The Washington Post
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The police said they were investigating a shooting Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, officials said. The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said all Christchurch schools have been put in lockdown, and residents of the city were encouraged to stay indoors. The website Stuff reported that the police had cleared nearby Cathedral Square, the site of a rally to fight climate change. It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded in the attack.
On a mild January morning in Lafayette, Colo., 22 residents and five dogs gathered for a walk along the Coal Creek Trail. Bundled in puffy coats and fleece hats, they explored the great outdoors, taking in views of snow-covered Longs Peak. Two thousand miles away, in Naples, Florida, a cluster of walkers put in laps on the fitness trail around Lake Avalon. Meanwhile, outside the New Brunswick train station in New Jersey, dozens of people huddled together before setting off on the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail.
A timely reminder as New Year's Eve - a holiday known for drinking - looms.
WASHINGTON - Congress is moving to pass a farm bill that allocates billions in subsidies to American farmers, legalizes hemp, bolsters farmers markets and rejects stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans. The nearly $900 billion package has been backed by top lawmakers in both parties and both chambers of Congress, and aides express confidence it will pass and be signed into law in the lame-duck session. President Donald Trump's Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, expressed support for the legislation in a statement Monday night.
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers are considering a taxpayer-funded bailout for retirees who are members of certain failing pension plans, scrambling to solve a retirement crisis that threatens more than 1 million Americans. A draft of the plan, obtained by The Washington Post, would direct the Treasury Department to spend up to $3 billion annually to subsidize payments for retirees from certain underfunded pensions.
NEW YORK - Kevin Williamson, noted chronicler of Pacey, Joey and the rest of the Capeside gang, recently had an epiphany about his relationship with broadcast television. "I was doing a lot of network and getting burned out on it," said Williamson, who two decades ago created the landmark millennial hit "Dawson's Creek" on the WB and made a half-dozen other broadcast series since. "I wanted something that was streaming and premium." The creator got what he wished for - sort of.
The Trump administration appears to have diverted nearly $10 million in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the president's zero-tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of hundreds of children, some as young as 18 months, from their parents.
MORTON, Ill. - Two hours after dawn breaks, Brett Fugate waits to catch the early-morning wind as it moves across the soybean fields that border his one-story welding shop. He is outside, atop a makeshift tower, one arm balancing his body on a railing, the other holding a large steel chime. The wind is coming, and once it does, he'll get a better sense of how the chime will toll, not just across the rural flatlands of central Illinois, but in September in a Pennsylvania field when it, along with 39 others, will ring in perpetuity for the 40 people who died there Sept. 11, 2001.
Dozens of bioethicists and medical experts are calling for a federal investigation of clinical trials that turned agitated people being treated by paramedics into unwitting research subjects. Minnesota paramedics used either the anesthetic ketamine or a different powerful drug to sedate patients, under research studies run by Hennepin Healthcare System in Minneapolis. Patients or caregivers were not asked for permission to participate, and they were informed only later that they had become part of a medical experiment.
Imagine what it would be like to have your son or daughter yanked from your arms. To have no idea where they have been taken. Or how they are faring. To have to face the possibility even of never seeing your child again. Those are things too awful to contemplate. But today in the United States, they are the all-too-cruel realities for hundreds upon hundreds of parents who have been caught up in President Donald Trump's heedless decision to separate families.