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What Happened in Today’s Brexit Vote

Oct. 19, 2019Updated 12:00 p.m. ET

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Huge anti-Brexit crowds marched near Parliament in London on Saturday.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

British lawmakers on Saturday scuttled Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s carefully choreographed plan to push his Brexit deal through a special Saturday session of Parliament.

They voted 322-306 in favor of an amendment that puts off the moment of decision until they have had more time to scrutinize his plan.

It was the latest twist in a debate that has convulsed the country for three anguished years, ever since the British public voted in 2016 for a divorce from the European Union.

The move to postpone the crucial Brexit vote on Saturday muddled Mr. Johnson’s path to a Brexit deal, though it also could end up increasing the chance that some moderate lawmakers will vote for his deal down the road.

The whiplash developments mean he is legally obliged to seek yet another extension for Britain’s departure from the European Union, which he had vowed never to do.

In fact, after the vote on the amendment, Mr. Johnson declared, “I will not negotiate a delay with the E.U.,” he said, “and neither does the law compel me to do so.”

“I wish the House to know I’m not daunted or dismayed by this particular result,” the prime minister added. “I will tell our friends and colleagues in the E.U. exactly what I’ve told everyone in the last 88 days: that further delay would be bad for this country, bad for the European Union and bad for democracy.”

How Parliament Voted on a Measure that Disrupted Boris Johnson’s Brexit Deal

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Labour

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Conservative

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Scottish Nat. Party

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Liberal Democrats

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Independent

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Note: Totals do not include the Speaker of the House of Commons, his three deputies, Sinn Fein members of parliament and those who did not vote.

Crowds of anti-Brexit marchers in Parliament Square erupted in cheers and applause at the news that the amendment had passed.

The amendment essentially turned Mr. Johnson’s up-or-down vote on his deal into a weaker one, saying only that “this House has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed.”

Lawmakers were worried that, were they to approve Mr. Johnson’s deal on Saturday, hard-line Brexiteer lawmakers would delay passing accompanying legislation next week, pushing Britain out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31.

The passage of the amendment means that Mr. Johnson is forced by law to send a letter to the European Union on Saturday night saying that, because he could not pass his deal in time in Britain’s Parliament, he needed an extension.

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Even lawmakers who support Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal didn’t trust him or his hard-line Brexit backers, fearing that they might pull a procedural trick to force Britain to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

They also worried that Parliament could approve Mr. Johnson’s deal on Saturday, absolving the prime minister of any obligation to delay the Brexit deadline.

So a former Conservative lawmaker, Oliver Letwin, whom Mr. Johnson had kicked out of the party, put forward an amendment as sort of insurance policy to make approval of the deal conditional on also passing necessary legislation.

In essence, the so-called Letwin Amendment, which the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, selected for a vote, aimed to turn Parliament’s up-or-down vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal into a much weaker motion.

It means that Saturday was not the day that lawmakers would fully endorse or reject the Brexit deal.

Read the Draft Withdrawal Agreement

The European Commission released a copy of the draft withdrawal agreement shortly after the deal was announced.

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Now that the amendment has passed, lawmakers get to not only cast a definitive vote on Mr. Johnson’s deal, but also to debate, amend and vote on legislation putting that deal into law.

The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which stridently objects to Mr. Johnson’s deal, earlier signaled that it would vote for the Letwin amendment. Sammy Wilson, a Democratic Unionist lawmaker, said that “we would be failing in our duty” if the party did not try to force changes to the Brexit deal.

On a high-wire day in British politics, a crucial question now is how the government will respond to the upending of Mr. Johnson’s plan.

British news outlets reported that the government could put forward the legislation accompanying Mr. Johnson’s deal as soon as Monday or Tuesday and push for a quick vote then.

And Saturday afternoon, Jacob Rees-Mogg, a hard-line Conservative Brexiteer, announced in the Commons that the government would bring back another “meaningful” vote on Monday.

The defeat means that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is legally obliged by 11 p.m. Saturday local time to request another delay to Brexit until Jan 31, 2020, from Brussels.

Mr. Johnson was careful to choose his words carefully, saying that he would not “negotiate” a delay but not that his office would refuse to send the required letter.

That seemed to open a path to Mr. Johnson or someone else in the government signing the required letter, but with the prime minister’s refusing to put his weight behind the request and telling European leaders that he did not want it.

After his comments, Downing Street refused to clarify what the prime minister meant.

The developments place the leaders of he European Union in a tricky position, since they do not want a potentially damaging no-deal departure, but will want Britain to justify any further extension. All member countries of the bloc will have to agree on the delay.

By the time they consider a request, however, Parliament will most likely have had more votes on Brexit because Mr. Johnson said he would press on with legislation needed to effect his plan next week.

