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Presidential candidate Warren slated to join striking Chicago teachers at rally

Presidential candidate Warren slated to join striking Chicago teachers at rallyWarren, a Massachusetts senator, is scheduled to visit with striking Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) teachers in the morning, according to her campaign. About 300,000 students have been out of school since Thursday when the system’s 25,000 teachers went on strike. Late on Monday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for the union to end the strike and make a deal with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).



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Fighting GM puts a financial squeeze on striking union workers

Fighting GM puts a financial squeeze on striking union workersBOWLING GREEN, Ky. – (Reuters) – While striking workers at General Motors Co’s U.S. auto plants continue walking picket lines for a third week to demand better pay and benefits, the financial pressure has mounted for union members like Frank Lee. Analysts estimate that GM could lose $ 1 billion from the labor dispute that began on Sept. 16 and is now the longest nationwide strike at the automaker since 1970. For GM, which had $ 24 billion in cash and marketable securities as of June 30, that cost is likely manageable.



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A tropical storm is striking Texas with flash floods 'worse than Harvey' rising up to 35 inches

A tropical storm is striking Texas with flash floods 'worse than Harvey' rising up to 35 inchesTropical Depression Imelda may drop up to 35 inches of rain onto southeastern Texas, the same region devastated by Hurricane Harvey.



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Former Taliban hostage admits striking wife but says she asked to be hit

Former Taliban hostage admits striking wife but says she asked to be hitJoshua Boyle, charged with sexual assault, tells court estranged wife Caitlan Coleman was unfit to parent their four childrenJoshua Boyle outside court in Ottawa in March. Boyle has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Photograph: Lars Hagberg/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Canadian man who spent five years held hostage in Afghanistan with his American wife has admitted striking her with a broom, but told a court in Ottawa that she asked to be hit, as his trial for sexual assault nears its conclusion.Under cross-examination by prosecutors on Tuesday, Joshua Boyle claimed he struck his estranged wife, Caitlan Coleman, several times in December 2017. But he had acted not out of anger, but because she frequently asked to be spanked.Boyle and Coleman, who married in 2011, were kidnapped by Afghan militants during a backpacking trip in 2012 and were transferred to the custody of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.Boyle has pleaded not guilty to assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement betweenOctober and December 2017, after the couple returned to Ottawa.Since taking the stand last week, Boyle, 36 has worked to counter the prosecution’s depiction that he was a manipulative and abusive husband.He is also accused of administering a noxious substance.On Tuesday, he disputed accusations that he drugged Coleman with the anti-depressant trazadone, instead testifying he had offered her the drug because she was prone to “fits”.Hygiene routines – in disarray after five years in captivity – were a point of friction between him and Coleman, he said.He told the court that on 5 November – about a month after they were rescued by Pakistan security forces – Coleman flew into a rage when he suggested that she took a shower before meeting his parents.“I don’t remember if I invoked the fact both my mother and father had complained about Caitlan’s hygiene,” said Boyle. “Meeting in public was often embarrassing for them.”Earlier in the week, Boyle accused Coleman of “incompetence” as a mother, saying that while in captivity, Coleman would “shut down”, neglecting to feed their newborn or change diapers, prompting him to ask guards for food for the child.Even after the family was rescued in 2017 and brought to Canada, Boyle claimed Coleman would strike and violently shake their oldest child in their family’s Ottawa apartment.In previous testimony from March and April, Coleman claimed Boyle was mercurial and violent, choking, punching and biting her. In addition to cataloguing numerous instances of sexual assault, she also alleged Boyle threatened to kill her – in front of their children.But during-cross examination, Boyle dismissed the accusation that he was manipulative in their relationship, suggesting Coleman’s behaviour and accusations could be attributed to mental illness. He also claimed that his demands that Coleman maintain a certain weight and dress in a specific manner were merely “suggestions” that she could have freely disregarded.The trial, which began in March, has been marred by numerous procedural delays over what material – including Coleman’s past sexual history – is admissible in court.The proceedings also came to a standstill in July after Coleman gave several interviews to media outlets about her time in captivity, despite an order from the judge not to discuss the case.The defence will question Boyle on Wednesday, with closing arguments from both sides scheduled for the end of September.



