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U.S. Supreme Court blocks Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:52pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, blocking his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants - often called "Dreamers" - who entered the United States illegally as children.

Pelosi urges Senate to take up 'Dreamers' bill after top court ruling

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:46pm
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday urged the Senate to take up legislation previously passed by the Democratic-led House in support of so-called "Dreamers" now that the Supreme Court has blocked President Donald Trump's effort to end their protections.

Trump says process to deal with Dreamer immigrants must start all over

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:46pm
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said a legal solution was needed to address the hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamer immigrants after the nation's top court blocked his earlier effort to end their protections, but gave no other details on how he planned to proceed.

Tesla wants to start building a new U.S. vehicle plant this summer

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:44pm
Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc wants to start building a new and large vehicle assembly plant in the southwestern United States as early as the third quarter of this year, the company told Texas officials in documents made public this week.

Trump to release new list of conservative Supreme Court nominees

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:37pm
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he planned to release a new list of conservative nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court after the high court dealt him a major setback on his hardline immigration policies.

S&P 500 muted as virus cases rise, jobless claims weigh

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:36pm
The S&P 500 was little changed on Thursday as coronavirus infections picked up again in parts of the United States and data showed an elevated level of weekly jobless claims, lending weight to predictions of a prolonged economic recovery.

U.S. labor market improvement stalling; second wave of layoffs seen

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:23pm
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the pace of decline has stalled amid a second wave of layoffs as companies battle weak demand and fractured supply chains, supporting views that the economy faces a long and difficult recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

Atlanta officer says he is not 'state's witness' in Rayshard Brooks case

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:18pm
Devin Brosnan, one of the two Atlanta police officers charged in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks, has not agreed to be a witness for the prosecution, his lawyer said on Thursday, contradicting an assertion by the lead prosecutor on the case.

Months before election, Trump finds himself at odds with most Americans' views

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:49am
The temporary fences that separated protesters from the White House have come down. But its occupant, President Donald Trump, appears to be more isolated than ever.

Former White House aide Bolton says Trump not 'fit' to be president

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:49am
Former top White House aide John Bolton delivered a damning indictment of his former boss, saying Donald Trump's behavior in office and dealings with foreign leaders showed he was unfit to be president of the United States.

Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, is dead at 92

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:36am
Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on Wednesday at age 92.

Lloyd's of London to pay for 'shameful' Atlantic slave trade role

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:25am
The Lloyd's of London insurance market has apologised for its "shameful" role in the 18th and 19th Century Atlantic slave trade and pledged to fund opportunities for black and ethnic minority groups.

Explainer: London faces up to former role insuring Atlantic slave trade

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:25am
London is facing up to its role in insuring the slave trade as part of a sweeping global reassessment of history and racism.

Top Pentagon official Wheelbarger resigns as critics accuse Trump of seeking 'loyalists'

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:22am
Kathryn Wheelbarger, one of the Pentagon's most prominent and respected policy officials, is resigning after three years in the job at a time when critics have accused President Donald Trump of prioritizing perceived "loyalists" for top national security posts, sources told Reuters on Thursday.

IMF says deeper-than-expected contraction in U.S. economy likely in second quarter

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:48am
A defacto lockdown in the United States has lasted longer than expected despite a rollback in some restrictions on mobility, pointing to a deeper-than-expected contraction in gross domestic product in the second quarter, the IMF said on Thursday.

Pelosi says Trump 'ethically unfit' for presidency, will continue oversight

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:40am
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday revelations in a book by a former top White House aide show President Donald Trump is unfit and unprepared to be president and Democrats will continue oversight of the Republican president's behavior.

Trump: U.S. Supreme Court decisions 'horrible'

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:29am
President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against the U. S. Supreme Court's "horrible" decisions, seemingly referring to recent rulings that gay and transgender workers are protected under federal employment laws and blocking his bid to end legal protections for immigrants known as "Dreamers."

World stock markets slip on second wave virus fears, safe-havens rise

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:25am
Global stock markets drifted lower on Thursday as an increase in new coronavirus cases in some U.S. states and China crushed hopes of a swift economic comeback from the pandemic, underpinning demand for safe-haven currencies such as the dollar and Japanese yen.

U.S. retail foot traffic rebounds, more staff at work, as lockdowns ease

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:20am
Retail foot traffic recovered to approach pre-lockdown levels last week and businesses appeared to bring more employees back to the job, according to data from firms that collect cellphone location information and manage employee time for companies.

South Korea's nuclear envoy visits U.S. as tensions flare with North Korea

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 12:49am
South Korea's chief nuclear negotiator will hold talks with officials in Washington on Thursday amid flaring tensions with North Korea after Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office and threatened military action.