When the legislation comes to Parliament, that will also provide an opportunity for its opponents to try to amendment the plan. So next week may, or may not, provide more clarity.

In what commentators called the biggest speech of his political career, Prime Minister Boris Johnson argued strenuously in the House of Commons on Saturday that his deal was the best available Brexit deal and that Britain could not waste another day in extracting itself from the European Union.

“Now is the time for this great House of Commons to come together,” he said before the vote on the amendment. Amid shouts from the opposition benches, he added that any further delay to Brexit would be “pointless, expensive and deeply corrosive of public trust.”

Mr. Johnson cast his deal as a fulfillment of decades of conflict in Britain over its place in the European Union. He said it would allow the entire country to benefit from future trade deals and avoid a dreaded hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mr. Johnson’s odds were complicated by the fact that he does not have a working majority in Parliament and has not won a major vote there in the three months he has been in office.

Many of the lawmakers he needs to back his deal include the 21 members of Parliament he purged from the Conservative Party after they voted for a measure to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal.

His allies in Northern Ireland, 10 lawmakers from the Democratic Unionist Party, flatly rejected his Brexit deal, accusing Mr. Johnson of selling the territory short by accepting checks on some goods passing through Northern Ireland to get a deal.

In a striking moment on Saturday afternoon, as the debate dragged on before the vote, Theresa May, Boris Johnson’s predecessor as prime minister, stood up and give an impassioned speech in the House of Commons.

“Standing here, I have a distinct sense of déjà vu,” Mrs. May said to knowing laughter, given that her deal had been rejected in the same chamber three times.

For Mrs. May, it was a dramatic intervention, given that she was showing support for Mr. Johnson, who had often not supported her.

She said it was time for Parliament to vote for a deal on Brexit, having promised to abide by the democratic will of the people.

“If the Parliament did not mean it, then it is guilty of the most egregious con trick on the British people,” Mrs. May said. “You cannot have a second referendum simply because you don’t agree with the results of the first.”

“If you don’t want ‘no deal,’” she declared, “you have to vote for a deal.”

Cheers erupted at from the backbenchers the end of her speech.

It was the most visible appearance by Mrs. May in the nation’s Brexit debate since she stepped down from her job and relinquished leadership of the Conservative Party in the wake of her own stinging defeats.

But it also put her in an awkward position. During her negotiations with Brussels, Mrs. May said that no British prime minister could accept a deal that would keep Northern Ireland in the European Union’s customs territory.

Although Northern Ireland would remain in the United Kingdom’s customs territory under Mr. Johnson’s deal, the arrangement would impose the same customs checks between Britain and Northern Ireland that Mrs. May once ruled out.

Jeremy Corbyn, Britain’s left-wing opposition leader, who spoke after Prime Minister Boris Johnson but before Theresa May in the Commons on Saturday, earlier urged lawmakers to vote against the deal.

“This deal is not good for jobs, damaging to our industry and a threat to our environment and our natural world,” he said. “It should be voted down today by this House.”

He argued that the deal was worse than the agreement reached by Mr. Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May.

“We simply cannot vote for a deal that is even worse than the House rejected three times,” he said.

Mr. Corbyn argued that the new deal would cost every citizen in the country, on average, more than $2,500 and would lead to “a race to the bottom in regulation and standards.”

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Huge crowds of protesters streamed to Westminster on Saturday in a march to demand another referendum on Brexit — a show of defiance as British lawmakers voted on the deal outlining the nation’s exit from the European Union.

Organizers of the People’s Vote march said they had drawn about one million people, which would make it one of the largest demonstrations on record in Britain.

“We are now reaching a crucial moment in the Brexit crisis,” the organizers said in a statement. “The government has adopted the slogan ‘Get Brexit Done’ to try and browbeat an exhausted public into accepting whatever botched Brexit Boris Johnson presents to them, but we know this slogan is a lie.”

Outside Westminster on Saturday, Milou de Castellane, 52, who works as a nanny in London, said she had voted to remain in the European Union and would like to have a second referendum or to remain in Europe.

Before the parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s deal, she said: “I hope that the deal will not pass, but I have a sinking feeling that it might. But it cannot just be a rabbit-out-of-a hat scenario. We have to know what is in the deal.”

Three 16-year-olds who attend school together in Oxford descended on Parliament Square on Saturday before the vote.

“We came here today because we want to let our voices be heard; we have not been able to do it any other way,” said Anoushka Nairac, a student at Magdalen College School in Oxford. She added that “we have been living with the consequences” of the referendum.

“My father is an immigrant who set up his own company and provided jobs for citizens,” she said. “It makes me annoyed; people are not looking at the facts.”

She added: “The deal is appalling. They have taken Theresa May’s deal and wrapped it in new packaging. The deal is uncaring about E.U. citizens and the Northern Ireland border. ”

Michelle and Mike Megan, both 60, have been coming from Newbury to protest outside Westminster for a few days each week since January.

