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American Airlines Is Planning Boeing 737 Max Tours as Ungrounding Nears
Business
American Airlines Is Planning Boeing 737 Max Tours as Ungrounding Nears

American Airlines wants to give tours of Boeing 737 Max aircraft at DFW International Airport and other locations before the beleaguered jets return to the skies more than 18 months of being grounded. The Fort Worth-based airline, the second-largest U.S. owner of 737 Max jets, told employees at... Read More

Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound
Business
Airlines Face Winter Survival Test After Virus Slows Rebound

The resurgent Covid-19 pandemic is pushing back the recovery in air travel, turning winter into a survival test for carriers now pinning hopes on a spring rebound. Airlines are urging governments to introduce more testing and travel bubbles to help... Read More

Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor
In The News
Billionaire Investor Accused of Blaring 'Gilligan's Island' Song on Loop to Torment Neighbor

LOS ANGELES — A dispute between bond king Bill Gross and his next-door neighbor over a $1 million outdoor sculpture has devolved into police calls to their Laguna Beach, Calif., mansions, multiple legal actions — and allegations that the billionaire investor blared the "Gilligan's... Read More

Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?
Entertainment
Few New Movies, Small Crowds: Can AMC and B&B Theaters Survive the Pandemic?

At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There's a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" and a thriller with Russell Crowe. But it's the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus... Read More

Judge: US Can't Replace Trump in Columnist's Slander Suit
Law
Judge: US Can't Replace Trump in Columnist's Slander Suit

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied President Donald Trump's request that the United States replace him as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit alleging he raped a woman in a Manhattan department store in the 1990s.... Read More

Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel
2020 Elections
Trump Eyes Hosting Election Night Party at His DC Hotel

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has his eye on hosting an election night party at his own hotel in the nation’s capital. Over the past several days, the campaign has pushed out fundraising emails in the president’s name offering... Read More

Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
State News
Virginia’s New Sentencing Procedure Catches Up with Other States
2020-10-26 17:28:27
by Tom Ramstack

RICHMOND, Va, - Virginia’s General Assembly passed a jury sentencing reform bill this week that is revolutionary for the state but is already being done nearly everywhere else. The bill allows juries to decide whether a criminal defendant is guilty... Read More

Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus
Economy
Pelosi, White House Say Each 'Moving the Goalposts' on Stimulus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the chamber could pass a pandemic relief plan this week, though a deal with the White House remains elusive and the Republican-led Senate might not act before the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows accused each other of "moving the... Read More

Voter Suppression: An Ugly American Tradition Clouds the 2020 Presidential Race
Political News
Voter Suppression: An Ugly American Tradition Clouds the 2020 Presidential Race

A Memphis, Tennessee poll worker turned away people wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, saying they couldn't vote. Robocalls warned thousands of Michigan residents that mail-in voting could put their personal information in the hands of debt collectors and police. In Georgia, officials cut polling places... Read More

With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic
2020 Elections
With Just Days to Go, Trump Faces Two Adversaries: Joe Biden and the Pandemic

WASHINGTON — With Election Day just nine days away, President Donald Trump fought an uphill battle Sunday against two adversaries: Joe Biden and the pandemic. Trump's repeated claim that the country had turned the corner on the coronavirus was undercut by news that members of Vice President Mike... Read More

Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday
Supreme Court
Senate Cuts Off Debate on Barrett Nomination, Moves to Final Vote on Monday

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Senate dispensed with a key procedural hurdle Sunday on the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, as Republicans race to a final confirmation vote Monday that will solidify the high court's conservative tilt. In a rare weekend floor vote mostly along party... Read More

US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says
Health
US 'Not Going to Control' COVID-19 Pandemic, White House Chief of Staff Meadows Says

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said during an interview with CNN on Sunday that the United States is "not going to control the pandemic." When asked why by CNN's Jake Tapper, Meadows responded: "Because it is a contagious virus." Meadows said the country is "making efforts to... Read More

Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement
Business
Delta Has Put 460 People on No-fly List for Refusing Mask Requirement

Hundreds of people won't be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline's mask policy. The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it... Read More

'This Is a Moment': US Latino Vote Matters Like Never Before
2020 Elections
'This Is a Moment': US Latino Vote Matters Like Never Before

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are spending more time and attention on Latino voters in the 2020 campaign and with good reason: For the first time, Latinos outnumber Black Americans among eligible voters, and a large turnout could make them the most... Read More

Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020 Elections
Georgia's Tilt Toward Blue an Ominous Specter for GOP Heading into Election
2020-10-24 15:35:50
by Dan McCue

