Congestion tax in New York could be Green New Deal litmus test

If successful, the fee on driving into Manhattan might pave way for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s climate legislation. Sumaiya Nur, a recent immigrant from Bangladesh, has not heard much about the congestion tax – likely around $12 – slated to hit the streets of New York City in early 2021. The 21-year-old pharmacy clerk lives and works in Jackson Heights, Queens. She only travels across the river to Manhattan once a week – every Saturday in her brother’s car – to watch movies and walk around destinations like Times Square. When asked…

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Pelosi: Move to impeach Trump now would be premature, ‘divisive’

Nancy Pelosi says she wishes that the president’s family, staff would have an intervention after Trump ‘tantrum’. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly press conference at the US Capitol [Mandel Ngan/AFP] US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that President Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum at a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders a day earlier and that she wished his family or staff would conduct “an intervention” with him for the good of the country. In a second consecutive day of tough words about Trump…

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‘American Taliban’ Lindh released from US prison

John Walker Lindh served 17 years of a 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. This file television footage in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on December 1, 2001, shows John Walker Lindh, right [File: AP Photo/APTN] The California man who became known as the “American Taliban” after his capture in Afghanistan in November 2001 was released from prison on Thursday, US media reported. John Walker Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, left prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on probation after serving 17 years, according…

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House Dems subpoena more Trump ex-aides after latest rebuff

House Judiciary chairman issues subpoenas to former White House aides, Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson. Trump stands next to former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks outside of the Oval Office [File: Carlos Barria/Reuters] A United States congressional committee chairman issued subpoenas to two more former White House aides hours after being spurned by White House Counsel Donald McGahn at a hearing on Tuesday. The subpoenas came as Democratic politicians negotiated for testimony by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and debated impeaching President Donald Trump. Heeding Trump’s instructions to ignore a…

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Huawei blacklisted by US starting Today

Targeting the Chinese tech giant’s bottom line may end up hurting the US and international companies. The ban on United States companies selling parts to Huawei will take effect on Friday, the US commerce secretary has said. Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg news agency on Thursday that the new regulations will bar Huawei from acquiring components and technology from US firms without government approval. Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and 70 affiliates are being added to the US Commerce Department’s “entity list”. The move makes it difficult – if not impossible –…

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Pressure mounts on US e-cigarette firms over health, marketing

The US state of North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Juul for trying to attract younger smokers. North Carolina has become the first state in the US to sue e-cigarette maker Juul for marketing its products to young smokers [File: Seth Wenig/AP] The attorney general’s office in North Carolina state has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc, piling more pressure on the biggest e-cigarette maker in the United States that is already under intense scrutiny for its products’ usage among teenagers. Josh Stein, the first state attorney general…

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Texas officer shoots dead woman heard on video saying ‘I’m pregnant’

Texas officer shoots woman who grabbed his Taser and used it against him, police say, in incident caught on video. The officer was wearing a bodycam, police said [File: Carolyn Van Houten/The Washington Post via Getty Images] A Texas police officer fatally shot a woman who grabbed his Taser and used it against him, moments after the woman appears to say “I’m pregnant” in an altercation captured on video. The shooting happened late Monday in Baytown, about 25 miles (40km) east of Houston. Baytown Police Lieutenant Steve Dorris said the…

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Facebook cofounder says it’s time to break up company

In an opinion piece, Chris Hughes writes that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sacrificed ‘security and civility for clicks’. Legislators have previously called for federal privacy regulation and anti-trust action to break up big tech companies [Stephen Lam/Reuters] Facebook cofounder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times. “We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, no matter how well intentioned the leaders of these companies may be. Mark’s power is unprecedented…

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One student killed, seven wounded in Colorado school shooting

Two suspects, both male students, are in custody after shooting at a school near Denver. Police and others are seen outside STEM School Highlands Ranch after a shooting [David Zalubowski/AP Photo] Two students have opened fire at a Colorado science and technology school, killing a fellow student and wounding seven others before being taken into custody, law enforcement and hospital officials in the United States said. The Douglas County Sheriff’s office said deputies heard shots coming from the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) School in Highlands Ranch, about 40km south…

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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen, off to prison, says still much to be told

Michael Cohen begins his three-year sentence on Monday for arranging hush payments and lying to Congress. Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, departs his Manhattan apartment for prison [Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP] Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer, headed to a federal prison to begin a three-year sentence on Monday, taking a parting shot at his former boss in remarks to reporters as he left his Manhattan apartment building. “I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be…

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Two dead in shooting at North Carolina university campus

Police say 22-year-old suspect in custody after attack on campus that also left four people wounded. Television station WBTV reported that gunfire erupted about 5:45 pm local time near the university’s Kennedy Hall administrative building. [Logan Cyrus/AFP] Two people have been killed and four others wounded – two with life-threatening injuries – in a shooting at the University of North Carolina in the United States. Campus Police Chief Jeff Baker said on Wednesday his emergency dispatch office first received a call about an individual armed with a pistol who had…

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Facebook broke Canada privacy laws: Watchdog

Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien pledges to seek a court order to force Facebook to change its practices. A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration [Regis Duvignau/Reuters] Facebook Inc broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year ago, into a…

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