News Roundup

White House set to authorize tariffs soon

  • The White House may be holding a signing ceremony today at 3:30 p.m. ET with steel and aluminum workers in attendance, although some aides have reported that this isn’t certain
  • White House trade advisor Peter Navarro has said that the tariffs would be effective within “about 15 to 30 days,” and Navarro and Press Sec. Sarah Sanders both mentioned a possible temporary exemption from the tariffs for Canada and Mexico while a deal is negotiated

Florida gun restriction bill heading to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk

  • The bill would allow some school staff to carry guns and would impose new restrictions on firearm sales
  • The Parkland school shooter has been charged with 34 counts of premeditated murder and has said that he would plead guilty in order to avoid facing the death penalty

Student killed in shooting at Alabama school

  • A 17-year-old female student is dead and a 17-year-old male student injured at 3:40 p.m. yesterday in the largest high school in Birmingham, AL
  • The event was first called an “accidental shooting,” although this phrase was later retracted

California Gov. Jerry Brown says Jeff Sessions, Feds are “going to war” with California

  • Saying that “we know the Trump administration is full of liars,” Gov. Brown yesterday responded harshly to a suit filed Tuesday by the Justice Department against him, California, and California’s Attorney General over three laws designed to protect illegal aliens/undocumented immigrants against deportation
  • Just a few blocks away from where Gov. Brown made these remarks in Sacramento, Sessions delivered a speech to the California Peace Officers’ Association, where he told them that California “is using every power it has, and some it doesn’t, to frustrate federal law enforcement”

Qualcomm buyout on hold

  • A regulatory body has put the buyout of Qualcomm by Broadcom on hold, saying that it’s troubled about the buying company’s relationship with foreign entities and that the deal could diminish “Qualcomm’s technological leadership” and give an edge to Chinese companies

TransPacific Partnership being signed today

  • After President Trump pulled US from the deal on his first day in office, eleven other nations led by Canada and Japan will be signing the deal representing more than 13% of the global economy and 500 million people

Protests on International Woman’s Day

  • In the Philippines protestors opposed the president over accused violations of women’s rights
  • In South Korea protestors pushing the #MeToo movement took to the streets
  • There were also protests in Spain, with calls for a 24-hour strike, and in China, where students at Tsinghua University made fun of the proposed constitutional amendment to abandon term limits on the country’s president

Police say nerve agent used in attack on Russian spy, daughter

  • Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter – not girlfriend, as had been widely reported – were poisoned by a nerve agent, which UK police say significantly increases the likelihood that a foreign state was responsible for the attack
  • Skripal and his daughter remain in critical condition in the hospital

Storm hits Northeast

  • Some areas were hit with more than two feet of snow, with the small western Connecticut town of Warren receiving 28 inches of it,
  • Hundreds of thousands are without power across states in the Northeast, with Massachusetts reporting more than 320,000 power outages, New Jersey 247,000, and Pennsylvania more than 110,000
  • Airlines canceled more than 2,400 flights at airports like LaGuardia, JFG, and Boston Logan as the storm hit the region

Trial begins in Denmark for inventor accused of killing a Swedish journalist on his private submarine

  • Danish inventor Peter Madsen will take the stand after being charged with killing Kim Wall, a 30-year-old Swedish journalist, whom he’d supposedly invited onto his submarine to do a story
  • Instead the indictment reads that Madsen murdered her in cold blood and with preparation, bringing tools onto the submarine, which Madsen has denied
  • Police also found films showing torture and real-life executions of women on his computer, which Madsen has also denied knowing about

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