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Venezuela Congress and U.S. government ratchet up pressure on Maduro

Venezuela Congress and U.S. government ratchet up pressure on MaduroU.S. President Donald Trump's administration was considering recognizing the leader of the Congress, Juan Guaido, as the country's legitimate president, according to two people familiar with the matter. White House aides were weighing such a move among a list of options being prepared for Trump in response to the latest Venezuela developments but no final decision had been made, one of the people told Reuters. Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 under an avalanche of criticism that his leadership was illegitimate following a 2018 election widely viewed as fraudulent, with countries around the world disavowing his government.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 6:10 PM

PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack

PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attackKenyan security forces have killed the militants who stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, taking at least 14 lives and forcing hundreds of others to make terrifying escapes, the government said on Wednesday.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 10:07 AM

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:38 PM

Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUV

Hottest vehicles at Detroit auto show: Shelby GT, electric SUV, Kia SUVThe Ford Shebly GT 500, Toyota Supra and Kia Telluride generate buzz at the Detroit auto show.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 12:51 PM

Brexit deal vote: UK parliament's feuding factions

Brexit deal vote: UK parliament's feuding factionsLondon (AFP) - The British parliament is split into cross-party factions over the EU divorce deal.




POSTED JANUARY 14, 2019 11:11 PM

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series

A Look at the 2020 BMW 7-series




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 4:55 AM

LAUSD teachers strike: Thousands of educators rally in downtown Los Angeles on 2nd day of walkout

LAUSD teachers strike: Thousands of educators rally in downtown Los Angeles on 2nd day of walkoutThousands of LAUSD teachers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for a massive demonstration on the second day of their union's strike.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 9:00 PM

Pound Sentiment Improves in Traders' Positioning for Brexit Vote

Pound Sentiment Improves in Traders' Positioning for Brexit VoteA gauge of relative demand for bullish or bearish options on sterling has climbed to the highest since April even as the U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan faces almost certain defeat in a House of Commons vote Tuesday. The pound may extend its rebound to above $1.30 should the Brexit deadline be delayed from the end of March, said Yuji Kameoka, chief foreign-exchange analyst at Daiwa Securities Co. in Tokyo.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 4:27 AM

El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claims

El Chapo trial: Joaquín Guzman paid former Mexican president $100m bribe, witness claimsJoaquin “El Chapo” Guzman once paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto, a witness has claimed in court. Alex Cifuentes, who has said he was a close associate of Guzman for years, discussed the alleged bribe as part of the accused Mexcan drug lord’s trial. Mr Pena Nieto, commonly known by his initials EPN, was president of Mexico from December 2012 until November 2018.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 3:58 PM

Hundreds in new U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross into Guatemala

Hundreds in new U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross into GuatemalaSeveral hundred Honduran migrants in a new U.S.-bound caravan crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the advancing group to try to build support for a wall along his country's border with Mexico. About 360 Hondurans presented documents to pass legally through the Agua Caliente border crossing separating the two Central American nations. An additional 350 Hondurans crossed into Guatemalan territory, but were being detained by migration officials checking their documents, according to pro-migrant activists traveling with them.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 10:31 PM

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Feds Fine North Carolina Restaurant Over Wage, Child Labor Law Violations
A North Carolina restaurant has been fined by federal officials who say it violated minimum wage and child labor laws. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in a news release that Max’s Pizza in Surf City was fined $14,287 for …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:50 PM
Bhatia Joins California’s Preferred Employers Insurance as Sr. Underwriter
San Diego, California-based Preferred Employers Insurance, a Berkley Company, has added workers’ compensation underwriting expert, Minoo Bhatia, as a senior business development underwriter. Bhatia comes to Preferred with over 25 years of workers’ compensation experience having worked in claims, audit, …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:42 PM
4.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Oklahoma
Officials say there are no reports of damage after a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck northern Oklahoma on Tuesday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered near Hayward, or about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City. It had …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:26 PM
NetVU’s Ambers Named Chief Growth Officer at AVYST in Dallas
AVYST, a provider of sales and risk management produces and services for independent insurance agents and brokers and their carrier partners, announced that Kitty Ambers has joined the insuretech firm in Dallas as chief growth officer. Ambers will be responsible …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:21 PM
Johnson & Johnson Acquires Louisiana’s Strickland General Agency
Charleston, South Carolina-based Johnson & Johnson is expanding its footprint into Louisiana by acquiring the assets of Strickland General Agency of LA Inc. (SGA LA), located in Harahan, Louisiana. Strickland General Agency was established in 1995 as a full service, …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:16 PM
Mudslide, Traffic Snarls Accompany 1st of Expected SoCal Storms
The first in a series of Pacific storms brought heavy rain to Southern California and snow in the mountains on Jan. 14, closing some highways and snarling traffic. Fears were that the rain could unleash mud and debris flows from …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:12 PM
Cyber Joins Business Interruption as Top Global Business Risks: Allianz Survey
Cyber incidents join business interruption as the top risks facing global businesses, according to a survey conducted by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS). The impact of business interruption (which includes supply chain disruption) is the major risk for companies …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 5:08 PM
Cities Sue Companies over Sealant Pollution in Minnesota Ponds
Seven Minnesota cities are suing a group of companies that refine coal-tar sealants to help pay for cleanup after the product’s harmful chemicals ended up in stormwater ponds across the state. The cities filed separate federal lawsuits last month to …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 4:56 PM
Criminalizing 1st-Time DUIs in Wisconsin Is a Tough Sell
With a new Democratic ally in the governor’s office, a handful of Republican lawmakers are pushing for Wisconsin to join the rest of the country and criminalize first-offense drunken driving. On paper it might look like a can’t-miss bipartisan initiative, …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 4:54 PM
Fox Takes Over as Michigan Insurance Department Director
Anita Fox officially began her tenure as director of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) after being sworn in on Jan. 14. Director Fox was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 27, 2018. She brings more …

POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 4:49 PM

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