Ms. Megan said: “As a leave voter, we are here to counteract the people’s vote to remain in the E.U. Remainers are asking for a people’s vote, but the people already voted in 2016. We were told it was a once-in-a-generation referendum.”

Ms. Megan added: “So far, Boris Johnson has done a good job. I would never have called myself a Boris fan, but he is now our only hope of getting Brexit done. He has his faults, but so do great leaders in the past.”

When news of the vote on the amendment spread, marchers like Aleksandr Pessina, who says she has Italian and Russian heritage and works as a software engineer, called it “a great victory for democracy.”

She added that it would allow “more time for people to think it through, and it might eventually lead to the rejection of Brexit altogether.”

Reporting was contributed by Stephen Castle, Mark Landler, Ben Mueller, Marc Santora, Anna Schaverien, Claire Moses, Alan Yuhas and Megan Specia.

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Erdogan vows to ‘crush the heads’ of Kurds if they don’t withdraw; both sides trade blame for violating cease-fire

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday promised to “crush the heads” of the Kurds in Syria if they don’t fall back from the border’s safe zone, according to reports.

The threat comes as both Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim the other is violating terms of a 120-hour cease-fire brokered by Turkey and the U.S. on Thursday.

Violence continued in northeast Syria despite the five-day peace agreement, a source told Fox News.

Dave Eubank with Free Burma Rangers, a private military company that provides emergency medical assistance, was on the ground near the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn trying to help trapped and wounded Kurds.

Eubank told Fox News the fighting hasn’t stopped and movement in the area is severely limited, despite the cease-fire’s intention to “pause” fighting to allow Syrian Kurds time and space to retreat from the area. Thousands of Kurdish civilians live in the so-called buffer zone, a senior military source had told Fox News.

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) was “still shooting all through the night,” Eubank said. “So far since [the] cease-fire, no airstrikes here, but artillery and ground attacks.”

Erdogan threatened the Kurds on Saturday during a televised speech, saying they will be slaughtered if they don’t pull back from the 20-mile-wide safe zone along the Turkey-Syria border by Tuesday night.

“We will start where we left off and continue to crush the terrorists’ heads,” Erdogan said.

US JETS DESTROY ANTI-ISIS COALITION BASE IN SYRIA AFTER WITHDRAWAL, OFFICIAL SAYS

Turkey claims it is living up to the terms of the cease-fire agreement and accused the Kurds of  violating it.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said Kurdish forces carried out 14 “provocative” attacks in Ras al-Ayn in 36 hours, according to the BBC.

In a statement, the SDF said there has been “no tangible progress” in solving the issues at the northeast border.

TURKEY-SYRIA CEASE-FIRE: SENIOR US MILITARY SOURCE ‘HIGHLY SKEPTICAL’ OF DEAL

As of Friday, 86 civilians had been killed since Turkey launched its military offensive into Syria on Oct. 9, according to a war monitor, the BBC reported.

Erdogan claimed the move was to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.” After carrying out airstrikes, Turkish ground troops later invaded northeastern Syria.

Nearly all U.S. troops there have been removed and will be redeployed in the region in the coming weeks.

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The U.S. had teamed up with the Kurds to fight ISIS in the region. Some analysts and politicians criticized President Trump for removing America forces, saying it was a “green light” for Ankara to invade Syria and fight the Kurds.

Trump said the Turks have been “warring for many years,” and that the U.S. does not need to protect war-torn Syria because it’s “7,000 miles away.”

The president on Friday claimed “thousands and thousands” of lives were being saved in Syria and Turkey due to the cease-fire.

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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Karl Rove: Adam Schiff can’t rise above ‘hyperpartisanship’

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the wrong person to lead House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Trump, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Ed Henry, Jedidiah Bila, and Griff Jenkins, Rove recalled that in both the Nixon impeachment hearings and the Clinton impeachment hearings “not only did the minority have equal rights with the majority when it came to calling witnesses and issuing subpoenas, but they also had immediate access to all the documents and materials.”

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He added that the president’s lawyer sat in on staff meetings, closed hearings, and depositions and was able to ask questions, suggest witnesses, and state the president’s position.

“None of that is happening in this instance, and our democracy is ill-served by this hyperpartisan effort led by Adam Schiff,” he told the “Friends” hosts.

On Friday all nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee penned a scathing letter to Schiff, accusing him and other Democrats of not providing physical copies or uploading digital versions of documents related to the inquiry to the minority staff.

“We are concerned that the Majority is knowingly withholding Committee documents related to your so-called ‘impeachment inquiry’ from the Minority…We see no reason for your withholding of these documents except as a deliberate attempt to hinder the Minority’s participation,” they wrote.

