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WASHINGTON | US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

WASHINGTON  — Jan 11, 2019—The U.S. military said Friday it has started pulling equipment, but not troops, out of Syria as a first step in meeting President Donald Trump’s demand for a complete military withdrawal. The announcement fueled concern about how quickly the U.S. will abandon its Kurdish allies, amid contradictory statements recently by administration … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US starts withdrawing supplies, but not troops, from Syria

NEW YORK | New year, higher pay: 2019 changes affecting small business

NEW YORK  — Many small businesses will see their labor costs increase in 2019. Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the … Continue reading NEW YORK | New year, higher pay: 2019 changes affecting small business

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho | Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants. The reactor at the U.S. Energy Department‘s Idaho … Continue reading IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho | Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy

DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday restored federal recognition to an accrediting group that oversees dozens of for-profit colleges but was shut down by the Obama administration over allegations of lax supervision. Her decision says the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools was found to be “substantially in compliance” in 19 of 21 areas … Continue reading DeVos reinstates for-profit college watchdog cut under Obama

DENVER | Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

DENVER — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the administration’s plans to loosen regulations imposed by the Obama … Continue reading DENVER | Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON  — The mothers of two men killed by a toxic paint stripper have taken a first step toward suing the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take quick action to remove the product from the market. EPA pledged in May to act quickly on a final rule on methylene chloride after then-Administrator Scott Pruitt … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Families take step toward suing EPA for toxic paint stripper

WASHINGTON | Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

WASHINGTON — The package bombs sent to Democrats across the county and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges. The reason: There’s no domestic terrorism law. Whether there should be one is a matter of debate. On … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. | Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honor during Obama years

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome — but she admits she wanted to get it earlier. The Grammy, Emmy and Oscar winner, whose ABBA-tribute album “Dancing Queen” was just released, acknowledged she’d long hoped for that call. She said she “wanted to get it … Continue reading WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. | Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honor during Obama years