A massive fire ripped through Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris, toppling the spire on the 850-year-old Gothic monument and leaving France in shock over the extensive damage to one of the nation's most iconic landmarks.
Some U.S. farm groups fear that President Donald Trump's terms for easing his trade war with China risk leaving large swaths of American agriculture worse off than before the conflict began. Many producers are alarmed by signs that the administration would accept Chinese purchase target pledges for commodities like soybeans and pork without a promise to lift retaliatory tariffs, said industry representatives, some of whom spoke only on condition of anonymity to avoid consequences for publicly criticizing the administration.
The number of black farmers in America has gone up, but to look at that number in isolation would be to mask the vast disparities that fall along racial lines. There were 45,508 black farmers in 2017, up about 2% from five years earlier, the Department of Agriculture said Thursday, April 11, in its first agricultural census since 2012. About 3.2 million farmers are white, or 95 percent. More striking, ownership is declining faster for black farmers, down about 3% since 2012, compared with 0.3% for white growers.
Joe Biden twice joked about asking for permission to hug people during his first appearance since the emergence of complaints from women about how he touched them, avoiding serious discussion of an issue that's threatened his expected presidential campaign. In a speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Friday, April 5, in Washington, the former vice president made only a glancing reference to disclosures by several women who've expressed their discomfort with Biden's style of physical contact with people he meets.
The Food and Drug Administration said that it is investigating a small number of reports over several years of e-cigarette users experiencing seizures. The potential link was seen mostly in young vapers, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy said in a statement on Wednesday. The FDA said it has received 35 reports of seizures possibly related to e-cigarette use between 2010 and early this year, and is concerned those numbers could indicate a wider phenomenon.
President Donald Trump's top economic adviser touted progress in high-level talks with China, but cautioned that a final deal to end the trade war remains elusive as negotiations resumed in Washington. Negotiators are "making good headway," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters Wednesday, April 3, in Washington. "But we're not there and we hope this week to get closer," he said. U.S. stocks rebounded following his remarks.
The U.K.'s deadlocked Parliament failed to agree on a new blueprint for Brexit, rejecting all the options that were put forward to replace Theresa May's unpopular deal. On Monday the House of Commons voted on four different policies but none of them won a majority, pushing Britain's messy divorce from the European Union deeper into crisis. The pound fell.
Kellogg Co. agreed to sell its cookies and fruit snack brands including Keebler and Famous Amos to Ferrero for $1.3 billion, as the cereal maker refocuses on the fast-growing parts of its business. The all-cash transaction is expected to close by the end of July, the companies said Monday, April 1. "Divesting these great brands wasn't an easy decision," Steve Cahillane, Kellogg's chief executive officer, said in a statement. It "will lead to reduced complexity, more targeted investment, and better growth."
Lyft Inc., the No. 2 U.S. ride-hailing giant, soared in its debut after raising $2.34 billion in an initial public offering that priced at the top of an elevated range, sending an encouraging signal to the stampede of Silicon Valley companies lining up to go public this year. Shares opened Friday morning at $87.24 -- 21 percent above the IPO price of $72 -- and drifted downward in the afternoon, closing up 8.7 percent to $78.29 in New York. That gives the company a market value of about $22.4 billion.
WASHINGTON - Senators pressed top U.S. officials on the Federal Aviation Administration's oversight of Boeing Co. and a controversial safety system linked to two crashes in five months of the company's top-selling 737 Max jetliner. In a highly anticipated hearing, the lawmakers questioned FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell about a new anti-stall countermeasure on the Max that investigators suspect malfunctioned, contributing to the Oct. 29 crash of a Lion Air jet in the Java Sea off the coast of Indonesia and possibly a subsequent crash of an Ethiopian Air flight on March 10.