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Colt suspends production of AR-15 rifle for civilian market

Sep 19 2019 — — Gunmaker Colt says it is suspending its production of rifles for the civilian market including the popular AR-15. Colt’s CEO, Dennis Veilleux, says it is not permanently ending production but believes there is already an adequate supply of sporting rifles on the market. He said in a statement Thursday the company will concentrate on fulfilling […]

Trump selects Robert O’Brien to be his next national security adviser

Sep 18 2019 — — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to name hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien to be his new national security adviser. Trump’s announcement about O’Brien comes a week after the departure of John Bolton from the national security adviser’s post, citing policy disagreements. Trump and Bolton offered differing views on whether the longtime Republican policy adviser […]

No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

Sep 16 2019 — — More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike. Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. It wasn’t clear how […]

Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, U.S. blaming Iran

Sep 16 2019 — — Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, an assault for which U.S. President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to respond. U.S. officials offered satellite images of the damage at the heart […]

John Bolton out as Trump’s 3rd national security adviser

Sep 10 2019 — — President Donald Trump said Tuesday via Twitter that he had fired national security adviser John Bolton and will name a replacement next week. “I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration,” said Trump, without getting into specifics. Bolton, in his own tweet, contradicted the president’s version of events. He […]

Johnson suspends U.K. Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

Sep 10 2019 — — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain’s rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The simmering showdown between Johnson and Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to […]

Former F1 champ Schumacher treated in secrecy in Paris hospital: report

Sep 10 2019 — — Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been admitted under great secrecy to a Paris hospital to be treated Tuesday with a cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was […]

Bill to block October no-deal Brexit becomes law with Queen’s approval

Sep 9 2019 — — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday gave final approval to a piece of legislation which seeks to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from taking the country out of the European Union without an exit deal on Oct. 31. The step, known as Royal Assent, is effectively a rubber-stamp from the monarch for the law which passed […]

Putin’s party suffers losses in Moscow elections as candidates endorsed by rival win

Sep 9 2019 — — The party of Russian President Vladimir Putin has suffered big losses in Moscow elections as candidates endorsed by his arch-rival won almost half the seats, authorities said Monday. Elections to the Moscow City Duma are usually low-key affairs but Sunday’s vote grew in prominence when election authorities refused to register a dozen independent candidates, including […]