The Washington Post
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers are considering a taxpayer-funded bailout for retirees who are members of certain failing pension plans, scrambling to solve a retirement crisis that threatens more than 1 million Americans. A draft of the plan, obtained by The Washington Post, would direct the Treasury Department to spend up to $3 billion annually to subsidize payments for retirees from certain underfunded pensions.
MORTON, Ill. - Two hours after dawn breaks, Brett Fugate waits to catch the early-morning wind as it moves across the soybean fields that border his one-story welding shop. He is outside, atop a makeshift tower, one arm balancing his body on a railing, the other holding a large steel chime. The wind is coming, and once it does, he'll get a better sense of how the chime will toll, not just across the rural flatlands of central Illinois, but in September in a Pennsylvania field when it, along with 39 others, will ring in perpetuity for the 40 people who died there Sept. 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration said Thursday night that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against the latest legal challenge to its constitutionality—a dramatic break from the executive branch's tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes and a land mine for health insurance changes the ACA brought about.
Don't worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It'll just be a heck of a lot smarter.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Goaltender Genevieve Lacasse was not visible amid the mess of American and Canadians around her, wrestling first for the puck, which the Americans had pushed to within inches of tying the game, then with each other, when the horn rang and the Canadians had won. In a blur of limbs and shoves, two players went to the ground. Referees separated the others. That — the physical, tense, routine chaos through which Canada held on to a 2-1 preliminary-round victory Thursday, Feb. 15 — is USA-Canada in a nutshell.
Q: What is curling? Curling is contested on ice - called a sheet - with targets at either end, referred to as the house. The house is made up of 12-, 8- and 4-foot rings and the center, called a button. Teams take turns sliding a large granite stone, sometimes called a rock, from one end of the sheet toward the house at the other end. A curler can control the amount a rock will turn, or curl, by applying rotation to the handle.
Q: What is figure skating? A: Arguably the marque sport at the Winter Olympics, figure skating needs little introduction. With grace, grit and often controversy, athletes skate, jump and spin into millions of homes around the world.
DAEGWALLYEONG, South Korea — With artful simplicity and an earnest message, the opening ceremony delivered on its intent to make peace the star Friday night. It was aspirational, dreamy, idyllic. Oh, to live in the reimagined world that executive creative director Song Seung-whan created for five children to travel through time and experience.
Q: What is cross-country skiing? A: Everyone recognizes traditional cross-country skiing when they see it. In the Olympics, the races are much faster, of course, and skiers use different techniques depending on the event. Classic skiing requires the skis to remain parallel. Skiers can use both poles at the same time, or alternate poles. Classic courses are designed with machine-groomed tracks.
More than 90 countries will send roughly 2,900 athletes to compete in the PyeongChang Olympics. There are 102 events - most in Olympic history - including four making their debuts: big air snowboarding, mass start speedskating, mixed doubles curling and a mixed team event in Alpine skiing. Two-hundred forty-three athletes will represent the United States. There are 135 men and 108 women, the closest the team has come to parity at the Winter Games.