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Why More Than A Million Teachers Can't Use Social Security

Teachers have staged protests in recent weeks in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona. Some are fighting lawmakers who want to scale back their pensions.<p>It's no secret that many states have badly underfunded their teacher pension plans for decades and now find themselves drowning …

Retirement

EU rejects Irish border proposals and says Brexit talks could still fail

Michel Barnier says the UK wants to cherry-pick its terms and that the EU response is: ‘No way’<p>The EU’s chief negotiator has warned there is still a “risk of failure” in the Brexit negotiations as Brussels continues to reject Britain’s proposals on avoiding a hard border in Ireland.<p>Michel Barnier …

United Kingdom

Delayed Brexit immigration plans 'due in months'

<b>Delayed proposals for Britain's post-Brexit immigration policy will be published "in the coming months", Downing Street has said.</b><p>The immigration bill would establish new rules for EU migrants to the UK after free movement ends.<p>An official policy document had been expected last autumn and the Times …

United Kingdom

Driver in deadly immigrant smuggling case gets life sentence

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a big rig involved in the deaths of 10 smuggled immigrants in Texas last year was sentenced Friday to life in prison.<p>James Matthew Bradley Jr. pleaded guilty in October to a count of transporting the immigrants resulting in death and a conspiracy count. If he had …

Latin America

Truck driver who left 8 undocumented immigrants to die in hot car will spend his life in jail

A Texas trucker driver who smuggled at least 39 people in an unventilated trailer in 100-degree heat, leading 10 to die, will spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors announced Friday.<p>San Antonio police officers stumbled onto one of the deadliest cases of human smuggling in recent …

Crime

North Korea says it will suspend nuclear and missile tests, shut down test site

TOKYO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared that he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted.<p>The surprising announcement comes just six days before Kim is set to meet South Korean …

North Korea

This blockchain-powered platform lets you enjoy live concerts — in virtual reality

Virtual reality is only getting bigger. The VR market is tipped to be worth more than $33 billion within the next two years. With the market growing to such heights, different industries are grappling with various ways to make the most of the opportunity, including the entertainment and live events …

Virtual Reality

World reacts to overnight strikes on Syria by US, UK and French forces

Iran and Russia condemn attack but support comes from allies including Canada and Israel<p>The decision by the US president, Donald Trump, to launch air strikes on Syria with backing from the UK and France has proved globally divisive, with some countries praising the military action while others …

Middle East

Angela Merkel: Syria strikes were 'necessary and appropriate'

Germany's Angela Merkel has expressed support for the US-led strikes on Syria.<p>“We support the fact that our American, British and French allies have …

UN Security Council

Iran's supreme leader says Western attack on Syria a crime

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said coordinated air strikes on Syria by the United States, France and Britain on Saturday were a crime that would bring no benefit.<p>"Today's dawn attack on Syria is a crime. I clearly declare that the president of the United States, …

The Latest: Syrian-Americans express anger over missiles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-led missile strikes on Syria (all times local):<p>9:40 p.m.<p>Syrian-Americans have expressed anger at the missile strike on their homeland as they celebrated their country's independence day at a rally in Pennsylvania.<p>The Morning Call of Allentown reports a crowd of …

Middle East

Syria crisis: UN chief says Cold War is back

<b>The UN's secretary general has said the Cold War is "back with a vengeance".</b><p>Antonio Guterres also warned about the dangers of escalation over Syria.<p>The US and its allies are considering launching missile strikes against Syria after a suspected chemical attack, an action which Russia - whose forces …

Middle East

The Latest: Ecuador president says journalists were killed

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The Latest on the kidnapping of Ecuadorean press workers. (all times local):<p>12:55 p.m.<p>Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has confirmed the deaths of three press workers kidnapped along the country's conflictive border with Colombia.<p>Moreno spoke Friday after a 12-hour deadline …

