OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business groups are increasing the pressure on lawmakers to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks. A coalition of more than 400 business groups sent a letter to Congressional leaders Monday urging them to step into the stalled talks because of fears about the devastating potential impact of a strike that could force many businesses to shut down if they can't get the rail deliveries they need. Commuter railroads and Amtrak would also be affected in a strike because many of them use tracks owned by the freight railroads. The business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and National Retail Federation said even a short-term strike would have a tremendous impact and the economic pain would start to be felt even before the Dec. 9 strike deadline because the railroads would stop hauling hazardous chemicals, fertilizers and perishable goods up to a week beforehand to … [Read more...] about Business groups urge Congress to block potential rail strike
Scientists raced to study a new coronavirus variant as several cases were spotted in Europe and governments around the world announced travel restrictions targeting the southern African region where it first emerged, prompting criticism that the continent was yet again bearing the brunt of panicked policies from Western countries. Omicron, the new variant first detected in Botswana , sent Europe into high alert after cases were detected in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Belgium. The Czech Republic, Austria, Israel and the Netherlands were all investigating suspected cases of the variant. Relatively little is known about Omicron. It has mutations that scientists fear could make it more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines — though neither of these effects has yet to be established. Most confirmed cases of the variant are contained to southern African countries, but there are worries Omicron could have spread more widely before scientists there discovered it. … [Read more...] about The Omicron variant upends the global pandemic response.
Kevin Johnson has been chief executive of Starbucks for more than a year now, though you wouldn’t always know it. For much of Mr. Johnson’s tenure, he has been overshadowed by Howard Schultz, the company’s former chief executive and departing executive chairman. There was Mr. Schultz in Shanghai in December, opening one of the company’s high-end Roastery coffee shops. There was Mr. Schultz at the annual meeting in March, drawing rapturous applause from shareholders. There was Mr. Schultz on TV in April, running damage control after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend and again when the company closed all of its stores on May 29 for racial bias training of its employees. But after several years working in Mr. Schultz’s shadow — a door connects the two men’s offices, and Mr. Schultz often pops in unannounced — Mr. Johnson will be on his own. Starbucks recently announced that Mr. Schultz, who has been chief executive or … [Read more...] about The C.E.O. of Starbucks Isn’t Leaving. Only Howard Schultz Is.
Whether Copenhagen’s Noma is the world’s best restaurant doesn’t matter: René Redzepi , its chef, has responded to his well-deserved recognition with the kind of inspiration and energy that guarantee he’ll be around for a while. Redzepi, soon to turn 34, is also a sweet guy running an oddly nonhierarchical kitchen, and talented people from all over the world are flocking to Denmark to work for him. Meanwhile, well-heeled people from all over the world are flocking to Noma to get a sample of the restaurant’s “new Nordic cuisine.” (“Noma” is a conflation of the Danish words for “Nordic” and “food.”) Much of the food is actually Nordic, though not exclusively so: the pan-seared langoustine with oyster-parsley purée, for example, could be claimed just as legitimately by New Orleans. Which doesn’t make it any less fantastic. So, after eating there in late September, asking Redzepi whether the langoustine dish was cookable at home and hearing yes, I showed up in his kitchen the … [Read more...] about Prince of Denmark
The natural way to lead a review of “Dark Winds,” which premieres Sunday on AMC, would be to note that it is a series written, directed and performed largely by Native Americans; set in the Navajo Nation and filmed on location in New Mexico; and bringing to screen the tribal police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee from Tony Hillerman’s best-selling mystery novels. Or you could cut to the chase and just say: Oh thank God, someone finally gave Zahn McClarnon his own television show. McClarnon, Lakota on his mother’s side, has been one of TV’s most reliable supporting players, improving one show after another in which other people got better billing. He drew notice as the killer Hanzee Dent in “Fargo” and the robot warrior Akecheta in “Westworld,” taking what were to some extent stereotypes of the implacable or noble savage and investing them with real emotion. His best showcase was in the straightforward cowboy-crime drama “Longmire,” in which he gave vivid life to a sardonic, … [Read more...] about ‘Dark Winds’ Review: Murder Most Foul in the Navajo Nation
close Video Kevin McCarthy faces opposition from some GOP leaders on path to speakership Fox News senior congressional correspondent Chad Pergram provides updates on Kevin McCarthy's path to becoming House Speaker and Dems' search for new leadership on 'Hannity.' At least five House Republicans are on the record opposing Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's bid to become speaker when the party takes control in January. The high-profile defections have raised questions about whether McCarthy, R-Calif., will have the votes necessary to clinch the position on the floor of the House. Officially, 218 votes are needed to elect a speaker when the next Congress assembles on Jan. 3. McCarthy's margin is significantly narrow. The GOP is expected to wind up with a 222-seat majority in January, compared to an estimated 213 seats for Democrats. If all 435 members of the House are present and voting for speaker in January, McCarthy can lose no more than four … [Read more...] about 5 Republicans publicly oppose McCarthy’s speakership bid, putting ascension to leadership role in jeopardy