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Puerto Rico gov signs bill to privatize power company assets

Wednesday  23:56,   20 june 2018

Puerto Rico's governor has signed a historic bill to privatize the U.S. territory's troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution[...]

Massive fire at Ohio swine farm kills 5,000 pigs, officials say

Wednesday  23:56,   20 june 2018

A massive barn fire broke out at a swine farm in Wayne Township, Ohio, officials said. The blaze resulted in the death of roughly 5,000 pigs.A massive barn fire broke out at a swine farm in Wayne Township, Ohio on Tuesday, killing roughly 5,000[...]

President Trump Now Wants to Detain Parents and Children Together. That's Likely to Draw Legal Challenges

Wednesday  23:50,   20 june 2018

President Donald Trump reversed himself on Wednesday and signed an executive order that he said would end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border – by instead sending parents and children together to family detention centers. Trump’s order is[...]

Long-awaited report on water contaminants released by HHS

Wednesday  23:50,   20 june 2018

A long-awaited government study on the toxicity levels chemicals commonly used in manufacturing was made public on Wednesday, months after a White House official warned that it could be a "potential public relations nightmare." The[...]

Ian Bremmer: Trump tossed candy to Merkel at G-7, said ‘don’t say I never gave you anything’

Wednesday  23:50,   20 june 2018

President Trump reportedly tossed Starburst candies to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during his tense meeting with Group of Seven (G-7) leaders weeks ago, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer said Wednesday. While appearing on CBS News, Bremmer[...]

Broncos’ stadium gets a temporary new name

Wednesday  23:05,   20 june 2018

The Denver Broncos' stadium has a new name, dropping the old "Sports Authority Field at Mile High" name.Load[...]

Central America's violence, turmoil keeps driving families to U.S. border

Wednesday  23:05,   20 june 2018

"If my country would be OK I would not try to cross," said a mother from El Salvador hoping to cross the U.S. border with her 7-year-old son.Flores, 27, was trying to decide whether to seek entry into the U.S., even though she heard[...]

West Virginia Supreme Court justice charged with fraud

Wednesday  22:50,   20 june 2018

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice Allen Loughry was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 22 federal criminal counts including fraud, witness tampering and misuse of government property. Loughry, 47, who was elected in 2012, was[...]

As Kim Ends Beijing Visit, China and North Korea Craft New Messages

Wednesday  22:50,   20 june 2018

The Chinese state media portrayed Kim Jong-un as a forward-looking leader, and the North Korean propaganda machine struck a newly conciliatory tone.BEIJING — Propaganda departments in China and North Korea were in full swing on Wednesday as Kim[...]

Trump reverses course, signs order ending family separations on southern border

Wednesday  22:50,   20 june 2018

Move comes after images of young children in tears, housed in metal cages, set off an international outcry. For days, Trump and his top administration officials were unwilling to unilaterally reverse the separation policy, insisting that[...]

Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

Wednesday  22:30,   20 june 2018

The Senate has blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs .Fifty senators voted against the measure Wednesday, with 48 supporting it. The House[...]

Lawmakers Barred From Talking To Kids At Detention Facilities

Wednesday  22:26,   20 june 2018

They also have to give two weeks' notice before visiting a detention facility or they'll be denied access, per a new HHS directive.In an email sent to all congressional offices on Wednesday, a senior HHS official says lawmakers are allowed[...]

Walmart launches $16B bond deal in second-largest of year

Wednesday  22:15,   20 june 2018

Walmart Inc. is selling $16 billion bonds to help finance its investment in India’s biggest online seller. The bond sale would be the second-largest of the year, edging out an offering Bayer AG completed two days ago. The retailer is offering fixed- [...]

The Price to Try a DrugaThe price to try a drug could be $300,000 for dying patients Could Be $300,000 for Dying Patients

Wednesday  22:15,   20 june 2018

A small biotechnology company may be the first to offer dying patients unproven drugs under a new U.S. law called Right to Try that deregulated access to such experimental treatments. But it won’t be for free: Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics Inc. would [...]

Everything you need to know about Wi-Fi calling

Wednesday  22:10,   20 june 2018

Curious about Wi-Fi calling and what it entails? Here's the rundown on what you need to know.Making a Wi-Fi call on a smartphone is nothing new. The ability to patch a call using a Wi-Fi connection instead of a cellular one has been around for[...]