Seattle bans plastic straws, eating utensils

A Seattle law banning plastic straws and eating utensils is set to take effect on July 1. The law is designed to reduce the amount of plastic waste that has been contaminating and polluting the city's waterways. Fines won't be issued against establishments that don't adhere to the ban, but city officials will encourage them [...]

2018-06-20T15:08:22+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

TSA to expand security for powder canisters in carry-on bags

- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will soon expand a policy that gives extra screening to canisters containing powders to foreign airports that send flights to the United States. The security agency began having its screeners watch for powder containers last summer, mindful that potentially hazardous materials could be smuggled onto jetliners in that fashion. [...]

2018-06-20T14:56:14+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

General Electric booted from Dow after 110 years

- For the first time in more than a century, General Electric was dropped from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and will be replaced by Walgreens Boots Alliance. GE was an original member of the Dow in 1896 and served as a continuous member of the elite 30-stock index since November 7, 1907. The Dow [...]

2018-06-20T14:50:36+00:00 June 20th, 2018|

Pastor confronts, kills carjacker in Walmart parking lot

- A pastor in Washington state is being hailed a hero for confronting an armed carjacker in the parking lot of a Walmart store. Authorities said the wild ending followed a number of carjackings by suspect Tim Day on Sunday in the Olympia area. Several people were injured in the process. Police say Day, 44, [...]

2018-06-19T22:15:46+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Justice Dept. asks high court to allow punishment for ‘sanctuary cities’

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court Monday to stay a federal judge's ruling that blocks the Trump administration from denying grants to cities based on immigration policy. The emergency application, filed by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, seeks to block the Chicago judge's decision that prohibits the Justice Department from denying federal funds to "sanctuary [...]

2018-06-19T12:40:05+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Trump promises additional $200B in tariffs if China retaliates

President Donald Trump upped the ante late Monday in the U.S. trade war with China, vowing to hit Beijing with an extra $200 billion in tariffs if it retaliates for the fiscal penalties he imposed last week. Trump said in a statement actions by China clearly indicate a "determination to keep the United States at [...]

2018-06-19T12:31:24+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

Former CIA employee charged with leaking classified info

- A former CIA employee has been charged with leaking classified information, the Justice Department announced on Monday. Joshua Schulte, 29, was indicted on 13 counts in connection with alleged theft of classified national defense information from the CIA and transmitting it to an outside organization. Several news reports indicate that organization was Wikileaks. "As [...]

2018-06-19T12:25:18+00:00 June 19th, 2018|

U.S. Open: Brooks Koepka wins second straight title

- Brooks Koepka shined on the U.S. Open stage for the second consecutive year, becoming only the seventh golfer ever to win back-to-back titles at the prestigious event after closing with a 2-under-68 Sunday at Shinnecock Hills. Koepka, a year removed from winning the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in 2017, is the fourth golfer [...]

2018-06-18T12:38:38+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

Dozens of states tighten election security — by going back to paper

- As key midterm elections approach, contests that could set off an enormous shift in Washington, D.C., U.S. authorities are taking measures to make sure they are secure and free of foreign influence. For years, a number of polling places have gone more high tech with electronic voting machines. Fears about vulnerabilities in the systems [...]

2018-06-18T12:34:20+00:00 June 18th, 2018|

5 dead after van carrying immigrants crashes during Border Patrol chase

A van carrying 12 undocumented immigrants in Texas near the border with Mexico crashed during a pursuit with police and border agents, killing five, officials confirmed on Sunday. The incident occurred in Big Wells, Texas, about 50 miles from the Mexico-U.S. border. According to KSAT-TV, Border Patrol agents attempted to pull the van over, but [...]

2018-06-18T12:29:57+00:00 June 18th, 2018|