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Los Angeles teachers' union head aims to resume talks 'soon' as strike stretches to third day

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 19:30
The head of the Los Angeles teachers' union voiced optimism on Wednesday about jump-starting stalled labor talks, as a teachers strike disrupting classes for nearly 500,000 students in the second-largest U.S. public school system stretched into its third day.
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Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:36
A former Tennessee high school teacher who took off with a female student in 2017 on a cross-country journey that ended with his arrest in California was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday.
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Georgia man charged with plotting attack on White House: media

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:33
A Georgia man has been arrested and charged for allegedly plotting to destroy the White House and other government buildings in Washington, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on Wednesday.
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U.S. watchdog faults handling of government lease for Trump D.C. hotel

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 18:16
An internal U.S. government watchdog on Wednesday found "serious shortcomings" in federal officials' handling of a lease by President Donald Trump's company of a historic government building in Washington now home to a Trump International Hotel.
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Ex-Michigan governor to resign university post in Nassar fallout: media

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:34
Michigan State University's interim president John Engler will resign following renewed criticism of how he handled fallout over the sex abuse scandal involving sports doctor Larry Nassar, the Detroit Free Press reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.
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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union speech

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:25
With the partial U.S. government shutdown now in its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny him the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.
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USDA recalls workers to help with farm loans, taxes; data uncertain

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:25
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reopen about 980 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents during the partial federal government shutdown.
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Schumer: Trump's State of Union speech should be delayed if government shut

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 17:17
U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, set for Jan. 29, should be delayed if the government is still shut.
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Celebrity's 'Chefs for Feds' kitchen feeds unpaid U.S. government workers

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:49
Maurice Wilson joined dozens of fellow federal workers in Washington on Wednesday at the opening of celebrity chef Jose Andres' emergency kitchen, grateful for a free lunch of egg sandwiches, quinoa bowls and tomato soup as the partial government shutdown dragged on.
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U.S. watchdog cites constitutional concerns over Trump hotel lease

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:39
There were "serious shortcomings" in the General Services Administration handling of President Donald Trump's lease of the government-owned building that houses his Trump International Hotel in Washington, according to a U.S. government watchdog report released on Wednesday.
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Court rejects U.S. cities' appeal over Pentagon gun check flaws

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 16:17
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an effort by three major U.S. cities to require the Pentagon to be more vigilant about reporting service members who were disqualified from owning weapons to a national background check system.
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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi pushes Trump to delay State of Union address

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:16
With the partial U.S. government shutdown dragging into its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny the president the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.
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Security services prepared for Trump congressional address: DHS

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:58
The Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service are prepared for the annual State of the Union address, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Wednesday, despite a partial government shutdown that has affected federal workers.
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Pentagon defeats U.S. cities' appeal over gun check flaws: court

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 14:44
A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected an effort by New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco to require the Pentagon to do a better job of reporting service members who were disqualified from owning weapons to a national background check system.
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On Prohibition milestone's anniversary, U.S. top court hears booze case

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:48
A case testing the constitutionality of state regulations on the sale of alcohol enacted after the Prohibition era brewed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, with the justices appearing sympathetic toward a challenge to Tennessee's residency requirements for retailers.
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Migrants depart from El Salvador as new U.S.-bound caravan forms

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:38
At least 150 Salvadoran migrants departed in a group for the United States on Wednesday, the latest in a string of such 'caravans' that U.S. President Donald Trump has used to build his case for a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border.
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Trump meeting with lawmaker group was 'constructive': White House

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:23
President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers dubbed the Problem Solvers Caucus held a "constructive" meeting on Wednesday, the White House said, as a partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its 26th day.
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As shutdown lingers, Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of Union address

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:31
With the U.S. government shutdown dragging into its 26th day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged President Donald Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address - a move that could deny the president the opportunity to use the pageantry of the speech to attack Democrats in their own chamber over the impasse.
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USDA recalls workers for three days to help with farm loans, taxes

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:31
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reopen about 980 Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices for three days starting on Thursday to help process farm loans and tax documents during the partial government shutdown, it said in a statement on Wednesday.
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Head of striking Los Angeles teachers' union aims to resume talks 'soon'

Reuters US News - Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:24
The head of the Los Angeles teachers union said he hoped to resume talks "very soon" as a strike that has interrupted classes for some 492,000 students in the second-largest U.S. public school system ticked into a third day on Wednesday.
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