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|Trump heaps another 5% tariff on Chinese goods in latest tit-for-tat escalation
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday lashed back at a new round of Chinese tariffs by heaping an additional 5% duty on some $550 billion in targeted Chinese goods in the latest tit-for-tat trade war escalation by the world's two largest economies.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:45 PM
|Oil spills into U.S.-China trade war, prices slump
China said on Friday it would impose tariffs on U.S. crude oil imports for the first time, sending prices down nearly 4% to two-week lows as the escalating bilateral trade war fed worries over a slowdown in global oil demand.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:45 PM
|North Korea's latest short-range missile launch complicates U.S. attempts for talks
North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Saturday, the South Korean military said, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks amid stalled denuclearisation talks.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:34 PM
|Psychologist approved Jeffrey's Epstein's removal from suicide watch
A psychologist at the federal detention center in New York City where financier Jeffrey Epstein was jailed on sex-trafficking charges had approved his removal from suicide watch before he killed himself, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:04 PM
|Kentucky clerk who refused same-sex marriage licenses can be sued
The Kentucky county clerk who in 2015 gained widespread attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples may be sued for damages by two of those couples, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:02 PM
|U.S. Justice Ginsburg treated for pancreatic cancer
Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed a three-week course of radiation therapy to treat a cancerous tumor on her pancreas, a court spokeswoman said on Friday.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:02 PM
|Trump administration considers boost to biofuel mandates to ease farmer anger: sources
The Trump administration is considering ramping up biofuel blending quotas in the coming years to assuage anger in the Farm Belt over its recent broad use of waivers for small refineries, but is not planning to rescind any of the exemptions it has granted so far, four sources familiar with the matter said.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:01 PM
|Trump presses U.S. companies to close China operations
President Donald Trump said on Friday he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China and make more of their products in the United States instead, sending U.S. markets down sharply in a new rhetorical strike at Beijing as trade tensions mounted.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 10:00 PM
|Christian couple can sue over Minnesota same-sex marriage video law
A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit by a Minnesota couple challenging a state law requiring that their video production company film same-sex weddings, which they say violates their Christian beliefs.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 9:58 PM
|U.S. House lawmakers ask regulators to scrutinize bank cloud providers
Two U.S. lawmakers have called on a top financial regulatory panel to consider direct oversight of the cloud services big tech companies provide to banks, saying they have become a critical component of the global financial system.
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 9:56 PM
News – Insurance Journal
|45 Mississippi Counties Declared Primary Agriculture Disaster Areas Due to Weather
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain. Producers who had losses from those causes since Jan. 15 may be eligible for Farm Service Agency …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 4:56 PM
|Austin Association of Insurance Professionals Supports Schools
The Austin Association of Insurance Professionals made their annual donation of school supplies to Wooten Elementary in August. School supply delivery was handled by AAIP 2019 President Lindsey Burton on Aug. 2. In addition to the supplies donated by members, …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:35 PM
|Twister in Iowa Had Winds of 150 MPH, Weather Service Reports
The National Weather Service says the tornado that damaged or destroyed several buildings in rural Warren County was rated at EF3, with peak winds of 150 mph. It touched down near Lacona a little before 6 a.m. Tuesday and ran …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:28 PM
|678 Citations in 1st Week of Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law
Minnesota Department of Public Safety officials say officers cited 678 drivers across the state during the first week of the new hands-free cellphone law. The Star Tribune reports that officers handed out 286 citations in Hennepin County, or about 40 …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:25 PM
|Fire Station in Texas Latest Recovery From Hurricane Ike
Galveston, Texas has a new main fire station as recovery continues since Hurricane Ike swamped parts of the city in 2008. The Galveston County Daily News reports the $9.6 million Fire Station No. 1 was one of the last large …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:24 PM
|Union Pacific Worker In Texas Dies, Pinned Between Tankers
Investigators say a Union Pacific worker has died after being pinned between two railway tanker cars in Southeast Texas. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says 39-year-old Travis Andrepont of Louisiana was killed before dawn Tuesday in Beaumont. Officials didn’t immediately …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:22 PM
|Japan’s Tepco to Propose Decommissioning 5 Nuclear Reactors: Media
Tokyo Electric Power will submit to a municipal official on Monday a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant, Jiji Press said. Japan suffered its worst energy crisis since the …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:20 PM
|California Utility Wants Help Paying Wildfire Victims
A troubled California utility company is asking the state Legislature to let it borrow money without paying taxes so it can compensate victims of a devastating wildfire caused by its equipment. Pacific Gas & Electric is facing up to $30 …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:09 PM
|Fake Claims, Price Gouging, Bogus Contractors: How Fraudsters Steal Disaster Aid
As the scale and frequency of major disasters escalate, millions of dollars in federal, state and insurance payments intended for recovery efforts are being stolen by fraudsters taking advantage of chaos and the pipeline of aid flowing into the stricken …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 3:01 PM
|Motor Vehicle Accident Fatalities Decline
The four-year upward trend in motor vehicle deaths that began in 2015 is ebbing, with the number of fatalities in the first six months of 2019 dropping 3% compared to the same six-month period in 2018. Preliminary estimates from the …
POSTED AUGUST 23, 2019 1:57 PM