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Will Trump's pick to run EPA in California show up for work?

The White House may have finally found someone to take on the stress of overseeing President Trump’s fossil fuel-friendly environmental agenda in the heart of hostile territory: California and nearby states. But there’s one glaring problem. The guy officials have queued up to lead the Environmental...
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Egypt's summertime escape: White sand beaches and designer cocktails, but no room for the public
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Kiki’s Beach Bar offers cool breezes and $14 designer cocktails. But good luck getting in — unless you’re famous, or, better yet, know someone who works the door. But exclusivity, of course, is a draw for Cairo’s junior beau monde, which on Thursday...
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Red Sanders' impact on UCLA football has lasted well past his death, 60 years ago Tuesday
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0200
The darkest day in UCLA football history started with a coaches’ luncheon on campus. While Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson and other top college coaches assembled in Chicago for a yearly all-star game, Henry Russell “Red”...
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A rich scientific harvest is in: Long, complex bread wheat genome is finally sequenced
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:10:00 +0200
It has been called the Mt. Everest of the genome world, and it has just been scaled. This week a consortium of more than 200 scientists from 20 countries published the first fully annotated sequence of the massive wheat genome, a feat they hope will eventually...
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The harsh effects of Trump's Iran sanctions, and why Iranians worry the worst is still to come
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:35:00 +0200
In the days since some U.S. sanctions on Iran snapped back into place, the signs of misery have been everywhere in Tehran’s commercial districts. Stores are open but empty. Shopkeepers pass the time on their cellphones and exchange tales of economic...
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Disney promised a luxury hotel and Anaheim offered $267 million in tax breaks — but a growing feud has plans on hold
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:35:00 +0200
Walt Disney Co. has put a hold on plans to build a luxury hotel in Disneyland Resort’s shopping district, citing a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies that the Burbank media giant was expecting to get from operating the hotel. The dispute...
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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Indian prime minister who pursued peace with Pakistan, dies at 93
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:15:00 +0200
It was South Asia’s version of Nixon going to China: the ardent Hindu nationalist leader of India riding a golden-colored bus across the border into Pakistan, less than a year after the archrivals had conducted tit-for-tat nuclear tests that pushed...
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As China and Taiwan fight, a tiny coffee bean business thrives amid bitter political dispute
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:10:00 +0200
Elias Rivera didn’t plan it this way, but one of Asia’s thorniest political disputes is giving his coffee bean startup a serious business jolt. The 32-year-old Honduran national, who moved to Taiwan for a university degree and then stayed on to open...
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Omarosa releases audio of Trump campaign's job offer said to be in exchange for her silence
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:45:00 +0200
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Thursday released an audio recording to back up her claim that President Trump's campaign offered her a high-paying job to stay quiet about her tenure inside the administration. She played the recording...
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Boeing to acquire El Segundo small-satellite maker Millennium Space Systems
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:20:00 +0200
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. said Thursday it will acquire Millennium Space Systems of El Segundo, a maker of small satellites, in the latest indication that tiny spacecraft are upending the industry. Boeing is already well known for its work in assembling...
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FDA approves first generic version of EpiPen
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:55:00 +0200
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first generic version of EpiPen on Thursday, a move that will bring new competition for the lifesaving allergy injection that helped spark public furor over high drug prices. The new drug, from Teva Pharmaceuticals...
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Fentanyl drove drug overdose deaths to a record high in 2017 — about 200 a day — CDC estimates
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:35:00 +0200
Drug overdose deaths surpassed 72,000 in 2017, according to provisional estimates recently released by the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That represents an increase of more than 6,000 deaths, or 9.5%, over the estimate for the previous...
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Ronald Acuna Jr. is hit by a pitch for being too good, and broadcaster Keith Hernandez is OK with that
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:50:00 +0200
Young Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch Wednesday night for being too good. Acuna had led off with a home run in all three of the Braves’ previous games against Miami this week. But he never got a chance to do it in the fourth...
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New trade talks with China, Walmart results spur market gains
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:10:00 +0200
Stocks are sharply higher in midday trading on Wall Street following strong results from Walmart and signs of progress in defusing the trade dispute between China and the U.S. Walmart jumped 10% Thursday after reporting stronger sales growth, including...
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U.S. and China to resume trade talks amid tariff battle
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:55:00 +0200
U.S. and Chinese officials said the two nations will resume lower-level trade talks this month in hopes of resolving an escalating battle over tariffs that threatens to damage both economies. China’s vice commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, will lead a...
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Trump administration nearing deal with Mexico on revised NAFTA — but issues with Canada remain
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:50:00 +0200
The Trump administration is close to striking a deal with Mexico on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement, analysts said, but thorny issues are yet to be resolved with Canada, the third party in the trilateral pact. Reaching an agreement with...
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