Hotel workers in Montana were shocked to find an unexpected guest in the women’s restroom: a black bear.
Buck’s T-4 Lodge and Restaurant, adjacent to a national forest, isn’t a stranger to wildlife, but co-owner and general manager David O’Conner told Fox News that a “bear stuck in the bathroom” was a first for the lodge. According to him, two employees working the front desk spotted the bear outside near the bathroom window.
They went outside to check on the situation and at first couldn’t find the bear, but saw the bathroom window was open. When they got back inside, they heard a commotion in the bathroom and were able to figure out what happened.
Fortunately, nobody was in the bathroom at the time. Also, due to the design, the bear was unable to open the door and the window was too high for it to get back out. They contacted the hotel’s management, who attempted to let the bear out on its own.
Unfortunately, the animal seemed content to just hang out on the bathroom’s sink counter. So, they called Fish, Wildlife & Parks to remove the animal. The closest person qualified to remove the bear was a few hours away, however, so everyone had to wait.
O’Conner said that while guests were concerned, they were also interested as “wildlife is a big reason why people come to the area.”
When the warden finally arrived, the bear was quickly tranquilized and taken away to be tagged. Nobody was injured during the incident, although the bathroom window and counter sustained minor damage that the hotel was able to fix the next day.
According to O’Conner, he was impressed with how the authorities kept everyone (including the bear) safe while also allowing the guests to see what was going on and educate them on how to handle a situation like this. “For a lot of guests, this will be the closest they get to a bear and it might be the only time they see one.”
A group of angry customers pulled a gun on the manager of a Popeyes restaurant in Houston when told they were out of chicken sandwiches, investigators said Monday. It was the latest incident stemming from the wildly popular item that has rocked the fast food industry.
Police were called to the restaurant chain around 9 p.m. after reports of a disturbance with a weapon, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The group of males and females had tried ordering the popular chicken sandwich in the drive-thru when they were told it was unavailable, said Houston Police Lt. Larry Crowson.
They then tried getting inside the restaurant, but a worker was able to lock them out, police said.
“When the manager told them they were out, one of the males became upset and pulled a pistol and demanded a chicken sandwich,” Crowson said. “The manager again informed them they were out of sandwiches.”
The group eventually drove off in an SUV. No one was harmed. Investigators were reviewing surveillance footage to identify the suspects.
“It was more of an aggravated assault because he was displaying a weapon and threatened employees,” Crowson said of the potential charges the suspect could face.
The incident was the latest in a series of episodes surrounding the Popeyes chicken sandwich. A Tennessee man was suing the chain for $5,000 after he damaged his car driving to multiple locations looking for the item. Workers turned him away each time.
The chain launched the sandwich nationwide on Aug. 12 and exceeded expectations when it sold out its inventory that had been slated to last through September.
LONDON — They have been dubbed the Conservative rebels, a group of renegade lawmakers willing to risk their careers to defy their newly chosen leader, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and hobble his premiership over their clashing views on Brexit.
But behind all the talk of revolutionary ardor and mutinous tactics is an unlikely group of insurrectionists: a band of starchy grandees of Tory politics that includes Winston Churchill’s grandson and a 45-year party veteran and ex-chancellor so colorless that he earned the nickname “Spreadsheet Phil.”
They believe Mr. Johnson, in his zeal for pulling Britain out of the European Union without a deal, is not only risking severe damage to the British economy but also tearing their party apart, setting fire to their vision of a big-tent party with priorities beyond Brexit.
In setting aside their usual caution and threatening to rip the heart out of Mr. Johnson’s Brexit plans on Tuesday night, they are offering perhaps the clearest indication yet that the party, squabbling for decades over Europe, is now on the brink of a civil war.
The lawmakers would be disobeying a so-called three-line whip — the strongest possible warning from the party — to help opposition Labour lawmakers wrench control of the legislative business in Parliament from Mr. Johnson. That would clear the path for a law on Wednesday that would stop Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal governing future relations.
