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Another Brash President Enmeshed in Scandal
White House
Trump Embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Another Brash President Enmeshed in Scandal

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian leader dubbed the “Trump of the Tropics,” pledged cooperation Tuesday in opposing Venezuela’s socialist government, even as both took aim at a pillar of democracy: the media. Acknowledging that... Read More

The Oldest Freshman in Congress Gets Back to Basics in Miami
Congress
The Oldest Freshman in Congress Gets Back to Basics in Miami

MIAMI — Donna Shalala is an analog politician in a digital age. Not one to talk in 280-character sound bites, the 78-year-old congresswoman is reconnecting with her constituents after two months in Washington in an old-fashioned way: face-to-face conversations. On... Read More

Some Climate Change Panel Members Are Literally Invested in the Issue
Congress
Some Climate Change Panel Members Are Literally Invested in the Issue

WASHINGTON — One member of the House committee created to address climate change stands out for what he owns: hundreds of oil and gas wells in North Dakota oil fields worth millions of dollars. Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from... Read More

Alpine Skier Accused of Cheating Has World Cup Victory Reinstated
In The News
Alpine Skier Accused of Cheating Has World Cup Victory Reinstated
2019-03-19 23:47:42
by Tom Ramstack

The international Court of Arbitration for Sport last week reinstated a victory for German alpine skier Stefan Luitz that he won in December during the World Cup skiing competition. He was stripped of his medal by the International Ski Federation... Read More

Supreme Court Adopts Trump Policy In Case of Illegal Immigrant Detentions
Immigration
Supreme Court Adopts Trump Policy In Case of Illegal Immigrant Detentions
2019-03-19 23:43:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that certain immigrants with previous criminal records can be detained without a right to bail. The 5-4 ruling is a significant victory for the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies but one that... Read More

Federal Reserve, Meeting This Week, Expected to Act With A Steady Hand
Economy
Federal Reserve, Meeting This Week, Expected to Act With A Steady Hand
2019-03-19 23:30:25
by Dan McCue

Steady as she goes. That was the widely held expectation as the Federal Open Market Committee, the policy-making arm of the Federal Reserve, gathered Tuesday morning to kick off its two-day meeting this week. Given statements made by Fed Chairman... Read More

Fourth Circuit Scrutinizes Claims Trump Is Illegally Profiting From D.C. Hotel
Dep. of Justice
Fourth Circuit Scrutinizes Claims Trump Is Illegally Profiting From D.C. Hotel
2019-03-19 23:27:15
by Dan McCue

A federal appeals court panel repeatedly pushed back Tuesday at claims by two attorneys general who say President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his luxury hotel in downtown Washington. At the center of the... Read More

Study Suggests Hip-Hop Makes Cheese Taste Better
In The News
Study Suggests Hip-Hop Makes Cheese Taste Better
2019-03-19 23:15:30
by TWN Staff

Want to make a sweet and favorable cheese? Then be prepared to get your hip hop on. At least that's the conclusion of Swiss researchers in Switzerland who spent six months playing a variety of musical genres to maturing cheeses.... Read More

NAFTA Replacement Leaves Some Longstanding Issues In Place
Trade
NAFTA Replacement Leaves Some Longstanding Issues In Place
2019-03-19 13:46:11
by Dan McCue

A fix for the documentation glitch isn't the only issue National Association of Foreign Trade Zones would like to see addressed in the USMCA implementing legislation. Erik Autor, president of the association,  said his members long felt that rules established... Read More

Foreign Trade Zones, Long Engines of U.S. Economic Development, Now Face Trade Policy Challenges
Trade
Foreign Trade Zones, Long Engines of U.S. Economic Development, Now Face Trade Policy Challenges
2019-03-19 13:46:08
by Dan McCue

Most of us don't think much about foreign trade zones. The phrase itself suggests "other" and "offshore" and somehow "separate." The reality, however, is that foreign trade zones, right here on U.S. soil, play a critical role in economic development... Read More

Supreme Court Weighs Alleged Racial Gerrymandering In Virginia Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Weighs Alleged Racial Gerrymandering In Virginia Case
2019-03-19 13:41:45
by Dan McCue

As oral arguments got underway in the first of two high-profile gerrymandering cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this month, the justices appeared to be treading carefully despite their familiarity with claims they've heard once before. The case, Va.... Read More

