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WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

WASHINGTON— Jan 19, 2019—The Latest on an Iranian TV anchor detained in the U.S. (all times local): 3:05 p.m. According to partially unsealed federal court documents, a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who has been jailed in the U.S. has not been accused of any crime. Marzieh Hashemi has been detained as a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Iranian TV journalist not accused of crime

SAN FRANCISCO | California wildfires costs soaring past last year’s records

SAN FRANCISCO — Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through the state’s wine country. The insurance industry is bracing for payouts exceeding last year’s record $11.8 billion payments to Northern California fire victims. California Insurance Commissioner … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California wildfires costs soaring past last year’s records

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Three U.S. senators want federal officials to publicly release information about the circumstances surrounding the death of a Honduran transgender migrant who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Roxsana Hernandez, 33, died in May at an Albuquerque hospital where she was admitted after showing symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. | US senators request reports in death of transgender migrant

WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

WASHINGTON— A federal report says Americans are using less coal this year than at any time since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That’s despite the Trump administration’s efforts to revive the country’s coal industry. The U.S. Energy Information Administration projected Tuesday that the country will end 2018 having used less coal than at any time since 1979. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US coal consumption drops to lowest level since 1979

Groups demand end to info-sharing on asylum-seeking children

Earlier this year, the federal agency tasked with caring for asylum-seeking children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border officially took on a new, little heralded role: helping to deport relatives of the young migrants. In a Wednesday letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of … Continue reading Groups demand end to info-sharing on asylum-seeking children

NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

NEW YORK — The Senate’s top Democrat says the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t moving fast enough to roll out a plan to stop airlines from shrinking passengers’ seats. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials should be doing more to comply with a law to establish minimum seat size standards for airplanes. The law, part of … Continue reading NEW YORK | Schumer: FAA too slow tackling airline seat size concerns

MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

MAZATLAN, Mexico  — Hurricane Willa swept onto Mexico‘s Pacific mainland with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday night, hitting an area of beach towns, fishing villages and farms after roaring over an offshore penal colony. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the dangerous Category 3 storm hit near Isla del Bosque in Sinaloa state, and … Continue reading MAZATLAN, Mexico | Category 3 Willa hits Mexico’s coast, starts to weaken

WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes

WASHINGTON— Weeks before the 2016 election, federal officials started making mysterious calls to the head of elections in Inyo County, California. They asked her to contact them if she noticed anything unusual. But they wouldn’t elaborate. “I asked them: ‘How am I going to be able to protect against it if I don’t know what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | States and feds unite on election security after ’16 clashes