Latin America

A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

A boundary that divides the humid eastern U.S. and the dry western Plains appears to have shifted 140 miles to the east over the past century due to global warming, new research suggests.<p>Scientists say it will almost certainly continue shifting in coming decades, expanding the arid climate of the …

Climate Change

Cuba's elderly former rebels to fight on after generational shift

EL COBRE, Cuba (Reuters) - The long awaited generational shift in Cuban politics is about to happen: none of the leaders of the Communist-ruled island's next government are likely to be elderly former fighters from the 1959 leftist revolution.<p>Even so, veteran former rebels who took part in Fidel …

Cuba

Pence announces $16 million for Venezuelan migrants

LIMA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced in Peru on Friday that Washington was giving $16 million to help Venezuelans who have fled the country's economic crisis, some of which would go to host communities in Colombia and Brazil.<p>Pence was in Lima to attend the Summit of the …

Mike Pence

Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Showing solidarity with opposition leaders, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence urged Latin American allies on Friday to further isolate Venezuela, suggesting the Trump administration would seek additional sanctions to counter the country's political crisis.<p>Pence, in Lima for the …

Donald Trump

Brazil state seeks to shut Venezuelan border to stop refugee flow

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Leaders of Brazil's northern state of Roraima on Friday asked the Supreme Court for permission to temporarily close the only land border crossing with neighboring Venezuela to halt the massive and disorderly arrival of refugees.<p>Brazil's President Michel Temer, attending the …

Brazil

Trump to lift legal threat to states that permit marijuana use

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lift his administration's plans for a possible crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana after talks with a Colorado senator, the White House said on Friday, an action that undercuts U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.<p>Senator Cory Gardner, …

Cannabis

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.<p>The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they …

Global Warming

Former Catalan leader calls for dialogue with Spain

BERLIN (AP) — Fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Saturday made a renewed call for Spanish authorities to open negotiations over Catalonia's secession claim, a day after he was released from a German prison.<p>Puigdemont told reporters that he hoped a German court's decision not to …

Europe

Gene therapy may help astronauts going to Mars resist deadly radiation

Researchers and scientists say new discoveries and drug creation could be beneficial to future astronauts on deep space missions<p>An international group of researchers has come up with a new plan to help astronauts survive high-level radiation in space – and even get them to Mars without the deadly …

Space Science

US deploys troops to Mexico border, as migrant caravan ends

The US departments of Defense and Homeland Security began working with Arizona and Texas to fulfill President Trump's directive of reinforcing the …

Immigration

Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.<p>Researchers at Germany's Neumayer Station III say they've picked 3.6 kilograms (8 …

Space

The Threat Within NATO

An alliance built on democratic ideals is seeing the rise of strongmen in its midst.<p>Speaking days before an election most observers thought him sure to win, a long-serving Eurasian strongman railed against human rights, malevolent western powers, and rapacious “international speculators.” If …

Geopolitics

Russia Election Interference: Trump State Department Has Spent None of $120 Million Allocated to Fight Russian Meddling

The State Department has spent $0 of its allocated $120 million to fight Russian election meddling, according to a new report by The New York …

North Korea keeps mum on summit invite as its delegation completes South visit

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the North Korean news agency said on Sunday, but it made no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit.<p>The delegation, the …

North Korea

How to ease anxiety with the '54321' mindfulness trick

But one mindfulness tool used by multiple psychologists has the potential to pull our brains free from the anxiety by grounding us in the present.<p>The …

Elon Musk: the real-life Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr used the entrepreneur as a role model for his part in the 2008 film<p>Elon Musk is the archetypal serial entrepreneur, with a string of successes before the startups that would make him famous.<p>Robert Downey Jr turned to Musk for help getting into character as Tony Stark for the 2008 …

Tesla

The Best Ways to See Europe in Just 10 Days

If there’s one thing that Americans get shafted on (there’s not just one; there are loads), it’s vacation days. A 10-day trip will probably eat up a …