WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

WASHINGTON — A judge has set a court date for this week for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort after prosecutors with the special counsel’s office detailed lies they say he told them. The scheduling conference will take place Tuesday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson. It had earlier been set for Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Judge sets court date for ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort

Business News: Pentair Announces Dividend Increase and Quarterly Cash Dividend

LONDON – Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a 3 percent increase in the company’s regular cash dividend rate (from $0.175 per share to $0.18 per share) and that it will pay a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.18 per share on February 8, 2019 to shareholders of … Continue reading Business News: Pentair Announces Dividend Increase and Quarterly Cash Dividend

WASHINGTON | Scramble is on to find new White House chief of staff

WASHINGTON — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief of staff after his first choice to replace … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Scramble is on to find new White House chief of staff

WASHINGTON | NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

WASHINGTON  — NASA’s first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought. Scientists on Monday released the first morsels of data collected since their spacecraft Osiris-Rex hooked up last week with the asteroid Bennu, which is only about three blocks wide and weighs about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | NASA’s first look: Tiny asteroid is studded with boulders

WASHINGTON | No tea party here: House Democrats can’t wait to govern

WASHINGTON  — As House control is about to switch, it serves as a reminder about Democrats: They like government. And governing. While tea party Republicans swept to power to stop things — repeal Obamacare, roll back environmental regulations and decrease the size and scope of government — Democrats are marching into the majority to build … Continue reading WASHINGTON | No tea party here: House Democrats can’t wait to govern

WASHINGTON | Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

WASHINGTON— Democrats who have opposed Nancy Pelosi‘s effort to become speaker next year want her to commit to limiting how long lawmakers could serve as House party leaders or committee chairs, people familiar with the discussions said Monday. Should Pelosi, D-Calif., and her foes reach agreement, it could move her toward the support she’ll need … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

BRUSSELS | EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday prolonged sanctions against Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s chosen successor just two weeks before a historic election in the resource-rich Central African country. EU headquarters said that travel bans and asset freezes will be renewed for a year against Congo’s ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and 13 other … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU prolongs sanctions against Congo ruling party candidate

NEW YORK | Business owners need to teach staffers about password safety

NEW YORK— It may seem obvious: Companies‘ computers, mobile devices and accounts need secure passwords. But many small business owners don’t take the time to educate staffers about these very basic forms of cybersecurity. And staffers may not know that their passwords could be easily guessed by hackers and cyberthieves. Whenever there’s news of a … Continue reading NEW YORK | Business owners need to teach staffers about password safety