Afternoon Headlines for Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Reuters

“Hong Kong debates election reform plan with veto likely”

“Hong Kong’s pro-democracy lawmakers appeared to be standing firm on Wednesday in their pledge to veto Beijing-backed electoral reforms, as the Asian financial center’s legislature debated the package that will define its democratic future.”

Reuters

“Al Qaeda kills two Saudis accused of spying for America: residents”

“Al Qaeda militants in Yemen killed two alleged Saudi spies on Wednesday, residents said, accusing them of planting tracking devices which enabled the assassination of the group’s leader in a suspected U.S. drone strike last week.”

Associated Press

“Carter: Iraqi training goal to fall short by 17,000 recruits”

“The effort to train Iraqi forces to fight Islamic State militants has been slowed by a lack of recruits, and the U.S. will not meet its goal to train 24,000 by this fall, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday.”

Reuters

“California pokes big hole in Uber’s business model”

“A San Francisco-based driver for smartphone-based ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, not a contractor, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission. The ruling, filed on Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, was the latest in a host of legal and regulatory challenges facing Uber and other highly valued start-ups in the United States and other countries.”

Washington Post

“Top Mexican official blasts Donald Trump’s ‘absurd’ comments on migrants”

“Trump, after all, had devoted considerable time during his rambling announcement to casting aspersions on Mexican migrants to the United States, suggesting that they were rapists, narco-criminals and general malefactors. He also trumpeted a plan to build a ‘great, great wall’ on the border — with Mexican money. The ludicrousness of this prompted official comment in Mexico City. ‘The remarks by Donald Trump seem prejudicial and absurd,’ Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, Mexico’s interior minister, told reporters on the sidelines of an anti-discrimination event on Tuesday.”

Reuters

“China rebuffs Trump comments on stealing U.S. jobs”

“China on Wednesday rebuffed comments by U.S. real estate mogul and presidential contender Donald Trump that China is stealing U.S. jobs through crafty business practices, saying trade between the two countries was win-win.”

Associated Press

“Fed sees stronger economy but leaves key rate at record low”

“The U.S. economy has strengthened since a slump early this year, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, but it wants to see further gains in the job market and higher inflation before raising interest rates from record lows.”

Associated Press

“Obama, leading Republicans mounting rescue effort on trade”

“President Barack Obama and top Republicans in Congress mounted a quick, bipartisan rescue operation Wednesday for the administration’s trade agenda, left for dead in the House last week in a revolt carried out by Democrats and backed by organized labor.”

Associated Press

“AT&T hit with $100 million fine, company vows to fight”

“AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers ‘unlimited’ data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount. The company says it will fight the charges.”

Reuters

“Special Report — Military knew about bizarre methods of doctor hired to train troops”

“The agreements may have helped ensure that his most extreme training methods — including allegedly inducing shock among students — would remain confidential. But some of the same unorthodox procedures that led the Virginia Board of Medicine to suspend Hagmann’s medical license earlier this year had raised concerns within military circles nearly a decade ago.”

Al Jazeera America

“Senate rejects bill to reform sexual assault prosecution in the military”

“A proposed bill that would have taken sexual assault investigations in the armed forces away from the chain of command and into the hands of independent military prosecutors failed to win approval in the U.S. Senate late Tuesday, marking the second year in a row that the measure has been blocked.”

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