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Report: A $15 Minimum Wage Would Be an Economic Disaster

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 17:01

 A $15 Minimum Wage Would Be an Economic DisasterJust in time for next week’s likely House vote on a federal $15 minimum wage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has come out with a caustic report on the consequences of the policy.The report confirms what even liberal economists caution: A $15 minimum wage would “risk undesirable and unintended consequences” and lead to a survival-of-the-fittest labor market, where only the highest-skilled workers come out on top.  Democrats are under the illusion that the government can force employers to artificially increase wages with no adverse consequences for American workers. But that’s like saying the government could double families’ mortgage and rent payments without any consequence.Here are six ways this new report exposes the minimum wage proposal as bad policy.1\. It would be a job-killer.The Congressional Budget Office report estimated that a $15 minimum wage would lead to 1.3 million lost jobs by the year 2025, with job losses rising over time due to compounding negative impacts.The exact number of job losses are highly uncertain, but the report says losses would most likely range between zero and 3.7 million, with a not-insignificant chance that losses could exceed 3.7 million.A 2011 Heritage Foundation estimate was even bleaker. It estimated a $15 minimum wage would lead to 7 million lost jobs.


Chevron ordered to halt oil spill into California canyon

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:49

Chevron ordered to halt oil spill into California canyonCalifornia regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow. The seep out of the ground where Chevron injects steam to extract underground crude oil has been happening on and off since May. The state has issued Chevron a notice of violation ordering it to stop steam injections around the area where the seep was occurring in the large Cymric Oil Field about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Bakersfield.


Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave US

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:47

Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave USPresident Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a group of non-white Democratic congresswomen in tweets and said they should leave the U.S. and go back to the countries "from which they came." The four women are American citizens and all but one was born in the U.S. "Mr. President, As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States. ... You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda." — Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota on Twitter.


Boy slips through Heathrow Security to board British Airways flight to Los Angeles

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:09

Boy slips through Heathrow Security to board British Airways flight to Los AngelesPolice at Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles without a ticket or boarding pass. The unaccompanied child, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged. Fellow passengers said he refused to leave the aircraft and was eventually removed by police officers who boarded to assist aircrew. As a result of the security lapse, the aircraft had to be cleared and all the passengers were forced to undergo a second security check, delaying the flight by more than four hours. The mystery youngster, who is thought to be Dutch, was not travelling with his parents, and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant Detectives were working to establish where the boy was originally from and how he had managed to pass through strict security cordons, without being spotted. One theory is that he was a transit passenger who had arrived at Heathrow with a ticket to an onward destination, but had then attempted to see if he how far he could get with our being challenged as part of an elaborate dare. The lapse also raises concerns over the effectiveness of security checks at Britain’s busiest airport, although a spokesman for British Airways insisted the boy had been through the same controls as all other passengers. The spokesman said: “We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their flight after an issue during boarding.   “The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and everyone who had boarded the aircraft had been subject to security checks.  “We conducted additional precautionary screening as soon as this issue came to light and we are assisting the police with their enquiries.” Rachel Richardson, who was heading to Los Angeles on a business trip, described chaotic scenes as airline staff tried to deal with the situation. She said: “The boy would not speak to the cabin crew and they were asking if anybody spoke Dutch. He would not help them understand where his bags were so the whole aircraft had to be cleared which meant we were almost more than four hours delayed taking off. It was very frustrating.” A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “A 12-year-old boy boarded a BA flight from Heathrow to Los Angeles at around 17:15hrs on 14 July.   “He was identified by cabin crew during pre-flight check. He did not have a ticket or any travel documents.   "The boy was an unaccompanied minor. He is not a UK national. As a security precaution, passenger de-planed following a discussion between police and the captain.   “The child is believed to have arrived at Heathrow as a transit passenger.” A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are working with our police colleagues and British Airways to understand how an unauthorised passenger boarded the incorrect aircraft. The individual did not represent a security risk and, purely as a precaution, the aircraft in question was re-screened and has since departed. We apologise for the disruption and will continue working closely with the authorities and our airline partners to keep the airport safe.”


Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of color

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 16:07

Leave the US, Trump tells liberal congresswomen of colorStarkly injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said Sunday that four congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. His attack drew a searing condemnation from Democrats who labeled the remarks racist and breathtakingly divisive. Following a familiar script, Republicans remained largely silent after Trump's morning broadsides against the four women.


Puerto Rico Governor Urged to Resign After Profanity-Laced Chats

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 15:59

Puerto Rico Governor Urged to Resign After Profanity-Laced Chats(Bloomberg) -- The administration of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello, under pressure after the arrest of two former officials and accusations of impropriety, drew fresh criticism as leaked, profanity-filled chats between the governor and his top aides led to calls for his resignation.Over the weekend, key allies distanced themselves from Rossello, 40, casting doubt on his ability to build enough support to stay in office until elections next year.Rossello’s woes deepened after publication of chats, taken from the messaging service Telegram, that cast the governor and his aides as profane, vengeful and cruel, mocking his political opponents with often misogynistic and homophobic slurs, openly fantasizing about an assassination of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and heaping ridicule on ordinary Puerto Ricans the government came into contact with.The scandals may undercut Rossello as he fights for his budget with the oversight board and seeks release of U.S. aid from President Donald Trump’s administration to rebuild from Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico is in negotiations with holders of about $18 billion of government’s debt, the last major chunk that it is seeking to have reduced in bankruptcy.“This government is near collapse,” said Juan Lara, an economist at the University of Puerto Rico. “The way things are happening now, it’s very hard to see them getting control of the situation. They will try to repaint the facade, but I don’t think they can.”The chats emerged slowly last week, then on Saturday the Centro de Periodismo Investigativo -- the Center for Investigative Journalism -- posted almost 900 pages of the discussions on its website.The disclosure led the head of Puerto Rico’s lower house in Congress, Carlos Johnny Méndez -- a member of Rossello’s Partido Nuevo Progresista -- to say he had lost confidence and asked the governor to “reassess” his position. A group of PNP mayors made a similar statement. Jenniffer González, Puerto Rico’s non-voting representative in the U.S. Congress and a PNP member, said Rossello ”should not stand for re-election.”‘Moral Force’The opposition Partido Popular Democratico joined the PNP in denouncing Rossello, with former PPD governor Sila María Calderón telling the local paper El Nuevo Dia the governor “does not have the moral force to govern.”After the chats emerged, Mayor Yulin Cruz filed a police complaint against Rossello and Christian Sobrino, the government’s chief financial officer and representative to the congressionally mandated fiscal oversight board handling the island’s finances, for Sobrino’s comments suggesting he was “salivating” at the idea of shooting her, to which Rossello responded: “You would be doing me a favor.” Sobrino resigned his posts on Saturday.On Sunday, about 2,000 protesters marched through the narrow streets of Old San Juan, near the governor’s mansion, calling on “Ricky,” as he is known, to resign. They banged on drums, chanted from soundtracks and were joined by parishioners leaving a church.“We’re finally at a turning point, not only with Rossello but also with the board,” said 32-year-old Nicole Diaz, pushing her 6-month old son in a stroller. “Maybe we can find a more democratic way forward and an end to impunity,”Rossello made a surprise stop at a Sun Juan church on Sunday, a visit he streamed as a Facebook live event with the message: “I recognize that I have made mistakes and my commitment has been number one to seek reflection and wisdom of the Almighty.”The lurid texts were released days after the U.S. Justice Department announced the indictments of Rossello’s former education secretary and health insurance administration director over government contract awards. After the indictment, Rossello on Thursday said he was “ashamed” and “outraged” but vowed to remain in the post he won in 2016.Rossello’s Treasury Secretary Raul Maldonado was fired last month after disclosing in a radio interview alleged crimes within the department, including influence peddling, issuance of fake licenses, destruction of documents and accessing privileged taxpayer records.Maldonado’s son, Raul Maldonado Nieves, later said Rossello ordered the auditing firm BDO to change a report on Hurricane Maria aid to remove references showing mismanagement in a relief effort involving his wife, Beatriz. The governor denied the allegations. To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Deibert in San Juan at mdeibert@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew Bristow at mbristow5@bloomberg.net, Steve Geimann, Tony CzuczkaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


A Texas grandmother fell three years ago. Her daughter let her decay on the floor, police say

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 15:42

A Texas grandmother fell three years ago. Her daughter let her decay on the floor, police sayDelissa Crayton lived with her mother's decaying remains for three years after she fell in their shared residence, police in Seguin, Texas said.