Ranking member of the Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and fellow Republican members cited several documents, including letters from Democrats on the committee, sent to White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and others. The Republicans also cited letters requesting depositions for several key officials.

In addition, a motion to censure Schiff for his “parody” reading of President Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky during a hearing last month has garnered support from 173 co-sponsors.

“This is a serious matter and it ought to be treated seriously, and the way that Adam Schiff is doing it is highly partisan and not conducive to creating a credible record for the American people to look at,” Rove said, noting that while there is a  role for private depositions or private interviews, those conducted in this inquiry are “not fair and honest.”

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“The country is in a critical moment. This requires statesmanship. This requires somebody who is going to rise above hyperpartisanship. That person ain’t Adam Schiff,” the Fox News contributor concluded. “And, he is ill-serving our country and ultimately ill-serving his political party by being so partisan and being so fundamentally unfair.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 

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In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

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At first glance, it may seem like a paradox: Even as the economy rides a 10-year winning streak, tens of thousands of workers across the country, from General Motors employees to teachers in Chicago, are striking to win better wages and benefits.

But, according to those on strike, the strong growth is precisely the point. Autoworkers, teachers and other workers accepted austerity when the economy was in a free fall, expecting to share in the gains once the recovery took hold.

Increasingly, however, many of those workers believe that they fell for a sucker’s bet, having watched their employers grow flush while their own incomes barely budged. Corporate profits are near a record high, up nearly 30 percent since the pre-recession peak in 2006. During the same time, the income of the typical household has increased by less than 4 percent. Some workers are responding with measures like strikes partly as a result.

“That was the understanding — that if we gave up the concessions back in 2007 and 2009, that once G.M. got back on their feet, we would slowly get those things back,” said Tammy Daggy, who worked at the now-idled G.M. plant in Lordstown, Ohio, for nearly 25 years. But on many issues, “we never did.”

To an extent, the pattern of strikes reflects a recurring feature of the labor market: Workers typically become bolder the longer an expansion continues, using the leverage they have when jobs are harder to fill to demand greater compensation. This was particularly true during the three decades after World War II, according to a survey of research by Jake Rosenfeld, a sociologist at Washington University in St. Louis.

Overall strike activity has fallen sharply since the 1970s, as the ranks of unions have been depleted, dropping to about 10 percent of the work force from over 25 percent. Employers have also responded more aggressively — for example, by permanently replacing striking employees.

Now, though, workers appear increasingly willing to walk off the job. Last year, the number of workers who participated in significant strikes soared to nearly 500,000, its highest point since the mid-1980s, while the total duration of such strikes reached a 15-year high.

The backdrop for this trend is a rising gap between the money employers are making and the portion they’re sharing with workers. The share of the national income that workers receive fell in the early 2000s to its lowest level since World War II according to some measures, then collapsed further in 2009. It has yet to recover.

That may be partly because the labor market is weaker than the picture painted by the official unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. That rate measures only the number of out-of-work Americans who say they are looking for jobs. It excludes Americans in their prime working years who are not actively looking for work but, given the opportunity, might choose to re-enter the work force.

According to Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the group who could quickly re-enter the work force is potentially large, and may help employers avoid bidding up wages to lure those who are currently employed. “We still don’t know how much shadow labor is out there,” Mr. Kashkari said in an interview on Thursday.

But regardless of the strength of the labor market, in recent decades employers have amassed more power to hold wages down.

“In the late 1990s, it seemed like maybe a hot economy was sufficient” to substantially raise workers’ incomes and narrow inequality, said Jason Furman, who led the White House Council of Economic Advisers during President Barack Obama’s second term. But a series of reports that Mr. Furman’s council released in 2016 documented changes that have allowed employers to pocket more of the gains from growth. Those changes include noncompete clauses in employment contracts and even outright collusion, in which companies explicitly agree not to hire workers away from one another or to offer identical wages.

Employers argue that they need additional flexibility with their work force as they contend with global competition and technological changes.

Scholars say there was an element of economic opportunism behind the strikes of the 1950s and ’60s, as unions exploited their bargaining power in tight labor markets.

But workers say today’s strikes are fueled by a deeper sense of unfairness and economic anxiety. This past week, for example, unions representing about 2,000 workers at copper mines and smelters in Arizona and Texas went on strike, saying their members had not received raises for a decade.

“It’s about: ‘O.K., the government is not going to take care of us. Business is not going to take care of us. We’ve got to take care of ourselves,’” said D. Taylor, president of the hospitality workers union, UNITE HERE, which has had thousands of members strike in the past two years, including at Marriott International. “It’s been bubbling up for some time. Now it’s come up to the surface.”

In the airline industry, workers who made numerous concessions amid a wave of post-9/11 corporate restructurings complain that they continue to struggle under austerity even as the airlines post outsize profits.

