A partial government shutdown looms before Christmas as a last ditch meeting on Tuesday between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is hoped to break a budget deadlock. Read more: What stopgap funding to avert shutdown means for Trump's border wallSchumer says Trump should accept $1.6 billion in border funding but this is well short of the $5 billion the president is demanding. In a joint statement, Pelosi and Schumer said the country cannot afford "a Trump Shutdown," adding that the president "knows full well that his wall proposal does not have the votes to pass the House and Senate, and should not be an obstacle to a bipartisan agreement." John Lawrence, a former chief of staff to Pelosi, told NPR: "[Pelosi] is going to be, and I think Democrats in the House are going to be, concerned with proving that they...
HONOLULU (AP) — A civilian contractor for the Hawaii Air National Guard who was participating in a military exercise survived after his plane crashed off the coast of Honolulu, authorities said Wednesday. U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Sara Muir says the pilot is in stable condition after being rescued about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of Oahu near Honolulu’s Sand Island. The pilot had been participating in a military exercise called Sentry Aloha exercise, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty...
While it’s not the only factor driving Fortnite’s worldwide success, the battle royale game’s cross-platform multiplayer is a big part of what keeps the coming back for more. This will mean that developers of other titles will be able to utilize the same technology to give their online games cross-platform support. "Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms," said the announcement.
The Latest: Virgin Galactic sending rocket to edge of spaceMOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on scheduled test flight of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship (all times local):Virgin Galactic plans to fly a rocket ship Thursday to the edge of space. The company says two test pilots will fly the craft early Thursday above the Mojave Desert at an altitude of more than 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), which it regards as the boundary of space. A company statement says the...
(WASHINGTON) — The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump. Acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration chief Adm. Timothy Gallaudet said in a press conference at a scientific meeting this week, "I personally have not briefed the president on climate change." By contrast, Oregon State University marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco, who served as NOAA chief in the first four years of the...
Three people missing in an inactive coal mine in West Virginia were found alive Wednesday after being reported missing four days ago, authorities said. One of four people who initially went into the mine and managed to get out late Monday told authorities the rest were alive and provided information on their location, state officials said. All four were reported missing late Saturday, and a mine rescue team from the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training was...
And it's not just the uber-contentious Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday that broadcast to the country just how far apart the two sides are when it comes to funding for the border and/or Trump's much ballyhooed wall. 1) Trump believes his political success was built on the border wall promise. There are dozens and dozens of House Republicans who blame Trump -- and rightly so...
Mark Green, an emergency physician who has just been elected to Congress from Tennessee, said at a town hall on Tuesday that he wants to use his new position to question the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine safety. There is no evidence at all that vaccines or the preservatives in them night cause autism, despite many studies, both national and international, that have been done to try and find any possible link. Vaccine makers have also removed...
NASA’s InSight spacecraft is now parked on Mars and gearing up to spend the next two years probing the interior of the Red Planet. InSight also beamed back 52 photos of its immediate environment, which were used to create a mosaic of a 4x7-foot area of the surface directly beside the lander. Unlike Curiosity and other NASA rovers on Mars, InSight isn’t mobile. Since InSight touched down on Nov. 26, NASA engineers have been powering up and testing each of...
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