Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisis

Connecticut governor eyes economic investments amid fiscal crisisBy Hilary Russ HARTFORD (Reuters) - Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the nation, also has some of the highest debt levels and its capital city of Hartford is facing potential bankruptcy. Now, the state faces a fiscal crisis. Governor Dannel Malloy, a second-term Democrat who is not seeking reelection, discussed with Reuters tough decisions he has wrestled with to address a fiscal calamity decades in the making.



U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racism

U.N. rights experts urge U.S. to 'unequivocally' condemn racismU.N. human rights experts called on the United States and its leadership on Wednesday to "unequivocally and unconditionally" condemn racist speech and crimes, warning that a failure to do so could fuel further violent incidents. The "early warning and urgent action" statement, reserved for serious situations, was issued by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), although it stopped short of criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump by name. Trump drew widespread condemnation when he blamed both sides for violence that broke out at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., organized by neo-Nazis and white nationalists.



Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsion

Singapore rejects U.S. academic's appeal against expulsionSingapore has rejected a U.S. citizen's appeal to stay in the city-state following the cancellation of his permanent residence status after the government branded him as an agent of foreign influence. Early this month, Singapore's Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) revoked the permanent residence of Huang Jing, then a professor at Singapore's prominent Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and of his wife, Shirley Yang Xiuping, also a U.S. citizen.



Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpot

Americans wish for luck in $700-million Powerball lottery jackpotThe odds against wining are astronomical, but millions of Americans will be hoping for some life-altering luck on Wednesday night when winning numbers are drawn for the second-highest jackpot in the history of the Powerball lottery. A winning ticket could bring the holder an estimated $700 million windfall, a prize topped only by a January 2016 $1.56 billion Powerball jackpot, the world's largest lottery reward ever. Anna Domoto, spokeswoman for the Multi-State Lottery Association, said that even more tickets are expected to be sold in the four-day period leading up to Wednesday night's drawing.



U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in Asia

U.S. Navy relieves Seventh Fleet commander in wake of collisions in AsiaWASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy on Wednesday said it had removed Seventh Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin after a series of collisions involving its warships in Asia as the search goes on for 10 sailors missing since the latest mishap. Aucoin's removal comes after a pre-dawn collision between a guided-missile destroyer and a merchant vessel east of Singapore and Malaysia on Monday, the fourth major incident in the U.S. Pacific Fleet this year. "Admiral Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, today relieved the commander of Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command," the U.S. Navy said in a press release.





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