“They got all these employees to agree to terms within the shadow of bankruptcy court, then they created these megamergers and are making billions,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants.

While airline workers, unlike most private-sector workers, must receive permission from the government before they can strike, they have repeatedly demonstrated their anger. Thousands of airline catering workers, many of whom make under $12 per hour, voted to strike this year, pending the assent of a federal mediation board. Airline mechanics, including at Southwest Airlines, have won raises after effectively gumming up the operations of their employers: The mechanics significantly increased the number of low-grade maintenance problems they identified, leading to widespread flight delays and cancellations. (The mechanics denied that this was their intention.)

Teachers have expressed frustration that their districts were slow to reverse the spending cuts that followed the economic crisis a decade ago, even as state and local budgets have recovered.

“When the recession hit, teachers kind of buckled down. We said: ‘We get it. Everybody has got to pull their weight,’” said Noah Karvelis, who helped organize last year’s teacher walkouts in Arizona that forced lawmakers to raise teacher salaries and partially restore education funding. “But 10 years later, the state’s economy is back, we’re doing really well, and still the cuts are there. It was a huge, huge thing for us.”

In Chicago, teachers who went on strike on Thursday are demanding that local officials devote more of a recent billion-dollar cash infusion from the state to raises. They point out that teaching assistants’ pay starts at around $30,000 a year but they are required by law to live in the high-cost city. And veteran teachers often leave the district because their salaries plateau for several years. The teachers also want the district to hire more school nurses and librarians, who are in short supply across Chicago.

“In Chicago, the citizenry during the austerity talks believed it,” said Michelle Gunderson, a first-grade teacher on the union’s bargaining committee, referring to the lean contract negotiated in 2016. “At that time, we had a Republican governor who wasn’t funding our schools. But now an infusion of money has come in that has not made it to the classroom.”

The school district has said that $700 million of that money went directly to teacher pensions, and that the rest kept the district solvent. The district has proposed raising salaries 16 percent over five years and substantially increasing the number of nurses.

For its part, while G.M. has made $35 billion in profits in North America over the past three years, sales appear to be slowing in the United States and China. Domestic automakers also say they are under pressure from foreign rivals, which have lower labor costs in nonunion factories in the South, and to invest in developing electric vehicles.

That is one reason G.M. sought to preserve a so-called two-tiered wage scale introduced amid the company’s struggles over a decade ago, in which workers hired after 2007 make up to 45 percent less than the $31 an hour that veteran workers currently earn. The company also relies on a cadre of temporary workers who earn even less.

As part of the tentative deal the company reached with the United Automobile Workers, G.M. appears to have agreed to a path for temps to become permanent workers, and to alter its tiered wage scale. Workers will vote on the agreement over the next several days, and a result is expected on Friday.

Some workers are skeptical that the union made sufficient progress on these questions, and on the extent to which G.M. can continue to shift production to Mexico, which has imperiled jobs in the United States.

Selina Estrada, 32, who assembles doors at the G.M. plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., said she feared the company would prevent temporary workers from attaining permanent status by laying off those workers before they had achieved the required three years of “continuous service.”

“They’ll keep turning them around and laying them off right before their three years,” she said. “It’s never going to happen.”

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Erdogan vows to ‘crush the heads’ of Kurds if they don’t withdraw; both sides trade blame for violating cease-fire

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday promised to “crush the heads” of the Kurds in Syria if they don’t fall back from the border’s safe zone, according to reports.

The threat comes as both Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claim the other is violating terms of a 120-hour cease-fire brokered by Turkey and the U.S. on Thursday.

Violence continued in northeast Syria despite the five-day peace agreement, a source told Fox News.

Dave Eubank with Free Burma Rangers, a private military company that provides emergency medical assistance, was on the ground near the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn trying to help trapped and wounded Kurds.

Eubank told Fox News the fighting hasn’t stopped and movement in the area is severely limited, despite the cease-fire’s intention to “pause” fighting to allow Syrian Kurds time and space to retreat from the area. Thousands of Kurdish civilians live in the so-called buffer zone, a senior military source had told Fox News.

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) was “still shooting all through the night,” Eubank said. “So far since [the] cease-fire, no airstrikes here, but artillery and ground attacks.”

Erdogan threatened the Kurds on Saturday during a televised speech, saying they will be slaughtered if they don’t pull back from the 20-mile-wide safe zone along the Turkey-Syria border by Tuesday night.

“We will start where we left off and continue to crush the terrorists’ heads,” Erdogan said.

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Turkey claims it is living up to the terms of the cease-fire agreement and accused the Kurds of  violating it.

The Turkish Defense Ministry said Kurdish forces carried out 14 “provocative” attacks in Ras al-Ayn in 36 hours, according to the BBC.

