Economy

Economy

None on Kentucky hazmat team got new training for rail oil spills

A Kentucky rail-to-truck transfer has emerged as a shipping hub for oil and oil products. But no one on the 12-county hazardous material team that would respond to oil spill or fire at the facility has received training that’s been developed specifically in the past few years to address the risks of increasing volumes or crude oil moving by rail.

Economy

Details sought on airlines’ tech after Delta, Southwest failures

Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, wrote to 13 airlines to express concern that there aren’t enough backups in place to prevent service meltdowns like the recent ones that crippled Delta and Southwest Airlines. They also questioned the airlines on how vulnerable they are to cyberattack.

Economy

U.S. trade rep insists TPP is not dead yet

The country’s top trade official, U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman, is confident the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership could pass this year, despite increasingly critical rhetoric about the deal from both parties’ presumptive presidential nominees.

Economy

Panama’s president defends his country’s financial institutions

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela defended his country’s financial reputation and reiterated Panama’s commitment to greater transparency Tuesday in the wake of the leak of millions of documents that show ties between world leaders and a Panamanian law firm that specializes in setting up shell corporations.

Congress

McCain, Roberts lock horns on Senate floor over Obama’s Army nominee

Arizona Sen. John McCain pleaded with a fellow Republican, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, on the Senate floor Thursday to withdraw his objection and allow a vote on Eric Fanning to be Secretary of the Army. But Roberts wouldn’t budge, again citing his opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison and transfer its detainees to U.S. sites, including, potentially, Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Economy

Airbnb’s rapid growth in Cuba comes with a few problems

Cuba is reportedly Airbnb’s fastest-growing market. Since embarking on cozier relations with Cuba leader Raúl Castro 15 months ago, the Obama administration has been eliminating stiff regulations on travel and commerce, which has expanded opportunities for Americans to visit the island.

National

Analysts see business benefit in Apple’s battle with FBI

Apple’s decision to refuse the FBI’s demand to unlock the iPhone of San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has portrayed as a principled stand to protect the data of all iPhone users, is also likely to be good for business, analysts of the hotly competitive cell phone market said Thursday.

Videos

Trump uses Dwyane Wade’s cousin’s death to appeal to black voters - Election Rewind

In Iowa, Donald Trump continued his appeal to African-Americans for their vote following the death of basketball star Dwyane Wade's cousin in Chicago. The Clinton campaign shot back with a campaign ad, telling those voters they have "everything" to lose with Trump.
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Trump uses Dwyane Wade’s cousin’s death to appeal to black voters - Election Rewind 1:28

Trump uses Dwyane Wade’s cousin’s death to appeal to black voters - Election Rewind

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Political newcomer talks candidly

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The Purple Heart

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Miami police officer proposes to girlfriend during award ceremony