At a Glance: US Trade Pact With Pacific Rim Countries

Monday, 05 October 2015 14:55 Written by
The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries reached an agreement to lower trade barriers, bolster worker protections and set standards for a raft of other industries in a far-reaching trade pact announced on Monday. The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is the result of years of negotiations and encompasses nearly 40 percent of the world economy. President Obama lauded the agreement as good for American businesses as well as the environment but now must…
Oregon college shaken by massacre reopens with counselors, comfort dogs
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:53 Written by
ROSEBURG, Ore. Students were welcomed back on Monday by grief counselors and comfort dogs to the small Oregon community college shattered by a shooting rampage that left 10 people dead, though classes were to remain canceled through the week. The campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles (300 km) south of Portland, was reopened to registered students and staff four days after the massacre, allowing them to retrieve vehicles and other belongings…
American civil rights activist Grace Boggs dies in Detroit at 100
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:53 Written by
DETROIT Grace Lee Boggs, an author and activist in the feminist, labor, civil rights and environmental justice movements, died in Detroit on Monday at the age of 100, according to her Facebook page. "Grace died as she lived surrounded by books, politics, people and ideas," Alice Jennings and Shea Howell, two trustees for her estate, said in a message on the page. Boggs died peacefully in her sleep at her home on the city's east…
Philadelphia woman who kidnapped child given 40 years to life
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:18 Written by
A woman who disguised herself in traditional Muslim dress to abduct and sexually assault a 5-year-old girl from a Philadelphia school was sentenced to 40 years to life imprisonment on Monday, the local district attorney's office said. Christina Regusters, 22, a former childcare worker, was convicted in September last year of aggravated assault, kidnapping, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and a slew of other offenses related to the crime. In the January 2013 incident, Regusters posed…
Trial begins of deputies, nurse in Georgia jail death
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:18 Written by
ATLANTA Jury selection began on Monday in the criminal trial of two former deputies and a jail nurse in the death of a restrained Nigerian college student in a Savannah, Georgia jail cell. The coroner wrote on the death certificate that Matthew Ajibade, 21, died from blunt force trauma on Jan. 1 "after a physical altercation with law enforcement personnel," and ruled it a homicide. But the full autopsy report has yet to be released.…
Pilot falls ill on American flight from Phoenix to Boston, dies
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:18 Written by
An overnight flight from Phoenix to Boston was diverted to Syracuse, New York, on Monday morning after one of the pilots fell ill and died, an American Airlines spokeswoman said. Controls of the Airbus A320 carrying 148 passengers and five crew members were in the hands of a copilot when it touched down at Syracuse Hancock International Airport at 7:13 a.m. EDT, said spokeswoman Brianna Jackson. She declined to comment further, including whether the pilot…
Buyouts Coming at Company Behind Chicago Tribune, LA Times
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:15 Written by
The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers is offering buyouts to employees. Tribune Publishing announced the "Voluntary Separation Program" in a memo to employees that was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. The memo says the newspaper publisher needs to reduce costs. The company has been in turmoil after the firing of Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner in early September. The Los Angeles Times had reported that Tribune…
How American Apparel Went Bankrupt
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:10 Written by
American Apparel, once a juggernaut in the fashion industry, is now bankrupt, a precipitous fall for a company that was once worth $1 billion. The California-based company filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware today. As part of a deal with lenders, the company said it will continue operating its business "without interruption to customers, employees and vendors" but it will close some of its stores outside the U.S. The company has 227 retail locations…
Data Hack at 7 Trump Hotels Confirmed
Monday, 05 October 2015 13:28 Written by
Customer credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen at seven Trump hotels after its payment systems were hacked for nearly a year. The Trump Hotel Collection says on its website that hackers gained access to its systems between May 2014 and June 2015 at the front desk of those hotels. Hotel restaurants and gift were also hacked. Potential thefts occurred at the Trump SoHo New York, Trump International New York, Trump National Doral…
Benghazi committee Democrats say they'll release witness transcripts
Monday, 05 October 2015 13:04 Written by
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee's Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton, they said on Monday. The announcement comes six days after Kevin McCarthy, the leader of U.S. House Republicans, went on television to boast that the federally funded investigation had successfully dented Clinton's poll numbers as she…

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