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Rail companies and their workers have reached a tentative agreement to avert a nationwide strike that could have shut down the country’s freight trains and devastated the economy less than two months before the midterm elections. President Joe Biden announced the deal on Thursday.
Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with the families of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security official Paul Whelan, both of whom remain imprisoned in Russia. The meetings are set to be the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and the families and come amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the release of the two Americans.
A boil water advisory has been lifted in the Mississippi capital after nearly seven weeks. Governor Tate Reeves and Jackson officials made the announcement Thursday.
A Virginia man who stormed the US Capitol while wearing an anti-Semitic “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt over a Nazi-themed shirt has been sentenced to 75 days in prison. Photographs of Robert Keith Packer wearing the sweatshirt went viral following the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
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Thousands of mourners wait up to nine hours in line to file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she rests in state at Westminster Hall. The queue to pay homage to the late monarch stretched 7km past Tower Bridge on Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for his “balanced” approach to the Ukraine crisis and slammed Washington’s “ugly” policies at a meeting following a major setback for Moscow in the war.
Roger Federer has announced that he is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Federer has not competed since Wimbledon in July 2021.
Two minutes of silence will be observed across the UK on Monday following the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey. This is to give the British public a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch. Buckingham Palace on Thursday released details of a state funeral and ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor ahead of his private interment later on Monday.
Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates soared more than 6% this week for the first time since the 2008 housing crash, threatening to push even more buyers out of a rapidly cooling housing market . Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate rose to 6.02% from 5.89% last week.
President Joe Biden’s popularity has improved significantly from its low point this summer, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist. That’s according to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden rose from a low of 36% in July to 45%, largely thanks to a rebound in support from Democrats just two months before November’s midterm elections.
Newly leaked text messages show how involved a Mississippi governor was in the state’s payment of more than $1 million in welfare to Brett Favre to help pay for one of the government’s pet projects. retired NFL quarterback. Instead of the money going to help low-income families in one of the poorest states in the country, as planned, it was funneled through a non-profit group to Favre and spent for a new volleyball facility at a university attended by the two men.
Here’s a rundown of today’s latest news and most interesting developments.