MUSCATINE, Iowa - This spring, residents of this Mississippi River city published a book celebrating three decades of friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who first visited as a regional official in 1985 to learn about modern farming practices. That visit, and one Xi made in 2012, helped forge a relationship that turned China into a major consumer of Iowa's agricultural exports. It also turned Muscatine into a pilgrimage site for Chinese officials and tourists wanting to meet the people Xi refers to as "old friends."
President Donald Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, two people briefed on the decision said, one of the most severe economic restrictions ever imposed by a U.S. president. An announcement is expected to come within days, the people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss internal plans.
Malicious attackers have recently tried to gain access to students' financial aid refunds at multiple colleges in a scheme that involves sending fraudulent emails to students, according to a warning issued by the Education Department. The target is federal student aid refunds, money distributed to students after tuition and other education costs are paid.
Like almost all young children, my 5-year-old son has certain, shall we say, strong preferences about what he eats. Zephyr loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but only if I cut the crusts from the whole-wheat bread. Apple slices are a preferred snack - as long as I remove the peels. Broccoli is his favorite vegetable, but he just eats the bushy florets, never the trunk-like stems.
HIALEAH, Fla - Taco Bell has parted ways with an employee captured in a video telling a woman at a Florida drive-through that she couldn't take her order because no one working at the store spoke English. The video was posted on Wednesday by Alexandria Montgomery. It depicted her and at least one other person in a car at the drive-through window at a Taco Bell in Hialeah, a city north of Miami's airport that is predominantly Latino. Video: Woman denied service at South Florida Taco Bell for not speaking Spanish
They sing it at day care: Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. They sing it in their rear-facing car seats: Mama shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. They sing it at bath time and dinnertime and way past bedtime: Daddy shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. Parents of children under 4 know exactly what this is about. For everyone else, welcome to the inescapable cultural phenomenon that is "Baby Shark."
Alfred and Marie Weinberger escaped Nazi-occupied Paris at the onset of World War II, but they couldn't take their paintings with them. The Jewish couple fled to the French Alps and left their paintings - several by Pierre-Auguste Renoir - sequestered in a Paris bank vault. One was "Deux Femmes Dans Un Jardin," one of the last paintings Renoir made before he died in 1919, when his rheumatoid arthritis was so severe he had to tie the paintbrush to his hand to grip it. The Weinbergers would never see it again. On Dec. 4, 1941, the Nazis plundered Weinberger's collection.
A couple of months ago, my husband brought home a whole Chesapeake rockfish (aka striped bass) that had been on sale at Whole Foods Market. I unwrapped it and eyed it skeptically; it eyed me back, as if daring me to do it culinary justice.
WASHINGTON - In 1942, a group of university professors, doctors, lawyers, and other black professionals in Washington, District of Columbia, wanted to get together on weekends and play poker. But they had a problem. Not only did segregation in the District bar them from joining country clubs or other social organizations where men could gather, but the president of Howard University, where many of them taught, was a religious man who did not approve of card-playing.
LUMBERTON, N.C. - The storm known as Florence is creating a slow-motion natural disaster for the Carolinas that could prove deceptively lethal as swollen rivers and streams spill over their banks and continue to rise. The hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, was blamed by authorities for at least five deaths as of late Friday. Though Florence did not arrive with winds as violent as once feared, forecasters got the storm surge and rainfall correct.