In a statement, the SDF said there has been “no tangible progress” in solving the issues at the northeast border.

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As of Friday, 86 civilians had been killed since Turkey launched its military offensive into Syria on Oct. 9, according to a war monitor, the BBC reported.

Erdogan claimed the move was to “neutralize terror threats” and establish a “safe zone.” After carrying out airstrikes, Turkish ground troops later invaded northeastern Syria.

Nearly all U.S. troops there have been removed and will be redeployed in the region in the coming weeks.

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The U.S. had teamed up with the Kurds to fight ISIS in the region. Some analysts and politicians criticized President Trump for removing America forces, saying it was a “green light” for Ankara to invade Syria and fight the Kurds.

Trump said the Turks have been “warring for many years,” and that the U.S. does not need to protect war-torn Syria because it’s “7,000 miles away.”

The president on Friday claimed “thousands and thousands” of lives were being saved in Syria and Turkey due to the cease-fire.

Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra celebrate Hindu holiday Karva Chauth together

Nick Jonas melted hearts with an inspiring message about his wife, Priyanka Chopra, on social media.

The singer, 26, was observing Karva Chauth on Thursday, a Hindu holiday, with Chopra who is Indian. For the holiday, married women fast from sunrise to sunset to encourage the safety and health of their spouses.

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“My wife is Indian. She is Hindu, and she is incredible in every way,” Jonas wrote on Instagram.

“She has taught me so much about her culture and religion. I love and admire her so much, and as you can see we have fun together. Happy Karva Chauth to everyone!” he added.

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Chopra posted a similar photo on her Instagram.

“Karwa chauth at a @jonasbrothers concert. Definitely a first I’ll always remember! @nickjonas #karwachauth,” she wrote.

The couple married last winter in a lavish wedding in India that honored both the bride and groom’s heritages.

“We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalized them in a way that made sense for us,” the actress told People magazine at the time. “It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”

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As for what they’re planning for their one-year anniversary, Chopra insisted she has no idea.

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“I don’t know [what we’re going to do for our anniversary],” she admitted to ET earlier this month.

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“I asked and I was told, ‘Why do you ask so many questions?’ I was like, ‘OK, you plan it.’ But I was just [wondering] what are we going to do and he was just like, ‘Don’t ask.’ So I said, OK.”

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‘She stole their lives’: Woman convicted of passing school bus, killing 3 kids in crash

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FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – Nearly a year after Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus, killing three siblings as they crossed a two-lane highway to board the bus, a Fulton County jury convicted her of reckless homicide in the children’s deaths.

Shepherd, prosecutors say, was driving a pickup truck that struck and killed twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle, both 6, and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, and also critically injured Maverik Lowe, 11, as they crossed the highway north of Rochester on Oct. 30. Lowe, who’s still recovering from his injuries, has had more than 20 surgeries since the crash.

Shepherd was found guilty Friday of three felony counts of reckless homicide. The jury also found her guilty of a felony count of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus causing injury when the arm is extended. She faces up to 21-and-a-half years if given the maximum amount on each count. 

The parents of Mason and Xzavier, Shane and Brittany Ingle, and Michael Stahl, Brittany’s ex-husband and Alivia’s dad, told reporters after the verdict that they were relieved, and have no sympathy for Shepherd, who they believe has shown no remorse for the crash.

“I don’t think we’ll ever feel closure,” Brittany Ingle said. “But this will go toward healing.”

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Shepherd and her attorneys quickly left the courtroom after the verdict was read early Friday evening and made no statement.

Earlier Friday, Shepherd took the stand in Fulton Superior Court. Family members of Shepherd and the victims, had filled the Fulton County courthouse this week to hear testimony from witnesses and law enforcement.

When asked by her attorney when it started to sink in that she’d hit and killed three children after driving past a school bus, Shepherd described emotions ranging from disbelief to hysteria.

But at first it was confusion, according to her testimony. She remembered seeing blinking lights and something that appeared to be a large vehicle. But she didn’t see a bus, Shepherd says, nor did she see the red sign telling her to stop.

When she’d realized what she’d done, Shepherd says she was hysterical.

“The only way I can describe it is an out-of-body experience,” Shepherd said, according to the account provided to IndyStar by the small number of reporters who were allowed into the packed courtroom, “I was a mess.”

The four children were crossing the highway to board their school bus about 7:15 a.m. when prosecutors say Shepherd blew by a stopped school bus. The road was dark but prosecutors said the bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible.

Whether Shepherd was behind the wheel that morning was not being disputed, according to statements made from the defense and prosecution during the trial. Jurors instead decided whether Shepherd’s actions were reckless or simply accidental.

“The thing that makes me sick here,” Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said, “is that this never should have happened.”