Pentagon Discloses Military Projects It Could Tap for Trump’s Wall
National Security
Pentagon Discloses Military Projects It Could Tap for Trump’s Wall

WASHINGTON — After weeks of delay, the Pentagon Monday provided Congress with a list of more than 400 military construction projects around the world, including dozens in California, that it could raid to help pay for President Donald Trump’s long-promised... Read More

Colorado Joins Effort to Elect Presidents by Popular Vote, Go Around Electoral College
Elections
Colorado Joins Effort to Elect Presidents by Popular Vote, Go Around Electoral College

Colorado has become the latest state — and the first swing state — to join a group pledging to elect presidents based on who wins the national popular vote. Eleven other states and the District of Columbia have signed onto... Read More

Boeing’s Liability for 737 Max Hinges on Crash and Oversight Investigations
Transportation
Boeing’s Liability for 737 Max Hinges on Crash and Oversight Investigations

WASHINGTON — The fatal crashes of two Boeing Co. 737 Max jets and the fleet’s worldwide grounding have triggered a complicated scramble regarding legal liability involving the manufacturer, airlines and the victims’ families. Boeing’s risks might be rising after a... Read More

Supreme Court to Decide if Insanity Defense and Unanimous Jury Are Required Nationwide
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Decide if Insanity Defense and Unanimous Jury Are Required Nationwide

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to resolve two long-standing disputes and decide whether the Constitution includes rights to the insanity defense and a unanimous jury verdict of guilt. Most states permit criminal defendants to plead insanity and escape... Read More

Trump Officials Chafe at Second-Guessing of North Korean Missile Sites
North Korea
Trump Officials Chafe at Second-Guessing of North Korean Missile Sites

WASHINGTON — When workers at North Korea’s Sohae rocket facility began rebuilding the dormant site’s launch pad and engine test stand this month, U.S. spy satellites orbiting overhead quickly detected the construction. So did Joe Bermudez, a freelance North Korea... Read More

Justices to Consider Whether Census Citizenship Question Is Unconstitutional
Supreme Court
Justices to Consider Whether Census Citizenship Question Is Unconstitutional
2019-03-18 16:01:15
by Dan McCue

The Supreme Court on Friday expanded the scope of oral arguments slated for April 23 on whether to reinstate a controversial question about citizenship proposed for the 2020 census to consider if the inquiry would violate the Constitution. Lower courts... Read More

State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans
Foreign Affairs
State Department Eliminates 5-Year Tourist Visa for Cubans
2019-03-18 16:00:59
by Dan McCue

The U.S. State Department on Friday announced it is eliminating a popular five-year tourist visa for Cubans, needed to achieve "reciprocity" between the visa rules of the U.S. and Cuba. Cuba’s foreign minister, Bruno Rodriguez, immediately slammed the move, saying... Read More

Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science
Congress
Democrats Introduce Bill to Block 'Trump's Multi-Agency Assault' on Science
2019-03-18 15:57:37
by Dan McCue

Last week, Democrats in both the House and Senate introduced legislation to address a "longstanding concern that has taken on newfound urgency," political interference with publicly-funded scientific research. The bill introduced by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Rep. Paul Tonko,... Read More

Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says
Health
Micro-Robots Could Go Inside the Body and Track Vital Signs, Professor Says

Every time University of Pennsylvania engineer Marc Miskin speaks about his research on miniature robots, someone asks the question: How does it compare to the submarine in “Fantastic Voyage”? That’s the fanciful 1966 sci-fi movie in which a tiny vessel... Read More

In Mexico, There’s No Place Like Home: Most Don’t Want to Head North for Work Anymore
Mexico
In Mexico, There’s No Place Like Home: Most Don’t Want to Head North for Work Anymore

For generations dating back to the 1930s, throughout Mexico, including in this region in the central state of Guanajuato known as El Bajio, the towns have emptied themselves out of their youths during what’s called the “winter blues.” The young... Read More

California’s Wildfire Threat Could Be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids
Energy
California’s Wildfire Threat Could Be an Opportunity for Clean-Energy Microgrids

To the untrained eye, the shipping containers clustered on the outskirts of Borrego Springs, Calif., don’t look like an innovative clean-energy technology that could help California cope with wildfires. But these containers, in the remote desert of eastern San Diego... Read More

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