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Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in errorWASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Earlier this month, M...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: Trump's politicized Supreme Court has lost legitimacy. 2021's Dems, do something!
We’ve just seen one of the worst weeks in the 230-year-plus history of the U.S. Supreme Court. And that is really saying something, when you think about its other low points including the 1857 Dred Scott ruling, which held Black people as inferior and denied them U.S. citizenship, or 1896’s Plessy v. Ferguson that allowed segregation, or the high court’s more recent jags that have prized corporate citizenship and eroded voting rights.And yet it is becoming increasingly difficult to have faith in the Supreme Court’s independence — and, thus, its legitimacy — after a day that should be known as ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bay Area could be worst hit by outward pandemic migration
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose and San Francisco could be big losers, with the wider adoption of remote work causing a flood of migration away from metropolises, researchers say.Migration rates are expected to be three to four times higher than normal in the coming years as more companies allow employees to work from home. The highest share of movers will be leaving expensive cities for lower-cost cities, and rural communities, a survey by Santa Clara-based Upwork found.At least 1 in 5 residents in high-priced cities say they have already moved or expect to — a possible harbinger of signficant ch...
The Mercury News
NASA says probe successfully stowed sample from asteroid
Washington (AFP) - NASA said Thursday its robotic spacecraft Osiris-Rex was able to stow a rock and dust sample scooped up from the asteroid Bennu, after a flap that had wedged open put the mission at risk."We are here to announce today that we've successfully completed that operation," said Rich Burns, the mission's project manager.The probe is on a mission to collect fragments that scientists hope will help unravel the origins of our solar system, but hit a snag after it picked up too big of a sample.Fragments from the asteroid's surface in a collector at the end of the probe's three-meter (...
Fantasy football Week 8: Start and sit
Washington running back Antonio Gibson continued his impressive rookie pace, the Packers’ Davante Adams solidified his place as fantasy’s No. 1 wide receiver, and running back Le’Veon Bell looked solid in his Chiefs debut. Here’s a look back at Week 7’s games.———WEEK 7 RECAPEagles 22, Giants 21: Carson Wentz looks like 2019 Josh Allen with more interceptions, which isn’t as bad as it sounds.Lions 23, Falcons 22: Atlanta is the Vincent van Gogh of losing football games, but how many fantasy outcomes were altered by Todd Gurley’s epic fail? You have Gurley’s touchdown (that shouldn’t have happen...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Celebrities vetted (and denied) based on political views ahead of defunct anti-coronavirus ad, report says
WASHINGTON — A now-canceled $250 million anti-coronavirus ad campaign by the Trump administration was so politically motivated it screened possible celebrity spokespeople based on their support for the president and their liberal ideology, according to documents released Thursday by the House Oversight Committee.The campaign has been shelved while the Department of Health and Human Services reviews allegations of impropriety linked to the effort.But a “PSA Celebrity Tracker” document released by the committee that was updated as recently as Oct. 23 lists some 274 celebrities who were considere...
New York Daily News
Trump administration ends protections for iconic gray wolf
Washington (AFP) - US President Donald Trump's administration on Thursday removed endangered species protections for the gray wolf, paving the way for the iconic predator to be more widely hunted.The move was slammed by conservation groups, which said that while wolf numbers have partly recovered since the animal was first listed in 1974, they remain "functionally extinct" in the vast majority of their former range."Today's action reflects the Trump administration's continued commitment to species conservation based on the parameters of the law and the best scientific and commercial data avail...
Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in error
WASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department’s World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Mnuchin wrote he was “very pleased to inform” King that the money was wired to the program’s bank account i...
New York Daily News
In regional game-changer, US seeks to sell F-35 jets to UAE
Washington (AFP) - The United States has agreed to sell more than $10 billion of top-of-the-line F-35 fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates to reward its recognition of Israel, potentially reshaping power dynamics in the turbulent region, Congress was informed Thursday.In an informal but required notification to Congress, President Donald Trump's administration said it had approved the sale of 50 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters -- equivalent to Israel's fleet of the jets -- worth an estimated $10.4 billion, a congressional aide said.If it goes ahead, the sale could "significantly change the mili...
Boeing to cut thousands more employees as losses mount
Boeing on Wednesday announced it will shrink its workforce further, saying that by the end of next year it will employ 31,000 fewer people companywide than at the beginning of this year.That’s a cut of just over 19% — from 161,000 to 130,000 — almost double the previous plan to cut 16,000 jobs or 10% of the total workforce.Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun warned three months ago that more cuts would have to be made beyond the 10%, without specifying a figure.Though Boeing did not break down the local impact of the additional job losses announced Wednesday, many of the cuts will inevitably be made in th...
The Seattle Times