Mr. Johnson sees such a law as so damaging to his negotiating strategy that his team has promised to call a snap general election if it passes. As for the rebels, Mr. Johnson’s team has threatened to kick them out of the party and bar them from running in the next election if they vote against the government.
The conflict could, in an instant, hollow out the Conservative Party as it has existed for decades, with many of the former insiders banished and the one-time Brexit rebels — those who bitterly opposed Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, among them Mr. Johnson — running things.
Demonstrating against Brexit outside Parliament on Tuesday.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times
What remains would likely be a narrower, more uniform party that trades its moderate voters for those on the right wing of the debate over Europe.
“There’s this idea that it always does what it needs to do to hold onto power,” Alan Wager, a research associate at The U.K. in a Changing Europe, a research institute, said about the Conservative party. “Now it seems to be driven principally by an ideological zeal to create a homogeneous, pro-Brexit party.”
The break could be pivotal. Already on Tuesday the party lost one Conservative lawmaker, Phillip Lee, who crossed the House of Commons to the benches opposite Mr. Johnson to take his seat as a lawmaker for the Liberal Democrats, a centrist, anti-Brexit party.
“It’s not clear there’s a route back toward a more center-right party from here,” Mr. Wager said.
The maneuvering on Tuesday would have been unimaginable only months ago. The rebels were then holding the reins of power.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor known as “Spreadsheet Phil,” was one of the architects of Mrs. May’s Brexit plan. Some of her most loyal backers, Rory Stewart, then the international development secretary, and David Gauke, the justice secretary, both said they would vote against Mr. Johnson on Tuesday.
Instead, it was the Brexiteers, people like Jacob Rees-Mogg, now the leader of the House of Commons, who were playing the part of rebels. They voted incessantly against Mrs. May’s deal and savaged her plans in public. But that changed in an instant when Mr. Johnson took power.
“It’s quite extraordinary that we’ve had such a turnaround from the start of the year, when the rebels were the extreme Brexiteers,” said Nigel Fletcher, a teaching fellow in politics at King’s College London and a local councilor for the Conservative Party.
“Those who are now the rebels are really the most establishment of figures. People like Philip Hammond wouldn’t be considered a maverick at any other time. I think that’s something that has given people pause for thought, because these are not people who’ve made a career out of being provocative for its own sake.”
ESPN personality Michelle Beadle is negotiating an exit from the network, according to the New York Post. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
The Post reported Beadle makes $5 million per year and “there will be a sliding scale to balance the amount of money she will receive with the freedom she will be granted upon her exit.”
Beadle — who declared that she was finished watching football due to the NFL’s response to several domestic violence controversies and once told white men to “shut up and listen” — was considered a rising star at ESPN under former network President John Skipper, who left that position in late 2017 when a drug dealer attempted to extort him by using his cocaine habit against him.
Skipper’s successor, Jimmy Pitaro, quickly declared that he wanted fewer politics on his airwaves and Beadle’s role abruptly shifted.
“Without question, our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics,” Pitaro told Los Angeles Times television and media reporter Stephen Battaglio earlier this year.
Beadle joined Jalen Rose and Mike Greenberg as co-hosts of ESPN’s morning show “Get Up!” when it launched in April 2018. Just four months later, ESPN removed Beadle from the program, giving her a contract extension and an expanded role on the network’s NBA coverage.
Beadle relocated from New York to Los Angeles as part of the move.
Post sports media reporter Andrew Marchand noted that Beadle “could try to do something smaller” such as a podcast or re-unite with Skipper at streaming service DAZN, where he is now executive chairman.
“DAZN is international, and Beadle was born in Italy. She may have to brush up on her Italian, but there is an idea that she could possibly do some work in English and Italian if she ends up at DAZN,” Merchand wrote. “However you look at it, she will be leaving ESPN with a lot of dinero.”
Richmond Raceway and INDYCAR announce a multi-year deal for the NTT IndyCar Series to return to America’s Premier Short Track. For the first time in 11 years, the NTT IndyCar Series will race at Richmond “under the lights” on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Richmond will host a festival headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series, welcoming fans to engage in a speed-themed weekend event on June 26-27, 2020.
