CHICAGO—U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a $62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Agricultural groups expressed disappointment over the move and urged the new administration to find alternative ways to boost product shipments to Asian countries. Trump announced the cancellation on Monday, Jan. 23, quickly fulfilling a campaign promise.
When U.S. President Donald Trump signed orders to revive two controversial energy pipeline projects last week, he pledged to require new pipelines to use American-made steel, a gesture to workers in the hard-hit industry who helped propel him to power. But U.S. steelmakers will receive negligible benefit from the multi-billion dollar Keystone XL project, one of the two projects Trump ordered to proceed, because they have limited ability to meet the stringent materials requirements for the TransCanada line.
SYDNEY—An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday, Jan. 24, urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of spider bites. The Australian Reptile Park, the country's sole supplier of funnel-web venom to antidote producers since 1981, relies on the public to hand in spiders that are milked for the venom used to produce an antidote.
Cancer death rates are surging in some regions of the U.S. even as fatalities steadily decline nationwide, a new study suggests. Overall, the U.S. death rate from cancer has dropped about 20 percent from 1980 to 2014, the study found. Cancer fatalities now account for about 192 deaths for every 100,000 people in the U.S., down from 240 per 100,000 at the start of the study period. But in some parts of the country where poverty, obesity and smoking are more common, rates of death from cancer are going up.
WASHINGTON - New restrictions on immigrants and refugees will mean legal permanent residents, also known as green cards holders, from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries will have to be cleared into the United States on a case-by-case basis, a senior U.S. administration official said on Saturday. In a briefing with reporters, officials defended the scope and execution of the new executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, a move that has caused chaos and alarm at airports.
NEW YORK—U.S. stocks edged lower for a second consecutive session on Friday, Jan. 27, as some underwhelming corporate earnings and gross domestic product data offset recent enthusiasm over policy actions by President Donald Trump. U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the fourth quarter, with GDP rising at a 1.9 percent annual rate, below the 2.2 percent rise expected by economists and the 3.5 percent growth pace logged in the third quarter.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor removed a special website it created as a resource for current and former Wells Fargo employees on workplace issues, including whistleblower retaliation complaints, according to a U.S. lawmaker. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat, sent a letter on Friday, Jan. 27, to Acting Labor Secretary Edward Hugler after discovering earlier this month that the site, www.dol.gov/wellsfargo , read: "Page not found."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday, Jan. 27, it has found high amounts of a toxic substance in homeopathic teething tablets, warning of its potential risk to infants and children. According to laboratory analysis by the health regulator, the amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, sometimes far exceeded the amount claimed on the label of these teething tablets. Homeopathic teething tablets are used to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John McCain, commenting on Friday, Jan. 27, on speculation that President Donald Trump may lift sanctions on Russia, said he hoped the administration would reject that "reckless course." "If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and one of the Republican party's senior foreign policy voices, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington on Friday for the 44th March for Life, buoyed by President Donald Trump's pledge to restrict the procedure and Vice President Mike Pence's plan to address the marchers. Organizers expect tens of thousands of supporters to converge on the National Mall for the march, which is held each year close to the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973.