President Donald Trump was in his element. Standing before more than 1,000 supporters who had jammed a large hanger facility at Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, Ga., he promised a "red wave" would crush Democrats in November. He had... Read More

Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box
State News
Washington's Mandatory Sex-education Referendum Tests Conservative Power at the Ballot Box

SEATTLE — This spring, as the coronavirus spread across Washington, a team of stalwart volunteers set up signature-gathering drive-thrus outside churches and stores. Their aim: to put a referendum on the November ballot overturning a new law that required public schools to... Read More

Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money
State News
Health Care Groups Dive Into California Property Tax Ballot Fight, Eyeing Public Health Money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A November ballot initiative to raise property taxes on big-business owners in California is drawing unconventional political support from health care power players and public health leaders. They see Proposition 15 as a potential savior for chronically underfunded local health... Read More

COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals
Rural
COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

The nation's pandemic hot spots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients. And in much of the Midwest... Read More

Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'
Civil Rights
Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'

CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness. That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted... Read More

Watching US Presidential Vote, Much of the World Sees a Less-strong America
Geopolitics
Watching US Presidential Vote, Much of the World Sees a Less-strong America

BERLIN — In the eyes of much of the world the United States is a potent, yet faltering force, a conflicted nation heading into an election that will either redeem it or tug it farther away from the myths and promise that for... Read More

Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020 Elections
Murphy and Waltz Request Briefing from FBI Over Election Interference
2020-10-23 16:03:42
by Sara Wilkerson

Yesterday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe and Attorney General Bill Barr requesting an official briefing on Russian and Iranian interference... Read More

Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
Health
Dr. Birx Calls For Mandatory COVID Testing and ‘Sentinel Surveillance’
2020-10-23 15:56:23
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, made an appearance at the National Association of Counties’ Virtual Policy Summit to explain her current prioritization of developing a critical understanding of virus spread on... Read More

Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
Congress
Bipartisan Policy Center Hosts MOCs on Rural Broadband, Telehealth Discussion
2020-10-23 15:53:39
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C, hosted Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J. and Dave Joyce, R-Ohio,  for a discussion of rural broadband access in connection with telehealth and education. The discussion was part of... Read More

States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail
State News
States Lose Fight to Get Postal Service Outside Monitor for Election Mail

WASHINGTON — States that claim changes by the U.S. Postal Service will threaten mail-in voting failed again to get an independent monitor appointed to observe the agency's compliance with a court order. U.S. District Judge Gerald Austin McHugh in Philadelphia on Wednesday denied a request from Pennsylvania's attorney general, Josh... Read More

Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests
Congress
Coronavirus Relief Package Might Not Get Done Before Election Day, Pelosi Suggests

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised doubts Thursday about getting a coronavirus aid bill passed before the Nov. 3 elections, even if a bipartisan deal is reached in the coming days. While talks continue, she said it would take time to get a comprehensive... Read More

Key Takeaways from the Second and Final Trump-Biden Debate
2020 Elections
Key Takeaways from the Second and Final Trump-Biden Debate

If you're one of more than 48 million Americans who have already cast your presidential ballot, not to worry. Although they managed to behave better than in their last raucous debate — a mute button helped — nothing that President Donald... Read More

FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment
Health
FDA Approves Gilead's Remdesivir as Coronavirus Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has officially approved remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus, drug manufacturer Gilead Sciences announced Thursday. The Ebola drug was already being used to treat patients under an emergency-use authorization issued in May, but the latest FDA action makes... Read More

Trump and Biden Spar in Quieter But Still Volatile Final Debate
2020 Elections
Trump and Biden Spar in Quieter But Still Volatile Final Debate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President Donald Trump sought a last-minute comeback Thursday at his final debate with Joe Biden, pushing unsubstantiated claims about the former vice president's financial dealings and promises that a coronavirus vaccine will be available long before public health experts say is... Read More

Political Analysts Predict 2020 Outcomes at Economic Club Election Panel
2020 Elections
Political Analysts Predict 2020 Outcomes at Economic Club Election Panel
2020-10-22 20:51:09
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Likely everyone has a personal opinion on the outcome of the upcoming election, but not many are as in-tune with the ins and outs of the current — and historic — political climate as the analysts brought together... Read More

New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
Opinion Polls
New Survey Shows Low Trump Job Approval, Weak National Confidence
2020-10-22 20:40:11
by Sara Wilkerson

Gallup has released a new survey showing President Trump’s job approval rating at 43.3%, marking one of the lowest approval ratings for an incumbent during his 15th quarter in office. The Gallup poll comes ahead of the last presidential debate... Read More

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