Tickets for the return of INDYCAR at Richmond are on sale starting at $25 today. Tickets for the NTT IndyCar Series race on Saturday, June 27, 2020 are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
“Richmond Raceway is proud to welcome INDYCAR back to America’s Premier Short Track for the 2020 race season,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Richmond’s history in motorsports dates back to 1946 when the track hosted two AAA Championship Car events. After an eleven-year absence, we look forward to the return of the NTT IndyCar Series to Richmond as part of a weekend festival built around speed.”
Richmond has a storied history with INDYCAR having hosted nine events between 2001-2009. On June 29, 2001, Richmond became the first track that was less than one-mile that INDYCAR held a race. The NTT IndyCar Series completed its 10,000th lap in series history at America’s Premier Short Track in that first race won by Buddy Lazier.
The 2020 two-day race weekend will fall on the same weekend utilized for the previous NTT IndyCar Series races at Richmond dating back to 2001.
“We are pleased to return to the Mid-Atlantic region, one we know to be full of INDYCAR fans,” said INDYCAR CEO Mark Miles. “We’re also excited to return to historic Richmond Raceway, which was recently reimagined with a $30 million redevelopment project that modernized the infield for a better fan experience.”
Scott Dixon (2003, 2009) and Sam Hornish Jr. (2002, 2006) are tied for the most wins in INDYCAR history at Richmond. Dixon is a five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018) and the retired Hornish Jr. is a three-time champion (2001, 2002, and 2006).
“I’ve always been a big fan of Indy cars on short ovals. It’s some of the most exciting racing out there in my opinion,” said Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 for Chip Ganassi Racing. “I think everyone is looking forward to returning to Richmond Raceway. It’s a great city and a fantastic track. Our sponsor PNC Bank also has a presence in Richmond, so I think you’re going to see a lot of Chip Ganassi Racing No. 9 supporters in orange and blue come race weekend.”
Helio Castroneves (2004, 2006) and Dario Franchitti (2007, 2009) are tied for the most INDYCAR pole positions in track history. In 2005, Castroneves won the closest race in track history besting Franchitti by .056 of a second. He also set the INDYCAR qualifying record at Richmond at 176.244 miles per hour (mph) in 2003.
Tony Kanaan (2008), 2004 NTT IndyCar Series champion, joins Castroneves and Dixon as the only active NTT IndyCar Series drivers who have won races previously at Richmond.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this news. I love racing in Richmond and I believe that it’s a track that suits INDYCAR very well, creating very good races,” said Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 14 for A.J. Foyt Enterprises. “I was fortunate to win there in the past and I’m looking forward to do it again.”
The weekend festival will be built around speed in numerous forms headlined by the NTT IndyCar Series to unite the Mid-Atlantic region at America’s Premier Short Track. More details about the festival will be announced in the near future.
Tickets for the NTT IndyCar Series race at America’s Premier Short Track start at $25 with special youth 16-and-under pricing at $10. RICHMOND NATION Season Ticket Holders, who have renewed for the 2020 season, have the opportunity for a special ticket offer for INDYCAR. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
For more on INDYCAR and the NTT IndyCar Series, visit indycar.com.
Richmond Raceway 2019 NASCAR Season
NASCAR returns “under the lights” to Richmond for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend presented by Who’s Your Driver on Sept. 20-21. America’s Premier Short Track will start the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs with the Go Bowling 250 playoff race on Friday, Sept. 20. Richmond will host the second race of the Monster Energy Series Playoffs with the Federated Auto Parts 400 playoff race on Friday, Sept. 21.
Tickets for the NASCAR Playoff Race Weekend are available for purchase in-person at the Richmond Ticket Office, via phone at 866-455-7223, or online at richmondraceway.com.
Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 2 storm and is slowly moving northwest after leaving behind major damage in the Bahamas.CreditCreditTim Aylen/Associated Press
Rescue efforts in the Bahamas are being hampered by flooding.
Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 2 storm, is finally inching away from the Bahamas, where rescue missions were hampered on Tuesday because so many police and government vehicles are submerged in rising seawater.
