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UPDATE 2-U.S. Justice Dept staff recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint deal, sources say

The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division staff has recommended the agency block T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion acquisition of smaller rival Sprint Corp, according to two sources familiar with the matter. While Justice Department staff balked at the merger, the Federal Communications Commission indicated on Monday it had reached an agreement in principle with the companies to allow the deal after the companies agreed to sell Sprint's prepaid brand Boost Mobile. The final decision on whether to allow two of the four nationwide wireless carriers to merge now lies with political appointees at the department, headed by antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim.

May
May's Desperate Gamble on a New Brexit Referendum Falls Flat

Theresa May made a desperate final gamble to get her Brexit deal through the British Parliament before she's thrown out of office -- but her efforts looked doomed. In a hastily arranged speech on Tuesday, the embattled prime minister promised to give members of Parliament a vote on whether to call another referendum to ratify Britain's divorce from the European Union. It's something many MPs -- including scores in the opposition Labour Party -- have been calling for, but she made it conditional on them backing her deal first.

Chips are down: Huawei U.S. blacklisting knocks EU semiconductor stocks
Chips are down: Huawei U.S. blacklisting knocks EU semiconductor stocks

European chipmakers Infineon Technologies, AMS and STMicroelectronics fell sharply on Monday amid worries the Huawei Technologies suppliers may suspend shipments to the Chinese firm due to a U.S. crackdown. STMicro was down 4% at the bottom of Paris' CAC 40, while Infineon fell 3.4% to the bottom of Frankfurt's DAX 30 and AMS was down 4.6% at 0836 GMT. The selling came after Nikkei Asian Review reported that Infineon had halted shipments to Huawei after Washington added the world's No. 2 smartphone maker to a trade blacklist last week, imposing restrictions that will make it difficult to do business with U.S. companies.

U.S. Support Has Fueled, Not Moderated, the Yemen War
U.S. Support Has Fueled, Not Moderated, the Yemen War

The Yemen war grinds on. The U.S.-backed "coalition" managed a rare success as the Houthis, who now control the Sanaa government, withdrew from the port of Hudaydah. However, that leaves the Saudis and Emiratis still far from victory in a war begun in 2015 which was supposed to last just a couple of weeks.Unfortunately, Washington's misguided relationship with the tyrannical Gulf monarchies led the Obama administration to back their aggressive assault on Yemen. Congress recently voted to end U.S. support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) brutal military campaign, but President Donald Trump vetoed the resolution. Sounding like Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's press corps, the...

How do New Hampshire voters feel about Pete Buttigieg?
How do New Hampshire voters feel about Pete Buttigieg?

Todd Piro has 'Breakfast with Friends' ahead of South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg's town hall.

Pelosi Declares Trump
Pelosi Declares Trump's Merit-Based Immigration Plan 'Dead on Arrival'

Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the immigration reform plan unveiled by President Trump on Thursday as an unrealistic restrictionist wish-list that will meet overwhelming opposition in the Democratically-controlled House."This dead-on-arrival plan is not a remotely serious proposal," Pelosi said in a statement released hours after Trump announced the plan from the White House Rose Garden. "The White House has repackaged the worst of its past failed immigration plans: greenlighting the Administration's barbaric family detention policies, reviving the President's ineffective and wasteful wall, completely abandoning our patriotic and determined Dreamers and gutting our asylum and refugee...

You Can Cruise Smoothly With A 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
You Can Cruise Smoothly With A 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide

This is a one cushy bike. Sometimes it's nice to have some relaxed fun on two wheels, which is exactly what this 2015 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide is all about. Smooth acceleration, plenty of features, and drop-dead gorgeous looks make this bike for tooling down Main Street or hitting the open road for weekend adventure.

Pixel 3a and OnePlus 7 are both cheap new Android phones, but one is way better than the other
Pixel 3a and OnePlus 7 are both cheap new Android phones, but one is way better than the other

Google unveiled the Pixel 3a series last week during it's opening I/O 2019 keynote, a phone that had been fully detailed in rumors in leaks for months. Exactly a week later, OnePlus hosted its own press conference to launch the phones all knew were coming from the company, the OnePlus 7 series. They're all great phones but if you're buying a brand new Android phone on a budget, there's really only one you should buy and there's no contest between them.Google is selling the Pixel 3a with the help of a camera that's supposed to deliver almost the same features as the flagship version, the Pixel 3. Add to that the fact that the Pixel 3a will be among the first phones to run the latest...

Mosques attacked in Sri Lanka town after Facebook row, curfew imposed

Three weeks ago in Sri Lanka Islamist bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people. Since then Muslim groups say they have received dozens of complaints from across the country about people being harassed. "A police curfew has been imposed in Chilaw Police area with immediate effect until 6 a.m. tomorrow to control the tense situation," police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.

Farage Surge Heaps Pressure on May, Labour Ahead of Brexit Talks
Farage Surge Heaps Pressure on May, Labour Ahead of Brexit Talks

The government has been in talks with Jeremy Corbyn's Labour for a month in search of a Brexit compromise, but with no deal in sight and Brexit delayed to October, May's Tory party has been hemorrhaging voters. According to an Opinium survey for the Observer newspaper, the Brexit Party would take 34% of the vote in the May 23 European Parliament elections, compared with 21% for Labour and just 11% for the Conservatives.

