Monthly Archives: July 2017

Evacuation order lifted as wildfire threatens California homes

Evacuation order lifted as wildfire threatens California homesAn evacuation order was lifted on Monday at the edge of a national forest in Southern California, after a wildfire threatening dozens of homes in the path of the flames. The so-called Rose Fire, which broke near foothill communities east of the Cleveland National Forest in mid-afternoon, had charred some 150 acres (61 hectares) within several hours, according to the Riverside Fire Department. Fire officials lifted all evacuation orders at about 8 p.m. local time.

Paris 2024 Olympics nearly assured as Los Angeles agrees to 2028 Games

Paris 2024 Olympics nearly assured as Los Angeles agrees to 2028 GamesBy Rory Carroll and Ingrid Melander LOS ANGELES/ PARIS (Reuters) – Paris moved within a hair’s breadth on Monday of formally being chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to accept the consolation prize of the 2028 Games in a rare two-way contest between the cities. Both cities were competing for the 2024 Summer Games after several other contenders withdrew, and the stage was set for Paris to win its bid when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that Los Angeles had officially embraced the later date of 2028. “The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement.

Utilities ditch reactors that launched U.S. nuclear renaissance

Utilities ditch reactors that launched U.S. nuclear renaissanceSouth Carolina utilities said on Monday they are abandoning two unfinished reactors that were once hailed as the start of a U.S. nuclear power renaissance before they were dogged by billions of dollars in cost overruns. The reactors were proposed a decade ago when U.S. policymakers expected more than a dozen new nuclear power plants to provide carbon-free electricity. A unit of SCANA Corp and state-owned Santee Cooper said on Monday they would abandon the twin-reactor project known as V.C. Summer.

Trump fires communications director Scaramucci in new White House upheaval

Trump fires communications director Scaramucci in new White House upheavalBy Roberta Rampton and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump ousted recently hired White House communications chief Anthony Scaramucci on Monday over an obscene tirade, sources familiar with the decision said, in the latest staff upheaval for the six-month-old administration. The move, coming just 10 days after the Republican president named Scaramucci to the post, took place on the first day of work for Trump’s new chief of staff, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, who sources said was seeking to impose order on a White House riven with factions and backbiting. “There’s a new sheriff in town,” said Barry Bennett, a former Trump campaign adviser.

Paris 2024 Olympics nearly assured as Los Angeles agrees to 2028 Games

Paris 2024 Olympics nearly assured as Los Angeles agrees to 2028 GamesLOS ANGELES/ PARIS (Reuters) – Paris moved within a hair’s breadth on Monday of formally being chosen to host the 2024 Summer Olympics after rival candidate city Los Angeles agreed to accept the consolation prize of the 2028 Games in a rare two-way contest between the cities. Both cities were competing for the 2024 Summer Games after several other contenders withdrew, and the stage was set for Paris to win its bid when the International Olympic Committee confirmed that Los Angeles had officially embraced the later date of 2028. “The IOC welcomes this decision of the Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Candidature Committee,” said IOC President Thomas Bach in a statement.

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to gun charges in Holland Tunnel case

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to gun charges in Holland Tunnel caseA Pennsylvania man arrested last June on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel with an arsenal of guns in his truck pleaded guilty to two weapons-related charges in a deal with prosecutors, his attorney said on Monday. John Cramsey, 52, of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, entered the pleas at Hudson County Superior Court in Jersey City, New Jersey, in exchange for a recommendation that he become eligible for parole after one year in prison, according to his attorney, James Lisa.

Trump felt Scaramucci comments to New Yorker inappropriate: White House

Trump felt Scaramucci comments to New Yorker inappropriate: White HouseU.S. President Donald Trump felt Anthony Scaramucci, whom he fired as his communications chief on Monday, made inappropriate comments to The New Yorker magazine, the White House said. “The president certainly felt that Anthony’s comments were inappropriate for a person in that position and he didn’t want to burden General Kelly,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said at a briefing, referring to John Kelly, who was sworn in as the new White House chief of staff earlier on Monday.

Trump administration reaches deal with Texas counties on immigration

Trump administration reaches deal with Texas counties on immigrationU.S. immigration authorities signed deals on Monday with 18 of Texas’ 254 counties to expand a program that allows jailers at local sheriffs’ offices to cooperate with federal authorities in immigration enforcement. The deal signed at a sheriffs’ meeting in suburban Dallas comes as both the administration of U.S. Republican President Donald Trump, and Texas, the most populous Republican-controlled state, seek to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” places that shield immigrants who are in the country illegally. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reached what is known as a 287(g) agreement with the counties.

General Kelly offers Trump a semblance of order – if the president lets him

General Kelly offers Trump a semblance of order – if the president lets him“Send in the Marines!” the refrain goes. With the appointment of retired four-star Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff, President Trump has done just that. General Kelly, until Monday the secretary of Homeland Security, brings a no-nonsense approach to leadership, loyalty to both commander and troops, and Mr. Trump’s respect. For Kelly to succeed, the president needs to empower him, political analysts say.