The storm, which hit the northern Bahamas as one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, has pummeled the islands for more than two days with unrelenting rain and wind, and has killed at least five people there. It is highly unusual for a storm of Dorian’s magnitude to halt and hover over land, as it did in the Bahamas.
By midday Tuesday its center was north of Grand Bahama Island and creeping northwest at 3 miles an hour. With maximum sustained winds at 110 m.p.h., Dorian was expected to start turning north and to travel parallel to Florida’s eastern coast by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The storm is not expected to leave the Grand Bahama area until 10 p.m. or midnight, said Kevin D. Harris, director general of the Bahamas Information Center.
Emergency offices have received at least 200 frantic calls from people stranded on their rooftops or attics. Responders were trying to help after the eye passed over the island, but “some of the bigger vehicles, dump trucks and fire engines are trying to get through the water,” Mr. Harris said.
There was so much water that government offices, including the government radio station, had to move out of the lower floors of buildings. A government minister who was stuck in his flooded home was rescued, Mr. Harris said.
“Some folks were in more of a desperate situation than others,” he said. “We are seeing unprecedented levels of water. ”
He said there was deep concern for the Abaco Islands, which took the full brunt of the hurricane, because many Haitian migrants live there in two shantytowns, known as the Mud and Pigeon Peas. Videos showed stunned residents of the island looking at crumpled cars, smashed homes, piles of debris and contorted trees.
“We are already hearing from residents that whole towns have been wiped out and devastated,” Mr. Harris said. “This is going to be a big search-and-rescue and rebuilding effort. I don’t think we have seen anything as bad as this. This one is for the history books.”
Maps: Tracking Hurricane Dorian’s Path
Maps tracking the hurricane’s path as it makes its way toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Dorian is pelting parts of Florida with rain.
Forecasters said the hurricane would move “dangerously close” to the Florida coast, beginning late Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday evening. Then it is expected to move northward to affect the Georgia and South Carolina coasts beginning late on Wednesday. By the end of the week it is expected to be shadowing the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia.
Even if the hurricane’s center does not cross the coastline, powerful winds and rain are all but certain to disrupt life in the region. The storm has grown in size as it has weakened in strength, and its hurricane-force winds were extending outward as far as 60 miles from its center on Tuesday, up from 45 miles on Sunday. Winds of tropical-storm force extended as far as 175 miles from the center.
Much of Florida’s eastern coast is also likely to be hit with dangerous storm surges.
Rain bands and tropical storm-strength winds pelted Palm Beach County on Tuesday morning. The authorities cautioned that residents should remain indoors throughout the day, and people appeared to be heeding the advice. But some people ventured outside, including a few wading in ankle-deep storm surge during high tide at a waterfront park in Lantana.
A spokesman for Florida Power & Light, the state’s giant utility, said it had restored electricity for some 60,000 customers through 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
In Jacksonville, Mayor Lenny Curry warned that the window to prepare for Dorian was quickly closing as the hurricane started to move. The city was deploying teams to rescue residents and clear roads as needed.
“Today is your last day to get prepared,” Mr. Curry said. “This is no time to rest and think that everything’s going to be O.K.”
Winds whipped Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Tuesday as Dorian approached the Florida coast.CreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times
Nearly a quarter-million people have fled the South Carolina coast.
Gov. Henry McMaster of South Carolina told reporters Tuesday that 244,000 people had already left the coastal regions of the state, where a mandatory evacuation has been ordered. State officials issued the order for all or part of eight coastal counties, an area whose population is roughly 830,000.
Mr. McMaster said that residents should take Dorian seriously, saying that up to 10 inches of rain was expected and that flooding was all but inevitable.
“There’s plenty of gas and plenty of room to leave,” Mr. McMaster said, adding, “You can always come back.”
In the low-lying and flood-prone city of Charleston, S.C., city officials began distributing sandbags at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and opened parking garages to give residents a safer place to store their cars. The city is within the mandatory evacuation area.
The authorities urged Floridians who are tired of waiting to wait the storm out a little longer.
