NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Charles
Schumer on Monday called for an overhaul of old rail tank cars
used to carry crude oil after a spate of explosive derailments
over the past year.
The New York Democrat joined a growing number of politicians
concerned about the safety of transporting large volumes of oil
by rail across the country, calling for a phase-out or retrofit
of old tankers that do not meet current safety standards and are
prone to puncture.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a compromise budget that reduces the risk of another government shutdown and a defense bill that cracks down on sexual assault in the military and smooths the path for transferring detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The two-year U.S. budget agreement, negotiated by Congress earlier this month, and the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2104 were among seven pieces of legislation signed by Obama, who is vacationing with his family in Hawaii.
KANOEHE BAY, Hawaii (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and wife Michelle thanked U.S. troops for their service on Wednesday during a Christmas Day visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay.
The president addressed about 580 active duty service men and women for about three minutes, wishing them a “Mele Kalikimaka,” and then spent time talking to troops individually and posing for photographs.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as signaled earlier in the year, signed an executive order on Monday setting federal civilian and military pay rates for 2014, and including the first raise for civilian workers in four years.
Military and civilian employees will get a 1 percent raise in the new year, consistent with the level laid out in Obama’s earlier budget proposal.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama enrolled in a less expensive option offered by his healthcare reform plan in a show of support for the law before a signup deadline Monday, the White House said.
Obama chose an individual “bronze” plan on the Washington, D.C., exchange, at a cost of less than $400 a month – a bargain for a man who earns $400,000 a year running the United States.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – The Oregon State University men’s basketball team might have felt some additional pressure on Sunday when first fan, U.S. President Barack Obama, and family showed up to cheer the team at a tournament in Hawaii.
The OSU Beavers are coached by Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother. They held a 6-2 record going into a matchup with the University of Akron Zips at the Diamond Head Classic, an annual eight-team invitational event.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – The United States and its allies will have ways to reimpose sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic is caught making bombs after striking a deal to freeze its nuclear program, national security adviser Susan Rice said on Sunday.
In an interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Rice rejected the idea that, once relaxed, the economic sanctions on Tehran would be hard to reinstate.
HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was briefed by his national security team on Saturday after four U.S. military service members were wounded when their aircraft were fired upon during a mission to evacuate American citizens from chaotic South Sudan.
“Any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community,” the White House said in a statement following Obama’s call with National Security Adviser Susan Rice and other top aides.
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday extended the length of permits that allow wind farms and
other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles to 30
years, drawing fire from wildlife conservationists.
The move to offer permits of up to three decades, from a
previous maximum of five years, had been urged by the wind
energy industry but was attacked by a leading wildlife group as
a “stunningly bad move.”
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday
extended the length of permits allowing wind farms and other
operations to accidentally kill protected eagles, drawing fire
from wildlife conservationists.
The move to offer permits of up to 30 years, up from a
maximum of five years, had been urged by the wind energy
industry but was attacked by a leading wildlife group as a
“stunningly bad move.”