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Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two) -

Cheers! Furloughed workers offered a free beer (or two)An ad hoc group, called Pay It Furloughed, has set up a website that allows furloughed federal workers or those working without pay to grab a cold one - or two - at several craft breweries in Washington, including Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau and Shop Made in DC. "We are frustrated by the lack of leadership in Washington, D.C. and the negative impact the government shutdown is having on hundreds of thousands of our friends, neighbors and members of our community," reads a statement by Pay It Furloughed, which was set up by Washington community kitchen Mess Hall, food writer Nevin Martell, app developer 3Advance and public relations firm Quixotic.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:52:59 -0500

U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: experts -

U.S. shutdown taking toll on FDA, USDA inspection roles: expertsWorkers in public health laboratories are reporting disruptions in the analysis of DNA from food samples involved in foodborne outbreaks, and have raised concerns about a USDA program that tests agricultural commodities for unsafe levels of pesticides, they said. The shutdown is "putting our nation's food supply at risk," Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat, said at a briefing of the House Congressional Food Safety Caucus on Wednesday. Only about a third of the FDA's regular inspections are being carried out, she said.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:39:25 -0500

Los Angeles teachers' union head aims to resume talks 'soon' as strike stretches to third day -

Los Angeles teachers' union head aims to resume talks 'soon' as strike stretches to third dayNo negotiations have been scheduled since contract talks with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) collapsed last Friday when union leaders rejected management's latest offer as an "insult." More than 30,000 educators represented by United Teachers Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday, demanding higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff. The mayor's office confirmed that Garcetti, who has expressed support for the teachers' cause, was speaking with both parties individually seeking to nudge them back to the bargaining table. LAUSD spokeswoman Shannon Haber declined comment on prospects for renewed talks.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:30:02 -0500

Man charged in plot to attack White House with anti-tank rocket -

Man charged in plot to attack White House with anti-tank rocketHasher Jallal Taheb, of the Atlanta suburb of Cumming, was arrested in Gwinnett County on Wednesday and appeared briefly in federal court in downtown Atlanta in a case brought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Byung Pak, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, told reporters. "His alleged intent was to attack the White House and other targets of opportunity in the Washington, D.C., area by using explosive devices, including an improvised explosive device, an anti-tank rocket," Pak told reporters.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:14:42 -0500

Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 years -

Tennessee ex-teacher who took off with student sentenced to 20 yearsTad Cummins, 52, was sentenced in federal court in Nashville by U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger, according to emails from a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee. Cummins had faced a sentence of up to life in prison for transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities and up to 20 years in prison for obstructing investigations, court documents said. Federal prosecutors had requested a sentence of 30 years, according to a court document.

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:36:51 -0500

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