As residents of Florida’s Atlantic coast stirred from days of storm anxiety and being stuck indoors, Gov. Ron DeSantis reminded them that Dorian’s threat is not over. Many counties will only now start feeling the hurricane’s effects as it crawls north.
“I appreciate a lot of Floridians hanging in there,” Mr. DeSantis said. “We’re here until the duration, monitoring this thing.”
George Recktenwald, the administrator of Volusia County, said he knew residents were getting “antsy.” But he noted that Dorian’s 110 m.p.h. winds are just 1 mile an hour below Category 3, and that the storm will swipe the coast for the next 24 hours even though it did not look likely to make landfall there.
Farther south, in Indian River County, officials lifted a mandatory coastal evacuation order, but they asked residents to avoid storm “sightseeing.”
“Stay close to home,” said Jason Brown, the county administrator.
Evacuations are ordered along the Georgia and the Carolina coasts.
Residents began evacuating Tuesday from the coasts of Georgia and North and South Carolina, as meteorologists warned that Hurricane Dorian would probably bring tornadoes, life-threatening storm surge and dangerous winds along the coasts of the three states into Thursday.
A mandatory evacuation order took effect for Georgia’s coastal counties at noon Eastern time on Tuesday. In Savannah, restaurants like Clary’s Café and the Two Cracked Eggs Café were open for breakfast in the morning, but downtown was beginning to empty out, as residents and tourists apparently heeded the passionate plea of Mayor Eddie DeLoach.
“I can’t decide for you, but I’m asking you, as the mayor of Savannah: Please attempt to get out of town as best you can, and come back in a few days and begin your life over and move forward,” Mr. DeLoach said in a public appearance Monday night, according to The Savannah Morning News.
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper said he would issue an evacuation order for all of the state’s barrier islands, noting that some people had already begun to leave.
“We’re still hoping this thing will move off to the east, and won’t hit us too bad,” Mr. Cooper said. “We know the forecast does bring it very close, if not onto the North Carolina coast. And so we’re going to be ready for it.”
A steady flow of traffic headed away from Hilton Head Island, S.C., after mandatory evacuations were ordered ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s anticipated arrival.CreditAudra Melton for The New York Times
Here are five hurricane lessons that Florida has learned the hard way.
Florida has survived so many major hurricanes that the lessons the state has learned could fill a textbook for disaster preparation and response.
Perhaps no truth is more frightening than the fact that a storm need not reach Category 5 strength — or even strike land — to wreak havoc on the jutting Florida peninsula and its 21.2 million residents.
1. Mobile homes are safer than they used to be — but still vulnerable.
As of 2017, Florida had around 850,000 mobile homes, more than any other state in the nation. It also has some of the nation’s most stringent standards for mobile home construction and installation, a legacy of Hurricane Andrew. The standards were credited with helping many mobile homes survive Hurricane Irma in 2017.
2. Nursing homes require special attention.
This lesson became evident in September 2017, when a dozen residents of a Hollywood, Fla., nursing home died in the intense heat after Hurricane Irma. The storm had caused widespread power failures, and the nursing home lost its air-conditioning.
The episode shocked Florida lawmakers into action, compelling them to pass a law that requires nursing homes to have backup generators and enough fuel to maintain comfortable temperatures during power failures.
3. Storm surges cause ruinous flooding and wipe out roads and beaches.
Hurricane Matthew never made landfall in Florida in 2016. Instead, it hugged the state’s Atlantic coast in a path similar to the one forecast for Hurricane Dorian. But Hurricane Matthew, a Category 4 storm, nevertheless flooded St. Augustine. Hurricane Irma did the same the following year, leaving St. Augustine and Jacksonville underwater, despite never hitting either city directly.
4. Strong building codes matter.
When Hurricane Michael flattened parts of the Florida Panhandle last year, it exposed a serious weakness in the state’s building code: Stringent rules to make homes along the Atlantic coast resistant to fierce winds were more lenient in the Panhandle, a region historically less prone to hurricanes. Older properties in the scenic town of Mexico Beach, Fla., did not stand a chance against that storm, a Category 5 beast.
