Obama promises support to Louisiana after floods
By Ayesha Rascoe BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama walked door to door in an East Baton Rouge Parish neighborhood on Tuesday hugging people and offering assurances that the country would help them recover from some of the worst floods ever recorded in Louisiana. "What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, you?re not alone on this, even after the TV cameras leave," Obama said after touring brick homes whose lawns were cluttered with slabs of drywall and soaked sofas and mattresses. More than 100,000 people have applied for federal aid, Obama said, and so far more than $120 million has been approved.
Florida announces Zika case hundreds of miles from Miami
By Julie Steenhuysen and Letitia Stein CHICAGO/TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida officials on Tuesday announced the first case of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Pinellas County, located some 265 miles (425 km) from Miami, where the first locally transmitted U.S. cases were reported. Steve Huard, acting spokesman for Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, said the case involves a woman without a significant travel history, indicating the virus was contracted locally. ?We don?t know where it originated, and we are doing appropriate testing and medical surveillance.? Florida Governor Rick Scott said the state department of health has begun door-to-door outreach in Pinellas County, testing individuals to find other cases.
Graduate students at private colleges can unionize: U.S. labor board
In a 3-1 vote, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said that graduate students working as academic assistants are employees who get organizing rights under federal labor law. The NLRB's decision allows Columbia University research and teaching assistants to vote on whether they want to join a United Auto Workers affiliate.
Illinois governor's office warns of crippling pension payment hike
Potential action this week by Illinois' biggest public pension fund could put a big dent in the state's already fragile finances, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration warned. A Monday memo from a top Rauner aide said the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) board could decide at its meeting this week to lower the assumed investment return rate, a move that would automatically boost Illinois' annual pension payment. "If the (TRS) board were to approve a lower assumed rate of return taxpayers will be automatically and immediately on the hook for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in higher taxes or reduced services," Michael Mahoney, Rauner's senior advisor for revenue and pensions, wrote to the governor?s chief of staff, Richard Goldberg.
Federal judge: Doig did not create painting
CHICAGO (AP) ? Internationally heralded artist Peter Doig was correct when he insisted that he didn't paint a landscape work that had been valued at more than $10 million, a federal judge in Chicago said Tuesday.
How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Tuesday
NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks posted modest gains on Tuesday, bringing indexes nearly back to the record levels they reached last week. Homebuilders rose sharply following a big jump in sales of new homes last month, and Best Buy soared after the electronics retailer reported a surge in profit as online sales increased.
Burt's Bees landowner gifts land to US government
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) ? The Burt's Bees founder pushing for a new national park in Maine has given 87,500 acres of land to the U.S. government.
Teen survives rare amoeba infection that kills most people
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) ? A South Florida boy has survived a rare brain-eating amoeba that kills most people, aided in part because a hard-to-get drug to fight the infection is made by a company based in Orlando where he was hospitalized, doctors said Tuesday.
Prosecutor: Beating death of child in Pennsauken followed fight over groceries
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