Trump meets with students, teachers after gun violence

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Feb 21 : U.S. President Donald Trump, a strong supporter of gun rights, planned to meet on Wednesday with parents, students and teachers who have been victims of gun violence, including those affected by last week’s school shooting in Florida. The White House meeting comes a day after Trump said his […]

Final version of Trans-Pacific trade deal released, rules pushed by US on ice

By Charlotte Greenfield and Colin Packham WELLINGTON/SYDNEY, Feb 21 : The final version of a landmark deal aimed at cutting trade barriers in some of the Asia-Pacific’s fastest-growing economies was released on Wednesday, signalling the pact was a step closer to reality even without its star member the United States. More than 20 provisions have […]

U.S. top court rejects challenge to California gun waiting period

By Andrew Chung WASHINGTON, Feb 20 : The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a constitutional challenge brought by gun rights activists to a California law imposing a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of firearms, intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides. Signaling its continued reluctance to step into the growing national […]

Walmart worries, bond yields threaten six-day winning streak

By Sruthi Shankar Undated, Feb 20 : U.S. stock index futures fell more than half a percent as Wall Street returned from a long holiday weekend on Tuesday, a rise in bond yields and underwhelming results from Walmart halting a six-day winning streak for the major indexes. Shares of the United States’ biggest brick-and-mortar retailer […]

Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON, Feb 19 : Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. A pair of conferences usually devoted to staid topics about election administration […]