5. Power failures are inevitable.
Hurricane Irma left as many as 15 million people without power in 2017. But officials said that they were learning from past mistakes and embracing new technology.
Concrete power poles have replaced many older wooden ones. New switches installed in transformers allow the devices to be reset without sending out repair crews. All five million customers have meters that allow the company to know when someone has no power, even if they are out of town. Drones buzz over neighborhoods after storms to help identify problems with the lines.
Residents were evacuated at an assisted-living center in Kissimmee, Fla., on Sunday.CreditEve Edelheit for The New York Times
South Florida, which has historic ties to the Bahamas, prepares to aid its neighbors.
Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez of Miami-Dade County said the government would begin accepting donations of supplies for the ravaged islands at four sites.
“We’ll match our thoughts and prayers with action by offering as much assistance as we can in the aftermath of this unprecedented event,” he said, accompanied by local and Bahamian officials at a Tuesday morning news conference.
Bahamians were among the first settlers of Miami, and many families can trace their lineage to the archipelago. Some still have relatives there, including Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson of the Miami-Dade County Commission.
“They are battered, but they are not broken,” she said.
Linda Treco-Mackey, the consul general of the Bahamas in Miami, said she hoped Dorian would quickly peel north and out to sea.
“We are, as a people, just hoping that we get past these next few days,” she said.
Richard Fausset, Elisabeth Malkin and Daniel Victor contributed reporting.
WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that Chinese manufacturing would “crumble” if the country did not agree to the United States’ trade terms, as newly released data showed his trade war was washing back to American shores and hurting the factories that the president has aimed to protect.
Days after new tariffs went into effect on both sides of the Pacific, a closely watched index of American manufacturing activity fell to 49.1 from 51.2, signaling a contraction in United States factory activity for the first time since 2016. The companies responding to the Institute for Supply Management survey, which the index is based on, cited shrinking export orders as a result of the trade dispute, as well as the challenge of moving supply chains out of China to avoid the tariffs.
The manufacturing sector’s struggles are likely to increase as the world’s two largest economies continue to escalate their trade fight. On Sunday, Mr. Trump placed a new 15 percent tariff on a range of consumer goods, including clothing, lawn mowers, sewing machines, food and jewelry, and Beijing retaliated by increasing tariffs on $75 billion worth of American products. China also said on Monday that it was filing a complaint at the World Trade Organization over Mr. Trump’s new tariffs.
Markets sank on weaker economic news and worries about the trade war. The S&P 500 was down about 0.9 percent, with particular weakness in industrial and energy stocks.
Prices of key industrial commodities were also lower, with futures prices for benchmark American crude oil down roughly 3 percent. Copper, considered a barometer of the health of the global industrial sector, was down a bit less than 1 percent.
The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined to 1.45 percent, as jittery investors continued to buy government bonds, pushing prices up and yields lower. The drop in bond yields this year — the yield on the 10-year note was above 3 percent in late 2018 — suggests a broad-based cut in expectations for economic growth among investors.
“The U.S. trade war with the world has blown open a great big hole in manufacturers’ confidence,” Chris Rupkey, the chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank, wrote in a note on Tuesday. “The manufacturing sector has officially turned down and is falling for the first time this year as the China tariffs and slowdown in exports has really started to bite.”
The president has continued to insist that pain from the trade war is falling primarily on China, not the United States. On Friday, he said American companies were leaving China in response to his tariffs, a development that put the United States in an “incredible negotiating position.” And he said any business that complained about financial pain from the tariffs was suffering from bad management, not the trade war.
On Tuesday, he warned Beijing not to try to wait for a new administration to come into office after the 2020 election, saying China’s supply chain “will crumble” and that it would be “a long time to be hemorrhaging jobs and companies on a long-shot.”
