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Former UAW vice president charged in U.S. corruption probe

Former UAW vice president charged in U.S. corruption probeU.S. prosecutors in Detroit on Monday charged a former high-ranking United Auto Workers official in charge of the labor union's relations with Fiat Chrysler (FCA) of misusing funds for lavish purchases for himself and other union officials. Norwood Jewell, who headed the UAW's FCA department from 2014 until his retirement in January 2018, was charged with conspiracy to violate labor laws and accepting improper payments in a criminal information - often a precursor to a plea agreement. Jewell is the highest-ranking former UAW official charged so far in a wide-ranging investigation into illegal payoffs to UAW officials.



Massive fire at Houston petrochemical storage terminal may last two more days

Massive fire at Houston petrochemical storage terminal may last two more daysA massive fire at a fuels storage company along the Houston Ship Channel may burn for two more days, an official said on Monday as the blaze spread a plume of black smoke across the city, shutting schools in two nearby communities. The fire began Sunday morning in a giant storage tank containing naphtha, a volatile substance used to create octane-boosting components of gasoline. No injuries were reported from the fire but nearby residents were encouraged to remain indoors.



Alan Krueger, economic adviser to Obama and Clinton, dies at 58

Alan Krueger, economic adviser to Obama and Clinton, dies at 58Alan Krueger, a Princeton University economics professor who advised U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, died over the weekend at the age of 58, the university said on Monday. "Alan was recognized as a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching," the university said in a statement. Krueger served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration and chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers during Obama's time in office.



Isolation, evacuations in U.S. central Plains as floods kill three

Isolation, evacuations in U.S. central Plains as floods kill threeThe floods, which have prompted each state's governor to declare a state of emergency, are the result of last week's "bomb cyclone" winter storm, a winter hurricane that blew in from the western Rocky Mountains. The floodwaters forced the operators of the Cooper nuclear plant, near Brownville, Nebraska, to fly in staff and supplies by helicopter, and covered one-third of that state's Offutt Air Force Base, near Bellevue, home to the U.S. Strategic Command.



U.S. high court rebuffs Hawaii B&B that turned away lesbian couple

U.S. high court rebuffs Hawaii B&B that turned away lesbian coupleThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a new dispute involving gay and religious rights, leaving in place a lower court ruling against a Hawaii bed and breakfast owner who turned away a lesbian couple, citing Christian beliefs. The justices refused to hear an appeal by Phyllis Young, who runs the three-room Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, of the ruling that she violated a state anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to Diane Cervilli and Taeko Bufford in 2007. A state court ruled that Young ran afoul of Hawaii's public accommodation law, which among other things bars discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.





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