The Crash

Shepherd was driving with three children in the back seat of her Toyota Tacoma before the crash happened, according to court documents. She had just dropped off her husband at work about 7:05 a.m. and was heading to her mother’s home in the Rochester area to drop off her little brother when she rounded a bend on Ind. 25.

She’d taken that road many times before, her attorney Michael Tuszynski said, but rarely at that time of day.

As she was driving, the 24-year-old Shepherd saw something in the distance, but couldn’t quite make it out, according to Tuszynski, who said that a freightliner was behind the bus, making it appear to Shepherd as one large vehicle.

“The circumstances of the bus, with the freightliner behind it, combined to create the profile of one vehicle, making it seem like it’s a semi that’s moving. And she’s confused about what she sees.”

But after the crash, the driver of another vehicle that was following Shepherd’s Toyota through the bend on Ind. 25 said the school bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible even though the road was dark. This is according to testimony from Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper during a probable cause hearing held hours after the crash.

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The witness said she and Shepherd were traveling at 45 mph, Jumper testified. The witness said she slowed when she saw the school bus and its blinking lights. Shepherd didn’t.

“Suddenly she sees the children,” Tuszynski said Friday. “She brakes. But it was too late.”

Shepherd’s friend, Brittany Thompson, who spoke to Shepherd on the phone after the crash, testified that Shepherd said she’d seen the lights and was trying to negotiate how far to move over.

Thompson said Shepherd was distraught. “I didn’t know it was a bus,” Shepherd reportedly said.

The victims’ family told reporters Shepherd appeared cold during the trial, and seemed unconcerned with the deaths that resulted from her actions.

“When I was giving my testimony,” Brittany Ingle said. “I looked her straight in the eyes and she gave nothing. She had no remorse.”

‘She totally stole their lives’

Tuszynski said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Shepherd’s system at the time of the crash. He placed blame on the location of the bus stop, which required the children to cross the highway to board the bus. 

“The idea that it was okay to make those kids cross that busy road to get on a bus, rather than move the stop into the (trailer) park, is absurd,” Tuszynski said.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced shortly after the crash that it would relocate the bus stop into the trailer park where the students lived. Superintendent Blaine Conley testified Friday that the park had previously been considered for the location. But officials were worried that the school bus could potentially hit children in the area due to poor lighting.

The crash led to statewide changes, prompting the Legislature to increase penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Shane and Brittany Ingle spent several days at the Statehouse this past year lobbying for the changes.

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The victims’ family told reporters that Friday’s verdict was important for everybody, not just her children, because it reinforces the importance of driving safely near school buses. 

But the family noted somberly that neither the verdict nor the sentence will bring their three children back.

“They didn’t even get time to enjoy life,” Brittany Ingle said. “She totally stole their lives.”

Contributing: Vic Ryckaert and Arika Herron. Follow Crystal Hill at 317-444-6094 on Twitter: @crysnhill.

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‘She stole their lives’: Woman convicted of passing school bus, killing 3 kids in crash

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Neighbor talks about dangerous road where three young siblings were killed, one child critical, when hit while crossing to get on school bus. Kelly Wilkinson, kelly.wilkinson@indystar.com

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. – Nearly a year after Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus, killing three siblings as they crossed a two-lane highway to board the bus, a Fulton County jury convicted her of reckless homicide in the children’s deaths.

Shepherd, prosecutors say, was driving a pickup truck that struck and killed twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle, both 6, and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, and also critically injured Maverik Lowe, 11, as they crossed the highway north of Rochester on Oct. 30. Lowe, who’s still recovering from his injuries, has had more than 20 surgeries since the crash.

Shepherd was found guilty Friday of three felony counts of reckless homicide. The jury also found her guilty of a felony count of criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus causing injury when the arm is extended. She faces up to 21-and-a-half years if given the maximum amount on each count. 

The parents of Mason and Xzavier, Shane and Brittany Ingle, and Michael Stahl, Brittany’s ex-husband and Alivia’s dad, told reporters after the verdict that they were relieved, and have no sympathy for Shepherd, who they believe has shown no remorse for the crash.

“I don’t think we’ll ever feel closure,” Brittany Ingle said. “But this will go toward healing.”

Oct. 30, 2018: Twin boys, sister killed by pickup truck at Indiana school bus stop

Shepherd and her attorneys quickly left the courtroom after the verdict was read early Friday evening and made no statement.

Earlier Friday, Shepherd took the stand in Fulton Superior Court. Family members of Shepherd and the victims, had filled the Fulton County courthouse this week to hear testimony from witnesses and law enforcement.

When asked by her attorney when it started to sink in that she’d hit and killed three children after driving past a school bus, Shepherd described emotions ranging from disbelief to hysteria.

But at first it was confusion, according to her testimony. She remembered seeing blinking lights and something that appeared to be a large vehicle. But she didn’t see a bus, Shepherd says, nor did she see the red sign telling her to stop.