President Trump imposed a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods on Sunday and has threatened additional increases.CreditSamuel Corum for The New York Times
Many chief executives and trade groups say they support the president’s goal of changing China’s economic practices, particularly those that require businesses to hand over valuable technology as a condition of operating in China. But businesses have begun to express concern about the seemingly unending trade war. Many big companies, particularly those in the retail and manufacturing sectors, have downgraded sales and profit forecasts as a result of the tariffs.
The trade war’s potential to slow America’s economic expansion, including its impact on the manufacturing sector, has already prompted concern from Federal Reserve officials. The Fed cut rates for the first time in more than a decade in July and officials have said they’re prepared to cut further to protect the economy against fallout from slowing global growth and trade risks.
Even some officials who did not vote in favor of July’s rate cut say economic risks have increased.
Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a monetary policy voter this year, indicated that he still favors waiting and watching incoming economic data before making interest rate cuts beyond the July move, which he voted against.
But he also said it is “clearly reasonable” to judge that risks to the economy are elevated, and “should those risks become a reality, the appropriate monetary policy would be to ease aggressively,” suggesting that he might favor rapid interest rate cuts if economic data soured meaningfully.
The Trump administration has been pressuring China for more than two years to make a trade deal that would strengthen its protections for American intellectual property and result in large purchases of American products. But the two sides continue to have significant disagreements, including which of Mr. Trump’s tariffs should be rolled back and what kind of legal changes China must make to treat American companies more fairly.
Since talks between the two countries stalled in May, Mr. Trump has moved ahead with his threat to tax nearly everything China sends to the United States. On Sunday, the Trump administration placed a 15 percent levy on roughly $112 billion worth of Chinese goods and plans to place tariffs on roughly $160 billion worth of cellphones, laptops, clothing and toys on Dec. 15. Mr. Trump has also said the United States will raise tariffs on $250 billion worth of products to 30 percent from 25 percent on Oct. 1.
China has vowed to retaliate on Dec. 15 with more tariffs of its own.
While a deal appears far from certain, the two sides could still avert the increases and declare another cease-fire. The United States and China have discussed a meeting in Washington in September, and American and Chinese officials will both be present on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York later in the month.
Myron Brilliant, the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the two governments would have to work to restore some trust before any conclusion to the trade war would be reached — perhaps through Chinese purchases of American agricultural goods, something Mr. Trump has long focused on.
“There’s a trust deficit between the two governments,” he said. “We need steppingstones to build confidence in the relationship so both governments are positioned to get a deal down the road.”
A 14-year-old boy who told Alabama deputies he was in the basement when he heard gunshots upstairs was charged Tuesday with murdering his parents and three younger brothers and sisters, investigators said.
Deputies with the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office said they found five people dead in the family’s home in Elkmont late Monday in response to a 911 call from the boy who met them in the driveway, officials said. Three were confirmed dead at the scene; the two others died at the hospital.
The boy said he ran out the door when he heard the shots, but his account contained discrepancies, said Stephen Young, a spokesman for the sheriff.
“Upon being confronted with some of the inconsistencies, he did admit to shooting the five family members,” Young added.
Limestone County Sheriff Sgt. Jonathan Hardiman adding caution tape at the scene of the shooting Tuesday. (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)
Stewart and Pattinson began dating after co-starring in the 2008 film that launched the franchise and continued their romance through four sequels. However, in light of the film’s popularity and the adjacent media circus, Stewart, now 29, said she and Pattinson decided to keep their relationship low-key.
“When me and Rob were together, we did not have an example to go by,” the “Charlie’s Angels” star recounted in an interview published Tuesday by Harper’s Bazaar U.K. “So much was taken from us that, in trying to control one aspect, we were just like, ‘No, we will never talk about it. Never. Because it’s ours.’”
Stewart and Pattinson, 33, dated for four years before calling it quits in July 2012 after images surfaced of Stewart kissing married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders. The “Lizzie” actress and Pattinson briefly reignited their romance the following year before splitting for good.
While Stewart has since moved on from Pattinson, the star says she has elected not to put a label on her sexuality and simply wants to “enjoy my life.”
“I think I just wanted to enjoy my life. And that took precedence over protecting my life because in protecting it, I was ruining it,” she lamented. “What, you can’t go outside with who you’re with? You can’t talk about it in an interview?”
