Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom bill

Activists, executives tell Texas Senate to ditch bathroom billTransgender activists and business leaders urged a Texas Senate panel on Friday to scrap legislation that would limit bathroom access for transgender people, saying it was a discriminatory measure that would hurt the state's economy. More than 250 civil rights activists, executives and others registered to speak to the Republican-dominated Senate as it began consideration of the measure, the most closely watched item on the state's agenda during a 30-day special session.



Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomies

Tennessee inmates offered less jail time in return for vasectomiesThe program, which offers White County Jail inmates 30 days off their time behind bars, aims to encourage participants to be successful and avoid being "burdened with children," Judge Sam Benningfield said in an interview on Thursday with Nashville's News Channel 5. "This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves," the judge said.



Trump to order review of U.S. defense industrial base: official

Trump to order review of U.S. defense industrial base: officialU.S. President Donald Trump intends to sign an executive order initiating a broad "whole of government" review of the defense industrial base including labor and the defense supply chain, a White House officials told reporters on Friday. "There's just one company in the U.S. that can repair propellers for Navy submarines," Peter Navarro, the White House National Trade Council director, said as he explained the order to reporters.



UAW talking to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs

UAW talking to GM about impact of car sales slump on U.S. jobs"We are talking to (GM) right now about the products that they currently have" at underused car plants such as Hamtramck in Michigan and Lordstown in Ohio, and whether they might be replaced with newer, more popular vehicles such as crossovers, Dennis Williams told reporters. GM has cut shifts at several U.S. plants this year as inventories of unsold cars have ballooned. GM is reviewing whether to cancel at least six passenger cars in the U.S. market after 2020, including the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, which could be replaced in 2022 with a new gasoline-electric crossover model, Reuters has learned from people familiar with the plans.



Florida man goes 'bananas,' shoots up AT&T trucks outside home: media

Florida man goes 'bananas,' shoots up AT&T trucks outside home: mediaCell phone video filmed by an AT&T worker shows 64-year-old Jorge Jove of Hialeah, just outside Miami, walking around the trucks on Wednesday and firing at tires and engines, reloading his revolver as he went. Jove, a retired firefighter according to local media, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault with a firearm and armed criminal mischief, both felonies, court records show. A Hialeah police spokesman could not be reached for comment on Friday.





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