'We Are People, Not a Statement.' Students Walk Out of Vigil for Colorado School Shooting Victims
'We Are People, Not a Statement.' Students Walk Out of Vigil for Colorado School Shooting Victims

Students called for an end to politicized grief

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege over Mueller Report as House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt
Trump Asserts Executive Privilege over Mueller Report as House Prepares to Hold Barr in Contempt

President Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report, just moments before the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance a contempt resolution against Attorney General William Barr due to his refusal to turn over the full report.Citing Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler's "blatant abuse of power," the White House said the president "has no other option than to make a protective assertion of executive privilege."The contempt resolution passed the Judiciary Committee 22-12 along party lines, and the full House is expected to vote on it Wednesday afternoon. Moments before the contempt vote, Nadler announced that the president had taken the...

House Democrats Are Prepared to Hold William Barr in Contempt of Congress. What Does That Mean?
House Democrats Are Prepared to Hold William Barr in Contempt of Congress. What Does That Mean?

Democrats want to hold William Barr in contempt of Congress after the DOJ failed to deliver an unredacted copy of Robert Mueller's report

Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce
Qatar to send money for West Bank, Gaza after Israel truce

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Qatar on Tuesday said it is sending $480 million to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a cease-fire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since a 2014 war.

Risks rise as US warns Iran with aircraft carrier
Risks rise as US warns Iran with aircraft carrier

Fears of conflict rose Monday as the US vowed to send a message to Iran by deploying an aircraft carrier strike group, amid a report that Tehran would scale back commitments under a nuclear deal after mounting pressure by President Donald Trump. "We call on the Iranian regime to cease all provocation.

Justice Department Protests Dems
Justice Department Protests Dems' 'Rush' to Hold Barr in Contempt

The Department of Justice said Monday that it was "disappointed" with House Democrats' decision to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General William Barr, lamenting lawmakers' "rush" to subpoena the DOJ for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report and the underlying evidence used to produce it.Early Monday, the Committee announced that it intends hold a vote Wednesday on a contempt citation for Barr, after the attorney general ignored a congressional subpoena seeking the full, unredacted version of the Mueller report. If the committee approves the proposal it will go to the entire House for consideration later in the month."The attorney general's...

Deceased pets recovered from plane in Florida river
Deceased pets recovered from plane in Florida river

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Deceased pets have been recovered from a chartered jet that ran into a river at a Florida military base.

UPDATE 3-Kinder Morgan's $1.75 bln gas pipeline hit with steel tariff -filing

U.S. pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Inc will pay a tariff on imported steel used in a $1.75 billion natural gas pipeline project, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled on Monday, dealing a setback to energy industry efforts to avoid the penalties. The Trump administration last year slapped a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum in a bid to safeguard U.S. jobs against overseas rivals. Energy companies have opposed the tariffs, saying they add cost to businesses contributing to the nation's energy security.

The Latest: Shanahan says Iran must cease
The Latest: Shanahan says Iran must cease 'all provocation'

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local):

Uber and Lyft drivers plan strikes in major cities Wednesday to protest pay
Uber and Lyft drivers plan strikes in major cities Wednesday to protest pay

Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a 24 hour strike in several U.S. cities to protest Uber's announcement of a 25 percent pay cut for drivers.

Violence mars 5th phase of India
Violence mars 5th phase of India's marathon elections

LUCKNOW, India (AP) - Scattered bomb explosions and clashes between rival political groups marred voting Monday in the crucial fifth phase of India's marathon elections, which also saw Congress party President Rahul Gandhi and his mother, Sonia Gandhi, trying to keep their seats.

China trade team still plans on U.S. talks as Trump vows to raise tariffs

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Monday that a delegation was still preparing to go to the United States for trade talks, even as U.S. President Donald Trump dramatically increased pressure on Beijing to reach a deal, saying he would hike tariffs on Chinese goods this week. Stock markets sank and oil prices tumbled on his remarks, as negotiations to end the months-long trade war were thrown into doubt. What I can tell you is that China's team is preparing to go to the United States for the discussions," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing.

Libya
Libya's Haftar urges troops to 'wipe out' military opposition

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, who launched an offensive against Tripoli last month, urged his troops to inflict "an even harder" lesson on forces loyal to the country's internationally recognised government. "Officers and soldiers of our armed forces and affiliates, I greet you during these glorious days and call on you to inflict on the enemy, with your force and determination, an even harder and bigger lesson than before", he wrote in a message to his troops. "We know you can do it... (and) uproot it (the opposing forces) from our beloved country", Haftar's message added, read out by the self-styled Libyan National Army's spokesman General Ahmad al-Mesmari late on Sunday.

Guns outnumber guests at bombed Sri Lanka hotel
Guns outnumber guests at bombed Sri Lanka hotel

At the Cinnamon Grand Colombo, one of six Sri Lankan targets hit by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, the silence that reigns is not just the usual hush of a plush hotel. Around 9:10 am that day, Sri Lankan Inshaf Ibrahim, who had checked into the Cinnamon the day before, went to the breakfast buffet in the hotel's Taprobane restaurant. The bomber's brother Ilham Ibrahim died while attacking the Shangri-La hotel, also in Colombo.

Blues force Game 7 with road win at Stars

David Perron's second-period goal broke the deadlock and Jordan Binnington made 22 saves as the visiting St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 Sunday afternoon to force a Game 7 in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The deciding game will be Tuesday in St. Louis. With the score tied 1-1, Perron netted the game-winning marker with 4:36 remaining in the second period.

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