Brad Biggs: New CBA would open door for Bears to be more aggressive in free agency — and perhaps bring in competition for Mitch Trubisky
INDIANAPOLIS — With optimism growing that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached before the start of the new league year, the NFL is planning to give teams a crash course on parameters of the deal before the week is over.The Bears, as reported last month from the Senior Bowl, are preparing two plans for free agency — one that includes a new CBA (and an anticipated bump in the salary cap) and one without a completed deal.It appears the Bears will be able to put Plan A into play, and with a new deal is expected to be a salary-cap hike of about $20 million, according to one league ...
Huge US money laundering probe targets widening circle of Venezuelan elites
MIAMI — For two years federal investigators in Miami have patiently waited for reams of Swiss bank records to be turned over so they could bring a monumental money laundering case against a wealthy circle of Venezuelan businessmen and ex-government officials.Finally, those secret bank records have arrived, due to a major decision to release them by Switzerland’s highest court.With that critical evidence in hand, U.S. prosecutors can now move forward and decide on filing a long-planned indictment charging four members of Venezuela’s young business elite — known as “boliburgueses” — and two form...
49ers' Richard Sherman opposes CBA, says a 17th game puts player safety at risk
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said there’s a simple reason why he’d urge other players to join him in voting no on the NFL’s new proposed collective bargaining agreement — there’s no price they can put on their health.In a Twitter post Wednesday, Sherman agreed with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who also feels player safety would be put at risk if the league is able to implement a 17th game into the regular season as part of the new CBA.“Health and Wellness of our men is always the most important aspect,” Sherman tweeted. “There is no price you can put on that and that is why I Voted N...
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Trump campaign sues New York Times Co. over Russia coverageNEW YORK — President Donald Trump escalated his war against the press by suing New York Times Co., accusing it of knowingly publishing false and defamatory statements claiming his 2016 election campaign had an agreement with Russia to exchange positive foreign policy for help defeating his rival, Hillary Clinton.The suit, filed in New York state court on Wednesday, alleges that the Times published a defamatory opinion piece in March 2019 that claimed the campaign had an “overarching deal” with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s oligarc...
Tribune News Service
FEMA wants billions for helping after California wildfires. Victims plead with judge to stop them
SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E Corp. and lawyers for wildfire victims urged a bankruptcy judge Wednesday to reject FEMA’s demand for a $3.9 billion reimbursement from the troubled utility, saying the government’s claim could undermine a carefully crafted plan to compensate victims and exit bankruptcy.“There’s no question this is a cloud over the entire case,” said Eric Goodman, a lawyer representing victims of the 2017 wine country fires and 2018 Camp Fire.The Federal Emergency Management Agency filed a $3.9 billion claim in PG&E’s bankruptcy, saying taxpayers deserve to be reimbursed for the assistance...
The Sacramento Bee
New rides help lift attendance at SeaWorld parks for second year in a row
SeaWorld Entertainment managed to eke out a slight gain in attendance in 2019 across its 12 parks, extending the company’s rebound from a years-long decline in visitation and revenue.While not anywhere near as robust as the 8.6% gain in 2018, attendance still grew by 42,000, or .2 percent, reaching a little more than 22.6 million guests. That total, though, is still off the company’s 2012 peak attendance of 24.4 million visitors. Revenue was also up for the year, increasing 1.9% to $1.4 billion, the Orlando-based company reported on Wednesday.The company’s “strategic focus on new rides, attrac...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Russell Wilson tweets against proposed NFL collective bargaining agreement: 'I VOTE NO'
INDIANAPOLIS — Conventional wisdom among those who follow the NFL is that its players are likely to approve a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) proposal that was sent by the union’s leaders to the general membership for a vote late Tuesday night.But the league’s highest-paid player, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, will not be voting for the proposal.Wilson, who is often portrayed as staying out of controversy whenever possible, waded willingly into the CBA debate Wednesday morning with a tweet saying the NFL is lagging behind the NBA and MLB in how it treats players, ending with a...
The Seattle Times
Activist shareholders again target Amazon with barrage of governance and social justice proposals
SEATTLE — Amazon is again the target of activist shareholders seeking changes at the company or more information about how it operates.In proposals that could be voted on at this spring’s shareholder meeting, they’ve asked the company to assess its business risks related to third-party sellers, worker health and safety and lobbying policies, among other topics.It’s the second year in a row that Amazon has been the focus of a campaign of shareholder resolutions related to environmental, social and governance issues coordinated by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), which a...
The Seattle Times
FAA orders inspections of all Boeing 737 Maxes to fix defect
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has prepared an airworthiness directive requiring all Boeing 737 Maxes to be inspected for a manufacturing defect the jet maker discovered in December.All Maxes found to have the defect will have to be fixed before they can fly again, although Boeing doesn’t expect this requirement to add further delay to the aircraft’s return to service.The FAA directive was posted to the Federal Register on Tuesday, a day ahead of formal publication.The manufacturing defect, which was reported by The Seattle Times and others in January, arose when mechanics working o...
The Seattle Times
3M cannot keep up with demand for protective masks because of coronavirus outbreak
3M cannot make protective respiratory masks fast enough as the coronavirus continues to spread.The Minnesota-based company continues to ramp up production of the masks at plants in China but also other countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as the United States.Even so, global demand is still “exceeding supply,” said 3M spokeswoman Jennifer Ehrlich in an e-mail. “3M expects demand for respirators to outpace supply for the foreseeable future.”St. Paul-based Ecolab, which provides sanitizing and disinfecting chemicals, said it is selling more disinfectants in China. But even as han...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)