PARIS | French drivers to block roads to protest rising fuel taxes

PARIS— Drivers in France are planning to block roads across the country to protest rising fuel taxes, in a new challenge to embattled President Emmanuel Macron. Protesters pledge to target tollbooths, roundabouts and the bypass that rings Paris on Saturday. The government is preparing to send police to remove protesters and threatening fines. The taxes … Continue reading PARIS | French drivers to block roads to protest rising fuel taxes

DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate. Her plan would scale back important Obama administration rules while adding mandates that could reshape the school … Continue reading DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

WASHINGTON | Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

WASHINGTON— Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi‘s bid to regain the gavel intensified Friday as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump’s nod for the permanent job. Wheeler’s promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief would keep him as a methodical and effective agent in Trump’s mission … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: EPA’s acting chief will be named to post permanently

WASHINGTON | Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

WASHINGTON  — One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020. “You’re going to have to have an organization that speaks directly to voters on their phones and their computers,” said Guy Cecil, chairman … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

WASHINGTON | Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump investigation. Assange, who has taken cover in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Lawyer for WikiLeaks’ Assange says he would fight charges

PARADISE, Calif | Trump to visit California fire scene as death toll rises

PARADISE, Calif. — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, as confusion continued over how many people remain unaccounted for. Authorities confirmed a new death toll of 71 and say they are trying to locate 1,011 people even … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Trump to visit California fire scene as death toll rises

OKLAHOMA CITY | Hooker KOs Saucedo, defends WBO junior welterweight title

OKLAHOMA CITY — Maurice Hooker spoiled Alex Saucedo’s homecoming by knocking him out in the seventh round Friday night to successfully defend his WBO junior welterweight title. In front of a crowd of 4,102 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Hooker (25-0-3, 17 KOs) dominated much of the action. Hooker used his reach to keep Saucedo at … Continue reading OKLAHOMA CITY | Hooker KOs Saucedo, defends WBO junior welterweight title