“People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product,” she explained. “It wasn’t real life anymore and that was gross to me. It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s that I don’t want to become a part of a story for entertainment value.”
“Every day I get older, life gets easier,” Stewart said, adding that making the choice to become vocal about her sexuality was more about accepting herself than wanting the world to accept who she was.
“I was informed by an old school mentality, which is — you want to preserve your career and your success and your productivity, and there are people in the world who don’t like you, and they don’t like that you date girls, and they don’t like that you don’t identify as a quote-unquote ‘lesbian,’ but you also don’t identify as a quote-unquote ‘heterosexual.’ And people like to know stuff, so what the f— are you?”
She continued: “I have fully been told, ‘If you just like do yourself a favor, and don’t go out holding your girlfriend’s hand in public, you might get a Marvel movie.’ I don’t want to work with people like that.”
The president was lashing out at several national media outlets for reporting how statements from Trump on which states could get hit by Dorian were misleading.
“Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonathancarl of @ABCWorldNews,” Trump tweeted Monday evening. “I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true.”
The problem is, @jonathancarl is the Twitter handle for Jonathan Carl, the lead pastor of South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville, Kentucky, which is about 55 miles south of Louisville.
Confused? Yeah, a bit of background info is necessary in this case.
On Sunday, Trump had tweeted that Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Alabama would “most likely be hit much harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, which battered the Bahamas Monday.
That prompted numerous news outlets and reporters — including Jonathan Karl, the chief White House correspondent for ABC News — to point out that Trump’s statement on Alabama was misleading or incorrect.
Surprising to perhaps no one, the media correction did not sit well with the commander-in-chief.
At 7:12 p.m. Monday, Trump berated the “phony hurricane report by @jonathancarl,” accidentally mentioning the Kentucky pastor instead of “@jonkarl” with ABC News.
Four minutes later, the initial tweet was deleted and replaced with a verbatim statement that mentioned Karl instead of Carl.
Such a phony hurricane report by lightweight reporter @jonkarl of @ABCWorldNews. I suggested yesterday at FEMA that, along with Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, even Alabama could possibly come into play, which WAS true. They made a big deal about this…
“They made a big deal about this …,” Trump continued in a follow-up tweet, “when in fact, under certain original scenarios, it was in fact correct that Alabama could have received some ‘hurt.’ Always good to be prepared! But the Fake News is only interested in demeaning and belittling. Didn’t play my whole sentence or statement. Bad people!”
Carl, who has served at South Fork Baptist Church in Hodgenville since 2011, was suddenly and unknowingly thrown into the Trump Twitterverse.
One day you’re just minding your own business, sharing duck videos from Hodgenville, KY, the next day the president of the United States is yelling at you instead of @jonkarl. pic.twitter.com/0iKgRsQ44H
On his Twitter and Instagram accounts, Carl posted a screenshot of Trump’s tweet that mentioned him.
“When the President of the USA accidentally tags you in a tweet … you get a lot of interesting correspondence lol!!” Carl posted Sunday evening. “Praying for those in the path of the hurricane and for all of our governmental leaders!”
When the President of the USA accidentally tags you in a tweet…you get a lot of interesting correspondence lol!!
Carl said other social media users have previously mixed him up with Karl and sent him “snarky” comments, but he has never been on the receiving end of “presidential snarkiness.”
Carl added he did not feel angry but rather sad for the president.
“Politics aside, I’ve seen a lot of the stuff the president puts out there. The people who receive that from him, you get the crazy responses,” Carl said. “There is a lot of hatred out there in the world, and it’s sad when somebody’s that negative and picking on people pretty consistently.”
Carl said Trump’s recent tweets take away from the bigger issue of people “who are really suffering right now in the Bahamas” and others on the East Coast who are scrambling or preparing for the worst.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Dorian was expected to move “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast late Tuesday through Wednesday night before continuing north along the Atlantic coast later this week.
“People should choose kindness instead of being hateful,” Carl said. “It goes a long way.”