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United Kingdom votes to decide the fate of Brexit, again
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:57:42 -0500
Voters go to the polls on Thursday in an election that will pave the way for Brexit under Prime Minister Boris Johnson or propel Britain toward another referendum that could ultimately reverse the decision to leave the European Union.


U.S. House Democrats prepare for impeachment vote as Trump said to embrace short trial
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:55:53 -0500
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives moved closer on Wednesday to impeaching Donald Trump, as the president and senior Republicans appeared to converge on the idea of a shorter trial once the charges come to the Senate in the new year.


Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen seeks reduction in U.S. prison term
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:41:58 -0500
Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for Donald Trump who became a key witness against the president for House Democrats, is seeking a reduction in his current three-year prison sentence, an attorney for Cohen said on Wednesday.


Factbox: Labor, environment, drugs top changes to North American trade deal
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:41:38 -0500
Stronger worker and environmental protections top changes to a new version of the North American trade deal signed by U.S., Mexican and Canadian officials on Tuesday that clears the way for a long-delayed vote in the U.S. Congress.


Meltdowns and touchdowns: How the U.S. scored a Canada-Mexico trade deal
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:41:38 -0500
Revising the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement took a year of acrimonious talks among Democrats, the chief U.S. negotiator and a labor union president - and may have set a world record for phones being slammed down in anger, according to one negotiator.


FAA probes Boeing 737 MAX production, says it won't approve jets' return this year
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:40:46 -0500
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday it was investigating production issues involving Boeing Co's 737 MAX and confirmed the agency will not approve the grounded commercial jet for flight before year end.


Global airlines chief warns on spiraling delays to Boeing 737 MAX
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:40:46 -0500
Airlines face significant problems if the return to service of the Boeing 737 MAX drags on for months longer, the head of the International Air Transport Association said on Wednesday.


Factbox: FAA chief says 737 MAX will not be cleared to fly in 2019
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:40:46 -0500
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson confirmed on Wednesday the agency will not allow Boeing Co's grounded 737 MAX, involved in two fatal crashes in five months, to resume flying before the end of 2019.


Argo takes different road to skirt self-driving challenges
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:39:57 -0500
Sky's the limit optimism about self-driving cars is giving way to tougher questions about how expensive automotive artificial intelligence will ever make a profit.


Factbox: Self-driving partnerships proliferate
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:39:57 -0500
Alliances and partnerships involving development and deployment of autonomous vehicles continue to mushroom.


Self-driving car firms rooted in U.S. government competition
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:39:57 -0500
Bryan Salesky had little way of knowing in 2007 that his teammates and rivals in a U.S. Defense Department-sponsored competition were laying the foundations for future self-driving businesses now valued at billions of dollars.


Mexican businesses focus on labor provisions as they pore over USMCA trade deal text
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:39:34 -0500
Mexican business leaders on Wednesday began poring over texts of a new stricter trade deal with the United States and Canada, looking for details of how more intrusive enforcement of labor rules in Mexico would affect their operations.


U.S. chief executives back revised USMCA trade deal
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:39:34 -0500
The Business Roundtable, a trade group of top U.S. chief executives, announced Wednesday its members backed the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal after negotiators brought the hard-won agreement across the finishing line.


Special Report: Icebound - The climate-change secrets of 19th century ship's logbooks
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:37:06 -0500
On November 14, 1881, an American called George Melville limped across a frozen delta in Siberia and pulled a pole from the snow with his frost-bitten hands.


Wall Street posts modest gain as Fed signals rates to hold for some time
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:36:12 -0500
Wall Street's main stock indexes ended modestly higher on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady and signaled that borrowing costs are likely to remain unchanged indefinitely.


'Highly volatile' NZ volcano prevents body recovery, death toll rises to eight
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:06:40 -0500
The New Zealand volcano that fatally erupted earlier this week is "highly volatile" and could explode again in the next day, making it too risky to send in recovery teams to retrieve bodies, officials said on Thursday.


U.S. House passes massive defense bill; now heads to Senate
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:59:25 -0500
The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a $738 billion defense policy bill providing the first paid family leave for all federal workers and the creation of a Space Force, a top military priority for President Donald Trump.


Fed keeps rates on hold, points to 'favorable' economic outlook next year
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:56:00 -0500
The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday held interest rates steady and signaled borrowing costs will not change anytime soon, with moderate economic growth and historically low unemployment expected to persist through the 2020 presidential election.


Australia's New South Wales government says 10 victims of volcano to be transferred to Sydney hospitals
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:43:56 -0500
Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state government said on Thursday 10 victims of the volcano eruption in New Zealand will be transferred to hospitals around Sydney.


NZ officials say White Island volcano remains 'highly volatile'
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 18:32:26 -0500
New Zealand officials said on Thursday the situation on White Island, the volcanic island where an eruption earlier in the week killed eight people, remains "highly volatile" with the risk of a further eruption over the next 24 hours at 40% to 60%.




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