Note to Trump: Iran Would Need 1 Year to Build a Nuclear Weapon

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 15:13

 Iran Would Need 1 Year to Build a Nuclear WeaponIran is taking steps to shorten the time it would take to produce a nuclear warhead.The commission overseeing the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program is “treating this issue with the seriousness it deserves,” said Jackie Wolcott, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency.Iran’s effort to shorten the time to produce a nuke “does not pose an immediate risk,” wrote Kelsey Davenport, an expert with the Arms Control Association in the United States.“Currently, due to restrictions put in place by the nuclear deal, the United States estimates that timeline at 12 months,” Davenport explained in a July 2019 assessment.But the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, a signature accomplishment of former U.S. president Barack Obama, is in danger of collapsing following current president Donald Trump’s 2017 decision to withdraw the United States from the deal’s oversight.Trump shortly thereafter reinstated economic sanctions targeting Iran that the Obama administration had lifted as an incentive for Iran to agree to limits on its nuclear program.Trump’s sanctions made it more likely Iran would abandon diplomacy and develop an atomic bomb. Trump is not “deserving to exchange messages with,” Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated in June 2019.Trump abandoned the Iran deal to spite Obama, according to a leaked memo written by the United Kingdom's former ambassador to the United States. Kim Darroch in 2018 described Trump’s move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism.”


Florida suspect punches hotel owner

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:55

Florida suspect punches hotel ownerRaw video: Surveillance video captures a suspect attacking a hotel owner over parking space dispute.


Hurricane Barry photos show an otherworldly city, deep under water

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:42

Hurricane Barry photos show an otherworldly city, deep under waterFor the people of Mandeville, Louisiana, the effects of Hurricane Barry continue to be nothing short of otherworldly.On Saturday, the now tropical storm made landfall along the northern Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, leaving tens of thousands across Louisiana and Mississippi without power and otherwise cut off from drier parts of the region. Areas of widespread flooding varied in severity with some seeing accumulations of 20 inches, while others escaped with substantially lower-than-predicted rainfall. In Mandeville, just 132 miles from Morgan City where the storm first made contact with land, the shore of Lake Pontchartrain expanded onto city streets. On Lakeshore Drive, photographer Scott Olson captured dozens of residents, many of them couples and families, as they explored the transformed -- and largely underwater -- portion of their shared home.Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesThe road, officially closed off to the public since late Friday, became the central hub for photographic evidence of the storm's power, even as city officials warned people to stay away. "Officials would like to encourage pedestrians that this is not a sightseeing event," reported local radio station KPEL 96.5, adding, "Your safety is the number one priority."While an official depth of the flooding along Lakeshore Drive has not been reported, many images show adults up to their knees in water, in spite of numerous flood gates attempting to keep the lake at bay.Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesIn addition to the dangers of fast-moving currents and waterborne disease, Louisiana residents have been warned of the presence of water snakes and alligators within floodwaters. "If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the floodwaters as well," noted fire department officials in Slidell, another Louisiana city less than 30 miles from Mandeville. Still, per Olson's photos, it would appear many Mandeville folks tried to make the best of a bad situation. In a stint of waterlogged romance, numerous couples posed for the photographer among for what Olson dubbed a post-hurricane "date night."Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesImage: scott olson/Getty ImagesOthers floated along in inner tubes and canoes, holding onto each other to maintain group formation.Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesImage: scott olson/Getty ImagesForegoing the impromptu swimming opportunity, some ogled the feat of Mother Nature from nearby structures, as waters began to recede and reveal what damage had been done to the community. Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesAtop the flood gates along Lake Pontchartrain, daredevils looked onto the source of the flooding.Thus far, no hurricane-related deaths have been reported in Mandeville, or elsewhere -- although rescue efforts across the region remain underway with at least 12 people rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard and more than 120 cats and dogs rescued by The Humane Society.   Image: scott olson/Getty ImagesImage: scott olson/Getty ImagesSlowly but steadily the storm, now hovering near Shreveport, continues to make its way north. Although the cyclone is rapidly losing steam, its high water content indicates that rain will continue to befall the region even as those affected attempt recovery -- with the possibility of tornadoes still close at hand. While New Orleans was spared levee-threatening flooding and many of the storm's effects have been less devastating than anticipated, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is urging residents to keep their guards up."As Barry moves across the state, we still have several hours of rain, tornadoes, and severe weather ahead of us," the governor posted to Twitter. "Continue to monitor local media outlets for the latest weather information and important updates from local officials in your area. Be vigilant. Stay informed. Heed directions from officials." WATCH: This speedboat transforms itself into a submarine -- Future Blink