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7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really are

7 striking photos show how massive the Puerto Rico protests really arePuerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has been deep in controversy over leaked text messages containing misogynistic and homophobic language.



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UPDATE 1-Israeli military says has begun striking Hamas in Gaza

UPDATE 1-Israeli military says has begun striking Hamas in GazaThe Israeli military said on Monday it had begun carrying out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a Palestinian rocket hit a house near Tel Aviv. One position hit was a Hamas naval position west of Gaza City, and a another was a large Hamas training camp in northern Gaza, Palestinian security officials and Hamas media outlets said. Both positions were likely to have been evacuated, as Hamas had hours of notice that Israeli strikes were coming.



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Australia's prime minister says anti-Muslim senator should be charged for striking teen who broke egg on his head

Australia's prime minister says anti-Muslim senator should be charged for striking teen who broke egg on his headAustralia's prime minister on Sunday suggested an anti-Muslim senator should be charged after he slapped a teen who cracked a raw egg over the legislator's head. Sen. Fraser Anning has been widely condemned for blaming Muslim immigration for racist attacks on two New Zealand mosques that claimed at least 50 lives. Will Connolly, the 17-year-old boy who egged Anning, has become an online hero for the incident. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday took Connolly's side, telling reporters: "The full force of the law should be applied to Sen. Anning." Police allege Connolly, who calls himself "Egg Boy" online, assaulted the senator with the egg. Thanks For Support Muslims..eggboy will connolly pic.twitter.com/Zt9Cf1n3aT— Shahajadul Islam (@shahajadul) March 17, 2019 Anning "retaliated and struck the teen twice" before Connolly was dragged to the ground by Anning supporters, a police statement said. "The incident is being actively investigated by Victoria Police in its entirety," the statement said, including Anning's actions. Anning came under blistering criticism over tweets on Friday, including one that said, "Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" "The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place," he said in a later statement. Anning has now been assigned a federal police security detail, a precaution usually reserved for the prime minister. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first time on Sunday joined the public condemnation of Anning. Asked by a journalist what she thought of Anning's comments, she replied simply: "They're a disgrace." A GoFundMe page set up to raise 2,000 Australia dollars ($ 1,400) to pay for Connolly's "legal fees" and "more eggs" had exceeded AU$ 25,000 on Sunday. Senator Anning strikes the teenager who broke an egg over his head Credit: Australia Pool The site says most of the money will go to Christchurch victims. "Love the spunk of egg boy who puts his egg where we'd like it to be!" donor Val Lehmann-Monck posted. "This kid is awesome. The senator will not get re-elected due to the publicity and those comments and his reaction," donor Nikhil Reddy wrote. After the egging, Anning supporters pinned Connolly to the ground until journalists appealed for him to be allowed back on his feet, The Sun-Herald newspaper reported. Far-right activist Neil Erikson, who was involved in tackling Connolly, shouted for reporters to be removed from the area. "Get the journalists out of here … If you don't like, get out," Erikson was quoted as saying. Police say they arrested Connolly, took his details and then released him without charge. Connolly urged his online followers not to follow his example. "Don't egg politicians. You get tackled by 30 bogans at the same time," he said in a video, using Australian slang for a poor, ignorant white person. "I learnt the hard way," he added.



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The Polar Vortex Is Causing Striking Solar Phenomena Called 'Sundogs.' Here's What to Know

The Polar Vortex Is Causing Striking Solar Phenomena Called 'Sundogs.' Here's What to KnowSundogs form when sunlight refracts off ice crystals in the atmosphere and result in colored spots of light near the sun.



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Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with district

Striking teachers in LA reach tentative settlement with districtLos Angeles public school teachers reached a tentative settlement with school officials Tuesday in order to end a weeklong strike that has affected some 500,000 students. The settlement — reached after 21 hours of marathon talks that ended early Tuesday — was set to be voted on by the roughly 30,000 members of the teachers union later in the day and classes are due to resume on Wednesday. “The strike nobody wanted is now behind us,” Los Angeles United School District superintendent Austin Beutner said at a joint press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Alex Caputo-Pearl, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles.



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Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachers

Charter school educators back striking Los Angeles teachersLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as thousands of teachers walked picket lines for a second day Tuesday, joined for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools.



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