When she’d realized what she’d done, Shepherd says she was hysterical.

“The only way I can describe it is an out-of-body experience,” Shepherd said, according to the account provided to IndyStar by the small number of reporters who were allowed into the packed courtroom, “I was a mess.”

The four children were crossing the highway to board their school bus about 7:15 a.m. when prosecutors say Shepherd blew by a stopped school bus. The road was dark but prosecutors said the bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible.

Whether Shepherd was behind the wheel that morning was not being disputed, according to statements made from the defense and prosecution during the trial. Jurors instead decided whether Shepherd’s actions were reckless or simply accidental.

“The thing that makes me sick here,” Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs said, “is that this never should have happened.”

The Crash

Shepherd was driving with three children in the back seat of her Toyota Tacoma before the crash happened, according to court documents. She had just dropped off her husband at work about 7:05 a.m. and was heading to her mother’s home in the Rochester area to drop off her little brother when she rounded a bend on Ind. 25.

She’d taken that road many times before, her attorney Michael Tuszynski said, but rarely at that time of day.

As she was driving, the 24-year-old Shepherd saw something in the distance, but couldn’t quite make it out, according to Tuszynski, who said that a freightliner was behind the bus, making it appear to Shepherd as one large vehicle.

“The circumstances of the bus, with the freightliner behind it, combined to create the profile of one vehicle, making it seem like it’s a semi that’s moving. And she’s confused about what she sees.”

But after the crash, the driver of another vehicle that was following Shepherd’s Toyota through the bend on Ind. 25 said the school bus lights and stop arm were clearly visible even though the road was dark. This is according to testimony from Indiana State Police Detective Michelle Jumper during a probable cause hearing held hours after the crash.

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The witness said she and Shepherd were traveling at 45 mph, Jumper testified. The witness said she slowed when she saw the school bus and its blinking lights. Shepherd didn’t.

“Suddenly she sees the children,” Tuszynski said Friday. “She brakes. But it was too late.”

Shepherd’s friend, Brittany Thompson, who spoke to Shepherd on the phone after the crash, testified that Shepherd said she’d seen the lights and was trying to negotiate how far to move over.

Thompson said Shepherd was distraught. “I didn’t know it was a bus,” Shepherd reportedly said.

The victims’ family told reporters Shepherd appeared cold during the trial, and seemed unconcerned with the deaths that resulted from her actions.

“When I was giving my testimony,” Brittany Ingle said. “I looked her straight in the eyes and she gave nothing. She had no remorse.”

‘She totally stole their lives’

Tuszynski said there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol in Shepherd’s system at the time of the crash. He placed blame on the location of the bus stop, which required the children to cross the highway to board the bus. 

“The idea that it was okay to make those kids cross that busy road to get on a bus, rather than move the stop into the (trailer) park, is absurd,” Tuszynski said.

The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation announced shortly after the crash that it would relocate the bus stop into the trailer park where the students lived. Superintendent Blaine Conley testified Friday that the park had previously been considered for the location. But officials were worried that the school bus could potentially hit children in the area due to poor lighting.

The crash led to statewide changes, prompting the Legislature to increase penalties for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Shane and Brittany Ingle spent several days at the Statehouse this past year lobbying for the changes.

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The victims’ family told reporters that Friday’s verdict was important for everybody, not just her children, because it reinforces the importance of driving safely near school buses. 

But the family noted somberly that neither the verdict nor the sentence will bring their three children back.

“They didn’t even get time to enjoy life,” Brittany Ingle said. “She totally stole their lives.”

Contributing: Vic Ryckaert and Arika Herron. Follow Crystal Hill at 317-444-6094 on Twitter: @crysnhill.

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Royal Caribbean’s ‘Adventure of the Seas’ requests help from Coast Guard off Jersey Shore

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ATLANTIC CITY – A cruise ship passenger suffered a stroke aboard Royal Caribbean’sAdventure of the Seas” and had to be airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center from more than 100 miles off the Jersey Shore, according to the Coast Guard.

The medevac took place after the Coast Guard was contacted by the ship’s crew via satellite phone about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, authorities said.

The ship, which is 1,020 feet in length with a crew of 1,180 — and which can accommodate more than 4,000 passengers — is on a 13-day, one-way cruise from Quebec City, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage began Oct. 7 and is scheduled to end Sunday.

On Friday night, the vessel was moving south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Coast Guard duty officers consulted with a flight surgeon after the call to discuss a course of action. The physician recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the shore for medical treatment.

An Air Station Atlantic City-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to conduct the airlift. Elsewhere, Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina dispatched a fixed-wing, Lockheed HC-130J for support in the operation, according to the Coast Guard.

An EMS squad waited for the helicopter to land when the passenger was transported to the regional trauma center.

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