Families separated at border push back on new evaluations
Parents suing after being separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are pushing back against a Justice Department effort to require additional psychological evaluations to measure how much the Trump-era traumatized them.
Biden's 'Armageddon' talk edges beyond bounds of US intel
The White House says President Joe Biden’s warnings that the world is at risk of nuclear "Armageddon” were meant to convey that no one should underestimate the extraordinary danger if Russia deploys tactical nuclear weapons in its war against Ukraine.
Another month of solid US hiring suggests more big Fed hikes
America’s employers slowed their hiring in September but still added 263,000 jobs, a solid figure that will likely keep the Federal Reserve on pace to keep raising interest rates aggressively to fight persistently high inflation.
Biden pardons thousands for ‘simple possession’ of marijuana
President Joe Biden is pardoning thousands of Americans convicted of “simple possession” of marijuana under federal law, as his administration takes a dramatic step toward decriminalizing the drug and addressing charging practices that disproportionately impact people of color.
Man gets prison for threatening Colorado election official
A Nebraska man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for online threats he made last year against Colorado’s top elections official in one of the first cases brought by a federal task force devoted to protecting elections workers across the U.S. who have been subject to increasing threats since the 2020 presidential election.
Olympics attack victims' families close to deal with Germany
BERLIN — (AP) — The families of 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian attackers at the 1972 Munich Olympics are close to reaching a deal with the German government over a long-disputed compensation claim, German and Israeli media reported Wednesday. Several media reported Wednesday that Germany increased its offer to the families to around 28 million euros (dollars), but that a final deal, while close, had not yet been signed. German media have reported that during negotiations over the last few weeks, the German government initially offered 10 million euros to the families, which would include the payments already made. Immediately after the attack, Germany made payments to relatives of the victims amounting to about 4.19 million marks (about 2 million euros or dollars), according to the the country's interior ministry. In 2002, the surviving relatives received an additional 3 million euros, Germany’s dpa news agency reported.wftv.com
Arizona won't wait for feds, starts filling border wall gaps
Arizona began moving in shipping containers to close a 1,000-foot gap in the border wall near the southern Arizona farming community of Yuma on Friday, with officials saying they were acting to stop migrants after repeated, unfulfilled promises from the Biden administration to block off the area. The move by Arizona comes without explicit permission on federal land, with state contractors starting to move in 60-foot-long (18.3-meter-long) shipping containers and stacking two of the 9-foot-tall (2.7-meter-tall) containers on top of each other early Friday.news.yahoo.com
Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content
NEW DELHI — (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. A Twitter spokesperson, Aditi Shorewal, declined to comment or specify what type of content the company was told to block. Under the laws, employees of social media websites and technology companies can be held criminally liable for failing to comply with the government’s orders. In May last year, police raided Twitter's office after the company labelled a tweet by Modi's party spokesman as "manipulated media." They have also accused the Modi government of silencing criticism on social media, particularly Twitter.wftv.com
Germany considers aid for struggling energy firms
BERLIN — (AP) — The German government has drawn up a plan that would allow it to aid struggling energy companies more easily — a move that comes amid efforts to shore up Uniper, Germany's biggest importer of Russian gas. Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck, who is also the economy and climate minister and responsible for energy, said Germany must prepare for a possible escalation of problems on the gas market. "This is about doing everything to maintain basic supplies next winter and keeping energy markets running as long as possible, despite high prices and growing risks," Habeck said in a statement. "Since Uniper cannot yet pass on these additional costs, this results in significant financial burdens," it said. Uniper said it was “examining how the liquidity of the company can be further secured” and was discussing “possible stabilization measures” with the German government.wftv.com
UK gov't approves extradition of Assange; appeal possible
LONDON — (AP) — The British government has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States to face spying charges. The government said Friday that Home Secretary Priti Patel had signed the extradition order. It follows a British court ruling that he could be sent to the U.S. The decision is a big moment in Assange’s years-long battle to avoid being sent to the U.S. — though not necessarily the end of the tale. Assange has 14 days to appeal.wftv.com
Asylum-seekers make UK legal bid to stop Rwanda deportations
Migration Britain Rwanda Protestors stand outside The Royal Court of Justice in London, Friday, June 10, 2022. The High Court will hear a legal challenge lodged by Care4Calais, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and Detention Action, opposing the Home Office's new asylum deal with Rwanda. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) (Frank Augstein)LONDON — (AP) — A group of asylum-seekers asked a U.K. court on Friday to stop the British government sending them on a one-way flight to Rwanda. Refugee groups say the wider group includes people fleeing Syria and Afghanistan who arrived in Britain across the English Channel on small boats. More than 28,000 migrants entered the U.K. across the Channel last year, up from 8,500 in 2020.wftv.com
UK plans to burn billions in wasted pandemic protective gear
The British government plans to burn billions of pounds (dollars) in unusable protective equipment purchased at haste during the coronavirus pandemic to generate power, a public spending watchdog said Friday, June 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Super, FIle) (Jon Super)LONDON — (AP) — The British government plans to burn billions of pounds (dollars) in unusable personal protective equipment purchased in haste during the coronavirus pandemic, a public spending watchdog said Friday. The idea of burning the face masks, gowns and other equipment to generate power has not impressed the watchdog committee. The panel is investigating how the government came to spend 4 billion pounds ($5 billion) on protective gear that has to be dumped because it is defective or does not meet U.K. standards. Pat Cullen, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, a professional body, accused the government of “sending billions of pounds up in smoke.”The government said not all the 4 billion pounds' worth of equipment would be burned.wftv.com