American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellations

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:29

American Airlines extends Boeing plane flight cancellationsAmerican Airlines said Sunday that it will keep the Boeing 737 Max plane off its schedule until Nov. 3, which is two months longer than it had planned. In a statement, American said the action will result in the cancellation of about 115 flights per day. It said it "remains confident" that the Boeing plane will be recertified this year.


Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandal

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:22

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandalProtesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances. Undersecretary of La Fortaleza's press office, Michelle De la Cruz, said she did not know if the governor was home. Some activists say they are ashamed of the language used by Rosselló in the group chat and the ways the reputation of the U.S. territory might be affected.


Power is restored in New York City after massive blackout, but many questions remain

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:17

Power is restored in New York City after massive blackout, but many questions remainPower in New York City has been restored following an outage that left a large portion of Manhattan without electricity.


Teen girl bitten by shark while boogie boarding

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 14:12

Teen girl bitten by shark while boogie boardingA 16-year-old girl has been bitten by a shark while boogie boarding in Florida, police say.


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio criticized for his absence during the city's partial blackout Saturday night: 'You have to be on site'

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 13:34

 'You have to be on site'Governor Andrew Cuomo and other New Yorkers were annoyed de Blasio was campaigning for his long-shot presidential campaign, and not in the city.


Ghosts of Charlottesville: Racial divide haunts city as case against white supremacist closes

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:50

 Racial divide haunts city as case against white supremacist closesAs Neo-Nazi James Alex Fields faces his state sentence Monday, a chapter is closing. But the problems in Charlottesville did not start in 2017.


Ocasio-Cortez reminds Trump, 'I come from the United States' after the president suggests congresswomen of color should 'go back' home

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:24

Ocasio-Cortez reminds Trump, 'I come from the United States' after the president suggests congresswomen of color should 'go back' homeRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at President Trump, who tweeted that she and three other congresswomen of color should “go back” to their “broken and crime infested” countries, pointing out that she was born in the United States.


The former prime minister of Israel defended his business dealings with Jeffrey Epstein: 'You expect me to have noticed?'

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 12:10

 'You expect me to have noticed?'Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak defended business dealings with Jeffrey Epstein, saying he had no idea Epstein allegedly solicited underage girls.


Trump calls children's detention centers 'well run and clean,' despite shocking reports from Pence visit

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:48

Trump calls children's detention centers 'well run and clean,' despite shocking reports from Pence visitPresident Trump defended conditions of crowded migrants detention facilities after Vice President Mike Pence offered mixed reviews after a tour at the border he completed last week.


Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemned

Yahoo News - Sun, 07/14/2019 - 11:43

Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemnedIsrael's new education minister's remarks in favor of "conversion therapy," a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday. Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a televised interview over the weekend that he supports conversion therapy and has performed it. It was Peretz's second major controversy in just a month on the job.


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