Top news stories for today – May 28, 2016
Largest strike in US history ends
Verizon reached a deal with two labor unions, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced Friday. The four-year agreement has been reached on principle and is now being finalized. Employees are expected back to work next week. The deal ends six weeks of strikes over pay and pension cuts after 35,000 to 39,000 Verizon employees walked off their jobs in April in the largest strike in U.S. history.
“This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement,” Perez said. Philly.com, The Week
Drug tests from London Olympics
Drug test results stemming from the London Olympics in 2012 may end up pushing as many as 23 athletes out of the upcoming summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Friday.
After retesting 265 doping samples from London using more advanced methods than were available at the time, the IOC says it has found athletes from five different sports and six different countries to possibly be guilty of doping. These results add to the 31 athletes found guilty last week after a retest of 454 doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing. The New York Times, The Guardian, The Week
Cellphone use linked to cancer
A US government-funded study found a link between cellphone use and “low incidences” of cancerous tumors. The study results were released late Thursday night and found that over several years, male rats exposed to the radio frequencies usually emitted by cellphones developed tumors of the brain and heart.
While health effects found in animals do not always translate to humans, “given the widespread global usage of mobile communications … even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure … could have broad implications,” the study authors wrote. The National Toxicology Program spent $25 million on the multi-year research, which was overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The Wall Street Journal, Microwave News, The Week
US-backed groups advance toward IS capital
On the fourth day of the offensive, the Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, took control of at least 10 villages and advanced 15 kilometers southward as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeted positions in nearby localities.
“The process is ongoing,” Rojda Judi, a female Kurdish commander who leads the operation on the ground, told VOA. “But the only thing that is slowing us is IS has left so many mines behind. We have to clear off any area before we fully step in.” VOA
Olympic called for delaying or moving over Zika
An open letter signed by 150 health experts calls for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro to be postponed or moved because of the Zika virus outbreak.
The signatories, who include experts from more than two dozen countries in fields including public health, medicine and academia, said Friday that to hold the games would be “irresponsible” and “unethical.”
Among the signatories is former White House science adviser Dr. Philip Rubin. “The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before,” the letter said. VOA
US Presidential election
Trump will not debate Sanders: After much back and forth, Donald Trump released a statement Friday saying definitively that he would not engage Sen. Bernie Sanders in a debate. The two camps had traded comments in the media after Trump said on Wednesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live show that he’d debate the Democratic candidate, and Sanders agreed. “It seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher,” Trump said, referring to Sanders’ likely loss to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic nomination. “I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.” Donald J. Trump, The Week
Trump rallies draw protests in California: About 1,000 protesters marched and chanted outside the San Diego Convention Center on Friday as Donald Trump spoke to supporters inside. Waving US and Mexican flags, the protesters confronted police in the city, which sits just 24 kilometers from the Mexican border and where a third of residents are Latino. Police said they made three arrests, including that of one man who climbed a railing separating protesters from officers. His arrest led protesters to spray water and throw empty plastic bottles at police. VOA
Chinese Americans Heart Trump: Chinese Americans for Trump is bucking the national trend among Asian Americans and supporting Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump. A new survey conducted by three Asian-American organizations shows a growing number of Asian Americans identify with the Democratic Party. There are three times as many Democrats as there are Republicans among Asian American voters, and they favor Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Still, the group Chinese Americans For Trump says their numbers are growing across the country. VOA
Trump to speak to bikers: As one of the world’s largest motorcycle rallies rolls into the Washington DC this weekend, Donald Trump will be hoping the rumble of hundreds of thousands of bikes will draw even more attention to his presidential run. He will be in Washington on Sunday to lend his support for the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride. Trump is scheduled to speak at the event, according to Bloomberg Politics. Motorcycle enthusiasts have frequently attended Trump campaign rallies to show their support for the candidate they believe is different from career politicians whom they accuse of degrading the military and ignoring veterans. VOA
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