The Washington Post
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The police said they were investigating a shooting Friday in central Christchurch, New Zealand, officials said. The country’s police commissioner, Mike Bush, said all Christchurch schools have been put in lockdown, and residents of the city were encouraged to stay indoors. The website Stuff reported that the police had cleared nearby Cathedral Square, the site of a rally to fight climate change. It was not immediately clear if anyone was killed or wounded in the attack.
A timely reminder as New Year's Eve - a holiday known for drinking - looms.
WASHINGTON - Congress is moving to pass a farm bill that allocates billions in subsidies to American farmers, legalizes hemp, bolsters farmers markets and rejects stricter limits on food stamps pushed by House Republicans. The nearly $900 billion package has been backed by top lawmakers in both parties and both chambers of Congress, and aides express confidence it will pass and be signed into law in the lame-duck session. President Donald Trump's Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue, expressed support for the legislation in a statement Monday night.
WASHINGTON - Top lawmakers are considering a taxpayer-funded bailout for retirees who are members of certain failing pension plans, scrambling to solve a retirement crisis that threatens more than 1 million Americans. A draft of the plan, obtained by The Washington Post, would direct the Treasury Department to spend up to $3 billion annually to subsidize payments for retirees from certain underfunded pensions.
U.S. petroleum producers have been allowed to sell their product unencumbered overseas since 2015 due to a compromise between Democrats and Republicans. Now, three years later, the two Senate candidates vying to represent a major oil-producing state are both trading swipes over the lifting of that long-standing ban on the export of crude oil.
MORTON, Ill. - Two hours after dawn breaks, Brett Fugate waits to catch the early-morning wind as it moves across the soybean fields that border his one-story welding shop. He is outside, atop a makeshift tower, one arm balancing his body on a railing, the other holding a large steel chime. The wind is coming, and once it does, he'll get a better sense of how the chime will toll, not just across the rural flatlands of central Illinois, but in September in a Pennsylvania field when it, along with 39 others, will ring in perpetuity for the 40 people who died there Sept. 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration said Thursday night that it will not defend the Affordable Care Act against the latest legal challenge to its constitutionality—a dramatic break from the executive branch's tradition of arguing to uphold existing statutes and a land mine for health insurance changes the ACA brought about.
Don't worry: Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and men may become obsolete (sorry, guys), but home will always be home. It'll just be a heck of a lot smarter.
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Goaltender Genevieve Lacasse was not visible amid the mess of American and Canadians around her, wrestling first for the puck, which the Americans had pushed to within inches of tying the game, then with each other, when the horn rang and the Canadians had won. In a blur of limbs and shoves, two players went to the ground. Referees separated the others. That — the physical, tense, routine chaos through which Canada held on to a 2-1 preliminary-round victory Thursday, Feb. 15 — is USA-Canada in a nutshell.
Q: What is curling? Curling is contested on ice - called a sheet - with targets at either end, referred to as the house. The house is made up of 12-, 8- and 4-foot rings and the center, called a button. Teams take turns sliding a large granite stone, sometimes called a rock, from one end of the sheet toward the house at the other end. A curler can control the amount a rock will turn, or curl, by applying rotation to the handle.