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Bid for more US defense funds gets chilly House reception - News

Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:48 a.m. CSTBy David Alexander and Andrea ShalalWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military officials seeking a big boost in defense spending received little encouragement on Thursday from a House panel reviewing their bid for more funds, with one lawmaker saying the extra money would have to be cut "with you or ...

UPDATE 1-Bid for more US defense funds gets chilly House reception | Reuters

(Adds quotes from hearing)By David Alexander and Andrea ShalalWASHINGTON Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. have to be cut "with you or ... readiness and further reductions could cost the lives of troops."Any funding level below ... revision to our defense strategy. Inc, Lockheed Martin Corp and Austal.

Oakland author, vet talks about researching Vietnamese side of war Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD When author and Navy Vietnam veteran Kevin Levin asked the five North Vietnamese army veterans facing him across the room how they felt about winning the Vietnam War, the reply was simple.“They looked at me and said nobody wins a war,” Levin said.When the meeting started, Levin was not sure how the stern-looking…

U.S. May Block More Russian Banks If Ukraine Cease-Fire Falters

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. system if rebels backed by Russia continue to violate the cease-fire in Ukraine, two administration officials said. Putting a Russian bank on the U.S. economic pressure the U.S. Ukraine. The action would bar U.S. U.S government to freeze any assets in American jurisdiction. The impact, however, would be global. significant business in U.S. U.S.

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'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality, and first-timersLOS ANGELES (AP) Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive fixation on snubs and fact-checking to a positive celebration of original filmmaking and purposeful advocacy for causes as diverse as immigration…

Around the World: February 23, 2015

Here's what's happening across the United States and around the world today.'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy, originality, and first-timersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood is smarter than you thought. Whether by design or chance, the 87th Academy Awards elegantly and subtly shifted the tone of the season from a reductive…

UPDATE 2-U.S. West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal | Reuters

(Recasts, adds California citrus group comment paragraph 17)By Steve GormanLOS ANGELES Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Friday in a joint statement by the two sides. three days after U.S. workers. labor accord have been without a contract since July. at the ports.The dispute had reverberated throughout the U.S. parts to North American assembly lines. production levels through March 2. the U.S.

Longshore union, port operators prepare to vote on proposed agreement

West Coast dockworkers and their employers ended their nine-month standoff Friday evening with a tentative five-year contract deal, averting a shutdown of 29 ports, including the Port of Portland's Terminal 6, that could have cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day."This is now in the rear-view mirror," Labor Secretary Tom…

West Coast port deal reached; next stop: employers, unions

Shipping companies and dockworkers reached a tentative deal late Friday on a new labor contract, avoiding a shutdown of 29 ports that would have choked off trade through the West Coast.The agreement, which still needs approval from union members and individual employers, should start easing severe congestion thats been building for months at the nations busiest ports…

L.A. mayor: No port agreement imminent

LOS ANGELES Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who met with negotiators in West Coast port labor talks Wednesday, said no breakthrough appears imminent in the dispute between the union representing 20,000 dock workers and their employers.The two sides remain at odds over a union demand for the right to dismiss arbitrators in workplace grievances…

Sea turtle found near death off Northwest coast will move from Newport to San Diego: Oregon environm

Solstice, the sea turtle found comatose and near death Dec. 21 near the Long Beach Peninsula, is headed for warmer waters.The female olive ridley sea turtle has been recovering at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for months. On Tuesday, she will be moved to the San Diego SeaWorld to undergo further rehabilitation before being released into the wild. Turtles of Solstice's species are on the U.S.

To fight extremism, Obama calls on US to embrace its Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.With the Islamic State group spreading and terrorists gaining strength in the Mideast and Africa, Obama…

Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle U.S. West Coast ports dispute - News - KFGO The Mighty

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:45 a.m. CSTBy Steve GormanLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries joined congressional leaders, three governors and a big-city mayor on Wednesday in pushing shipping lines and the dockworkers' union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil and cargo backups…

West Virginia oil train 1 of 3 that recently derailed with tank cars meeting safer standards

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. –  The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires — leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively…

U.S. labor secretary joins talks in West Coast ports dispute

Shipping containers sit idle at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., in this aerial file photo taken Feb. 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bob Riha, Jr. U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday urged shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of…

CSX oil train derailment in West Virginia was 1 of 3 with newer, safer tank cars

MOUNT CARBON, W.Va. The fiery derailment of a CSX train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires leading some to suggest even tougher requirements that industry representatives say would be prohibitively…

For Maine's Sen. Angus King, moderate stance, unpredictability paying off

I may be in a more effective position as a legislator in the minority, says the independent in an interview with the editorial board of the Press Herald/Telegram.Despite serving in a Republican-controlled Senate, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine said he and other moderates hold the power to influence legislation…

UPDATE 2-U.S. West Coast ports reopen as labor secretary arrives for talks | Reuters

(Adds analysis of options available to Obama under U.S. law)By Steve GormanLOS ANGELES Feb 17 (Reuters) - U.S. cascaded through the U.S. the two sides together or separately. Francisco," spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in an email. bargaining table. contract disputes. night but resumed Tuesday morning, port authorities said. dispute.

Cargo ships stall along West Coast as labor talks continue | 1070 WINA

By Noel RandewichSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Growing numbers of freighters were backed up around the two busiest U.S. cargo hubs on Sunday because of a dispute between shipping companies and dockworkers that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the West Coast.With cargo delays rippling through the U.S. economy, Japanese…

In Ukraine, New DC Friendly Advisor Has Bone To Pick With Putin

Is somebody out for revenge?The day a cease-fire between Russian backed separatists and the Ukrainian military went into effect, a man Vladimir Putin once reportedly wanted to hang from his testicles has a new job advising Putins latest advisory, Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko.Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili…